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 that 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 that 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 experienced 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
What Should I Do If I Suffered Side Effect from Depo-Provera?
If you or a loved one have suffered side effects from using Depo-Provera, you would need to retain a personal injury lawyers. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine whether a doctor or drug company can be held liable for damages developed under Depo-Provera.
Before retaining a personal lawyer, get all the medical information that you have to prove your case, such as prescription dates, medical doctor's name and number, dosage, dates injected, etc. The more documents of evidence that you have the better chance your case will be successful and end quickly.
What Can Be Held Liable for Depo-Provera Injury?
Manufacturers and resellers of Depo-Provera can be held liable for an injury because like all other drugs, manufacturers and resellers of the drug have to meet safety standards or will be held liable. Under products liability law, the drug has to be safe and defect free before being sold to general public. This means that it has to be tested to see if any serious side effects occur. If the manufacturer or reseller releases a defective and dangerous drug into the marketplace, they can be held liable for all resulting injuries.
Doctors can also be held liable for medical malpractice for resulting injuries if they injected Depo-Provera into a patient and the patient suffered injuries.
Should I Contact an Attorney?
Contacting an experienced defective products lawyer 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.