Questions Remain about Effects of Stopping Depo-Provera

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Depo Provera injection / Photo: Ciell (cc)
By Rachel Walden |

6.21.13 update: Our colleagues at the Center for Menstrual Cycle Research recently posted Stopping Depo-Provera: Why and What To Do About Adverse Experiences, an excellent interview with endocrinologist and OBOS contributor Dr. Jerilynn Prior, who shares her advice for managing symptoms after stopping Depo.

Our 2009 post on side effects of stopping the injectable birth control Depo-Provera (depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, or DMPA) continues to generate important discussion — more than 100 women have shared their stories of adverse effects after stopping the drug.

Although a quick internet search finds many women complaining of or asking about post-Depo symptoms, there isn’t much published scientific evidence on the topic. Frustratingly, there is really not much new on the topic in the 2 1/2 years since we first posted on this. There don’t appear to be ongoing or upcoming studies on the concerns we’ve heard, either. A few studies here and there report some effects, like how long it took for menstruation to return, how long periods lasted, and how long it took to become pregnant after stopping.

Most of the existing research on women who stop using Depo-Provera seems to focus on bone mineral density. The drug comes with a “black box” warning that it may cause significant bone density losses, although research suggests that it’s possible that these losses may be made up after women stop taking the drug. The Society for Adolescent Medicine has said that “The data from all of these studies [of bone density in adolescent users] are encouraging, although it is unknown whether girls ultimately achieved the same peak bone mass as they would have in the absence of DMPA.” They also suggest that the advantages of preventing pregnancy may outweigh the risk for bone loss, but that patients should be informed of the potential for bone loss. Because of this concern, though, research on what happens when women stop using this birth control method tends to focus on understanding changes in their bone density.

Studies of “discontinuation” of birth control methods also tend to focus on the side effects of taking a drug and the reasons women stop using them, rather than what happens – aside from pregnancies – after they make that decision. It is thought that about half of women who quit Depo in order to get pregnant are able to do so by 10 months later, but that some women have longer waits before they are fertile. According to the drug label, “it is expected that 68% of women who do become pregnant may conceive within 12 months, 83% may conceive within 15 months, and 93% may conceive within 18 months from the last injection.” It also notes, though, that almost 40% of who discontinued the drug to become pregnant could not be followed up on, so they are not represented in those percentages.

What would you like to know about stopping Depo-Provera? What should researchers be examining? If you would like to share your own story of stopping Depo, please add them to the previous post.

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  1. Rachel, thanks for writing a follow-up post to your November 2009 post about the challenges women are facing coming off Depo-Provera. It was brought to my attention on re: Cycling, the blog of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research in a post last weekend :

    I write monthly for re: Cycling and am working on a series about coming off hormonal contraception and the many issues involved. Women’s comments at your original post inspired my most recent post:

    I support your call for more research into women’s experiences coming off not just Depo-Provera, but all hormonal contraceptives. We also need to do more to help women who stop using hormonal methods transition to healthy ovulatory cycles and effective, confident use of non-hormonal birth control methods.

    Laura Wershler

    • Fatima H says:

      I strongly dislike depo.
      I started it in 2003 and had my period for 6 months straight (with maybe a day or two in between without bleeding). I stayed on it for 2 years and my periods were never regular, they came and went as they pleased. I stopped. I recently tried again this year because oof the ‘new formula’. 10 x worse. I had mood swing, hot flashes, dizziness , light hesdedness and my period issue was still the same. Bled for 3 months and then it stopped as soon as it was time to get the 2nd shot. I never went and got it and so far the mood swings and hot flashes have stopped, yet my period has still not regualted. I bled for another two weeks, stopped for about 45 days, bled for a week, stopped and it came back two weeks later. I am so frustrated !

      • Brianna says:

        Mines does the same thing, ill bleed for months straight , if i have sex , it will start right back up, i got on it to regulate my cycle and to not get pregnant. But my cycle is all over the place.

      • natasha graham says:

        This should be banned.I took 4 mo ago have not stopped bleeding since. This is ridic and it just will not stop. Better off risking pregnancy than taking this stuff…shot wore off 1 no ago haven’t stopped bleeding in 124 days. What do I do?

  2. callie says:

    I have noticed Quite a few women have been experiencing the side effects of depo such as bone loss and brittle teeth. I have too its time we all get together and start a class action law suite and get this product off the market it is very dangerous and you don’t suffer the side effects until after you stop the drug. Please contact me if you too have these problems I have already contacted a lawyer about a class action. If you can be a part of it please do!!

    • Julia says:

      I have had so many problems after 10 years of taking depo provera. The doctors told me it would help with endrometrisosis! Well now I am having so much pain after stopping and heavy bleeding. And I am now 30 and haven’t been on it for 6 years! I am having to get a full hysterectomy because my body is over taken by the endrometreosis. I also am going to have to get a full top and bottom dentures because of sever bone loss in my teeth. Something needs to be done.

      • Morgan says:

        maybe Im the only one here… but Ive been on it for 10 years and its been wonderful. I never have my period. Iv only spotted a couple times, but for the most part, the ONLY time I get my period is when I am late getting my shot. sometimes I forget (Im not really sexually active). I also havent noticed any bone density loss or any other effects of brittle teeth or anything. In fact when I tried the nuvo ring, I was allergic, Im not good at remembering pills, and too many people I personally know have issues with IUD’s and getting pregnant while they are in.

        I gained about 10lbs in highschool when I got the shot but I haven’t gained any more weight since then… not from the depo anyway.

        everyone is different. some forms work wonders for some, and cause lots of issues for others. I don’t think a lawsuit is necessarily the answer. I would be helpless and stranded without options for birth control, if depo wasn’t available.

      • Morgan says:

        I play roller derby, I am active, and while I have other non related medical issues, I dont easily break bones, and my teeth are not brittle. Im trying to find forums that prove the drug is bad. my doctor wants me off of it because of the fear of bones loss and weight gain. but those two things are not an issue for me. Im pretty healthy and strong, and my weight issues were proven to be caused form being on steroids for so long because of my asthma. Im allergic to the ring, and Im nervous about IUD’s and the implanon. if depo is working for me, why should I have to stop?

      • Ritchie says:

        You’re a dumbass. Since when can they prove where fat came from? They biopsied the fat and the results said steroids?! Lmao. Idiot.

    • Nancy H says:

      I feel the same way,I had only one dose in July,been bleeding ever since,I was to go back in October to get second dose,but didn’t cause of da bleeding,An I’m still bleeding just after one dose.

      • maeg says:

        Nancy that has been my problem ! I got one dose after my 3rd was born in July didn’t get another dose and I bleed all the time this time I got a week break got it again the 10th of December its now the 30th…still bleeding .never had this problem in my life . How long does it take till my periods ate normal again ?!I can’t believe one shot of depo could do this….had I known I’d of never gotten it ! :( its been out ofy system since October but why am I still a mess

      • Christina Pichardo says:

        I feel the same…they did not warn me abt the three week bleed….im frustrated and so is the hubby

      • isabel says:

        I am the same i have been bleading for tree weeks now and i just got my second shot and the nurse and doc dont give me eany answer about my period .i hope some one can do something about dis because day dont tell us wat the resolts would be

      • Engela says:

        i got the injection in October and was due for my next injection on the 5th but not sure if its a good idea because ive had my period since i got the injection and when having sex it makes the bleeding worse. Does anyone know how i can stop the bleeding? I thought maybe going on the pill might work ,any suggestions?

      • Evelyn says:

        I also hav de same bleeding problem, I had my 1st shot in June 2014 n hav bled full 6months until December, I was never told about de side effects otherwise I wouldn’t hav taken it, on my 3rd shot in November I asked my nurse about it/bleeding n wen it shld stop n she said after this 3rd injection bt it did not. so I took yasmin(pill) for a week to stop de bleeding n it stopped right after I got my normal 2day period. bt nw I’m confused as to whether it stopped bcos it ws tym/ yasmin worked or if it stopped bcos I may b pregnant n yasmin messed up. could de active yasmin pills I took hav deactivated de depo? :-(

      • fernanda says:

        Im sorry ladies to hear this. my one is awkward story, i got my first shot on 19th August last year and every since my period stopped until now, i decided no to get the second injection, i kind missed to see my period, i know it sound a bit weird but is good to know what is happening to our body that sitting down and wondering. this drug is very dangerous and it should be banned.

    • Tammy says:

      If you are still doing the law suit, let me know. I m interested in it. I have dental problems as well as constant bleeding. I have been bleeding for about a month straight now.

      • claudine king says:

        I only had one shot and ive been bleeding everyday for 7 months now, lots of pelvic pain and pain in my thighs, my abdomen is all swollen and night sweats are horrendous, im so angry the possible long term effects were never discussed before my shot, i have Endo so all these symptoms are normal for me one week out of the month but not everyday all month! I was better off with the Endomitriosis that i was told the depo shot would improve.

    • Nicole says:

      Are you still doing this lawsuit I am interested and willing to help. The depo ruined my healthy menstrual cycle and i bleed so much i have to change my tampon every 30min-1hour or else it will seep through my underwear too. Please help.

  3. Julia says:

    I was on Depo in 1997-1999 and had no problems with it (I was 17 years old at the time of starting it). It did take almost a full year for my periods to return, and I was able to get pregnant in 2000…

    However, I went back on Depo in January 2013, not as a birth control but to help reduce (or eliminate) my periods because they were extremely heavy (and getting heavier by the month) and I was having horrible cramps. While the shot did eliminate the cramps and reduced the amount of blood I had during my periods, I have basically been on a continuous period since (it is now mid June). At first, they were 2 weeks long, with 2 weeks in between. However, in mid April I started and it was enough to wear regular tampons (the most I had since going back on the shot). That period lasted almost 5 weeks straight. I was barely off a week when I started again May 25th, and have been on it since (again today is June 18th). I was supposed to have had my 3rd injection yesterday but I am not going back on it. I am hoping that it is starting to leave my system as I have had some minor cramping the day before (I haven’t had cramps since being on the shot) and I seem to be getting heavier (not heavy, but more like a normal period). I don’t know what changed since I was 17, but I certainly didn’t get much relief going on the shot! I can see why it is such a good birth control method, because I can’t have sex (well I could, but not my cup of tea)…I don’t recommend this to anyone, all the websites I’ve read have said it can take 6-12 months for my body to go back to normal. It was never normal to begin with.

    • lauren says:

      I got 2 doses of the shot one in August of 2013 one in November of 2013 it is now January of 2015 I am still having constant discharge… Idk when it will,ever stop.I just,wish my,doctor would have told me the side effects of this drug. She gave me 0 information about it. I regret it deeply. Anyone who is considering taking this shot please do not.

    • Lena says:

      I can relate to this…I had the Depo back in 2002 – I had 3 shots of the injection. I then came off it and my periods were normal and regular, it took me a year and a half to conceive. I decided to try the Depo again – I had only one shot of the injection in March 2014 and ever since the summer of last year I have been having very heavy 2 week long periods. Very frustrating! I didn’t go back for a second shot of Depo. I don’t know wat has changed with the injection as it was very different from when I took it back in 2002. I’m now being tested for fibroids and PCS….I just want my periods to regulate. I wasn’t warned prior to having the Depo of any side effects, the doctors seem unsure of the long term effects themselves. I totally agreed, it should be banned. I’m in on the lawsuit!

      • Lena says:

        Forgot to mention – that after having a two week period I get a about a week and few days break then my period starts again. Since coming off the Depo I do feel slightly depressed and don’t have much of a sex drive. My GP advised I try specific diets to help balance my hormone levels.

  4. Sammy says:

    I started Depo in March 2009, and this last August (2013) I was to to get my shot again; but decided not to go in and get it.

    At the end of July of 2013 I had a very bad depressive episode; it was just a week before I was to get my shot in August. For a while now I have wondered if the depo shot has played with these episodes as every time I am about a week to get the shot something similar would happen- just this last one was bad- and am now finally taking that step to take care of me to see if it is.

    A Poster on the earlier article (Ashley) mentioned how she had similar symptoms as Bi-polar symptoms- I too would agree that was me.

    I even had a psychologist say that I was Bipolar2 in 2011- this while still on the shot. I had went in due to severe depression episodes, which stated in 2009 when my first shot was due. I remember the first time I was due for a shot, I just did not want to believe it was the Depo- no one else seemed to have these issues on Depo.. so it just was me right? I start to question that as I get older.

    Every 3rd month, when I was to get the shot I would have horrible mood swings and just be a mess; Which on the out side does appear to be “cycling” in a Bi-polar mood.

    However- Due to my family history with persons in my family dx’ed with Bipolar; every time I mentioned that I thought the Depo had some play in my depression and irritability and mood swings I was shrugged off and was told it was me- not Depo by doctors. Before depo- I did not cycle every 3 months, but on Depo I did- So I have to wonder how much the Depo does play with my mood swings.

    My last visit in May 2013 with my general doctor, she told me that the Depo “couldn’t” be the cause for any mood swings. And then she insisted that I get a women exam due to she was giving me hormone injections and that I could be putting her in a grey area for malpractice.

    She also wanted to put me on anti-depressants as well (which if I am bipolar would be a big no-no and she should know that being a doctor). I have refused her treatment as I don’t see her fit for the proper care in psychology; seeing she is a general doctor.

    I also totally disagree that “it couldn’t be the Depo” doing anything as I have been told over and over again when I bring it up; due to it is a hormonal injection, and hormones can play a lot with emotions and mood. but that is just my opinion.

    I find it odd that prior to receiving the Depo shot- I did not do this 3 month cycle of mood swings and how I would get while on the depo and needing to get the shot again.

    Right now it is September 2013, and it is not quite 3 months later but as of right now- I can honestly say that I do feel better off the shot right now. My Significant Other and I are paying attention, to see if on the 3rd or 4th month if I get like I did when it was shot time.

    I have also lost about 8 lbs- with just doing nothing but being me- But off the depo!

    Also if I could mention one more thing- which I do believe Depo played a part in, but I am not certain- But In 2010 I fell on the ice- I severely herniated 2 discs in my back. I had to have surgery due to they were so severe and that physical therapy would not help with getting the herniated disc back from pressing on my spine.

    That Whole Time with that ordeal- the Orthopedic Doctor and his team- Continuously said- At 24 years old; My Discs should not have done this, and there were no other issues that the could find that would contribute to what they did; “it was a mystery” why it happened.

    I will always wonder if the Depo Shot helped with making my discs more prone to being damaged; and now I have chunks missing out of two of them that may give me issues when I am older. No doubt the falling on the Ice was an impact- but at the same time I just have to wonder.

    I would had been a year or so into the Depo when this all happened.

    I just have to wonder some times… How much does this Depo shot play with these certain things; and I wish I did know more about the Depo. My First shots were in a Family Clinic that was for Low-Funded individuals. Absolutely nothing was told to me about the side effects; which is even more of an upsetting after I read some of them after I had been taking the shot for a while.

    Deep down in my gut- I think the Depo has contributed to a lot of things for me; and Now I will see if it did or not.. But thanks for letting me share my story here.

    • lacey says:

      My name is Lacey. I’ve been on the depo for about 10 months. Due back at end of February. I too have the exact same symtops. Every week before I am due back to get the shot I get severally depressed. To the point I can’t get out of bed it feels like it won’t go away. I have a family history of bi-polar disorder and depression. I’ve always had aneixty, but I have never felt like this. It is ALWAYS like clock work every week right before the three months is up and time for my shot I get the same way depressed. Like most I haven’t gained a crazy amount of weight, it does sit in the middle like everyone else has claimed to only gain it. Also a enumerous amount of hair loss, my hair has always been think and strong, since it falls out in hands fulls daily, in the shower, combing my hair, just playing with it hair will come out. Acne has become so embarrassing and so the norm its depressing. I have gotten very vivid nightmares nothing like ive ever gottwn in my life, i am on no other medication and haven’t changed my diet. Ive noticed that it has made me very fatigue, it takes a lot out of me to do simple tasks. None of these were present until I started depo. My husband and I have talked and decided come time for my next appointment for the shot I will not get it. It has literally changed me, and he is tired of seeing me in such a state. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. And would never recommend it. I also am disgusted by how many doctors are giving the shot!! I’ve seen so many people with similar and also some even with scaier symptoms, I am sure wen have came to their docs with this. How dare the not take it serious.

