The shot is just that—a shot that prevents pregnancy. Once you get it, it lasts for three months. The shot contains the hormone progestin that prevents ovulation and thickens cervical mucus.
- 94% effective!
- You only need to remember to get it once every three months.
- Doesn’t affect your ability to get pregnant after you stop using it.
How to Use It
There’s not that much to it—you just go to the clinic, have an exam, and get the shot. You do have to make sure to keep regular appointments once every three months to get another shot. Your doctor or nurse practitioner may ask about the timing of your period to determine how soon you’ll be protected after the shot. Also, getting your shots on time is extremely important. If you are two weeks or more overdue, you may be required to take a pregnancy test before the shot.