STD Home > Depo-Provera Birth Control

There are several advantages and disadvantages of using Depo-Provera® (medroxyprogesterone intramuscular injection) as your method of birth control.
Depo-Provera is a synthetic version of the hormone progesterone and is injected into a muscle. Because it does not contain estrogen, Depo-Provera may be a good option for women who should not use estrogen. Another benefit of this form of birth control is that Depo-Provera is a long-acting contraceptive -- each shot will help prevent pregnancy for three months. This may be convenient for women who do not like to take a daily birth control pill.
However, because it is a long-acting form of birth control, Depo-Provera takes many months to be removed completely from the bloodstream. Therefore, it might take several months or longer to be able to conceive after your last Depo-Provera shot.
(Click Depo-Provera Uses for more details on this medication. This article explains how the contraceptive works, describes several benefits and disadvantages of the product, and lists possible off-label uses.)
Written by/reviewed by:
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
Last updated/reviewed:
List of references (click here):
Topics & Medications


Related Channels

eMedTV Links
Copyright © 2006-2020 Clinaero, Inc.

eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.

This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.