Depo-Provera

What is it?

Depo-Provera is the marketing name for the most widely used injectable method of birth control in the world (depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, or DMPA).

Depo-Provera is a long-acting, man-made hormone. It has been available in some parts of the world for 20 years or more and has been used by doctors specifically to abort children. That is why Depo-Provera was not approved in the U.S. until recently.

How does Depo-Provera work?

Depo-Provera is an injection. It can work in one of three ways:

  1. It can prevent ovulation (releasing an egg from the ovary);
  2. It can cause the mucus in the cervix to change so that if sperm reach the cervix, they are not allowed to enter; and
  3. It can irritate the lining of the uterus so that if either of the above fail-and a pregnancy does occur-the tiny baby boy or girl will die before he or she can actually implant in the lining of the uterus.

In other words, if a woman is pregnant, her body rejects the tiny baby and he or she will die. This is called a chemical abortion.

Abortion is an act of direct killing that takes the life of a tiny human being-a life that begins at fertilization.

Is Depo-Provera safe?

No. Here are some of the side effects:

  • excessive bleeding
  • temporary or permanent sterility
  • potential damage to future children
  • increased risk of cervical cancer
  • risk of breast cancer
  • headaches
  • abdominal discomfort
  • anxiety
  • nervousness
  • adrenal gland suppression (slows the production of some of the body's natural hormones)
  • weight gain
  • hair loss
  • decreased libido (sex drive)
  • mood swings
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • allergic reactions causing rash or itching
  • severe mental depression

Depo-Provera also offers no protection against sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS.

What is my best option?

Some people may try to convince you that Depo-Provera is totally without risk. Don't believe it!

Don't depend on Depo-Provera. It could be harmful to you. It could also kill your baby-without you knowing it.

If you're single, abstinence is always your best choice. It isn't always easy, but it always works. By abstaining from sex, you eliminate the possibility of pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease.

If you are married, be faithful to your spouse, trusting in the Lord and His will.

Be good to yourself. Don't use Depo-Provera.

Sources:

"A Consumer's Guide to the Pill and Other Drugs," by pharmacist/researcher John Wilks.

"Infant Homicides Through Contraceptives," by pharmacist Bogomir Kuhar; 2nd edition, 1995.

"What is Depo-Provera?" American Life League, Revised 1997.

Medical consultant: Stephen Spaulding, M.D. Dr. Spaulding is a board-certified family practitioner whose writings have appeared in a variety of medical journals.

© 2013 American Life League, Inc.