Contraception Information from About.com:
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Description of Depo Provera:
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Side Effects of Depo Provera:
- Loss of bone density, resulting in an increased risk of osteoporosis, bone loss may not be reversed when you go off Depo Provera
- Weight gain, typically more than 5 pounds after one year of use.
- Irregular, heavy, or no bleeding
- Headaches, nervousness, mood changes, bloating, hot flashes, decreased interest in sex, breast tenderness, acne, hair loss, and back ache.
Advantages of Depo Provera:
- It is a very private form of birth control, which requires little maintenance.
- It is reported to be associated with a decreased risk of endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, and pelvic inflammatory disease.
- Many women will stop having periods completely, which, for women with painful or heavy periods, may be a benefit.
Disadvantages of Depo Provera:
- After the last shot, it can take 6-9 months for the drug to leave the body. Side effects may linger until the drug is completely gone, and it may take a while to return to your regular menstrual cycle.
- Depo Provera is not recommended for long term use and especially not for young women who are still growing.
- If a woman becomes pregnant while using Depo Provera, and continues her pregnancy, there may be an increased risk of premature birth.