It depends. Depending on where you live, you can have the injection done at your local doctors or family planning clinic. The injection must be administered by a healthcare provider.
Yes. If you miss an injection you will not be protected against pregnancy. To be fully protected, you need to consistently be injected once every month or every three months, depending on the type of injection you have.
It depends. Periods and fertility may take up to a year to return after stopping injections, depending on the type of injectable. Please note that this may vary between women.
It depends. Some women may experience weight gain with contraceptive injections. If this concerns you, talk to your healthcare provider and discuss taking an alternative form of hormonal contraception instead.
No. The timing of injections should not be based on your monthly bleeding. An injection needs to done every four weeks or every 12 weeks depending on the type.
It depends. Some women using injectable contraceptives report these complaints. However, the vast majority of users do not report any such changes. Some women even report that both mood and sex drive improve. It is difficult to tell whether such changes are due to monthly injections or to other reasons.
It is likely. When you use injectable contraceptives you may have bleeding and spotting between periods. The menstrual bleeding may vary from slight staining between menstrual periods to breakthrough bleeding, which is a flow much like a regular period. It occurs most often during the first few months of usage, but may also occur after you have been using the injectable contraceptive for some time.
Such bleeding may be temporary and usually does not indicate any serious problems. It is important to continue using the injections on schedule. If the irregular bleeding or spotting is heavy or lasts for more than a few days, you should consult your doctor or healthcare provider.
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Accessed on September 6, 2016