Depo-Provera is a birth control method for women. It is made up of a hormone similar to progesterone and is given as an injection by a doctor into the woman’s arm or buttocks. Each shot provides protection against pregnancy for up to 14 weeks, but the shot must be received once every 12 weeks to remain fully protected.
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Birth Control and the Diaphragm
A diaphragm is a round piece of flexible rubber with a rigid rim. Before intercourse, the diaphragm is placed in the vagina against the cervix. The diaphragm prevents semen from entering the uterus. Spermicide should always be used with a diaphragm for it to be most effective.
How Soon Does Depo-Provera Work?
Birth control with Depo-Provera begins immediately after the first shot if given within the first five days of your menstrual period.
How Effective Is Depo-Provera?
Depo-Provera is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. Again, it does not prevent spreading of STDs. To help protect yourself from STDs, use a latex male condom each time you and your partner have sex.
Can Any Woman Use Depo-Provera?
Most women can use Depo-Provera. However, it is not recommended for women who have:
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- Liver disease
- Breast cancer
- Blood clots