The Aftereffects of Coming off the Depo-Provera Shot

Updated on June 6, 2018
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Kirsten started using Depo-Provera in her mid-20s and experienced prolonged aftereffects when she stopped ten years later.

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Dr. Mark Trolice, Director of Fertility Care, The IVF Center
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How Hormonal Birth Control Works

Depo-Provera (also spelled Depot Provera in some medical materials) is an injectable form of hormonal birth control that involves getting a shot in your arm or buttocks every three months. It works similarly to birth control pills.

It starts to work as contraception immediately if you get your first shot within five days of beginning your period.

Depo-Provera suppresses a woman’s own hormones, preventing the ovaries from releasing eggs into the fallopian tubes. The synthetic progesterone hormone will reduce sperm fertilization by increasing the thickening of the cervical mucus and reducing motility in the fallopian tubes, so the sperm has difficulty traveling in the female reproductive tract.

The cervical mucus thickens and the uterine lining changes so that it's harder for sperm to enter or survive in the uterus. All of these changes prevent fertilisation.

When a woman stops using Depo, her body tries to restore hormonal balance and regain reproductive function by restoring normal production of estrogen by the ovaries in preparation for ovulation.

What Are Common Side Effects After Going Off Depo Injections?

  • Spotting and irregular periods.
  • Loss of bone mineral density, which can make osteoporosis more likely. This risk is greater if you have used Depo-Provera for longer than two years.
  • Difficulty conceiving. Some women become pregnant as soon as 3 to 4 months after receiving their last injection. But it takes some women up to a year or two to conceive after they stop using this type of birth control.
  • Some women find that, after going off of Depo, symptoms that they had while using the injections get worse. These side effects include heavy bleeding, extreme breast tenderness, weight gain, headaches, nausea, mood swings, depression, and hair loss.

Is Infertility a Side-Effect of Going Off of Depo-Provera?

"Depo-Provera is a strong pituitary suppressant of hormone stimulation to the ovaries, meaning it will prevent ovulation," says Dr. Mark Trolice, Director of Fertility Care at the IVF Center in Winter Park, Florida. "The longer Depo-Provera is used, the longer it will take your body to restore normal menstrual cycles. I have seen up to 18 months of no periods after discontinuing Depo-Provera and before ovulation resumes, particularly in women who gained weight while on the medication."

That being said, Dr. Trolice notes, once regular periods resume, women should have no increased difficulty conceiving, particularly if periods were regular before using Depo-Provera.

My Experience Stopping Depo-Provera

I have to say that, in my opinion, and based on the stories shared on the Internet from other women in situations similar to mine, the side effects of this form of birth control can extend way past the point of its current use and time that it takes for the chemicals to leave the body.

Spotting and Irregular Periods After Depo-Provera

I was advised (all those years ago) that should I ever decide that I wanted to have a baby, it could take a while for it to happen after discontinuing the Depo injections. I was told that it could take up to two years for my period and fertility to return to normal.

I have to say it took about half a year longer than that! I have only just had my first period after a decade of getting the injections. It was not quite normal either. I had quite a few weeks of on-and-off spotting before having what could be called a true period of any description. I had had weeks of spotting on and off about 6 months after initially coming off the injection but it was typically more off then on.

I don't regret going on this form of birth control. The side effects for me proved very positive and to be honest I am a little scared of the complete return to my 'normal' periods. I am also worried that I may find it takes a long time still to become pregnant.

Difficulty Getting Pregnant After Depo-Provera

When the two-year mark had passed and the only change in my body was tender and painful nipples, I started reading what I could find of other people's experiences with coming off the injection. I found a few stories of women afraid that they had been made infertile. The stories ranged from two years of no period and no pregnancy (the maximum length of time medically advised for a return to fertility) to pregnancies ending in upsetting miscarriages.

I am going off of memory, but I do recall a story of someone who believed Depo-Provera to be responsible for their premature menopause after they came off of the drug. It does seem from my experience that this could well be possible, as my body is certainly producing results beyond what I was told could happen when I decided to start the injection.

I am not giving up hope that I may well find myself with a healthy, normal child now that I have had a heavier period (though not as bad as I used to be able to get). In 10 years, a lot can happen to a person and I have gone from thinking I should not have a kid (barely being able to take care of myself, let alone a baby) to being married and confident that I could provide a loving and happy home to a child.

If this medication has had such an effect on my body as to reduce my fertility permanently (making pregnancy very difficult) it would be upsetting as the medical advice did not alert me to this possibility.

On the other hand, when I started on Depo-Provera, I did not want to have a baby and probably would have made the same choice even if I had been told that it would reduce my chance of ever getting pregnant.

Life is full of choices and once made, our choices are our responsibility. Someone who wants to be more careful in making their birth control choice that I was should investigate their options further.

Does Depo-Provera Lead to a Loss of Bone Density?

"While the FDA has issued a warning on the increased risk of fracture while on Depo-Provera," says Dr. Mark Trolice, "several societies, including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology believe the contraceptive benefits outweigh the theoretical risk of bone loss."

Studies also show that the decline in bone density significantly reverses after stopping Depo-Provera.

The most serious side effect is a loss of bone density that can occur over a prolonged period of use. I spent many years using the Depo birth control injections and have not experienced a loss of bone density so it seems that, though it is a serious concern, it is not a certainty. I may well have been consuming a large enough amount of calcium and I was not still growing when I started it (I was in my mid-20s).

Breast Tenderness

The unusually high estrogen levels that come after stopping Depo-Provera can cause mild to severe breast soreness, not unlike the way breasts can feel before a menstrual period or during pregnancy.

What Are Signs That Depo-Provera Is Wearing Off?

"Patients usually stop menstrual bleeding while on Depo-Provera," says Dr. Mark Trolice. "If you experience a return of bleeding while on Depo-Provera, this may suggest breakthrough ovulation or an anatomic issue with your uterus, so seek advice from your gynecologist."

In order to be sure that the birth control is fully effective, women have to get Depo-Provera injections every 12 weeks. Once 12 weeks have passed with no injection, the hormones slowly wear off over time.

Some women who want to get pregnant after stopping injections conceive in just 3 or 4 months, while others wait as long as two years.

Pros and Cons of Birth Control Pills vs. Injections

Birth control pills and injections work in a similar way. The main difference is how the hormones are delivered.

Birth control pills:

  • may be more expensive than Depo injections
  • may cause milder side effects because the hormones are delivered gradually on a daily basis
  • can be risky because you have to remember to take them.

