THE CONTRACEPTIVE INJECTION
ONE SHOT TO COVER YOU FOR UP TO THREE MONTHS.
IT JUST TAKES A MOMENT
The contraceptive injection is a shot of hormones – either a progestin alone, or a progestin and estrogen – that stop the ovaries from releasing eggs and thicken the cervical mucus to make it harder for sperm to move. It works much in the same way as other hormonal contraception methods, such as the pill, except one shot will have an effect for one or three months, depending on the type. This means, however, that its effects are not reversible once it has been administered. Once you have decided that the contraceptive injection is right for you, your doctor or nurse will administer it. All you have to do is remember to return on time to get the next shot, either every month or every three months, to make sure the injection is at its most effective. If and when you want to return to fertility, it’s worth consulting your doctor or nurse as it may be some time before you can get pregnant.
HOW IT MEASURES UP
Yes. The contraceptive injection contains hormones that are released throughout the entire body.
EASE OF USE
The contraceptive injection is effective for three months, but it’s important to get the shot on time to maintain its efficacy.
The contraceptive injection may cause irregular bleeding. In some cases it may cause shorter, lighter periods, or no periods at all.
HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Make an appointment with your doctor or nurse today.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The number of countries in which over half of all women use the injection as their main contraceptive.
Bone density can be lost after consecutive years of use.
The amount of time it can take for fertility to return.
- It’s effective for eight to thirteen weeks.
- Allows spontaneity and doesn’t interrupt sex.
- It requires tracking of the number of weeks it has been used, and must be administered on time to be most effective.
- Some women experience headaches, mood swings, and itching and redness at the application site.
- It does not protect against HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Is It Okay?
It’s not uncommon to be fearful about having a needle. But as the injection must be re-administered monthly or quarterly, this contraceptive is best for individuals who are comfortable with committing to the procedure.