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Depo-Provera (the shot)

Depo-Provera is a hormonal birth control method that uses hormones to prevent ovulation and thicken cervical mucus.

How it's used

The shot is an injection of hormones given every three months. It is administered into your arm or hip by a doctor or nurse.

How well does it work?

With typical use, the shot is 97% effective. This is because people sometimes forget to make an appointment for another shot every three months. If used correctly and consistently, the shot can be up to 99.7% effective at preventing pregnancy.

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How do I get it?

Depo-Provera requires a prescription, and the shots are administered by a nurse or doctor. It’s important to visit with a medical provider to ensure the shot is right for you.

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