How do I start the Depo shot?
The Depo-subQ Provera 104 shot can be started at any time so long as you are not pregnant. If you get the shot within the first seven days from the start of your period, it will be effective immediately. If you get the shot at any other time, you need to use a backup method (like condoms) to protect you against pregnancy for at least seven days.
*The shot does not protect against STIs so we encourage you to continue using condoms for STI protection.*
How do I administer my shot?
- Wash your hands.
- Remove the syringe from the package and shake it for one minute to make sure the medication is well mixed.
- Hold the needle pointing up and tap the syringe to shake any air bubbles to the top. Push the syringe very gently until all the air bubbles are out.
- Pick the injection site: either upper thigh or belly. Wipe the skin with an alcohol pad and wait for the area to dry.
- Take the cap off the needle and hold the syringe in your dominant hand.
- Grab the skin around the injection site with your other hand.
- Insert the small needle all the way into this skin at about a 45-degree angle. This may feel like a twinge, but will definitely be less painful than a regular Depo shot.
- Wait 5 seconds holding the needle in place.
- Press the syringe all the way in, and then keep the needle in place while you count to 5.
- Remove the needle and dispose of it in the sharps container. Apply pressure to the injection site on your body.