Holy Hormones Journal: This is one DIY that could cause you to DIE – physically, mentally, or emotionally. It may be easy and convenient to use – but the shot can have many adverse side effects. And once it is in your bloodstream – all you can do is wait for three months until it wanes.
“Depo Provera (made by the Pfizer Corporation), the most deadly contraceptive (according to the FDA), is being marketed with malice and forethought at our precious women and girls of African descent world wide,” said Dr. Randy Short, a spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based Rebecca Project for Human Rights, in a scathing statement earlier this year exposing the Gates-Depo Provera scheme. “Many nations have outlawed it, but it continues to be used in the USA, the Caribbean, Oceania, Latin America, and Africa,” Dr. Short noted. “The use of Depo Provera,” according to Short, “contributes to and in several cases causes life threatening diseases and medical problems: cervical cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, heart attack, sterility, miscarriages, HIV/AIDS, Chlamydia, and other STIs/STDs.”
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In a new study, participants of all races found self-administration of Depo-Provera to be easy and convenient to use.
A new study by researchers at Planned Parenthood reveals that self-administration of depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), known in the United States as Depo-Provera or the shot, helped people continue using the contraceptive method. At a time when the Trump administration and congressional leaders seek to deny and disrupt access to contraception and reproductive health care, this research adds to a growing body of evidence showing that people are more likely to continue using a method when it’s readily available to them.
Advance provision of multiple doses of the shot, which can be injected by patients themselves, could help in achieving reproductive justice (in particular, the rights to choose to become pregnant or not). With several doses in hand (each lasting 12 weeks), a patient will still have contraception and be able to use it even if they lose their health insurance coverage or their local clinic is forced to close.
Although the shot has a troubled past—involving forced use among communities of color—it has some potential to advance reproductive autonomy. As Julia Kohn, national director of research at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, pointed out in a phone interview, this study initially came about because staff at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Texas, seeing a high number of clients who have chosen the shot as their preferred method, requested to teach clients to self-administer. “We opted to do this as a research study to gather evidence to help people across the country. It’s a ground-up study that came from the local community,” said Kohn. “This was about making the shot more accessible for people who have already chosen this method.”
Published in the Contraception journal, the study included more than 300 women ranging in ages from 16 to 44. Participants selected into the self-administration group were taught to self-inject by clinic staff. Those who successfully self-injected at the clinic site were given three doses, self-administration supplies, and printed instructions to take with them.
~Dr. Randy Short, M.Div.