    • keekeloc says:

      You totally not tripping sweetie,I’ve been on the shot for 9yrs immediately stopped my menstrals but I’ll say after a few years on it I noticed lots of headaches, pain in my legs\joints..I for sure believe that shot had me mad all the damn time,no sex drive.(None) smh. I recently got off Jun2014 and my menstral returned Dec2014.No more headaches,No more pain in ma joints,no more hot flashes,Sex Drive back.Thank God! Wheww I can honestly say I’m glad that I got off.Nightmare frfr

  5. Samantha says:

    I have been on depo since may of 2013 and after my second shot in August I developed severe anxiety along with numerous other issues suh as hot flashes, depression, insomnia, no appetite, no sex drive, lost about 15lbs in 2 weeks from the constant nervous feing in my stomach. A whole host of GI issues, including upper abdominal pain after eating, diarrhea ( non stop for 3 weeks after injection) our bodies recognize as foreign andtries to get rid of it. More recent I have developed breast pain in my left breast that radiates to my shoulder an my neck. It’s just been miserable. I am hoping once the 3 months is up I will go back to normal.

    • Gina edwards says:

      Yes yes yes! I can so relate to all of this. I started depo June 2007, and I stopped this month August 2014. And boy my breasts have never been so tender and sore!! I get hot flushes and bad headaches and diarrhea!!! Soooo glad I am off it now, and get it out my system once and for all!! Terrible stuff!!!

      • Heli Washington says:

        I am going through those at present time on the depo. I sweat so bad at night and not much sleep or hard to go to sleep. Mood swings, little to no appatite, pains in abdomen and nonstop bleeding 07/21/2014 present 12/16/2014. This is crazy.

      • ms. November says:

        I got on the shot in March 2007 and recently got off January 2014..i have experienced really sore boobs, headaches,…worse decision every made… Never again…..

    • Julia says:

      Same here depression anxiety hot flashes intense anger for no reason. endrometrial ablation and now hysterectomy plus full set of dentures. And hormone therapy for ten plus years because I am only 30! And possible fibromyalgia that I am being tested for?!? I have never felt worst in my whole life. I wake up through out the night in total body pain! Don’t ever start depo to many complications after

    • Michelle says:

      Hi, I know this is an older post, but did the anxiety finally go away? I’m dealing with horrible anxiety now due to the depo shot. I’m just hoping someone will tell me it won’t last forever.

  6. Cynthia says:

    I feel the same exact way Samantha does. I felt that way on the shot and off it. I been off the depo ahot since May 3 2013. My last injection was Feb 2013. I did not go back in May to get it. It turned me into a complete different person. I’ve gotten the worst symptoms since being off: anxiety, I did get my period back which i got back at then end of july, nausea, headaches, dark brown discharge between my periods or before I’m fixing to start, insomnia when i do fall asleep I wake up so much throughout the night, bad pimple break outs before my period, constipation but when my period has started I use the bathroom pretty regularly, food craving or somedays i don’t even care to eat, sometimes I get backaches, my hair thinned on the side and in the back, and when I’m on my cycle I bleed pretty heavy. Mind you guys that I never had any of these symptoms until I got on the depo shot and stopped it.

    Since I’m off the depo now I feel my symptoms won’t ever stop. I just cope with them everyday. Somedays are better than others and how much I thank the lord for that. It’s been 5 months since being off that shot. I feel some improvement as far the night sweats and hot flashes stopping, but When will the other leave?

  7. Steph says:

    I got the depo shot in July 2013, did not go back in Oct when I was supposed too. I just had my period 2 1/2 weeks ago and about a week ago I started getting horrible cramps and my boobs are really sore. I have diarrhea almost every day (I did have my gallbladder removed a month ago, so maybe that’s why?) But, my depression has gotten a lot worse since stopping Depo. I have been going through a lot at home, but regardless my dr added Abilify to my anti-depressent. I did get my period today which is early? Anyway, just wanted to know if anyone else has experienced any of these symptoms after stopping the shot? I was on the shot about 10 years ago, but didn’t experience any of these. Thank you!

    • Sharee says:

      I was on the shot for 12 yrs I am 29 now I never had my periods while I was on the shot but would spot and sometimes get cramps but only when it was time for me to get my next shot, then it would stop, I never gained weight or any of the other symptoms.I got my last shot in September of last year (2014) and have been off of it for 4 months already almost 5, once this month (February 2015) ends and I am only and just barely getting the tender boobs but nothing else and never had them before.This is the first time my boobs have ever been hurting, but no headaches or anything else.I didn’t go back to get my shot because we are going to start trying for a baby.So hopefully the boob soreness ends soon because it hurts alot, my boyfriend can’t even grab or touch them anymore it hurts so bad

      • Sharee says:

        I havent even had my period either or spotted after I have been off of the depo just and only the boob tenderness

  8. kayley says:

    I started the depo January 2013 I have had endless problems since starting it, it started off with irregular bleeding , heavy bleeding , abnormal cramps so bad that I could not stand just curl up and cry, docs then prescribed me menfamnic acid which my body reacted to badly (docs insisted it was nothing to do with the shot yet I’ve never had a reaction to any medication) the irregular bleeding seemed to calm down after the second shot then I spotted 2 weeks before the shot which was bearable , I had a shot in July which I spotted straight after being jabbed (lasted a day) then in the August out of the blue I had immense pain and large clots l immediately went to see the doc and his only explanation was miscarriage I left the docs surgery a different woman, I was mortified as I was putting my body through this to stop pregnancy occurring . Anyway they suggested giving me the next shot early I had the shot and I’ve not been myself since, my last shot was due in December but both me and my partner agreed its not for me, since stopping the shot my back is in constant agony, I’m not keeping food down I’m constantly running to the toilet I’m a emotional wreck every joint hurts all I want to do is sleep this is effecting my home life a nd my work life it’s unbearable I used to be so happy! I’ve ordered angus castus tablets that people claim help get their body’s back to normal so here’s hoping it will bring back normality =)

  9. Cici says:

    I have been on the depo shot for about a year and a few months. I was supposed to return mid December for another shot but I decided not to return. After the stop use of the shot I have been feeling depressed, bad mood swings, I don’t care to eat at all, bad cramps, light brown discharge, and food cravings. I feel horrible I’ve done a lot of reading online and it seems a majority of women have experienced these side effects. On top of everything my bones always ache. I wonder how long will I experience these horrendous symptoms??

      • holly says:

        Ken, Did your leg/arm pain ever resolve? My legs have been in excruciating pain(muscle) since three days after being injected with this poison. Its been non-stop for almost nine months now. Only had the one shot.

      • Misty says:

        I was due for my second shot in feb and didn’t go but since then I’ve noticed aches and pains in my legs, arms neck and feet and I know it’s from this shot plus the bleeding just started and it’s awful I hope this want last much longer! I was on the shot years ago and it didn’t do this to me, idk what changed in this shot!

    • Geisha says:

      you should use calcium. While I was following the shot treatment I took calcium gummies, just to make sure. But after I stopped on September, I am more stressed and emotional than before. I even have less academic pressure on me and it does not show (I took the shot for about 4 years).

    • Jane says:

      I have been bleeding the whole time I’m on the depo shot. And a week before having to get the 2nd shot I have been bleeding heavy with large blood clot and vey bad cramping which had not stop. The only thing that help with pain is the narco pill. The doctor said that is normal to give it 2-3 months until my period comes back to normal. Also if the blood clot is the size of a peach then I need to come and see him. I don’t know if all this is normal but it sucks! Im planing on getting a second opinion.

      • Anjalina says:

        Trust me Jane, it is not “all normal”. I was told the same thing by Depo doctors after getting my first injection. They said that normally after the second shot (which is 3 months later) that my period would either return to normal or lighten up with the possibility of going away altogether….. Neither of those happened. I waited it out up until the time for my fourth injection, which would have completed an entire year of me being on the Depo shot, and nothing changed. I was having an on going period that was almost 5 months in. That was when I knew that I had to stop taking it. Before starting on Depo I had a normal cycle. Now 14 months after I stopped taking Depo, I am still experiencing horrible side effects. My period still lasts at the minimum 4 months and I experience horrible cramping, extremely heavy flows (I change my tampon every other hour), severe depression and anxiety, and terrible blood clots. Upon stopping Depo injections, the Depo doctors advised me that my period would return to normal after 5 months of what should have been my fourth injection. My joints constantly ache, and the worst part? I was not informed of these symptoms before starting Depo. I was told that I may have irregularly light periods or no periods at all. I was given Depo by Planned Parenthood. At this point I don’t know what steps to take to get my body back on track and to get myself out of this immense pain. PLEASE DO NOT LET ANYONE YOU KNOW CONSIDER TAKING DEPO!

    • Rachel says:

      I stopped depo two months ago and I am still on my period. Has yours stopped? Im worried my body is never going to adjust and go back to normal

      • candace smith says:

        I haven’t took depo in 5 months now and my period still haven’t came on. Im very concerned. Im not pregnant. What should I do?

      • Jo says:

        I was on Depo for about 3 years. I stopped and it took 1 year for my period to return at all, although it has not returned to normal yet. It came back as irregular minimal brown discharge and in the last month and a half has become a constant flow of brown discharge.

      • Melissa says:

        My last shot was October 2014 it’s nearly March and I haven’t had a period, I recently visited my dentist & he said I’m loosing bone density, Im 23 and currently have arthritis in my hands and knees :( I wanted to have a baby before the year was over but idk if it’s possible depo has not been the best choice it’s ruined everything, heat flashes dizziness, nausea, bone loss, weigh gain, mood swings that cost a relationship …. I don’t recomend depo to anyone!!!!!!

      • Jodi says:

        Im the same way! Ive been off it for 2 months and im not pregnant and my period hasnt come either. I only got the 1 shot of it. It made me gain lots of weight. I was soo bloated it was awful

    • tiffany says:

      i have had my period for 2 weeks straight. my depo shot expired october 2014 and have just started to get it as well

  10. Tarah says:

    I have had alot of issues with depo. And like everyone here, I was unaware of the side effects after getting off of it. I started depo when I was 17. After seeing that being on it for longer than two years was not recommended, I went on the pill and that transition was fine.
    Until 2011 when visiting my doctor, knowing I have migraines with an aura, she recommended me going on either a really low dose of birth control or depo since I am at more of a risk for stroke. I decided on the depo because my period are pretty horrible and the low dose wouldn’t be enough to help that problem. I was warned to take calcium to make sure the bone density loss wasn’t an issue.
    My last shot was in August of 2013, because I know that within 2 years I would like to get pregnant. Unfortunately I still haven’t had my period yet. And it is June of 2014. I had horrible side effects for the first 6 months. I felt like I was losing my mind, being really mean and upset all the time. Super tired. I actually gained 30 pounds since being off of it. And that was just in the first 2 months.
    If I would have known more I would have NEVER gotten this shot. It was the worst mistake. I am due for my annual so hopefully we can find out why it is taking so long to get my periods back.
    The doctors don’t seem very knowledgeable on this and it just is really upsetting.

    • mickey says:

      I have been off of the Depo Provera shot for exactly 9 months today which is June 8th 2014 I was on it for a whole year after the birth of my daughter home is to now I was wondering how long it would take for my. To come back and it came on yesterday full blown without any warning bright red this is not spotting this is a full-fledged. I do hope that it stops within its normal time and not go on forever as I’ve been reading with a lot of other women I have never experienced. This heavy since before I started the shot I am finally starting to get over my depression but it is very hard to realize that it took this long for me to even get my ministration back but I stop the shot because I wanted to become pregnant with my husband we are newly weds and we would like a second child so I’m hoping that this is the start of a regular period cycle so I can become pregnant soon it’s just hell I hate the waiting game and as far as the mood swings and sex drive and things of that sets depo prevera is the worst when it comes to it I had absolutely no sex drive for the entire year of being on the Depo Provera shot it almost made me feel repulsed when my husband but touch me so if you are sexually active in you like it do not get on the shot lol another thing I never gained any weight but I did receive horrible need cramps and joint pain and back pain and really really bad headache with sensitivity to light while on the depo shot ladies this shot is horrible I will never go on it again I just would like to become pregnant very soon and 9 months later I am just receiving my period so we will see how this goes best of luck to all the ladies here

  11. s.Dana says:

    I got the shot back in February. I’ve always had a spot on cycle but since the shot I have been spotting continually. Now since I was due for a follow up in early May and decided against the shot my period has been bright and lasting for over 2weeks now I called my Dr he says its because I need another shot I’m confused what to do????

    • edna says:

      Dont get anouther shot im experiency bleeding every 2 weeks lastting 2 weeks at a time my advise dony get it if u do ul experience ssme thing posdibly worse I wish I never got thid shot ive been on 2 years and last monyh I quit

  12. Annalyn Rebecca Eisma says:

    i had my first and last shot of Depo Provera last year, weeks after I gave birth to my first child. I’m still studying and had a confused sched that’s why I didn’t get my next shot after it which was supposedly scheduled last August 2013. So, the nurse aid and health workers in the health center advised me to come back as soon as I have my menstruation back. My problem is, I haven’t had my period ever since I had it. I’m not scared that I will get pregnant because my husband and I have not had sex ever since I came off the Depo shot. My worry is, how could I have my fertility back? How can I have my period back?

  13. edna says:

    I am exsperiencing bleeding as well!! Last month I started bleeding a day befor I was suppose to get my depo shot buy I couldnt grt it becsude I was suppose to have a pap smrar done buy I bleed for 2 weeks strsight so I decided not to get do 17 days later its been over a week so far and im still bleeding again!! Ivr been on the depo gor 2 years now and finally quit!! Is this temporary??

  14. Rachel says:

    I’ve been on the shot since November of 2009. Since being on it I have gotten crazy anxiety migraines and body pains. Me and my husband decided we would like to try to have a baby. I was due for my shot June 30 2014 but did not go get it. The only symptom I’m having as of now is my breast are tender and swollen. I’m really nervous for what is to come for me. My Dr said it could take up to a year to be back to normal but she has never had anyone on it as long as me. So I’ve been reading alot on the depo with no real results and I have yet to find anything on how this shot effects you with prolong use. I’ve been on it for five years and am worried I won’t be able to get pregnant. Guess its a waiting game.

    • Gail says:

      Your bones are effected by the depo, Loads of post on netmums as you been on depo for a long time ask your nurse/doctor to send you for a test on your bones.

      Your dr seems quite stupid (no offense) as it is clearly stated on the paperwork about bones being effected with prolong use.

    • Lottie says:

      Hi Rachel, I am in exactly the same position as you! I’ve been on the Depo since 2009 also, and was meant to have my last shot on Monday (15th December) but have decided to quit the Depo as I want to start thinking about having children. I’ve had bleeding ever since but it’s a very dark bloody discharge, not a normal heavy flow period where I can use tampons. I am now worried as I’ve read a lot of women’s comments on here about the side effects. I am yet to find out what my side effects are, however I have found I’ve been quite teary. I came off the Depo earlier this year to go on the pill so I could have a regular period, which did come back straight away, however I had a terrible migraine with the pill so my Dr wouldn’t allow me to continue taking it. So I decided to go back on the Depo. I didn’t realise so many people have had problems with this drug and wish now I had come off it a lot sooner. All I know is that with prolong use it can effect your bones, but obviously everyone is different. I guess it is a waiting game and I guess I will have to wait and see if I get any side effects. I will say one thing though, I’ve never really had any trouble whilst being on the Depo, I’ve found it did work for me, but am worried about how I’m going to feel now I’ve come off it.

  15. Gail says:

    They should be focusing on people going dizzy, lightheaded and falling over.

    This was the side effect i had and it came on while in hospital for a referral for surgery. Now i am unsure if my surgery will take place at all. On top of this i was looking after my daughter in the day when having these spells and on 2 occasions about to fall over. I went to the park went down the slide with my daughter she got off, i stood up and fell straight forward. Currently i will not even go to the park or leave my property till i feel 100% as i know it can occur anywhere.

    Hope everybody gets together to get the research done as i making one hell of a serious complaint. GOOD LUCK!

    • Savanna says:

      I had this problem and I never knew why! I would become very light headed and have fainting spells, had extensive testing done and the doctors came up with nothing! They thought it could be a heart problem, but they never knew for sure what the cause was. I’ve never heard of this being a side effect of depo but I wouldn’t be surprised!

    • Young Lady says:

      Did you get extreme headaches? Because I do get light headed and like a lost of balance but I also get the extreme headaches. The last depo shot I had was in april and I was supposed to go back in june I think and I’m having these symptoms and also my menstrual cycle doesn’t stop I have it everyday. What do you think?

  16. Rita Paaske says:

    I’ve Been Using Depo For 23Years, The Only Side Effect Was Weight Gain! I Want To Stop Taking It And I Want To Know What Changes My Body Will Be Going Thru?

