Nearly all women can use injectables safely and effectively, including all women who have or have not had children and are not married.
A DMPA shot is a safe form of contraception containing depo medroxy progesterone acetate. One DMPA shot will give you 3 months of contraceptive protection.
Long term use of injectables won’t result to cancer. In fact, it helps prevent ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer.
An injectable would be a perfect choice if you are a breastfeeding mother who prefers a longer protection. With just one DMPA shot you can expect protection and still give your baby healthy milk at the same time.
Yes, this is suitable for smoking women.
There is no evidence that injectables affect a woman’s sexual behaviour.
Forget what you heard about injectables. It only temporarily prevents ovulation only because you regularly get your DMPA shot every 3 months. If you stop taking it, your fertility will return back to normal.
The common effect of injectables that you are experiencing is called amenorrhea. This is not a harmful effect and should not cause you to think that blood is building up inside your body.
Long term use of injectables won’t cause birth defects on your future child. If for instance, you get pregnant while using injectables, this will not harm the fetus.
Since you are a new user, expect a few mild side effects –irregular bleeding, headaches and dizziness, which eventually disappear after 3 months of using injectables.