Re: Depo Provera
My experience with Depo wasn't AS bad, but I would not recommend it, either. I didn't gain a lot of weight (only 5 pounds) nor have mood swings, but my sex drive decreased and my first menstraul cycle after going off of it was horrible. I don't think it's safe. I would recommend your girlfried try birth control pills or the birth control patch. If she has side effects, she can always go off that, without having to wait 3 months or more for it to wear off (as is the case with Depo). If she uses the pill correctly (doesn't forget one, takes it at same time every day, doesn't take antibiotics which can lessen its effect, doesn't consume herbs/herbal remedies with it, use condoms when she has any symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea which can prevent absorption of the pill, etc.), your chances of getting pregnant with unprotected sex are about 1-3%. Condoms are important as a 2nd back-up method for preventing pregnancy and for preventing the spread of STDs (unless you have both been tested and all tests are negative).