The Shot

shotThe shot or Depo-Provera is a hormonal birth control method used to effectively prevent pregnancy. The hormones prevent ovulation – the process when the ovaries release an egg – and thicken cervical mucus.

How is it used?

The shot is an injection of hormones given every three months; only four times a year. The shot is given by a medical provider into your arm or hip.

How well does it work?

With typical use the shot is 97% effective. If used correctly, consistently and all of the time, the shot can be up to 99.7% effective. The shot does not prevent against any STIs!

Where can someone get it?

It requires a prescription and injection from a medical provider. It’s important to visit with a medical provider to ensure the shot is right for you.


If you are thinking about getting the shot or another birth control method, it’s important to visit with a doctor or come to Teen Clinic. Ask us an anonymous question online or call us to make an appointment for a personalized consult on choosing a birth control method.