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Contraceptive Injection

Contraceptive Injection provides hormonal birth control.

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Contraceptive Injection

Overview

Understanding Contraceptive Injections

The Contraceptive Injection is a form of birth control that contains the hormone progestin. It is administered every three months and works by suppressing ovulation, preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg. It also thickens cervical mucus, making it difficult for sperm to reach the egg.

When Treatment is Recommended

Contraceptive injection is recommended for individuals who do not want to take a daily birth control pill, need to avoid using estrogen, or have health problems such as anemia, seizures, sickle cell disease, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids.

Overview of Treatments Available

A contraceptive injection is administered as an injection either deep into the muscle or just beneath the skin. Both methods have similar benefits and risks. The injection is typically given by a healthcare provider, but there is a version that can be administered by patients at home.

Key Takeaways

  • Contraceptive Injection is a progestin-only birth control method.
  • Administered every three months, it suppresses ovulation and thickens cervical mucus.
  • Suitable for those who cannot use estrogen-based contraceptives or prefer not to take daily pills.
  • Costs and insurance coverage vary; compare providers on Odycy for the best options.
  • Side effects may include menstrual irregularities, weight gain, and decreased libido.
  • Alternative contraceptive methods include oral contraceptives, IUDs, and natural birth control.
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Typical Costs & Insurance

The cost of a Contraceptive Injection can vary depending on the Private Provider that you choose. Enter your postcode and click search to compare the cost of Contraceptive Injection directly on Odycy to find the best Contraceptive Injection prices near you.

The cost of Contraceptive Injection may be covered by private health insurance plans, depending on the specifics of the policy. Check with your insurance provider to understand what is covered.

For those without insurance or if insurance doesn't cover the cost of Contraceptive Injection, self-pay options are available.

If you need to pay out of pocket to cover the cost of Contraceptive Injection then finding an affordable option is easier with Odycy - enter your postcode and search for the service you need. You'll be able to directly compare Private Provider prices from the best Private Provider's near you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a contraceptive injection?

A progestin-only birth control method administered every three months, suppressing ovulation and thickening cervical mucus to prevent pregnancy.

Further Information

Condition Related Concerns

Contraceptive injections are generally safe but can have side effects such as menstrual irregularities, abdominal pain, weight gain, dizziness, headache, and decreased libido. It is not recommended for long-term use (longer than 2 years) unless other options are considered inadequate.

Causes of the Condition

The need for contraception arises from the desire to prevent unintended pregnancies. The contraceptive injection provides a convenient and effective method of birth control.

Treatment Approaches

A contraceptive injections is one of many contraceptive methods available. Other options include oral contraceptives, intrauterine devices (IUDs), and natural birth control methods. The choice of method depends on individual health, lifestyle, and personal preference.

Service Overview

Contraceptive injection is a reliable contraceptive method when administered correctly. It offers the convenience of requiring only four injections per year and is a suitable solution for those who cannot use estrogen-based contraceptives.

Step-by-Step Guide to the Treatment

The contraceptive injection is typically administered every three months by a healthcare provider. It can be injected into the muscle or just beneath the skin. It starts preventing pregnancy within 24 hours if injected in the first seven days of your cycle. If the injection is not in the first seven days of your cycle, a backup method must be used for seven days after the injection.

References

  1. Mayo Clinic. (2022). Contraceptive injection.
  2. Cleveland Clinic. (2021) (Birth Control Shot)
  3. Pfizer Medical Information - US. (2023).
  4. University Health Services. (2023).

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