I have been on the Depo shot since I was 15. I am 19 now. I would like to have kids one day. I have read about the infertility effect. Should I stop taking it? If so, what kind of birth control should I switch to?
Some women say they have problems conceiving, others don't.
Some have unpleasant side effects, others don't.
There are these things to weigh up with all forms of artificial hormones that you put into your body to override your body's natural running.
There are risks with pregnancy, too, so avoiding that may be v important to some women.
For me, personally, I came off all hormonal birth control & now do it the natural way, but that takes a lot of discipline & learning in order to do it properly. I've used it successfully for years now.
I'd advise that you read up on the different types of contraception, then look at the inserts that come with each one (you'll find them online by going to the Manufacturer's websites), plus the reviews from other users, & base your decision on your own research.
The Manufacturer of Depo Provera does not recommend it for long term use. They state that if you have no other suitable birth control, that you take breaks every couple of years, to lessen the risks of long term effects on your body.
- Depo-Provera Information for Consumers
- Depo-Provera Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Depo-Provera (detailed)
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