Safe and Suitable for Nearly All Women

Nearly all women can use monthly injectables safely and effectively, including women who:

  • Have or have not had children
  • Are married or are not married
  • Are of any age, including adolescents and women over 40 years old
  • Have just had an abortion or miscarriage
  • Smoke any number of cigarettes daily and are under 35 years old
  • Smoke fewer than 15 cigarettes daily and are over 35 years old
  • Have anemia now or had anemia in the past
  • Have varicose veins
  • Are living with HIV, whether or not on antiretroviral therapy

Avoid Unnecessary Procedures

Women can begin using monthly injectables:

  • Without a pelvic examination

  • Without any blood tests or other routine laboratory tests
  • Without cervical cancer screening
  • Without a breast examination
  • Without a pregnancy test. A woman can begin using monthly injectables even when she is not having monthly bleeding at the time, if it is reasonably certain she is not pregnant (see Pregnancy Checklist)

Blood pressure measurement is desirable before starting a hormonal method. However, where the risks of pregnancy are high and few methods are available, a woman should not be denied a hormonal method simply because her blood pressure cannot be measured. If possible, she can have her blood pressure measured later at a time and place convenient for her.

Monthly Injectables for Women With HIV
  • Women living with HIV or on antiretroviral therapy can safely use monthly injectables.
  • Urge these women to use condoms along with monthly injectables. Used consistently and correctly, condoms help prevent transmission of HIV and other STIs.