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Shot (Injectables)

There are two types of birth control shots: the combined shot and the one-hormone shot.

Combined shot

This method is very similar to the combined birth control pills.

The combined shots is a birth control method with very low failure rate. It is an injection of two different hormones, oestrogen and progestin. You have to have this injection every month. It stops your ovaries releasing an egg, so you can’t get pregnant.

The combined shot is not common in Kenya.

One-hormone shot

The one-hormone shot is a birth control method with very low failure rate. It is an injection of just one hormone, progestin. You only have this injection every three months. It works by making the mucus around your cervix thicker so the sperm can’t get through. It can also stop your ovaries producing an egg.

It’s often sold under the brand name Depo-Provera.

On the shot, your periods generally get lighter, some women even stop having periods altogether. Many women also have fewer period pains. There is the chance that the shot can help with preventing some cancers (endometrial and ovarian cancer).

This method is great for women with sickle cell disease.

Many women experience spotting and irregular periods during the first three months of being on injectables. There is also the risk of a possible increase in depression, anxiety, and other mood changes. Also, quite a few women gain weight while on the shot.

Another disadvantage is that you won’t be able to immediately get pregnant when you stop; it may take around ten months to get back to your normal fertility.

This is also a very private method. If you need to hide that you are on birth control, injectables are a great option.

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Hey Faliza, the Depo-Provera shot has a very low failure rate which means there is a really small chance one could get pregnant. This is why it is encouraged to use atleast two methods at a time to increase the rate of success. For instance, you could include condoms as part of prevention of unplanned pregnancy.

One of the disadvantage of using the shot or getting birth control injections is that you won’t be able to immediately get pregnant when you stop; it may take around ten months to get back to your normal fertility and thus get pregnant. Some women get pregnant sooner than the ten months, there is no way to tell how long it will take for you. We wish you well.  Check out this article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/shot

Hello. My wife stopped using this method about one year ago after using it for one year but about 1 year after she stopped using it she has not become pregnant. What is the problem and we have one child from before.

Hello Mike, one disadvantage is that you won’t be able to immediately get pregnant when you stop; it may take around ten months to get back to your normal fertility. If this time has already elapsed to over one year it maybe important to seek the services of a Gynecologist for a check up and further advice. Have a look at the article above and also the following link;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/before-pregnancy/getting-pregnant-dos-and-donts

Hey Kaz, weight gain is one of the expected side effects. This however doesn't mean that every woman will gain significant weight, you can only get to know the side effects you will experience after you start to use the shot. Some of the other side effects include, nausea, headaches, breast tenderness among others. These do clear in a couple of months.

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