Side Effects of Stopping Depo-Provera

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

8.24.16: Check out our latest blog post by Laura Wershler of the Center for Menstrual Cycle Research: I Wouldn’t Recommend It to Anyone: What We Can Learn from Women who have had Bad Experiences with Depo-Provera.

3.29.12: Please see our latest update on this topic, Questions Remain about Effects of Stopping Depo-Provera. Also see Stopping Depo-Provera: Why and What To Do About Adverse Experiences, an excellent 2013 interview with endocrinologist and OBOS contributor Dr. Jerilynn Prior, who shares her advice for managing symptoms after stopping Depo.

ABC News has an interesting article on the withdrawal symptoms some women are reporting after stopping Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), a progesterone-only contraceptive method that is injected quarterly.

An internet search on Depo withdrawal turns up multiple online postings, suggesting that some women are concerned about or report experiencing a number of symptoms, including nausea, breast tenderness and fatigue.

As the piece indicates, there is not currently a lot of understanding of these withdrawal symptoms; a quick search of the medical literature doesn’t turn up much on the topic. One woman in the article reported that her physicians “shrugged their shoulders” in response to her complaints, and there is uncertainty as to whether cessation of the drug itself causes the symptoms in some women, or if perhaps the drug had been masking some symptoms that return once the injections are stopped.

A physician interviewed for the article used one of my least favorite analogies — comparing women’s bodies to a car to be worked on. Dr. Louis Weinstein, head of obstetrics and gynecology at Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, said: “It’s like you don’t know why your car won’t start. Most of [the symptoms] have nothing to do with Depo-Provera. There may be a lot of other things going and to blame that on Depo-Provera is just not fair. We don’t know.”

While existing labeling for the drug does not address potential withdrawal symptoms, it does include (in addition to other side effects) a boxed warning on potential adverse effects on bone mineral density:

Women who use Depo-Provera Contraceptive Injection may lose significant bone mineral density. Bone loss is greater with increasing duration of use and may not be completely reversible. It is unknown if use of Depo-Provera Contraceptive Injection during adolescence or early adulthood, a critical period of bone accretion, will reduce peak bone mass and increase the risk for osteoporotic fracture in later life. Depo-Provera Contraceptive Injection should be used as a long-term birth control method (e.g. longer than 2 years) only if other birth control methods are inadequate.

Have you taken Depo and then stopped? If you have, please let us know your experience in the comments.

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    • mars says:

      I got it very bad the 1st time and the only time i would ever do it again!
      I was bleeding for 3 month, lost all sex drive was moody ! Gosh now i’m off for almost a month, This month I had what i think is period 2 times in this month! On a bright side my friend used it, and she is fine !

      • jessica says:

        Lol and I thought it was just me that depo shout drove me crazy with that bleeding than it took me 2 years to get pregnant

      • Jacque says:

        When I took my first shot I was bleeding and really moody like that too. But then I took my second shot and was just fine. Sometimes that happens because it’s your body trying to readjust. Depo is supposed to stop your menstol cycle, thicken your cervix so sperm can’t get through, and thin your uterus wall just incase it was to get through, the egg won’t be able to implant. You bled so much because it was your uterus wall shedding. The shot was really just doing it’s job. You probably bled so much the next month because of the fact that you didn’t take the shot and you confused your body and it was trying to jump start your cycle again.

      • Gabby says:

        I do not recommend anyone to take depo. I have been in the hospital for my issues after ending it in oct of 2014 . Severe bloating, i looked like i was 8 months pregnant. My boobs doubled in size and were leaking milk. Nausea . Very sensitive. Then i finally got my period a couple days ago jan.6th? Ish and have had horrible bleeding and pain. Every hr changing my pad . 2 much pain to use tampon .

      • Rho says:

        Omg thanks for the reassurance…I took it in November the 3 months shot and I didn’t take it again because of the constant bleeding even 2 months after not taking it I’m still having bleeding. ..I will never ever take that shot again

      • Mesha says:

        I’ve experienced something very similar. While on the shot I was very moody and never wanted to have sex. I actually would be very annoyed with my boyfriend for wanting to all the time, and when we did I would just want it to be over (poor guy lol). I’ve been off of it for a couple months now and still don’t really have a sex drive. And about 3 days ago I started bleeding. It started out light and over the course of a couple days it’s gotten heavier and heavier. I’m having a little bit of cramping too. I just hope this is all normal and that I can be back to my old self soon!

