- What is it?
- Are there different types?
- How does it work?
- How effective is it?
- How can I find out more?
An injectable contraceptive is a shot of artificial hormones that is given to you by a health care provider that stops the ovaries from releasing eggs.
No. The only injectable contraceptive is Depo-Provera.
The artificial hormones contained in the shot prevents the ovaries from releasing eggs. In addition, the hormones thicken the mucus in the opening of the womb, so the sperm have a hard time trying to enter the womb.
If used perfectly, Depo-Provera is 99% effective. With typical use, Depo-Provera is 94% effective.
Strengths of Injectable Contraceptive:
- Few serious problems for most women.
- Does not interfere with sex.
- Each shot lasts three months.
- Often decreased the cramping and bleeding associated with periods.
- Safe to use while breastfeeding.
- Less chance of endometrial cancer.
Weaknesses of Injectable Contraceptive:
- Long-term use may temporarily reduce bone density in some women.
- Must get the shot from a health care provider.
- May cause heavy, irregular, or light periods, or eventually no period.
- May not be able to get pregnant for several months after the shots are stopped.
- May cause moodiness, headaches, dizziness, or changes in weight.
- Does not provide protection from HIV/STDs.
To find out more about the injectable contraceptive, please call the Scotland County Health Department at (910) 277-2440 to talk with a healthcare professional and to make an appointment.