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What is Depo-Provera?
Depo-Provera is a hormone injection that lasts for 3 months to prevent pregnancy. The injection contains synthetic progesterone and no estrogen. The shot prevents pregnancy by stopping the ovaries from releasing eggs, and causing other changes which prevent fertilization. Depo-Provera is 97-99.7% effective as birth control, but does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. There are some serious health risks involved with using Depo-Provera.
What are the Health Risks Associated With Using Depo-Provera?
Although they are not prevalent among Depo-Provera users, there are some serious health concerns that can occur with the use of Depo-Provera. Recent studies show that Depo-Provera is associated with a loss of bone density resulting in an increases risk of osteoporosis. The bone loss appears not to be reversed when the woman goes off of Depo-Provera. Some women have allergic reactions to Depo-Provera which can be severe. If a woman becomes pregnant while using Depo-Provera, and continues her pregnancy, there may be an increased risk of premature birth. Finally, users may have a slightly increased risk of breast cancer and cervical cancer, but study results have been conflicting.
What are the Adverse Effects of Depo-Provera?
There are many side effects experience by women using Depo-Provera, some more serious than others. These include:
- weight gain
- irregular, heavy, or no bleeding
- mood changes
- hot flashes
- decreased libido
- breast tenderness
- back aches
- rash or skin discoloration
- increase or decrease in facial and body hair
- hair loss
- blood clots
Should I Contact an Attorney?
An attorney specializing in defective products can help explain your rights and help you recover for any injuries you may have sustained due to using Depo-Provera. If multiple people have been injured using Depo-Provera, you may be part of a class action lawsuit.
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Last Modified: 08-30-2011 03:37 PM PDT
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