Depo-Provera is a contraception method for women. It is made of a hormone similar to progesterone and is a shot that a doctor gives you in the arm or buttocks.
Each shot works for up to 12 to 14 weeks, but you must get the injection once every 12 weeks to get its full protection. The shot is just what it sounds like—a shot that keeps you from getting pregnant. Once you get it, your birth control is covered for three full months—there’s nothing else you have to do.
It is often referred to as “Depo,” short for Depo-Provera. The shot contains progestin, a hormone that prevents your ovaries from releasing eggs. It also thickens your cervical mucus, which helps block sperm from getting to the egg in the first place.
Advantages of Depo-Provera are:
Side effects of the Depo-Provera are:
Picking a birth control method that fits your life is the key. Only you can decide what is best for you. But sometimes figuring out which method to use can be a bit overwhelming, therefore you should know all the options that are available and research each so that you can make the best birth control for you.
At Illinois Abortion Clinics we strive to offer compassionate reproductive health care access for men and women in the Chicagoland Area.
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