My boyfriend and I have just started having sex and it’s only happened 2 or 3 times. I’m on the injection birth control (Depo) and I’ve had 4 or 5 doses and have never missed one…

…He didn’t wear a condom and pulled out. But could I still be pregnant, even on the injection?

When someone starts a new hormonal method of birth control (like the Depo shot), it takes 1 week for the hormones to be integrated enough into the body to start preventing pregnancy.

Once the Depo shot is at full effectiveness, the Depo shot is preventing pregnancy by up to 99% for 3 months. But in order for the Depo to consistently be effective, you need to make sure you’re getting the shot every 3 months.

Because you’ve gotten the shot on time 4 or 5 times before, you should be up to 99% protected from pregnancy, especially because your partner is using condoms as well.

Using condoms with a hormonal method of birth control (like Depo) is also a good idea to help reduce the risk of STI transmission- so keep up the healthy decision of practicing safe sex!

If you have more questions, give us a call at 303-442-5160 to make an appointment or to talk with a provider.