Birth control injections:

  • are convenient because one shot lasts three months
  • can lead to extreme side effects because the hormones enter the body all at once.

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What Are the Side Effects While Using Depo-Provera?

1. Decrease and Eventual Stopping of Menstrual Period

There are quite a few possible side effects of using Depo-Provera, though the only one that I experienced was my period stopping.

This is a common side effect (it seems). I found this effect to be wonderful as my periods had been intensely painful and triggered severe depression that could leave me suicidal.

2. Weight Gain While Using Depo-Provera

The next side effect that most women need to think about is weight gain. I did not notice any appreciable weight gain but it does seem like it is the most common side effect.

3. Nervousness, Mood Swings, and Depression

Some women report feeling anxious and depressed while using Depo-Provera. Unfortunately, this can continue after stopping the injections. Women who experienced anxiety before beginning the injections are more likely to see this condition get worse while using Depo.

Women with a history of mood disorders should talk to their doctors before starting Depo-Provera to discuss the risks.

Other Side Effects of Depo-Provera

Things other women have experienced include:

  • Headaches
  • Bloating
  • Hot flashes
  • Decreased interest in sex
  • Acne
  • Hair loss
  • Backache

FAQs

I Haven't Started Using Depo Yet. What Can I Do to Avoid Bad Side Effects?

"Physicians can educate women on what to expect, so they're not surprised," says Dr. Nicole Swiner, a family physician at Durham Family Medicine in Durham, North Caroline, "or start them immediately on a different treatment to help continue (menstrual) regularity."

As stated earlier, women with a history of mood disorders should take care before starting Depo-Provera as these women are more likely to experience heightened anxiety while on the medication.

Is Depo-Provera the Same as Medroxyprogesterone?

Yes. Medroxyprogesterone is a synthetic type of female hormone, similar to the progesterone that women produce naturally. It is available by prescription in tablet and injection form under the brand names Depo-Provera, Depo-SubQ Provera 104, MPA, Provera, and Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate.

Will Weight-Bearing Exercises Help Prevent Osteoporosis?

Bones are living tissue, just like muscles, and they become stronger when we exercise. We all lose bone mass as we age, but women, in particular, can reduce their chances of getting osteoporosis by exercising regularly.

If you are concerned about your bone mineral density after coming off of Depo-Provera, consider heading to the gym. More and more women are lifting weights these days, so you'll have plenty of company! Ask a gym staff member for tips on developing a routine, or use one developed specifically for female lifters.

Will Using Depo-Provera Increase My Breast Cancer Risk?

Research is contradictory on the question of whether hormonal birth control increases the risk of cancer.

Some studies show an increased risk of breast cancer but a decrease in risk of endometrial and ovarian cancers among women who use birth control pills. This link might be caused by high doses of estrogen, but women in studies who took Depo-Provera, which only contains progesterone, have also been found to have higher rates of breast cancer.

I Am Miserable After Stopping Depo! Is Their Online Support?

Yes. Women who experience extreme discomfort after stopping Depo-Provera are not alone. This extensive collection of women's experiences coming off Depo may help. It includes an interview with an endocrinologist who has studied how hormonal birth control affects women's health.

I hope that you've learned something new from my experience and that this has been helpful for you!

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      Anna 

      2 weeks ago

      I've been on the shot for around 6 or 7 years. I was anemic and my period was so heavy I was bleeding way to much. Honestly I didn't do any research on it when I got on it, an have never had any of the bad side effects. Maybe a little weight gain but I eat a lot, too!

      Only downside I am now realizing is how long it takes women who were on it for years to have a baby. I've been off it 6 months and still no sign of period (I know it can take up to 18 months) Just wish I knew that sooner so I could have stopped it sooner

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      Amelani 

      4 weeks ago

      I have been on depo for only three months and I have been spotting ever since my hair is getting thinner and I have dark spots all over my body which new I never experienced those kind of of problems before

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      Marielisa 

      7 weeks ago

      I've been on the depo 8 yrs & came off it in June. I've had so many side effects. Some are like pregnancy symptoms . Just wondering how long these symptoms last before ur body gets back to normal.

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      Mandy 

      8 weeks ago

      I have been off the depo injection for 4months after using it for almost 10years. 18-27 i still havnt had a period i was at the doctors last week as i thought i might be pregnant because ive been feeling sick had stomach pains sore breasts headaches and feeling really tired ive had a decreased sex drive for a really long time now and discomofort during sex. I got my results back i am not pregnant now im worried i could be going through early menopause as most of my symptoms match up ive also recently been having night sweats. Im only 27 and now im terrified i might never be able to have a baby :(

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      Jay 

      8 weeks ago

      I was on depo for 6 years.. Started in college and continue for a year or so after. I’ve recently stopped taking the shot. My breast have been INSANELY sore, which happened out of the blue. There’s no sign of a period. Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend this shot and if I read about this prior to I wouldn’t have taken this form of Birth control.

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      Lindsey 

      2 months ago

      I’ve been on the depo for about 8years I saw a different nurse today than normal she told me I should only be on depo for a maximum of 2 years! She has told me I’m going to have to think of changing my contraception and having a break. I’m confused

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      Jenethawilliams 

      2 months ago

      I been on DEPO since I was 17 I’m 27 now I haven’t have my last shot since April 27th 2018 is it any chance that I can have a baby so many ppl say different things

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      Crybabe86 

      2 months ago

      Got pregnant September 2017 lost the baby December 2017 i got on depo end of February 2018 i was due for my next shot in june never went back... so September hits and i started my period and it seemed regularly but now i seeing spotting a week after my period... its wierd and confused i hope all this stops and be normal

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      LadyFeeBee 

      2 months ago

      I was on the Depo for 5 years and I was never told of the side effects. I stopped getting the shots as of last November. I got the first sign of my cycle June 30 and in all honesty, it hasn't stopped since then. It will lighten up like spotting only to start all over again. I've had horrible mood swings going from sad to mad in minutes. Sometimes I'll have heat rush through my body as if I were going through menopause. If I knew then what I know now I would've NEVER started Depo. My body is going through so many changes I can't keep up with the side effects anymore. I was diagnosed with being prediabetic when I was on the shot, now that I'm off that problem doesn't exist anymore.

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      Mary 

      2 months ago

      Took shot 1 time and post to went bk August 24 didn’t go back now I having more on days then I needhelp

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      Bupe 

      2 months ago

      I have been on depo provera shot for 2 years 9 months then I withdraw the depo provera shot this July 30 th and on the 3rd of August I had spotting with so much pain, it took 3 days then September 4th I had stomach pains and could feel the heat, this took 5days no spotting only pain. Then again on 14th of September I started having serious stomach pains. Can someone advice me please.

