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What are the disadvantages of Depo-Provera?

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Drawbacks to taking Depo-Provera include:

  • Regular doctor visits for the shots can be inconvenient.
  • You need to stop taking Depo-Provera several months ahead of time if you plan to become pregnant.
  • It can cause irregular menstrual periods or other side effects.
  • It does not provide protection against sexually transmitted diseases. (Use a condom for safer sex.)

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Depo-Provera: An Injectable Contraceptive."

MedlinePlus: "Medroxyprogesterone Injection."

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States: "Talk About Sex."

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on July 17, 2017

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Depo-Provera: An Injectable Contraceptive."

MedlinePlus: "Medroxyprogesterone Injection."

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States: "Talk About Sex."

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on July 17, 2017

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