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Disadvantages of the Depo Shot

There are many forms of birth control out there. The pill you have to think about every day, the Patch you think about once a week, the NuvaRing once a month, and condoms you think about just when you have sex, and then there's the Depo-Provera shot that you think about once every 3 months.

Sounds great, right? Well, it may not be as wonderful as it sounds.

What are the disadvantages? To find out

  • Many women complain of irregular bleeding
  • You must visit your doctor every 3 months to get the injection
  • It may cause weight gain
  • It does NOT protect against STIs such as HIV

What? There's more?

  • It may take a while for you to become fertile again after going off Depo-Provera.

Once you do decide to get pregnant, some women resume regular menstrual cycles right away, but for many women, it may take up to 6-12 months after her last injection to become fertile. A woman must really think about her future when deciding to take this method of birth control.

This form of birth control is only recommended for women who are not planning on having kids for at least 2 years, and only if other forms of contraception are not right for you.

What? It gets worse?

  • Using Depo may cause you to lose calcium stored in your bones.

The longer you use Depo-Provera, the more calcium you are likely to lose. This could lead to osteoporosis. The awful part is that the calcium may not return completely once you stop using the shot.

So there you have it. If you are interested in this form of birth control, talk to your doctor about the risks associated with Depo-Provera, to see if this is right for you.


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