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Contraceptive injection (Depo-Provera)

The contraceptive injection is an injection of the hormone progestogen that lasts for 12 weeks. Progestogen works like the natural hormone progesterone. It stops your ovaries releasing an egg.

It can work well for women who find it difficult to remember to take a pill every day, but you will need to remember to see your healthcare provider for a repeat injection every three months. Many GP surgeries will send you a reminder text when you are due for your next injection.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed April 2016.

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