Depo Shot – The Downside (?)
Depo Shot offers its users an effective, low-maintenance and hands-off method of birth control. While the advantages of Depo Shot make it an attractive choice for anyone looking into birth control options, it also comes with some disadvantages and side effects that current and potential users should consider.
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Depo Shot Side Effects:
Depo Shot uses progestin to help prevent pregnancy. Progestin-only birth control options have similar side effects that generally pass after a few months of use.
Some of the more common side effects include:
- weight gain
- stomach pain
- spotting/irregular bleeding
Less common side effects include:
- breast tenderness
- bloating/water retention
- sore joints
- hair loss
Serious side effects include:
- breast lumps
- unusual and prolonged vaginal bleeding
- severe migraines
- yellowing skin/eyes
- severe depression
If you experience any of the serious side effects mentioned, please contact your doctor or medical professional.
Pregnancy and Depo Shot
One of the benefits of Depo Shot is the fact that the user’s ability to become pregnant after stopping the shot returns. The downside of this is that it can take several months, anywhere between 9-10 months, before the ability to get pregnant returns. Current users of Depo Shot will need to plan ahead if they wish to get pregnant in the near future.
Non-users of Depo Shot who are looking for a short term method of birth control should look into other options.
Doctor’s Office Visits
Although users of Depo Shot only need to receive the injection once every three months, booking an appointment with a doctor or medical professional can be inconvenient. This may mean missed time from work, school, or other important life commitments. Thankfully, in some cases, users of Depo Shot can give themselves their injections. However, this will still require consultation with a doctor or medical professional, at least in the short-term, to ensure that the shot is being administered correctly.
No Protection Against Sexually Transmitted Diseases
When used as directed, Depo Shot is 94% effective in preventing pregnancy. While the chances of becoming pregnant while using the birth control shot are slim, it offers no protection against sexually transmitted diseases. The best way to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases is to use a barrier method like a condom or to abstain from sexual intercourse.
Bone Density Issues
Users of Depo Shot may experience thinning bones, which increases the risk of fractures and osteoporosis. Long term users of Depo Shot may experience significant bone loss. Some users were able to regain some of this bone loss after stopping the birth control shot, but not all. It is crucial to discuss your unique situation with your doctor or medical professional. If you already have bone density issues, other birth control options may be more suitable.
Depo Shot is an effective birth control option that many women use and enjoy. The birth control shot offers many benefits, including its effectiveness and low-maintenance. However, like many contraceptive methods, there are some disadvantages that users and potential users should consider. If you have questions about which method of birth control is best for you, speak to your doctor or medical professional. Once you have spoken to your medical professional and have received a prescription, contact PocketPills and let us make sure that you always have your chosen method of birth control when you need it.