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Noristerat is a similar injection which gives contraceptive protection for eight weeks.

At the present time Depo-Provera is far more widely used than Noristerat.

You should not have injections if you:

  • have any type of heart disease
  • have breast or womb cancer
  • have liver disease or jaundice
  • have sickle cell anemia
  • have suffered from bad depression
  • might be pregnant
no interruption between foreplay and intercourseSide effects*
no inconvenience of a pillSide effects cannot be neutralized or reversed should side until the effects wear off after 3 months
highly effective it takes an average of 9-10 months to fall pregnant after ceasing injections
elimination of monthly periods after extended usesome prescribed medicines adversely affect the contraception injection's effectiveness
may give some protection against cancer of the wombnot effective against sexually transmitted infection
protects against cancer of the lining of the uterus and iron deficiency anemiareturn of regular periods and fertility may be delayed for up to a year after the last injection
can be used while breast-feeding immediately after deliveryside effects not reversed until medication wears off (up to 12 weeks)
may cause delay in getting pregnant after shots are stopped

*Side effects include:

  • abdominal pain
  • acne
  • depression
  • dizziness
  • fluid retention
  • headache
  • increased appetite
  • increased or decreased sex drive
  • increased risk of blood clots or stroke
  • irregular periods
  • menstrual changes
  • mental depression
  • mild hair loss
  • pregnancy symptoms
  • pregnancies, which rarely occur, are more likely to be ectopic (in the fallopian tubes)
  • prolonged menstrual bleeding
  • small increased risk of breast cancer
  • spotting between periods
  • stomach aches
  • tender breast
  • very little bleeding or no bleeding at all
  • weakness
  • weight changes

Seek immediate medical advice should you have:

  • bad headaches
  • blurred vision
  • chest or abdominal pain
  • excessive bleeding
  • numbness
  • pain, pus or bleeding at injection site
  • severe leg pain

“Hormonal Contraception: Pills, Implants & Injections” by Joseph W. Goldzieher is a useful and informative book for any woman considering or using hormonal contraceptive methods.

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