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.
HOW MANY CONTRACEPTIVE INJECTIONS CAN YOU HAVE?
If you are sexually active and find that this method of contraception works for you, you can continue having the injections every eight or 13 weeks depending on the type.
SHOULD THE REPEAT INJECTIONS BE SCHEDULED FOR WHEN MENSTRUAL BLEEDING BEGINS?
Menstrual bleeding should not guide the injection schedule. The contraceptive injection should be administered every month or every eight to weeks, depending on the type, but this schedule is not dependent on menstruation.
HOW LONG DOES THE CONTRACEPTIVE INJECTION LAST?
Depending on the injection you receive, it lasts between eight and 13 weeks.
DOES THE CONTRACEPTIVE INJECTION CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN?
One of the potential side effects of the contraceptive injection is weight gain.
IS THERE A MALE CONTRACEPTIVE INJECTION?
Male contraceptive injections have been developed but are still in the testing phases. Currently on birth control methods for men include condoms, abstinence, withdrawal, and/or a vasectomy.
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.
KNOW YOUR OPTIONS
The Hormonal Coil is a small, soft T-shaped plastic frame that releases low levels of a progestin hormone for up to 3 to 6 years. It is given with a prescription and placed in your womb by a doctor or nurse.
The Hormonal Coil is a small, soft T-shaped plastic frame that releases low levels of a progestin hormone for up to 3 to 5 years. It is given with a prescription and placed in your womb by a doctor or nurse.
A small, flexible silicone rod that releases hormones for up to 3 to 5 years. It is given with a prescription and placed under the skin of your upper arm by a doctor or nurse.
A small tablet containing one hormone, or a combined pill containing two hormones, that is self-administered with a prescription and needs to be swallowed at the same time each day.
A shot containing hormone(s) that is given with a prescription and administered by a doctor or nurse every 1 or 3 months.
A small, thin, skin-colored plastic square that sticks to the skin and releases hormones. It is given with a prescription and can be self-administered once a week.
A silicone cup placed in the vagina that prevents sperm from reaching the womb. Though some are fitted by a doctor or nurse, most are self-administered with a prescription up to 24 hours before sex.
A small, flexible ring that is self-administered with a prescription and placed in the vagina, where it releases hormones for 3 weeks.
An internal condom that works in the same way male condoms do, though it is placed in the vagina. It is self-administered and bought over the counter.
A sheath placed over the erect penis to stop sperm from reaching the vagina, it is also the only method that helps lower the risk of STIs. It is self-administered and bought over the counter.
A small, round piece of foam with a nylon loop that is placed in the vagina right before intercourse. It is bought over the counter and is self-administered.
Self-directed methods of avoiding pregnancy that include menstrual cycle tracking and body temperature measurements to identify fertile days.
Creams, films, foams, gels and suppositories that contain chemicals to stop or kill sperm. These are bought over the counter and are self-administered.
Also known as ‘the pull-out method’, this self-directed method involves withdrawing the penis prior to ejaculation to avoid pregnancy.
A medical procedure performed by a doctor or nurse that blocks the tubes carrying sperm.