Kirsten started using Depo-Provera in her mid-20s and experienced prolonged aftereffects when she stopped ten years later.
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).
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.
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:
- Hot flashes
- Decreased interest in sex
- Hair loss
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 discussion 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!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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Jane Doe on August 25, 2020:
Please read this before, during or after your experience with the depo shot, because you are not alone. And up until about an hour ago, I thought I was insane and alone.
First, thank you all for your comments. I have found comfort in knowing now that I am not alone.
I started the depo shot June 2019 and initially I started noticing a little drop in my moods. But I am diagnosed with Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, BPD and PTSD so I just thought maybe I was having a bad week or something. Then that week turned into months, and now here I am a year later. I went from being completely stable and happy and organized, taking one pill a day for mood stabilization, to now being a total and complete shell of a human being that daydreams about dying to escape it. I cry every day just about. I cry myself to sleep and when I say cry I mean GUT WRENCHING SOBS with desperate feelings of not being able to do it anymore. My finances are a wreck. My ability to work is almost zero. I can't find joy in anything for more than moments at a time. I spent my life building a family, learning coping skills, developing my own sense of spirituality, learning who I was and overcoming severe childhood and adult trauma. Now I can't even shower without threatening myself. I can't pick out what to wear without melting down. I can't handle holding a conversation with anyone. I push everyone away coldly.I can't remember what happened or when it happened in the last year because its all a fucking blur that runs together like someone poured water down a wet painting. I am on the verge of losing everything and everyone that matters to me. If I didn't have this burning desire to care for my children and provide for them, I would have already killed myself. But I know I am responsible for them, I know they need me to keep pushing through it, and I know they would be devastated to lose me. At least for now. Every day that knowledge becomes debatable more and more. Every day I reason out how I could provide for them without continuing to live. I get so desperate to not be in agony and feel these mood swings and irritability and instability any more. I literally feel like I cannot bear another hour of it.
This is not who I am. Despite everything I have always been a people-loving, optimistic, hopeful, kind and deeply loving person. Now I just daydream about running away from everyone, I feel hopeless, LET ME REPEAT, I FEEL COMPLETELY HOPELESS. I can't even reach out and tell my loved ones how I am feeling because SURPRISE- I NOW DISASSOCIATE. I now get repulsed by hugs and signs of affection from my own family members, it literally sometimes makes my skin crawl. I find it like pulling teeth with tweezers to be able to just say "I love you" or "I care" or even to just speak to them. I think the whole world is shit now. I feel like there is literally nothing but misery. OH, and I can't get good sleep. I now wake up anxious every 30 mins to 2 hours. I am having racing thoughts half the time and slow depressed thoughts the other half. There is maybe one to four hours in a week total that I could say that I feel somewhat border-lining normal, and that's accumulating moments here and there where I remember to stimulate my vagus nerve or meditate and it actually helps in that moment, or when I lay my head on my boyfriend's chest and can hear his heartbeat for a moment over my own screaming thoughts. OR when my kids draw me a note or something and it actually penetrates through my mental Berlin Wall.
And all of this, it came only after I started the depo shot.
As of June 2020, my shot is done. I had the last injection in April. And I honestly thought I would start feeling better. But here is something I wasn't prepared for-- I feel about one million times worse. I feel like I am coming out of some dark coma I've been in and my emotional roller coaster ride just got dialed up by about one million percent. I finally researched that it takes time for this nasty, vile poison to work it's way out of your system. As of about an hour ago, I have finally begun to bleed for the first time in almost a year. I am cramping like a bitch, I am nauseated, my breasts are throbbing with tenderness and pain, and my moodiness is severe tonight. But I actually am feeling a shred of hope that it is the beginning of it working it's way out of my body.
I'm sorry this got so lengthy, but like, I had to share this with someone that could understand. And yes, I am seeing a therapist and I have a psychiatrist. Can I tell them just how bad it is? Nope. Because I have a family to support and cannot afford to even miss one day of work to be hospitalized, among other reasons that would cost me what is left of my life. I don't need anyone to tell me the suicide hotline or anything like that, I know the number. I know self coping skills, I'm armed with over ten years of therapy and psychiatric help. The problem is that I have literal poison in my blood stream and I have to wait on it to bleed out. Sounds dramatic right? Did you know that in some places the depo shot is used as a form of chemical castration for pedophiles and sex offenders? I learned that too just recently. It's fucking poison.
