Your doctor or nurse will do some tests to make sure that you can have the contraceptive injection. They check your medical history and make sure that you’re not pregnant.
- You can have the injection at any time in your period cycle. If you have it within the first five days of your cycle, you will be protected from pregnancy straight away. Any other time in your cycle and you’ll need to use condoms or other contraception for seven days.
- You can have the injection straight away after giving birth, or after having an abortion or miscarriage. The injection can be used safely if you’re breastfeeding.
- You will be given the injection as you would a standard jab – Depo-Provera and Noristerat are injected into a muscle, usually in your buttocks.
- Depo-Provera can also sometimes be given in the arm.
- Noristerat is a thicker solution so you may find the injection is slightly more painful when it’s given.
- Sayana Press is injected beneath the skin at the front of the thigh or abdomen. It’s possible for you to be taught how to inject Sayana Press yourself at home but not all GPs and clinics currently offer this.
- For Depo-Provera or Sayana Press, you’ll need to have an injection once every 13 weeks. Noristerat is given every eight weeks.
- The injection can’t be removed from your body, so if you have any side effects you have to be prepared for them to continue during the eight or 13-week period, and maybe for some time afterwards
- After the injection has been given you only need to go back to your doctor or nurse if you have any problems or when you need a new injection. If you are using the Sayana Press (which you inject yourself at home) you only have to go back to the clinic annually because you will be given a years supply.