One of the most popular options available today is the birth control shot, which is most commonly called the depo shot or the Depo-Provera shot.
The depo shot can be administered once every 3 months, and it’s a safe and convenient form of birth control that works well as long as you schedule appointments on time and do not miss any.
How Does the Depo Provera Shot Work?
Available through South Avenue Women’s Services to women in the Rochester area and beyond, the birth control shot contains a hormone called progestin that will prevent you from getting pregnant by stopping ovulation.
When you don’t ovulate, there will be no egg in the fallopian tube, which will eliminate the chances of you getting pregnant.
The birth control shot will also make your cervical mucus very thick, which will make it impossible for sperm to make it towards where the egg would be. This is what makes this form of birth control so effective for so many women.
Advantages of the Depo Provera Injection
The birth control shot is a safe and convenient form of birth control that does not require your everyday memory.
- As long as you keep up with your appointments, each birth control shot keeps you protected against unplanned pregnancies for a three month period.
- When used perfectly, the shot is 99% effective. In real-life scenarios, it is about 94% effective.
Disadvantages of the Depo Provera Birth Control Shot
While using the birth control shot will prevent you from getting pregnant, it won’t prevent you from catching STDs. So if you plan to be sexually active, it’s still advisable for you to use condoms to reduce the risks associated with STDs.
- You will also need to remember to get your birth control shot every 3 months to ensure that it works properly.
- If you decide to push this form of birth control back by even just a day or two, it could result in an unplanned pregnancy.
Located in Rochester, NY, South Avenue Women’s Services can speak with you more about using the birth control shot to your advantage and answer any questions you might have about your birth control options.