Depo-Provera May Trigger Weight Gain


Recent research has proven that oral birth control pills do not cause weight gain however the shot Depo-Provera did not pass the weight gain test. Depo was approved in 2004 as a safe and effective form of birth control.

The Study

The study was conducted at the University of Texas the study included seven hundred and three women ranging in age from sixteen to thirty-three. The women chose from one of three methods of birth control. Depo-Provera shots was chosen by two hundred and forty of the women, oral contraceptives were chosen by two hundred and forty-five women and a non hormonal method of birth control such as a barrier method or abstinence was used by two hundred and eighteen of the women.

The Study Results

After a period of thirty-six months the women who used the Depo-Provera shot had gained an average of eleven pounds per year while twenty-five percent gained twenty-four pounds a year.


Due to the weight gain out of the seven hundred and three women only one hundred and one hundred and eight-six women finished the study because of the weight gain.



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