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About DMPA

Progestin-only Injectable  is also called: POI, DMPA, Depo-Provera, “The Shot”

POI contraceptives contain the synthetic hormone progestin and are administered via deep intramuscular (IM) injection.

  • These contraceptives are available in the Philippines in the following preparations:

    • 1 mL of 150 mg depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA; Depo-Provera)
    • 3 mL of 150 mg DMPA (Depo-Trust)
    • 1 mL ampoule of 200 mg norethisterone enanthate (NET-EN; Noristerat)

SDM Users

POI is safe for all women including:

Breastfeeding
mothers

Had a
miscarriage

Adolescents and women over 40 years old

Smoke
cigarettes

Have treated or
untreated HIV

Vasetomy Procedure

DMPA is given every three months, whereas NET-EN is given every two months.

Your healthcare provider will be sticking a needle in your arm for the progestin hormone to go into your bloodstream.

Benefits of DMPA
  • Long-acting and reversible
  • No need for daily intake
  • Does not interfere with sexual intercourse

Some women prefer it as it stops menstruation.

No one can notice if a woman is using contraception.

Higher effectivity rate if taken every 2 or 3 months.

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