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      Nthabj 

      2 months ago

      I used depo after losing my baby in july on the 6th and my next shot was supposed to be in september but decided not to get and stopped depo but end of august i got my periods back but from the 4th september been spotting pink brown and red now its been almost 3 weeks i am worried now

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      salinaslalis 

      2 months ago

      I started using depo in March of this year my 3rd dose was due on September 3rd but I decided to stop using it because my fiancé wanted to start a family. I a.ready have 2 children from my previous relationship they are 6 years apart and I never used any form of contraceptive. Now that I'm off the depo I'm scared it will take even longer to actually conceive. I started my cycle on August 29th a few days before my depo was due I thought since I finally have a cycle I can start trying. I'm currently using a period tracker and we been having intercourse according to the app but unfortunately I started spotting brown everytime I wipe now Im not due for another period until September 26 is this suppose to be happening I was really hoping to get pregnant soon but I don't know if this is just old blood from my first cycle or if its new? Any one experience this?

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      Anonymous 

      3 months ago

      After having only one injection is it still possible for it to take a while for your periods to go back to normal? I’ve had two periods since, lasting longer than usual, then my third period was a week off and on. Heavy than light. Is this normal?

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      Dani1234 

      3 months ago

      I stop depo 6 weeks ago and on the 8th of this month i had strechy brown and pink discharge, i thought maybe i was ovulating and then today after i woke up i had alot of cm with pink in it. Has this happenes to anyone else

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      Bluegirl2 

      3 months ago

      Ive been on it for a year and didnt have my shot a week ago now feeling nausea, tired and headaches can it be because of this??

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      CDC 

      3 months ago

      I start taking Depo-Provera 3 1/2 months ago, and I have yet to have any spotting or a period. Anyone else? My doctor even did a test to see if I had started menopause. My hormone levels said that was not the case.

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      Lisa 

      3 months ago

      My last Depo shot was in 2009...took about three months or so before I started spotting, but since then I haven’t a period! I know every body is different but I don’t recommend this form of birth control for anyone.

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      Lea 

      3 months ago

      My last depo shot sched is june 24, 2018. But I decided to stop it because I'm scared of what i felt in my body which I thought this was the side effect of depo shot. Then July 29, 2018 i had my menstruation period and it take long 5days. I expect to have my next period this aug 25 but its nothing. Is this normal or im pregnant again?

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      Kkm 

      3 months ago

      Been off the shot for 7 years and I still cannot conceive

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      Courtney 

      3 months ago

      Got off my depo 3 years ago had my period 1 time only after getting off it and still havent had it drs tell me uts normal dont think this is normal at all

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      Kristie 

      3 months ago

      I have been off the depo for over 10 years and I’m still having problems getting pregnant. I have had 3 miscarriages and 1 ectopic. I truly believe that the shot has caused this problem with my hormones.

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      kaila 

      4 months ago

      I came of the depo in June and i had my monthly twice in june but i havent started in july and its August now i have taken a a pregnacy test and it came back negative

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      Lisa 

      4 months ago

      I started taking depo back in March 2012 after I had my daughter; finally stopped taking it earlier this year because I would like to have another child in the next year or two. My periods have been very irregular and I'm concerned. I got my first period a few weeks after my last shot wore off. I had a 37 day cycle between my first and second period, a 27 day cycle between my second and third period, a 33 day cycle between my third and fourth period and now I'm on day 42 of my next cycle and nothing. I don't believe I'm pregnant, but I'll be testing soon just in case. Has anyone else had this issue?

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      Breebree93 

      4 months ago

      I got on Depo December 2016 after a miscarriage, I didn’t want to have a baby with my ex so I got on Depo . I got my last shot Sept 2017 . I still haven’t had a period and I’m scared that I’ll never be able to have another baby . I’ve went to doctors and all they ever say is it’s normal . I’m really scared !! ☹️

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      Francis Keysa 

      4 months ago

      Can anyone comment here if it is possible for me to get pregnant or am I pregnant? So I took depo shot once only and it ended on June 25,2018. During my depo day I notice that I have acne so I decided to switch to pills. I ask brgy doctors about it and they recommend to take pills on when my shot will end. After that my menstruation did not come back yet it's been August now. I fear that I might be pregnant. Since no menstruation on July. And just tonight I'm not feeling well, I have sore throat so I take meds and when I am lying in bed I feel nausea.The first thing came in my mind was maybe I am pregnant. Can someone comment on me or something thank you.

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      Nompilo 

      4 months ago

      I have been using Depo for 9 years, then I stopped about 3 months ago... i recently had my periods but it's been more than 2 weeks and I'm getting worried now . Is that normal?

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      Rachael Lynn 

      4 months ago

      I have been on depo shot for 9 years straight. It completely stopped my period. I know thats normal but is it normal that they gave my shot around my belly button ? Bc i thought it was only supposed to be in my arm or butt..i didnt know that at that time. But anyways ive been off it now for like a year and 4 months and still have no period and i cant get pregnant. Is this normal ? And what can i do to push to get everything back to normal down there?

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      Shantel 

      4 months ago

      I have being on the depo for 7 year stop taking it last year July because i,ve decide to have another child but barely seeing period for the last three months an it just barely flow can someone tell me what to do

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      Chelsea Nicole 

      4 months ago

      Just came off depo today after having it for 2 years and having Brest tenderness and this is my first time just wondering if anybody can give me some advice about it what I’m going up against

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      Stacy 

      4 months ago

      I started using depo in febuary 2017 and i stop taking it in april 2018 ....but since i took it all i had was a few headaches and breast tenderness ... And since then no period or signs of bleeding .And my husband and i wanna have a baby . is it possible that it could happen or i may have to wait till next year ?

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      Shannon 

      5 months ago

      Hey i been off depo shot for 16 months whay could happen

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      Sentanar b 

      5 months ago

      I been on the depo since my last child she is now 5 years old just in may 15th 2018 i got off the depo an i goy my first period on june 15th 2018 it stayed on for a week so i believed i had a regular period but in the beginning of july i spotted for 2 to 3 days an that was it i was like if my period came on the 15th of june why would i be spotting in the beginning of july so i dont know what it could be i am planning on having another baby

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      Zamin 

      5 months ago

      I used the 1 depo shot when my baby was 3 months old and l stopped using it. I used condom everytime but i missed my period for almost 3 months. What makes it to stop menstruation?

