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.
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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
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How effective is it?

It's 97%-99% effective
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Sti protection?

Although this method is very effective in preventing pregnancy, unfortunately it does not prevent you from getting STIs

Side effects/disadvantages

This method also comes with disadvantages:

  • Weight gain
  • Nausea
  • Stomach cramping
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
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Here are some advantages:

  • Only every 13-14 weeks
  • Can be used while breast feeding
  • Reduces risk of cancer
  • Very effective
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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


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