Safe contraception without dosage errors
‘Depot injection’, a progestin-only medication (like the mini pill) that is injected by a physician into the buttocks is available as an alternative to the pill (which must be taken every day) and can be effective for up to 3 months. This method is generally used for women who are done having children for the time being and who are not allergic to the hormones used in the pill.
- The long-term effectiveness of this method offers safe contraception without the risk of dosage errors (forgetting the pill).
- It is not possible to quickly discontinue use of this method due to allergies or side effects—instead, you must wait until it wears off.
- It often disrupts the menstrual cycle, and it can be awhile before the cycle regulates itself after you stop using the injection.