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      Khana01 

      5 months ago

      I started using depo when I was 17 in 2007. After taking my shot I got my periods everyday for three months, after that they stopped completely. I stopped using Depo in 2010. It’s been 8 years since my last shot and still no periods. DON’T TAKE DEPO

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      Keshy jah 

      5 months ago

      I took the depo shot 4August 2016and was suppose to take my second shot November 2nd, 2016, but I decided not to and its July 2018 i still haven't had my period...... Am sooo worried

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      Teresa 

      5 months ago

      I have taken the drop shot for 21 years now, nobody told me your not support to take it for more then 2 years. While taken the shot I never had any problems and didn't have a period but I just stop taken the shot and I'm in so much pain and my period is so heavy I have to change my pad every hour or I will bleed through my clothing. Please talk to your doctor before starting the depo shot cause it can help but not sure the consequences of stopping the Depo shot might not be worth it.

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      Lexi 

      5 months ago

      I got my first shot at the beginning of March 2018. I was supposed to get another one in June but decided I didn’t wanna be on it anymore. I have been bleeding for about two months and idk why

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      Anonymous 

      5 months ago

      I haven’t had the shot for several years. When I got off the shot I experienced irregular periods for a very long time and now all of a sudden I have consistent vaginal bleeding and I know it’s period blood because I can see the eggs when they come out is this supposed to happen?

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      1234 

      5 months ago

      My boyfriend pressured me into getting the shot because I was lacking on taking my pill. I really didn't want to because my sister had taken it and had very bad side effects. I got it in April 2018, and right away I felt it changing my body. The bleeding started within two weeks. By the second month my body was in sooo much pain and I had acne; which I've never had. I get random tingling shots of pain down my left arm constantly, I have hot flashes, dizzy spells, my eyesight has gotten worst on the shot, I'm very moody and angry a lot. After feeling all these things I looked up the side effects because something wasn't right only to see everything was evidence of the depo side effects. My Dr. told me that there's no side effects but bleeding. I honestly think she was just trying to get me to take it because of me lacking on taking pills. Other things I've had is restless legs, back pain, headaches, just over all horrible feeling. I became so weak and sore, I quit going to the gym which made my third month June(current) worst. Not going to the gym due to lack of energy made my body hurt worst than I've ever felt. This past month my restless legs have been silent, but I'm extremely tired and sleep a lot, A LOT more than I should. I have no motivation and the best way to describe it is picture yourself running in water combined with running into the wind. The bleeding caused me to become very anemic, and its been hard to try and treat it because I keep bleeding! I do get random episodes of depression and there's no reason way and its extremely frustrating. Also my bones hurt, they crack a lot, even bones in my hands at the slightest movement cracks! My joints hurt and certain movements cause them to pop out and crack. I have been very miserable and honestly not going to get a second shot. People have said that the first shot is the worst but I don't care I'm not going to wait out another 3 months to see if this shit quits happening. I'm hoping to go back on the pill and this time I'm not going to let a busy life get in the way of a daily pill. I'm very angry and disappointed that there will be prolonged said effects after stopping the shot because I just want it to be over!!! It makes sense it may have worked for other females because everyone is different, and I'm not the one it works for.

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      Kass 

      6 months ago

      I've been on Depo since March 5th and just received my 2nd shot on June 4th. After reading more in depth about this birth control method I'm leaning more towards completely changing methods. If I were to do so, how long would I need to stop taking Drop? Or how would that shift in methods work? Is there a break time in between or do I quickly move onto a different method?

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      Lin 

      6 months ago

      Hi,i took the depo injection recently date 10 of last month since then I've been having unstoppable bleeding what can I take to bring it back to normal I've tried brufein tablets no change

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      denise 

      6 months ago

      I just recently gotten on depo may 8 2018 my cycle was due on the 15th of may but didn't come thinking because the shot was already effected in my body . Now a month later im bleeding and it's not time for my cycle im bloated my stomach is very tight been feeling nausea. What do you think could be going on.. Oh I forgot something I had unprotected sex a couple days after my shot so could there be a chance I maybe pregnant???

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      Ashley turney 

      6 months ago

      I have been on the depo for about a year i have been getting cramps mood changes I just got off the depo 2 mouths ago and I’m wondering when will I get my pierod back I’ve been having a lot of cramping ? Dose that mean I’m about to get my pierod back I’m nervous

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      Lebo 

      6 months ago

      I stopped using depo last year september and I saw my period on march this year is it possible to fall pregnant?

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      White 

      6 months ago

      What if I have white vaginal discharge but it has not smell and it’s not a lot

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      Lexi 

      7 months ago

      Hey! I’ve been on the depo shot since I was 15, I am now 19 I’ve been off the shot for 8 months now and I still have no period. I’m a little scared because I do want kids one day and I’m hoping that the shot didn’t ruin my chance to have kids..What should I do.?

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      Amore 

      7 months ago

      Hi i stopped using depo more then a year ago now i started with my peroid after a year of stopping but my peroid is so little and skips months then suddenly appears.what can i do to make my period normal again

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      Ysza 

      7 months ago

      Hello i had my last depo March 23 and my first period came back last month April 20. I had sex 1 week. Can i be pregnant?

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      Prettyness 

      7 months ago

      I started using depo in 2014 after my second child and only stop taking it beginning 2018. Shoe but the side effects after you stop using it is unbearable. The hair loss, headaches, sore breasts is just not cool at all. Lucky for me no more pregnancies to take place. As I'm a single mamma. I only focus now on my baby boys, work and hobbies.

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      turbochick41 

      7 months ago

      I started Depo after my 2nd child...22 years later I had my tubes tied&no more Depo. 22 years of no period was the best side effect&became my only reason to stay on. Refused to stop even after surgery&family history related DVT/PE 15 years ago. Last September, my doctor&hubby talked me into "getting fixed" due to my age, time on&newly developed total lack of sexual wants. My poor, dear, sweet, sexless hubby is still all the above...why??? Because as of December, I've NOT bled a total of 10 days...my calendar looks like a government document, all blacked out!! I figured I'd have either no bleeding(menopause is your friend)or a little over bleeding due to my body trying to figure itself out. Who knew my body was so confused tho??? I understand my story is completely opposite of wanting babies after Depo, I'm a grandma of a wonderfully monsterous 2 year old boy, but I'm hopeful somebody will read this&know someone who has delete with this issue. I can't be the longerest Depo user out there...I wish I'd stayed on it...Andrea

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      spanyanna mason 

      7 months ago

      i don't think depot is a good idea bc if you really wan to have kids you would have to wait .

