Advice when using injectable contraceptives (Depo-provera and Sayana Press) during the ‘lockdown’
8th April 2020
The injectable contraceptives can be used effectively for up to 14 weeks without the need for any additional contraception (although they are normally given every 12 weeks). However, if it is one day over 14 weeks, you can no longer rely on it as a contraceptive and need to use alternative options.
If you are using the Depo-Provera and it has reached 14 weeks, you should use condoms alongside it until you can attend for your next injection (this may well be after ‘lockdown’ if your surgery is not able to see you face-face). Another option would be to use a contraceptive pill alongside it – usually this will be the progestogen-only pill (POP, mini-pill) as it does not require any physical assessment before starting. You should be able to speak to a doctor or nurse at your surgery to discuss this.
If you are using Sayana Press and are confident doing the injection yourself, your surgery should be able to provide you with another injection to provide a further 3 months contraception without the need for review (as long as previous reviews have been up to date).
PLEASE NOTE: ADVICE IS PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY. INDIVIDUALS SHOULD SEEK PERSONALISED ADVICE FROM THEIR OWN GP/NURSE BEFORE MAKING CHANGES TO THEIR CONTRACEPTION