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Science News : First self-injectable contraceptive unveiled in UK

First self-injectable contraceptive unveiled in UK.


Women will need to see a healthcare professional for training but then can
administer Sayana at home. Photograph: Alamy

The UK’s first self-injectable contraceptive for women is available for use
at home, Pfizer has said.

The Sayana Press long-acting reversible contraceptive has received a licence,
which means women can inject themselves at home instead of having to go to their
GP surgery or clinic.

Related: Contraceptive
injection raises risk of HIV, research warns

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has extended
the label for the product. Each jab provides contraception for at least 13
weeks.

Women will need to see a healthcare professional for training but then can
administer Sayana at home, although they will still be called for yearly
check-ups.

Seema Patel, a medical director at Pfizer, said: “When it comes to
contraception, women may require different options that suit them at different
times in their lives.

“We appreciate that many women are very busy and that visiting their
healthcare professional regularly to pick up their contraception can be a
challenge.

“With around 5 million women in the UK choosing a hormonal contraceptive,
self-injectable Sayana Press could offer an alternative to women who are short
on time yet still want to take control of their family planning.” 
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