67%

would recommend this method to other women


6 women have reviewed Depo-Provera

It’s brilliant

I’m happy with it

It’s ok - does the trick

Mostly not satisfied

Not at all satisfied

Last review from:

Garaldinah lethabo, South Africa, 08/11/2019

Depo-Provera

Implants, Rings, Patches & Shots

The depo shot (Depo-Provera) is a contraceptive injection that the doctor or nurse gives you every 12 weeks. The shot protects you from pregnancy by preventing ovulation. It contains the hormone progestin. It’s a safe method to use while breastfeeding too!

While you can simply get the shot and you’re protected for 12 weeks, you do need to remember to book the appointment for the next one (we suggest using the calendar in your phone to set a reminder, or a period-tracking app).

The shot is a safe method for many women, but you should definitely talk to your doctor if you have (or have had) breast cancer, or any other medical conditions.

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Key facts about Depo-Provera

  • Depo-Provera is around 98- 99% effective when taken every 12 weeks
  • The hormones in the shot prevent ovulation, so there’s no egg for any sperm to fertilise.
  • It is worth using a period tracking app or having reminders in your calendar for booking your next shot
  • As with any other hormonal contraceptive, the Depo-Provera shot won’t protect you against STIs – for that, condoms are the only option
  • If you’re late getting the shot, your doctor may ask you to take a pregnancy test. If in doubt, contact your doctor as soon as you can.

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