Buy Depo-Provera for your patients who are avoiding pregnancy. This injection has the generic name of medroxyprogesterone, and is a form of progesterone which prevents ovulation, or the release of the egg from the ovary.
Who are the best candidates?
Depo-Provera is a great product for women before the age of 35.
Ailments targeted with Depo-Provera
Depo-Provera is a form birth control, thereby preventing unwanted pregnancy, regardless of whether you have given birth before or not. It can also be used to treat endometriosis.
How does Depo-Provera work?
This injection is a certain form of birth control, and as mentioned before contains progestin. This is a natural hormone which the ovaries product every month as part of the menstrual cycle. This solution is able to prevent pregnancy in patients by stopping the release of the egg by the patient’s ovaries. It will thicken the cervical mucus, thereby making it harder for the sperm to reach and fertilize the egg. At the same time, it will also thin the uterine lining, making it difficult for the egg that does become fertilize to implant or attach to the uterus.
Depo-Provera is injected into a muscle or under the skin, usually in the upper arm or the buttocks. The healthcare provider will be administering the shot, and it will happen every 3 months for continued effects. For adult contraception, 150mg once every 13 weeks in either the deltoid or gluteal muscle is applied. For subcutaneous injections 104mg every 12 to 14 weeks into the abdomen or anterior thigh is performed. Pediatric application, and injections for endometriosis have different dosages, and they can be found on the product leaflet.
How long does it last?
This will help patients avoid pregnancy for about 3 months.
Although generally safe for use, there are some things to take note of when choosing this product. Patients should not use Depo-Provera if they have vaginal bleeding, liver disease, breast cancer, or if they are currently pregnant. If they have ever had a stroke or blood clot, it is also best to avoid this product. Patients should tell doctors if they have irregular or light menstrual periods, risk factors for osteoporosis, kidney disease, breast lump/s, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, asthma, migraines, or seizures.
Other Side Effects
Some of the benign and common side effects include:
- Changes in menstrual periods
- Stomach pain
- Weight gain
- Feeling nervous
- Decreased sex drive
- Headache or dizziness
These are the more rare but serious side effects.
- Heavier or longer menstrual periods
- Severe pain in lower stomach
- Swelling in hands, feet, ankles, face
- Symptoms of depression
- Pain, bleeding, or skin changes
- Liver problems
- Signs of a blood clot
This is not the complete list, check leaflet for full details.
Patients are recommended to avoid sexual activity for at least 24 hours. It should also be noted this solution cannot protect against sexually transmitted diseases including HIV and AIDS.
Cost of Depo-Provera
Depo-Provera Applicators average for around $61 per 1ml of 150mg/ml package.
Depo-Provera is a safe and effective way for females to avoid getting pregnant when they don’t want to. It is less invasive than an IUD, and can be maintained via an injection every three months.
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