“The Shot” is another name for Depo-Provera. This is an injection that last 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.
STI reduction: None.
Long Acting: The effects of the Depo-Provera® shot will last for 3 months.
An injection is given at the doctor or clinic every three months. It’s really important to get shots on time.
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).
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 for more information.
Long-lasting, hormonal choice for those who can’t take estrogen.
The shot is very effective—as long as you get each shot on time.
The most common are irregular bleeding and increased appetite, leading to weight gain.
Another shot is required every 3 months.
How do I get it?
At a doctor’s office or clinic
1 Medical Drive
Amarillo, Texas 79106
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 8 am to 5 pm
First and third Saturday’s of the month from 9 am to 1 pm.
We are now seeing patients on the first and third.