What to ask your doctor?
Before continuing or abandoning it, be sure to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of depo shots.
How effective is the birth control shot?
When used perfectly, the birth control shot effectiveness is more than 99%, meaning less than 1 out of every 100 people who use it will get pregnant each year But when it comes to real life, the shot is about 96% effective, because sometimes people forget to get their shots on time In reality, 4 out of every 100 people who take shots become pregnant each year.
It will work better if you are more punctual about getting your shot. But even if you always get the shot on schedule, there is a very small chance that you could still become pregnant.
If choosing a birth control method is important to you only in terms of effectiveness, you might want to look into IUDs and the implant. They’re the most effective kinds of birth control. However, if you decide the shot is appropriate for you, be sure to get your follow-up shots on schedule at all times.
More questions from patients:
You must keep in mind to receive a fresh shot every 12 to 13 weeks for the depo shot to function as effectively as possible. That’s about every 3 months, or 4 times a year. At your nearby Planned Parenthood health facility, you can schedule a shot appointment. Use emergency contraception if you engage in vaginal sex more than 15 weeks after your last shot without using a condom. Before receiving your subsequent injection, you might also be required to take a pregnancy test.
The following medications and herbal remedies can also hinder the effectiveness of the shot:
It depends on how late you are. Following your last shot, you can receive follow-up shots as soon as 10 weeks later or as late as 15 weeks later. However, if it has been more than 15 weeks since your last shot, you must use an alternative method of birth control, such as a condom, for the first week following your shot.
You can use emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy for up to 120 hours (5 days) after vaginal sex if you didn’t use a condom during that sexual encounter and it occurred more than 15 weeks after your last shot. Before receiving your subsequent injection, you might also be required to take a pregnancy test. Make sure you receive every shot on schedule if you want to use the shot to prevent pregnancy.
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