CONTRACEPTIVE OPTIONS

The Contraceptive Injection

The Contraceptive Injection

What is the contraceptive injection?

 The Contraceptive Injection

The contraceptive injection is an injection of the hormone progestogen that provides a longer acting alternative to the contraceptive pill.

How long does the injection last?

The injection contains enough hormone for up to 3 months.

How does the injection work?

The injection contains the hormone progestogen, which prevents pregnancy by changing the cervical mucus and preventing the release of the egg from the ovary.

Other considerations.

The contraceptive injection is given as an injection into the muscle every 3 months. It is expected that 65% of women wishing to become pregnant will conceive within 12 months, however for some women return to fertility may be delayed for up to 18 months. Your doctor will be able to answer any questions you may have about the injection.



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Contraception fast facts

Contraception use

Almost a quarter of women surveyed about contraception and choice admit they have never considered changing from the contraceptive method they are currently using.
Contraception use

1 in 10 women say they are too uncomfortable to ask their partner to wear a condom.
Unplanned pregnancy

A Marie Stopes International survey revealed that an unplanned pregnancy was a reality for over half of the 2,003 Australian women surveyed.
Unplanned pregnancy

60% of these women were using contraception at the time they fell pregnant.
Unplanned pregnancy

The chances of a woman becoming pregnant from a single act of unprotected sex increases from almost nothing on day one of her period to 25% on the day prior to ovulation.
Talking to your GP

Research shows that 3 out of 10 Australian women have never visited their doctor specifically to talk about contraception or to have a contraception check-up.
Talking to your GP

49% of all women said that their doctor had never asked about their contraception during a check up.
Talking to your GP

7 out of 10 women said that their doctor had never encouraged them to consider alternative forms of contraception.
References
Safer sex and contraception fast facts – Family planning Victoria. Available at www.fpv.org.au. [Accessed December 2010].
Marie Stopes International Australia. Media release: research shows women place low priority on contraception. 25 August 2010.
Marie Stopes International Australia. Real Choices: Women, contraception and unplanned pregnancy. January 2008. Available at www.mariestopes.com.au/research. [Accessed December 2010 ].
IMP-10-AUS-7288-PE. First issued February 2011.
References
Marie Stopes International Australia. Media release: research shows women place low priority on contraception. 25 August 2010.
Marie Stopes International Australia. Real Choices: Women, contraception and unplanned pregnancy. January 2008. Available at www.mariestopes.com.au/research. [Accessed December 2010 ].
IMP-10-AUS-7288-PE. First issued February 2011.
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