And no, not a single doctor warned me of any of these side effects or that women with mental health issues were far more likely to have these complications.
Oh! I almost forgot...I've gained weight. (THE LEAST OF MY PROBLEMS BUT DEFINITELY DOESN'T MAKE ME ANY HAPPIER.) I have bone density loss...my teeth suddenly became like swiss cheese despite my diligent oral care. I've now had to have three teeth pulled and I've got at least 6 more fillings needed and I have had more than ten fillings in the last 10 months. My dentist told me that it was the depo shot and that I would lose all of my teeth if I didn't get off the shot. He said he couldn't fill them fast enough.
I'm going to try and wrap this up, so if you made it this far, thank you. And I hope it helps you to know that you aren't crazy and that this isn't your fault.
To sum things up, I just want to be me again. As I write this I am sobbing, I feel like if I can make it another day maybe tomorrow will be better. That's the first time I have felt palpable hope in months. All because I think my period is starting and I won't be stuck like this possibly forever. If you're out there and you're reading this because you are researching whether or not you should get this shot, for the love of yourself and anything you hold dear, including but not limited to your own personal sanity and identity, DO NOT DO IT. IT IS NOT WORTH THE RISK.
And like, if I don't make it through this, I hope someone in my life can sue the ever loving hell out of the depo company and cause it to be banned for the safety of all of us that were thrown to the wolves all for the sake of preventing pregnancy or regulating periods or treating a medical issue. Like I said, tonight I am clinging to my shred of hope. And if you are going through this with me, I implore you to find your shred of hope too. And I pray to every god imaginable that we make it through this and return to who we were before we were given this toxic shit. I pray that we can find happiness and peace again. I pray that we can enjoy things again, or feel stable, or sleep through the night, or feel peaceful inside again. For what it's worth, I'm rooting for you all and my heart breaks for each of you, but again, thank you for sharing with me that I am not alone.
At least not for now.
Alexis Combs on August 22, 2020:
I’ve been off depo since November of last year, no period, no chance of pregnancy, nothing. I was told by a “dr” ( don’t know how to describe their degree) said that she was in depo and it caused her endometriosis and pcos. Don’t get me wrong no period is awesome but having a period means you can get pregnant and I kinda want too. I took the shot for 3 years exactly. I’m very concerned about the coming off side effects. Ladies be careful getting this shot.
Deborah on August 22, 2020:
Yes lots of foot pain
cherish nicole on August 14, 2020:
i had my last shot of depo in november of 2019 it is now august 2020 and i have been on my period since april 1st it’s like a normal period except it doesn’t stop. i don’t know what to do i really want to try for a baby but nothing has happened. it is very upsetting and frustrating. mind you i did not want to be on birth control my grandparents forced me to go on it after my mother died. i was on it for about 2 years. is their anything i can do or is their at least hope ?
Anon on July 28, 2020:
I’ve been off the shot since Dec 2019. didn’t have many symptoms at first, but then started to notice I was gaining weight. which I didn’t mind - but then I started getting these weird acne things by my lip & I never have acne. turned out to be cystic acne, nasty. was told it’s a “rare side effect” coming off. that was an intense amount of pain, lips swollen for 3 weeks, about 4 total around my mouth - super embarrassing. been spotting off and on for months. not intentionally trying to get pregnant but scary it can take up to 2 years..
Rachael121 on July 26, 2020:
Hi ladies, I had my last depo shot just over a year ago. I have only had one period in that time... I believe it was about 2 and a half months ago. Nothing since, not even spotting. Do you think it is still possible to get pregnant under these circumstances or do I need to wait for my period to full on return whenever that may be! :(
Markita on July 26, 2020:
I been on the depo shot since I had my son November 2015 I haven't had a period since I had been on it. I last took the shot February 2020 & decided to not take the shot in May I have been feeling sick since nauseaus throwing up dizziness and weak. I went to emergency room in June because I started feeling worst they ran all kinds of tests on me and told me that my potassium was very low. Now it's July and I'm still feeling nauseated and sick I took a pregnancy test and one is positive and one it's negative. I don't know what's going on.
