The shot (depo provera)
Kenji Nakama and Ahmed Mohamed
What is it?
The shot (depo provera) is a hormonal birth control method that is injected by your doctor every 13-14 weeks.
Who uses this method?
This method is used for females
How does it work?
It's a hormonal method that contains a synthetic (man-made) form of the hormone progesterone, called depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) and the DMPA prevents the ovaries from ovulating.
Over-the-counter or prescription?
In order to get access to this method you need to make an appointment at a planned parenthood clinic. And it's the only way to get the shot
How effective is it?
It's 97%-99% effective
Although this method is very effective in preventing pregnancy, unfortunately it does not prevent you from getting STIs
This method also comes with disadvantages:
- Weight gain
- Stomach cramping
Here are some advantages:
- Only every 13-14 weeks
- Can be used while breast feeding
- Reduces risk of cancer
- Very effective
It's usually $20 each appointment, but it can sometimes be free
- it's cheaper
- It's safer
- It's Effective
- And it's not very complicated