    • brenda says:

      i’ve been on depo for almost 20 years, since it first came out, and i’m 40 now, hoping that i can quit and never see that red flow again. hard to find info to know for sure – but i am looking forward to the weight loss!!!

      • cindy bruce says:

        I am 51 years old and was on the shot for21 years. Never had any bleeding not ever a spot at all. I stopped my shots on Dec.30 2013 it was my last shot. Nothing happened unil last month. As of today I have had 4 different light days of bleeding. Lost a little weight. Have gained about 40 pounds being on the shot all those years but I also lost 100 on purpose being on the shot. I was hoping to go straight into menopause since I had no bleeding for over 20 years lol

      • Chris says:

        I’ve been on Depo for over 10 years. I can no longer tolerate the side effects so I’m going to stop taking it. I’m really hoping I start to feel better after being off of it for awhile.

      • Jo says:

        Don’t get too excited…I didn’t lose any weight when I quit. It took over a year for my period to return at all and when it did it was a continuous (still) flow of brown discharge for almost 2 months now.

  17. brooke says:

    Although I did not stop the treatment in want /need to conceive a child I have indeed noted some abnormal changes. I do indeed have beat tenderness to the far sides ( outer armpit area) of my breasts and more discharge; but I have no way to be pregnant. And find it frustrating no website can tell me answers (although yours was the most helpful) if you could please e-mail when you know more. I would be very appreciative ~ Brooke age 20

    • Savanna says:

      I quit the depo about 6 months ago and I’m having the same problems, sore breasts and discharge, and I am positive that I’m not pregnant! I have a ob/gyn appt in a couple of weeks so I’ll let you know if they tell me anything! By the way, I’m also 20 years olds

  18. Julieth says:

    Hi my name is julieth and I have been using depo for a year, but I decided to stop, I got my appointment for April for my next shot but I didn’t go, so in January was my last shot. My period stopped completely since I started but it’s been 8 months since my last shot and I don’t get my period back, (I’m not pregnant neither). I would like to know if I should wait more time that maybe is normal just for a couple more months or if I need to see a doctor. I will appreciated your answer

  19. Elizabeth C. says:

    I have been using drop provera since I was 18 years old. Off and on only when active conceived 2 kids in the process but since finding it helped me with my migraines I stayed on it for 5 years straight taking it on time my period stopped completely after a year no spotting thinking I had window time of not being able to conceive since they say “the longer on depo, the harder to conceive”which is crap since I got pregnant 6 months later after stopping should of notice a warning sign of a couple spots of blood meant my period after 4 months off! Wen’t back on depo after I gave birth and been on it again for another 3 years and now stopped since we decided we want side effects other than bad acne but only happens when I get off depo I break out but my face clears up when on depo, I have no side effects when on it all these years I’m now 27 and is dedicated to depo my doctors say there is no proven evidence of bone density crap they said if it was dangerous they would of taken it off the market..all other birth control sucked filled with side effects.depo is the best!

  20. Crystal says:

    Its about to be 3 months and i am allready planning on coming off the depo shot. Ive been bleeding the entire 3 months continuesly. Giving me a horrible smell . I went to the clinic they told me my body would take 6-12 months to get use to the shot.They gave me birth control pills to conteract with the bleeding. NEVER worked just made the bleeding lighter. And if i had sex it would come down brown or redish-brown not attractive. Im suppose to go back for my shot june 30th, But im not going. Im hoping for my body to go back to normal after Depo. Depo is not for everyone!!

    • Vicki says:

      Did your body go back to normal? So far I’m finding a lot of comments saying I hope my body sorts itself out but none saying if it ever did. I have a busy year next year if I come off now the side effects from stopping it will have gone by time I start work but cant find anything about when the bleeding will stop/go normal if I choose to give up with it.

  21. Tara Lane says:

    Hi, my second child was born in Oct 2013, I took birth control pills for about a month, then Dec 30 my clinic gave me the shot and scheduled me to come back March 30. The whole three months I was spotting, has extreme abdominal pain, basically just curled up in a ball a lot of times. Had no energy, felt like crap, horrible mood swings. I never got it again, from March 30 to July 4th 2014 I had no period whatsoever, I even went to get a pregnancy test just to be certain, but it was negative. On July fourth my period started, here and there throughout the days from then until now. Every time it stops I hope it’s done, but then I find myself bleeding again a few hours later. There were significant mood changes and my face has broken out also since being off of it. I make sure to tell everyone how horrible it is. I’ve told all of my friends to never get it. I sure hope my body returns to normal soon, my husband and I want to have another kid. If anyone wants to share your experience with me or talk

  22. Kirsty says:

    I started Depo-Provera at approx 19 years of age for contraception purposes. I was silly not to read the side effects. I was on it for almost 10 years. I wanted to start a family. I had numerous months of no periods. I tried lymphatic drainage (4 weeks later my periods returned) as well as natural therapies. My periods came every 11 days or so. Finally after 2 years, a reproductive clinic said my reproductive system on the whole was dormant (including my pituitary gland) and a few doctors said it was I like I was heading towards menopause. I could only try IUI or IVF. The second IUI worked.
    However, since ceasing breast feeding from my second pregnancy, I have very irregular and much heavier periods with large blood clots. My bone density category is of moderate risk -1.2.
    I will be seeing a gynaecologist soon for an opinion with concerns of menopause. I am nearly 38 years of age.

    My wish for women considering any type of contraception would be for GPs to firstly make a referral to a women’s or community health clinic before prescribing and hear lectures on all options available including the good and the bad.
    If I had this information beforehand, I quite possibly would have ceased it a lot earlier and tried a different method. I am now a true believer that not much good can come from remaining one thing for too long.

  23. Young Lady says:

    Well I was on the depo shot but I’ve stopped using it and right now I’m having my menstrual cycle but it never ends, When I was on the depo shot I didn’t have my period for the whole 3 months some times I would spot but I only had to use a panty line but now it doesn’t stop like I have it everyday some times in the morning I won’t have it but in the afternoon it comes down and I’m having extreme headaches…Is any one else having the same symptoms and do you guys think it’s normal?

  24. Serena says:

    When I first got the shot I had my period non stop for the first two doses, than when I got to the third my period completely stopped (which is what I wanted), after a few more doses I stopped taking it because I had a blood clot scare, I’ve not had my period non stop since getting off the shot, it’s been 3 months straight now. This shot should be banned, it’s ruining my life

      • Daphne says:

        I have been spotting everyday now since September 4th (it’s now the 28th and my breasts are very sore and I’m cramping like crazy and my back is sore as heck. I was on the shot since November 2006. I’ve been trying to get off it for some time now and every time I try, I don’t stop bleeding, so I go back on to stop it. I finally stopped getting it and decided to stay off and It won’t stop. Now I’m worried since you have had it non stop for three months, mine will last that long. I’m really freaking out. The only good thing that has happened is that I lost 10 lbs.

  25. Billy says:

    My girlfriend has come of the depo. She hates condoms and insists she won’t get pregnent cos her body is messed up from the injection. And with the hormonal and mood swings. How are men ment to go about explaining there feelings towards protected sex. Is there a website for this. And also how are you ment to know when your fertile agian after stopping the depo injection

  26. Madelynn says:

    I had my first injection June 3rd of this year. The first week i didn’t bleed. Then i started bleeding. I’m still bleeding. And i didn’t go to my next shot. I’m only 16. I don’t understand why i’m still bleeding when the depo is out of my body? Please help.

  27. robyn says:

    I have been off the depo shot since September 2013 its now the end of August 2014 and haven’t seen the slightest sign of a period since March of 2013. My husband and I have since had sex without protection several times and I haven’t gotten pregnant. It is alarming now since we are wanting another baby and I’m not getting pregnant. my hormones have been completely out of wack ever since taking the depo and stopping it. menopause symptoms almost. my regular doctor cannot seem to tell me who I need to see to have my hormone levels tested to see if they are normal or if there is anything that can be done to get my periods back so I can move on naturally. its very frustrating and scary that I may not be able to conceive one more baby before my age window closes :( has anyone had this happen to them and how did they get it corrected???

    • Brittney says:


      I was on the Depo-Provera shot for 2 years. While I was using it, I loved it. I had bad menstrual cramps before taking it and hated having a period. When my doctor put me on Depo-Provera, I immediately stopped having periods and with that, didn’t have any more cramps. I didn’t have a period for 2 years but I gained over 60 pounds!! September of 2009 I quit taking the Depo-Provera shot and was waiting for that lovely period to come back. I didn’t have a period for 1 year after I stopped taking it and still to this day I do not have a regular period. I can go months with out having a period but sometimes only be a week or so late. September of 2015 will make 6 years I have been off the Depo-Provera shot. Me and my husband have been together for 4 years and have never used protection during sex. We are now wanting to start a family but me not having a regular period makes it very difficult to know when I’m ovulating. After stopping the Depo-Provera I have noticed that before every period I get symptoms of pregnancy like tender beast, frequent urination, nausea and bloating. This can last for weeks sometimes. My doctor tells me to get birth control pills to ovulate my period but honestly I don’t want to take birth control ever again! I am starting to think that I will never have a regular period again and maybe this has lessen my chance to get pregnant. I am so over whelmed over the whole situation and DON’T recommend anyone to take it!!

  28. mikaela says:

    i was on depo for only 3 months after that i stop because of terrible experience. i felt bones weakness and im always dizzy so i decided to stop and now im experiecing this worst feeling., its been 3 days up to now i feel nipple pain and dizzyness.. what should i do to overcome this nightmare?

  29. Courtney says:

    I started depo at the beginning of the month of August & I’ve been bleeding & spotting none stop , this is my first time & I’ve been wondering if I stopped with this being just the first shot if I change to the pill will my cycle go back to normal !? Just wondering .

  30. Gabriela says:

    Okay so Ive been on Depo over 6 months and I always brush my teeth and eat a balanced diet along with taking multi vitamins but now my teeth are brittle and cause me discomfort and my bones are always acheing . Its bad enough I have to pay for this shot every couple weeks but on top of that now the dentist ! My boyfriends also noticed Im alot more emotional and moody im not sure if these horomones on top of me growing into a woman is a side effect also but ever since I started this shot ive been really emotional like never before .

  31. Lynn williams says:

    I have been on the depo injection for 26 years I am now 53 will the effects with stopping be the same for somebody of my age

    • Addie says:

      I was wondering the same thing. I’ve been on Depo for about 23 years now and I’m scared of whats going to happen. I’m 42 now. I haven’t had a period in 23 years either and honestly don’t know if I could handle it after this long. Not sure what to do.

  32. Amanda says:

    I had been on the depo for 12 years! I decided to stop due to age I turned 36 in July and decided no more! I have had severe migraines the last two years that have been seriously a horror! So I am going on 8 weeks since due for my last shot.
    A little history here I started taking it to eliminate my periods due to stage 4 endometriosis. I was taking the shot every 6 weeks vs the normal 3 months so twice as much as most.
    Now being off my face is clear as can be no headaches well light if so not horribly unbearable like before. I had been feeling fantastic until the last week I have lost 16 pounds already which is exciting! But! Now I am having the worst anxiety combined with panic chest pain scared feeling not sure how to handle this. I have had cramps here and there but no flo I am ready for that just curious when how long how heavy painful etc.
    If anyone can just lead me in the right direction how stop the anxiety I will be so grateful!

  33. anonymous says:

    Hey guys…. im wondering if anyone else has had a similar problem. .. I started depo like six months ago and only took one shot. I had heavy spotting for like two months straight after stopping and haven’t had a period since… im sorta scared im pregnant but my check wont be available for me until friday so I cant buy a test yet… im starting to get the feeling that this is from the shot… i just today started to get some light spotting and feel kinda numby in my backlike im actually on my period… did anyone else have this happen to them? Is this normal? I have no symptoms of being preggo other than some slight hot flashes and no period…

    • Anonymous says:

      Did everything work out for you? Same thing happened to me. No spotting though. Just had my period and now no more. Also been losing weight but that could just be from drinking less beer :)

  34. joy says:

    Hi Guys ,I got Depo shot on April 2014 ,since then I have not been having any periods but the resumed to normal mid of Sept 2014 .Will I conceive any time soon? Please help.

  35. Kristy Mack says:

    I have taken depo for the past 5 or so years and recently haven’t been taking it since April of 2014. I believe iam almost 6months behind. I I haven’t been feeling right and I
    Want to know if it has to
    Do with me being off the shot. I have has extreme loss in appetite and my emotions have been all over the place. And I have been having a stomach ache lately. Could this be
    Because I have been off the shot and my body’s adjusting because I was on it for 5+years?

  36. Zoe says:

    I have been on the Depo shot since July of 2014 and am supposed to go back October 9th of next month to get my second shot but I am unsure as to if I want to. When I first went in they had me go in the first 1-3 days of my period and it stopped the first one. But a month later it started and I have been on it ever since. Although it is not a period, it is what I have seen in many of the other comments. It was a brown/blackish discharge. Sometimes when it is so light I think it is ending, I wear a panty liner but the blood comes back heavy. It has stopped for one day but then started up the day after. The whole thing is making me nervous. I was never a person to get stressed out about many things, but ever since I have been on Depo it has gotten worse. I didn’t eat the first two months, (the regular amount I used to) and now lately I have been eating MORE than I used to. I get extreme headaches and my body is aching all over some days. I read somewhere on a website that it causes brittle teeth and just a few days ago my dentist (which I go and see once a month) said I had some ‘chips’ in my teeth that he needed to smooth down. My teeth have never had chips and I have been going once a month to once every two months to see him. They say the shot is better than having to worry about taking a pill, but looking at all the side effects the shot comes with, I am beginning to think that remembering to take a pill would be worth it.

  37. Lisa says:

    I really want to thank everyone for their comments because I took the depo provera shot may 27th 2014 and was due to take the next one in august 14-26th and never went back, when I first got it I bled for a whole month then it stopped I’m not taking it again I’ve experienced the same things headaches, stomach pain,diarrhea, but sex was great, I would have mood swings body ached, joint pain chest pain but I smoke a lot of weed now and it numbs all my pain I want to conceive and is wondering is it possible to become pregnant right away?

  38. Samantha says:

    Im getting off depo right now and my body is doing so many weird things! help! does it make me for fertile because im getting off of it???

  39. Mickie bennett says:

    I’ve had problem with my nails and toenails for years now the effects started about 6 months after I quit the depo and has become worst threw the years there is a women in my town that has the same problem and the only thing we have in common is we were on the depo for years the nails thickens uproots from the nail bed and goes ingrown it looks like fungus but can’t be cured I know I’ve almost killed myself 4 times with anti fungal drugs with no help to the nails it can become very painful at times so I’m just wondering if this has happened to other women

    • Tammy says:

      I have one toe nail that started doing that within the last 2 years and it was freaking me out because I had no idea what caused it.

  40. Hannah says:

    I was normal before I got on depo and only took one injection and my period was normal and wondering how long will it take after one injection for me to become pregnant.

    • Tami says:

      I am taking each day a multivit. and vit b and drinking a ton of water and its helping with ridding the depo and balancing my hormones. Ladies, try this, will not help right away, took a couple of weeks and I have noticed the difference. Also eat a balance of fruits, veggies, and lots of protein. It has helped me.

  41. Kim says:

    Hi Ladies, wow I am so glad to have found this page! I was on Depo for about a year before stopping in July 2014 and I was not ready for the side effects! My period has only just recently gotten lighter and is slowing stopping. My breast are still very sensitive and very low sex drive. My mood was all over the place and I did gain a bit of weight (mostly on my hips). I was so scared something was wrong with me and I was the only one experiencing this. What exactly is this thing doing to our bodies to make such terrible side effects?? I was even considering going back on Depo just to ease these troubles. I am sooo glad I didnt! If you have just stopped, keep your head up and power through! it will stop eventually. Love and Light xx

  42. Nicole says:

    All what I’m reading about the depo is kinda scary and makes me want to get off it more. I had my first shot in May and I had my second shot in august but I don’t want to have it again. I’m putting on lots of weight, about 9 pounds and for other health concerns I don’t think it may be the best thing for me to use to manage my periods. Besides, its hard to have a sex life when you are bleeding randomly. I was just wondering, how do u get off it? Do u just not go for ur shot or contact your doctor first? I can’t afford to go to mine so I was thinking of telling the nurse that gives me the shot at the family planning agency that I don’t want it again.How did yall do it?

