Contraceptive Injection


Does it work?

The contraceptive injection is
up to 99% + effective.

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Top Plus Points
  • Doesn't interfere with sex
  • Can be used if you are breastfeeding
  • Does offer some protection against pelvic inflammatory disease and may offer some protection against cancer of the womb.
  • Offers contraceptive protection for 8-12 weeks
  • May reduce heavy, painful periods and help with premenstrual symptoms for some women

Any bad points?

  • Periods may change, bleeding can be irregular (this can continue for several months after the injection is stopped)
  • Possible side effects include headaches, acne, tender breasts, weight gain, mood swings abdominal pain and bloating
  • Any side effects will probably last as long as the injection lasts (8-12 weeks)
  • Sometimes fertility can take more than a year to return to normal after stopping the injection
  • Doesn't protect against STIs, including HIV/AIDS

Where can I get one?

The contraceptive injection is only available from GPs and family planning Clinics.

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