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How soon does Depo-Provera work?

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Depo-Provera starts to work as birth control immediately after the first shot, if you get it within the first 5 days of your menstrual period.

From: Birth Control Shot (Depo-Provera) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Depo-Provera: An Injectable Contraceptive."

MedlinePlus: "Medroxyprogesterone Injection."

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States: "Talk About Sex."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 5, 2019

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Depo-Provera: An Injectable Contraceptive."

MedlinePlus: "Medroxyprogesterone Injection."

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States: "Talk About Sex."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on August 5, 2019

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