Depo-Provera and Sterilization Abuse Overview

  • Marie M. Cassidy
Part of the Contemporary Issues in Biomedicine, Ethics, and Society book series (CIBES)


Depo-Provera is a progestogen, a synthetic compound with the effects of the natural hormone progesterone. Like oral contraceptives, it prevents pregnancy largely by inhibiting ovulation. It also increases the viscosity of cervical mucus, thus creating a sticky barrier to spermatozoa. The drug appears to make the endometrium (the lining of the uterus) less suitable for implantation. It is a long-lasting contraceptive administered by injection every three months that is almost 100 percent effective.


Medical Practitioner Cervical Mucus Ethical Conflict Medical Care System Feminist Thought 
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© Humana Press Inc. 1980

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