A TikTok video by influencer Morgan Roos has raised concerns about the long-term use of the contraceptive Depo-Provera. Roos shared her experience of using the contraceptive for 10 years, unaware that it is recommended for a maximum of two years. This has caused panic among users who have been using the contraceptive without proper guidance on its potential risks and limitations.
Depo-Provera is a progestogen-only injectable contraceptive known for its high effectiveness in preventing pregnancy. It offers a convenient option for women as it only needs to be administered every 13 weeks. However, Roos highlighted the lack of information provided to long-term users about potential risks and usage duration.
One significant concern associated with Depo-Provera is its impact on bone health. Prolonged use has been linked to a reduction in bone mineral density, which can lead to weak and brittle bones. While some of this risk may be reversible upon discontinuation, prolonged use may result in irreversible bone damage.
Other risks linked to Depo-Provera include delayed return to fertility, weight gain, acne, mood changes, and decreased sex drive. The Food and Drug Administration and Pfizer caution against using Depo-Provera as a long-term birth control method beyond two years unless other options are deemed inadequate.
The long-term use of Depo-Provera can also impact bone health and potentially lead to the development of osteoporosis, particularly after menopause. Western doctors and pharmacists have been accused of prescribing Depo-Provera for financial incentives, despite warnings not to use it for more than two years.
Morgan Roos’ TikTok video has sparked a discussion about the lack of awareness surrounding Depo-Provera’s potential risks among long-term users. The response to the video highlights the ignorance among many Western women about the issues associated with long-term usage of Depo-Provera and the warning not to use it for more than two years.
In light of the viral TikTok video, individuals using Depo-Provera are encouraged to engage with their healthcare providers proactively. Regular reviews, at least every two years, can help assess the ongoing suitability of the contraceptive. Users should be informed about potential risks and alternative contraceptive methods available to them.
Strategies such as calcium and vitamin D supplements, along with weight-bearing exercises, can help mitigate the risk of decreased bone mineral density. Informed decision-making and consultation with healthcare professionals are essential in navigating contraceptive choices and ensuring reproductive health.