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      Brandy Fields 

      7 months ago

      I started my first Depo shot on March 2018 I was 20 when i got it because I’m already a young mom with a 1 year old son I got the shot in March and I didn’t have a period but now I’m bleeding is it telling me that something is wrong or that it’s just wearing off because I go in May to get my Depo shot again it started out spotting and then it goes to a brown color and now it’s red it’s been doing this for a week now and I need to know is it going to stop when I go get the shot in May or is it going to going on or is something wrong

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      Kaos2 

      8 months ago

      Seems like a lot of misunderstanding and lack of good information from Dr.s. Please do more research!! I was very fortunate to find an amazing Dr that other Doctors still say they never heard some of things he told me, that I know are absolutely true. mostly related to longterm use. I started using it before they said you shouldn't be on it more than 2 years at a time. So, the first time I was on it for 10 years. Absolutely loved it! Spotting does occur for a long time when starting. Probably a lot of spotting the first 6 months, then gradually went away altogether. So if you are only trying it for 9 months and that is your only issue, I would have powered through that.

      By the way, brown blood just means its old. Depo stops your cycle, so you don't get a new layer of blood. That's why it's brown.

      After several years, I started spotting again. The doctor said that my lining was too thin to keep the remaining blood on the wall, so they put me on a different drug for a short time to fix that. It made me funky smelling while I was on it, but it worked and never experienced that again.

      The main thing I experienced that Doc's don't seem to know about is pain with sex. This is due to reduced stretchiness after longtime use. I went off of it for a couple years and then got endometriosis. Doctors felt the depo had been holding it at bay, so they put me back on it for many years. Getting into my 40's, I wasn't comfortable risking my bone density. So, they put me on the Mirena IUD. You can now get it even if you haven't had kids. The jury is still out on it, but so far, so good. What I've experienced being off of Depo, I've lost almost 20 pounds. I did start eating healthier and less, but not significantly enough for this much loss in 6 months. And for my age, really happy with it! Also, I had excessive sweating and never thought it was related to Depo. That has seemed to go away for the most part. I was just about to take drastic measures, so I am really relieved I found out it was just a side effect. I highly recommend depo if you have endometriosis. It is wonderful. Overall, depo seems to work very well for people or they react pretty poorly. If you don't need it for health reasons, a different method of birth control would be my suggestion. I was on it for 15-20 years all together and it worked great for me, but why risk it if you don't have to.

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      Lisa 

      8 months ago

      It took me and my husband 5 years after i took the depo to conceive our son David.

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      Anonymous 

      8 months ago

      Okay! So my experience cannot be broken down into exact time increments, however, I'm still able to come to an absolutely certain conclusion: my periods or "spotting" as it is nicely put, have not stopped throughout my entire experience on depo. I wouldn't call what is happening to my body a period, but spotting seems almost too... underwhelmed of a word. I have tried depi twice, both times for roughly 9 months each with a year long pause in between. Do not ask me why I decided to try the contraceptive again after my first experience. From a week into getting the shot, spotting would start. And then throughout the entiiiiire first shot (3 months) the spotting was constant. I thought that the second shot would get things in order and the spotting/periods would stop, but they never did. Each and every day whether it be a thicker darker discharge, or on some days a healthy looking bright red discharge, the bleeding never stops. Its extremely disappointing seeing as this is my second time trying it and its the exact same experience again. Sigh. Now heres another majorly unfortunate part:::: the spotting and irregularities continued for at least 8 months after coming off the shot. Regular periods? What are those? When I finally started getting regular periods again possibly an entire year or more after getting off of depo the first time, I stuck with it for only a few months. But then another boyfriend came along and I'm back to the easiest and cheapest contraceptive to keep track of. Once every three months for a portion of the price of the pill. Sigh again. How silly was I. Anyways, it has been a month since I have given up depo provera for good, for the rest of my life. The bleeding and spotting continues. The acidity of the discharge is insane, the majority if it is a thick dark brown type. Its a good day when I see bright red.... its a glimmer of a once familiar regular period. Anyways :/ My main hope with this comment is that maybe a girl like me with similar side effects will read this and hope she isn't the only one. Unfortunately for me I'm yet to find a comment that is similar to my experience.

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      Anonymous 

      8 months ago

      ***my experience seems far different than "most" women's experiences. *** 1/1

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      Marie 

      8 months ago

      I've been bloating and I'm switching to the pill, is this weight gain/ severe bloating permanent or will it go away

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      Kita 

      8 months ago

      I got on Depo for the first time June 2017 I was bleeding for the whole three months I did not get back on that shot because ive experience the worst acne something I never dealt with , gain 30 pounds from then till now March of 2018 coming up off it was the worst I really thought something was wrong with me ,my husband and I have been trying to get pregnant since September nothing until bout a week ago I found out I’m 6 weeks pregnant but I’m spotting so I’m being very careful I would not recommend this shot to anyone

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      Agnes 

      8 months ago

      I just stopped in January 2018, the best decision.

      I had terrible rash over 6 months, going through all allergies tests what became negative. The 5th doctor mentioned my rashes can be hormonal changes. I’m still on antihistamines and I’m very angry and I’m trying to tell anyone my story. I had few allergies shock swallowing face/hands, 2x unconscious with rash all over my body, pain in my liver etc. I had to beg for a liver function test as I felt so bad. Anyway it’s over now, last two months no rashes but I’m waiting for my period. I would NOT recommend to anyone to use this specially in young ages. I would recommend keto diet what helping me control my mood/weight and probably thanks for keto not become mad.

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      Michelle 

      9 months ago

      I have been off depo for probably 3-4 years and my periods are just now starting to be somewhat “normal”

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      Haley 

      9 months ago

      Is it possible I'm pregnant if I've been bleeding for 2 months off and on heavily, I got off the deposit shot birth control at the end of January

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      Chloe 

      9 months ago

      I have been on the injection for 3 months and ive continually had a period over a week. My acne has got worse too. So im going to come off and continue with the Pill. Will my periods and hormones return back to normal?

