Depo-Provera

Depo-Provera

Intramuscular injection of 150 mg of depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate suspension which lasts for 3 months. Depo-provera prevents ovulation and thickens cervical mucous.

Effectiveness
  • nearly 100%
Side Effects
  • menstrual irregularities
  • headache
  • weight gain
  • breast tenderness
  • depression
Advantages
  • safe
  • convenient
  • relatively inexpensive ($90/dose)
  • separates birth control from sexual intercourse
  • decreased menstrual cramps and flow
  • may be given to nursing mothers because it does not contain any estrogen
Disadvantages
  • irregular bleeding or spotting
  • weight gain
  • possible change in mood
  • return of fertility make take up to 1 year

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