The Injectable Contraceptive: Depo-Provera

What is it?

Depo-Provera is the marketing name for the most widely used injectable method of birth control in the worl-depot-medroxyprogetreone acetate.

Depo-Provera is a long-acting, man made hormone. It has been available in some parts of the world for 25 years or more, but was not approved in the Untied States until 1992.

How does it work?

Depo-Provera is an injection. It can work in one of the three ways:
  1. It can prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary);
  2. It can cause the mucus in the cervix to change so that if sperm reach the cervix, it is more difficult for them to enter; and
  3. It can alter the lining of the uterus so that if the first and two actions fail and a new human being is created, the tiny baby boy or girl will die before he or she can actually attach to the lining of the uterus.
In other words, if the third action occurs, the woman's body rejects the tiny baby and he or she will die. this is called a "chemical abortion."

WARNING: You may be told that the Depo-Provera can not cause abortion, but that statement is based on the incorrect notion that pregnancy begins when the baby implants in the lining of the womb (about a week after fertilization). This is dishonest and scientifically false. Don't be misled.

Is it safe?

No. Here are some of the side effects:
  • excessive and irregular bleeding
  • temporary or permanent sterility
  • increased risk of cervical cancer
  • headaches
  • abdominal discomfort
  • anxiety
  • nervousness
  • weight gain
  • hair loss
  • decreased libido (sex drive)
  • loss of bone density
  • mood swings
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • severe mental depression
  • allergic reactions causing rash or itching

Depo-Provera also offers no protection against sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS.

What is my best option?

Some people may try to convince you that Depo-Provera is totally without risk. But that is not true. Depo-Provera could be harmful to you. It also has the potential to abort your baby - without you ever knowing it.

Chastity is the best choice for single people. It helps you stay healthy and assures that you will not be faced with so-called emergency in the first place. If you are married, be faithful to your spouse; and if you really have sufficient reason to avoid having a baby rigth now, learn about the natural family planning.

Why take chances with physical or emotional health when you have such excellent options?

Be good to yourself. Don't use Depo-Provera.


  1. This is all true. I have been on it over 10 years now. But I had periods that lasted 4 months or longer (full blown) thats why the depo was right for me. If your a normal gal I totally don't suggest this drug. I needed to stop the periods they were keeping me out of school and in bed. So once starting it I was a total mess, went through like menopause for a year with a period daily. then it calmed down but I was ok with that since my life before it was so awful. I still experience spotting from time to time but mostly I think its because Im getting uti or other female infection. The best advice is if you can live with out it... do, if not go for it.

  2. I was the shot for 5 years. I had my last shot in Feb 2014. In Aug 2014 I had some clear slimy discharge with strips of blood in it . In Sept 4014 I had some light sporting with cramps. My doctor told me this was normal.

  3. Anonymous01:27

    I've been on the Shot for a year now and the side effects for headaches, and fatigue are true for me but everyone is different. But after my first 3 shots my period completely went away and I obviously stopped ovulating. So my question is since I don't ovulate at all and I don't have a period at all anymore, does that mean I'm sterile right now? I'm only 17 so I don't really know. I go and do my consult next month for my second year of the shot. I also read that you shouldn't be on the shot for more than 2 years because it causes your bones, because they Re losing density, to become very fragile and breakable.

  4. How long does it take for the bleeding to occur after you have taken the injection for abortion??

  5. Anonymous20:18

    I was on depo for 18months first 15months were fine had a bleed every 2 months then suddenly i came down with severe abdominal pain and was advised not to have next shot and come off it, last shot was septmber 2016 its now January 2017 im having pregnancy symptoms and im stillin severe abdominal pain! Im not ovulating yet but ive had withdrawal bleed and first period after so just a waiting game to get it out of my system! Would NOT recommend to anyone!

  6. So if you get pregnant on depo you won't have any chance of having a child it will just be small and die?

  7. So if your on depo and have symptoms of being pregnant should you not worry because It will kill the baby if it starts to develop?

  8. I'm 3 weeks pregnant and want to terminate. Can depo cause abortion

  9. Can depo cause abortion it's been 3weeks since we got pregnant

  10. I'm 3 weeks pregnant and want to terminate. Can depo cause abortion

  11. Anonymous04:53

    "Scientifically False"? Are you a scientist? Let's see those credentials, because this is 100% not the viewpoint of the scientific community.