The birth control shot is sometimes called Depo-Provera, or the Depo Shot. The shot is a form of progestin-only birth control (called medroxyprogesterone) that requires a quick injection every three months. It prevents fertilization by stopping the egg from ovulating and also thickening the mucus that covers the cervix. This mucus prevents sperm from reaching the egg. The Depo Shot can also prevent periods with long-term use.

Is the Depo Shot right for me?

The Depo shot is a great option if you want discreet, no-hassle birth control that you don’t need to worry about for twelve weeks at a time. Additionally, if hormonal birth control isn’t right for you or your health, the Depo Shot can be an effective way to prevent pregnancy. You’ll need to track your injection dates so that you receive your next shot within 12 or 13 weeks— if you’re more than two weeks late on getting your next shot, you’ll need to take a pregnancy test before you receive your next one.

After you stop using the Depo Shot, it can take up to a year for your fertility and regular periods to return. Additionally, the Depo Shot is a progestin-only method, meaning it can come with some risks like temporary bone thinning To counteract this, you should be sure to get enough exercise and regularly take calcium supplements. The Depo Shot does not protect against STDs, so you should be sure to still use condoms or other barrier methods for extra protection. Your gynecologist will discuss the specific risks of the Depo Shot with you during an appointment.

You can begin using the Depo Shot at any time during your monthly cycle. After you and your gynecologist decide that the Depo Shot is right for you, we can administer each injection right in our office. We’ll make sure you have the correct date range for when to get your next shot before you return home.

 After you stop using the Depo Shot, it can take up to a year for your fertility and regular periods to return. Additionally, the Depo Shot is a progestin-only method, meaning it can come with bone thinning risks like you should be sure to get enough exercise and regularly take calcium supplements. The Depo Shot does not protect against STDs, so you should be sure to still use condoms or other barrier methods for extra protection. Your gynecologist will discuss the specific risks of the Depo Shot with you during an appointment.