The Shot / Depo-Provera®
The shot is just what it sounds like—a shot that keeps you from getting pregnant. It’s effect lasts for three months. Some people call the shot “Depo,” short for Depo-Provera®. The shot contains progestin, a hormone that prevents the ovaries from releasing eggs. It also thickens cervical mucous, which helps block sperm from getting to the egg. In addition, it thins the lining of the uterus, which may prevent implantation. Given the strong effect of Depo-Provera® on inhibiting ovulation, however, it is unclear if this thinning of the uterus significantly contributes to its contraceptive effect.
Long-lasting, hormonal choice for those who can't take estrogen.
The shot is very effective—as long as you get each shot on time.
The most common are irregular bleeding and increased appetite, leading to weight gain.
Another shot is required every 3 months.
How do I get it?
At a doctor’s office or clinic
From $0-$75 (for 3 months). An injection fee may also be charged
More about the shot
The effects of the Depo-Provera® shot will last for 3 months.
This method costs about $25 a month—about the same as the pill.
- With Medicaid: Free
- With insurance: Usually the cost of the co-pay
- Without insurance:$75 + $19 urine pregnancy test before initial injection (clinic)
An injection is given at the doctor or clinic every three months. It's really important to get shots on time.
Some women will experience a change in appetite leading to weight gain. Other side effects include: depression, hair loss or more hair on your face or body, nervousness or dizziness, headache, nausea, sore breasts. Rare allergic reactions. May avoid some of the dangers of combined hormonal therapies (blood clots).