Depo-Provera is a form of contraception for women, to prevent pregnancy. It contains only one hormone, called medroxyprogesterone. It does not contain oestrogen.
- Depo-Provera is given as an injection, every 13 weeks (approximately every 3 months) when used for contraception.
- It is referred to as a long-acting form of contraception, which means that once you have had the injection, you don't have to remember about it every day or every time you have sex until the next injection is due.
- It works by stopping a woman from producing a monthly egg and changes the lining of the womb so it is less likely to accept a fertilised egg.
- Its effect is reversible which means that your natural fertility returns to normal after you stop using it. This usually takes about 6 months, but can take up to one year.