The contraceptive injection contains hormones, just like the pill. It prevents pregnancy, and is very reliable. An injection protects you for 3 months.
How does it work?
Hormones in the contraceptive injection make sure that you don’t get pregnant. 1 injection protects you against pregnancy for 12 weeks.
What you need to know
- Ask your doctor if this injection is suitable for you.
- A doctor gives you the injection. So you have to go to a doctor or other healthcare provider for each injection.
- A contraceptive injection protects you for 12 weeks.
Where can you get the injection?
You can get the injections done at your doctor’s practice.
Advantages and disadvantages
- You only need to think about it once every 3 months.
- You'll have your period less often, and after a year your period usually stops completely.
- The injection is even reliable if you’re vomiting or have diarrhoea.
- Nobody can tell that you are using contraception.
- You have to go to your doctor every 3 months to have the injection.
- If you have any side effects, you can't just stop using it. The hormones stay in your body for 3 months.
- When you do stop, it may take some time before you’re fertile again.
- The contraceptive injection doesn’t protect against STIs.
- You may have bleeds between periods.
When do you run the risk of pregnancy?
- If you are too late getting your next contraceptive injection (later than 3 months).