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Important things to know before using Depo injection family planning

Watu wa Depo inawepelekaje?

Depo shot(The New Times)

Don’t think you can hack taking a pill every day? No problem. You could have a three months injection popularly known as Depo.

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But how does this injection work and what do you need to know about it before using it? That’s what we are just about to let you know so that you can make an informed decision.

1. You will have it after every three months

This means that you will have four injections every year. The injection keeps you from getting pregnant for only three months and you should get another shot after that period to remain safe.

2. How it works

Depo is hormonal and it releases progestin into your body.  First, depo prevents ovulation meaning there will be no egg to be fertilized. Secondly, it thickens cervical mucus making it harder for the sperm to swim. Lastly, it thins the uterine wall preventing implantation from taking place.

3. Pregnancy after using depo

If you have been using depo for birth control, it may take up to 10 months for you to conceive. Therefore, if you are looking for a short term form of birth control, depo may not be the best.

4. What to expect after the first injection

Like any other form of hormonal birth control, your body needs time to adjust. You may, therefore, experience bleeding after the injection. It may be just spotting but it could also be prolonged bleeding but it is considered normal. However, if you are concerned about too much bleeding, see your doctor.

ALSO READ: Important things you need to know before getting an IUD

5. When does it start to work?

So long as you have the injection within the first five days of your cycle, it starts working immediately. If you delay though, you will have to use an alternative method for the first seven days.

6. Is it reversible?

It takes time for depo to wear out. It’s not like the IUD or the implant that you can have reversed immediately.

7. Side effects

You may experience irregular bleeding and you may also put on weight. Other side effects include; mood changes, headache, acne, hair loss and your periods may disappear completely.

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