You can eat, wear, or insert your birth control. And you can also inject it. Let’s talk about the birth control shot.
The shot is very literally a shot of hormones that lasts for three months. It works the way most of the other hormone birth control types do, but with only progestin (no estrogen).
Will I have to wait a long time from my last shot to get pregnant?
Contrary to most of the other methods, this one is one you’ll want to avoid if you think you might want to get pregnant soon. You could have to wait anywhere from 12 weeks to 9 months to become fertile again.
It’s really a shot?
Yes, like with a needle. You go to your healthcare provider once every three months, they give you the shot, and you go on your merry way. But if you’re terrified of needles, this is clearly not for you.
Who is this is a good match for?
Some women can’t take estrogen- this is ideal for them.
Can I be on it while breastfeeding?
Rumor has it it’ll make my period irregular…?
Yes. This is a very common side effect. It could lighten your period to nothing or make it heavier. It could also cause spotting between periods. This could last anywhere from 6-12 months once you start.
Why it’s good:
- Once you get the shot, you don’t have to think about it for three months
- It’s totally discrete; there is no visible sign you’re taking it and nothing anyone could feel
- It’s very effective when shot is on time
- It could lighten your period
- Reduced risk of cancer of the uterus if used long term and offers possible protection against pelvic inflammatory disease
Possible risks and downsides:
- Possibility of irregular menstrual cycle and bleeding between periods
- Potential change in appetite or weight gain (usually less than 5 lbs.)
- Depression, sore breasts, headache, dizziness, and gain or loss of body hair are less common but possible side effects
- Bone loss
- Change in sex drive
- If you have any negative side effects, you cannot quickly reverse these as the hormone is for three months at a time. There’s nothing you can do once you get the shot if something doesn’t go well
- They do not prevent the spread of STI’s. Only condoms do that (but the two pair nicely!)
- Like all birth controls, there is a very small risk of pregnancy if sole contraceptive method
If you’re not afraid of needles and like not having to think about your birth control for months at a time, this might be a good choice for you! I’m not a doctor; so consulting one of those would be your best bet to decide if this is a good choice for you. Per usual, condoms are still your best friend if there’s a possibility of you being exposed to a STI.
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