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beaver987
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Hello again. I was thinking about switching to thr depo provera shots. Ive read a few of the articles on it here, but still had a couple questions. Do medications or vomiting decrease the effectiveness like the pill? Or is the only way it fails is when the shots aren't taken on time? Is it usually more or less expensive than the pill? Is it considered more expensive? I take my pill everyday on time and have never missed one in almost 2 years, but the shot seems even more effective and foolproof. I am looking for a method that is covered by my insurance, is foolproof, and will work well for college and the sunmer.

Thank you for answering my questions!

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Hi Beaver987,

You are correct that the shot is rated as having a slightly higher efficacy rate than the pill (although their rates for perfect use are more or less the same). It sounds like you've done your research and know what qualities you are looking for in a BC method, which is awesome.

Honestly, the best person for you to be discussing these questions with is your healthcare provider, especially ones that have to do with your insurance and the interactions of a BC method with any medications you may be taking If the shot seems like a more appealing option to you, then an appointment to talk with them should be your first step.

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If you vomit while on the shot, will it be ineffective for a while like the pill? Also, does it only fail when it is not recieved on time? (After 3 months). Are there medications that interact with the shot the same as the pill? Thank you!
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Here is some information to get you started: Depo-Provera (The Shot)

And if you think that the shot sounds right for you, then the person to talk to for further information is your doctor.

(Also: vomitting or diarrhea do not make the pill ineffective. If that happens before the pill was fully absorbed, then it may lower the effectiveness.)

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No, vomiting doesn't impact Depo Provera. Vomiting potentially impacts the pill (depending on when that vomiting happens) because the pill enters the body via the digestive system. The shot enters the body via the bloodstream; hence, vomiting doesn't make a difference.

Have you had a chance to look through the information on our site about the shot? If not, here you go:
Depo-Provera (The Shot)

You'll see that the typical and perfect use effectiveness rates are similar. pretty much the only reason the shot would fail because of user error is if someone didn't get their shot on time.


Take a read through that page and see I if it answers the other questions you have.

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I noticed weight gain seems to be a huge problem with the shot. Do girls usually gain a lot of weight? I'm about 140, so I don't know if i can afford 11 more pounds. Or does this occur in just some people. I've heard its a common side effect on some sites and a rare side effect on others.
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The thing with side effects, to *any* medication, is that there's really no way to predict who will get which ones (if any) and who won't.. Some people do gain a small amount of weight when using a hormonal contraceptive (the pill also has that listed as a side effect) but it's really not possible for us to say whether it's common or rare. Bodies are just too individual.

Do you have a healthcare provider you can book an appointment with to talk about the pros and cons of different birth control options, and whether the shot (or anything else) would be a better choice for you than the pill?

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Well, I'm looking for a longer term method that will be somewhat or fully covered by my insurance. The things that it covers are the shot, nuva ring, pills, sponge, diaphram and a few others...it seems like the shot would be the most effective longer term foolproof option for me.
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Good. Then, your next step would be to talk with your healthcare provider to discuss stuff like your insurance coverage and anything else you are interested in asking. [Smile]

Do you already have a healthcare provider? If not and you need help finding one, that's something we'd be happy to help you with. [Smile]

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Yes, I do! Also, one more question. I read on one website that a side effect of the pill is possible infertility later on in life. Is this the case? Thank you again! [Smile]
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Yes you do have a healthcare provider or, yes you need help finding one? [Smile]

And no, the pill does not affect your fertility. If someone is going to have fertility problems, they will have them regardless of using the pill or not.

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So, I'm currently on the pill right now. I've nevet missed one or been late, never vomited while taking it, but my stools have never been hard. They're usually soft. I'm not exactly sure of the type of dihrrea affects the pill, but I was wonderig if having soft (but not watery or not needing to go frequently) constitutes as diahrrea that affects the pill? I'm starting to make myself believe that the pill is not working now that I'm hearing everything that can fail with it and the fact that some women still ovulate while taking the pill frequently. That's why I was thinking about possibly switching to the shot.


Also, is it true that you should only be on the shot for up to 2 years? I was hoping to be on it for 4 years through college if I switched. Thank you again for your responses.

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I do not have the information with me about if you can be on the shot more than two years but, again, these are all good questions for your healthcare provider. [Smile]

I'll leave a note for when other volunteers are around to come if they have better knowledge about this topic. [Smile]

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It's definitely ok to be on the shot for more than two years. =) We have a bunch of information on it here, which you might find helpful: Depo-Provera (The Shot)
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