Vertical arrow pointing up showing the effectiveness of Monthly Injectables.  The bottom of the arrow is less effective and top of the arrow is more effective.  A black bar is near the top of the arrow.Effectiveness depends on returning on time: Risk of pregnancy is greatest when a woman is late for an injection or misses an injection.

  • As commonly used, about 3 pregnancies per 100 women using monthly injectables over the first year. This means that 97 of every 100 women using injectables will not become pregnant.
  • When women have injections on time, less than 1 pregnancy per 100 women using monthly injectables over the first year (5 per 10,000 women).

Return of fertility after injections are stopped: An average of about 5 months, one month longer than with most other methods (see Question 11).

Protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs): None

Why Some Women Say They Like Monthly Injectables
  • Do not require daily action
  • Are private: No one else can tell that a woman is using contraception
  • Injections can be stopped at any time
  • Are good for spacing births

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