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How long should you be on Depo?

Last Updated: 10th May, 2020

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The recommended dose is 150 mg of Depo-Provera CI every3months (13 weeks) administered by deep IM injection in theglutealor deltoid muscle. Depo-Provera CI should not be used as along-termbirth control method (i.e. longer than 2 years)unless otherbirth control methods are consideredinadequate.

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People also ask, how long should you be on the depo injection?

Depo-Provera injections should begivenevery 3 months. If you wait longer than 13 weeksbetweeninjections, you might need to take a pregnancytestbefore your next injection.

Additionally, how often do you get the Depo shot? The Depo-Provera® injection gives3months protection against pregnancy. You should getoneinjection every 3 months (13 weeks) to get thebestprotection against pregnancy. It's safe to getyourinjection up to 2 weeks early if you can'tgetyour next injection in exactly 13weeks.

Moreover, what are the long term side effects of Depo Provera?

  • Irregular menstrual periods, or no periods at all.
  • Headaches.
  • Nervousness.
  • Depression.
  • Dizziness.
  • Acne.
  • Changes in appetite.
  • Weight gain.

Can the Depo shot cause cervical cancer?

Some research hints it might be causedbyhigh-dose estrogen, but women in studies who tooktheprogesterone-only shot Depo-Provera have also been foundtohave higher rates of breast cancer. Bonus: It mightalsolower your risk of cervical andendometrialcancer.

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Saori Bernius

Professional

Does Depo cause depression?

Does Depo-Provera Cause MoodChanges?Potential side effects of DMPA include bone density loss,weightgain, and mood worsening. Although depression islisted inthe packet insert as a side effect of the injection,availableresearch addressing this side effect are limitedandcontradictory.

Cilene Haberstig

Professional

What does Depo do to your body?

The birth control shot (sometimescalledDepo-Provera, the Depo shot, or DMPA)containsthe hormone progestin. Progestin stops you fromgettingpregnant by preventing ovulation. When there's no egg inthetube, pregnancy can't happen. It also works bymakingcervical mucus thicker.

Chantelle Krax

Professional

Can you lose weight on Depo?

While it's true that the birth control shot(AKADepo-Provera) can change your appetitewhileyou use it, not everyone who gets the shot willgainweight. If you're already using the shotandyou want to maintain your current weight orloseweight, diet and exercise may help.

Ryad Duffner

Explainer

Is the Depo shot bad for you?

There's a very small chance that you cangetpregnant even if you always use the shotcorrectly.The shot will not increase the risk of birthdefects. Mostpeople using the birth control shot won't haveany problemsat all.

Younnes Barea

Explainer

Can the Depo shot make you infertile?

Depo-Provera use is not associated withlong-terminfertility beyond two years after the lastinjection. Womenwho are still not ovulating 22 months after theirlastinjection—or who are not pregnant within 6 to 12 monthsafterthey start ovulating—should see their doctor forafertility evaluation.

Didina Troon

Explainer

Can Depo shot cause cancer?

Recent use of the injectablecontraceptiveDepo-Provera for at least a year was associatedwith adoubling of young women's breast cancer risk, a newstudyhas found.

Azucena Mihailin

Pundit

How long does it take to gain weight on Depo?

In contrast, weight gain among users of thebirthcontrol pill was primarily related to fluid retention. Onaverage,the women who used Depo Provera experienced gainsin:Weight (9.7 pounds after 24 months and 11.25 pounds after36months)

Asbel Lategui

Pundit

What happens to your body when you stop Depo Provera?

After a year of use, about 50%ofwomen will stop getting their periods. Ifthishappens to you, your period should comebackwhen you stop getting the shots. Long-term useofDepo-Provera may lead to loss of bonemineraldensity, which makes you more likely togetosteoporosis.

Pamella Dobra

Pundit

Can the Depo shot cause osteoporosis?

Regardless of age, women onDepo-Proveraexperienced bone loss while takingthe drug, and bonedensity steadily improved after discontinuation.Loss of bonedensity can lead to osteoporosis, in which bonesbecomefragile and are more likely to break.

Irian Vaz

Pundit

Which birth control is best?

The kinds of birth control that workthebest to prevent pregnancy are the implant and IUDs—they're also the most convenient to use, and the mostfoolproof.Other birth control methods, like the pill, ring,patch, andshot, are also really good at preventing pregnancyif youuse them perfectly.

Christos Borggrebe

Pundit

What are the side effects of the 3 month injection?

  • bloating.
  • nausea.
  • vaginitis.
  • appetite decrease or increase.
  • backpain.
  • dizziness.
  • amenorrhea (absence of periods)
  • breast pain/tenderness.

Adjou Lingke

Teacher

How long do side effects of Depo shot last?

Some people may get annoying side effectswhileusing the birth control shot, but many of them usuallygoaway after 2 or 3 months. Many people use theshotwith no problems at all. Most women have some change intheirperiods, including bleeding more days than usual, spottingbetweenperiods, or no periods.

Sylwia Miner

Teacher

Does Depo make you fat?

Women using depot medroxyprogesterone acetate(DMPA),commonly known as the birth control shot, gained an averageof 11pounds and increased their body fat by 3.4 percentoverthree years, according to researchers at the University ofTexasMedical Branch (UTMB).

Soukayna Govindraj

Teacher

Does Depo have estrogen?

The biggest difference is that Cyclofem®andMesigyna® contains estrogen and progestinandDepo-Provera® only hasprogestin.Depo-Provera® may possibly cause a decrease inbonedensity, but it's not a problem with Cyclofem®andMesigyna®.

Lukasz Mojar

Teacher

How long do you bleed after Depo shot?

Most women experience breakthrough bleedingorspotting for the first several months aftertheybegin getting the shot. It may take six months to ayearbefore the side effects end and your periods return to normal.Forsome women, their period may go away entirely.

Oliwia Denhard

Reviewer

Can antibiotics cause Depo shot to fail?

Antibiotics that don't interact withbirthcontrol: All other antibiotics! Nootherantibiotics have been proven to affect hormonalbirthcontrol methods. Safest contraception options: In mostcases,the birth control shot(Depo-Provera),hormonal implant (Nexplanon), hormonalIUD (eg.

Odilia Pfaffenrath

Reviewer

How would you know your pregnant on depo?

Women who get pregnant while using birth control maynoticethe following signs and symptoms:
  1. a missed period.
  2. implantation spotting or bleeding.
  3. tenderness or other changes in the breasts.
  4. fatigue.
  5. nausea and food aversions.
  6. backaches.
  7. headaches.
  8. a frequent need to urinate.

Kande Gregori

Reviewer

Is Depo effective right away?

It is recommended you get the shot right away.Theshot is effective in preventing pregnancy after one weekofuse, so you need to use a backup method of birth control suchascondoms or not have sex for 7 days.

Garuda Leihs

Reviewer

How much is Depo shots?

Each injection (3 months' worth of birthcontrol)costs between $0 and about $150. Manyhealthinsurance plans cover the cost of birthcontrolshots, as well as the cost of the doctor'svisit.Family planning clinics (such as Planned Parenthood) maychargeless.