How does the contraceptive injection work?
The injection works for 3 months. It is used in the following way:
No damage to 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.
No protection against STIs and HIV
Buying the contraceptive injection
You need a prescription from a doctor or midwife 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 about €15 per injection. This includes the administering of the injection by a doctor/healthcare provider. Every 3 months you need to go to your doctor or health provider for a new injection.
Until the age of 21, most forms of contraception are reimbursed by your health insurance. However, you first have to pay the excess (eigen risico) of your health insurance policy. Check with your health insurance provider to find out how much will be reimbursed. From the age of 21, contraception is only reimbursed if you have taken out additional insurance for contraception.