Depo-Provera is a brand name of the Generic product Depo Medroxy Progesterone Acetate (DMPA), a contraceptive injection for women that contains the hormone progestin which is given as an injection once every three months. It is a highly effective contraceptive method.
Within first 7 days of periods.
6 weeks after child birth
Within the first week of abortion.
It is 97% effective if used properly.
It is safe for breast feeding mothers.
Provided at low cost at Family Planning clinics and free at the MOH Clinics around the country.
Need to take once every 3 months.
Injections will stop the monthly bleeds
Most of the time you will not bleed monthly. But it’s not harmful to the body.
Cancers can occur when you are not having menses
NO. Actually the inner lining of the womb is thinner and the risk of womb cancer is reduced. Also as the ovulation is suppressed the risk of ovarian cancer is also reduced.
Injections will make you fat
NO. The injection does not make you fat. But the progesterone in the injection increases your appetite. This causes you to eat more and gain weight. If you are careful about your meals and exercise this will not affect you.
Injection (DMPA) is a perfect method of contraception for couples who want to space their pregnancies and for breast feeding mothers who want a reversible contraceptive method.