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Injections: Depo-Prover or Lunelle

Injections - Depo-Provera or Lunelle

Information here is general in nature. Over time information may get changed, contradicted or added to. You should always consult a medical practitioner or pharmacist for up to date and comprehensive information.

Depo-Provera (DMPA) Injection

Approximate effectiveness: 99% when maintained properly

No protection against STDs

MAY be made ineffective by antibiotic use; consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking antibiotics. There is disagreement on this possibility.

Depo-Provera is a hormone shot which prevents ovulation for three months. Then the woman needs to get another shot, every three months. It becomes effective about 24 hours after receiving the shot. If you end up being more than a week late for your next shot, use a backup method of birth control for at least two weeks. If you are more than a week late with your period, you might want to take a pregnancy test.

There are some serious considerations when thinking of using Depo-Provera and some are shown here. (Near bottom of page) Please talk to your doctor about it.

 

Common side effects can be:

  • Spotting (minor vaginal bleeding)

"Depo-Provera or Lunelle should not be used if the woman is pregnant, has unexplained vaginal bleeding, suffers from severe liver disease, has breast cancer, or has a history of blood clots or stroke." (Source: medical-dictionary)

Delayed fertility of up to18 months may occur after stopping the use of Depo-Provera so anyone planning to have children may want to re-consider Depo-Provera if they want to become pregnant shortly after stopping the birth control; it might not happen. (Source DrDonnica.com)


Lunelle Injection

Approximate effectiveness: 99%

No protection against STDs

Can be made ineffective by antibiotic use; consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking antibiotics

Lunelle is another hormone injection which must be repeated each month.

Common side effects can be:

Spotting (minor vaginal bleeding)

Weight gain or weight loss

Tender breasts

Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach)

May offer some protection from PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease), certain cancers, and/or some symptoms of PMS (Pre-menstrual Syndrome)

 

"Depo-Provera or Lunelle should not be used if the woman is pregnant, has unexplained vaginal bleeding, suffers from severe liver disease, has breast cancer, or has a history of blood clots or stroke." (Source: medical-dictionary)


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