Depo-Provera is a contraceptive injection containing medroxyprogesterone acetate which is given in the buttock or upper arm once every 3 months. Depo-Provera acts by preventing your egg cells from ripening. If an egg is not released from the ovaries during your menstrual cycle, it cannot become fertilized by sperm and result in pregnancy. Depo-Provera also causes changes in the lining of your uterus that make it less likely for pregnancy to occur.
Depo-Provera is over 99% effective, making it one of the most reliable methods of birth control available.
To ensure that Depo-Provera is not administered inadvertently to a pregnant woman, the first injection must be given only during the first 5 days of a normal menstrual period; only within the first 5 days postpartum if not breastfeeding, and if exclusively breast-feeding, only at the sixth postpartum week. Before your doctor prescribes Depo-Provera, you will have a physical exam which will include a gynecological exam with a pap smear.
To schedule your exam and to discuss the risks and benefits of the Depo-Provera contraceptive injection please call us at 847-255-7474.