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Dr. Kennedy Contraceptive injectable progestin (Depo-Provera), a synthetic analog of real progesterone was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for contraception in 1992. It is injected by a health professional into the woman's buttocks or arm muscle every three months. Depo-Provera prevents pregnancy in three ways: It inhibits ovulation, changes the cervical mucus to help prevent sperm from reaching the egg, and changes the uterine lining to prevent the fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. The progestin injection is extremely effective in preventing pregnancy. Side effects can include irregular or missed periods, weight gain, breast tenderness, and possibly cancer. Recommendation: forget it unless the other methods cannot work for you.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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