Family planning injections (DEPO MEDROXY PROGESTRONE ACETATE (DMPA))

  • It is a hormonal preparation(progesterone) taken at three monthly intervals. Each dose contains 150 mg of DMPA, injected as a single dose deep into your muscle. The hormone is released slowly from the muscle into the blood stream.

It is a hormonal preparation(progesterone) taken at three monthly intervals. Each dose contains 150 mg of DMPA, injected as a single dose deep into your muscle. The hormone is released slowly from the muscle into the blood stream.

Females of the child bearing age release eggs (ova) from the ovaries (female sex organ), usually every 28 days. A pregnancy results when an egg combines with a sperm (fertilization). The main action of DMPA is to prevent this release of eggs (ova).

In addition it thickens the cervical mucus making the sperm migration difficult, within the female reproductive tract.

Also, it makes the uterine lining (lining of the womb) thin so that the implantation of the embryo (early pregnancy stage) will not take place.

  • Highly effective provided the woman returns periodically for further injections on the given dates. It is 99.97% effective if used properly.
  • Contraceptive effect is immediate if used within the first 7 days of periods.
  • It does not protect against sexually transmitted disease (STD), so you need to use a condom to lower the chance of getting STD’s.
  • Your family doctor.
  • MOH clinics.
  • Government and private hospitals.
  • Family Health Bureau – De sarem road, Colombo 10. Tel – 0112696677
  • Family Planing Association – Buller’s lane, Colombo 7. Tel -011 258 4157, 011 258 4153
  • Breast feeding mothers.
  • Those who prefer a method that has no effect on sexual intercourse.
  • Those who want to space their next pregnancy.
  • When oestrogen containing methods are not suitable.

Can any woman get Depo Provera injections?

It cannot be used in women who

  • Are pregnant.
  • Have unexplained vaginal bleeding.
  • Have a serious liver disease.
  • Have breast cancer.
  • If you are having monthly bleeds: Injection is given within the first 5 days of periods.
  • If you are breast feeding : Injection is given after 6 weeks of delivery.
  • Following abortion: If abortion occurred during first 3 months of pregnancy – injection is given within 1st week of abortion. If abortion occurred after first 3 months of pregnancy – injection is given 4 weeks after abortion.
  • Injections are given every 3 months by the provider. Do not massage the injection site after the administration of the injection. Always check the expiry date before use.If you are unable to come on time for the next injection:
  • Ideally the injection should be repeated every 90 days to prevent any failure.
  • If by any chance you are unable to make it on the scheduled day it is advisable that you take it within 14 days before the scheduled date.
  • In case you miss your depo shot on the scheduled date, get it as soon as possible, within 4 weeks of the scheduled date.
  • If the shot is delayed beyond 4 weeks, use a condom or avoid sexual intercourse for  7 days after getting the shot of depo provera.
  • Changes in your period – You won’t have your period every month, but instead have irregular, unpredictable bleeding. This is annoying but not a serious problem. Many women stop having their menstrual periods while on depo provera which is not a reason to worry. You will get your menstrual periods back within 6 to 18 months after you stop taking the injection.
  • Weight gain – Due to increased appetite. This can be controlled by regular exercise and taking a healthy diet.
  • Headaches and dizziness.
  • Mild breast pain and swelling.
  • On an average it may take around 7 -12 months after stopping the injection.
  • Family planning injections (DEPO MEDROXY PROGESTRONE ACETATE (DMPA)):
  • It is a hormonal preparation(progesterone) taken at three monthly intervals. Each dose contains 150 mg of DMPA, injected as a single dose deep into your muscle. The hormone is released slowly from the muscle into the blood stream.
  • It is a hormonal preparation(progesterone) taken at three monthly intervals. Each dose contains 150 mg of DMPA, injected as a single dose deep into your muscle. The hormone is released slowly from the muscle into the blood stream.
  • Females of the child bearing age release eggs (ova) from the ovaries (female sex organ), usually every 28 days. A pregnancy results when an egg combines with a sperm (fertilization). The main action of DMPA is to prevent this release of eggs (ova).
  • In addition it thickens the cervical mucus making the sperm migration difficult, within the female reproductive tract.
  • Also, it makes the uterine lining (lining of the womb) thin so that the implantation of the embryo (early pregnancy stage) will not take place.
  • Highly effective provided the woman returns periodically for further injections on the given dates. It is 99.97% effective if used properly.
  • Contraceptive effect is immediate if used within the first 7 days of periods.
  • It does not protect against sexually transmitted disease (STD), so you need to use a condom to lower the chance of getting STD’s.
  • Your family doctor.
  • MOH clinics.
  • Government and private hospitals.
  • Family Health Bureau – De sarem road, Colombo 10. Tel – 0112696677
  • Family Planing Association – Buller’s lane, Colombo 7. Tel -011 258 4157, 011 258 4153
  • Breast feeding mothers.
  • Those who prefer a method that has no effect on sexual intercourse.
  • Those who want to space their next pregnancy.
  • When oestrogen containing methods are not suitable.

Can any woman get Depo Provera injections?

No! It cannot be used in women who;

  • Are pregnant.
  • Have unexplained vaginal bleeding.
  • Have a serious liver disease.
  • Have breast cancer.
  • If you are having monthly bleeds: Injection is given within the first 5 days of periods.
  • If you are breast feeding : Injection is given after 6 weeks of delivery.
  • Following abortion: If abortion occurred during first 3 months of pregnancy – injection is given within 1st week of abortion. If abortion occurred after first 3 months of pregnancy – injection is given 4 weeks after abortion.
  • Injections are given every 3 months by the provider. Do not massage the injection site after the administration of the injection. Always check the expiry date before use.
    If you are unable to come on time for the next injection:
  • Ideally the injection should be repeated every 90 days to prevent any failure.
  • If by any chance you are unable to make it on the scheduled day it is advisable that you take it within 14 days before the scheduled date.
  • In case you miss your depo shot on the scheduled date, get it as soon as possible, within 4 weeks of the scheduled date.
  • If the shot is delayed beyond 4 weeks, use a condom or avoid sexual intercourse for  7 days after getting the shot of depo provera.
  • Changes in your period – You won’t have your period every month, but instead have irregular, unpredictable bleeding. This is annoying but not a serious problem. Many women stop having their menstrual periods while on depo provera which is not a reason to worry. You will get your menstrual periods back within 6 to 18 months after you stop taking the injection.
  • Weight gain – Due to increased appetite. This can be controlled by regular exercise and taking a healthy diet.
  • Headaches and dizziness.
  • Mild breast pain and swelling.
  • On an average it may take around 7 -12 months after stopping the injection.