Depot Injection

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Chemical formulation: Progesterone

How to use: Injection usually given by a medical practitioner or health worker every 8 weeks for Noristerat and every 12 weeks for Depo Povera

Type of contraception: Hormonal

Availability: Prescription only, given by licensed professional


Effectiveness: >99%


Easily reversible

Safe for breastfeeding mothers

Reduces heavy painful periods

Gives protection from pelvic inflammatory disease (the mucus from the cervix may stop bacteria entering the womb) and may also give some protection against cancer of the womb


No protection from STIs

Side effects like headaches, nausea and weight gain

May lead to acne and osteoporosis

There may also be mood changes and some disruption of periods

May cause weight gain

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