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:
- It can prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary);
- 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
- 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.
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
- abdominal discomfort
- weight gain
- hair loss
- decreased libido (sex drive)
- loss of bone density
- mood swings
- 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.