      • NaNaa says:

        I experienced he same thing. I only had the shot 3 times my last shot was about 8 months by my period was still abnormal and last month I came on twice and none this month so far

      • Kandy says:

        I took depo shot in February and ever since from that day I had the worst day of my life . I have my periods twice in a month, breast tenderness for the whole 3 month’s and spotting through out. It’s actually for the first time, I was supposed to take my next shot in May
        But I will never use depo again nor recommend it to anyone

      • Pam says:

        I took the depo just 3 shots and my experience= a nightmare, while I was into the shot I gained weight and a lot of mood changes I actually thought I was crazy as all the time I was crying, feeling lonely with a sensation of emptiness also at the same time I was so irritated of everything, sex no thanks I simply did not wanted and also that was something else added to my depression. My last shot was on Nov. I haven’t had my period yet, well not formally as 3 weeks ago I had something for 3 days a light bleeding which I was so happy as I think it means something (during the depo I was happy of not having my period) but now I pray to God to having it back. Right now that I’m off since November that was the last shot I noticed a breast augmentation which I haven’t noticed when I was into the shot which is good I like it also the sexual desire is back but this time is like I want it all the time LoL but also I noticed that my belly increased I’m so sad, it looks like I recently had a baby, right now I’m working out so hard hoping to have my body back. About the Nexplanon I had it before the depo shot and I was normal did not gain weight nor mood changes but unfortunately my periods were extremely long they could last a week or 2 and with a heavy bleeding. So after this I’m not taking any other contraceptive stuff back to the basics condom and counting days..

      • Shyanne says:

        I have a question when do I get my period back? It’s been 2 months without my spotting or period

      • Allie says:

        While you were one depot did u loose all sex drive??? Because I’m actually quitting it after five years because I think it’s ruining my relationship because I have zero sex drive.

      • Anonymous says:

        I got the shot back in March I’ve been bleeding everyday since. It’s now the beginning of August and the bleeding hasn’t stopped. Throughout the three first months I was nauseous and irritable. I’m not sure if it’s normal to have this kind of “withdrawal”,because I only took the shot once and I just wish I hadn’t.a

      • Emily says:

        I got on the depo needle back in January. Thought it was great because I never had periods and felt good on it besides some mood swings and low sex drive. Decided to get off it only a couple weeks ago because I’ve been on birth control for almost 9 years and simply didnt wanna be on it anymore and don’t really know what I’m like anymore not being on it. Over the past couple weeks I’ve been feeling depressed, bloated, stomach sick and mood swings like you wouldn’t believe!!! After getting off depo I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. My doctor also “shrugged their shoulders” about my symptoms.

      • Tracy coyle says:

        I have been taking the deposit for a few years as many other contraception’s are a no go due to high hormone levels
        Since taking these shots I have experienced some of the severe side effects such as dizziness no sex drive leg cramps and chest pains I have not been sleeping waking in sweats and flushes as a single mom I have been overly stressed because of this and had repeated appointments at doctors non of which mentioned the side effects I actually had to look it up online which angered me to know that these professionals never once thought that all these symptoms were hecause of the injection

      • Milan says:

        I’ve also only had the shot once and next shot date is September 12, which I won’t be taking because I’ve been bleeding everyday since I got on it ! My sex drive slightly disappeared, I was constantly tired on the shot could sleep for hours , hungry all the Fucking time . And I guess since my next shot day is approaching soon I keep getting these bad ass headaches, cramping, extremely moodiness and when I was at work I got so dizzy that I thought I was gonna pass out . I will never take this again , I will never recommend it . Who ever invented this needs to go to jail , period .

      • Erin Russell says:

        The very same for me.. I’m always steaming hot constantly tho ams my husband has to freeze.. Alot more than this but I need answers aswell

      • Bobbie says:

        I have been on the depo shot for 7 years so in sep 2019 I decided to come off depo ever since I havent stop bleeding I’m moody and I feel depressed I would not recommend this shot to no one.

      • Sara says:

        I’ve started the injection February 2019 and I took it January 2020 and I haven’t taken it since but I’ve been feeling nauseous but I don’t vomit and sometimes get cramps does anyone know what this means

      • lauren says:

        I started using the depo about a year ago. the first 3 months I had constant spotting, which was annoying, but no other symptoms. the following 3 months on the shot were amazing, no bad symptoms what so ever. around the 6 month mark of being on the shot I started experiencing extreme dizziness and weakness and nausea 24/7 and this lasted until I stopped getting the shot. the final 3 months of being on the shot, I was experiencing extreme change in my digestive health. everything I ate made me feel like I had food poisoning. i’ve officially been off it and on the pill for 3 weeks. ever since then, the dizziness and nausea completely stopped, which is lovely, but in turn i’ve been experiencing very bad cramps for the past 3 weeks, something i’ve never experienced, even before starting birth control. i’ve also been extremely bloated for the past week. in the past two days i’ve been more bloated than i’ve ever been in my whole life. I look 6 months pregnant all of a sudden. not sure if the cramping and bloating is due to me stopping the shot, i’ve just been proper suffering. overall, I wish I could go back in time to before i’d ever started the shot so that I could have avoided all these terrible effects.

      • tia says:

        i was only on birth control for 6 months which mean i only got two shots i’ve been bleeding non stop until this days since after the second week of the shot in january until now i was suppose to get my shot on june 12th cause i wanted to stop the shot but i am still. bleeding when will the bleeding stop i have pain as well too and always moody i have a migraine typing this hell how long will it take to get back normal after you quit taking it ?

