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PurpleBones
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I've been on the depo injection for just over a year now. It's been a very reliable, easy method, and get my shots on time pretty much religiously - I've got into the habit of having them a couple of days early, just to be on the safe side (is this ok?).
Up until now, my boyfriend and I have been using withdrawal as a back-up. I'm totally fine with this. But we're both curious as to what sex would be like with no back-up. I know that my risk of pregnancy would be really, really low, but obviously it's wise to be cautious and know the facts first. I guess what I want to ask is, if I'm using the depo properly, what is my actual risk with no back-up? What's the difference between "perfect" and "typical" use, and what exactly is the definition of typical use?

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Atonement
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Hey there!

Depo Provera has a about a 97% effective typical use and a 99.7% typical use, so by itself, It's a highly effective method.

Combined with the withdrawal method, you will get 99.98% perfect use and 99.19 with typical use. So that's about 2.10% lest coverage in a typical use setting than you would get using both methods..

I looked up the drug information sheet on Depo, and the only time it mentioned lessened effectiveness is if you waited longer than 13 weeks to get your next dose, not if you got it a couple days earlier. However, if you're uncomfortable about getting it a couple days early, it might be a good idea to talk to your health care provider.

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lucidkitty
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You could use the fam method to determine your safe days and use barrier protection ie condoms on the fertile ones. But pulling out would work fairly well also.
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KittenGoddess
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Actually, women who are on hormonal birth control methods can't use FAM. In order to be able to use fertility awareness, you need to have a cycle to monitor. Because birth control impacts what is going on hormonally and you don't ovulate, there is essentially nothing to measure/chart with FAM.

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lucidkitty
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LOL well now i feel really dumb *red face*,i had forgotten about that.
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