WHAT IS DEPO-PROVERA?
“An injection that is given every 11 to 13 weeks that contains the synthetic hormone protein.”*
HOW DOES DEPO-PROVERA WORK?
Depo-Provera prevents pregnancy primarily by not allowing an egg to be released. It also increases the difficulty of the sperm reaching the egg if the eft is released. Finally, it reduces the lining of the uterus so that a newly fertilized ed\gg will not find a safe place to attach and will die.”*
It does not provide any protection against sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS.*2
CAN DEPO-PROVERA CASUE AN ABORTION?
“For both implementation and the continuation of a pregnancy, the thickness of the uterine wall is very important. If the wall is too thin, the baby will not implant or will not tay attached. This will cause an abortion and the baby will die. Depo-Provera causes thinning of the uterine lining to which a fertilized egg would normally attach.”* This is called a “chemical abortion.” *2
IS DEPO-PROVERA SAFE?
Depo-Provera is a serious hormonal treatment that can cause many issues to those receiving the injections, especially over a long period of time.
The risks can include:
excessive and irregular bleeding *
temporary or permanent sterility *
increased risk of cervical cancer *
increased risk of breast cancer3
abdominal pain or discomfort1
higher risk of contracting chlamydia5
higher risk of contacting gonorrhea5
severe mental depression1
hair loss *
mood swings *
osteoporosis (serious bone loss)1
allergic reactions causing rash or itching *
decreased libido (sex drive) *
delayed fertility (up to 31 months)4
HOW EFFECTIVE IS DEPO-PROVERA
Depo-Provera has a failure rate of less than 1% when it is used correctly and consistently. When used correctly only 3 in 1,000 women will get pregnant. You should take a pregnancy test if you are experiencing any pregnancy symptoms.2
WHY TAKE A CHANCE WITH YOUR PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL BEING?
Abstinence is your best option to prevent pregnancy and not leave you vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases.
1 DEPO-PROVERA Contraceptive Injection. Pfizer. Found at http://www.pfizer. com/files/products/uspi_depo_provera_contraceptive.pdf accessed 3/14/2010.
2 Depo-Provera: Quarterly Injection. American Pregnancy Association. Found at http://www.americanpregnancy.org/preventing pregnancy/depoprovera.html accessed 3/10/2010
3 WHO Collaborative Study of Neoplasia and Steroid Contraceptives. Breast cancer and depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate:a multi-national study. Lancet. 1991;338:833-838.
4 See Reference 1. 68% of women who do become pregnant may conceive within 12 months, 83% may conceive within 15 months, and 93% may conceive within 18 months from the last injection. The median time to conception for those who do conceive is 10 months following the last injection with a range of 4-31 months.
5 Morrixon CS, Bright P, Wong EL, Kwok C, Yacobson I, Gaydos CA, Tucker HT, Bluenthal PD (2004) “Hormonal contraceptive use, cervical ectopy, and the acquuisition of cervical infections.” Sex Transm Dis 31 (9):561-7
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*American Life League, Inc., email:email@example.com; web:www.all.org
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