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Depo provera

What is Depo provera?

Depo provera is a hormone injection that lasts for 3 months to prevent pregnancy. The injection contains synthetic progesterone and no estrogen. It is usually given in the arm or rear, delivering a high level of progesterone into the body.

How does Depo Provera Work?

Depo Provera stops the ovaries from releasing eggs. A woman cannot become pregnant if their ovaries do not release eggs.

Depo Provera also makes it harder for sperm to enter or survive in the uterus. Sperm have more difficulty entering and surviving the uterus because Depo Provera causes the cervical mucus to thicken and changes the uterine lining

Advantages of Depo Provera

One of the main advantages of taking Depo Provera is that is is a very private form of birth control. It cannot be seen on the body and requires no home supplies. It does, however, require a clinic appointment every 3 months.

How effective is Depo Provera?

Depo Provera is 99.7% effective as birth control. It does not protect against reproductive tract infections, including HIV/AIDS.

Complications of Depo Provera

There are some serious health risks with Depo Provera.

  • Depo Provera may increase your risk of contracting an STD. According to a study in the journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, women who took Depo Provera are 3 times more likely to contract chlamydia or gonorrhea as those who use other forms of birth control.
  • Depo Provera may increase your risk of developing osteoporosis.

Side Effects of Depo Provera

Some of the most common side effects of Depo Provera are:

  • weight gain
  • irregular, heavy or no bleeding
  • headaches
  • nervousness
  • mood changes
  • bloating
  • hot flashes
  • decreased interest in sex
  • breast tenderness
  • acne
  • hair loss
  • back ache


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