What is it?
A hormone shot given every three months to prevent pregnancy, or in certain cases, to stabilize the lining of the uterus in patients with heavy bleeding. Based on current National and International practice, as well as over twenty years experience, we in the Women's Wellness Place feel the shot offers safe, effective birth control for many women. It has been approved for birth control use by the Food and Drug Administration.
To prevent pregnancy, it stops the ovary from releasing an egg each month. For heavy bleeding, it transforms the lining into a secretory pattern (stabilizes the tissue), so that it will shed regularly. It also prevents sperm from entering the uterus.
Women who do not want to take birth control pills because they become too nauseated, because they forget their pills, or don't like taking pills. Such women may consider using Depo Provera. Other women who may consider using the injection are those who can't take birth control pills because they have medical problems such as:
How effective is Depo Provera?
The injection is more than 99% effective when given every three months. It is best to receive the first injection during or just after a menstrual period. If the first injection is not given at the time of menstruation, the patient and doctor should be sure that pregnancy is not present and a backup method (like foam and condoms) should be used for 2 weeks after the first injection.
While we cannot make any guarantees, current medical literature suggests no evidence of adverse effects when a "progesterone only" method, such as the injection, is used immediately post-partum or when breast feeding.
Who shouldn't get the injection?
The injection does not protect against sexually transmitted disease. Condoms are the most protective method against STDs.
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