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One of the many choices women have for birth control is Depo-Provera, or the birth control shot. The shot is extremely effective and can be ideal for women who don’t wish to take a pill every day to prevent pregnancy. One factor that influences the effectiveness of Depo-Provera is how often you get the shot and if you stick to the schedule recommended by your gynecologist.

The impacts of a late shot depend on when your last shot was. Ideally, women should get a shot every 10 to 12 weeks. However, if you get your shot within 15 weeks of the previous one, you should still be protected. If you get your shot more than 15 weeks after your previous one, you will need to use an alternative form of birth control for one week after getting the shot. If you have intercourse more than 15 weeks after your last shot without protection, then you may wish to discuss emergency contraception with your gynecologist.

To schedule an appointment for Depo-Provera or to discuss birth control methods in Washington, D.C., make an appointment with Washington Surgi-Clinic today. To learn more about our women’s health services, including STD testing and pregnancy termination , call (202) 659-9403.