Depo-Provera is very effective. In fact, studies show it is more effective at preventing pregnancy than several other contraceptive methods, including the pill, condoms and diaphragms. It does not, however, protect against any other sexually transmitted infections.

Depo-Provera only works for about 3 months. The shot must be repeated every 3 months to prevent pregnancy. After a woman stops using Depo-Provera, her normal ovarian function returns after a short time. However, it can take up to 9-10 months to get pregnant after receiving the last injection.

  • Weight Gain
  • Headaches
  • Nervousness
  • Abdominal Discomfort
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness or Fatigue
  • Menstrual Changes

Most women have changes in menstrual periods including irregular and unpredictable bleeding or spotting, an increase or decrease in menstrual bleeding, or no bleeding at all. After 1 year of use, about 50% of women have no bleeding at all. The absence of periods is not harmful, and periods usually return to normal after Depo-Provera is stopped. If unusually heavy or continuous bleeding occurs, you should see your doctor.

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