The prick pill is a contraception that is administered in the form of an injection. Every 3 months you have to have a new injection given by the doctor or gynecologist. One of the disadvantages of a prick pill is that it takes some time before the hormones of the "pill" have left your body. For that reason, it can take up to a year before you are fertile and can become pregnant. Would you like to know more about the effects of the injection contraceptive, side effects and reliability and other questions? Then read on.
In the Netherlands there are two types available:
- Depo-Provera: it is injected into the muscle.
- Sayana: it is injected under the skin.
The prick pill must be given by a doctor or gynecologist. In this "pill" are female sex hormones (progestogen). These hormones ensure that there is no ovulation and that sperm cells do not reach the cervix. In addition, it prevents the implantation of a possibly fertilized egg.
The hormones stay in your body for 3 months. After these 3 months you have to have a new prick pill administered again. The advantage is that you are protected for 12 weeks each time. Another advantage is that this form of contraception remains reliable for vomiting or diarrhea.
When does the prick pill work?
When you start this contraception for the very first time, you can do so in the first 5 days of your period. You are then immediately protected. If you start at another time, you will only be protected after 7 days. Therefore, use a condom for the first 7 days. As long as you have a new prick every 12 weeks or 3 months, you are always protected.
The prick pill is a very reliable contraceptive if you're going to get an injection every three months. The chance of becoming pregnant while using this contraception is 0.3%. If you suffer from diarrhea or vomiting, it does not matter with this contraception. So you remain protected.
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Have you forgotten to get a new injection after 3 months? Then there is a chance that you can become pregnant and you better do a pregnancy test.
Do you want to test if you are pregnant?
This test is more sensitive than other pregnancy tests so you can test 6 days before your period.
Prickly pill side effects
If you start using this contraception, your menstrual cycle may change. In the beginning you can have irregular and somewhat longer bleeding than before. After about 6 months the irregular bleeding will decrease and chances are that your period will stay away from then on.
An annoying side effect of the lancing device is that it can cause bone loss. For this reason, women under the age of 18 and over the age of 45 are not recommended to use this contraception.
The most common side effects are:
- Weight gain or weight reduction
- Slight nervousness
- Abdominal pain or restless belly
Getting pregnant after a contraceptive
With this contraception you have no influence on your menstrual cycle. Your period may completely fail after 3 to 6 months of use. If you want to become pregnant after the injection contraceptive, it is necessary that the hormones of the contraception are removed from your body. You also need to get your menstrual cycle back on track. It can take about 10 months to a year before you are fertile and can become pregnant.
Also read: Getting pregnant after the pill!
Advantages and disadvantages of the injection joint in a row
Advantages of the injection device:
- You only need to get a new injection once every 3 months.
- In proportion, this contraception is reasonably cheap.
- It is a discreet method that can keep you hidden.
- After 3 to 6 months you have little or no blood loss.