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Depo Provera®

Depo Provera is a synthetic hormone (progestogen) that is given by injection every 3 months. It is slowly released into a woman’s body, and works in 3 ways:

  • it stops the female body releasing an egg each month
  • it changes the lining of the uterus so a fertilised egg cannot grow
  • it makes the mucous in the cervix thicker so sperm cannot get through.

Advantages

  • It is very convenient as you only need 1 injection every 3 months.
  • It contains no oestrogen, so may be safer for some women, including smokers and other women who cannot take the pill.
  • It is not affected by body weight, stomach upsets or medications.

Things to consider

  • While on Depo Provera, many women stop getting periods after the first couple of injections.
  • You need to go to your doctor or health service to have the injection.
  • Irregular bleeding may occur after the first few injections.
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  • Camper K400239 Black Sneaker Women's Beetle Most women start having periods and become fertile again 4 to 8 months after their last injection, but it can take longer for some women.
  • Depo Provera is a very effective contraceptive, but will not protect you against STIs or HIVGlod High Sandals Ankle Q for Women Strap Amy Lace up Open Summer Shoes Zipper Heels Toe Casual d8PPaq.

Where to get help


Acknowledgements
Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program, Public Health

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