I had my baby the 7th of September and since then I had my period and my first Depo injection…

..I’m getting my second injection on the 14th of December. When is it okay to have sex? Our libido levels are sky high. And is it okay to not use protection? And if not know, when will it be possible to have sex?

Great questions!

The shot or Depo-Provera is 97-99.7% effective at preventing pregnancy for 3 months. If you have sex when you are current on your shot (you received the injections on time, every time) you are 97-99.7% protected from pregnancy. However, if you are late for an injection, or do not get another injection, there is a risk of pregnancy.

For any hormonal method of birth control, you need to use a backup method (like condoms) for one week before that method becomes effect in helping prevent pregnancy. After that first week if you are taking your shot on time, you’ll be protected up to 99% from pregnancy!

Teen Clinic always recommends using condoms in conjunction with a birth control method to help prevent the contraction of STIs! If you are in a relationship where you don’t have to worry about getting an STI though, you might have a conversation with your partner about only using birth control and not condoms. If you choose to do this, you’re still going to be 97-99% protected from pregnancy, but you wont be protected from STIs.

You can always call Teen Clinic and talk with one of our health care professionals with additional questions! 303-442-5160.