The shot, also known as “Depo”, is an injection of progestin in the arm or buttocks once every three months. This causes changes in the cervix that keep the sperm from joining the egg and stops the ovaries from releasing an egg in most women.
Greater than 96% effective for typical use
Greater than 99% effective when used perfectly
Things you may like about the shot:
- Only have to remember every 3 months
- No estrogen effects
- Fewer menstrual cramps
- Period is light or may stop altogether
- Private and discreet
- Convenient and hassle-free once given
- Reduces the risk of ovarian/endometrial cancer
- Reduces ovarian cysts
- Possible improvement of endometriosis
- Fewer seizures for those with seizure disorders
Things you may dislike about the shot:
- Requires a clinic visit/prescription
- Return to fertility may be delayed
- Side effects not immediately reversible
- Potential side-effects include:
- Menstrual changes (spotting or bleeding between periods or no period)
- Breast tenderness
- Worse acne
- Weight gain
- Change in appetite
- Bone loss
- Other mood changes,
$26 – $40.50 for the shot, plus an administration fee at MyAlly Health, however this method may be free or low cost for you. Ask about our sliding-fee-scale.
Can cost $150+ with administration fees at other clinics.
*Disclaimer: Costs are an estimate. Additional or different services may be ordered by the provider that may not be included in this price.
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