Alice springs90 on July 20, 2020:
Tara how are you feeling now i had my depo shot on January 2020 but im feeling a pit better now it July 21 im just started my period last Wednesday it started light now it come and gone
Tara on July 20, 2020:
I've just now at 2 month OFF the depo and am bleeding quite heavily for 2 days now with severe cramping, some nausea, and occasional dizziness. I stopped using the depo shot (my first injection was November 2019) in May 2020 due to the bloating, extreme moodswings, bouts of depression, back pain, headaches, and -most of all- the way it intensified my already socially crippling anxiety. I had unprovoked panic attacks at least twice a week and 4 times at most. The nurse wanted to switch me to another form of birth control but I decided to just get off birth comtrol all together. I had the Mirena IUD in July (one month after a miscarriage) and bled for 2 months straight quite heavily. Due to severe abdominal pains that interrupted my ability to function, I switched to the shot and proceeded to bleed for another month before my period stopped entirely. What I have now started with spotting but got heavy within 24 hours. It seems like a regular period despite being very very painful. I've experienced weight gain (probably from increased appetite) and more bouts of depression. The panic attacks atleast are far and few between but the anxiety itself is back to what I have managed for over a decade now. The moodswings are still bad (my poor fiancee, he has went through the ringer) but not nearly as bad as on the shot. I literally wanted to pull my hair out and felt like my emotions were launching in all directions. I felt crazy. The way I had with my 2 pregnancies. I am still very bloated and have hot flashes. I habe also tried the pills, years before this, and have concluded that my body just isn't compatible with birth control. Oh, and I NEVER had acne in my life until I started the shot. My skin and hair was dull and lifeless and thin. My hair has thickened some since stopping and my skin looks a little better but it still feels as if I am recovering from the shot. Because it messed up my body so bad, it definitely feels like I am going through a "recovery" hormonally, physically, and mentally.
Happiness M on July 18, 2020:
I started using depo In Feb and i want to get off it now, but i am scared on what major severe transformation to expect on my body , because already i am experiencing alot of discomfort on my body, I have pains on my legs, my apitite is on another level,i lost more weight, like i experience different things on my body and i am already scared about when i leave it completely what's gonna happen on my body.
Coleen on July 18, 2020:
Can someone please tell me how long does it take for a hot and cold sweaty feet and hot flashes to go away i can't take it anymore
Maria Lazaro on July 16, 2020:
When i first got in depo shot I was spotting for almost 3 months straight now I’m bleeding heavy is it normal i dont know if it my normal period or not but I’m nervous and paranoid
Katelynn on July 07, 2020:
I’ve been off the shot for about a week now. It’s almost like I have more feeling down in my lower abdomen now, but I’ve had awful cramping and I’m almost scared that I’ll have really bad breakthrough bleeding.
Edna on June 27, 2020:
Ive been on my period 20 days in a row ive been off the shot 3 months now but im on my period most of the month has anyone experienced this?
Lisa on June 25, 2020:
Just curious if anyone has experienced foot pain after starting depo shots?
Antiginee on June 10, 2020:
I was on depo for almost a year (2018) due to 3 yrs after the birth of my twins I started to experience painful menstrual cycles. I was diagnosed with fibroids almost 6 yrs later
Kailee on June 06, 2020:
I have been on birth control (injections) since I was 20 years old and turn 21 this week, I just stopped the birth control 4 days ago and I have been feeling super uncomfortable. my back has major pains even just laying down or sitting regularly hurts so bad! and my mood swings are crazy I'm just always so grouchy! I don't know what's going on, and I wonder its from coming off of this birth control. this pain is unbearable and so discomforting. is this normal? I can't be the only one.
Mackenzie on May 18, 2020:
I am 15 i just stopped deppo shot last year and i am miserable i have very bad headaches i have had my period for a month i feel so gross and nasty i just hate it and my doctor wont answer
Phoebe Kelly on April 18, 2020:
I started the Depo as my first birth control, I was by my doctor that I shouldn’t have gone on the pill because of my family history of blood clotting. She than soon gave me the option for depo and I took the chance without understanding what it was going to do. I had about 2 injections taken every 3 months as directed on time, I never had my period whilst being on the injection as it’s now becoming more concerning. I than started the injection again after 5 months without it, I felt better being on the injection with my moods and felt more responsive to life. After getting the other injection several months later I have not had another appointment since and it’s been 5 months past my due date and still haven’t had my period. All together it’s been a year and a half since I haven’t had my period being on and off the depo injection. I seen my doctor about it and she got me straight through with an ultrasound and haven’t had any results, so in that case I thought everything was fine. But it’s been several months later since I had the ultrasound and my side effects are getting worse, as I’ve noticed I’m starting to put on the weight I had before starting my injection, I feel extremely drained and lack motivation with getting awful cramps here and there. What should my next step be to do as not having my period is really concerning me being at a young age.
