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The contraceptive injection is a very reliable way to prevent pregnancy. It is an injection of the hormone progestogen, which a woman is given every 12 weeks. The brands available in Australia are Depo-Provera and Depo-Ralovera.
The contraceptive injection does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
It stops the ovum (egg) being released, it makes the mucus (sticky fluid) at the entrance of the uterus thicker so sperm cannot get through and it changes the lining of the uterus so that a fertilised egg cannot grow.
For information have a look at the topic Injectable contraception on the SHine SA website.
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Youth Healthline on 1300 13 17 19 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).