Depo-Provera (DMPA), sometimes referred to as “the shot” prevents pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation, thickening and decreasing the cervical mucus that will hinder sperm penetration.
DMPA is really effective and when used properly (shot in the arm every three months). Your risk of getting pregnant after the shot is only 0.2%.
Some of the advantages of using this form of contraception are:
1. EFFECTS ARE REVERSIBLE.
Although ovulation may not return for up to 10 months from your last injection, there is no long term harm of using this form of contraception.
2. YOU ARE DONE FOR THREE MONTH!
One injection provides contraception for three months.
3. REQUIRES INFREQUENT DOSING.
You don’t have to worry about contraception on a daily basis.
4. NO ESTROGEN.
Not all women can have estrogen based contraception due to their medical history and this provides a great alternative.
5. ABSENCE OF MENSTRUAL BLEEDING.
DMPA causes women to have either very light periods or to not have periods all together.
Make sure you are prepared with a list of questions regarding your contraception options at your visit and be prepared to discuss your health history. Your healthcare provider will prescribe the right form of contraception based on your individual needs.