The Most Safe & Effective Birth Control Is….

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          What Should Mommy Use Next Time?

NOT having SEX would work best and not have side effects, but for most of us that is not an option we want or would even consider- so what are our choices? After having the number of children they want, some women have their tubes tied and others have a hysterectomy. I’ve heard of some tubes coming untied, but that seems to be rare in that they don’t actually tie tubes, but put a clip across the tube in 2 places and cut between them. There is an acceptable fail rate with these tubal ligation’s. The clips can come loose and the cut ends can rejoin, however they say the fail rate is only around 2%.


Unfortunately all forms of birth control are subject to some side effects- even using condoms isn’t fail proof because they sometimes break at just the wrong time!

Of all the methods available, pills and shots seem to be the most common and since they are drugs, they all come with possible side effects. All women don’t react in the same way. Some suffer no side effects at all, while others have one or more of the possible problems. Not too long ago we heard a conversation some women were having about Depo, which is a shot. Some thought it was the best choice anyone could make and some disagreed, citing some side effects they had suffered. Several said it made them gain weight and it was impossible to lose it. We were curious, so went in search of info on Depo-Provera Birth Control. This is what we found… 

Depo-Provera is a birth control method for women. It is made up of a hormone similar to progesterone and is given as an injection by a doctor into the woman’s arm or buttocks. Each shot provides protection against pregnancy for up to 12 to 14 weeks, but the shot must be received once every 12 weeks to provide full protection.

How Effective Is Depo-Provera?

Depo-Provera is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. Again, it does not prevent spreading of STDs. To help protect yourself from STDs, use a latex male condom each time you and your partner have sex.

Most women can use Depo-Provera. However, it is not recommended for women who have:

  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding

  • Liver disease

  • Breast cancer

  • Blood clots

It needs to be used with caution by adolescents and by women with osteoporosis because of its relation to bone loss. 

Are There Side Effects Associated With Depo-Provera?

Depo-Provera can cause a number of side effects, including:

  • Irregular menstrual periods, or no periods at all

  • Headaches

  • Nervousness

  • Depression

  • Dizziness

  • Acne

  • Changes in appetite

  • Weight gain

  • Excessive growth of facial and body hair

  • Hair loss

  • Loss of bone mineral density

Most of the side effects are not common. Change in the menstrual cycle is the most common side effect. You may experience irregular bleeding or spotting. After a year of use, about 50% of women will stop getting their periods. Their periods usually return when they discontinue the shots.

Prolonged use of Depo-Provera may result in loss of significant bone mineral density, increasing the risk of osteoporosis. This risk is more likely for those who have been taking it for longer than two years, particularly when other risk factors for osteoporosis exist, such as family history and chronic alcohol and/or tobacco use. Although there are no studies to benefit its use, it is advised that all women on Depo-Provera get adequate calcium and Vitamin D (through diet and/or supplements) to help prevent osteoporosis.

Can I Become Pregnant After I Stop Using Depo-Provera?

With Depo-Provera, you could become pregnant as soon as three to four months after your last shot. However, it may take some women up to a year or two to conceive after they stop using this type of birth control. This time frame seems unrelated to how long you had been using Depo-Provera.

What Are the Advantages of Using Depo-Provera?

There are several advantages to using Depo-Provera:

  • You don’t have to remember to take it every day or use it before sex.

  • It provides long-term protection as long as you get the shot every three months.

  • It doesn’t interfere with sexual activity.

  • It’s over 99% effective.

  • It’s less expensive than birth control pills.

What Are the Disadvantages of Using Depo-Provera?

Disadvantages to using Depo-Provera include:

  • It can cause unwanted side effects.

  • It does not provide protection against sexually transmitted diseases.

  • It can cause irregular menstrual periods.

  • You need to stop taking Depo-Provera several months ahead of time if you plan to become pregnant.

  • Regular doctor visits can be inconvenient.

Talk to your doctor to determine if Depo-Provera is right for you.

Jeannie here… YES!! No matter what you choose, your doctor should be your guide and make sure you choose what is right for YOUR body.

Having said that, I can tell you that what you eat can make a huge difference. You may not be able to totally lose that excess weight, but you should be able to control how much you gain and keep it to a small amount simply by keeping all other chemicals out of your food. You will be most successful in controlling your weight if the birth control drug is the only chemical you put into your body. To see how we suggest you eat for success, visit- and follow- our EAT HEALTHY! page.

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My study of how to achieve and keep good health began when I was 18 and has been my lifelong passion. I have learned much over the years and when my T.O.P.S. group dissolved, I created Talk 'N Share. Life happened and I have not done anything with it until now. Since the beginning of this year I have learned many important things and wish to share with others, who like myself, may find it nearly impossible to lose those last few pounds and maintain the loss already achieved.
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