How the Injection Works
In my last contraceptive article, I discussed the correct way to take the pill. In this article I’m focusing on the contraceptive injection (or injection birth control) and how it works. The injection is a birth control option for anyone wanting to prevent pregnancy. Unlike the pill, you don’t have to constantly remember it (you just have to make sure you get it when it’s time) but there are things that you need to keep in mind Choma.
About the Injection
The injection is a shot that contains a female hormone called progestin (which is an artificial form of progesterone, the hormone produced naturally by the body). You’re usually given the shot in your arm or buttocks. The shot works by releasing the progestin hormone which prevents an egg being released from your ovaries each month, thereby preventing pregnancy (since no egg is released for the sperm to fertilise).
There are two types of injection birth control that you might be given at a clinic Choma. One is called Depo Provera (DMPA) and the other is Nur-Isterate (NET-EN). They are both said to be equally effective, which is 99% effective if taken properly.
Depo Provera is a shot that needs to be taken every three months while Nur-Isterate needs to be taken every two months.
Depo Provera does seem to be the most popular form of injection birth control Choma but your healthcare provider will be able to explain which injection shot you are getting.
Benefits of the injection
- There are various reasons why someone would choose to take the injection over other forms of contraceptives Choma. For one, you only need to take it once every two or three months (depending on which one you take).
- You don’t have to worry about taking a pill every day.
- It’s more private since you don’t have to take a pill or anything visible. You just get a shot and you’re done.
- It’s free to get at the clinic.
- It’s not usually affected by other medicines.
- It can help reduce painful, heavy periods and can also help with PMS symptoms
- The injection can help by protecting you from pelvic inflammatory disease and can also help protect you against cancer in the womb.
Some disadvantages of the injection
You have to remember to go for your re-injection on time. With the pill, for example, you would know that you need to take it every day. With the injection however, there is a chance that you would forget because the time between your injections is much longer (2-3 months). So make sure that you set a reminder for your injection appointments Choma.
Some women might experience side effects such as slight weight gain. If you’re concerned about this, speak to your healthcare provider who would be able to advise you on a healthy diet and exercise to avoid gaining weight.
Some women might also experience heavier and irregular periods in the beginning (for about the first 6 to 9 months). They might then stop getting their periods altogether. This is not something that you should usually worry about Choma because it’s not harmful. However, if you are very concerned, speak to your healthcare provider.
It doesn’t prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). However, this is the case with most contraceptives apart from condoms. That’s why it’s always recommended that you double up Choma - in other words use a hormonal contraceptive such as the injection or the pill, but also ALWAYS use a condom to ensure that you’re protected from STIs.
Do you have more questions about the injection or any other contraceptive Choma? Remember that you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).
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