Progestin-Only Hormonal Methods (Mini-Pills, Implants, and Shots)
Why It Is Used
Progestin-only mini-pills, implants, and shots are good choices for women who:
- Are breast-feeding. The mini-pill is a good choice for breast-feeding mothers. It is very low-dose and does not affect the milk supply. Breast-feeding further reduces the chance of pregnancy.
- Need short- or long-term birth control that can be stopped at any time. (But it may take from 12 weeks to 18 months to become pregnant after stopping the birth control shot.)
- Prefer a form of birth control that does not interfere with sexual spontaneity.
- Cannot take estrogen, including those who smoke and are older than 35; have long-standing, poorly controlled Reference diabetes Opens New Window; have Reference heart disease Opens New Window; have problems with Reference blood clots Opens New Window; or have Reference high blood pressure Opens New Window.
- Have Reference migraine headaches Opens New Window with Reference auras Opens New Window, or women whose migraines get worse when taking the estrogen in combination birth control pills.
- Have heavy, painful menstrual periods. Progestin reduces heavy bleeding and cramping.
- Have Reference anemia Opens New Window from heavy menstrual bleeding.
- Have Reference sickle cell disease Opens New Window. Women with sickle cell disease may have fewer problems from their disease when using the birth control shot.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: May 3, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology