After birth, you can get pregnant even before your period returns! It's smart to plan ahead, and to research some methods of birth control. Here we take a look at two non-Pill methods of hormone-based contraception for women: Depo-Provera and Norplant.
The progestin injection is extremely effective in preventing pregnancy, in large part because it requires little effort for the woman to comply: She simply has to get an injection by a doctor once every three months.
The benefits are similar to those of the minipill and another progestin-only contraceptive, Norplant. Side effects are also similar and can include irregular or missed periods, weight gain, and breast tenderness.
Some women may experience inflammation or infection at the site of the implant. Other side effects include menstrual cycle changes, weight gain, and breast tenderness. Another important but less obvious change may be loss of bone mass.
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