Birth Control Shot
Common Brand(s): Depo-Provera
Prescription Required: Yes
Need to Get Shot Every 3 Months
The Birth Control Shot, or sometimes referred to as the Depo shot, is an injection of the hormone progestin that females receive either in their upper arm or buttock. Progestin helps stop pregnancy by preventing ovulation and thickening the cervical mucus making it hard for sperm to get through to meet the egg. If the sperm and egg can’t meet then pregnancy can’t happen.
When using this method, the female must receive her shot on time otherwise it won’t be as effective in preventing pregnancy. If a female goes over her 3 month mark by two weeks or more, the shot becomes completely ineffective.
It is important to use barrier contraceptives like condoms while using this birth control method as it doesn’t protect against STDs nor guarantees pregnancy prevention!
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