Heart on April 18, 2020:
Hi all I was on deposit from ages 14 to 20 stopped it and got pregnant with my only child the 4th month after last shot then after giving birth in 2007 went back on shot before left hospital and am still currently on it today 2020 but when I did stop it the first time to have my daughter I bleed heavy non stop the entire time even after pregnant I had to periods the first two months and all 11 of the pregnancy tests I took care back negative.......all 11 tests....by the time I found out I was pregnant I was 3 months along and almost hospitalized for malnutrition because at 3rd month the entire month I could not stop vomiting it was a nightmare but well as I said I am currently still on depo now after I had my kid 2007 but want to stop taking it but am afraid
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Bubbles on March 13, 2020:
I haven’t stop bleeding when I have came off it it’s almost been a moth
Christine on February 17, 2020:
On a positive note ladies, I tried after getting off of the depo and it literally took me almost 10 years after stopping and I had an unexpected but beautiful baby girl :) Keep hope for those trying
Jade on February 04, 2020:
Used the depo for 15 years off it now iam 50 what can i expect
Oniashka on January 04, 2020:
Hello i have a question it been a month i been off the depo shot and my body feels really weird ..for example if i lay on my stomach it will hurt i been feeling dizzy and if my mouth vet watery i feel like ima throw up my nipples they hurt some times i gain alot of weight i been cramping but the cramos come and go like i dont cramp everyday amd the pain its not thestrong i dont know if im pregnant i dont know what todo
CB on December 12, 2019:
I was on Depo for 15 years (age 15 to 30). I don't want children but decided to stop back in April to see if it would help alleviate feelings of depression, anxiety and facial excema. My period returned in July (3-4 months after stopping) and seems normal (I have always had a relatively heavy period) other than skipping once, giving us a pregnancy scare and my last period started with a full day of very very painful cramps.
What really concerns me is the weight gain. To give you an idea, I am a dietitian by trade and a recreational runner. I have been ramping UP my running mileage because I am training for some races and gaining weight at the same time, somehow. I've gained 10 lbs, all the while increasing my physical activity substantially...
SamJ on November 12, 2019:
I was on the Depo injections for 1.5 years.
I had my last shot just under 4 years ago.
We have been trying dor a baby for 3 and a half years with still no sucess. I have read so many storied about people witht he same difficulties after being on this.
I really would avoid this and use an alternative, even if you currently have no plans for a baby at the moment. You never know what the future holds and when you may decide to start a family. Dont let the depo effect you like it has myself and many others.
Anonomyous on September 21, 2019:
Do people actually reply to these coments?
Lindsey on August 12, 2019:
So I was on Depo for 2 years. My last shot was due July 11, 2019. I didn’t get my shot and decided to get off of depo because I would have a period for 2 months and 1 month I wouldn’t have a period. I know some women it takes 4 months up to a year to get pregnant and some women get pregnant right away. I had unprotected sex on July 24th 2019. I know some women get after affects after stopping Depo. Lately I’ve been extremely emotional and crazy. I get nauseous sometimes. My boobs feel really sore at times, I assumed it was the after affect of depo. Until exactly 14 days after I had unprotected sex, I experience very tiny amount of spotting. Just enough like when you wipe with toilet paper. The next day my discharge went back normal which is white/clear. I got small cramps. It seemed like implantation bleeding. I took a test or came out negative. It’s been about 20 days. Is it possible I could I be pregnant??
