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A 23-year-old female asked:

What are the positives and negatives of the depo-provera provera (medroxyprogesterone)?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Pappachen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Contraception: Big positive is effective contraception. Avoid remembering to take a pill everyday. Periods, if any, may be lighter. Drawbacks are weight gain, hair loss, mood changes & irregular vaginal bleeding to name a few.
Dr. Miguel Cano
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
See below: Positives - good birth control, a shot every 3 months, may stop menstrual cycles over time, & nothing to remember. Negatives - some women experience weight gain, depression, transient hair loss, and irregular menstrual bleeding. It may also take up to 6-10 months to conceive once you stop, and there is no estrogen, so long term effects may lead to vaginal dryness (atrophy) and/or osteoporosis.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Depo provera, (medroxyprogesterone) can you tell me about this?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kirstie Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Varies: The most common side effects with Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) include irregular, frequent bleeding and also weight gain. While these are the most common possible side effects, they do not happen to everyone.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Are there any differences between Depo-Provera provera and medroxyprogesterone?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Renee Harris
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Formulation: The depot form is made to be long acting.
A 49-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone)?

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Dr. Erinn Huffman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
The Shot: Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is a Progesterone injection that is needed every three months for birth control. It can also help with heavy bleeding and painful periods. It is very effective. Most women experience decreased menstrual bleeding, with some no longer having periods. It is a generally safe drug, but you should talk to your doctor about whether it is a good option for you.

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Last updated Feb 7, 2019

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