What are the side effects of Depo-Provera (the shot)?

Question: I am thinking about getting the shot since I think it’s easier than taking the pill every day cause I’ve taken the pill for years but sometimes forget. Is there any side effects to getting the shot?

Answer: All hormonal contraceptives have advantages and disadvantages.   Specific to the shot (Depo-Provera):


  • Each shot provides 12 weeks of pregnancy protection
  • Private
  • Helps prevent cancer of the lining of the uterus
  • Can be used while breastfeeding


  • May cause changes in period (spotting, no periods, or heavier periods)
  • Change in weight
  • Bone mineral density decrease
  • Does not protect against STIs/HIV

Please call the Painesville clinic (352-0608) or the Ashtabula clinic (992-5953) for any questions or to schedule an appointment.