Julia on July 16, 2019:
Hi, av been on depo for a year now, I decided to stop using it and had my period the following month but the flow was very little, av been having unprotected sex after my period. Can I get pregnant? Please help me
Dianne on May 30, 2019:
Hello, thought I would share my story for women in the same boat, coming off Depo in the hopes they will be able to get pregnant in the future. I was on the shot consistently for almost 10 years- my entire 20's. Now that I am in a serious relationship I started thinking about the next few years and starting a family. My OB-GYN had told me that you must be off the the shot for TWO years in order for them to be able to determine if you may have fertility issues or if your inability to become pregnant was a result of the lasting effects of Depo. So I thought "get off now, then in two years if you are ready for a baby you won't have to wait a potential of another two years." I also heard horror stories of women becoming infertile so I was very worried. WELL let me tell you, my last shot was October 2018 which as you all know lasts for 3 months (December 2018). I got pregnant about ONE month later. Unfortunately, my body was not able to support the pregnancy and I miscarried. I believe this to be from the effects of Depo thinning the lining of the uterus. I now plan on getting on a pill form of birth control and getting my period regulated and hopefully on a good cycle so I'm ready when the timing is right. I loved the Depo shot when I was on it; no periods for me was a big bonus. I will say that my breasts definitely got smaller when I was on the Depo (hormonal side effect maybe). If you are worried about weight gain please understand that its attributed to the increase in appetite, you will not gain weight unless you change your eating habits! This is clearly defined in the side effects of the drug. Best of luck for whatever path you are on.
Frances on May 02, 2019:
I was in depo for about a year of end of April 2018 because I didn’t get my period due to stress and my period always been wired seen I was young so that’s normal to me. While I was on depo I had some what side effects but it wasn’t bad when I got my 4th shot of feb 2, 2019 two weeks was fine till I Experiencing major side effects!!! That I didn’t know what was going on till I was talking my tias n cousin that was on brith control even women I didn’t knew luckly I got some answers they all told me everything will be ok it’s take about 2-3 months for some side effects to wear off . For maybe 1 half months or 2 going I was in deep Depression and anxiety n crying everyday, getting crazy thoughts that were very very sacred for me , panic attack, hot flashes, I never in my life experience this before. I been helping my self out eating healthy n Exercise more. To get my hormones back even my period I’m praying everyday to get my energy tbh I better much better then I was before I still have it but I lm getting better then ever please don’t get the shot .and don’t get on Medication it’s will be 10x worse . Do things Naturally to help your body and you trust me it’s worth it. I prayed for every women that going though this god bless each and one of you . You got this lady’s
Nay on April 20, 2019:
I was on Depo for one shot, stopped due to it making me super emotional. The past year has been hell, and Depo is the only constant. The first 6 months, no regular period, moody, very very sore breast, and freezing cold at all time. I’m past a year not and still am cold, tired, bloated, weight gain, depression/anxiety. I’ve gone to my doctor multiple times and did not think to get my hormone tested, I believe in have an estrogen balance from my body trying to balance itself out after Depo. Ladies think deeply before you do Depo.
Laura on March 12, 2019:
2nd time on Depo for 3 years after baby was born... suddenly realize I am loosing hair, lactating (way after breastfeeding) gaining weight slowly creeping. I came off the shot about 4 months ago. Body is trying to find a new normal... not sure it will happen as I am now 42 and have to deal with other body changes as well. Wish I can detox out of it quicker!!!
Bibi on February 17, 2019:
I was on depo for 7 years. Have been off it for about 18 months. No period yet, one or two days of spotting. For the last two months ive been having bad cramps, lower back pain, thigh pain. So bad that i went for another shot a few days ago hoping it would help. Nope, still cramping. Living on painkillers. Im 43 and feel like my body is much older. Anxiety, weight gain the cramps.
leena Horne on January 28, 2019:
I have my first shot November last year and I never had a period since , it had me so worried I took a pregnancy test but it came back negative , I came off the shot and I feel so normal I just want my period back
Sabrina Perez on January 19, 2019:
Hi I have taken the Depo Shot I time and I feel bad I had 2 anxiety attacks and now I feel very nervous like I don't wanna do anything now my next due date is Feb 1st 2019 and now reading these articles I don't wanna take anymore but I'm really scared of how long my side effects are gonna be and if I'm still gonna have these effects I have now but please I need answers I'm really scared I don't know what to do
Tricia on January 15, 2019:
I have been on depo for 9 years came off it 6 monyhs ago had 2 regular periods then none and now bleeding with six weeks is this normal after stopping depo
Emma on January 13, 2019:
I had one Deposit shot in May 2018 and my periods stopped completely. I never had spotting or bleeding of any kind until I got my 1st period in November that lasted 7 days!(normally 5) then 9 days after bled for 5 more days!!! Since my period has returned I've been trying to concieve. It's time for my period and was three days late and bleeding too lightly to be a normal period. Definitely a rollercoaster.
