Private & Confidential Injection
Our Contraceptive Injection
Getting a contraceptive injection
Our specialists will begin by making sure you are comfortable to start the consultation. We will then start to understand your general medical history & a detailed sexual history to ensure the contraceptive injection is an appropriate form of contraception for you.
If it is safe to do so, our specialists will give you the contraceptive injection.
Come back in 12-14 weeks for a repeat dosage.
This can take between 15-20 minutes. You will have enough time to discuss any questions or worries you may have.
Who will I see?
All contraceptive injection appointments will be with a sexual health specialist. With extensive experience and knowledge in the field, you are in safe hands.
All female appointments will have a female chaperone, if necessary.
Is this confidential?
Yes. Absolutely. We normally DO NOT SHARE your contraceptive record with anyone. Your contraceptive record will stay with us, unless agreed upon otherwise. The NHS or your GP will not have access to your contraceptive record.
Read more about how we protect your confidentiality.
How much will it cost me?
(consultation fee included)
Contraceptive Injection FAQs
What is a Contraceptive injection?
The Contraceptive Injection is injected in the muscle of the buttock. It works for up to 12-14 weeks, in a manner similar to the contraceptive pill.
The main side effect of the contraceptive injection is: changes in the bleeding pattern.
Other common side effects include: headaches, skin changes, mood changes, bloating, reduction of libido, abdominal pain and breast tenderness.
Usually by the time 3 doses have been given, the woman does not have any periods.
This is perfectly normal, but could also include irregular bleeding/spotting from light to heavy.
Fertility delay can also be caused by this method, so if planning a pregnancy, advice is to swap to alternative method 1 year prior to conception.
- Progestogen-only injectable use is associated with a small loss of bone mineral density, which is usually recovered after discontinuation.
How does it work?
The contraceptive injection works in 3 ways:
- It Inhibits ovulation
- It thins the endometrium (lining of the uterus)
- It thickens cervical mucus to prevent sperm entering the uterus
Simply put, the contraceptive injection prevents the body from releasing an egg, or if it does, the sperm will not be able to reach the egg or a fertilised egg will be unable to implant in the womb.
When should I take it?
You should take a contraceptive injection once every 12-14 weeks, administered by a specialist