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World Contraception Day

Debunking the myths - today, Depo Provera

Friday, September 28, 2018


You’ve heard all the myths – You’ve been probably told about your neighbour’s daughter-in-law’s sister’s mother who had an IUD that travelled to their lungs and killed them, or that Uncle’s daughter’s third cousin who had a Jadelle implant that picked up a radio frequency and started controlling her mind. The reality is far more boring. Family Planning is here to dispel the myths are contraception. Here’s the fifth – The contraceptive injection AKA the Depo Provera!

The Depo Provera is a contraceptive injection containing progestogen. It is commonly referred to as “the injection”, “the jab” or "DP". Progestogen is similar to one of the hormones produced naturally by a person's ovaries. The injection is given every 12 weeks. It prevents pregnancy by stopping the ovaries releasing an egg each month. There are also changes to the lining of the womb (endometrium). The Depo Provera injection can be a great choice for people with heavy periods as it can reduce their bleeding.

Depo Provera will protect you from STIs

Nope! Only condoms will. Depo Provera only works as a contraceptive.

You’ll gain weight

It’s possible. Some people find they gain weight when they are using the Depo Provera contraceptive injection.

You’ll become infertile

Depo Provera will not make you infertile but it can take up to a year for your fertility to return to normal after stopping. If you’re planning a pregnancy soon, you should look at other options. But you should not rely on Depo Provera as a contraception if you have stopped having it – as some people can become pregnant very soon after stopping.

Choosing contraception is a personal decision, but if used properly Depo Provera can be a very effective contraception if you get it on time, every time. It can be very convenient as it lasts 12 weeks and can be helpful if you have heavy or painful periods. It can also help to protect you against endometrial cancer. Almost everyone can use Depo Provera, even those who cannot use the combined contraceptive pill.

Your decision to get a contraceptive injection should be based on facts– your local Family Planning nurse is happy to talk to you about your options. Just get in touch.


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