      • Janae Reese says:

        What can I do to get pregnant I have pcos an I had two shot of depo I stop getting it because I was feeling sick ?

      • Jasmine says:

        Whats it going to do to me i plan on getting off my sex drive is lowering n no periods at all

      • Ashley says:

        I’ve been on depo for years and recently (about 6 months ago) stopped taking it. I never had a period while on it and still waiting to have one. I had no real known side effects while on it but now that I’m off it seems like I have lost my spark or interest in life I have no emotion I’m not sad life is pretty perfect but I can’t find my happy either. If anyone has any natural suggestions to boost my endorphins or serotonin what ever that happy hormone is please let me know

      • Lily says:

        Am feeling sleepy all the time
        My breast and nipples are very sore
        My stomach is painful most times
        Feeling dizzy everyday
        Always want to vommit every day
        Feeling like am pregnant

      • Kaila says:

        Too much bleeding after you stop. You look pregnant after moody. I enjoyed not having a flow but aftermath is ridiculous.

    • Steph says:

      So I was on the depo shot for roughly ten years and my last shot was Nov 2013. I didn’t start my period again until June 2014 but it has been constant since then 3 months of non stop bleeding! I see my doctor next week to talk about it hopefully she will have some help for me. most of my other withdrawal symptoms are positive such as i’m noticing a return of my sex drive and i’m losing weight since I now have a normal appetite. I’m looking into taking a new form of birth control at this point so hopefully it goes well.

      • Danielle says:

        I have been on the depo for about 2 and half years and I recently decided to go off it. The ladies at family planning put me on the pill to help get my period back but I stopped taking them after a week because I’ve been dealing with depression and I felt like it would make everything worse. My last two shots were late and each time my breasts would swell up and hurt. Now that I’m off of it I’m depressed, a little anxious and things that usually wouldn’t bother me do. I sleep a lot and still wake up tired. Most days I have little to no energy. I’ve started a weight loss routine and am taking a vitamin supplement and it seems to be helping with the energy and moods. I’ve been off it for almost 2 months and no period yet but I wasn’t expecting one for at least 3 months. I’m just hoping when I get my period back its not gross or rlly painful, which I’ve heard it can be. I hope maybe this helps some one.

      • Kim says:

        I’ve been on depo for 10 years also my last injetction was July 17 I missed my October injection and now I’m having sideeffects i was wondering other than breast tenderness and missed periods.Did you have any discharge because I have a lot of discharge if so when did it stop.

      • Sam says:

        Steph. Out of curiosity. What did your doctor tell you about the non stop bleeding? I got off the shot a couple of months ago and am also experiencing non stop bleeding

      • Lenee' says:

        thank you so much for your comment!!! so there is hope for the sex drive and the weight loss?

      • Jacque says:

        Do you have an update Steph? I am considering stopping the Depo after 15+ years and am scared to death.

      • Wyndi Camacho says:

        Hi I am dealing with the same problem as you Steph and I would like to know what the doctor told you?

      • Jasmine says:

        Relieved to hear that my symptoms are normal I guess. But they still suck. Was on the shot for 15 years & quit last year because wanting to try to get pregnant. Been bleeding for over a month now, super moody, weight gain, & up another cup size. So frustrating!!! I never had any issues or symptoms while on the shot, I loved it. This pain & crap sux. Any advice?

      • Kaylee Raymond says:

        you are only supposed to take it for like two to three years at a time, this could be connected to your issues.

      • beth says:

        i started my period december 9th of 2015 and just stopped on the 23rd of december 2016 i havent had a depo shot since june, now im breaking out i hives and its just a week since i stopped bleeding and my hands have been broken out in hives ever since also,

      • shavonie says:

        I’m on my first shot..take it oct 31..and due date is jan 31..i gaind alot of weight,i always want food..and for a week an 2 days now im bleeding..started light and now its heavy..I won’t be taking anymore shots ever again!! I just want it to be over with..just want to get back to normal and continue with my self control..don’t know why I take the shot in the first place..I have how it makes me feel and’s a no no for me!!

      • Sara Bawkey says:

        If you are able to see this reply id really like to talk to you. I was on depo for 12 years. It has stopped working and so I’m getting my tubes snipped asap. But I stayed on depo for so long because it helped my migraines. But I’ve been bleeding for several weeks and am becoming anemic. I just wanna know how things turned out for you

      • Vicky says:

        Hope the bleeding is sorted for you soon. I’m fearful how I’m going to be affected as I stopped my injections recently after four years. Ive had no sex drive in those four years! And gained weight.