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      Ms Bullock 

      9 months ago

      I have been on the dp shot for 19 years due to severe cramps and heavy periods. I had NO side effects and no periods. I recently turned 41 and about a month ago I stood up at worked and nearly felled on my face. The pain shooting from my knee was unbearable. As the days passed the pain has gotten worse. I was due my shot 2/4/18 and I didn't get it. Since I've stopped I am so moody and irritable. I don't want to be bothered with anyone. I am so sad and just yesterday I burst into tears for no reason. I can't shake this sadness and i dont know what to do. I have been in the bed for 2 days. Im usually a kindred spirit and out going person who is happy most of the time. I'm afraid to find out what's causing my knee so much pain. What can I do to help this hormonal imbalance im feeling?

      Any advice is welcomed.

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      Veronica 

      9 months ago

      I have been on Depo Provera for 5 years. Coming off the injection made everything very hard. My last jab was in July 2017. I had 1st spotting in October. In December I bled for a month, twice, and I landed in a&e.I suffer with terrible headaches now. No painkillers take my pain away. And headache lasts for days, nights, sometimes a week! I had another period a month after last one, which lasted a week, so I thought that things are getting back to normal. How wrong was I? A week after my ‘period’ I stared a ‘period’ again. This bleeding is very dark, with big clots which worry me. I started my headache 3 days ago and it’s still going. I would love doctors to start advising of these possible side effects when stopping Depo Provera....

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      Maryetta Graves 

      9 months ago

      Hi I’ve been off of depo for over 2 years and I’m still experiencing heavy bruising. Is that normal?

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      Jahkeem smith 

      10 months ago

      Have the same problem from I come off the injection having seeing any period for 8 month now and am worried from 2017 on June until now no period

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      Maria 

      10 months ago

      I have gotten my period the week before I stop getting my shot for one week I had no bleeding now it's after that week I been heavy bleeding for 3weeks straight is that bad

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      MOSES 

      10 months ago

      Hi i was on Depo for 7 years now i left it last year November and got back on it January 2018, it was fine but i started bleeding is not that much but is doesn't smell Ok i'm not fimiliar with the smell.

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      SHAWNA 

      10 months ago

      I have been on the drop for 13 years. Gained weight and now I am having severe knee problems with having to get knee surgery . To getting shots in both knees and now getting steroid shots in my heel.. I has a gut feeling about my bone density..

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      Alysha 

      10 months ago

      I have been on the depo shot for a little over 2 years I had a bone density done about a month ago and I’ve lost some in my hips. Every once in awhile I would spot lightly for a few days but never a real period, never really had major side effects besides decreased sex drive never gained weight which I was hoping I would gain some but no luck. I have recently changed over to the pill tomorrow it’ll be 2 weeks since I was supposed to get my next shot and I’m almost on week three of my pills & now I literally get sick to my stomach/nauseous every night at the same time, I feel like my boobs have gotten bigger and they are starting to get sore, I have pains in my lower stomach sometimes. Im having symptoms of pregnancy but there’s no possible way for it. I’m just really confused if it’s just the depo shot starting to wear off and it’s the side effects it’s only worrying me because I haven’t started bleeding yet but have all of these strange things starting to happen to me. Anyone have any insight????

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      alyssa 

      10 months ago

      i am coming off my first depo shot. im 15. i wiped and when i looked at the blooded tissue paper, there was this clumpy thing, folded together. looked rubbery and kinda like skin. ive searched it up, ive heard its normal, and that its just the lining of my uterus, but im scared?. help?

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      Jessica 

      10 months ago

      I was on the Depo shot for 1 year at the beginning I did experience some back pain. I did gain about 14 pounds in a year. That’s the reason why I got off the shot and I recently went to the pill and everything seemed fine until a couple days ago I have been getting headaches that do not go away

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      Camille 

      10 months ago

      I was on the Depo shot for 6 years and got off May 2017. Every month is different for me when it comes to my period. Sometimes it’ll come on one month, skip another month, and this month it has came on 3 times which will last for a few days. I decided to take a break from it only because I didn’t want to have any complications when deciding to have a baby. I never had any bad side effects the entire time I was on this form of birth control. I chose this form of birth control when I was in high school and I am currently 23 years old. I loved not having a period for two weeks, but now I’m beginning to worry after reading the comments.

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      nicole 

      10 months ago

      Well I Decided To get off the shot 3 months ago and some way my bleeding want stop what does that mean and my breast are sore like a normal period any suggestions ????

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      Mrs thomas 30 

      10 months ago

      Hi I just posted about me having trouble with Depo shot under mrs. Thomas but anybody want to comment on my post feel free go to Mrs Thomas 30

      I would like to hear other people's stories about being on a Depo shot

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      Mrs. Thomas 

      10 months ago

      Hi I've been on the Depo shot almost 12 years now I am getting ready turn 30 years old in week and a half and I noticed my body is changing I'm starting to have hot flashes and me and my fiance been together for 2 years and I don't have no sex drive :( . Me and my fiance been having trouble in the bedroom I want to make love to him but the problem is I just don't have the drive for it

      I am always feeling tired , my back is always hurting , I just don't feel as good as I should at my age

      My fiance is starting to worried about me because I'm starting to feel tired all the time and no energy and the hot flashes won't stop it's getting worser . My fiance been wanting me to get off the Depo shot because of my health but I don't know what to do and I don't know what other kind of birth control is out there to try

      I notice sometimes I do get very moody definitely when I getting hot flashes I just want to be left alone

      I'm very fortunate to have a good man in my life to put up with things I'm going through and I thank god every day for bringing my fiance into my life

      I just want to start feeling better and be able to do more with my fiance

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      Rayne 

      11 months ago

      This is just the post I needed to read today! I went onto the DP around March 2010. I got shot religiously and did not miss one in seven years. My last shot was May 2017 and today is 17th Jan 2018. I got my period on the 13th Jan 2018. I am 24 years old and I was originally put onto the DP because of very heavy periods resulting in me missing school.

      These are my findings:

      - Immediate decrease in sex drive. I have been with my current boyfriend for five years and the poor man was under the impression he was doomed to a life with someone with no sex drive. As I said, my final shot was in May 2017 and my sex drive came back in Jan 2018 - with full force! One thing that is clear is I was inj free for 7 months before that part came back.

      - Moodiness/Depressions. I don't like to throw the words depression and anxiety around but I feel like a new person since going off! I have always suffered with mild forms of both and since late 2017/2018 I am just happier, more social, better moods! I notice a lot of ladies report the same thing and a lot say it is rubbish. I definitely fell into the first half.

      - I don't think weight gain was a part of it but I did gain 12kg within two years of going onto the DP. This however could be down to the fact that I left school and I was very underweight to begin with.

