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How well do shots work as birth control for teens?

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The shot is a drug called medroxyprogesterone (Depo-Provera). It has a long-acting form of the hormone progestin that lasts about 3 months.

If your teen chooses this option, she'll need to visit the doctor every 11-13 weeks for an injection. Girls who use this type of birth control might have lighter periods. But they could also gain weight and lose bone density. Only about 6 in every 100 females who choose this method get pregnant in the first year. That's a better success rate than birth control pills.

SOURCES:

News release, CDC.

CDC: "Genital HPV Infection -- Fact Sheet."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Birth Control for Sexually Active Teens."

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "FAQ112 Especially for Teens: Birth Control."

Pediatrics , September 2014.

Guttmacher Institute State Policies in Brief: "Minors' Access to Contraceptive Services."  

TeensHealth: “What Kinds of Birth Control Work Best Against Pregnancy and STDs?”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 04, 2018

SOURCES:

News release, CDC.

CDC: "Genital HPV Infection -- Fact Sheet."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Birth Control for Sexually Active Teens."

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "FAQ112 Especially for Teens: Birth Control."

Pediatrics , September 2014.

Guttmacher Institute State Policies in Brief: "Minors' Access to Contraceptive Services."  

TeensHealth: “What Kinds of Birth Control Work Best Against Pregnancy and STDs?”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 04, 2018

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