Injectable Contraceptives

Do you want to learn more about injectable contraceptives? Injectable contraceptives are hormone shots given to a woman every few months to prevent pregnancy. Common brand names include Depo Provera and Noristerat. Read on to find out if injectable contraceptives are a good choice for you and your partner.

Injectable contraceptives work using several different methods. They prevent ovulation, meaning that a woman does not release an egg, so she cannot get pregnant. They also thicken a woman's cervical mucus, making it harder for sperm to enter the uterus. They also change the environment of the uterus, making it difficult for a fertilized egg to become implanted.

Injectable contraceptives are a great choice because they are very effective at preventing pregnancy. If used correctly, injectable contraceptives are more than 99 percent effective,and are about 97 percent effective if used incorrectly. They do not interfere with intercourse like a condom or spermicide does.

However, you and your partner must wait up to nine months before getting pregnant after stopping the use of injectable contraceptives. They can also cause side effects, such as irregular menstrual bleeding, weight gain, headaches and nausea. Injectable contraceptives do not prevent against sexually transmitted diseases.

Your partner should not use injectable contraceptives if she is pregnant, has breast cancer, Cushing's syndrome or fragile bones. She can see her doctor for a prescription for injectable contraceptives. Each injection costs between $35 and $75. Your partner may also need an exam before receiving the shot, which can cost between $35 and $250. Your health insurance provider may cover some or all of these costs.

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