Depo-Provera is a shot used to prevent pregnancy. You need to get the shot every 3 months (4 times a year) from your healthcare provider. The shot is usually given during the first 5 days of your menstrual period.
Depo-Provera is one of the most reliable forms of birth control. For every 1000 women using this method of birth control, 3 women may get pregnant.
Depo-Provera is a man-made form of the female hormone progesterone. Progesterone is one of the hormones used in birth control pills. After a shot of Depo-Provera, the high level of progesterone in the body keeps the ovaries from releasing an egg for the next 3 months. If the ovaries don’t release an egg, you cannot get pregnant. The hormone also causes a thickening of the mucus on the cervix and changes the lining of the uterus. These changes also help prevent pregnancy.
When you take Depo-Provera, your periods may be lighter and less painful. The symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) may not be as bothersome.
If you have any questions, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information. Be sure to keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.