This information sheet has been written to give you some useful information about self-administration of Sayana Press.
Sayana Press can be self-administered if you choose. However, this is completely voluntary: it can otherwise be given to you in clinic by the health care professional you see.
If you choose to self-administer, rather than coming to clinic every 12 - 13 weeks, you will only need to come once a year, as you will be given up to 4 injections and a yellow/purple top bin for disposal of the used injectors. This bin is known as a “sharps bin”. The injections are kept at room temperature. It is important to consider if you have a safe place in your home to keep the injections and the sharps box especially if you have young children. You should bring this bin containing the used injectors to your annual review as it needs to be disposed of according to national regulations. It is important that you do not dispose of the used injectors at home in any other manner.
How is Sayana Press given?
It is given by an injection under the skin, into the front of your upper thigh or abdomen (area of your tummy under your belly button) every 12 - 13 weeks.
You must avoid
If you decide on self-administration your healthcare professional will teach you how to use it and also will show you a video which explains the process.
When you return for your next injection, if you wish to proceed with self-administration, you will give your next injection yourself under the supervision of your healthcare professional. If you both feel confident that you will be able to do this at home you will be given up to 4 injections and a sharps bin.
Prior to your visit it may be helpful to look at the video guide on how to give yourself the injection which can be found on www.sayanaanswers.co.uk/guide-to-self-injection
You will be given a card telling you when your next 3 injections are due. You can also request a text reminder for your next injection, on the Sayana Answers website www.sayanaanswers.co.uk. If you use the service you have will need to set a new reminder after each injection.
If you have any problems/concerns you can either contact us at Knowsley Sexual Health ( Monday-Friday 0151 244 3580 and request for a call back), attend clinic or visit www.sayanaanswers.co.uk.
Step 1: Getting ready
Avoid bony areas and the umbilicus (navel).
Step 2: Preparing the injector:
Step 3: Mixing the medicine
Step 4: Activating the injector
Step 5: Injecting the dose