      - I cannot remember exactly but I think my periods stopped fully after about 6 months (2 shots). Then they stopped completely. No spotting or anything. I LOVED THIS as this is the reason that I went onto it in the first place.

      Overall I would recommend the injection to any young lady dealing with severe period stress as I was.

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      Brianna 

      11 months ago

      I started the depo shot august 2017. when I 1st started I was very moody and got angry a lot more than usual. My emotions were on an all time high, like I was on an emotional rollercoaster or something. I was very tired but I couldn't tell if that was because of the shot or if it was because I had just started an overnight job with a 1yr old at home or a combination of both. I definitely gain weight, maybe about 15-20lbs within my 1st 3 months. I felt so bad. I went about 8 -10 weeks without bleeding no period I thought great but then when it was around the time to get my 2nd shot I spotted for about 3 weeks. Never went back to get my 2nd shot for 1 because of those mood swings and I didn't like the fact that I was spotting for 3 weeks. A month after when I was supposed to get 2nd shot I had unprotected sex no worries still no baby! which is a blessing to certain extent. Now I am experiencing back to back bleeding. Had light period/spotting for 8 days went off for 5 then spotted another 8 days or so. My breast stay sore, and my stomach stays bloated. I was supposed to get a period jan 12th and still nothing yet. Never was told about the complications I could experience about having a child after the depo but hey I was informed about all the complications that could occur after it either

      I look at it as everybody is different nd is going to react different to it but after 27 yrs of no birth control then I finally try it and get hit like this im ok I wouldn't recommend it but I kno others thst would

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      zuleyma1020510 

      11 months ago

      I was on the depo for 4 years. I never had ANY side effects. I did not experience weight gain and I did stop having my period for all 4 years ( which I loved). I recently came off about 2 months ago for a few reasons, first, because of the bone density loss I have heard it can cause, second , I heard its hard to get pregnant after being on the depo for so long, and third, I wanted to give my body a break from the hormones. Even though I am not planning to get pregnant soon, I do not want to have any issues later on. I am back to having a period and have not experienced any other symptoms. Personally I loved the depo. I hope I do not have any long term issues in the future since I was on it for a long time. I am 25 yrs old and I live a very active lifestyle and eat very healthy . I workout about 5x a week so maybe this helped with some of the bad symptoms I've heard of people having? Although its still too early to tell if I will have any long term issues. Best of luck to everyone experiencing negative side effects!!

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      Megan 

      11 months ago

      I was on Depo for 8 years, I was never advised that I shouldnt have taken it for longer than 2 years. I started taking Depo because I had really heavy periods, the Depo stopped my periods altogether, which was great. But I gained over 15kgs while on it that I am struggling to lose. I have had hip pain for the past few years that occur roughly every 3 months. I stopped taking Depo when I read about the bone density decrease and figured that was probably the cause of my hip pain. I havn't had Depo in just over a year, my period has not returned, I get really gross night sweats and headaches that last for a week every month along with terrible breast tenderness. My body is physically tired all the time. I wouldn't recommend Depo to anybody. Why do doctors not warn of the side effects like this?

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      Beedee 

      11 months ago

      As i read more, it saddens me that infertility and miscarriage is a horrible side effect of the depo. I was on it for 9 months, made me have suicidal thoughts. Never had a period while on it and once they came back it was every 45 to 60 days. Got pregnant and had a miscarriage dec, 12 2017! I have a health almost 2 year old. Im a health person and no complications. I blame the depo and wouldnt recommend it to anyone.

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      Kedia Laidlaw 

      11 months ago

      I've gotten my second shot last Friday,because I'm in a new relationship and not using protection. I have two children already and not considering any st the moment, but the depo made me gain lots of weight I don't think I'll go for a next shot tho. After reading about the side effects I'm having second thoughts.

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      Torihelen90 

      11 months ago

      Hey ladies I’m

      So glad I’ve found this site ! I am at my wits end ! I was on depo for 9 months I didn’t go for my 4th shot in Feb I had a period all through April and then had nothing from May until September ! But since sepetember I have had constant spotting and bleeding and discharge every day is different ! Brown discharge to light brink red blood to dark brown blood I also have constant pelvic pain lower back pain and achey dull pains in my legs and thighs ! I’m

      Going for a scan next week to rule out cervical cancer I’m

      So worried I’m

      Only 27 xxx

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      Kay 

      11 months ago

      I was on the depo for almost 3 years, originally got on it because I was bleeding for months and the pill wasn’t working. Never was I told all these awful long term side affects. I started out barely pushing 100 pounds size 0 jeans. Now I’m 135 in a size 5. I’m 18 now and married. We’re both wanting to start trying to have a baby. I stopped the depo shot November 28th and the symptoms have gotten worse, I’ve never had any problems with sore boobs or bloating until about a week ago. I started spotting along with sore boobs and bloating, also cold like symptoms. I feel awful!!! Thought I was pregnant, but tested negative. I have plenty of time to have a kid, just don’t like what’s going on with my body!

      This was very helpful for me, wish I would have done more research before starting the shot!

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      Sharleen 

      11 months ago

      I was on the Depo shot for 4.5 years and took my last shot at the age of 24, January 2017 was the last injection I had. I have had nothing but problems ever since. I got my period within 6-8 weeks after my shot was supposed to be due (March 2017) and I’ve had a normal period ever since (great), however, the side effects have been awful and have since, not gone away. I’ve been dealing with vertigo ever since October 2015 and I’ve visited many, many doctors and finally a neurologist recommended I stop taking the shot. My vertigo cleared up for roughly 6 months, then started up again. I’ve read many reviews on women dealing with the same issues I’ve been having. I’m 25, childless, and have been in a relationship for the last 6 years. I should be thriving and I’m not. I’m bed ridden a lot, I can’t get out and work out anymore, I can’t do a lot of the things I used to do because the vertigo has ruined my life. This shot, ruined my life. I don’t know if I’ll ever get pregnant, but at 25, I shouldn’t be like this.

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      Abbie 

      11 months ago

      I went on Depp at about 16 and half, got off it at 18 because my partner and me wanted that so I could try for kids in 12 months +time.

      I'm now turning 23 and still no periods, no baby's and not happy!

      Doctors claim depo has nothing to do with this. And are saying stuff like pre menopause, inferlirlity and ovarian failure.

      But can't give me a cause for it.......

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      CJ 

      11 months ago

      I came off the depo a week ago after having 3 of the injections, i feel awful my stomach hurts like a constant dull ache could possibly just be a bug but my back is so sore all over ive had some mild spotting and im getting acne which ive not really had before hate the depo!

