Use of the contraceptive Depo Provera appears to triple women's risk of infection with chlamydia and gonorrhea, a study reports Monday.Studies have suggested that Depo Provera, as well as oral contraceptives, raise users' risk of contracting chlamydia and gonorrhea, two common sexually transmitted diseases.The study, which appears in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, focused on 819 women ages 15 to 45 who were just starting birth control prescribed at two Baltimore-area Planned Parenthood (news - web sites) clinics. About three-quarters were single. Of the women, 354 chose the pill, 114 chose Depo Provera and 351 opted for a non-hormonal contraceptive. The women were tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea after three, six and 12 months.By the end, 45 women had contracted chlamydia or gonorrhea. Women using Depo Provera were about three and a half times more likely to develop one of the infections than women using non-hormonal contraceptives. The researchers say they can't yet explain their finding.http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/usatoday/20040823/ts_usatoday/contraceptiveislinkedtohighstdrisk
Contraceptive is linked to high STD risk
This is slightly misleading. The reason for the high STD risk could be that individual's choose not to use condom's. Also the author says that more studies need to be made. This is just a reminder that condom's need to be used when not in a monogomous relationship, and if your not sure, use a condom anyways. Also on all hormone birth contorl option's there is a warning saying it does not protect against STD's and AIDS/HIV.