How long are you supposed to wait after your Depo shot before having unprotected sex?

… At the clinic they told me one week, but online it said fourteen days.

If the Depo-Provera shot is given within seven days of your menstrual period, no back-up birth control is needed.  If you were given the shot after the seventh day of your menstrual cycle, it is important to use a back-up method for seven days.  Keep in mind that Depo-Provera does not prevent against sexually transmitted infections, so it’s important to use a condom consistently, correctly, and every time!

Although menstrual changes are very common for Depo patients, we do recommend taking a pregnancy test if you do not experience bleeding after your first month on the shot. Thanks for double-checking on the details—knowing how your birth control works best is very responsible!

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