      • Samantha says:

        Steph. How long did your period last? If u don’t mind me asking. I was on depo from October 2015-April or may 2016 I got my last shot. I bled the ENTIRE time I was on the deposit so I stopped taking it.. Then my period went away in June or July of 2016 for a few months.. now we are in 2017 and I got my period back in march? And STILL HAVE IT In June!! Just wondering if u had found some answers when u went to the dr? (Oh yea and I got married in October had a good sex drive n now it’s GONE AGAIN!)

      • Cassie says:

        I had only one Depo shot, five months ago. Immediately I lost all interest in sex: no drive, no natural lubrication, no thanks. I missed two periods and thought, “maybe it’s worth it!” But then, two months after the shot, I started bleeding every day. Little bit of cramping, little bit of bloating, little bit of bleeding, every single day until mid-March (three months of this, just enough to ruin my underwear if I tried to ignore it). That’s finally stopped, and now it’s three weeks later. Yesterday I had serious cramps and started bleeding and thought it was the return of my normal periods, but the bleeding turned out to be almost nothing. For about a week now: super tender, swollen breasts. Also – back In December, I had serious, uncharacteristic bouts of intense sadness and sobbing…could have been related to the shot or it could have been something else. Whatever that was, it lasted only a few weeks. All in all I’d say: no Depo, ever again.

      • Brittney Ann Gracia says:

        I’ve also been on it for about 9 years and missed my shit last having alit of sweating, headaches, nausea, and dizziness.did you ha e any of these withdrawal symptoms?

      • Hope hollis says:

        I got the depo shot back in dec 2016 after I had my little girl now she’s almost 3 years old I’ve been off of depo for a little over a year and I still haven’t had a period since I’ve been off the shot I never had a period when I was on the shot either and I have really bad pain in my stomach i throw up a lot and I have back pain and I don’t know what’s going on can anybody please give me some answers

      • Jordan says:

        I’ve been off depo for a few months and i have had my period for about 8 weeks. ITs pretty light but frightening. I talked to my doctor and she said it’s normal because I’m so young but it’s so annoying! I’ve a also had some cramping. Anyone else?

      • Luna says:

        I’m not sure ignoring you’ll ever see this but my last shot was in April , I started bleeding then beginning of August and haven’t stopped to this day it’s September 7th , do you remember what advice you we’re given or how you stopped this shot ? I really do need advice if you have any ! Thank you

      • Abby says:

        I have been off the depo shot for about a year now and I got my regular periods back. I just want to know if it causes a miscarriage…..

      • Shadayah says:

        Hi guys, I went through the same stuff u all are facing if u have taken depo shots…. I’ve been on depo shots for the past 4 years n my gosh my body and my hormones levels was so unbalanced n unbearable… I was so moody all the time and sex drive was so low. Didn’t have my period at all when I started.I drop sick with high fever, flu and high blood pressure so my nurse recommend me to stop taking the shots, so I did. And I wanted to start a family too, so why not. I stop taking the shot since in late December 2019. A new year was coming; as the months goes by my was body was…..dammmnn fxxx up.. I have headache, mood swings, I was overweight, have lower back pain, my stomach was upset… couldn’t really eat. I have light spotting like 4 months straight. I was scared didn’t know what to do…the year was ending n I still didn’t have my period n not pregnant. Was so upset with what my body was going through really wanted to start a family. After a year and 2 months I finally got my period which lasted a month and a day. Was happy when I see I got my period. My body is still recovering n trying to conceive. Will never go on depo shots again.

      • Kelley says:

        I received Depo shots every 3 months for 26 years, I never had any issues. I decided to quit to see where my body was with menopause. I had my last shot in January, so far no withdrawal symptoms. Btw, I got pregnant twice while on the pill so depo was very effective for me.

      • Shanitah says:

        Istarted depo in august. I missed ma periods Up to may….. After leaving dep nw I had un protected sex after leaving depo and am confirming dis signs back pain en chest pain idont knw weather am pregnant

      • Sithabile Gumede says:

        I have been using depo for 3 years roughly,ever since i had no appetite and lost weights now i just stopped taking it it been almost 5 months but no period all im noticing is my boobs size and tenderness.i am trying to conceive now but no luck😭😭pls help

      • efe says:

        Taut I was alone in this. it’s going to 2years now, haven’t seen my flow. Have been told my doc that it will come, buto it’s not fourth coming and I’m worried. To think I took this injection once and it was my first time. Pls if u get a clue on what to do to make my flow start again Pls share

      • R Phelps says:

        It simply comes with time. It took me 7 months from my last shot to get mine back.

      • Desiree says:

        Iv been on the depo for 5 yers aswell and have been off it for 10 months April 25 I hade one 3 week period jan.2 tell the end of that month and it was a real heavy and un happy one but havint hade one sence and am VERY Very curious if ANYONE eles has had this or CAN help me with advice im driving myself crazy wandering All the time what’s wrong with me and why my body won’t allow me to have a period. (( the Hole time ON depo I Never Ever once had a period the hole 5 yrs )) and trying to let my body relive it finely .. And it still won’t PLZ !!!! Sumone help!?

