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What Are the Advantages of the Birth Control Shot?

The birth control shot is an easy, convenient, and effective method of birth control that you only have to get every 12-13 weeks. It can also provide benefits such as reducing pain during periods, making your periods lighter and can help treat symptoms of endometriosis. Women who have had problems using birth control methods that contain estrogen can use a progestin-only birth control shot. It is also an effective option for women who are breastfeeding and can’t use birth control methods that contain estrogen.

Convenience

The birth control shot is easy to use, especially if you have trouble remembering to take a pill every day. You can either visit a health care provider to receive the shot, or you can order your prescription online and give yourself the shot every 12-13 weeks in your home. When used correctly, you only have to remember your birth control method about four times per year.

Pregnancy Prevention

Some women don’t like birth control methods that interrupt sex, so the shot is an excellent option in these cases. As long as you keep up with the injection schedule, you don’t have to think about birth control except when it’s time for your next shot and you’ll be protected for the full period of time between shots. If you forget to get your shot within the time frame, you could get pregnant, so be sure to stay on top of the schedule.

Fewer Periods

About half the women who use the birth control shot stop getting periods altogether within a year of starting this method. Not getting a period is safe and often makes this option of birth control more convenient.

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