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An effective, long-acting and reversible method of contraception

A contraceptive injectable contains a hormone that is injected into the body that stops eggs being released.

Injectables are a very effective method of contraception when used correctly.

To continue being effective, you must make sure to return for an injection every 2-3 months, otherwise you risk the chance of becoming pregnant.


99% – If one hundred women used an injectable for a year and carried on with their normal sex life then only one of those women would fall pregnant during that period.


Injectables are available at all of our clinic locations.


Please contact our team for more information about pricing.

Injectable advantages

Injectables offer numerous advantages as a long-acting, reversible method of contraception.

  • The procedure is very quick and painless
  • Provide up to 12 weeks of very effective contraception
  • May help with heavy periods.

These benefits come from the correct use of an injectable when administered by a trained provider. If using an injectable, you should also make sure to follow any product manufacturer instructions.

Things to consider

When deciding if an injectable is right for you, here are a few quick facts you should consider:

  • Some women may find they have spotting and bleeding for the first few weeks, but this usually settles down
  • Periods may stop, but this is nothing to worry about
  • Fertility may take up to a year to return after stopping
  • Will not protect from STI/HIV
  • As it is an injection, if you have any symptoms, such as bleeding, you cannot reverse this method immediately.

How an injectable works

The injection is usually administered in the arm, thigh or buttock by a trained provider.

It only takes a few minutes to have the injection.  It can take up to 7 days before the injection starts to work if you have not previously used a contraceptive injectable. You can use a condom for those 7 days.

Depending on the type of injectable given, another injection will be required in 2-3 months times to continue being an effective contraceptive method.

Injectable aftercare advice

If you have your first injectable on day 1 to 5 of a period, it will work straight away. At any other time, extra precautions, such as condoms or abstaining from sex will be required for 7 days. 

If you’ve recently had an abortion, you can have an injectable following your treatment. It will be given to you during your treatment and will work straight away. It will then last a further 12 weeks before another injection is required.

You may need to use protection for 7 days after your first injectable to prevent pregnancy.

Find your best fit

If you’re unsure what method is best for you, take our online contraception quiz.