She thought that the shot would work right away that’s why we had unprotected sex. It takes the shot 1 week for it to start working and today has been a week. I don’t know what to do
Lets talk a little bit about hormonal birth control!
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.
Once the Depo Shot is at full effectiveness, it is preventing pregnancy by up to 99% for 3 months. But in order for the Depo shot to consistently be effective, the person taking it needs to make sure they are getting 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 has already 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 consider condoms 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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