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Birth Control
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Injectable
other names
"The Shot"
"Depo-Provera"

"medroxyprogesterone acetate"

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Image by Diana Polekhina

Effectiveness:

96% with typical use

99% with perfect use

COST:

$65.00 every three months, however, this method may be free or at a reduced charge based on your income.

THE GOOD

  • Only have to remember every 3 months

  • No estrogen effects

  • Fewer menstrual cramps

  • Period is light or may stop altogether

  • Private and discreet

  • Reduces the risk of "female" cancers

  • Reduces ovarian cysts

  • May improvement of endometriosis

  • Fewer seizures for those with seizure disorders

THE NOT-SO-GOOD

  • Have to return to clinic every 3 months

  • Some people do not like "shots"

  • Return to fertile may be delayed

  • Side effects may include: Menstrual changes (spotting or bleeding between periods or no period), Breast tenderness, Headaches, Bloating, and moodiness.

  • Other side effects may include worsening of acne, weight gain, bone loss,  and change in appetite.

  • Increase/decrease

    • Depression

    • Anxiety

    • Irritation

    • PMS

    • Fatigue 

    • Other mood changes,

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"Depo-Provera typically suppresses ovulation, keeping your ovaries from releasing an egg. It also thickens cervical mucus to keep

sperm from reaching the egg"

Call Lori for a confidential appointment
701-662-7046, press option "3"

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