Depo-Provera, also known as Depo Shot, is a highly effective contraceptive injection that helps prevent pregnancy. When used as directed, Depo Provera has many benefits that make it an attractive choice for someone looking into birth control options.


Highly Effective

As with any contraceptive method, the level of effectiveness of Depo Shot may vary based on the user’s adherence to their injection schedule. With perfect use, Depo Shot is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. External factors, including forgetting to get the shot on time, bring the effectiveness of this method of contraception down to 94%. 


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The low level of maintenance required for Depo Shot makes it an excellent choice for those who lead busy lifestyles, or those who simply prefer a “hands-off” birth control option.

When received on schedule, Depo Shot is administered every three months, or four times a year. Other birth control methods, like the pill, must be taken daily to be effective. NuvaRing, while still much lower in maintenance than the birth control pill, still requires the user to change the ring every few weeks, and check to make sure the ring is still in place.


Can Be Done at Home With Proper Training

While Depo Shot is normally administered in the office of your doctor or medical professional, you may be able to inject the shot on your own at home with proper training. Doing it at home is a huge benefit, as you will not need to make an appointment to see your doctor.

Those with busy schedules may not be able to find a suitable time to make an appointment, which may then result in a missed dose. Giving yourself the shot at home helps eliminate that obstacle. 


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Easier Periods

When received consistently and on schedule, users of Depo Shot can expect lighter and less painful periods. When used for over 12 months, menstrual periods may stop altogether, which is a positive outcome for many women. 


Ability to Conceive Returns When Depo Shot is Stopped

Receiving a Depo Shot doesn’t change the user’s ability to conceive. When Depo Shot is stopped, the ability to become pregnant returns. It may, however, take 9-10 months before users of Depo Shot can become pregnant after stopping it.

If you are looking into birth control options, but wish to get pregnant sometime soon, speak to your doctor or medical professional, as Depo Shot may not be the best option for you at this time. To learn more, you can read how Depo Provera works, its pros and cons.


Progestin-only Birth Control Option

Depo Shot is a progestin-only birth control option. A progestin-only birth control option is useful for those who cannot use a contraceptive that contains estrogen. Women who may benefit from an estrogen-free birth control option include:

  • women who are sensitive to synthetic estrogen
  • women who have high blood pressure
  • women who smoke and are over the age of 35
  • women who are sensitive to synthetic estrogen

A progestin-only birth control option is also beneficial for women who are breastfeeding. Progestin will not hurt the baby, nor will it affect the woman’s ability to produce milk.

Depo Shot is an excellent birth control option for those looking for a simple, low maintenance birth control option. Speak to your doctor or medical professional to see if Depo Shot is a good option for you. 

After you have consulted with your doctor or medical professional, be sure to speak to one of our pharmacists here at PocketPills so that we can help you ensure that your birth control needs are taken care of. 


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