  43. Sage says:

    I only had one depo shot. That was back in March 2014. For the first 3 months I didn’t have a period. Then in June 2014 I had 2 weeks where I was bleeding. Then it stopped again. Now it is October 2014 and I’ve been bleeding for about 3 weeks now. There would be days where I would bleed, but as the days go on the bleeding is getting heavier and heavier. I’m going through hot flashes and night sweats. I’ve been over anxious and dizzy at some points in the day. I am really getting sick from this stuff but i have no idea what to do. I went to the hospital twice for it and they told me to wait it out. Is there anything else that can be done. Please help.

    • gainesk says:

      I got the depo Aug 2014 was on my period after the shoot I stopped bleeding. Was due for my next shot Nov I never went back. Had a period Dec 26 2015 lasted like a normal period 6 days. Now I’m 2 days late could I be pregnant?

  44. sarah says:

    Hi. I was on the depo shot for 2 years on and off. My last shot was in march and ended in may/june. Its been 5 months and i still havent gotten my period and i also have really bad headaches and my breasts hurt so much. My nipples are swollen. I cant be pregnant because i dot. have other symptoms. Please tell me if this is possibly because i stopped the injections. I need to know.

  45. Sendrah says:

    Ow i start to use the depo provera last week monday,so i heard many people saying that if i use this injection i’ll not get a child so is that true? And another question is that,will i go for menstration this month?plz help me coz am now thinking to quik the depo provera

  46. sarah says:

    Hi, I found this site and now I know it’s not the amoxicillin I was prescribed. I was on depo provera for the last 9 years after my last child and ended up with dvt in my calf 1st August, which they are saying was.caused by this bc. i was experiencing weird illnesses from January andnin April was sent for lots of tests and 3 injections later it happend, not once did the doctors or clinic say my illnesses could be related to this injection, if they had I might not have spent 9 weeks taking warfarin.My next injection was due 11th Sept and the last 3 weeks have been terrible, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, stomach and back pains, unable to function. I thought it was the antibiotics but I stopped taking them and it’s continued. When I wake up and feel like I’m panicking and within 5 minutes of getting up I feel like I need to go back to bed. I cantntake anymore time off work so how will I cope? I can’t bc anymore. How can I get my body back to normal, I’m drinking lots of water, ginger tea and antioxident berries.

  47. m.j. says:

    I started my deposit shot on February 2,2014 I had my period for 3weeks when I got my first shot my 2 shot was due on may 2,2014 I got my period as soon as I need my next shot I had my period for 2 days cuz I didn’t take the deposit shot until may 4,2014 as soon as I put the shot my period was gone… me n my husband want to have a baby so I didn’t take my next shot which was supposed to be on August 4,2014 I have been on the shot for like 2.months n 2 weeks I have been having no periods at all just a lot of discharge I have been having unprotected sex to get pregnant but I have taking test be there negative… I don’t understand ….I have discharge its qhit thick n creamy but no period I don’t have …..but when u discharge doesn’t that mean u r ovulating???.. Cuz I can’t get pregnant unless I ovulate…. am very confused with my body I want to have a baby…..please help me my question is am I ovulating or not????

  48. m.j. says:

    I started my deposit shot on February 2,2014 I had my period for 3weeks when I got my first shot my 2 shot was due on may 2,2014 I got my period as soon as I need my next shot I had my period for 2 days cuz I didn’t take the deposit shot until may 4,2014 as soon as I put the shot my period was gone… me n my husband want to have a baby so I didn’t take my next shot which was supposed to be on August 4,2014 I have been off the shot for like 2.months n 2 weeks I have been having no periods at all just a lot of discharge I have been having unprotected sex to get pregnant but I have taking the test n there negative… I don’t understand ….I have discharge its white thick n creamy but no period …..but when u discharge doesn’t that mean u r ovulating???.. Cuz I can’t get pregnant unless I ovulate…. am very confused with my body I want to have a baby I read on Google that when u can white thick creamy discharge u r either pregnant or ur ovulating…..please help me my question is am I ovulating or not????

  49. Amanda says:

    I was on the depo shot for about 4 months. And I got my period on September 28th for 3 days. It came back again a few days later. I am confused.

  50. Jessie Marie says:

    Hi, I am 18 and I stoped using the depo shot a month ago. The due date for my next shot was September 16th-20th of 2014. As of today (October 22, 2014) I have not recieved my period. I dont have the symptoms like most of the womens problems like this have had. I also know for a fact that I am not pregnate. I plan to make a dr.’s appt. in the next few days, but I want other’s opinions. Is this normal or did the depo do somthing to my body because of me taking it for over a year?

  51. Jaimie says:

    Hi there, I was on Depo for 2 years and got off due to lumps in my breasts (Doc said it was due to lots of hormones) in March. I haven’t had a period since a month after the first shot and it still hasn’t come, even 7 months after I stopped the injections. Am I able to get pregnant since I’m not having a period? And is it usual to go this long after stopping Depo for my period to return?

  52. shay says:

    I started the depo shot in june i only got it 1x and ive been bleeding since later on in june its now october have had unprotected sex 1x last week and 1 this week and yess i have been feeling nauseas have hot flashes and fatigue and just having gas and pain in my lower abdomen and ive stoped bleeding and now its a brown discharge could i be pregnant or my shot has just worn out

  53. Valentina Wells says:

    I had depo 1 time, the beginning of July.. I had a long period the end of September. I never went back to get my second dose. Is it possible for me to be pregnant now, my husband and have been trying to get pregnant, I feel like I am.. Someone answer please.

  54. SUZYLEN says:

    Iwas on depo for nine months my last shot was in july 2013 whilst on depo i never had my period but and i gained weght like no mans business after stopping depo 2 months later my periods came back i have been having normal periods but iregular cycles which last upto 38 days, i have been trying to conceive and to no avail…

    • SUZYLEN says:

      i think whoever came up with this depo should be sued, i dont understand it coz they must have known the effects of it after stopping they should have put an antidot for it or something to flush out the same meds out of the system quicker….i wish i can see you and tell you a piece of my mind get your researches right before you start experimenting in womens bodies…..

  55. Merissa says:

    Before I started the shot when I was 15, I had my period the same day every month and it lasted for exactly three days. I was young and hid it from my family. I went to planned parenthood with my boyfriend because I felt it was the smart thing to do. I only got the shot two times and that whole period I was on the shot (6 months I think) I never had a single period. I gained 30 pounds even though I was eating healthy, was extremely emotional all the time, and I stopped sleeping very well at night. 6 months after my 2nd shot I decided to go off of it because I was sick of not having periods and gaining weight. Im 19 now and I still haven’t had a normal period. I didnt even have my first period until being off for about 1 1/2 years and it lasted for 3 months. My blood was extremely clotty too. Now I have my period like every other month and it lasts for like 2 weeks extremely heavy to the point where I wouldn’t even go to school. I’m so scared I’m infertile and it has messed up my body. I will never get on any type of birth control ever again. I regret ever getting on it and because I was so young and naive, I feel like I’ve ruined my body and possibly my chance for a baby in the future.

    • Jessica says:

      Hey, I feel your pain. I’ve had about 5 shots total over the past 6 years…. that’s not many considering its supposed to be 4x a year! I’ve been married for 6 years now…and we cant conceive. This last time I went on it was because I couldn’t handle the depression from seeing my period come every month and no pregnancy in sight. 6 years with no baby, no hope of a baby and why?? Because 6 years ago I had 2 doses? Even the doctors can’t explain it. And if not being able to conceive isn’t hard enough on a woman, add the extreme cramping the “IBS” symptoms although with all the tests I’ve gone thru over the past 2 years the doctors STILL can’t diagnose me with IBS or chrone’s or whatever for the diarreah I have EVERY SINGLE DAY. Im due for another shot next month. I’m not going.

      • Jessica says:

        Hopefully you’ll have “better luck” with the baby you want. I hope it didn’t wreck you. The drs wont admit it has to be the needle that did me, but I know I’m wrecked. Thanks Depo-population control in it’s prime :(

  56. theresa says:

    my last depo shot was may 2014 now 6 mths later I have yet to have a period.. im NOT trying to get pregnant at all but am concerned about early menopause anyone have this problem or advice??

  57. Julia says:

    Same here depression anxiety hot flashes intense anger for no reason. endrometrial ablation and now hysterectomy plus full set of dentures. And hormone therapy for ten plus years because I am only 30! And possible fibromyalgia that I am being tested for?!? I have never felt worst in my whole life. I wake up through out the night in total body pain! Don’t ever start depo to many complications after

    • says:

      I am having the same problems exactly as you are…I have been off the shot for over a year and I had one period that seemed normal but that was 2 months ago and I am not pregnant…anything similar?…I also have terrible anxiety..did have hot flashes and this angry feeling a lot of times that I just didn’t understand where it came from…teeth problems…I have lost 3 teeth..I am so scared and I don’t have any kind of dental insurance…any advice?

    • 671Islander says:

      I’ve been on and off depo for about 8 years I have most of these symptoms the migraines, sore breasts, brown discharge, on and off bleeding after and during sex(even though I wasn’t bleeding beforehand), sore joints, abdominal cramps, no sex drive, fatigue, dizziness, nauseatin at times, and some other pains and issues that might be related to this shot. I am now seeing an OB, I have gotten an ultrasound which everything looked normal so I wonder what is causing my problem? I also got many paps that look both normal and abnormal. If you have an answer to what caused your problems/symptoms please post I am very interested it is frustrating. BTW I am almost 30.

  58. Kaysha Castillo says:

    i went on the depo shot in May this Year was on it just that one time didn’t go back in August to get another shot & ever since that May I haven’t gotten my period until now in November my blood is dark brown when I wipe it’s actually red blood. Haven’t been using condoms with my hubby either

  59. shilpa says:


    I used depo shots immediately after my marriage for an year i.e. 4 shots. I stopped it in july 2013 since we were planning for family. Now my menstruation has become regular but still iam not conceiving. I doubt if the side effects are still there of it. I searched in the internet but couldnt find an answer to it. Approximately how much time is required after the discontinuation of last shot of depoprovera to conceive?

  60. Lisa says:

    2 shots and did not get third on 10-20-2014. Living hell started during the first shot and I did not recognize it was related . Anxiety weight gain.. Second shot I made the connection after researching online. I am now suffering withdraw symptoms. If anyone can tell me when this will stop that would be great. I did depo because pills gave me high blood pressure.So peri menopausal symptoms started and I tested and confirmed I am not. Night sweats and cold chills, DEPRESSION, not wanting sex after finding the man of my dreams almost two years ago. Depression related.. not caring and really struggling to keep life in motion. Tears with no reason. I wanted to know who took my half full glass.I wish someone would have told me this could happen to me. Today is a good day and I hope tomorrow when I wake up I am one day closer to the happy go lucky girl I used to be. I can only advise that you say NO to DEPO.

    • Kayla says:

      Same here. My third shot was due Oct 13. I’m experiencing the same thing. Extreme depression and anxiety, no sex drive. I used to be an over the top, active, happy person. Now every day is a struggle. Please let me know if you find a way to make life a little easier after stopping Depo. I’m beginning to think this nightmare will never end.

      • Lisa says:

        After going back to the doctor Monday. She said six months after the last shot it is out of your system. I am feeling better knowing it was the shot and knowing it will be better everyday. I have found that staying busy helps. Sad I do not think more women recognize or report how bad this drug can be. Try to smile and know that it is short term and you are not alone.

  61. amy says:

    hi ladies.,i had depo when i was younger at 16 took me months to get a period back and for a week it only came back at lunch and lasted only a few hours.
    i have had one more shot since then and never botherd to go back and get another.four months after i was due to get my next shot i finaly got my period i have had it for six days so far and doesnt seem to be slowing down.(before the depo period would last five days).doesn’t sound like much but its weird for me aswell as a weird aching not quiet like a normal period pain.
    i was getting light headed alot and i wasn’t sure why makes sence all the prego symtoms took two tests with the nausea and rediculously sore breasts and nipples.ive asked my partner to slapme if i ever think o getting it again just not worth it

  62. Britteny says:

    I got off of the depo shot about 6 months ago and my cycle have been on for 3 weeks non stop.I’m so moody,miserable,sad,happy, etc.I been to the ER multiple times only to hear there’s nothing they can do.I was put on Provera to stop it but that made it worse.I’m so irritated with this I need help…

  63. allyssa says:

    I had my first depo shot in july i was suppose to get it again October 10th but i chose not to because i wanted to try and get pregnant i have yet to spot or even have my period since then my breasts arent sore or anything but i was wondering how first time mothers could tell they were pregnant and if you always get sore breasts if your pregnant

    • sarah charles says:

      Thank God for all the above support from all ladies suffering from this monster so-called Depo-Provera. Cursed is the person who invented this dreadful shot! I was very naïve to agree to be getting the shot from my husband who is a medical doctor every three months. He probably had no idea of how harmful it would be after stopping. I have been on it for 9 years after getting enough kids. I did not get a period for 9 years but hell broke loose when I stopped. It is 1 year 5 months since I stopped and I have not had a period. My hormones were checked and I was told to be postmenopausal. I feel so abnormal with joint aches, especially stiff neck hip joint pains, hot flushes, night sweats, insomnia, nausea…name it!!
      To my surprise my doctor husband does not relate the discomfort to the depo shots that he faithfully gave me. My life has changed so so much that I hate him to an extent that I wish he… I wish he was a lay man!
      However, like I have read from other posts, it seems like no research was ever done before releasing the drug to be used for FP. If so, why cant the WHO withdraw the Depo-Provera from the market if they really claim to be having the peoples’ health interest at heart???
      For our sisters who are traumatized like me, please try calcium supplements, vitamin B complex, fish oil and take lots of water on a daily basis. I have found this to work for me.

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  65. Christina says:

    I was on the depo since feb. It has been four months since my shot was due and I haven’t had a period in three months everything is off wack my hormones I’m gaining weight but am constantly throwing up and am depressed thought I was pregnant for three months and went to dr and was told I can’t have kids I just got married and am 17 my doctor said she was going to do the best to make sure I can have kids I start hormones on the 5th any advice I’m scared as he’ll. just wanted one baby right now y’all have expireced this I need advice please

  66. Kristy says:

    I was on the shot long enough to get 2 injections, and before it was time for me to get the 3rd I decided to discontinue using it. The first month I had a regular period, but the month after I got one that was really heavy. That’s been in June, and I’ve not stopped bleeding since. I was due getting the shot nov. 11th, and of course I did not take it. I am still bleeding, but it seems it isn’t nearly as heavy. I was curious as to if anyone knew how long this bleeding might continue since I’ve not taken the shot?

  67. Lucy says:

    I have just turned 18 years old. I was on the shot for almost 2 years. I was getting my shots from a Brooke clinic. The nurse refused me the shot since I had a low BMI and had apparently lost weight since going on the shot 2 years ago. (I am naturally very skinny, although eat a lot of food). The nurse was unsure about whether it was safe for me to be on the shot since it can do a lot of damage to the bones. She recommended that I have the coil instead but I am really unsure about getting it.

    Since coming off the depo my boyfriend and I have been having unprotected sex but haven’t had sex as often as whilst on the shot. I have been with my boyfriend for almost 3 years. Whilst on the shot I had a much higher sex drive. Since coming off the shot I have none at all and do not really enjoy him touching me at all.

    I got irregular bleeding during the shot. When I first came off the shot I had an extremely heavy period which is unusual for me. I have now been off the shot for a couple of months and my periods are irregular. For the past couple of weeks I have had a slight brown discharge which is ongoing. A while back whilst on the depo I had stomach cramps which resulted in a large blood clot lump.

    Another side effect of the depo that really affected me was mood swings. I would very often get very angry for no reason. I also got very depressed at times and suffered bad anxiety. Leaving the house and going out with my friends became a daunting task for me although I have always been quite a shy person.

    I was also very tired all the time. I would often get home from school about midday and sleep for hours. Since coming off the shot I am still quite tired but try not to sleep during the day and if I do, not for very long.

    I feel better since coming off the shot, however, have not been off for long enough to properly tell. One last thing…. since stopping the depo, I have been experiencing very bad migraines/headaches (usually in the evening before going to bed). Someone mentioned on here that the use of ‘Agnus Castus’ tablets can help. I will consider giving them a go since they supposedly help with mood swings and menstrual cramps.

