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first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share HealthLifestyle Contraceptive Injection by: – February 22, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share 110 Views   no discussions BBC HealthFPAYou can prevent pregnancy with an injection every two or three months. Discover how this method works and whether it could be suitable for you.What is it?The contraceptive injection contains the hormone progestogen. There are two types of injection:Depo-Provera provides contraception for three months (12 weeks)Noristerat provides contraception for two months (eight weeks)Depo-Provera is the most used injectable method in the UK. Injectable contraception is a long-acting method of contraception.How does it work?The main way it works is by stopping the ovaries releasing an egg (ovulation) each month. It also:Thickens the mucus in the cervix, making it difficult for sperm to reach an eggMakes the lining of the womb thinner so it’s less likely to accept a fertilised eggMyths about the contraceptive injection:It makes you infertile. Not true – but normal fertility can take some time to return after using Depo-ProveraYou can only use it for two years. Not true – it can be used for longer providing you do not have any risk factors for osteoporosis (being over 45, poor diet, low exercise or family history of osteoporosis)How reliable is it?It’s more than 99 per cent effective. This means that using this method, fewer than one woman in 100 will get pregnant in a year. All long-acting reversible methods are very effective because while they’re being used you don’t have to remember to take or use contraception.How to the contraceptive injectionThe hormone is injected into a muscle, usually in your bottom. Depo-Provera can also sometimes be given in the leg or arm. The injection can be started up to and including the fifth day of your period. If started at any other time, additional contraception has to be used for seven days.Advantages and disadvantagesThe advantages of the contraceptive injection include:It’s very effectiveIt doesn’t interrupt sexYou can use it if you can’t use oestrogens or are breastfeedingIt may reduce heavy painful periods and help with premenstrual symptoms for some womenIt may give you some protection against cancer of the wombIt may give you some protection against pelvic inflammatory diseaseIt isn’t affected by other medicinesThe disadvantages include:Your periods may change in a way that is not acceptable to you, or they may stopIrregular bleeding may continue for some months after you stop the injectionYou may put on weight when you use Depo-ProveraSome women report having headaches, acne, mood changes and breast tendernessThe injection lasts for eight or 12 weeks, so if you have side effects they will continue during this time and for some time afterwardsYour periods and normal fertility may take some time to return – more than a year for some womenOther things you may want to consider include:Once you’ve had the injection you don’t need to think about it until it needs replacingYou don’t need a cervical screening test or internal examination to have the injectionIt doesn’t protect you against sexually transmitted infectionsDepo-Provera affects your normal oestrogen level, which may cause thinning of the bones, but once you stop any risk is reversed – women aged under 18 and over 45 will be carefully counselled about thisCan anyone use it?Most women can have the contraception injection, but it may be unsuitable if you:Think you might already be pregnantWant a baby within the next yearDon’t want your periods to changeHave thrombosis, heart or circulatory diseaseHave active liver diseaseHave breast cancer now or within the past five yearsHave migraines with auraHave diabetes with complications or have had diabetes for more than 20 yearsHave risk factors for osteoporosisWhere can I get it?Injectable contraception is free on the NHS from contraception clinics, sexual health clinics and general practice.last_img read more

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — Left guard Ben Grubbs made his long-awaited return to the field in Pittsburgh last Sunday night.Might wide receiver Lee Evans be next?The veteran wideout returned to the practice field on Wednesday for the first time since Oct. 12 when he tried to practice after the Ravens’ bye week. Evans has been dealing with a left ankle injury that’s sidelined him since the Week 2 loss in Tennessee, but he’s appeared more upbeat over the last week in discussing his status. Coach John Harbaugh said last week the Ravens have not considered placing the 30-year-old receiver on injured reserve.Though it’s far too early to determine Evans’ status for Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, his return would provide another viable option to an improving passing game that’s depended on rookies Torrey Smith and LaQuan Williams as wide receivers behind veteran Anquan Boldin.Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe also returned to the practice field for the first time since injuring his thigh in the Ravens’ win over the Houston Texans on Oct. 16.Left guard Ben Grubbs was practicing after telling reporters he made it through Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh without damaging his right toe any further. However, the turf toe injury will be a factor for the remainder of the season, according to the fifth-year offensive lineman.“It’s not any worse, but it still hurts definitely,” Grubbs said prior to Monday’s practice. “I think I’m able to maintain and I’ll be able to continue to play this season.”The only player missing from Wednesday’s practice was center Matt Birk, who is often given the day off on Wednesday as a way of resting his surgically-repaired knee.Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (concussion) was practicing on Wednesday but said he would not take part in any contact until being cleared later this week.last_img read more

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY — The farewell tour will come to a screeching halt. The Lakers can only hope temporarily.Kobe Bryant will sit out when the Lakers (4-22) visit the Oklahoma City Thunder (17-9) on Saturday at Chesapeake Energy Arena because of emerging soreness in his right shoulder. The Lakers currently do not have answers on the severity of his injury or how it happened. Lakers coach Byron Scott only reported that Bryant woke up on Saturday morning feeling soreness.But the development raised alarms for a few reasons. Bryant had torn the rotator cuff in his right shoulder in late January in New Orleans before needing season-ending surgery. Bryant also threw down a one-handed dunk with his right hand in Thursday’s game against Houston. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more