I had my first Depo shot yesterday, 5 days after my period….

………and I had unprotected sex that following night. Is it safe for me to take the morning after pill if I have already been given the Depo shot?

When someone starts a new hormonal method of birth control (like the Depo shot), they need to use a back up method (like condoms or practicing abstinence) for one week before that method will be effective.

After that first week, the hormones will be integrated into the body and can help prevent pregnancy up to 99% (even if ejaculation occurs in the vagina) when taken correctly. In order for the Depo shot to be taken correctly, the person taking it needs to get the shot every 3 months.

Since the Depo Shot was not effective yet, and unprotected sex did happen, there is a chance of pregnancy.

Emergency Contraception is an option if pregnancy is not desired. Emergency Contraception contains a high level of progesterone.  This spike of progesterone in the body can prevent ovulation, or keep the egg from being released from the ovary. It is important to take Emergency Contraception as soon as possible after someone thinks pregnancy could have occurred. Emergency Contraception doesn’t work if the person hasalready ovulated. Also, someone can take Emergency Contraception up to 5 days after pregnancy might have occurred.

Remember, hormonal birth control methods do not protect against STIs. It’s also a great idea to considercondoms  and dental dams when you’re engaging in sexual activities. If used correctly and consistently, condoms can help prevent pregnancy and STI transmission by up to 98%! Teen Clinic offers free condoms and dental dams.

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