What Does Mean?

The Shot

Contraceptive Injection

What is it?

The shot is a hormonal birth control method injected by a
healthcare provider into the arm or buttocks once every 12 weeks.
It is also known as the brand name Depo-Provera or just Depo.
The progestin hormone in the shot works to prevent pregnancy
by stopping the ovaries from releasing an egg.

What are some advantages?

  • It is very (97-99%) effective at preventing pregnancy.
  • You only need to get 4 shots a year.

What are some disadvantages?

  • It doesn’t protect against STDs; use a condom correctly every time you have sex.
  • It can cause heavy or irregular bleeding patterns for the first few months.
  • It requires a visit to a healthcare provider every three months.
  • Some women experience hair loss and weight gain. There may be other side effects and risks
    that your healthcare provider will talk about with you.

Where and how do you get it?

Only a healthcare provider can help you decide if the shot is right for you.