The Injectable Contraceptive or birth control shot is a form of contraception that contains progestin, which prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation. It both thickens the cervical mucus to make it difficult for sperm to fertilize an egg, while also thinning the uterine lining that inhibits the implantation of a fertilized egg. This shot can also be used for heavy bleeding.

How is the birth control shot administered?

The Injectable Contraceptive is administered via intramuscular injections. The injections are composed of depot medroxyprogesterone (DMPA), and patients have the option to receive the shot through the following dosages:

  • 150mg of depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) effective for 3 months
  • 50mg of depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) effective for 1 month

Dosage of the birth control shot is dependent on the advice of your attending OBGYN.

Benefits of the birth control shot

There are several benefits to getting the injectable contraceptive, especially for those who are looking for an alternative to taking birth control pills daily. Aside from preventing pregnancy, it is good for those with estrogen sensitivity and may also be used as a treatment option for women with endometriosis. While on the birth control shot, patients may experience less painful periods or have them stop altogether. The shot has no effect on fertility in the future.

Things to know about the birth control shot beforehand

Clearance and a prescription from an OBGYN are required before getting the birth control shot. Your attending OBGYN will conduct a screening to determine if the DMPA shot is the best contraceptive method for you. In some cases, the OBGYN may request for additional tests and imaging to determine the compatibility of this form of contraception. You will also be able to discuss any possible side effects. 

There are a whole range of birth control methods available for Filipinas, so seeking professional advice from an OBGYN can be extremely helpful in determining what contraceptive works best for you, your needs, and your lifestyle.

When you’re ready and have received proper clearance, book an Injectable Contraceptive on!