Can I get the birth control shot while I’m on my period?

Yes! It’s safe to get Depo Provera—the birth control shot—during or after your period. The most important thing is to make sure you’re getting it on time. If this will be your first Depo shot, be sure to use backup birth control for the first ten days. If you’ve been on the Depo shot previously but are overdue, you will also want to use backup birth control.

It’s important to make sure you understand your birth control method. Next time you get your shot, ask your doctor how it works. This will give you a better idea of what the guidelines are and why it’s important to follow them.

Thanks for asking!