How do you use DMPA?

The best time to have the first injection of DMPA is during the first seven days of your menstrual cycle. You count a menstrual cycle from the first day of a period until the first day of the next period. Count the first day of your period as day one. Any day between then and day seven, the seventh day, is a good time to start This is because you can be fairly sure you are not pregnant But really, you can start on DMPA at any time if you are absolutely sure you are not pregnant and you are happy to use another method of contraception as backup for the first seven days after you have the first injection.

Where do you get DMPA?

You need to go to a doctor to get an injection of DMPA. You can go to your local doctor or to a doctor at a Family Planning Centre. The doctor will talk to you and examine you, and then they will either give you a prescription for you take to the chemist or if they have DMPA at the surgery, they will give you the injection straight away. If you have to buy it from a chemist you will need to go back to the doctor to have the injection.

What does DMPA cost?

DMPA costs about $17 every 12 weeks on the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). It costs even less if you have a Pharmaceutical Concession Card.


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