Conjugated Estrogens/Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Oral)
Many women take Medroxyprogesterone Acetate to prevent accidental pregnancy if they are sexually active. This medication can be injected or given orally. It provides extra estrogen to the body to fool the body into thinking it is already pregnant and not releasing eggs. This type of birth control is considered extremely effective.
Women who take this medication are at increased risk of breast cancer, heart attacks and strokes. The medication makes it more likely that women will develop blood clots, which can increase the risk of serious or fatal heart disease.
Patients who take this medication after the age of 65 are more likely to develop senile dementia than patients who do not take the medication.
Women who take the injectable version of the medication are more likely to develop periodontal diseases such as gingivitis than women who take the oral version or do not take this medication.