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Family Planning Injections

There are two types of injection contraceptives available

  • Depo-Provera and Sayana Press. Depo-Provera is a shot that is given every 12 weeks (three months) by a healthcare provider.
  • Sayana Press is a newer injection that can be self-administered at home every 13 weeks (three months) with a pre-filled injector.

Injections are a highly effective form of contraception, with a failure rate of less than 1%. However, they do not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV. Therefore, it is recommended to use condoms in addition to injections to reduce the risk of STIs.

Injections may have side effects including:

  • irregular periods,
  • weight gain
  • headaches
  • mood changes.
  • Some women may also experience a delay in returning to fertility after stopping injections.

It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of injections with a healthcare provider before starting this method of contraception.