The Contraceptive InjectionFreyja
February 27, 2023
What is it?\
The contraceptive injection releases the hormone progestogen into your bloodstream which then prevents pregnancy.
How Effective is it?
The contraceptive injection is more than 99% effective and lasts for 8 or 13 weeks. The duration depends on which injection you have. This is useful for people who find it difficult to remember to take the pill every day. However, it does require you to take a repeat injection before it expires or becomes ineffective. It should be noted that it does not protect you against STDs so you should still be using a condom. The injection can be taken at any time during your cycle (if you're not pregnant). If the injection is taken within the first 5 days of your period then you will be immediately protected against pregnancy. If you have the injection at another time during your cycle then it will take 7 days to become effective.
What are the risks?
When getting the injection there is a small risk that you may develop an infection or have an allergic reaction. The depo-Provera injection may lead to thinning of bones, however, this does not increase your risk of breaking a bone. Yet, once you stop the injection the bone replaces itself so does not seem to cause any long-term problem.\
For further information on the injection please refer to the following:
NHS Read more
Planned Parenthood Read more
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