      • Sootaakii Bigwolf says:

        So I am not the only one who hasn’t gotten their period yet ? I been off of it for almost a month now. I haven’t gotten my.period, but symptoms of my period. I take pregnancy test, went to the doctor. Final result not pregnant, but still no period. Very conerned why? Did your doctor say anything ? I I didn’t even think of talking about the shot and it could have been that.

      • sherita sloan says:

        I am having the same issues as Kim. My last injection was jsn 2016. I’ve had increased discharge that looks like egg yolk. Anyone know what’s that about our is that me ovaluting

      • Rachele Straub says:

        It’s side effects on being on the shot for a long period of time it’s normal

      • Hannah says:

        I was on depo shot from November 2018-may 2019. And I completely lost my sex drive, gained a lot of weight and had terrible mood swings. I decided to stay on it the length of time I did because as long as my periods were gone my migraines were gone ..but I’m wondering now how long it will take me to feel normal again? I’m scared of finally starting my period because of hearing about bleeding for months on end. I’m trying to lose the weight I gained, and sex drive is coming back slowly..but I feel very bloated at times. I’ll never take depo shot again and all these stories about it, they should take it off the market!

      • Sheri says:

        I’ve been off the shot for three months. I couldn’t afford it so I just started using condoms again. Well. I got my period last week it last two days and stopped. I am constantly nauseous. Bloated. Irritated. I feel like I’m pregnant but I’m not. Non stop migraines. And I feel so tired all the time. How is depo even approved by the drug administration? I’ve seen nothing but horror stories about it. My friend has been off the shot for 4 years and still can’t get pregnant. I hope I’m not infertile because of this.

      • Tracey says:

        I first had the shot back in 2014 (in my early 20s) and my periods initially after having the shot were horrendous I think I had my period for 6 months straight! After that they stopped completely which was great as I hate them. I then came out of my relationship after about 1.5 years on it decided I would give my body a break plus wasn’t any need for me to be ok it anymore but my periods didn’t come back for a full year. I got back into a relationship after 4 years and restarted the depo again I had a long spell of constant periods before they stopped completely again but I felt that my anxiety got worse so I decided to stop again and had my last shot back In December 2019 since stopping my period came back within a month but I have extreme breast tenderness and heavy periods also feel like I have no energy and constantly hungry and never feeling full up ! I’m so scared as I am going to gain loads of weight due to this. I would not go on this again and currently not on anything as my partner is working away.

      • Katrace carter says:

        Have your period came back yet smh I’m still waiting on mines to return been off for 2 years now and no return been back n forth to drs 😑😔

      • Summer Corso says:

        When i had my frist shit within a few hour i become streamly moody and depressed i couldnt eat then i started having a appetite and liking thing i normally wouldn’t eat. At the time i had unprected sex two day before my shot . And i remembered being told to wait 15 day until i could have sex. I thought i was pregnant for the longest time. In total i been on it for a year and 8 month. I really didnt want to continue after my fisrt shot the 3 month was good enough but wasnt a option for my mom.

      • jeka says:

        ive been on the depo for just over a year now and ive had my period everyday since the day i started using the depo

      • Limsey says:

        Used it once and wanna get pregnant now this shot can ruin someone’s relationship I don’t wanna hear about it again

      • Ruby says:

        I get sore swollen breasts, bloating & a lot of swelling if I am even a week late for my shot. Has anyone else experienced this?

      • Sabrina says:

        I have been on the depo for about 2 years. I was suppose to get my shot 3 weeks ago, in April 2016, but didn’t. I haven’t had a period since around Christmas of 2015. In the past 3 weeks of coming off of the depo I have had terrible cramps, with no bleeding. I’m very bloated, I am 5’3 and weigh 115 so I practically look like I’m 5 months pregnant all the time! My nipples are VERY sensitive to the touch, it’s worse when I take my bra off and my shirt rubs against them. I have what you would call “milk bumps” around my areolas and the clear colostrum (what comes before the milk) leaking from my nipples. My boobs don’t seem swollen, but are tender, also my nipples are very puffy and have gotten bigger and darker as if I’m pregnant, which I can’t possibly be because my boyfriend had a vasectomy 2 and a half years ago. Nausea is at an all time high. I am tired ALL THE TIME. I swear I could sleep 12hrs and wake up and go right back to sleep… I am moody, and irritable. I can go from high to low in 2.3 seconds, flat. I have 3 children and didn’t even have this many symptoms when I was actually pregnant!! Ugh!!!!

      • Adilene says:

        I’ve been on the shot for exactly one year. I suppose to take it this June, But i decided not to take it no more. My breasts are very sensitive amd sore that i can’t stand the bra and I’ve been habing discharge. Is this normal for stop using it?

