The birth control shot is a reversible method of contraception. The hormone is injected into a muscle. The duration of the contraceptive protection depends on the hormones used. The injection contains either the synthetic hormone progestin, a mix of estrogen and progestin or progestin norethisterone enantate. Learn about the pros and cons of using a birth control shot.
The main advantage of contraceptive injection relies on the duration of protection, between 8 and 12 weeks, according to the type of injection used. Thus, there is no need to think about contraception as long as the injection lasts. It does not interfere with intercourse.
Injections are highly effective in preventing pregnancy.
They can be used after childbirth
They can be used as early as 6 weeks after childbirth.
Women who are breastfeeding can also use them.
The injections have been found to regulate menstruation and reduce bleeding and cramps in some women.
It has also been shown to provide some protection against uterine cancer and to decrease the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease.
It does not provide any protection against sexually transmitted diseases.
It may be inconvenient to get injections on time for some women.
In addition, there can be a delay of up to one year before the return of periods and fertility after stopping the injection.
Many women have lighter menstrual periods or stop getting their period after the first year of receiving injections, though menstrual periods usually return 6-18 months after stopping the injections.
Mental issues, such as mood changes, have been reported in some women. Other side effects include weight gain, acne, or headaches.
Depo-Provera affects bone density and prolonged use may lead to a higher risk of osteoporosis.
The hormone cannot be removed from the body, so any side effect experienced is likely to continue for at least as long as the injection lasts.
In conclusion, birth control shot is a convenient and safe contraceptive method. The injection is long lasting and reversible.
The main drawbacks are the irregular bleeding experienced by some women. Also, a period of 6 to 10 months is usually necessary to regain fertility after stopping the injections.