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The Shot
Brands: Depo-Provera, Noristat, Depo-subQ Provera 104 Injection, Cyclofem, Mesigyna, Lunelle, Deladroxate

Estimated cost: $30-$75 every 3 months, plus exam cost

How it works: Contraceptive injections are a method of birth control that deliver hormones into the bloodstream, and may contain progestin only, or a combination of progestin and estrogen. The hormones work the same way as the combo pills and mini pills, thickening the cervical mucus at the base of the cervix to prevent entrance of sperm, and may also suppress ovulation.

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