You can get pregnant if a man’s sperm reaches one of your eggs (which are known as your ova). Contraception works in one of two basic ways: it stops your egg production or it keeps your eggs and the sperm from coming into contact with each other.

If you require any advice regarding birth control, then contact IPSA Medical. Our environment is both private and safe. An experienced female doctor will discuss your particular contraceptive needs with you.

At our IPSA Medical clinic, a female doctor will see you. She has a particular interest in the area of family planning. Here, you will be given an in-depth consultation/examination, and the various types of contraception will be discussed with you.

Your female IPSA Medical doctor will be happy to answer any of the questions that you may have regarding contraception and she will work with you so that the most suitable form of contraception is found for you. A pregnancy test will be given so that any contraindications in terms of starting contraception are ruled out.

If you make the choice of depot injections, then you will be booked in for the required regular sessions. You will also be reminded before each appointment.

It is easy to book an appointment to see your IPSA Medical doctor, as the clinics are open 7 days a week.

Contact IPSA Medical to book a same-day appointment with one of our doctors.

Depo-Provera Injections

The injection method is a very effective form of contraception. Depo-Provera is the most common injection, and it lasts for a full 12 weeks.

This injection, which contains progestogen, keeps the sperm and the egg apart. Progestogen works by thickening the mucus present in the cervix, thus preventing the sperm from reaching an egg. It also makes the womb lining thinner; this might also prevent egg release.

This injection does affect the natural oestrogen levels in your body, and so can lead to a thinning of your bones; however, this does not increase the risk of your bones breaking. There is also no evidence that this will lead to any long-term issues.

Are There Any Risks?

There are advantages and also disadvantages from this type of contraceptive injection.

It is a safe alternative for women who are breastfeeding, making the contraceptive injection popular for some women. It can also lessen premenstrual symptoms.

The disadvantages include things such as increased apetite and disrupted periods. There are some side effects in some women: mood changes, headaches, acne, tender breasts and a loss of sex drive.

During your family planning/birth-control appointment, your female IPSA Medical doctor will run through the pros and cons to help you to decide on the method of contraception that is the right choice for you.

Contraceptive Injections: Some Facts

  • The injection does not protect you or your partner from STIs (sexually transmitted infections), so your partner will need to use a condom for STI protection
  • The injection can give you some protection from pelvic inflammatory disease and womb cancer
  • The injection, when used correctly, is over 99% effective
  • If you cannot use oestrogen-containing contraception (e.g. the vaginal ring, the contraceptive patch or the combined pill), then this is a good alternative

For advice on birth control, contact IPSA Medical today to arrange your same-day appointment.

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