Timeka Mason on January 10, 2019:
Depo destroyed my health. Its been years since I had a shot. Eight to be exact. I have been suffering, hair lose dryness hormones off balance. The worse case of achne without a cure. I wouldn't recommend no one to ever get it. Ladys if its not to late. Dont get it
Laura on January 04, 2019:
I was on Depo for 12 years an had my last shot in May. I’ve had all the symptoms that have been mentioned- bad skin, sore boobs, mood swings etc. Started taking Agnus castus about a mo th ago and periods have just returned, not sure if it was a coincidence? But am pleased they’ve returned after being on the Depo for so long. Just have to wait it out now an see what happens.?
Felisha on December 17, 2018:
I did depo when i was 16 an got off around when i was 18 to let it wear out of my system it took 2 years to fully get out my system i finally was pregnant with my first daughter at the age of 20 an after that was pregnant again woth my second daughter at 21 which i thank god for my kids im now 24 i went back on depo to not worry about kids so soon but im feeling so sick vomminting headaches an my stomach is so crampy anyone else experince this?
Anna on November 26, 2018:
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
Amelani on November 15, 2018:
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
Marielisa on October 26, 2018:
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.
Mandy on October 18, 2018:
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 :(
Jay on October 18, 2018:
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.
Lindsey on October 09, 2018:
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
Jenethawilliams on September 25, 2018:
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
Crybabe86 on September 23, 2018:
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
LadyFeeBee on September 23, 2018:
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.
Mary on September 19, 2018:
Took shot 1 time and post to went bk August 24 didn’t go back now I having more on days then I needhelp
Bupe on September 19, 2018:
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.
Nthabj on September 18, 2018:
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
salinaslalis on September 15, 2018:
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?
Anonymous on September 14, 2018:
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?
Dani1234 on September 12, 2018:
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
Bluegirl2 on September 12, 2018:
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??
CDC on September 09, 2018:
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.
Lisa on September 08, 2018:
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.
Lea on August 27, 2018:
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?
Kkm on August 26, 2018:
Been off the shot for 7 years and I still cannot conceive
Courtney on August 26, 2018:
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
Kristie on August 19, 2018:
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.
kaila on August 13, 2018:
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
Lisa on August 09, 2018:
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?
Breebree93 on August 04, 2018:
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 !! ☹️
Francis Keysa on August 03, 2018:
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.
Nompilo on August 02, 2018:
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?
Rachael Lynn on July 28, 2018:
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?
Shantel on July 25, 2018:
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
Chelsea Nicole on July 25, 2018:
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
Stacy on July 23, 2018:
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 ?
Shannon on July 14, 2018:
Hey i been off depo shot for 16 months whay could happen
Sentanar b on July 11, 2018:
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
Zamin on July 11, 2018:
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?
Khana01 on July 09, 2018:
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
Keshy jah on July 09, 2018:
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
Teresa on July 08, 2018:
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.
Lexi on July 07, 2018:
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
Anonymous on June 27, 2018:
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?
1234 on June 23, 2018:
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.
Kass on June 11, 2018:
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?
Lin on June 08, 2018:
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
denise on June 06, 2018:
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???
Ashley turney on June 02, 2018:
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
Lebo on June 01, 2018:
I stopped using depo last year september and I saw my period on march this year is it possible to fall pregnant?
White on May 23, 2018:
What if I have white vaginal discharge but it has not smell and it’s not a lot
Lexi on May 15, 2018:
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.?
Amore on May 13, 2018:
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
Ysza on May 11, 2018:
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?
Prettyness on May 10, 2018:
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.
turbochick41 on May 07, 2018:
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
spanyanna mason on May 07, 2018:
i don't think depot is a good idea bc if you really wan to have kids you would have to wait .
Brandy Fields on April 21, 2018:
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
Kaos2 on April 06, 2018:
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.
Lisa on April 06, 2018:
It took me and my husband 5 years after i took the depo to conceive our son David.
Anonymous on April 05, 2018:
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.
Anonymous on April 05, 2018:
***my experience seems far different than "most" women's experiences. *** 1/1
Marie on March 29, 2018:
I've been bloating and I'm switching to the pill, is this weight gain/ severe bloating permanent or will it go away