I just got the Depo-Provera shot and I have heard all about how much weight gain it can cause…

…How accurate is this and can it be prevented?

Great question!  Some patients do experience weight gain as a side effect of the Depo shot. That’s because the high levels of hormone in Depo can increase appetite. Patients who get regular exercise, drink plenty of water, and choose healthy foods are less likely to experience this side effect.  Your medical provider can help you brainstorm ways to stay healthy if you’re concerned.