Virtually Healthcare is an innovative GP practice with consultations readily available online, on the phone, or in person. The family planning doctors provide comprehensive contraceptive care free of charge on the NHS.
Contraceptive injections are injections of progestogen, a synthetic version of the natural female hormone progesterone. It is a long-acting reversible form of contraception that is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
There are three main types of contraceptive injections available:
The progestogen from the contraceptive injection is gradually absorbed into your bloodstream. The hormone acts in three different ways to protect against pregnancy: It prevents your ovaries from releasing an egg, thickens the mucous in the cervix so that it’s more challenging for sperm cells to reach your egg, and thins the lining of the womb so that it is difficult for a fertilised egg to implant. 1
The experienced family planning GPs at Virtually Healthcare provide a full and free contraceptive service. They will consider your lifestyle, personal preferences, and any pregnancy plans before recommending contraceptive options. These could include the contraceptive injection and other hormonal methods, including the pill, mini-pill, contraceptive implants or patches. They may also take you through the pros and cons of barrier methods such as condoms and caps or intrauterine systems like the Mirena device.
Virtually Healthcare is a state-of-the-art GP practice, providing convenient healthcare in the privacy of your home. The Virtually Healthcare service is designed to fit in with modern lives. You can access consultations easily with virtual appointments available seven days a week.
The team includes more than 40 clinicians working together to investigate and treat disease and help you optimise your health and wellbeing. As well as highly-skilled GPs, the team includes experienced family planning and sexual health specialists, physiotherapists and practice nurses to offer a comprehensive primary care service.
During the pandemic, many patients have found it difficult to access healthcare. Virtually Healthcare provides rapid access video or telephone appointments, with same-day consultations available if you contact us before 3 pm. Our clinicians can provide professional assessment and advice, arrange investigations, prescribe treatment or arrange for a face-to-face review.
At Virtually Healthcare, we focus on you. Our clinicians take a holistic approach to care. Whether you want an easy, convenient way to get contraception or a discreet testing service for STIs, our dedicated team can provide expert advice and treatment.
Every contraceptive method has advantages and disadvantages. Your doctor will take you through the risks and benefits so that you can make an informed choice. For contraceptive injections, these include:
Some women notice weight gain when using Sayana Press or Depo Provera4, your doctor can advise on ways of maintaining a healthy weight.
One of Virtually Healthcare’s family planning specialists reports on the common concerns they see in their consultations.
There is some evidence that long-term use of contraceptive injections may weaken bones and cause osteoporosis. The progestogen can affect your oestrogen levels and potentially lead to bone thinning. It may be sensible to choose a different method of contraception if you are at risk of osteoporosis; these include:
Your doctor can advise on the relative risks and explain ways to keep your bones healthy. Regular weight-bearing exercise, a healthy diet with plenty of calcium and vitamin D, reducing alcohol, and stopping smoking can all help prevent osteoporosis.5
If you’re healthy, a non-smoker, and have no reasons to prevent injection use, you can use the contraceptive injection until you are 50. It may not be safe to use the injection if:
You can have an implant fitted at any time in your menstrual cycle if it’s certain that you’re not pregnant.
The injection is usually quick and relatively pain-free. Noristerat injections are a little thicker, so the injection may be more uncomfortable. However, the family planning doctors at Virtually Healthcare usually choose one of the other types of contraceptive injection.
We offer written, telephone and video consultations with a range of male and female clinicians from GPs, nurse practitioners, and primary care specialists such as physiotherapy.