Contraception Injections & Sayana Press




The contraceptive injection (Depo-Provera or Sayana Press) releases the hormone progestogen into your bloodstream to prevent pregnancy. You usually have the Depo-Provera injections in your bottom, but you can have them in your upper arm. The Sayana Press Injection going into your tummy (abdomen) or thigh, you will learn how to do this yourself. Each injection lasts for 8-13 weeks. It is useful for those who struggle to remember to take a pill at the same time every day but you will be required to remember to have a repeat injection before it expires or becomes ineffective. 

We are increasingly using the Sayana Press. It is a new form of the Depo-Provera, it Is very similar in the way it works and the effects it can have on your body, but you will be taught how to give yourself the injection, rather than having a doctor or nurse give it to you. You will then only need an appointment yearly with the nurse.

If you are interested in starting Contraception Injections, your initial appointment will need to be with a doctor. Please call and request an appointment for a pre-assessment. Your first injection appointment will need to be within the first 5 days of your menstrual cycle or if you are absolutely sure you are not pregnant. Following appointments can then be booked in with a nurse and the injections are given around 12 weeks apart.

For more information, please visit the NHS website