  68. Rebecca says:

    Been on depo since May 2010. It stopped my period completely, I lost serious weight real fast and I stopped crying about the stupidest things. I reacted very well to the drug and had no noticeable side effects until I couldn’t afford it anymore. I was supposed to get my next shot back in September, it’s the end of November now and the depression I find myself in is reminiscent of being a hormonal teenager. I spent many years as a suicidal manic depressive and tried so many drugs. Marijuana helps but it’s illegal and not so easy to afford anymore (inflation shouldn’t hit the black market…ugh) and I tried prozac and all those goodies, to no avail. Then I met the Depo shot. It changed my life. Changed who I was a human. I actually felt…happy. Today? I just want to curl up and die from how sad I am. I can’t stop crying and everything feels too overwhelming to keep going. My period came back pretty quick and is now BRUTAL with cramps and the emotions. Oh my god the emotions. I could care less about bone density compared to these horrific feelings.

  69. Holly says:

    I’ve been off depo for about five weeks now and I have been bleeding for about three and a half weeks now . Is this normal or do I need to go to the doctor about it ?

  70. Marquita says:

    i been on depo provera since 2008 and i stop taking ot in may of 2014 and been having real bad cramps and bleeding kn the inside of my vagina dark red and been offf of it for 6 months now going on 7 in december 2014 i also been nauseated sick eyes blurry, dizzy, bout to fall out what could be wrong im only 21 now

  71. Mmaphuti says:

    I stopped to use depo last year october, now i want a baba there is possibilty that i will fall me i realy want a baby

  72. Nicola says:


    I was on the depo for about 4 years- When i came off it everything was fine, my periods came back and i neve rput any weight on. Then i wen ton the Pill for a few months but remembered why i never took that option in the first place.. soo went on the Depo last year. In this year i have put a stone on. So i decided to coem off it and let my body do what it was supposed to do and have a period. Well it has been 3 months.. No period, my face looks like a dot dot page with the amoun tof spots and im always extreamly tired and very moody.

    My first 4 years of depo was a great experience. Nothing bad happend and i cam eon my period a week after coming of the depo.. But now i dont feel like me, im moody and snappy and my break outs are awful.

    I guess its a downfall for the depo :(

  73. Sandra says:

    I wish I had known all the side effects I would experience coming off of it, it has been hell ever since (last shot was Aug 2013, on it since nov 2010, had it every three months) we were hoping to start trying to conceive at this point but with so many side effects still happening I’m worried I won’t be able to. You name it I’ve had it. Migraines, tender breasts, hot flashes, cold sweats, missed periods, heavy periods, 2wk long periods, spotting all month…. It has yet to end. If you haven’t started it, don’t!

  74. Jessica says:

    Hello, I am ow starting to worry, and thinking about going top see my doctor. I am a 23 year old female. And where do I start, I went on the injection when I was 15 I then came off it when I was 16 1/2, I them met my current partner and decided to go on the implant I was was not ready to become a mum, I had the implant in for the whole 3 years, then returned back to the injection, I came off the injection July last year as I was aware it may stay in my system for a while thinking me and my partner was ready for a family as a couple months passed we decided I should go on the pill you take everyday (you don’t stop for periods you carry on taking it) as I’m not able to have any other contraception. We then decided we really was ready and I stopped all contraception around September October 2013. And I still have not become pregnant? I have had regular 28 to 30 day cycles for the past 4 months but I don’t think I am overlating everytime, how can I help my body return? It is starting to worry and I don’t want to sound silly going to the doctors but if I haven’t seen any change etc by the end of February I think I need to go just to put my mind at rest as I am not starting to believe o can’t have children and me and my partner are desperate to have our own little family.

  75. Rachel says:

    (15yo) When I took the shot, I thought it was safe and a good way to get rid of the torment of my period every month ( First day id barf every single time and couldnt move.. Heavy and lasted a week and a half). Little did I know.. On Aug. 19th 2014 I skated down a steep hill with confidence and ended up practically roadkill. Except the car was parked….. I took the shot Sep. 13th 2014 thinking that all would go well. But the shot stopped my body from trying to heal itself. I has been almost 4 months (if im counting right) since I broke my collarbone and im still not fully healed. When i took the shot I thought I was period free, but when the week came for mother nature to give me the red light, I started. And ever since I havent stopped. Yes. A period for that long? That must be hell! Well believe it or not, you get used to it. The whole shabang. My parents took me to the doctor even though they were still hating on me for taking it. They ran a few tests and they confirmed im not anemic. The doctor told my parents I could take one of the forms of the pill to help regulate my periods, but my dad being the dad he is, refused. Almost 13 weeks now and im hoping its almost out of my system… Im 5’4′ and 106lbs… I know its different for everyone but how long will it take?!? I realise this isnt yahoo answers and that it’ll take a while for a response, but as you can see.. Im patient

  76. tesha says:

    Hello woman I have been on depo/provera since may-Aug 2014 oct. Came on a 4 day period. But nov. I been on my period in still haven’t ended. Very bad back aches,headaches,anxiety,very moody,not sexually active don’t wanna be touched, craving still gained 20lbs so many different side effects I wouldn’t advise anybody to get this birth control

  77. bekki says:

    I started taking depo at the age of 13 because my parents made me. My doc never told me or my parents about side effects. I just got off of it now that im 17, 4 years later. I have been off for 3 months now and have continous bleeding mood swings tender breast acne and bloating. I am sick of this no one informed me of any of this and I was to young to do research
    I do not want to take more pills or any sort to help the detox is there a natural way to over come this?

    • Rachel says:

      As far as I know, you just have to wait it out! Drink ALOT of water, that seems to help me… I only took it once and I haven’t stopped bleeding. When I went to the docs(not pp) they said that the pill helps to regualte it but thats up to you..

  78. Tori says:

    I’ve been reading through just about every single comment and haven’t found one that matches my symptoms. I was on the shot for over a year and decided to stop back in October. During the time I had the shot, I had a non-stop period. For a year straight. It wasn’t even spotting, this was full on. Being anemic as it is, I decided to get off the shot because I started getting dizzy and extremely tired, which was common for me when I was low on iron. I took all my vitamins, even extra iron to help with the anemia but nothing helped. Ever since stopping the shot, the bleeding has stopped but worse symptoms came. I’ve had extreme stomach pains, especially during or right after eating. I’ve had chronic nausea, I’ve lost a lot of weight just because I simply can’t eat. I’m lucky if I can eat a piece of Odin toast without feeling like I want to puke. My depression has severely kicked in to the point I had to take a leave of absence from college to try and recollect myself. My period hasn’t returned either. I haven’t had any sex since July/August and I’ve never missed a shot, so there’s no way I’m pregnant. I’m beginning to think that constant period wasn’t so bad.. I’m starting to get really scared that something is really wrong and lacking in health insurance doesn’t help at all. I just want to be able to eat again. I haven’t been able to return to my normal life in months. If anyone has any advice, please, email me at

  79. lauren says:

    Ok, I am 19 and I have been put on the depo shot maybe 3 or 4 times, and I haven’t had a period in over a year. The last depo shot I got was probably back in 2013, its really scarring me because idk what’s going on. And I really hope this doesn’t effect me from having kids in the future, so if there is anyway possible please comment back and tell me what you think. Thank you for your time and effort

  80. Heli Washington says:

    I am 44yrs old. I started the Depo shot July 16,2014. I started bleeding on 07/21/2014 and still have not stopped 12/16/2014 today. What can i do to stop the bleeding? Doctor said that this is normal. What part of this is normal. Certain test that was normal Albumin and kidney are abnormal. Urine keytones are abnormal. The depression is worse and i haven’t made love to my husband in almost five months. HELP ME.

  81. Storm Botha says:

    Hi, I am currently on the depo, and recently did some research and learned about the bone density issues to do with the depo. I also read that I shouldn’t be on the depo for more than two years. I have been on the depo for four years, and my drs have only mentioned stopping it when advising me to think about children. I have never been informed about the side effects and since I found out I have noticed other issues. I was on the contraceptive implant at 18, which is almost exactly when I began suffering from anxiety, which has continued and is getting worse. I have noticed breathing problems, especially when I am sleeping; and when I was training earlier in the year I had pains in my bones, and had no idea it was related to my birth control. I feel as though I cannot trust my doctors to give me accurate advice, but I want to stop all chemical contraception, and I just don’t know if I can simply stop the injection. Then there are the symptoms that follow. I am scared, and trying to find some educated advice.

  82. Shanise says:

    Hello, so I have been off depo for over 18 weeks and still no sign of my actual cycle. Just some spotting here and there. Without a cycle, Is there any chance that I can get pregnant?

  83. Katherine says:

    Im 19 now and was 18 when I got the shot. I was kinda pressured into getting it. Never did my doctor explain to me the side effects of the after. I’m afraid that my cycle will last forever. I never was sexually active and this will make my first year in college….me personally I never thought I needed the contraceptive …but my mom told me that I did and yes at 18 you make your own decisions. This I can say was the biggest mistake of my life and im afraid my body will never go back to my normal 3day cycle without cramps, headaches, and drowsiness. I swear thats all I feel since having taking the shot in February. I have bad mood swings and emotions poor out like water. I’ve always been sensitive. But now im more depressed than ever …all I do is cry…ABOUT EVERYTHING LITERALLY.

    • bree says:

      That’s normal between the first few months of stopping your hormones are going crazy making your menstral cycle worse and your mood change very easily these are temporary side effects

  84. tiffany says:

    I been on depo for 5 years recently stop taking it this june an ive been having a period every month but I did not have one in September. I want to get pregnant an im curious to how long ill have to wait since I been on for so long.

  85. bree says:

    I recently stopped depo provera about 4 1\2 months ago. I’m 16 years old and was on it for two years. While I was on depo I had no menstral cycle I just got my first menstral cycle in two years how long until my menstral cycle is over?

  86. Karrie says:

    I am 28 and decided to stop using the depo shot this year after using it continuously since I was 19. I loved the depo shot! As someone who forgets things, I thought it was a reliable, effective use of birth control.

    With that being said, I was horrified to read about the bone density issues, as well as the possibility for difficulties in becoming pregnant. I decided this year I would stop because my husband and I have been disgussing having a family. My last shot was in May, it is now December…not a single period.

    I think the most frustrating part about this process, is I feel so deceived. I feel frustrated that doctors never mentioned the possible horrors this drug could cause. As a 28 year old, I now know to be weary of birth control but how sad I had to research and discover for myself. I may not have listened at 19, 20, 21, but I feel disgusted a doctor never mentioned the potential problems of starting a family in the near decade I was on the depo shot. Thank you for educating women, I wish one of my many doctors had. I feel scared and nervous for future fertility.

    Also interestingly, I was diagnosed with bipolar2 within the first year starting the depo.

  87. Alexis says:

    I’ve been on the depo for about 2 – 2 and a half years. I feel like for most for the first year I was on it I was always spotting, don’t know why I stayed on it for so long..I decided to switch to the pills to get my period regular again. It worked but I gained weight so I thought id give the depo another try. Since I’ve been on it I get my period once sometimes twice in between shots. It comes unexpected and really heavy it just gushes out and stays for a week or 2. I hate it. I’m supposed to go back for my shot in a few days but don’t want to continue it. I’m planning to go to the pill just to regulate my period again. I wish I never started the depo…just not worth it :(

  88. Tawanda Clark says:

    I also hate the depo shot. I had baby number six in June of this year and intended on getting my tubes tied right away. However, I had to wait 90 days before that could be done. For safety measures the hospital recommended that I get the depo shot. I thought it wasn’t a bad idea since I didn’t have to worry about pregnancy for three months. I didn’t know about the side effects either. While on the shot I experienced achy bones, hot flashes, irregular bleeding for the first month, and weight gain. After the shot I started to bleed so much and heavily that I was prescribed some pills just to get it to slow down. Since I have yet to find out when will my next cycle will come.

  89. Grace Nalukooza says:

    I got a depo shot in August n was supposed to get the other on November 14 but I didn’t go back 4 it but the side effects r horrible I keep waking up in the night night sweats I feel sick joint aches n I ‘ve been bleeding since November 10 wat can I do

  90. Grace Nalukooza says:

    I got a depo shot in august n I was supposed to get another on Nov 14 but I didn’t go but I haven’t stopped bleeding lightly since Nov 10 n I feel sick joint pain I keep waking up at night n I am worried all the time…wat can I do

  91. Heather says:

    I was on Depo for 6 years. The only downsides I found were weight gain and headaches towards the end of the three months. I had no period at all and had minor spotting every 6 months or so. I stopped due to my headaches getting worse and now it is awful. I’ve had my period over a month now, major mood swings, bad cramps, and tender breasts. Most people I’ve heard on it had these when they were starting it, but I’m having it now that I’m off it.

  92. markita says:

    oh my gosh. I thought maybe I was crazy until I did research about depo. I am 20 years old I first had the copper iud which worked perfectly. until it kept falling out. so of course planned parent hood suggested DEPO!! me knowing nothing about it just that its carefree an worry free I got it. I gained weight even when I worked hard to get my baby weight off from my daughter I gained that back. I started to feel disconnected as if I was high or something. I got hot flashes my period stopped and I became very moody. but that isn’t the end I decided I am done with this trash. depo would not let me go I took one dose just one an when I decided to stop I couldn’t sleep found my self up all night. then when I would get up i would be so tired with my one year old an so moody. next I started having maybe panic attacks I don’t know what u would call them. I would wake up through the night with my mind spinning an heart racing scared for my life didn’t know what was going on it was like I was high but was having a bad trip. my fiance would hold my hand an help me through it. at obgyn he found that since depo stopped my period I have a cyst in my ovariansbso he put me on a low dose of the pill to start my period an help the cyst go away. things have gotten worse i stopped the pill an I plan on detoxing this crap out of my system I rather have another baby then go through this seriously I’m scared if I don’t detox I’ll be put in a nut house because the panic attacks are getting worse through the nights. please if you are using this drug stop it now. women talk about they have periods lasting for long months stop whining after women on depo are going through much worse I am 20 years old and engaged and I have no sex drive I can’t get wet and sex is painful and I am moody I feel disconnected an I have weird panic attacks through the night

    • lanie says:

      Hello, I am 20 years old and got my first shot of depo almost a month ago I have been spotting every single day since. The spotting has not been heavy and has not been red blood I am scared to have sex because of this shot I’m afraid since I’ve been bleeding for about a month straight that it’s not very reliable. And I am not using it for periods just as a birth control .. Any helper suggestions?

  93. lhanz says:

    after my last injection in a two weeks i felt the pain in my upper legs seems like i can’t stand on my own feet.i think my bones are broken

  94. nikki says:

    Hi I have read all your posts about periods that last 4 months but I was wondering if any of you ladies have experienced no bleeding even after stopping my last injection?? Last shot was Feb 14 and still waiting on any sort of bleeding as this was the main reason I stopped the shots!! I have also very sore pain in my knees bones etc.. Xx

  95. Iceis says:

    - I Decided To Take Depo Provera & It Made My Hair Start Falling Out Within Days Of The Injection . My Shot Has Worn Off But My Hair Still Falls Out . Why Is This Happening ?

  96. Ky'Andra Abernathy says:

    I was put on the depo shot when I was about 16 but only got the shot once and ever since my cycle has been irregular. There’s times where it wouldn’t come for months and I would go to the doctor and get these pills that I would have to take for a week so my cycle would come. So now that I’m 20 I haven’t had my cycle since September 17th of 2014 I would have stomach cramps every now and then and then on December 28th I got a heavy brown discharge out of no where is that normal?

  97. Shay says:

    I had been on depo since I was 17 I bled on and off for the first three months. Then I completely stopped having periods. I recently stopped taking my shot in September and I started having a semi period today as of December 30th. Usually if I’m late on my shot I get it and the bleeding stops so I’ll find out today but so far it has worked for me I drink milk and work out so my bones are good

  98. Josee says:

    Hi, I had just one shot. It was after a had an abortion. I didn’t take the second one, because I didn’t feel good. The symptoms was overwhelming. Now that I am off of it I still don’t feel well. I haven’t had my period yet. How long does it take after being off of the depo do we get our period back on track?

    • Serena H says:

      It can take up to 6 months after your next expected date of your next shot. So if your next shot is in February, then it can be 6 months after that date. My suggestion is to not take another shot because the side effects are too bad. Find another contraceptive.

  99. Suzanne H says:

    I can relate to a lot of the information here. I was on depo for about one year or less. It has been almost two years and my cycle is still erratic. I’ll have spotting for days which then goes away. Then a week later I start with a full blown period that ends quickly. Then a week or two later it happens all over again. The tenderness and pain in my breasts is often unbearable. Sometimes they feel swollen and hot, like abnormally hot, to the touch. I never had these problems when I was on the pill. Depo was awful and I cannot believe it is still affecting my life today.

