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I’m asking for curiosity purposes. My fiance just had her first depo-shot today, however (per her doctors advice) up to and including last night she was on the pill. She also is within 5 days of the start of her period, which ended yesterday. Can I assume that she is protected?

Yes, if she got the birth control shot (AKA Depo-Provera) within the first seven days after the start of her period, then she would have been protected from pregnancy right away. If she started at any other time in her cycle she would need to use a condom or avoid having sex for the first week after getting the shot.

Remember that while your fiancé may be protected from pregnancy, it’s still important to use a condom every time you have sex. Condoms provide extra protection from pregnancy and also protect you both from STDs. If you’d rather have sex without the condoms, be sure to get yourselves tested for STDs first. Many STDs don’t have any symptoms and they can hang around for years, so getting tested is the only way to know for sure if you’re STD-free.

-Emily at Planned Parenthood

Tags: birth control, condoms, the shot