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Contraceptive Injection

The contraceptive injection is a very effective reversible method of contraception, which lasts for 14 weeks. It can be given by a trained specialist or you can be trained to give it to yourself.

How does it work?

There are different types of contraceptive injections available e.g. Depo-ProveraTM , Sayana PressTM or NoristeratTM.

It releases the hormone progestogen which is absorbed into your bloodstream to prevent pregnancy. This is similar to the natural hormone progesterone, which is released by a woman's ovaries.

It works by:
• stopping an egg releasing every month (ovulation)
• thickening the mucus from the cervix (neck of the womb), making it difficult for sperm to pass through to the womb and reach an unfertilised egg
• making the lining of the womb thinner, so that it is unable to support a fertilised egg

The injection can be given at any time during your menstrual cycle, as long as you and your doctor are reasonably sure you are not pregnant.

Contraceptive Injection

More information about the Injection, who can use it and how it works.

What happens at my injection appointment?

After checking in at reception, you will be called into the clinic by a doctor or nurse. They will talk to you about your options and check that the injection is a suitable method of contraception for you. They will ask you about any illnesses or operations you or your family may have had. They will also discuss sexual health. If suitable they will be able to administer your injection during the appointment.

If you have chosen SayanaTM and want to self-administer this at home, they will teach you how to do this. The appointment generally lasts for 30 minutes. A follow up appointment will be arranged.

It is best not to bring children as there are no child care facilities in the building. If you do need to attend with your child please bring another adult with you to care for them in the waiting area while you are in the clinic. Otherwise, you may be asked to return without your children. There is a lovely park across the road with several play areas if you are able to leave your children with a trusted adult.




Manage your sexual health online

You can book appointments online with Sandyford for all contraceptive options including Injections. 


What to expect at Sandyford

All the information you need about your visit to Sandyford. Before, during and after the appointment.