BOSTON, October 31, 2002 ( – Some women who inject their arms or buttocks with Depo-Provera to prevent conception still become pregnant—for a total of 0.42 pregnancies per 1,000 women each year, according to Dr. Lynn Borgatta, who heads a research team at Boston University. Borgatta says many Depo women discover they are pregnant only after the first trimester—requiring one-fifth to get additional injections to eliminate the baby, even at three months gestation.  “When pregnancy symptoms occur,” says Borgatta, who also teaches Family Planning and Reproductive Health at Boston U’s medical school, “liberal use of pregnancy testing would provide the women with more options regarding her pregnancy and decrease the rate of re-injection once pregnancy has occurred.”“Clinicians should be aware that pregnancies can occur with proper use of Depo-Provera, and that pregnancy can occur after multiple doses,” the researchers write in a recent issue of the journal Conception. “Despite the rarity of pregnancy during use, women using Depo-Provera should be encouraged to report pregnancy symptoms, as they would during use of other long-term methods.”  For previous LifeSite coverage of Depo Provera problems see:  HEALTH RISK ADMITTED IN DEPO-PROVERA INJECTION   For Reuters coverage see:


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