Depo-Provera (The Shot)
What is the Shot ?
- The Birth Control Shot for women is an injection of a hormone the prevents pregnancy. Each shot prevents pregnancy for three months. The shot is also known by the brand name Depo-Provera.
- The progestin in the shot works by keeping eggs from leaving the ovaries. Pregnancy cannot happen if there is no egg to join the sperm, Making cervical mucus thicker. This keeps sperm from getting to the eggs.
How well does it work?
- its works 97% -99% of the time.
- Get shot every 3 months.
- Each shot works for 12 weeks
- Usually decreases periods
- Helps prevent cancer of the lining of the uterus
- No pill to take daily
- Can be used while breastfeeding
- Safe, simple, and convenient
- There is nothing to do right before having sex.
- May cause spotting, no period, weight gain, depression, hair or skin change, change in sex drive.
- May causes delay in getting pregnant after you stop the shot.
- Does not protect against HIV or other STIs.
- Can cause ectopic pregnancy.
- it is a life threatening pregnancy that develops outside the uterus , often in the Fallopian tube.
Side Effects Include:
- You might feel nausea or have symptoms like sore breast,bad headache,bleeding where you were given the shot, unusually heavy or prolonged vaginal bleeding and yellowing of the skin or eyes.