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THE INJECTION   The injection is exactly what it says; an injection that you have either every 8 or 12 weeks, which contains the hormone progestogen. This stops the release of an egg and also thickens cervical mucus to help prevent sperm getting through. There are two types: Depo-Provera (given every 12 weeks) and Noristerat (given every 8 weeks). This has to be administered by a nurse and is usually injected into a muscle such as the buttocks. It is 99% effective.  

The injection is good as it means that you can forget about it completely until the next time it is due, but it is important that you do have the top up injections in time or else it will stop working. There are possible side effects for some women such as headaches so it may be best to try another progestogen based contraceptive first to make sure it suits you as once the injection is in it will mean the side effects may remain for the next 8 to 12 weeks. Periods may be irregular or stop altogether on the injection and may remain so for up to a year after you have finished using it. The Injection does not protect from STIs/STD's.
 

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