      • Jay Sierra says:

        hello. I have been off the injection for 2 months now after using depo for the past 2 years. I have experienced weight gain (60 lbs) EXTREME bloating as if I’m 6 months pregnant. constipation. mood swings, psoriasis, hair loss, nausea. Its just like being pregnant.
        I never thought birth control would cause withdrawal symptoms after stopping use.

        Do you have any of these symptoms?

      • Babalwa says:

        When I start using Depo I get my periods for 2 months full without stoping n heavy 1, I use Depo for 1 year 7 months n I stop it Feb 2016 till now I didn’t get my period back, other lady advise to use flagiles two 3 times a day for 2 weeks I did do that no periods, I read on the Internet suggestions to bring back jo periods that u use a parsley tea 3 times a day, I did do that for 2 days I notice some sports for 2 days then stop, since then I feel pregnant signs, tender big breast, itching tits, something like moving on my abdorinal, moods, sometimes been nausea I do preg test results negative, n I went to the clinic to report the matter they told me maybe my periods r coming back is the hormones that’s make me feel like that, bt still now no periods normal n signs came strong now, n m tired to do preg test anymore n get disappointments that negative results, Depo is good to someone maybe stopping at all to have kids if u still think that u’ll need a child sometime again plz dnt use Depo is not good for u, cz u won’t get pregnant as soon as possible, m 8 months now stopping Depo no periods, instead pains pregnant symptoms

      • Kassie says:

        I have been experiencing mood swings I cry about almost everything, and I’m having frequent hot flashes

      • Harriott says:

        Hey ruby I am having the same problem too my breast is so sore on swollen I have being on the depo for ten years this shit is not good when stop it all I know it messes you up but the greatest thing I stop it December 2016 on my period come backs February 2017 on am 43 this year

      • Tammy says:

        I have been on depo for 8 years and have stopped, I bled for a few days after I stopped 2 weeks later sore breast, nauseous for about a week in the mornings, now xtra discharged, loss of sex drive, tiredness, emotional. Hopefully this all stops soon been 4 weeks now still no period

      • Malorie says:

        Nausea . bloating . and my breast are so sore and swollen and I’ve been off the shot for 2 weeks now

      • Amy says:

        Your not the only one, I only had 2 Depo shots and i stopped it cause I didn’t like the way I felt! I haven’t gotten my period yet and it’s been months I been taking pregnancy test bc my boobs are tender I feel nausea all the time! I just thought once I stopped the shot the symptoms will go away. But they haven’t!

      • Lisa says:

        Hi I had my last shot July 24th 2018, I have not had a period since I started the shots in 2011, I am now having symptoms of nausea, sore breasts and peeing alot! I thought I was pregnant, took a test and came back negative. Thankfully as I’m not looking to fall pregnant, is there a chance that the depo could give a false pregnancy test reading. Or are these symptoms of my body adjusting to not having the depo.

      • Torie says:

        I was on depo for two years. My last shot was in December and withdrawal symptoms are horrendous. Ive had my period 3 times this month, super heavy and super painful. Migraines and breast tenderness. And I am sooo tired all the time. Wish I would have never taken it!

      • Help says:

        Hi, I’ve been been on depo for 7 years – having hot flushes and mood swings – I have low Estrogen levels so coming off depo And going’s onto mini pill with Estrogen to help boost the level. Has anyone come off depo and gone onto pill?

      • Vanessa says:

        I was on the shot for nearly two years and stopped because I gained 35 pounds, lost sex drive, and was getting random cramping. Now getting off of the shot I’m experiencing depression, my sex drive is coming back, and my period has yet to come or show signs of coming. I’ve been off of the shot for 2 months now

      • Sylvia from Namibia says:

        Who ever approved depo, am not happy with this contraceptives, depo is totally a very dengerous drug. I was using depo for 3month started in October last year ended in 06 January 2020. Until today didn’t get my period. Am experiencing leg cramps, nausea, bloating, breast tender lower back pain and abdomen pain. Depression, feeling so lonely, migraines. I even came to a point were am diagnosed with gastric. Depo is hell, am not gonna take depo ever again. Over my dead body. I experienced worse. Only if I could knew it’s like that. Am every day checking on my pant incase if am little wet I quickly have to check if it’s my period maybe. Am so tired of this whole situation. I can’t wait to get my period back and my body get back to normal, oh lord Jesus Christ help me get my period.

    • Chara Sanchez says:

      I’ve been off the shot for nearly a month now… For the last 2 days I’ve been for irritable and nauseous. Do u this is normal with coming off… I’ve been on for 4 years…

      • Alexa Cimbura says:

        I got 1 shot back in November and it regulated my periods now I am not getting any after being off for almost 3 months

      • yoe says:

        I am coming off the depot next week after being on it for 10+ years the nurse at my GP surgery said I can’t take it anymore once I hit 50 I am dreading it and all the side-effects that will come will keep you posted

      • Nicola says:

        I’ve been on depo for 3 years 5 months, lately I am feeling nausea , my belly looks like I am 5 months pregnant. If I pump my breast I see clear liquid,, 3 test came nagative, 1 was positive, could I be pregnant??