  100. yvonne gordon says:

    Hi im a lupus sufferer and would like to know if taking the depo injection stops you from having your period or not ?

  101. Haleigh B. says:

    Got my shot on September 16th 2014 while on my period. Stopped it right away until October 5th 2014. It has not stopped bleeding since. It’s been 3 month straight with no signs of stopping. This was after only one shot and I’ve tried multiple ways to cease the breakthrough bleeding with no luck. I became anemic as well. Ladies, do NOT get this shot. (Hair thinning, bone density thinning, brittle teeth-and I’m only 22 at 5’1″ and 100lbs.) Still desperately trying to find a way to stop the bleeding but I’m keeping my chin up. That’s all I can do. Any suggestion to get rid of this bleeding would be greatly appreciated.

  102. Brianna says:

    Back on November 6th I had unprotected sex. At first we were playing around and we had started dry humping and then He didn’t go in all the way, he had just put it in me once and after that I had told him to get off because I was scared and he did. I had asked him constantly if he pre cumed or cumed In me he said he didn’t he didn’t feel wet at all. I didn’t believe him so I had went to my healthcare provider on the 19th of Nov and we did a urine and blood test both came out negative. But when i took the urine test I had a pinkish brownish discharge? She said it could be from all my stress and that I was going to get my period. But I had never had that before. But my period only lasted for 3 days was kinda medium not to heavy. A week later I went back and got on the depo shot. And I’ve been having nausea, feeling really tired, my upper stomachs hurting and Lowe stomach. It just gives lots of discomfort, it’s getting bigger and my pelvic areas getting bigger too is this normal?? And I’ve taken 5 pregnancy tests in Dec all came out negative. And I started to spot on New Years eve it started really light brown and then now it’s going to a reddish brownish spotting. took another pregnancy test today and it came out negative. Im freaking out because I heard you can get a false negative an im afraid im one of those people. Could I be pregnant???:( or could the depo provera shot be making me feel this way??

  103. Diane says:

    Hi does anyone have any info for me I have had the depo for the last 9 months no periods at all. I’m due to have it again in February but all of a sudden I have started my period again after. 9 months of not having one just had a smear which came back clear does anyone know why this has happened or if something is wrong thanks

  104. Rita says:

    Same here I’ve been off from the depo since august I stil haven’t had a period since then.. Have no idea and I always have arm aches and legs since then… The first time I tuk the injection I had severe cramps and headaches I changed to the 3 months and I decided to quite. Now I’m waiting for my period to return to normal again…… They should hve told us about the side effects…

  105. fatima leon says:

    I have been on the depo shot for a little over 4 years. And every time a month before im due to get it again i start bleeding. Usually it stops with the shot. But the last couple of months ive been having brown discharge after the shot. It wont go away! What can i do? Its very uncomfortable and annoying

    • Serena H says:

      So say your last injection was in January and your suppose to get your next injection in April. It can take up to 6 months from your next expected injection date (April). So your period might not come back til October.

  106. paige says:

    I am only 18 and came of depo the 14th December 2014 ,since then I haven’t stopped bleeding and it’s been really heavy, when do you think my period will go back to normal?

  107. bri says:

    This has been a nightmare. I got 2 cycles of the shot, the last was February of 2014, it’s been nearly a YEAR and my body is unresponsive to sex. I want to do it, im terribly attracted to my partner, but I have to use lube every time. I’m in my late 20s. The tingly urge is not there even though I’m emotionally into it. I’ve tried diet, exercise, quitting smoking, drinking tons of water. Nothing changed. This shot flipped a switch in my body and has taken a lot away from me.

    • Brittney says:

      I feel the same way but I haven’t took the shot for 5 years now. Sometimes it takes everything I have to have sex with my husband and I don’t understand what’s going on. I’m very attracted to my husband and during sex is amazing but getting started is the issue. I have had this issue for like 2 years now. I recently quit smoking, this Friday will make 5 weeks and I try to stay away from all the soda and drink more water. I am hoping to see a change soon.

  108. kristi says:

    Alot people have to read on it first when it comes to depo shots its only suppose to be used for temporary until u find a more long term birth control. Depo is not suppose to be used for so many years thats why u will have bone loss and all those other symptoms and yes the longer u are on it will prevent u from being able to get pregnant or even have a period. My doctor informed of all this and if u look it up it does tell u this stuff, so if u trying to do a lawsuit its not going to go through not trying to be harsh but there is pamplets and information about it and your doctors should have informed u, if not u all need a new doctor!!

  109. nay says:

    I toom my depo shot in may it made me feel funny so i decided not to take the next shot which would’ve been due in August now mind i i bleed from june all the qay to October then it stopped now its january and i had no period since October i dont know what the problem is i took pregnancy tests they are negative i gained weight also

  110. Julia Green says:

    This is my first time taking depo and i have been on my period for a month and i want to know how long will it take before i come off my period

  111. Deyra says:

    If you are 17 or 18 and have been on the depo shot for about two years and miss a shot for about two months and have been having unprotected sex regularly is their a chance of being pregnant if it’s been over one/two months since the last shot was due?

  112. Sophia says:

    I’ve been on depo for about 8 months now which means I’m about to get my second shot. I have been haveing / brow/ red discharge everyday for thoes 8 months. It’s not as heavy as a period. I want to know how much longer it will take for it to stop.

  113. sarah says:

    Had one depo shot in september. Its january and still no period. It stopped my period right away. Side effects for me was extreme sleepiness, crying for no reason and like I said still no period… wondering if it will ever return. General history high estrogen, ovarian cysts.

  114. Nicole says:

    I got off of the depo shot December 17th. I have been on my period for eleven days now. I got on the shot because my cramps were so bad. Now, I am having bad cramps, &&’ my blood has been brown the whole time.

  115. Grace Nalukooza says:

    I took only one shot n I didn’t go back for another n now it’s been 2 months my breasts r sore n am gaining weight…..could I be pregnant

  116. Brittney says:


    I was on the Depo-Provera shot for 2 years. While I was using it, I loved it. I had bad menstrual cramps before taking it and hated having a period. When my doctor put me on Depo-Provera, I immediately stopped having periods and with that, didn’t have any more cramps. I didn’t have a period for 2 years but I gained over 60 pounds!! September of 2009 I quit taking the Depo-Provera shot and was waiting for that lovely period to come back. I didn’t have a period for 1 year after I stopped taking it and still to this day I do not have a regular period. I can go months with out having a period but sometimes only be a week or so late. September of 2015 will make 6 years I have been off the Depo-Provera shot. Me and my husband have been together for 4 years and have never used protection during sex. We are now wanting to start a family but me not having a regular period makes it very difficult to know when I’m ovulating. After stopping the Depo-Provera I have noticed that before every period I get symptoms of pregnancy like tender beast, frequent urination, nausea and bloating. This can last for weeks sometimes. My doctor tells me to get birth control pills to ovulate my period but honestly I don’t want to take birth control ever again! I am starting to think that I will never have a regular period again and maybe this has lessen my chance to get pregnant. I am so over whelmed over the whole situation and DON’T recommend anyone to take it!!

    • michelle says:

      I thought I was the only one that was dealing with this issue I thought it was all in my head because I didn’t hear of anymore stories from women but my own. Why don’t we all come together and do something that shot RUINED my life at the age of 19. I have never been the same and my medical records can prove that. Also all the side effects that they talk about now was nothing I read and signed to in 1997. If anybody wants to join me I’m going to do alot of research take notes and find SOMEONE who will listen. My email is please feel free to reach me.

  117. vivienne says:

    i had my last depo in july in August i was diagnosed with high blood pressure im 37 and have 3 kids im trying for another but how long will it take to fall pregnant and will the high blood have an impact on getting pregnant

  118. Aquila says:

    I got my first shot on September 25 &’ I’m still spotting what can I do to make it stop I hate this fuckin shot its the worst NEVER EVER IN MY LIFE will this be an option bullshit I can’t do anything ..smh

  119. maranda says:

    i got my shot in aug. 2014 and bleed until dec. 22… i missed my appointment to take the next shot because i bleed for too long but i did have unprotected sex during that time frame of bleeding but it was more of spotting not heavy bleeding……since i chose not to get back on it i havent had a period and my back hurts along with abdominal pain that comes and goes…also my breast are tender ….i feel things at time moving but it could be gas as well as baby but you never know unless you test…

    • Kelly says:

      I have exact problem. My 1st shot in October, and my 2nd shot should be 01/15/15. I don’t think I will ever get it again. I still bleeding after almost 3 moths, and I don’t know how long it gonna last. I am sooooo tired and frustrated.

  120. Alexandra says:

    I see a lot of people complaining about the depo shot. In my experience it was the best birth control ever. I used to have periods that lasted 7-9 days. The worst cramps that would bring me to tears. I was miserable. Then I got pregnant and had my son in may 2013. I had a c section but still had a period or bleeding for about a week. Afterwards I got my first depo shot. And that was it. No more periods, not even spotting. No cramps, mood swings, no weight gain. I loved it. I had absolutely no problem with it. I just stopped taking it a couple months ago and I started my period a few weeks after. Only since we’re trying for another baby. But I will definitely be getting back on it afterwards! I don’t know why people are wanting to get rid of this form of birth control. Birth control works different for everyone! We’re not all the same. If you don’t like it then try something else. But for me and a friend of mine and I’m sure a lot of other women actually like it.

  121. Catherine London says:

    I haven’t ever felt as horrible in my life as I did on the depo shot. I had terrible weight gain in the two years that I took the shot, equaling almost 70 pounds, my hair fell out in chunks, my teeth were brittle and sensitive (still are almost a year later), my feet swelled up three times the size they are, my hands and fingers would swell up also. I had horrible mood swings and I almost think that the depo shot gave me hallucinations and odd thoughts that made me think that everyone was out to get me. My relationship suffered very badly too. He didn’t want to be around me because of the way that I acted, I constantly accused him of cheating and doing things he didn’t and wasn’t doing. I believe that this birth control ruined my life for two and a half years and I am SO glad I’m off of it. I lost 16 pounds in the first week I wasn’t on the depo shot, the water weight alone was insane! I hope that all of you will rethink taking this horrible birth control and stick to the methods that you know work, and are safer!

    If anyone wants to contact me my e-mail is :)

  122. Alex braeger says:

    If I have been on the depo for over 15 years how long will it be before I have a period and will they be painful and heavy!? I am not looking to get pregnant but want to know what to expect after such a long time!

  123. Rachael says:

    I took one depo shot October 2013. I started to get a very light period October 2014, but was not ovulating. I started to ovulate in December 2014, however, my period is still very light and not back to “normal”. I have been trying to conceive and am worried that I will not be able to until my period is back to “normal”. I have started to track my ovulation and have been unsuccessful in conceiving. My question is, is there anything I can do to speed up the process. I’ve tried “waiting”, but 16 months after one injection, I am becoming concerned.

  124. Kendra says:

    How do I lose this weight I’ve gained since taking the depo.. I’ve gained about 10 lbs and I’ve never eaten so healthy and excersied so much and I can not seem to get rid of this… Would switching to a different birth control change or do I just have to weight it out? Help!!!

  125. Christina says:

    I think Depo is making me ill. I have been on the shot for around three years. I’ve had nothing but panic attacks, Anxiety, headaches everyday, sleep patterns have changed. Recently over the past six months I’ve got heartburn like when I was pregnant at 17. My stomach hurts like heck. It cramps and then spasms after I take Pepcid. I’ve been to the hospital 4x and they say sever acid reflux. My gastroenterologist says functional dyspepsia with nerve problems. My back kills me everyday. I have cramps and spasm head to toe. Don’t forget mood swings. My last shot was dec 5th 2014. How long until it all wears off if I stop the shot?

  126. Shantell Campbell says:

    I haven’t Seen my period in like 7 months after taken shot, I bleed something an that just started doing that 2 weeks ago. Help me I’m t trying to.have a family here

  127. Jmarie says:

    I’m on depo right now my next shot is 2/5/15 to 2/19/15 but I don’t want to take the shot anymore I want to take the pills but can I start te pills now or when can I start them I’ve been bleeding for almost two weeks now

  128. jodie says:

    Hi i had the depo jab over 8 months ago last n only had 3 shots. I was bleeding non stop on it n itching. I have had no cotroseption yet.. I had two periods last month having unptected sex with my babyfather/partner all the time. Have no period this month yet.. Taking hpt n all negative.. I just want to know if i can have more kids n want to soon as.

  129. Kelly says:

    I had my first Depo shot on 10/16/14,and I missed my period of October . Nightmare start in November when I start to it is jan 10,2015 and I am still bleeding. I have mood swing, my body have cramp, lower abdomen feel aching like when you have period. I am frustrated, so is my husband . One shot, and the bad effect take too long. I want my normal period back :(

  130. shannon k says:

    I am turning 43 in a couple of months and decided to stop getting depo shots last month. I have been on depo more on then off the last 15 years abouts and have chosen to stop to be able to see what my body is doing in regards to menopause.

    I would really love to see more information regarding the impact long term use and if it has any influence with menopause. Does it help it come faster as it does in some ways mimic menopause? Because of being on it so long was my body already put into it like if I had a hysterectomy? With my age and length of use is there still a risk of pregnancy?

    I have a lot of questions and there just arent answers, that I have found anyway. I must say though that I used depo for all these years because it worked without the horrible side effects I got from other methods.

    • Sandra says:

      Shannon – I am looking for the same thing! I have been on the shot for 18 years now; never had a period but am 51, almost 52, and want to get off of it to see if I am in/through menopause. I can’t find any information out there either. Every one has given their symptoms but I don’t know the things I experience are/were caused by the shot. Hope I find something because everything I have read, it could be H*** when I stop.

  131. Gabrielle says:


  132. chastity says:

    My last injection was July 2012. I’m still not having a regular period or able to conceive. What to do to get periods regular again

  133. Serena H says:

    I totally regret taking the Depo shot. I was on it for about a year and a half. My treatment ended in March 2014 because I felt I was gaining too much weight and I began to break out on my cheeks. ( Which I have never broke out on my cheek area even in my teenage years). Since getting off the shot my acne on my cheeks have got significantly worse and worse. I have used every preventive otc product to help fight acne but nothing is working. My hormones are so unbalanced and the acne problems are bring down my self esteem. I wish I never went on this Depo shot.

  134. Sarah Ann says:

    I got on depo in July of 2011 & decided to get off of it & not go in on May of 2013 to get it anymore. I have had bad headaches, nausea, still gaining weight no matter what i do, dizziness, white discharge that smells really bad and no matter what I do doesn’t go away, hot flashes, & pretty much all of the symptoms of pregnancy. I’ve had to pay much money to pay off doctor bills because of the effects. Before depo i had tells regular periods that lasted about 3 days and barely any cramping at all. Now I have had a period lasting the past 5 weeks and i have severe cramps leading to me missing college and work. I can’t afford to do this unfortunately. Would like to know if anyone else has this discharge & how to help the horrible smell? Also recently i have met a woman who makes essential oil blends and candles, etc. From home. She made me a blend that relieves me of all my cramps! Here is her Facebook page where she sells the blend!

  135. Tiffany says:

    It’s weird because ween I was on the shot I would have spotting but I was on it for 3 months now since I’ve been off it I have not had no period no spotting no nothing

  136. Jordan says:

    I was on the Depo shot when i was 16 and i stopped it after my second dose i am 20 now and i only have spotting periods when ever they chose to come. I want to start a family now but no matter what still cant get pregnant and the last period I can recall was in November 8th of 2014 and havent had one since i have had 2 pregnancy test in November and December that came up negative. I dont know what to do but i feel like the depo shot might have something to do with this but not sure. If any one can tell me whats wrong with my body it would greatly be appreciated, Thank you.

  137. Canesha Washington says:

    There wasn’t anything wrong with getting the shot every three months. Until I start to see changes and my body like I start to spot a month after my first shot. I thought something was wrong with me. My doctor did tell me the side effects at all . I was not to happy with the spotting every day for two months . So I decided to stop getting the shot . It been two months now and I am not spot or have a period and I am happy about it.I was cramping light cramps I thought I was pregnant until it took a taste and it come back negative.

  138. Canesha Washington says:

    There wasn’t anything wrong with getting the shot every three months. Until I start to see changes and my body like I start to spot a month after my first shot. I thought something was wrong with me. My doctor did tell me the side effects at all . I was not to happy with the spotting every day for two months . So I decided to stop getting the shot . It been two months now and I am not spot or have a period and I am happy about it.I was cramping light cramps I thought I was pregnant until it took a taste and it come back negative.
    I was very upset that it was negative but then I was happy and I can wait until the time is right .

