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What birth controls are done by shot? What other info is needed to know abouy this and how affective is it?

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Dr. Miguel Cano
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: DMPA (Depo-Provera)

Depot Medroxyprogesterone acetate (dmpa) is an injectable birth control which is very effective.
Short term side effects are water retention, hair loss, & irregular bleeding. Long term effects are still irregular bleeding, weight gain, & depression. Very long term, vaginal dryness from low estrogen effect & osteoporosis. However, many women do well & have no periods with 4 shots per year. Try it.

In brief: DMPA (Depo-Provera)

Depot Medroxyprogesterone acetate (dmpa) is an injectable birth control which is very effective.
Short term side effects are water retention, hair loss, & irregular bleeding. Long term effects are still irregular bleeding, weight gain, & depression. Very long term, vaginal dryness from low estrogen effect & osteoporosis. However, many women do well & have no periods with 4 shots per year. Try it.
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