      • Angie Monday says:

        I was on Depo shot for 10 years with no issues. However ever since I stopped, about a year ago, I am so bloated, tired and recently have cramps all the time. My periods came back almost immediately but cramping gets worse with each one. My doctor has no answers for me. So frustrating.

      • Amelia says:

        I have been on Depo for a little over two years. I was supposed to get my next shot last Monday but skipped it because I haven’t been in a relationship in over a year. So far I feel very nauseous like I’m going to throw up but can’t. Also I have been on my period since November. I would not recommend anyone to take the shot. I’ve been having lower abdomen pain and thought that I had a cyst in my ovaries. I’m going to urgent care Monday when I don’t have work. I’m not sure if it’s that or just side effects from the shot. Every day I just feel like sleeping and not doing anything. This nausea isn’t helping either now I really don’t feel like doing anything.

    • Hayley Harrison says:

      Was on depo for 2half years no bleeding when was on it and decided to try for a baby im on 7months from last injection had brown spotting for 3 days thats it but put weight on sore boobs and tired all time

      • Sharon Home says:

        Hi all need some advise my injection ended on 27th August I didn’t go back for the shot due to it being a nightmare
        So I had what I think was a period towards the end of last month come off last week but have come on again this week is this normal when coming of injection

      • Tiawna says:

        I just got off the depo shot and switched to the birth control patch. lately I’ve had sore nipples, and tired 24/7. I was on it for 4 years!

    • Sandra says:

      I was on the depo shot for 4 yrs and for me it was the best and most convenient form of birthcontrol I had used in the past I had those horrible periods the first time I used it my second time experience was pleasant didn’t have no side effects I felt great but as the years went by I keep injecting it I felt hot flashes alot of nervousness anxiety was at it’s worst I felt alot of depression u just feel like your not yourself at all besides the fact that my sexual life was nearly ruined because the lack of sexual thrive no matter how much I tried I couldn’t find the way to get aroused I couldn’t function I was a prisoner of myself. it help me by not getting pregnant but the side effects are horrible. It was like do I wanna feel depressed or pregnant ? It was a horrible experience now it’s been a month I’m off it and I’m starting to feel like myself withdrawals aren’t fun but it’s getting there would I give this another try? I don’t think so

      • Patyy says:

        Are you withdraws getting better?i been having anxiety and depression, I stopped depo about 6 months ago and have not got my period, the doctor whats me to start birth control pills to regulate my period,

    • Renee says:

      I was on depo for about 11 years, & just got off in March of this year. About a month ago I started breaking out really bad on my chin & all around the corners of my mouth up to my nose, on both sides. I’ve never experienced anything like this & I’m 30yrs old. I’ve always had clear skin. I’ve stopped wearing any makeup in hope of it clearing up, but no luck. Has anyone else had this problem after stopping depo?

      • Savannah says:

        Hey! Just following up to see how you are doing. I am getting off the depo after 20 years (yikes) and am worried. Never hadn’t a problem with it but am terrified of withdraws.

      • Angelica S says:

        Yes my skin broke out too.

        I have been on depo for 9 monthes and been off it for 2 monthes. I got my period 2 weeks after and had it for 8 weeks heavy to light, light to heavy. My skin breaks out in whiteheads and have no sex drive, also was gassed up well bloated. I’m done period now and have cramps but no period, im tired alot and just want to get back to normal. This is so unnatural 🙄

      • Esther says:

        Yeah..same…i had the shop 20 january 2020…which wear-off on April face was full of fatty skin surface and very oil…was breaking out so much…No period for the first 2mths…and period came twice in April….but in May no period…with so much cramping on both side of my pelvics…and down to my right leg…too much back pains.for 2weeks now…recently another new pregnacy syptoms; headache,low appetite,depression,tiredness.
        So scared i was pregnant…but reading everyone’s review..has taught me…that am not the onky one going thrugh this…..thank God!!!
        I hope…this syptoms..come off sooner… so feeling sick of it…cant get control of myself..anylonger…
        Am not gonna take the shots..anymore…until am done having my babies..

      • Hitekani says:

        I started using depo this year Soo I have loss weight Soo I did it only three month..but I have loss weight,it’s possible for me to gain?

      • Sarah Lund says:

        You get your sex drive back, because it won’t be messing with your fertility. The only good withdrawal symptom about it. Stomach cramps. You get your old self back [another good thing]. Nausea. Migraines. There might be a few more symptoms, but I can’t really remember.

      • Summer Corso says:

        Skin rash
        Gain weight
        Inaccurate period or non at all sheading of you uterus wall

      • Amelia says:

        I just stopped the Depo shot Monday and wasn’t really having any side effects but right now I feel extremely nauseous like I’m gonna throw up but I can’t. It’s honestly the worst thing ever. I’ve also been very tired and not really wanting to do anything. I was on the shot for two years and have been on my period since November.

