The shot is a hormone injection that prevents pregnancy.5.754098360655738Injection
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The shot, also called Depo, is an effective method of birth control that has to be done every 3 months. Your health care provider can give you the shot or you can do it yourself at home.
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- You only have to remember to get the shot every 3 months, otherwise you don't have to worry about birth control at all.
- Very effective when taken as scheduled.
- Decreases flow and frequency of periods for most women; half of women taking the shot will stop having periods entirely.
- Progestin-only, so good for women who can't use estrogen.
- Undetectable and won't get in the way of spontaneity.
- Safe to use while breastfeeding.
This method is ranked 6 out of 17 birth control methods listed. The lower the number, the better.SourceMore birth control methods
- Not great if you're afraid of needles.
- Requires an appointment every 3 months unless you do it yourself at home.
- Irregular bleeding in the first 6-12 months.
- Works immediately if taken within the first 5 days of the period cycle, otherwise you'll have to use backup birth control during the following week.
- Can typically take up to 9 months after last shot for fertility to return.
- Women may gain up to 5 pounds/2.5 kilograms in the first year.
- Does not protect against STDs.
Progestin is injected into the fatty layer right under the skin with a needle every 3 months. Progestin is a hormone that prevents ovulation and also thickens the cervical mucus so sperm cannot reach the egg.
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- The hormones in depo made me gain a significant amount of weight and caused my natural hormones to go all out of wack. I actually became suicidal, but luckily sought help and altered my birth control type
- Depo-ProveraMassive weight gain- 40 lbs in 3 months that I have not been able to loose 6 years later