Injectable Contraception

If you intend to get your Depo-Provera shots at ASU Student Health Services, please review the following Student Information Sheet prior to your first visit by clicking here!

Depo-Provera Injectable Birth Control: Package insert from manufacturer 

Depo-Provera Prices


Toll free patient information line: 1-866-554-DEPO (3376) 
(available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week)

NOTE: Depo-Provera should not be given if there is a possibility of pregnancy. The first injection should be given within 5 days after the start of your period.


  • Does not contain estrogen which is in most oral contraceptives
  • Gives protection to prevent pregnancy for three months
  • You do not have to remember to take a pill every day
  • Can be used by nursing mothers
  • No packets to keep track of and it cannot be seen or felt

Side Effects

  You may have:

  • Irregular menstrual bleeding
  • Amenorrhea
  • Weight gain
  • Headache
  • Nervousness
  • Stomach Pain or cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Decreased sex drive


  • Loss of calcium from your bones
  • Possible slight increase in breast cancer
  • The medication cannot be reversed, but the effects will wear off over several months

If you are taking Depo-Provera shots and have any of the following symptoms, contact your health care provider or come to Student Health Service:

  • Unusually heavy bleeding
  • Persistent pain, drainage or bleeding at the injection site
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Chest pain or shortness of breath
  • Severe headaches
  • Eye problems such as blurred vision or loss of vision
  • Severe leg pain

Certain medical conditions may make Depo-Provera use unwise. These medical concerns include if you think you may be pregnant; have any vaginal bleeding without known cause; have or have had blood clots in legs, lungs, eyes, etc.; have problems with your liver or liver disease; have an allergy to Depo-Provera; have had breast cancer; or have had a stroke.

Your health care provider should know if you have any of the following:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Epilepsy
  • Migraine headaches
  • Kidney disease
  • Asthma
  • Abnormal mammogram or breast disease
  • Family history of breast cancer
  • Irregular or scanty menstrual periods
  • Any medication you are taking.

Stopping Depo-Provera

If you wish to stop using Depo-provera, simply do not get your next injection. After stopping Depo-Provera most women who wish to become pregnant will do so in 12-18 months. If you don't want to get pregnant, see your health care provider or one of the clinicians at Student Health Service to choose a different birth control method.

Page content reviewed: 06/04/2018 fwg