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!
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
You may have:
- Irregular menstrual bleeding
- Weight gain
- Stomach Pain or cramps
- 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:
- High blood pressure
- Migraine headaches
- Kidney disease
- Abnormal mammogram or breast disease
- Family history of breast cancer
- Irregular or scanty menstrual periods
- Any medication you are taking.
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