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Injectable contraceptive

This is a good hormonal contraceptive method if other contraceptives aren’t suitable for you or if a health care professional has advised you not to take the pill. The injection 💉 replaces your natural menstrual cycle with an artificial cycle.

How do I use an injectable contraceptive?

In Quebec, a specialized nurse 👩‍⚕️ or a doctor can prescribe and administer an injectable contraceptive. Every 3 months, you get an injection deep into the muscle of your buttock, thigh, or arm. The injectable contraceptive replaces your natural menstrual cycle with an artificial cycle.

👍 Advantages

  • Just over half of women stop getting periods after the first year of use. After the injections are stopped, your periods will become normal again.
  • It’s 99.5% effective.
  • The injectable contraceptive can relieve premenstrual pain and reduce the intensity of premenstrual syndrome.

👎 Disadvantages

  • You have to go to your doctor every 3 months for your injection. If you forget, check this site to find out what to do.
  • The injectable contraceptive can trigger irregular, sometimes long and heavy, periods or, on the other hand, it can cause you to stop menstruating.
  • It can cause nausea, headaches, dizziness, and abdominal pain and can affect your weight and your moods.
  • It’s often prescribed as a last resort because it can cause loss of bone density.
  • You’ll usually remain infertile for 9 months to a year after the last injection.
  • The injection costs about $38 to $40. However, it’s covered by provincial health insurance and private insurance.

Although an injectable contraceptive may sound perfect for you, it’s not necessarily advisable because of the serious side-effects. Don’t hesitate to consult your doctor to find out more. He/she may be able to suggest another contraceptive method that is better adapted to your body.