Brand Name: Depo-Provera
Generic Name: (me drox’ ee proe jes’ te rone)
Depo-Provera is a long-acting contraceptive that is injected into the muscle. Benefits of traditional pills are that you don’t have to take it every day.
Average Consumer Rating: 2.3 out of 5
The drug Depo-Provera is a brand name for medroxyprogesterone manufactured by the Pfizer Company and was first introduced in 1967. This hormonal form of birth control that is administered via injection about every 3 months and keeps women from ovulating, thus preventing pregnancy. It consists of progestin without estrogen.
Apart from birth control, there are a few other uses for this medication such as using it to reduce pain associated with endometriosis. It can also be used for women with metastatic uterine or kidney cancer, whereas it cannot cure these issues, it can help to ease pain and symptoms associated them. It has also been used on male sex offenders to help reduce their sex drive, a form of chemical castration.
Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) works as a form of progesterone which is a female hormone that prevents the release of an egg from a woman’s ovary. It also makes changes in the cervical mucus, thus making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and fertilize an egg. The chemicals in Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) also make changes to the lining of the uterus itself and if there is an egg that is fertilized, it is prevented from implanting in the uterus.
The advantage of Depo Provera is that it is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy when given on time. Some women also like the fact that they don’t have to think about birth control every day. On the other hand, it does require an office visit to get the shot.
Usually, after the second shot, women will not have a menstrual period. Some women report spotting or irregular menstrual cycles.
Bad Side Effects Of Depo-Provera Shot
Depo Provera is known to cause some users to lose calcium stored in their bones. The research has shown that it is still unclear whether this bone mineral density loss is reversible.
Pfizer, the creators of the product, only encourage long-term use (2 years or more) of the method “only if other methods of birth control are not right for you.”
In addition, 2 out 3 women in clinical trials reported a weight gain of 5 pounds during the first year of use.
Other possible Depo-Provera side effects are:
- Decreased libido;
- Abdominal pain;
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Hated this so much. I was really bummed too because a couple friends were on it and had no problems. The month after the first round of the shot I was fine- no mood swings or weight gain, I felt great. After the second shot in March I never stopped bleeding. I didn't go for my third shot in June and now things are back to normal. Loved that this shot was so easy with only having to go in every 3 months but the side effects were not worth it.
I've been on depo for about 5 years now, and I haven't had many problems with it. I have had routine acne breakouts and am slowly losing my sex drive. Plus I don't get my period that often. When I do it's either light or spotting. Although I have been spotting on and off for the last 4 weeks, and that drives me a little crazy. I've been thinking about switching to the pill for that reason.
The only good thing about this shot was I didn't have to take a pill daily but other than that I hated it! I had so many problems with this shot. For starters I gained 20 pounds in 4 months! My blood pressure, heart rate, and sugar went so high I was being tested for diabetes and heart problems. I would get tired so fast. As soon as I got off of this shot, my heart rate, blood pressure, and sugar went back down.
i really do like taking depo but the downside of it is.. weightgain!! it suckss.
i was on this for about 1 year. i had to go to my doctors every 3 months for a shot so i didn't have to worried about taking a pill everyday. the first dosage i would have breakthrough bleeding but after that i had no bleeding. no periods, no cramps, and that was nice. the side effect when i got off it took my body about EIGHT MONTHS to have my first period. and i gain about 10 pds.
As soon as I started using depo I turned into a crazy hormonal b*tch. I started getting horrible mood swings and I also got really bad headaches. Definitely don't recommend even though it was nice not having to take a pill every day =/
i really like the depo but it has some downsides.pro's:no periods, you dont have to take it everyday,no moodyness.con's: depleats the calcium in your bones,WATER RETENTION,