Someone asked us:
Hi, I recently lost my insurance coverage and because of it I can’t go back to the gyno I went to for my depo injection. I saw that I need an appointment at least a week or two in advance to get it, but my window to get it ends in 4 days. If I called a center would they be able to help me? If I miss my window, what should I do to get back on the shot?
Hi there. Sorry to hear about your insurance situation — we know how incredibly stressful losing your insurance can be. You should definitely call your local Planned Parenthood health center and explain your situation, to see if they can accommodate you (or refer you to a place that can).
Hopefully you’ll be able to get your shot in time, and your protection won’t be interrupted. But if you can’t get your shot within four days, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Every dose of the shot lasts 12 weeks. If you are two or more weeks late getting your shot, your health care provider may ask you to take a pregnancy test, or may advise you to use emergency contraception if you had vaginal intercourse in the previous 120 hours (five days).
- You can start using the shot again as soon as possible, but heads up: you might not be protected right away. If you get the shot within the first seven days after the start of your period, you’re immediately protected. But if you get it any other time, you need to use a backup method for the first seven days.
- In general, if it’s been more than 12 weeks since your last shot, it’s a good idea to use a back up method (like a condom) until you can get back on your regular shot schedule.
You can also read more about the birth control shot on our website. Good luck!
- Alex at Planned Parenthood