I am a Catholic, my whole family has been, is now and forever will be Catholics — but it won’t stop me from believing that our country is very poor now because of overpopulation.
Back in Leyte, during a mass, one of the priests just blurted out “Ginpapatay nira an bata!” (they’re killing the child!) when RH Bill was, out of nowhere, discussed during the mass.
First of all, it wasn’t suppose to be discussed during the mass. Discuss it at the right forum, infront of the right people.
And hello? Contraception is NOT killing someone. Why don’t they open up their minds and close whatever it is they’re reading the wrong way, just one time?
I was at the verge of shouting 😀
So yesterday, I had myself injected with contraceptive. I chose this because I had a very bad experience with pills. My husband and I are so not into contraception by the way, the last time I took the pill was when Yona was just 2 months old.
But after being delayed for 10 days (it really gave us a scare!) we realized that we cannot afford another child now. It makes sense, right?
The church will not send my children to a good school and God will definitely be mad at me if I let my kids work so they could eat. I am just being practical and there is nothing wrong with that.
So I got injected with Depo Provera.
Depo Provera is an injection containing the hormone progestogen which utilizes medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) usually given in doses of 150 mcg, – usually in your butt – once every 12 weeks.
How does it work?
Depo Provera works by releasing the hormone slowly into your body and blocks ovulation.
What are the advantages?
- There are no pills to forget, you only have to think about contraception 4 times per year.
- It is believed to protect against cancer of the womb
- Periods are usually lighter, some women stop having periods altogether
What are the disadvantages and common side-effects?
- Periods are commonly affected by contraceptive injections. It is common for them to become irregular or stop altogether. Some users have reported excessive periods.
- Weight gain of up to 30 pounds have been reported although most users report only a slight weight gain.
- Once you receive the first injection it cannot be removed from your body therefore any side-effects you may suffer will last the duration of the dose (Usually 8 – 12 weeks)
- Many report a longer time to return to normal fertility after ceasing contraceptive injections.
- You must remember to go back for your injections on time
- Because it requires an injection, some women suffer a phobia of needles.
How reliable is it?
Contraceptive injections are over 99% effective. Many professionals recommend you use additional forms of contraception in the first two weeks following your first injection.
Where can you get contraceptive injections?
Only a qualified Doctor or Nurse can give you contraceptive injections. They are usually given by your own doctor, gynecologist, family planning clinics .
In the Philippines, injectable contraceptives are administered in your nearby health clinics for free. But in my case, I still went to my trusted OB-Gyne.