Injectable Contraception (DepoProvera©)
Often called 'the jag', this is very reliable, convenient contraception. The injection is given every 12 weeks, at the top of the thigh. You might find your periods are irregular to start with, but they often disappear altogether when you have been using the injection for a few months. One disadvantage is that the effects of the injection can take many months to completely wear off after you stop using this method. This needs to be considered if you are thinking about getting pregnant in the next year or so.
Injectable Contraception (Sayana Press)
This is a new injectable contraceptive method. In all ways it is very similar to Depo Provera except it is injected just under the skin of your abdomen or the front of your thigh. Depo is injected deeper, into the gluteal muscle of your buttock.
Sayana can be injected by a doctor or nurse, or the injection technique is easy for you to learn to do yourself. That means you have the option of giving your own injection at home if you want to. You could collect supplies and check in with the clinic once a year instead of 4 times a year like with Depo Provera.
If you’d like to learn more, check out the details at www.sayanaanswers.co.uk, the Sayana manufacturer’s website.
If you want to come in and speak to a nurse or doctor about starting Sayana or learning to inject it yourself, please phone us and mention to the nurse on the appointment line that you’d like to start Sayana. Before you come into the clinic, please download and fill in the two checklists:
Bring the checklists with you to ensure that you’re well informed about Sayana itself and about the process of self-injecting; it’ll also help you to focus on any other questions you want to ask the doctor/nurse at your appointment.
The only implant currently available in Scotland is Nexplanon©. It is a small plastic rod which is inserted under the skin of your upper arm. The implant slowly releases a low dose of a progesterone hormone.
This method is highly reliable. It lasts for three years, but you can have it removed sooner.
This is a reliable method which can last five to ten years, although it can be easily removed at any time. It has no hormones in it, so women using this method continue to have periods as usual. If you are suitable and we have the staff available, we will try to fit the IUD for you at your first visit to Chalmers Sexual Health Centre. If you can attend any of our peripheral clinics, we will usually discuss the method and arrange for you to return for an appointment at a time that suits you to have the IUD fitted.
This is a very reliable contraceptive which is fitted in your uterus. It lasts five years, but can be removed easily at any time. It contains a progestogen hormone and so it makes your periods much lighter and may even make them disappear. If you are suitable and we have the staff available, we will try to fit the IUS for you at your first visit to Chalmers Sexual Health Centre. If you can attend any of our peripheral clinics, we will usually discuss the method and arrange for you to return for a booked appointment to have the IUS fitted.