CONTRACEPTIVE INJECTION1

Hormonal Method1

Contraceptive injections contain a progestogen hormone which is similar to the natural progesterone produced by the ovaries1. There are three types of injection. two protect you from pregnancy for 13 weeks.1 One protects you for eight weeks.1

CONTRACEPTIVE INJECTION

Hormonal Method1

Contraceptive injections contain a progestogen hormone which is similar to the natural progesterone produced by the ovaries1. There are three types of injection. two protect you from pregnancy for 13 weeks.1 One protects you for eight weeks.1

REGIMEN1

3
MONTHS

BENEFITS

Highly effective1

 

    PROS OF CONTRACEPTIVE INJECTIONS

    • It lasts for (13-weeks) 3 months.2
    • It doesn’t interrupt sex.2
    • You do not have to remember to take a pill every day.2
    • It's an option for a female that can't use estrogen-based contraception.2
    • It's safe to use while you're breastfeeding.2
    • It may reduce heavy, painful periods and help with premenstrual symptoms for some women.2
    Pros

    CONS OF CONTRACEPTIVE INJECTIONS

    • It’s important to have your next injection at the right time. If you miss, or are late, having the next injection you may no longer be protected from pregnancy.1
    • You may experience side effects like headaches, acne, hair loss, decreased sex drive and mood swings.2
    • Some people may put on weight.2
    • There can be a delay of up to 1 year before your periods return to normal and you can become pregnant.2
    • Your periods may change and become irregular.2
    • Can cause thinning of the bones, doctor may recommend that you stop after 2 years so there's no long-term effect on your bones.2
    • This birth control method does not protect you against STIs.2
    Cons

    References:

    1- SexWise.Contraception.Contraceptive injections.available at: https://www.sexwise.org.uk/contraception/contraceptive-injections . Last accessed 31/1/2021

    2- National Health Services (NHS).Contraception.Contraceptive injections.available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception/contraceptive-injection/. last accessed 31/1/2021

     

      YOUR FAVOURITE INJECTION

      The contraceptive injection is a shot that contains hormones, either a progestin alone, or a progestin and an estrogen together, that stop your body from releasing eggs and thickens the mucus at the cervix. You need one shot either once every month or once every three months from a healthcare provider. However once injected, it is not reversible, i.e. in case of side effects it cannot be stopped. The way it works is similar to the pill, or the ring, except you don’t have to remember to take it every day or week, but it probably isn’t the best choice for those scared of needles.

      Contraceptive Injection - Hormonal Method

      HOW TO

      Firstly you’re going to need to talk to your healthcare provider. As with most contraceptives, they aren’t the ideal choice for everyone so getting advice from a professional is something we always recommend. If you decide the contraceptive injection is a method you’re interested in your healthcare provider will do it for you. Then, depending on the type of shot you get, you’ll just need to go back every month or three months for another top up and you’ll be highly protected in between.

      PROS / CONS

      • It lasts for (13-weeks) 3 months2
      • It doesn’t interrupt sex2
      • You do not have to remember to take a pill every day2
      • It's an option if those who can't use estrogen-based contraception2
      • It's safe to use while you're breastfeeding2
      • It may reduce heavy, painful periods and help with premenstrual symptoms for some women2
      • It’s important to have your next injection at the right time. If you miss, or are late, having the next injection you may no longer be protected from pregnancy.1
      • You may experience side effects like headaches, acne, hair loss, decreased sex drive and mood swings2
      • Some people may put on weight2
      • There can be a delay of up to 1 year before your periods return to normal and you can become pregnant2
      • Your periods may change and become irregular2
      • Can cause thinning of the bones, doctor may recommend that you stop after 2 years so there's no long-term effect on your bones.2
      • It does not protect you against STIs2

      FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

        The injection must be given by a healthcare provider. Depending on where you live, you can have the injection done at your local doctors or family planning clinic.

        You do need to have the injection once every month or every three months, depending on the type of injection you have. The amount of hormone which is injected to prevent unintended pregnancy will only last around 4-12 weeks depending on the type, so if you miss an injection you will not be protected against pregnancy.

        If you are sexually active and do not currently wish to have children, you can continue having the injections to protect against pregnancy, providing you find the method suits you and you have regular check-ups with your doctor or healthcare provider.

        No. There may be a delay in regaining fertility after stopping monthly injections, but in time the woman will be able to become pregnant as before, although fertility decreases as women get older. The bleeding pattern a woman had before she used injectable contraceptives generally returns a few months after the last injection. Some women may have to wait a few months before their usual bleeding pattern returns.

        Periods and fertility may take up to a year to return after stopping injections, depending on the type of injectable, and this may vary from woman to woman.

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