Birth Control Shot

What Is It?

Depo-Provera. Its is a well-known brand name for medroxyprogesterone, a contraceptive injection for women that contains the hormone progestin.

How Does It Work?

Depo-Provera is given as an injection once every three months. Depo-Provera typically suppresses ovulation, keeping your ovaries from releasing an egg.

How Much $$$?

Depo-Provera ends up costing about $20 per month (or $50 to $60 for each 3-month injection).

Is It Effective?

The birth control shot is one of the most effective methods of birth control available. It works best when you get the birth control shot regularly, every 12 weeks.

Less than 1 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they always use the birth control shot as directed. About 6 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they don’t always use the birth control shot as directed.

Possible Side Effects?

  • change in sex drive
  • change in appetite or weight gain
  • depression
  • hair loss or increased hair on the face or body
  • headache
  • nausea
  • sore breasts
  • For most women, periods become fewer and lighter. After one year, half of the women who use the birth control shot will stop having periods completely. Some women have longer, heavier periods. Some women have increased spotting and light bleeding between periods.
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