Family PACT

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About your Birth Control Shot

It is important to get your shots on time. You should get  
your next birth Control Shot in 12 weeks.

Your next Birth Control Shot is due on:

     Date Given      


     Next Shot Due   


     Late After       


What to expect:

  • All women will have changes in their periods, such
    as spotting or more days of lighter bleeding. Over
    time, periods may stop completely.
  • Some women may have headaches and notice
    breast tenderness, tiredness, and nausea.
  • A small number of women may feel depressed.
  • Some women may gain weight while using the shot.
    • Track your weight gain.
    • If you gain more than 5 - 10 pounds in the first
      6 months, talk to your Family PACT provider.

Tips to remember:

If you missed your next Birth Control Shot or were 3 or   
more weeks late for it:

  • Get your next shot right away.
  • Use another birth control method, like condoms.
    Keep using condoms until one week after you get
    your shot.
  • If you were late getting your shot and you had
    unprotected sex, use Emergency Contraceptive (EC)
    pills right away.

The Birth Control Shot does not protect you from
HIV or other infections people get from having sex.

Use condoms along with the Shot to protect
yourself from these infections.

Watch for warning signs.

Talk to your Family PACT provider if you have:                    

  • Repeated, very painful
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding        
  • Depression
  • Severe, lower
    abdominal pain          

Call your provider right away if you have any of these signs
or if you think you may be pregnant.

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  Your provider's telephone number

2011 Revised 2013. Department of Health Care Services, Office of Family Planning.                       
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