Pfizer manufactured Depo-Provera is one of the options for women wanting a contraceptive to help prevent pregnancy. Depo-Provera is classed as a long acting contraceptive based around the progestogen medroxyprogesterone acetate which is similar to the body's own natural progesterone which is normally produced in the second half of the menstrual cycle of women who are of childbearing age. Depo-Provera prevents eggs from developing in full and as such makes it impossible for sperm to have any effect as there is no egg to fertilise.
Off-Label Use - Aside from its contraceptive properties, Depo-Provera is also used sometimes as part of hormone replacement therapy treatments for women as well as to treat conditions ranging from endometriosis, abnormal uterine bleeding, abnormal sexuality in males and certain cancers. Furthermore, it sometimes plays a role in the treatment of males undergoing transgender therapy.
Using Depo-Provera allows women to have a single injection that prevents pregnancy rather than the need to have the pill on a daily basis. Clinical studies show that Depo-Provera is extremely effective as a means of contraception.
Mainly prescribed to women seeking to avoid pregnancy although as noted above, Depo-Provera is at times used to treat other conditions and is even sometimes used to treat males with very specific sexual conditions.
Depo-Provera is typically injected by a medical professional such as a nurse or your personal physician. This usually calls for a single injection every 12 weeks when used as a contraceptive. After twelve weeks another injection is required for it to continue to be effective in preventing pregnancy.
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