How does the contraceptive injection work?
The injection works for 3 months. It is used in the following way:
Does not affect your health
The contraceptive injection contains 1 hormone. This hormone does not generally affect your health. However, in some cases it is better to choose a different method of contraception. Ask a doctor for advice.
The injection does not make you less fertile. If you want to get pregnant, you simply stop having the injection. It can, however, take a few months, or up to a year, for your cycle to return to normal.
The contraceptive injection can cause side-effects such as headache, irregular menstrual period and tender breasts. Consult a doctor if the side-effects are severe.
Your menstrual periods can become less heavy and often stop altogether. It is OK if your menstrual periods stop. The blood cannot accumulate in your body. For some women, periods become heavier. Others keep on having irregular menstrual periods or bleeding between 2 periods. That is also OK.
No protection against STIs and HIV
Buying the contraceptive injection
You need a prescription from a doctor to buy the contraceptive injection. You cannot buy the contraceptive injection without a prescription. You can only buy the contraceptive injection at a pharmacy.
The contraceptive injection costs € 2. Every 3 months you need to go to your doctor for a new injection.
Some health insurance funds repay part of the costs for contraception. Ask your health insurance fund about this.
You also have to pay a personal contribution for the visit to the doctor. Some people have a right to increased reimbursement or urgent medical care. Below are the addresses where you can see a doctor for free.