Obstetrics & Gynecology Questions Depo-Provera (Contraceptive Injection)

Is the Depo shot more effective than the pill?

I'm 29 years old, and I'm considering getting the Depo-Provera shot instead of taking the birth control pill I'm currently on. Is this a more effective form of birth control?

5 Answers

Birth control is only as effective as your ability to use it. The advantage of a depot shot is that you don't have to remember to take it every day, though you do have to return at regular intervals for another shot. Used correctly both methods are equally effective.
Both methods are very effective 99 percent
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Equally effective. Discuss with your doctor the advantages and disadvantages for each one.
Both are very reliable and probably the only way Depo could be considered more reliable is that you don't have to rely on taking a pill daily since by missing one could result in failure. So from a theoretical standpoint they are both about of equal reliability by pills would result in more user failures. Only downside to Depo is that some patients feel it makes them gain weight.
Depot more effective