The shot (AKA Depo-Provera) is an injectable type of birth control that you get once every 3 months. It is reversible and contains hormones that stop ovulation and thicken the mucus on the cervix so sperm can’t reach an egg.
The Depo-Provera shot is one injection that lasts 3 months. At the end of 3 months, a medical provider will give you another shot – this cannot be done at the pharmacy.
Many people find it to be a great method! They like that the shot is not inside their genitals and that it can help with heavy or painful periods.
Keep in mind that it’s not safe to smoke while using the shot because it can increase the chance of someone having a stroke.
If someone wants to stop using the shot but still wants to prevent pregnancy, they should talk with their medical provider about having it removed and how to continue to prevent pregnancy.
Talking with a health provider is a great place to start. It can also be helpful to talk with friends or trusted adults in your life. Everyone is different, what works best for one person might not be what works best for you.
If you are in Pueblo, Colorado, contact the Family Planning Clinic from Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment.
English: Call (719) 583-4380. Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
Español: Llama (719) 583-4376. Lunes a viernes 8:00 AM a 4:30 PM.
If you are somewhere else in the United States you can find other resources here.