Birth Control Shot
What is it?
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.
Does it prevent STIs?
No. While the shot is an effective way to prevent pregnancy, it doesn’t prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Using condoms or internal condoms and combining these with the shot is a great way to prevent diseases and pregnancy at the same time.
How do you use it?
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.
If someone misses an appointment to get their next shot, they should use a backup method like a condom or use emergency contraception if they have had sex that could result in a pregnancy.
Is it right for you?
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.
Where do you get it?
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.