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Contraceptive injection & patch

injectionContraceptive injection (Depo-Provera)

What is the contraceptive injection?

An injection of progestogen.

How effective is it?

Over 99%

Advantages

  • This is a long term method and lasts for 8-12 weeks.
  • You don’t have to think about taking something every day.
  • It’s quick and easy.

Disadvantages

  • It can’t be removed from the body so side effects could continue while it works, and in some cases, for some time afterwards.
  • It doesn’t protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections.

patchThe Contraceptive Patch

What is the patch?

The patch is a small, thin, beige coloured patch, nearly 5cm x 5cm in size. You stick it on your skin and it releases two hormones – oestrogen and progestogen.

It works in the same way as the combined pill.

How effective is it?

99%

Advantages

  • You only have to remember to change the patch once a week.
  • It’s easy to use.
  • Unlike the pill, the hormones do not need to be absorbed by the stomach, so the patch is not affected if you vomit or have diarrhoea.

Disadvantages

  • It can be seen.
  • It may cause skin irritation in some women.
  • It may increase your blood pressure.
  • It doesn’t protect you against Sexually Transmitted Infections.