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Common side effects of combined injections:
Because the injection contains the same hormones as
combined birth control pills, the same side effects are common
(see page 209).
How to use birth control injections:
It is best to get your first injection during your monthly bleeding. This way you
know that you are not pregnant. You can start the injections anytime if you are
breastfeeding and have not started your monthly bleeding.
The injection protects you against pregnancy immediately if it is given within 5
days after your monthly bleeding begins. If the injection was given 6 or more days
after the beginning of your monthly bleeding, you should use condoms or not have
sex for the next 7 days.
You must have an injection every 1, 2, or 3 months, depending on the kind of
• Depo Provera: every 3 months
• Noristerat: every 2 months
• Cyclofem and Mesigyna: every month
Try not to be late getting injections. The injection becomes less effective
the longer you wait. If you are late, use a barrier method, or do not have sexual
intercourse for 7 days after the injection.
You are using Depo
Provera, so you will
need to come back
in 3 months for your
To stop using injections:
You can stop having birth control injections any time you want.
But after you stop, it can take a year or more to become pregnant
and for your monthly bleeding to return to normal. But it also may
come back sooner. So if you do not want to become pregnant
right away, you must use another family planning method during
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