My experience on the contraceptive injection.

Friday, 1 September 2017


It's now coming up to three months since I walked into see the nurse practitioner at my doctors, I have had a very on off relationship with the pill and like most people it made me a hormonal mess. Despite this I wanted to be on some form of contraception and have never had the guts to ask about any other forms, so I've just gone along with the pill. When I walked into the nurses office and sat down she was the sweetest lady ever and I just blurted out I want to talk about my contraception options and she was so helpful, asked me what I'd tried before, what I would try and what else was out there. 

She went through my options and I was leaning towards the implant, but curious about the injection, I hadn't heard much about it at this point, however she said it could done that day, was basically painless, is more the 99% effective as long as it is done within first 5 days of your period and redone before the old one wears off and lasts for three months! (This depends on the type of injection as there are different ones however you will be advised of this but most is 3 months). The little bit of a catch is the fact it is injected into your bum cheek. I was slightly concerned about this, however I went along with it. The worst that can happen is it stings a little and for someone covered in tattoos I can't really moan about pain too much. Needles freak me out usually but obviously I couldn't see it, so I was all fine. She told me to take in a deep breath and within a few seconds it was over. I assumed it was on both sides but it was just the one and I was in shock that it was that easy, no pills, no worrying about it for the next 3 months. Then and there she gave me an appointment for my second one which is coming up in a few weeks.

At first it ached a little, probably for three or four days. I had fairly bad mood swings for the first week also, but that is literally it. I was warned for the first injection I may experience a little bleeding from time to time which has happened, but it is honestly the tiniest bit. I was advised after my second injection I wouldn't have anymore bleeding and no periods, which made so happy as mine are SO painful. However all it means is you need to use condoms for the first week. I've hands down found my experience so far on the Depo injection super easy and will definitely be getting it for the future.


A few pieces of information to bare in mind about the injection before getting it:

  • Once it is in, it's in so you can't do much about it if you're having a bad time, unlike the pill/implant you're stuck with it for three months.
  • Like all contraception you can get bad side effects at first. Which can be a little worrying, however they soon pass.
  • It can take up to one year for your fertility to return back to normal, so not good as a short term thing if you are thinking of planning a family soon.
  • Can make your bones weaker, so if you have any issues around this, this probably isn't the correct method for you. 

I'd totally recommend this to anyone looking for a new form of contraception as it is so easy to be done, and a great alternative to the pill. If you have any questions I'll happy answer them on Twitter or in the comments! 

21 comments

  1. This was so helpful! I've always wondered about the birth control shot but I never knew anyone who had ever been on it before (I have a friend who has the implant in her arm but that's about it as far as a different kind of birth control other than the pill). I'm currently on the patch, where you put on a new one once a week and it's so much easier than remembering to take a pill everyday. But now I'm starting to think about the injection! Thanks for the post and I'm really glad you're having a good experience with the shots!

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  2. I have to admit I've never fancied the injection, I don't like the idea of once you've had it it's in you for X amount of time and if you have side effects you can't come off. I'm glad it works for you though, everyone is different with these things so good to hear experiences.

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  3. I was looking into this instead of the pill as I used to have very bad migraines and my GP told me it could be the pill. A great post on contraception. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I've not heard much about the injection, I have the implant and fortunately I've not had any issues x

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  5. I really didn't know anything about the injection so this was a really interesting read. I may actually consider getting this instead of carrying on with the pill

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  6. I've not actually come across this one! I get sceptical about trying any new contraceptive these days, as I did it 3 years into being on the pill and had a horrible experience. I went back to my first choice and haven't had an issue since - so I just wonder whether I should consider chancing it all again!

    Kayleigh x

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  7. I was going to look into this and was thinking about moving onto the coil as I struggle with the pill. My friend said she felt horrendous when it came to the end of the injection time so I'm glad it hasn't effected you like that

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  8. I've been on the pill for over a decade now, so I'm very good with it and know it works for me, but I had no idea the injection was even an option! I'll definitely talk about it to my friends who can't seem to remember to take their pill and don't want to go for the implant.

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  9. Never waned to go on the injection at all, but a great informative post for those who may be looking into this :) x

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  10. I have never been a fan of the injection at all - however this is a great post for anyone considering it in their options.

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  11. I didn't know this was so readily available! I would love to only have to do it once every 3 months but I'd be worried about not "feeling" it working so to speak. I like to take the pill every day so it feels like I've done something.

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  12. I have never tried the injection - I have tried various pills, the implant and the coil. I have to say, of them all, the coil was the best as it didn't put any extra hormones into my body x

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  13. Being in a same sex relationships I have not had to think about contraceptive anything...however this is useful to know for the future for family members who are looking in to this. x

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  14. This is such an informative post, I have the implant and I found it works better for me than the injection ever did but everyones body is different and I am pleased you found something that works for you.

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  15. I've not heard much about the injection. I like the idea of this but I'm scared

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  16. Oh wow you are brave. I can't cope with injections I hate them. It's good for those looking at this option to be able to read about your experience.

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  17. Personally I never liked or fancies injections but I get them all the time for being sick, or through the IVF procedure I went through. I can say you are very brave indeed!

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  18. My mummy has aways been intrigued about the contraception injection, but if it makes your bones weaker then it probably isn't for her unfortunately. Sounds great for you though :)

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  19. I didn't know anything about contraception injections. It sounds like it would be a great option to consider.

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  20. Very helpful insight, and something that is not spoken about enough! xx

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  21. I loved depo!!! Was on it for 2 and a half years before they made me sto - the NHS guideline is 2 years because of the risk to your bones. Great post love and well done for braving the needle ;) xx

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