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Are injectables the right method for me?

There are a number of factors you should consider to determine whether injectables are the right contraceptive method for you. As with any contraception, you should first talk to your doctor or a counselor at your local clinic or hospital before using injectables as a contraceptive method.


Injectables may be an appropriate method for you

If any of the following is true:

  • You prefer a very effective method and can return to the health facility for injections.
  • You prefer a method that is not linked to sexual intercourse or that does not require doing something every day.
  • You want to keep your use of contraception private.
  • You can tolerate menstrual changes such as spotting or bleeding between periods, longer or heavier periods, or no periods at all.
  • You understand it may take a while to get pregnant (6-12 months) after stopping the injections.
  • You cannot for medical reasons, or do not want to, use contraceptive pills containing estrogen (COCs). (Some medical conditions that are precautions for the use of COCs are not precautions for the use of injectables.)
  • You have sickle cell disease.
  • You have just delivered a baby. If you are breastfeeding, the first injection may be given at six weeks after delivery. If you are not breastfeeding, the first injection may be given immediately after delivery, or at any time you and your health care provider believe you are not pregnant.
  • You have just had an abortion. The first injection may be given on the same day as the abortion, or at any time you and your health care provider believe you are not pregnant.

Injectables may not be an appropriate method for you

If any of the following is true:

  • You are at risk of exposure to, or transmission of, sexually transmitted infections, including HIV infection. Injectables do not provide protection against these infections. Aside from abstinence, latex condoms offer the best protection against these infections.
  • You have unexplained abnormal vaginal bleeding.
  • You have had or are suspected of having breast cancer. Progestins do not cause breast cancer.

Injectables are not an appropriate method for you

If the following is true:

  • You are pregnant or strongly suspect you are pregnant.
For more information about this method, see Progestin-Only Injectables (Depo-Provera or DMPA; Noristerat or NET-EN): Answers to Your Questions.


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