What is the most common side effect of Depo Provera?

Irregular Menstrual Bleeding. Many women stop using Depo Provera during the first year of use due to prolonged spotting or bleeding. These side effects are especially common during the first three months but can persist in some women for more than a year.
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What does Depo do to your body?

The birth control shot. The birth control shot, Depo-Provera, is a hormonal injection that prevents unplanned pregnancy for three months at a time. The hormone in this shot is progestin. If you have your shot on time without being late, there's a 1 in 100 chance you'll become pregnant during a given year.
  • Do you still get your period on the shot?

    Many women stop having their menstrual periods after about 6-12 months of getting Depo-Provera® injections. This is no reason to worry. It's not a medical problem and it does not mean you are pregnant. It just means that your ovaries are resting, and the lining in your uterus does not grow.
  • Can you get pregnant while on the shot?

    Here is some info for you : Pregant While On Depo-Provera Yes, the only protection that's 100% guaranteed is not having sex. It is possible to get pregnant with any other form of birth control. If you think you are pregnant, go see a doctor or take a home test.
  • Is it better to take birth control pills or the shot?

    Both the pill and the shot are very effective methods of birth control. When combination birth control pills are taken correctly, they are up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. The birth control shot (Depo-Provera) also is about 99% effective in preventing pregnancy (average annual failure rate is about 3%).
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What are the side effects of the birth control shot?

Side effects of Depo-Provera Contraceptive Injection include: weight gain and other side effects such as irregular menstrual bleeding, amenorrhea, headache, nervousness, abdominal cramps, dizziness, weakness or fatigue, decreased sexual desire, leg cramps, nausea, vaginal discharge or irritation, breast swelling and
  • How long is the birth control shot last?

    Depo-Provera is a contraceptive method for women. It's made of a hormone similar to progesterone. It's a shot that a doctor gives you in the arm or buttocks. Each shot works for up to 12 to 14 weeks, but you must get the injection once every 12 weeks to get its full protection.
  • Can you get cancer from the depo shot?

    Some research hints it might be caused by high-dose estrogen, but women in studies who took the progesterone-only shot Depo-Provera have also been found to have higher rates of breast cancer. "It is just not really clear," says Gaudet.
  • What is the purpose of Depo Provera?

    Depo-SubQ Provera 104 is used as contraception to prevent pregnancy. It is also used to reduce pain caused by endometriosis. Depo-Provera injection is used to ease pain and other symptoms in women with metastatic uterine or kidney cancer. This medication is not a cure for these conditions.

Updated: 2nd October 2019

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