The Menstrual Cycle
Each menstrual cycle starts on the first day of your period (day one) and lasts until the day before your next period begins.
LARC - Long Acting Reversible Contraception
LARC are types of contraception that prevent pregnancy 99 times out of 100 but they do not protect you from Sexually Transmitted Infections
What are they?
They are injections that protect you against pregnancy for up to 12 weeks.
- It doesn’t interrupt sex
- You don’t have to remember to take a pill
- It may reduce heavy periods
- It can make period pain or pre-menstrual tension (PMT) less likely
- It doesn’t protect against STI’s
- It can make your periods longer, irregular or stop them altogether, if you have any problems with your periods please visit the Integrated Sexual Health Service to talk about your options.
- It could lead to some weight gain
- It can take a year or more for your regular periods to return after you have stopped having the injection
When does it start to work?
If you have the injection during the first five days of your menstrual cycle, you will be protected from pregnancy straight away.
If you have the injection on any other day of your menstrual cycle, you will not be protected against pregnancy for up to seven days. Use condoms or another method of contraception during this time. It is important that you ask the person who is giving you the injection when you will be protected from pregnancy.
Where can I get it from?
Only health professionals can give you the contraceptive injection. It Integrated Sexual Health Service or from some GPs. If your GP does not fit them please go the Integrated Sexual Health Service, why not ask the GP if they fit them when you phone for an appointment, this will save you time.
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