Depo Provera, or “the shot” is an injection that you receive every 3 months. It is a synthetic hormone that is very similar to the natural hormone called progesterone that is produced throughout the menstrual cycle. Depo Provera works by preventing from releasing an egg, otherwise known as ovulation. It also thickens the cervical mucus and keeps the lining of the uterus very thin. Depo Provera requires you to come to the office every three months for the injection. It is very effective as long as you are not missing your appointments to receive the injection.
The most common side effects include weight gain, headaches, irregular bleeding and mood changes.
Make an appointment today to discuss if Depo Provera is right for you! We always have it available onsite, whereas some other offices require you to pick it up at the pharmacy yourself. Therefore, starting depo is quick and easy!
Depo Provera does not protect against sexually transmitted infections so condoms are still a great way to add double protection!