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Contraception Options for Women are Abundant

For most women today one of the most important medical issues they deal with is whether or not to take birth control medication and if so, which kind to take.  Birth control is a very personal decision left best to the woman and her partner but for those that are interested in birth control options one of the most convenient and safest is the new birth control shot. The pros and cons of the this method should be considered by any woman before deciding on the best course of action to take. There are many different ways to protect yourself from pregnancy and the birth control shot is but one of these ways. To find out more about what this is, what it does and how it works, read on.

Forgot To Take the Pill? Switch to Birth Control Shot!

So how does the birth control shot work?  The birth control shot, sometimes referred to by it's original non-generic brand name of Depo-Provera, is a shot that is administered every twelve weeks for the purpose of preventing pregnancy. The shot itself is progestin based, which will prevent ovulation and of course prevent any possibility of pregnancy.  Unlike other birth control methods there is no estrogen in the shot (whereas there is in the ring and the pill) so the shot is considered safer as well and a more viable option for woman who cannot for whatever reason take birth control with estrogen. In the past women who were nursing or in had other conditions were told to not take any type of pill because of the estrogen contained in it. The shot for birth control eliminates that concern completely.

The long lasting contraceptive shot is considered one of the most convenient methods of birth control out on the market today. With a 99% success rate it is also considered one of the most effective. These two facts make the birth control injection extremely appealing to many women. The shot is injected into the bicep in almost all cases and works by preventing ovulation. It should be noted that this birth control option does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

Some of the drawbacks which have been noted with Depo-Provera are: Irregular periods including either lighter or heavier bleeding, an average weight gain of about eleven pounds (in most test subjects), depression, loss of bone density and lower fertility for up to a year after you have stopped taking the shot. However, most women when weighing the pros and cons realize the value of the pros. Keep in mind that many of the issues with the shot also impact the other forms of birth control you might be interested in.

Currently the birth control shot is highly recommended by both private doctors, the AMA as well as planned parenthood. The shot is administered at any number of health care facilities, hospitals, doctors offices and planned parenthood offices around the country. It is widely distributed by all the normal medical channels which currently supply birth control options. The average cost can run anywhere from $25 to $250 depending on where you get the type of exam you need prior to getting a prescription as well as your health insurance plan. Many health care plans will cover the cost.

The birth control shot should be considered by anyone who has difficulty remembering a daily pill, anyone who wants convenience as well as anyone who is looking for the most effective birth control with the least amount of hassle.

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