The Shot

The shot is just what it sounds like-an injection that keeps you from getting pregnant. Once you get it, your birth control is covered for three full months-there’s nothing else you have to do. Some people call the shot “Depo,” short for Depo-Provera, its brand name. The shot contains progestin, a hormone that prevents your ovaries from releasing eggs. It also thickens your cervical mucous, which helps block sperm from getting to the egg in the first place. Some women say they don’t want the shot because they’re afraid of needles. But what’s a little shot compared to a pregnancy?

Real Stories


These videos will give you a sense of some people's personal experiences using this method. They are not meant to be understood as medical facts, and your experience may differ.

Building Healthy Futures:

The Campaign to Prevent Unintended Pregnancy in New York City sponsored by Planned Parenthood of New York City and partners

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