Reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes. Reproductive health implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life and that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when, and how often to do so.
Depo-Provera is a reversible method of prescription birth control. Also known as DMPA, Depo shot, Depo, or the birth control shot, this progestin-only contraceptive prevents pregnancy for up to three months with each shot.
Depo-Provera slowly releases a progestin known as medroxyprogesterone acetate which must be taken every 13 weeks.1 It works by preventing ovulation and thickening the cervical mucus. This prevents sperm from entering the fallopian tubes and fertilizing an egg that may have been ovulated.
Depo-Provera is between 94%2 and 99% effective. With typical use, three out of every 100 women who use Depo-Provera will become pregnant.