Medical Q&As

Depo-Provera

Due to bad headaches my doctor wants to take me off the pill and suggested going on Depo-Provera. It is an injection that I have to get every three weeks. Will this cause any infertility or is it completely safe?

Depo-Provera is a very safe and popular method of contraception. You are slightly misinformed in relation to the frequency of the injection. It is administered every 12 weeks. Many women using this method notice that their periods become much lighter and in some cases may disappear altogether while on the injection. This is quite safe and periods return to normal when the injection is discontinued. It has a safety profile similar to the contraceptive pill. One big plus with this method of contraception is the convenience of not having to remember to take a pill each day.