Depo Provera

  • A contraceptive injection containing progesterone
  • Commonly referred to as ‘Depo’
  • Depo Provera is said to be more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. It provides no protection against Sexually Transmitted Infections.

How is the Injection given?

You will be able to access the contraceptive injection at Family Planning Clinics and your GP.

You will be given an injection every 12 weeks, usually into your buttock.


Bleeding patterns may be erratic initially, this usually resolves after two injections. Many women will then find that there period become very light or stops completely.

It can sometimes take up to a year for period to return to normal once the Depo Provera has been discontinued.

Depo Provera affects your natural hormone levels, which can cause thinning of the bones; this is not a problem for the majority of women. Bone density will return to normal levels once Depo Provera has been discontinued.