According to the Irish Family Planning Association, the contraceptive injection contains progestogen. There is only one type is available in Ireland, Depo-Provera, and it is effective for 12 weeks. It is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. The injection needs to be renewed every 12 weeks in order to work properly. The hormone is used to prevent ovulation.
Benefits of choosing the Injectable Contraception
- Does not interrupt sex.
- Can protect against cancer of the womb.
- It is an option for people who do not want to take oestrogen or cannot take oestragon.
- It can be used by women who are 35+ years and who smoke.
- It is useful if you cannot remember to take the pill on a daily basis.
Disadvantages of choosing the Injectable method
- Can cause irregular bleeding.
- Has to be given by a doctor.
- Unsuitable as a long term method of contraception.
- Can not be reversed immediately if side effects occur.
- Can take some time for periods and fertility to return back to normal after taking the injection.
- Does not protect against STIs (HSE, 2016).
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