I got the Depo Shot on Wednesday and the following Wednesday I had unprotected sex………

…… Am I covered? Was that a week or would Thursday have been a week?

Good question!

You are right, all hormonal forms of birth control, including the Depo Shot  take 1 week before they are effective.  So, to reduce the risk of pregnancy someone should use a back up method (like abstinence, or condoms) for 1 week.

Since unprotected sex did occur on the 1 week and not after, there would be a risk of pregnancy. Emergency Contraception is an option, which can be taken up to 5 days after and is more effective the sooner it is taken. Emergency Contraception works by delaying ovulation- when the egg is released from the ovary.

After the initial shot, Depo is up to 99% effective as long as someone is getting their shots on time, every 3 months. Remember, the Depo Shot does not reduce the risk of STIs. Only condoms and dental dams can do this.

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