Depo Provera injections are hormonal injections which are used as a type of contraception by women who want to prevent pregnancy. They are very effective, what’s more, one of the most effective products for contraception, and they should be administered every three months, or, more precisely every 11 to 13 weeks. Except these, in the comparison to other methods of birth control, there are many other positive sides of this one, and some of them are certainly related to the fact that they do not contain estrogen, thus there is no risk of conditions such as stroke, pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis. The risks of endometriosis, primary dysmenorrhea, ovarian cysts and pain, as well as endometrial cancer are also decreased, and all of this makes them a better choice than other hormone-based products which have the same purpose.
However, despite its effectiveness and benefits to a woman’s health, it should be mentioned that according to the statistics, in cases of women who used Depo Provera injections, it has been noticed that the chances of baby’s death in the first year of life are increased, as well as the chances of worsening of the osteoporotic effects, and developing breast cancer (though the chances are not any higher than in women who use other contraceptive pills). On the other side, there are some side effects which are no reason for concern, and which are rather common. They refer to irregular menstrual periods, headaches, pain in the abdomen, leg crams, changes in the weight, nervousness and loss or decrease in the sex drive. In more than half of the cases, a woman will stop having a period after a year or two of using these injections, while after they stop taking them, the period will return in 3 to 10 months, and it will take at least nine months for a woman to stay pregnant. A rather serious side effect related to Depo Provera injections is the one which has been confirmed after several studies and researches. It has been proved that women who use them have small density of the bones, which makes the bones more fragile and these women more prone to osteoporosis. Even though this side effect is not so common, it is possible, and without any doubt, it is related to the use of these injections. This is a reason why younger women should carefully consider whether or not they want to use precisely this method of contraception, and if they find it necessary, they should consult their doctor.