How to Change From the Depo Shot to Birth Control Pills

Depo Provera, also known as Depo or DPMA, is a shot of hormones given every three months to prevent pregnancy. It is as effective as other birth control methods; however, like other methods, there are side effects that may not agree with everyone. Therefore, there may be some women who will make the choice to stop getting the Depo shot and transition to other methods like the pill.

Obtain your birth control pills at least a week before your next Depo shot is due so that you do not have any gaps in birth control.

Begin taking your birth control pills on the day that you were due to get your next Depo shot.

Utilize an alternate method of birth control for the first seven days of pill use in order to avoid an unintended pregnancy.