Birth Control - Depo-Provera Injection

This is the injection of the hormone progestin (brand name Depo-Provera) every three months to prevent pregnancy.

This is the injection of the hormone progestin (brand name Depo-Provera) every three months to prevent pregnancy.

Depo-Provera is the brand name for the hormone progestin, which is injected every three months to prevent pregnancy. Depo-Provera prevents pregnancy by:

  • Suppressing the release of an egg from the ovaries
  • Making the mucus around the cervix thicker, which stops the sperm from entering the uterus and fertilizing an egg

Your healthcare provider may recommend this type of birth control if:

  • You do not want to have to remember to take a pill every day
  • You are concerned about the effects of taking an estrogen or need to avoid estrogen for medical reasons
  • You have certain health problems (i.e., anemia, seizures, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or sickle cell disease)

Depo-Provera may not be recommended if you have a history of:

  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Breast cancer or liver disease
  • An allergy to the ingredients in Depo-Provera
  • Osteoporosis risk factors
  • Depression, heart attack or stroke

It is important to remember that Depo-Provera does not protect against any STDs. If you are not in a committed relationship with a single partner, you should practice safe sex and use a condom during any sexual contact.

Make an appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss your birth control options. If you decide to use Depo-Provera, ask your healthcare provider the following questions.

  • What are the benefits and risks of Depo-Provera?
  • How does the Depo-Provera compare with other types of birth control?
  • What symptoms are normal after the injection? When should I be concerned?
  • Will I need to return to the office after the injection?


Also known as:

Birth Control - Depo - Provera Injection
Family Planning
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