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Depo-Provera

concept
A woman gets an intramuscular shot of the artificial hormone progestin every three months, which keeps her from getting pregnant.

success rate
Less than one woman in 100 will become pregnant in a year using this method.

groovy part
Once you get the shot, you don’t have to think about birth control for three months.

drag factor
Offers no protection against STDs, including HIV; also, may cause weight gain, irregular periods, and depression.

how to get it
Requires a visit to your health care provider every three months for administration of the shot; the cost is about $35-$60 per shot, plus the cost of the office visit. Many clinics also have sliding scale fees, meaning you pay based on what you can afford.


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