What is depo provera?
The birth control shot, also known as Depo ( short for depo provera ), keeps you from getting pregnant. It is an injection that you get from your doctor. Once you get it, your birth control is covered for 3 months.
Depo contains a hormone named progestin, that prevents your ovaries from releasing eggs. It’s a safe, convenient, and private birth control method that works well.
How does it work?
The shot ( sometimes called Depo-Provera, the Depo shot, or DMPA ) release a hormone that helps you to get pregnant by preventing ovulation (the release of an egg during the monthly cycle). When there is no egg in the tube then you can’t get pregnant.
The depo is a long-acting form of progestin hormone ( naturally manufactured in a girl’s ovaries ). It is an injection. You inject it in your upper arm or in your buttocks once every 3 months. It helps to protect the girl from becoming pregnant.
It also makes the mucus on the cervix thick, so that the sperm does not get through. And when the sperm and the egg not meet each other, pregnancy can’t happen.
How well does it work?
The depo is an effective method of birth control. The wellness of each birth control depends on a lot of things, including :
- whether a person has any health conditions
- the person taking any medications that might interfere with its use.
- whether the method is chosen is convenient
- whether the person remembers to use it correctly all of the time.
According to a survey, over the course of 1 year, fewer than 3 out of 100 typical couples who use the birth control depo every 3 months will have an accidental pregnancy. The chance is increased to get pregnant if you wait longer than 3 months to receive your next shot.
What are the advantage or benefits of shot?
The shot is simple and safe to use. It helps to prevent pregnancy for up to three months. Some of the other benefits are including :
- There are no daily pills required.
- Improve your sex life.
- Preventing cancer on the lining of your uterus.
- There is no estrogen (for women who are breastfeeding).
What are its possible side effects?
Most of the women who use shot will notice a change in their periods. Other possible side effects including :