- The Depo injection is a family planning method that is injected into in your arm (how tidy!) and keeps pregnancy away for 3 months.
- You will need to remember to get the injection once every 3 months so set yourself a reminder!
- The injection keeps others out of your business. If you do not tell, no one will know that you got it, especially because you do not have to do any tell-tale preparation before you get down and have sex.
- The injection does not prevent against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or HIV/AIDS. Use a condom for protection!
- Depo Provera is long lasting. It can take anywhere from 6-10 months to get pregnant after getting your final shot.
The injection is one of the most effective family planning methods available. Of every 100 women who use the injection as their birth control, about 5 will get pregnant every year.
It is the easiest thing to do! Just walk into your local health centre, go through the simple check-up and get the injection. Be sure to set a reminder, probably on your phone or elsewhere, so you do not miss your next appointment and injection. NEVER MISS IT!
If, for any reason beyond your control, you are late for your injection with more than two weeks, just use condoms until you are able to see or speak with your health-care provider.
If you get the shot within the first seven days after the start of your period, you are protected from pregnancy immediately. If you get the shot within five days after miscarriage or an abortion, or within three weeks after giving birth, you are protected from pregnancy immediately. Otherwise, you need to use some form of backup birth control — like a condom or female condom — for the first week after getting the shot.
The injection is pretty much like other family planning methods. The injection releases a hormone called progestin into your body. The way progestin works is to stop a lady’s ovaries from releasing eggs. Well, if there are no eggs, the sperm will not have anything to fertilize. That way, pregnancy is prevented! The injection also thickens the mucus in a lady’s uterus. The thick mucus shields the eggs from the sperm thereby preventing pregnancy.
If you smoke cigarettes, you may want to consider another type of birth control method because the injection may have serious side effects in your body.
- The injection is nobody’s business but yours.
- There are no tell-tale signs or evidences that may embarrass you or expose the fact that you got birth control.
- The birth control injection is safe during breastfeeding.
- It helps to reduce your chances of getting cancer of the lining of the uterus.
- While using the birth control injection, some women may stop menstruating, but it is nothing to worry about.
- Female bodies may take a while to adjust to the hormone in the injection.
- You may experience some bloody spots apart from menstruation.
- Periods may get a bit heavier.