Info For Teens
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Does the shot help with the monthly cramps, headaches, and acne??
The shot (brand name Depo-Provera) is one of the most effective forms of birth control — it’s up to 99.7 percent effective when used correctly.
Periods become fewer and lighter for most women, and often stop altogether. So, if you’re not getting a period, you won’t have menstrual cramps.
The shot has not been shown to help with acne. Some women experience headaches as a side effect of using the shot. Irregular bleeding is the most common side effect for women using the shot. Some women also experience sore breasts , but this usually only happens during the first month or two. Anyone who wants to use the shot should talk with her provider about temporary bone thinning, which can also happen with the shot.