  139. Susan Jesson says:

    I came off my depo 5 weeks and 1 day and I have not seen my period s yet and I have had sex y could it be y I have not had a period

  140. candace smith says:

    I haven’t took depo in 5 months now and my period still haven’t came on. Im very concerned. Im also not pregnant. Whatshould I do?

    • Jessica says:

      It’s normal to not get periods on the depo. Just take calcium supplements because it’s linked to decreases in bone mass. However, I loved it for years and now going through the worst time after stopping it. Sore breasts, headaches, dizziness, mood swings, horrible cramps, spotting, now a yeast infection because of the hormone changes. Hope this goes back to normal soon!

  141. Stephanie G says:

    Ive been on depo for almost 2 years now. I was on and off my period for 9 months, everyday but just spotting. After that it just stopped. Ive noticed everytime i have sex the spotting comes back for like 3 days. Not only that (this is very weird since i am 21but would really like to know if anyone else is experiencing this) my vagina is so dry and itchy, i cant even have sex cause it is dry and it hurts. Gotten tested for stds and everything so its not and ive noticed this happened when i got on the depo cause i couldnt have sex for the longest time due to all the spotting!!! Im so tired of it and my sex drive is just like gone! So annoying. On top of that i have the crazy fatigue to where its so hard for me to get out of bed! Back hurts, cant run without my knees and ankles feel like theyre rubbing against each bone. The inly thing this shot helped out with was helping me gain weight and stopping my crazy heavy periods!!! But now its like i just want my periods back id go through that than going through this horrible mess! My boyfriend even claims ive changed a lot mood wise with this period, i completely rage out and lose control over the smallest things. This thing is horrible and now that ive these comments ive came to realize all this ive been going through is all because of the shot!! I hate it! Someone please tell me their experiencing the itchyness and dryness? Am i the only one here?

  142. Irma Sanchez says:

    I have a question I got off the depo shot 3 months ago last month which is December 1 I had got my period and got off it the 4th which I believe o had to get it this month January 1 but I still haven’t gotten it till this day is it risky for me to be pregnant?

  143. Keandra says:

    I been off the depo for two years and I feel that I still have side effect problems from being on it! Does birth control pills help regulate it out your system at least? I been taking thyroid care and it seems to helping out!

  144. cassie says:

    Hi i had my last shot march 2014 and i just started getting a regular flow the past two months but this month (January 2015) I’ve already got my period twice the first time was completely normal. Second time it has been really heavy changing a tampon every 20 mins to a hour for the past 6 days

  145. Engela says:

    i got the injection in October and was due for my next injection on the 5th but not sure if its a good idea because ive had my period since i got the injection and when having sex it makes the bleeding worse. Does anyone know how i can stop the bleeding? I thought maybe going on the pill might work ,any suggestions?

  146. Stephanie Garcia says:

    I started the depo in march of 2014 April and May I had no period then June I had it for 10 days I went for my second injection n my period started July 25th ended August 22nd almost a month so in September was my next one I decided not to do it September I had spotting for like an hr same thing happen in October now it’s January 2015 still no period I hope it comes down soon

  147. leigh says:

    I was on the depo from 13-14, never had a period. Well when I got off it, my period never came back.i gained over 60 pounds even eating right and exercising. At 21 I got put on the pill and it came back one month. Now depo again shot is due the 26th, im really worried that my period won’t come back and that irs made it garder for me to get pregnant. Almost 26 and im ready to start a family

  148. Soph says:

    Hi I’ve been on the depo injection for a year now I had spotting of blood for months until all of a sudden 3months it had stopped I had the injection again in December due my next one in March and I’ve started bleeding again is this normal … I’m not sure this is my first ever contriseptive I’ve been on could you help please

  149. jenny says:

    Hi I had an appont the 5 of januarybbut I forgot n they told me to wait until I get my period but me and my husband had unprotected sex and he came is their a chance am pregnant.

  150. sharon mkhaliphi says:

    my life is now up side down.i have been on my periods for 5 months non-stop.i only took the depo injection 4 one month on june 2014 and i didn’t go back again.i have a terrible headache everyday,i always feel tired and i am always dizzy.please help me please tell me what to do

  151. Sandra Walker says:

    I was on injection for 25 years with no break no periods I never had any problems and only just come of it due to the doctor saying I’m 44 need to stop

  152. Lesleiy says:

    I was on the depo shot for about a year. I don’t know why it took me so long to realize that this isn’t a good method of birth control. There was constant irregular bleeding, a lot of spotting for many weeks. This was annoying because I have a partner and we weren’t able to have a healthy sex life. When I wasn’t spotting or on my period, I couldn’t become aroused (vaginal dryness). I say it’s because of all the synthetic hormones injected in my blood stream. My doctor never informed me on all of these side effects and kept saying the bleeding was normal, and she wasn’t helpful. I decided to switch to the patch, and I like it way more than the depo. I highly recommend switching to the patch.

  153. Lou says:

    Being on the depo was great for 7 yrs. I didn’t have my period and everything was okay. However, getting off it is the opposite. I was supposed to get my next shot in Nov but decided I want to have a baby so I skipped it. Now I’m in limbo sometimes I feel that I’m pregnant with all the symptoms and other times I feel like I’m starting menopause. My emotions are up and down! Is there anything I can do, eat or take that can help me feel a little bit better?

  154. heather says:

    I have been on depo 3 times. I have reacted differently each time and won’t be using it again. The last time has been horrendous. Was due last shot 3 weeks ago but decided against due to bleeding which i never experienced with depo before. Never had adverse reaction when withdrawing before but this time i’m a mess. Other half even nade me do a pregnancy test as he was convinced i was pregnant. Sore, leaky boobs, cravings, weight gain, extreme exhaustion and the good old pregnancy scatter brain. I’m definitely not pregnant!

    • Jessica says:

      Same thing for me. I got my last shot in August 2014 after years of being on it fine…no period, no mood swings, I loved it. Now since I’ve gotten off, didn’t go in Nov to get it, Jan has been bad. Sore breasts, cramps, mood swings, cravings, weight gain, yeast infections because of the changing hormones. This is horrible.

  155. Dylan Blackwell says:

    I am thinking about stopping my Depo shot. My next injection is suppose to be January 28th, so if you could get back to me before then that would be great!! I’m just wanting to know some of the side effects of stopping the birth control. I have endometriosis so that is part of the reason I started the depo in the first place, so I was kind of wondering how it would effect that as well. I am hoping to try and have a baby too, so I was wondering if there are any vitamins I should be taking or what kind of things I could do to help speed the process along or just help the process at all.

  156. Evelyn says:

    I also hav de same bleeding problem, I had my 1st shot in June 2014 n hav bled full 6months until December, I was never told about de side effects otherwise I wouldn’t hav taken it, on my 3rd shot in November I asked my nurse about it/bleeding n wen it shld stop n she said after this 3rd injection bt it did not. so I took yasmin(pill) for a week to stop de bleeding n it stopped right after I got my normal 2day period. bt nw I’m confused as to whether it stopped bcos it ws tym/ yasmin worked or if it stopped bcos I may b pregnant n yasmin messed up. could de active yasmin pills I took hav deactivated de depo? :-(

  157. Crystal Connor says:

    I first started depo shot 2014 in October n bleed for two months straight n I was suppose take the other one which I think is a very bad idea.n I wanna know how long before should I wait to get pregnant…

  158. katie says:

    I have been on the depo for about a year and a half now. I started it because my periods were irregular and my cramps were extremely painful. I havn’t had a period the whole time except for this last month. 3 weeks ago I got one it lasted about a week and stoped it’s around 5 days later now and I got it again… should I be conserned?

  159. Briana says:

    I stared using depo for the first time on December 5, 2014. During the first few weeks I started noticing a big change in my appetite. I was craving more and snacking a lot throughout the day. After a few weeks I began to gain weight. My period was supposed to being around dec 28 but it turned out to be a week late and when it did start all it was, was sporting and it has been like that ever since. I’ve been spotting ever day and it’s annoying. It’s a thick spotting too. Besides that I’ve also been very moody and others have noticed as well. I’ve decided I won’t be going back for the second shot. It’s been such a bad experience for me. I do not recommend this kind of birth control.

  160. Ely says:

    I’m 19 years old & recently started to be sexually active & decided that I should start some birth control.. My doctor suggested the depo shot because she said it was every 3 months.. She never told me that there would be a possiblity that I would be on my period for so long… I got my shot on December the 5th & Ive been bleeding ever since… I just really need some help… I’m so frustrated with this.. I want it to stop & I don’t know what to do… I’m so tired of being on my period… I really just want someone to tell me if after the 3 months will it go away? I’m definetly not planning on continuing with this.. Pleas help?

    • Nicole says:

      Everyone is different. I spotted for the first three months after my first depo shot. Wasnt sure if I wanted to get it again myself but after the 2nd time around I never got my period again for years! I took a break after two years but after a few different birth controls I went back to the depo shot and again, no period. Unfortunately like I said everyone is different. I had a awesome experience with the depo shot. Hated the mirena! Had awful time with it and I can’t take the pill because of migraines. Hope this helps. Take one more cycle if your period doesn’t stop then switch.

  161. Kay Brunt says:

    I have possibly had my last depo this morning. I am 53 and have been on depo for 15 years. During this time I have experienced weight gain, mood swings, terrible headaches, sore breasts, dry skin, zero libido, to name but a few, but I persevered. My nurse suggested I came off as the possibility at my age I have already gone through the menopause. I cannot give any family history as my Mother had a hysterectomy when I was about 8.
    So, how do I know if I have been through the menopause while on depo?
    What withdrawal side effects can I experience, if any?
    Is it possible to decrease the dose, and come off slowly?

    • Sandra says:

      Kay – I am wondering the same thing. I have had zero symptoms for the 28 years I was on it. No periods and some weight gain (but how can you tell if it is from the shot or just age?). I did figure out over the years that if they gave me the shot in the arm, I spotted; but if I got it in the hip, I did not. Just afraid of what may happen when I go off it. Due for the shot in late April but am seriously considering not to get it. Any information out there about an older woman who has been on it for 18 years and the effects when she stops??? I was wondering about decreasing the dose too or maybe the pill but not stopping for the cycle pills for a few months? There has to be something out there!

  162. Destiny says:

    I need help! I have been on depo shot since 10/28/14 approx.. and now today is 2/2/15. My family is not rich.. but can’t get on medicaid again :( we can’t afford to bring me to the doc .. they charge too much. I have been having my period since Dec 19th.. constant brown.. now it is a heavy flow and many blood clots.. I have been experiencing headaches, the feeling of puking, and nausea quite often.. along with severe panic attacks that put me in pain after they end… i can’t plan when one happens or not but it is effecting my school! I am in highschool, senior year and am 18.. turning 19 this year.. i was told that apparently this should average symptoms for about 2 weeks.. I need help. I am missing my classes because i have severe anxiety randomly. I am never like this-ever .. but now that the shot is ”wearing off” i’m having so many problems!!!!!!! :'( I CAN’T GO TO THE DOCTOR!!!!!! I HAVE NO MONEY!! I NEED HELP! it won’t stop and it terrifies me!! I’ve had 4 panic attacks today and it is only 1:26pm! The panic attacks started about a week ago.. :( Depo is an awful awful birth control shot! They should never have invented it. My hormones are so out of wack that i was balling instantly when my mom wanted to stick my finger to make sure that it wasn’t my blood sugar. It wasn’t that of course.. :( I am sorely tempted to go to my doc and beg her to tell patients of the hidden side effects. This is not something to help women. This is a bad shot! I want it to stop and it won’t :'( People, never use Depo shots! NEVER!!!!!

  163. tahiri says:

    Ive had my depo for a year so i stopped i didn’t get my period at all i would always get mood swing i would get mad out of any little thing i was depress so i stopped and decided to go for the ortho evra patch and i still continued with same effects i completely got off the birth controls and its been like almost 6 months and i still have the moodswing! i regret getting on birth control!! it completely changed me! :(

  164. Nicole says:

    I have been on the depo for years off and on. My first time getting the shot a spotted for 3 mths till the next shot. After that I stayed on for two years never getting my period again till I stopped the shot to take a break. I then tried the mirena iud, had so many issues! After about 5 mths of pain I had the iud taken out., instant relief! I started the pill, now that I was older and more responsible. Unfortunately I get migraines and had to stop the pill and went back to the depo shot. After receiving the shot , I again have not had a period in over a year. I love the depo shot. Have I gained weight over the yrs? Yes but im also 32 now and I am not very active, nor do I exercise. So can I place all the blame on the depo? No! So for me I love the depo shot! Very reliable which is most important!!! I have also had many years of savings on girly products! Every birth control affects different women differently! Can’t just sue because its not right for you! Don’t like it keep shopping around for what works for you!

  165. lolly says:

    I got one depot shot one time and the day I got it my heart felt weird my body felt weird after a couple days that got better and,it was great instill about a month heart started feeling weird chest pains the worse anxiety I got anxiety so bad I had to quit driving for a while now I still feel weird sometimes and it’s been a little over a year

  166. Nicole banks says:

    How long will the irregular bleeding last will I ever have a normal period again ? I only got on it because I have a heavy period and I wanted it lighter everysince I got on it my period wouldn’t go off .. Thats 5 months long .. Now they put me on the Nuva ring .. It’s still not regular and last long .. Idk what to do anymore

  167. Nae says:

    Last depo July normal period up to Dec 18 no more period lower side back pain on right side MRI Came back Neg. Neg pregnancy test prior to MRI. I now have some slight cramping in abd area with the side low back pain. Sexual active up to 4 x mth whhich is goof for our age passionate sex lol my other half says he fix. Should I worry

  168. Jo says:

    One day I just lost interested in sex at all, after 15 years of happy sex life with my belowed housband! It lasted for about 6 months, I tried so hard, he even harder, we were so frustrated! I had no idea why, there was no explanation for it, until I found somewhere … – this could be a side effect of depo! So I stoped talking it immediately, it all came back to normal, as it was before, WOW! My marriage survived ha ha!!!
    I also was loosing hair, lots and lots, aldough I have a very good diet, once stoped depo – no loosing hair, that’s it! Would not recommended to anybody, sorry…

    • Amber says:

      I’m having the same issues with my sex life. It’s actually really frustrating. And I know it’s a side effect of depo, and so I’m stopping it. Hopefully it comes back soon enough.

    • Jo says:

      Hi Kelly, this is exactly what I have, I was due for depo at the beginning of October last year, didn’t do, got 2 periods since, with 2 weeks break between them! Now expecting the next one, but my breast look and feel like I am breast feeding – very painful, much bigger. I did some research, looks like it’s normal. Some women have symptoms like they would be pregnant, hope it helps x

  169. K.A. says:

    I got my first depo when I was 16, after I had my daughter. I was never advised to not be on this for more than two years. I continued to get the shot till I was 29. I only got off the shot once n switched to pills for a short time so I could have a period and than I got back on. I never had any noticable problems and mostly never had a period. Ive had many teeth pulled and lots of fillings not sure if this was a result from shot or not. Ive been off the depo for 6 months now and haven’t had a regular period, it sucks waiting to get the suprise of it. I do believe this is a very effective form of birthcontrol but feel like people arent advised to only use short term.

  170. Amber Brown says:

    Hi. I was due for depo Dec12,2014, did not got it. Late Jan,2015 my breasts became really sore, and nipples super enlarged and sensitive.. Frequent urination as well as increased appitite.
    I’ve taken several HPT’s with negetive results… Is it too early to test… Could I be preg.?

    • Emily says:

      My name is Emily, I started the shot because my periods were not regular, I would skip a month usually. I have been on the shot for about 2 years I believe. I didn’t really feel any symptoms other than weight gain and I was tired a lot. I quit getting the shot, my last one was about 9-10 months ago. My periods stopped completely once I recieved my first shot and since I have been off I still haven’t had a period. Its crazy to say I want my period back! I have read many comments but haven’t seen one really like mine just a lot of bleeding and Ive had none. I have read many reviews about the Depo shot making women infertile and not able to concieve, which is making me go crazy thinking about that. (Bad case of baby fever) Please help! Email me if you can give me some answers

  171. Chantell Pasher says:

    In January 2010 after i had my daughter i decided i would try and go onto the depro because i didnt want to risk the chance of having another baby i got it 2 days after i gave birth to my daughter and went faithfully every 3 months to get a shot but i always found that i was always in so much pain and when i finally had a period it was heavy and went through pads in October 2010 i couldnt take the pain anymore and decided that enough was enough with the constant kneeling to the floor in pain when i would get my period. My doctor gave me birth control pills but where they kept making me sick he told me stop them. Now 5 years later and my periods are so messed up i am lucky enough to get one every 90 days and has been very hard to conceive. i asked my doctor if it was because of stopping the depro the way that we did that caused this but he said no it shouldn’t be a problem to just track my ovulation which i cant because of them being so irregular. i was just wondering if anyone has been going through similar things and if it has caused problems conceiving like i have or if anyone has any suggestions on what to do.

