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Firstly, I'd like to say that "The Buddy System" article on this site has been a lifesaver for me. I know that these stats are yearly compilations and that I shouldn't put all my faith in them; but I have to tell the staff and volunteers here that this article has given me much support and has also shown me the benefits of backing up my birth control with other methods.

I do have a question about the Depo-Provera shot and the pill. The pill used alone with typical use is about 92 percent effective; whereas the shot, used alone with typical use, is 97 percent effective. I'm just a bit confused as to why the typical use ratings differ so much; especially since these methods are both hormonal and I thought they were similar. Is the shot's effectiveness higher because, if you get the shot on time, there is less of a chance of not using it improperly for an entire cycle? I know that that makes sense objectively; but I was just startled by those statistics in relation to one another.

I'm sorry for the random question!

[ 08-05-2012, 02:13 PM: Message edited by: copper86 ]

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I don't actually knoew, but you're reasoning sounds about right to me. Imagine for example that you had to pay your electrical bill every day instead of every month, you'd be much more likely to miss a few payments here or there and make them up later or not at all, than you would if it were on a montly basis. The same concept is true for the pill. There are a lot more places where someone can make an error intaking the pill, where as they are much less likely to miss getting the depo provera shot as it is more infrequent. Make sense?

PS, I'm just using logic to reason this out, if I'm wrong about the reasoning please do correct me


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Yes, you've both got it. There's much less room for error with the typical use of the shot.


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