The Depo-Provera injection contains progestin, a hormone that prevents pregnancy by keeping your ovaries from releasing eggs. It also thickens your cervical mucus, which helps block sperm from getting to the egg in the first place.

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Considerations

No (pregnancy) worries for three months

If you're the kind of person who would have trouble remembering to take a pill every day, the shot might be a good option. You only need to remember to do something once every three months.

Total privacy

No one can tell when you're on Depo. There's no packaging and nothing you need to do before you have sex.

Yes, there are needles involved.

If you're really that scared of needles, then Depo is not for you.

The pregnancy question

It is possible to get pregnant as soon as 12 weeks following the last injection, though for some users it can take around 9 months. Don't take any chances. If you're not ready for a baby, protect yourself with another method.