Give specific instructions
  • Tell her not to massage the injection site.
  • Tell the client the name of the injection.
  • Agree on a date for her next injection and giver her a paper with the date written on it.
Self-Injection Can Be an Option

Women can learn to inject themselves with the new subcutaneous formulation of DMPA. Some women like self-injection better than injections by health workers. Self-injection may save women time and money.

Research finds that 3 months after one-on-one training most women can competently give themselves their next injection. Women who inject themselves seem to be as likely to keep using injectable contraceptives as women who get their injections in clinics.

WHO recommends making self-injection an option where appropriate information and training are made available, referral links to a health care provider are strong, and women who self-inject are monitored and followed up. In addition, safe storage of injection devices at home and their safe disposal are important.