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(“the Needle”)

  • A hormonal method of birth control given by injection
  • Contains the hormone progesterone
  • Reduces the risk of pregnancy by reducing ovulation, the production of eggs in the ovaries
  • Requires on shot every 12 weeks
  • You must visit your family doctor to have this injection.  The Haldimand-Norfolk Health unit does not provide Depo Provera.


  • First injection given within first 5 days of starting your period or within 5 days of having an abortion or within 5 days of delivery
  • Back-up birth control should be used for the first month



Side Effects


  • May increase the risk of osteoporosis
  • Weight gain
  • Moodiness
  • Headache
  • Spotting/bleeding commonly occurs during the first 6-12 months of use


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