For some women, it is embarrassing to buy birth control at a pharmacy. Fortunately, there is another method that doesn't require one to stand in line at a store feeling embarrassed.
The Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate injectable suspension, USP) works for 13 weeks. It is commonly known as birth control shot. It has failure rate of only 1%, and it is highly effective in preventing pregnancy.
Using this contraception one is freed from the hassles of pills, IUD strings for checking, diaphragms or cervical caps. The injected medication works by stopping the ovaries from releasing egg cells. It thickens the uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to penetrate or survive in the uterus. This inhibits fertilization from occurring.
Depo-Provera has a 99 % success rate in preventing pregnancy. If done properly, this method is highly effective. Another thing to keep in mind is that it takes almost 2 weeks for the drug to work effectively. During this period, other contraceptive methods should be used to ensure protection.
If the pregnancy is suspected, the medication. should not be injected. Similarly, if there is unexplained vaginal bleeding, then Depo-Provera should not be used.
There are some side effects with this method. Some women complain of irregular or unusual spotting during first few weeks of using Depo-Provera. The drug has also been associated with weight gain and weight fluctuation. Some women report hair loss, headaches, abdominal pain and nausea. It is recommended that if any side effects persist for more than 2 weeks, then the patient should consult the doctor.