The Progestogen Injection – Injectable Contraception – DepoProvera® & Noristerat®
Injectable contraception – and – self administered progestogen injection
- What is injectable contraception ?
- How does Injectable contraception work ?
- How reliable is Injectable contraception ?
- Who is suitable to use injectable contraception ?
- Who is not suitable to use injectable contraception ?
- Are there any other benefits from using injectable contraception ?
- When or how do I use injectable contraception ?
- When does injectable contraception start to work ?
- Will injectable contraception control my periods ?
- Will injectable contraception make my periods heavier or lighter ?
- Should I stop using injectable contraception and give my body a break ?
- For how many years can I use injectable contraception ?
- Is injectable contraception affected by diarrhoea, vomiting or antibiotics ?
- Of what should I be aware if my girlfriend is using injectable contraception?
- Do recreational drugs affect the reliability of injectable contraception ?
- Will injectable contraception make me put on weight ?
- Will injectable contraception protect me from pregnancy AND infection ?
- Is injectable contraception reversible ?
What is injectable contraception ?
Injectable contraception is an extremely effective form of contraceptive.
It’s given by intramuscular injection either monthly (not yet available in the UK), eight weekly or every 12 weeks.
Some types of injection contain oestrogen and progestogen; some just progestogen.
For example, 150 mg of Depo-Provera® (DMPA – Depo-Medroxy-Progestogen-Acetate) is the most common contraceptive injection used in the UK (and many other countries around the world).
It only contains only one drug – progestogen.
Sayana Press® – is a new(ish) 104 mg version of this drug, which has recently been introduced for home medication – as a sub-cutaneous self-given injection – which a woman can learn to give herself every 12 weeks, rather than have to attend clinic every 12-13 weeks.
How does Injectable contraception work ?
The action of injectable contraception is similar to that of the combined Pill (COC).
How reliable is Injectable contraception ?
Injectable contraception is extremely reliable.
It can’t fall out, be forgotten (each day) and, it can’t split or come off.
Who is suitable to use injectable contraception ?
Injectable contraception is suitable for most women.
Who is not suitable to use injectable contraception ?
Injectable contraception is not suitable for pregnant women or women with some potentially serious medical conditions.
You should discuss suitability with a qualified medical practitioner or healthcare professional if you – or someone in your family – have or has had:
•Unusual vaginal bleeding.
•Active liver disease (Hepatitis).
•Circulatory or cardiac (heart) problems or abnormal blood test results when checking for cholesterol or lipids (fats) in your circulation.
Are there any other benefits from using injectable contraception ?
There are several benefits from using injectable contraception:
•It gives some protection against cancer of the lining of your womb.
•It reduces your risk of ectopic (tubal) pregnancy.
•It reduces your risk of developing ovarian cysts.
•It reduces the possibility of having Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).
•Women with sickle cell disease experience fewer problems than with other methods of contraception.
When or how do I use injectable contraception ?
Depo-Provera®, for example, is given in the first 5 days of a menstrual cycle and then repeated after 12 weeks – for as long as you need contraceptive protection.
When does injectable contraception start to work ?
The manufacturers suggest that injectable contraception starts to work as soon as you are injected, provided that it’s given in the first 2 days of your period.
•If you start it between the 3rd and 5th day, you need to use extra protection or go without sex (abstain) for 7 days to prevent pregnancy.