  172. Ninja says:

    I missed my depo shot and I was bleeding for two weeks and I was still bleeding yesterday when I got the shot and then the bleeding stopped. My question is am I protected right away or do I have to wait?

  173. Ariel says:

    I am interested to know, how some of you ladies were able to receive the depo provera shot for more than 2 years. When I first went to my doctor in 2009 and inquired about birth control, while letting him know that I generally forget to take pills, he suggested depo provera. He also warned me about the side affects, recommended calcium (high potency), and told me not to stay on it for no longer then 2 years. I listened to him and I had no problems. My only complaint about depo provera was that it took me about 2 years to conceive.

  174. Jessica says:

    My period has not stopped since I started depo. I only got one shot and quit because my period stayed on. It’s been 5 almost 6 moths since I got the shot and my period still hasn’t stopped!

  175. Brittany Jenkins says:

    I have only had 1 shot of the Deposit Shot. I’m coming off of it and all I’m doing is bleeding. I’m still covered and its like when I have sex with my man I bleed more than when I don’t have sex. I would like to know how long this bleeding is gonna last cause I havent had a period since November 21, 2014 cause I was pregnant but I lost it on December 31, 2014. Now I’m coming off the shot and all I’m doing is bleeding.. How long will this be happening? I can’t tell if its my period or not cause my period only lasts 7 days that’s how it was when I wasn’t pregnant or on the shot. Help me please?? I need answers?

  176. Maddy says:

    I got on the depo shot about a year ago. I stopped after 6 months because I bled the whole time, developed horrible acne (I’ve never struggled with acne before), body odor, and I gained over 20 pounds. I’ve been off of it for a while and I haven’t had a period at all. I’m also having a terrible time trying to lose the weight and clear my skin. I wish I would have never started this crap in the first place. My doctor never told me of any side effects and I felt very mislead.

  177. Rachel says:

    I started the Depo Shot in October 2014. I actually really like it! I was always terrible at remembering to take the pill everyday, and nothing else seemed right for me, so I decided on the Depo Shot. While I have noticed some changes, they don’t seem to be as severe as everyone else’s. I haven’t really gained any weight, nor have I had constant bleeding- I haven’t had my period in 5 months. While I can’t say much, because I’ve only had two shots, but I did get spotting for about 10 days leading up to getting the second shot, and a couple days after getting the shot. The only other problem I’ve had was an increase in acne, and sometimes I just get random spotting that lasts for an afternoon and then is gone.

  178. joan says:

    I was on depo from 2011-2012 I have just had my first period my blood is bright red and have had really bad stomach pains is this normal

  179. Arlene Nicole says:

    I had Depo for a year and a half and decided to stop due to the reason I had that I began gaining weight, for the longest time I didn’t gain a pound while on depo but towards the end of that year and a half i began rapidly and it scared me that it was due to the shot so I switched to lo loestrin fe and im gaining more weight !!!!! Also my breasts are very hard and sore and seem to be getting bigger and bigger every day. I do not know what to do im scared to go back on depo because I can’t just stop the shot whenever and im barely on my second pack of the pill so idk if my body still has to get used to it ? I’m completely lost ! It’s a very low dose pill to. Any advice ladies ?

    • Christina says:

      For the love of God, don’t take this drug. I spent many years on depo with only minimal side effects and got off the depo to have my second child. I got back on the depo shot because of horrible periods and I had a tubal removal and not too long after starting out healthy and happy I awoke at 4 in the morning coughing with nausea and vomiting. I went to the hospital thirteen times in one month for vomiting and pain in my chest and abdomen. I even had a doctor accuse me of withdrawing from a narcotic because they could not figure it out. I then had to have my Gallbladder removed and have formed ulcers. I told my doctor and he thought I had Crohns and irritable bowel, then I started to form a panic and anxiety disorder from the constant pain and confusion and worry. I thought I was dying every day and my doctor couldn’t do anything. My periods were so bad anyway so I stayed on the depo, not even guessing that it could be the problem. Recently I have had back pain and also had three jaw teeth removed, one tooth repaired, both top wisdom teeth removed. I take klonopin for anti-anxiety to help, paxil for depression, zantac to reduce my stomach acid so I don’t wake up sick, norco for pain, multivitamin to help my calcium for my teeth. I didn’t take any of these medications until I started I taking the shot 3 years ago. I’m only 29 and have finally figured out what the one constant throughout all of this hell; The Depo Shot. Anyone out there reading this please DO NOT TAKE THIS SHOT, IT HAS RUINED BY BODY AND I AM TERRIFIED FOR MY FUTURE HEALTH. If anyone is starting a lawsuit over this then count me in. Every women who has taken this shot should be worried. God Bless.

  180. gina says:

    I only got one dose and only got my menstrual cycle once since. I was supposed to get it this month but decided to go with a different birth control. Im not sure when im going to get my cycle back. How long should it take?

  181. Destini says:

    In January 2013 I started Depo and I stopped in March 2014 and now its March 2015 and yet I am still gaining weight and still haven’t came on my menstrual, When I started Depo, it had stopped my menstrual, and since I stopped it, and still gaining weight, I tried so many diets and exercise techniques and it still did not work , I am 18 years old, and I should not be 255 lbs, when I started I was 15 turning 16 and I was 160 lbs and now I feel like a big round ball, how can I stop gaining this weight and start coming back on my period ?

  182. Jess says:

    had one depo shot in September last year was supposed to get my next shot in December but never went. I had three months of non stop bleeding. Ever since I have had bleeding that lasts for weeks with a few days break here and there. It’s either heavy or spotting or brown or even huge chunks( gross I know) you never ever know what you are going to get or when! My period was right on time every month up until having this depo injection!
    So frustrating! No one can give me answers on how to fix this.
    I also suffer from rare migraines and take a daily medication for that and was told the injection was a safe option with little side effects!
    Ummmm what a load of crap!
    If anyone gets answers or takes action please let’s me know.

  183. sarah says:

    Hi, I am 17years old. My mom put me on deppo shot after she found out my boyfriend of 5years was leaving me anytime soon. I thought it was a great idea. I just got off of deppo around January , still no signs of a period . But my side effect are just horrific . I am have “exclusionary pain in my breast.’ It haa gotten to the point it’s hurts if I lay on my side for so long and I turn I feel like someone is stepping on my chest. &my armpits are hurting as well. I gotten nervous a couple of times when I woken up , it hurt so bad and felt stiff in my armpits I would do a check to see if I got nots. I never do . I told my doctor, and she said there was no other side effect after you stop the shot. But I am getting worse every time I get up . I can’t even play fight with my boyfriend cause I feel very uncomfortable.

    Please if anybody else has the same promblem I hope you can email and respond to this.

    Much love


  184. Donna Harris says:

    I have been on depo for three years on and off. Eight months ago I stopped because of the nausea and bloating. At the end of January, I had my first period and I was happy but now its march and I have not had my period. I took five home pregnancy test out of fear and they were all negative which is great, but I am still confused! I don’t like the depo.

  185. Alexandra marshall says:

    Hello I Got My First Depo shot Nov 2014 while being on my cycle & my period went off within 2 weeks ! Eversince then I Never bleed Or Spotted But When i was due for my 2nd shot Jan 2015 i did not Get it , But as of Feb 23 2015 i Notice discharge &Spoting also Cramps Im Kinda depress because i havent Got my period Yet & its been over 1
    Month and a Half Since i Been off of Depo and i personally Would not Get on Depo Ever Again doctor did not warn me about the crazy Side affects

  186. Loving1655 says:

    I took the depo shot about a month ago…i have been spotting for 3 weeks straight now and having lower abdominal pain is that normal? Should i take a pregnancy test?

  187. Dee897 says:

    I took the shot last year nov 2014 on the 22nd. After a month I had my menses. Then in January I started spotting non stop. I had to take the pill to stop it. But as soon as I stop taking the pill because it made me sick, it back to spotting. Soo I’ve been spotting from February 8 this year and I was to go back for the shot on the 21 but I decided not to because it’s not agreeing with me. I started my menses fully on the 22 and I’m still seeing it… How long before it stops because my doctor said it’s normal..

  188. Nissy says:

    I had started the depo shot March 2014 I had stop taking it August and now its March 2015 and I haven’t got my period ever since the month I had stop taking it. My breast been very sore and actually grew a little. I just want my period back !!!!

  189. Melissa says:

    I was on depo for 2yrs got my last injection in December 2014 because I was considering getting pregnant so in dec switched to the pill, quit taking the pill on jan22 2015, and since have yet to start my period again and have a numerous negitive pregnancy test and I’m becoming frustrated because before I started depo was high fertal does this mean I’ll never be able to get pregnant seems I haven’t yet and still haven’t started my period ( note: the whole two years and the one month I was on the pill I didn’t have a period either)

  190. Deysi Deleon says:

    I have been on the shot for about 2 years . I was suppose to get my shot Feb. 27, 2015. I didn’t tale it because it really made me pack the pounds but now i always have headaches and my bones ache. I’m spotting.Do you think it’s due to the hormones wearing off?

  191. Kelly says:

    i honestly went on the depo shot because i thought it could help with my ANCE (i have horrible ance on my back n stuff) n i didn’t have enough money for a dermatologist…

    i research n it said birth control helps so i went on it even tho some ppl said it caused ance lol.


    but ill atmit these side effects are realllll omgggg
    i have severe antiexy, i keep worrying im going blind cus my eyes are always blurry or watery, my arms ache and right leg n neck..

    sometimes i legit feel bat nuts cus i feel this rush of scaredness for no reason n i just walk up n down

    lmao n nobody tells you the truth about this my friends never explained to me why they would come off it then go back on after a year or too -.- cus they cnt handle the side effects!!

  192. Ysabel says:

    I got on the deep shot when i was 17 and stopping receiving the shot when i was 18, i was told to give it a few months to get my regular period. Till today it’s been more than 6 months and i have yet to see any signs of my period returning. Do i have menopause already? Any information about it and how to get my period back would be helpful. Please help!

    • keke says:

      I am 19 and i was on depo for about 4 years and only bled for the first couple weeks after that i had no period no spotting .nothing. I got of the shot.. I was supposed to go may 28 2014 and didnt. It took about 2 months before i started seeing my periods again. And my nurse told me give it another month and they would be regular again. But its been almost a year and my periods are all over the place if im not having one every two weeks to every week .. It doesnt stop at all. I started my period on the 3rd of this month and its lightened up but started all over again the next day. I dont know what to do but i hate it. Does anyone know what to do or how to regulate them

  193. patrice wilson says:

    My patrice I stop take it two year a good and I still do not get my period back pls tell me what to do

  194. Bridgette Binns says:

    I am getting to my 12 weeks of having the depo but I’m feeling really tired, some nausea and my legs hurt. Is this normal is it because it’s getting out of my system?? Should I take a pregnancy test…

  195. Tonya says:

    I can’t believe all the comments on here.I have been on the depo for 14 years.I have taken myself off about a year ago.After reading up and reading all the comments on here,I can relate to a lot,the bone loss,anxiety,depressed,my teeth being very brittle,and the acne.My daughter has also been on the depo for the last 7 years,since she was 15 years old,and she also has stopped the depo and started taking the pill,but she has also had bad mood swings,depressed,and has bad bleeding and cramps so bad she has to go to er ever other month because of the pain.I don’t know if depo is the cause of all this,but after reading all these comments it all fits,women and young girls needs to really be more aware of all these side effects.

  196. dajon shelton says:

    I only had depo shot 3 times and my period is regular but no conceiving im starting to lose hope what should i do ??

  197. jesse says:

    I liked the depo when I was on it because I felt I was extremely protected against an unwanted pregnancy, however it did make me gain weight. What I liked most about the depo was I didnt have a single period for the 2 years I was on it. I was scheduled for another shot 5 months ago, however did not get it because I heard about how it may make you infertile. In the last 5 month’s ive had a constant period, i can’t afford this many tampons!! Ive been talking to a doctor about what i could do!

  198. Kristie D Cox says:

    I have not been able to get pregnant since stopping these injections about 10 years ago. Its been horrible! It makes me very sad too.

  199. JAW says:

    Hi. I have never wrote on one of these things in my entire life because I always thought they would result in no accurate answers. But I’ve been concerned lately because of what everyone is saying about multiple birth control methods and I’m concerned about my future. This post may be a little long but I feel as if it might help some people and perhaps help me so I hope some of you will take time to read or reply. So if anyone can help me that would be great. I’m 17 years old. I started my period when I was 11. By the time I was 12 years old I went to the doctor and they diagnosed me with polycistic ovarian syndrome. And to control that they put me on the depo shot. I was on that for about 4 years. While on it I did not have even one period and gained a total of almost 50 pounds along with other side effects. I became concerned about continuing taking it because of other women who said they had fertility problems after taking it. So I went to my gynecologist for options. My last depo shot was about 9 months ago and I got the implant (implanon) about 6 months ago. The first few month of the implant were good, because It didn’t give me weight gain or barely any other side effect, I actually lost about 30 pounds these last 6 months. Then about 2 months into having it in I started having horrible anxiety to the point i would throw up, I was irritable, and I had horrible pains behind my eyes along with insomnia. Then about a month and a half ago I started to experience bleeding after sex then brown blood (which is usually blood that has been in the cervix longer and is considered “old”) and now for the past month I have bled every single day. And today i experienced black blood. I’ve grown quite concerned. Also I have been doing research on PCOS and turns out that I might not even have it because I never got proper testing and never had any signs of symptoms (such as acne, extra hair growth In strange spots, obesity/being overweight and my periods were never that irregular or long and I had only started my period a year before). Now I’m concerned that I might have got put on the depo for a reason that doesn’t even exist. I am not ready for children yet of corse. But in the future I definitely want a beautiful piece of life that is both a part of me and my husband. So now I’m very worried that the depo might have made me not be able to conceive or worse have a miscarriage. I’m going to my doctor tomorrow to have my impalnon taken out and talk to her about all this. It’s really frustrating and I need help.

  200. Brianna says:

    I had my daughter a little over a year ago and got the depo shortly after having her. I only got three shots and decided to quite because it made me gain wight like crazy and have extremely bad mood swing, In all honesty I felt I was going a little crazy. I only had two period after and then nothing for six months, and when i finally did get it, it was terrible. I would not recommend this, yes its convenient but there are way to many side effects.

  201. Samantha says:

    I’ve been on the shot for over a year. I love it love it love it. No periods no cramps no symptoms. I wear panty liners just in case because once in a while I will spot for a day or two. Anyways. Now I have been off it for 4 months. Last month my period came back- lighter, no cramps no symptoms. Then it stopped. A couple of days later the bleeding started again. Light and the past week it got heavy. No cramps no symptoms. But I have to now change my pad not pantyliner- pad every couple of hours. Is this normal? I have a doctors appointment coming up. I’m not sexually active which is why I’m off the birth control.

  202. Amber says:

    I’ve been on the depo for about 7 years now. I’m 24, and I have no side effects what so ever. I couldn’t even tell you the last time I had my period. I may spot once in a blue moon. But rarely. I haven’t gained any weight. My bone density is fine. My teeth are fine. I am twice as likely then any other to get blood clots because I have a mutated gene in my blood. At the time, this is the only thing I could be on that wouldn’t get my pregnant and that I wouldnt have to worry about getting a blood clot. I love being on it. My doctor did tell me – as I had concerns about my bone density – that usually women who already have a predisposition for osteo, this will speed up the process as well as they only worry about older women who are taking it. But, as of this April I’ve decided to quit. I would like to start a family, my only concern would be the effects of my body going back to normal. But my doctor tells me not to worry. I think because of how good I’ve reacted to the depo and being on it for so long. that my body will go back to normal in about 9 or so months then I’d be able to start trying. But, I am nervous I’m going to be out of whack for a bit in my lady parts. Seeing I haven’t had my period in a very, very long time. Me and a few others might be the only select few with a good experience with the depo. I do know friends who’ve tried it, who have gotten osteo, who felt they weren’t themselves. So I guess it all depends on your body’s reaction to it.