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Hello! I just got off the pill and plan on starting birth control again in September or October. I'm only going to have sex with my boyfriend, which is going to be only a few times a year (long distance relationship).
So my question is, could the dep-provera injection be an effective, temporary solution for birth control? More specificly, can I have the injection, then not have it for a month or two, and then have it again? [Confused]
[I'm not really confortable with just a condom or sponge as protection and not liking the pill's method too much.]
As well, would this be "safe" to do? I'm kinda wary about stopping my period completely.

PS, We were both tested for STIs and are clean! [Smile]

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Well, the thing with depo is that once you start taking it, you will want to do it regularly. So what you're proposing is not likely to be a good idea. Depo is like a whopping dose of hormones. So if you take it, and then don't for a month or two, and then try to go back to it, you're going to confuse the heck out of your body. You may find that you have side effects out the wazoo as well due to taking it irregularly.

If you aren't planning on taking it continuously, the it's unlikely that ANY hormonal method of birth control is a good idea for you. Hormonal methods are just not designed to work that way. You've got to take them and take them regularly...otherwise you are not doing your body any favors. If hormonal methods are not for you, then perhaps backing up condoms with a diaphram, cervical cap, or Lea's shield would be a better option.

Sarah Liz

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