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 : http://menstruationresearch.org/2012/03/31/weekend-links-44/

    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:
    http://menstruationresearch.org/2012/04/04/coming-off-hormonal-contraception-is-depo-provera-different/#comments

    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
    @laurawershler

  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!! calliemorgan28@gmail.com

    • 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.

  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.

  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.

  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!!!

    • 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

  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!

  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??

    • 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

  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.

  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.

  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 another..no 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!!

  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 taramortimer23@gmail.com

  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???

  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

  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.

  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…
    I THINK ITS BETTER THIS DEPO THING IS REMOVED AS A METHOD OF CONTRACEPTION ITS IRRITATING NO ONE SHOULD EVER GO FOR DEPO UNLESS YOU WANT A SAD LIFE AM PISSED AT ALL MEDICAL PERSONELS COZ THEY ONT EVEN TELL YOU THE BAD SIDE OF IT YOU ONLY GET TO KNOW ABOUT IT WHEN ITS TOO LATE

    • 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

  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:

    Hi!

    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 now.plus 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.