“The Shot” is another name for Depo-Provera. This is an injection that lasts for about three months. It contains progestin, a hormone that prevents the ovaries from releasing eggs. It also thickens the cervical mucus, which helps block sperm from getting to the egg. It thins the lining of the uterus, which may help prevent implantation. Because of the strong effect of the hormone, it is unclear if this thinning is significant in preventing pregnancy.  

 

The Shot

 

Details

STI reduction: None.

 

Long Acting: The effects of the Depo-Provera® shot will last for 3 months.

 

Cost

If you qualify for the funding Haven Health has available, services may be provided at no cost.  Qualification for programs depends on family size and income.  Please call Haven Health at 806.322.3599  to determine if you qualify for the available programs.

 

Usage

An injection is given at the doctor or clinic every three months. It's really important to get shots on time.

 

Side Effects

Some women will experience a change in appetite leading to weight gain.  Other side effects include:  depression, hair loss or more hair on your face or body, nervousness or dizziness, headache, nausea, sore breasts.  Rare allergic reactions.  May avoid some of the dangers of combined hormonal therapies (blood clots).

Quick Facts

Long-lasting, the hormonal choice for those who can't take estrogen.

 

Effectiveness

The shot is very effective—as long as you get each shot on time.

 

Side effects

The most common are irregular bleeding and increased appetite, leading to weight gain.

 

Effort

Another shot is required every 3 months.

 

How do I get it?

At a doctor’s office or clinic

 

STI reduction

None.

 

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Contact Information

Hours of Operation

1 Medical Drive 

Amarillo, Texas 79106 

Phone 806.322.3599

Fax 806.372.5237

Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12: 00 p.m. 

Saturday (1st and 3rd) 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm.