Contraceptive injection

    • Brief

    • The contraceptive injection is a method of contraception.

      The contraceptive injection contains one hormone. This hormone prevents ovulation. It also makes it more difficult for sperm cells to enter the uterus and prevents the implantation of an egg cell.

    • How does the contraceptive injection work?

    • The injection works for three months. It is used in the following way:

      • During the first five days of your cycle, your doctor or nurse gives you an injection in your upper arm or buttocks.
      • Then you go to the healthcare provider every three months (12 weeks) for a new injection.
    • How reliable is the contraceptive injection?

    • The contraceptive injection is reliable if you have a new injection every three months.

    • No damage to your health

    • The contraceptive injection contains one hormone. This hormone usually does not affect your health. However, in some cases, it is better to choose a different method of contraception. Ask a doctor for advice.

      The injection does not make you less fertile. If you want to get pregnant, you stop having the injection. It can, however, take a few months, or up to a year, for your cycle to return to normal.

      The contraceptive injection can cause side effects such as headache, irregular menstrual period, and tender breasts. Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe.

      Your menstrual periods can become less heavy and often stop altogether.

    • No protection against STIs and HIV

    • The contraceptive injection does not protect against STIs or HIV. Only a condom can protect you.

    • Where can I buy the contraceptive injection?

    • You can get the contraceptive injection in a hospital or a pharmacy. You currently do not need a prescription if you are over the age of 14 in most states in Nigeria (18 years in Lagos).

      The injection is free in all public hospitals, but you may be required to pay for consumables like gloves and syringes.