A Mom's Guide to Birth Control

Injectable (Depo-Provera)

Best if: You're breastfeeding; You don't want to get pregnant tomorrow

How it works: You get a shot of progestin in your butt or arm once every three months; you or your doctor can do it.

Perks: You only have to deal with it four times a year.

Drawbacks: Depo-Provera isn't a popular choice for several reasons: It can cause heavy break-through bleeding and weight gain, and may even increase your risk of osteoporosis if you use it for more than two years.

Fertility returns 9 to 12 months after your last shot.

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