Last modified on March 3rd, 2021
Yes, it is what you have in mind! A syringe, a needle and some liquid that is injected into your body. The injectable prevents your ovaries from releasing eggs. It also thickens your cervical mucus to help block sperm from getting to the egg in the first place. There are different types –some may not be available in your country.
If you do not want to take a pill every day, the Injectable might be a good option. You only need to remember to do something once every 1 (monthly injectable), 2 (NET-EN) or 3 months (DMPA). You will need to see a health provider or trained community health workers to get your injection.
Total privacy. No one can tell when you have used the Injectable. There is no packaging and nothing you need to do before you have sex.
Yes, there are needles involved. If you are scared of needles, then the injectable is not for you. Keep in mind that it is only one shot, and you are done for 1, 2 or 3 months.
Late injection rules. Did you miss the date for your injection? You may still be protected. DMPA injectables (3 months injectables) may be used up to 4 weeks late. NET-EN (2 months injectables) may be used up to 2 weeks late. Monthly injectables may be used up to 1 week late. But, do not make being late the rule! It could reduce the effectiveness of the method. Think about using an alarm on your phone or a paper calendar to keep track of the injection date.
Pregnancy. It is possible to get pregnant as soon as you stop using this method, although for some women it can take several months for fertility to return. If you are not ready to get pregnant get another shot or use a different contraceptive method.
You do not need to do much if you choose the injectable, just make sure to get the shot on time with your medical provider.
Have you heard of Sayana Press? It is a self-injection method to prevent pregnancies for 3 months. To learn more about this method, visit injectsayanapress.org
When you first start using the injectable, discuss your period with the provider or trained community health worker. This will help to decide how soon after the injectable you will be protected.
Tips and tricks
Everyone is different. What you experience may not be the same thing as another person.
The Positive: there are lots of things about using injectables that are good for your body as well as your sex life .
The Negative: everyone worries about negative side effects, but for many women, they are not a problem. Remember, you are introducing hormones into your body, so it can take a few months to adjust. Give it time.
The most common complaints :
Less common side effects:
There is no way to stop the side effects of the injectable. If you feel the side effects are more than you can accept, switch methods and stay protected. Remember, there is a method for everyone, everywhere!
* For a very small number of women, there are risks of serious side effects. Talk to the person who gave you the injectable if you are worried about the side effects that you are experiencing.
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