Depo-Provera is used for contraception. Your health care provider might recommend Depo-Provera if:

  • You don't want to take a birth control pill every day
  • You want or need to avoid using estrogen
  • You're breast-feeding — Depo-Provera doesn't contain estrogen, which can affect milk supply
  • You're age 35 or older and smoke
  • You have health problems such as anemia, seizures, sickle cell disease, endometriosis or uterine fibroids

Among various benefits, Depo-Provera:

  • Doesn't require daily attention
  • Eliminates the need to interrupt sex for contraception
  • Decreases menstrual cramps and pain
  • Decreases the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease and endometrial cancer

Depo-Provera isn't appropriate for everyone, however. Your health care provider may discourage use of Depo-Provera if you have:

  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Breast cancer
  • Liver disease
  • A history of blood-clotting problems
  • Sensitivity to any components of Depo-Provera
  • Risk factors for osteoporosis

In addition, tell your health care provider if you have diabetes, depression, or a history of heart disease or stroke.

Jan. 06, 2012