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      Dani 

      12 months ago

      I've been on depo a good 6 years now and am only now starting to experience some listed symptoms like acne and back pain. Nothing else, no hair loss, headaches, mood shifts or breast tenderness tho my stomach is giving me issues which could be my shitty chef skills or painful stomach cramps. My family doctor wants me to switch to a few weeks off it until I regain a period so I don't go into a full pre-menopause and some bullshit like I need the health benefits of a period on my immune system. I'm kinda naive do I'm not sure if I should believe him. I'm looking at other methods birth control methods so I can take a break from depo and hopefully not have as difficult as time conceiving when the time comes. My go to idea is the IUD bt I'm a bit scared as it needs a surgery to put it in, and with my boyfriend's big dick bumping my cervix a good percent of the time, and a piece of the IUD sticking out, will it hurt either of us?

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      Sierra 

      12 months ago

      So, I had my first depo shot February of 2017 it was suppose to expire in may of 2017 it is now december and I have not spotted or had a period since before I had my first depo shot in February I did have tender breasts and back pain but I've always had back pain so I don't think it's from the depo shot. I'm just wondering how long after taking the shot does it take to have a period? Should I be worried about anything?

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      Aby 

      12 months ago

      I just want to say that I'm sorry... I hate hearing these stories about how horrible the depo was to yall.... I've been on the depo for 2 years.... I was supposed to get my last injection in October or November of 2017 and didn't in order to start coming off if it. I want to tell you ladies that the depo did wonders for me! I did have a 3 week period at first, but that could have been because I had also just had an abortion (not my choice) a week before starting the shot. After that I haven't had a period since! I have a little acne, but it only flares up if I get extremely stressed. I did gain weight but that was a combo of gallstones and the depo. After having the gall bladder out I did lose 30lbs! I hope that someone does see this and doesn't get scared from all of the negative posts! I did enjoy the depo and will end up back on it in a few years probably, after having my 1st! But I did get off in order to regulate my periods now (or as soon as I can) so that my fiance and I can start trying to get pregnant in about 2 years!

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      Lisa 

      12 months ago

      I've been on the depo for 2 and a half years and have recently come off it. My periods didnt stop and would sometimes last for over a month, Everytime i saw my gp i was told this was normal for some people. I have been on a period for the last 3 1/2 months! I wouldn't recommend anyone going on the depo, I gained weight despite healthy eating and exercise, i became very anxious, nauseous and bad headaches I also got acne for the first time in my life. And after coming off the injection i have been poorly ever since. GPs and nurses should provide you with more information on the side effects and long term effects it has on your health and fertility.

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      Nelly 

      13 months ago

      i had one depo shot in august 2017 and by far i felt so bad,,,i was due to go back on the 25th oct and since did not go,,,no period yet ,,cramping in legs tummy and i feel bloated and very fat ,,,nurse suggested Nordette,,,im going to give it a shot i help this helps me

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      Hailey 

      13 months ago

      I got may last shot 4-5 months ago. I am already having periods again, more often than normal actually. Every two weeks it so far. And they are WAY heavier than they ever were before I used it. I got the first one exactly three months after my last shot.

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      Anonymous 

      13 months ago

      I am never taking the Depo shot I’m 19 yrs old I got my first shot in August 2017 and I was supposed to get my 2nd shot on November 7 but no way am I going back the side affects where so bad I gain a lot of weight to I had no period but I would spot everyday for 2 months and I was scared tbh I just feel like my body couldn’t handle it and I’m not taking it again no matter what

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      blaqgyrl 

      13 months ago

      I been on and off depo for the last 16 years. I got off of it Oct 2014. I got pregnant April 2016. Had a family crisis June 2016 and no longer was pregnant. Got depo shot again in June 2016 All the way till Mar 2017. Didn't go back June 2017. Sine then got my period Oct 22-29 And done gained 15 pounds 10 in my breast. Had a reduction In sept 2013 down to a C cup, Now back to a 34 DDD. Help will I ever get back to normal. I want another reduction...

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      Mimi210 

      13 months ago

      I started my depo April 2017. I was fine the first three weeks but after that I started having panic attack and paranoia. When it was time for my second dose I decide to go through with again. I thought maybe my body needed time to get adjusted to it. But the second time was worse I had thoughts of suicide and I never wanted to leave my room. I was due for my third shot in October but didn’t go back because I couldn’t take it anymore. But now I feel bad again, my legs and breast ache. I’m crying I feel detached and depressed. Since I wasn’t on depo for very long will the symptoms subside sooner, or will I like others have them for years? Helppp

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      Mimi210 

      13 months ago

      cat lady, I’m having aches in my legs as well. I thought it was from the weather change but I am only 23 so I’m not too sure if that’s it ha. I was due for the shot on the 13 but did not go back because the symptoms were intense.

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      CatLady 

      13 months ago

      I had my last shot on the 5th of Sept after being on it for nearly 6 years (3years over the recommended time) and now pretty much every day my body aches like I've got a constant cold coming, hot flushes too and it makes me feel awful everyday, also my legs ache a lot too. Has anyone else had these symptoms of coming off the depo shot too?

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      Mahogany 

      14 months ago

      Im 20 years old on my 2nd injection. I started my Depo shot June 2017.

      For those first 2 months didnt much change, i started my period on the exact same day each month it was much lighter than normal and lasted about 7 days, no mood swings no weight gain(which i want) and no noticable side effects.

      I got my 2nd (and last) shot on september 6th 2016. For some reason the second shot was more painful. Now i am experiencing almost all the minor side effects listed. I havent gotten one yet at all no spotting nothing. Though I have had mild cramps. I am also experiencing back-aching, nausea, break outs, mood swings, nervousness and decreased sex drive which is ok because my bf is in the navy so i dont see him again until november. We thought i was pregnant because my side effects and i am feeling much different than my first shot and they did not test me before giving me the second shot like they are suppose to, but i took a test it was negative.

      I decided to stop because I dont want to risk bone density or have too much trouble getting pregnant wen i am ready and my bf does want a baby he's been wanting one but i wasnt ready and i was hoping to gain weight and so far i have gained a little so i may be ready by the end of this depo period.

      Now i am hoping i can get pregnant and my period comes back normal and it doesnt take 2 years since i only got 2 shots. Everyones story is soii different and it really effects people in its own way. Pay attention to your body and take notes. The mood swings are the worst and can be a get out of jail free pass cause i been really moody towards my boyfriend. This article help alot. Thank you

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