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When is a birth control injection the ideal solution for Singapore women?
Reviewed by Dr Bosty Chan, MBChB, MRCS
Imagine having a birth control vaccine.
Just like the COVID-19 vaccine, you take the initial dose. Then you need booster shots for the period in which you want to be under birth control.
Some Singaporean women swear by birth control injections over all other methods because of its convenience.
The most common alternative is to take a pill every day. That can get troublesome and can be easily forgotten. Whereas if you get an injection, you will only need to get it every few months, and you will have to make an appointment with a doctor.
A doctor’s appointment is hard to forget and having a professional administer a birth control injection in Singapore will ensure you get maximum efficacy.
This ensures that you are well covered from unwanted pregnancies, with minimal invasiveness and a high level of safety.
What is the procedure to get a birth control injection in Singapore?
Birth control injections are done every three months and Dame can help you with this procedure.
It’s simple and very similar to any other injection. You get a consultation with us, and we book you in for an injection at our Farrer Park-area clinic.
The injection is done intramuscularly and is generally very quick. We’ll get you in and out quickly.
And that’s it. You’re done and safe for three months.
You and your partner can enjoy happy times with no barriers or extra steps needed.
How do birth control injections work?
Depo-Provera 150mg is currently the only brand of birth control injection available, and it is a prescription-only medication.
Depo-Provera contains Medroxyprogesterone acetate, which is a progesterone-only hormone injection.
Progesterone thickens the cervical mucus, stopping sperm from reaching the ova.
Additionally, progesterone prevents ovulation from happening.
Birth control injections are in fact one of the most effective forms of contraceptives. It offers up to 94-99% success rate of preventing unwanted pregnancies.
That is actually as effective as birth control pills and condoms.
So all you need to do is just get your birth control shots after every three months.
What are the benefits of birth control injection for Singaporeans?
A birth control injection provides a convenient form of birth control, with a lot less risk to your general health.
The biggest benefit is that you do not have to take a pill every day.
In one shot, you get three months’ of birth control.
This really helps keep the excitement and spontaneity for both parties.
Birth control injections also helps reduce episodes of menstrual related symptoms such as period pain or migraines.
It also helps regulate irregular menses, such as heavy flow (menorrhagia) or irregular periods.
Finally, it decreases the risk of endometrial cancer, or cancer of the womb.
Birth control injection vs birth control pills
The big problem with birth control pills such as Yasmin or Diane-35 is that they require you to take it religiously every day.
If you miss a dose for just a few hours, you might have lost the pills’ contraceptive effect.
Birth control injections are a one-shot solution for three months. You don’t have to worry about contraception for three months, until your next shot.
As birth control injections are progesterone only, they do not contain estrogen, which is common in most birth control pills.
Estrogen can increase the risk of certain health conditions such as clots in your legs or heart attacks.
Therefore, if you are known to already have an increased risk, your healthcare provider may opt for a treatment without estrogen.
Birth control injections are not birth control implants
A common misconception is that Implanon is a birth control injection
Implanon is a progesterone-only implant that is inserted gently under your skin (usually in the upper arm) by a trained healthcare professional.
Implanon confers up to 3 years of contraception!
Its downside is that the implant can sometimes be noticeable, especially when you touch it.
It also requires a small procedure to remove it, meaning another visit to the doctor’s office.
Birth control injections vs intrauterine devices (IUD)
However, there are other methods for birth control that you can consider if you have a more concrete timeline you’re working with.
Say, you are currently building your career and want to enjoy life as a couple with your partner. You want kids in the future but not now, perhaps in a few years.
If you feel your birth control needs are in the span of years, you might be better off with implants or IUDs. Implants are long-acting contraception with effects as long as three years. Similarly, IUDs are long-acting methods as well.
What’s the disadvantages of birth control injections?
Another thing to consider is that birth control injections are irreversible. Once you get a shot, you will be protected for three months.
However, should you change your mind within this period, you would have no choice but to wait it out.
It’s unlike birth control pills or IUDs that can be stopped/removed when you want it.
Dame can help with your birth control injections in Singapore
Be certain before committing to any treatment. If you are looking for something that is more flexible, birth control pills are probably a good starting point.
Dame is a discreet direct-to-home providing contraceptive treatments in Singapore.
Dame aims to provide a safe place for women of all ages to seek professional advice and learn more about the option available to taking charge over your own sexual health.
At Dame, we believe in choice. We carry the largest selection of birth control methods that can be readily access through our online platform. With just a few clicks, you can get a professional consult with our experts, and the medications can be shipped discreetly to you.
There is even an option for subscription, if you are looking to commit to something regular and fuss free.