IT JUST TAKES A MOMENT
The contraceptive injection is a shot of progestogen that thickens 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 progestogen-only pill, except one shot will have an effect for 8-13 weeks, 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, every 8-13 weeks, to make sure the injection is at its most effective. Your normal level of fertility should return when the effect of the injection has worn off. But this can take a different amount of time in different women. So if you decide that you want to become pregnant it would be worth speaking with a healthcare professional.
HOW IT MEASURES UP
Typical use means how well the method works in real life and perfect use means how well a method works under 'perfect' or ideal conditions for example when there is no user error at any time.
EFFICACY WITH PERFECT USE
Given with a prescription and administered by a doctor or nurse, the contraceptive injection is very effective if it is administered on time every 8-13 weeks.View ’Typical’ Use Efficacy Rate
EFFICACY WITH TYPICAL USE
The injection is administered by a doctor or nurse with a prescription. Sometimes life gets in the way and your injection could be delayed, or you could forget to make an appointment on time. Even with typical use, it is very effective.View ’Perfect’ Use Efficacy Rate
Yes. The contraceptive injection contains hormones that are released throughout the entire body.
Ease of Use
The contraceptive injection is effective for 3 months, but it’s important to get the injection 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.
NEED ADVICE? SPEAK TO YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
Seek out an appointment with your doctor or nurse for further support that meets your needs.