    • Charne says:

      It has kept me from having a baby after I had my son 4 years ago, but the downside is that it made me feel sick for a whole 10 or more months when I stopped using it. It made me feel like I was pregnant, but only I wasn’t pregnant. Please be sure to find out the side effects before you choose to be on the depo 3 month injectable contraceptive. It also interfered alot with my sex life. Vagina is always dry, always tired and never in the mood for sex.

      • Tania says:

        Planning on getting off the shot next month that is due been on it for 6 years wondering what to expect after I stop it

    • Janay Brewster says:

      I’ve only gotten one shot of the depo shot. I’m due for another shot in about a week. My body feels how it felt when I first got the shot. Nauseous, dizzy,gassy, no appetite, these are all side effects I had when I first got the shot. I’m wondering why did it come back is it. Because I’m due for another shot?

    • Ashley says:

      I’ve been on depo for the past 14 years. Finally decided to call it quits. Went through a deep depression for years and could never figure out why, but looking back now now I know it is the shot. Since I stopped I have lost about 10 pounds, have experienced severe bloating and nausea and headaches. Side effects have continued without a period.

      • Nicki says:

        I was on it for 10 years. Finally decided to stop 4 months ago. I was having chest pains, cramping, headaches and anxiety attacks. This is the worse contraceptive and should be band. i have been to so many doctors and then seeing others experience here. I makes me wonder why we are not told the truth. I have put all my trust and faith in God and claiming his continued healing. I wish you ladies all the best as well.

      • K says:

        I am glad I have sat here reading all these responses. I had myself dying with cancer in my head lol. I had been on depo for over 20 years and came off of it January I had two very heavy periods, one lighter one, all at the exact time of the month. Now this month I am bloated and have nausea but no period. Did t even realize there would be side effects. I just stopped taking it but didn’t talk to my doctor about it.

      • Katrace carter says:

        Me too as well I was on it for almost 10 years got off of it 2 years ago and still no period my dr said I might have perimenopause due from not having a period all this time and they said it might not come back 😢 so stressful

    • Shanieka says:

      I started taking depo shot February of 2015, my period stop would bleed a little when my shot is almost due I started feeling tired all the time having shortness of breath low sex drive so I discontinued the shot few months later.. went back on it June of 2019 then I started experiencing some spots on my skin sometimes red sometimes takes the colour of my skin went to my doctor he treated me for allergies but those spots will keep going and coming I had vaginal dryness vulva pain my doctor couldn’t find whats wrong with me shortness of breath came back chest pain abdominal pain nausea leg cramps joint pain and so many more plus this time my period stop completely each month I’ll have cramps like my period cramps but I’ll only pass a little brown discharge or clot so I decided to Google the side effects and there was this long list of things I had no idea this injection couldve put me through so many things i went to my health care and all they said was they don’t know of those symptoms so I stop taking the injection April 2020 I had me period twice in May and once in June so far still feeling depressed alot spots still comes and goes on my skin still have shortness of breath im just here praying for my body to back to normal I definitely wouldn’t recommend depo shot to anyone.

      • mahlodi says:

        I am experiencing same symptoms,my skin is very clean but since I was on the injection I experience some pumpils and lighter completion,instead of my periods I experience some brown discharge,I took a lot of pregnancy test and even went to a doc but results came back negative..stomach cramps,feeling tired,breast and nimple pains are some of symptoms I experience

    • Della says:

      Been on it for a year (dec’18 – dec’19), didn’t get my period for the whole year, 6 months after stopping had some spotting and finally had my period a month ago but the bleeding is almost constant, just a few days without bleeding. Noticed breast swelling and sensitivity, as well as nausea a couple of times.

      • London says:

        Wow. I was on depo for about 5 years on and off and didn’t go back for my last shot which was May 2021. I was having normal periods as of July and then randomly in October 2021, I started bleeding nonstop. I feel tired all the time and have mood swings. My breasts were also sore to the touch throughout October. I’ve been so scared to share this but reading your comment and all the others has been helpful. Hopefully we all heal from this and figure out whatever is going on with our bodies.

    • Danielle Bidinger says:

      I started depo 3-4 years ago.i was having a constant menstrual cycle for 16 gyn would never really address the issue and just prescribe different forms of birth control.none of which worked.i had a menstrual hemorrhage and blood clots so they prescribed progesterone to try and did not.the next suggestion was the depo shot to try and stop it all together.while on the depo I experienced headaches,pelvic pain,mood swings,fatigue,no sex drive what so ever,and weight gain.i learned of the health risks of prolonged use so I stopped the shot.after stopping it I experienced debilitating muscle pain for 3 days,severely tender breasts,pelvic pain,cramping, nausea/vomiting and mood has been 2 months since my last injection and my period has returned in full swing including cramping which I never had before recieving the shot.

    • Soraya Yount says:

      I would highly recommend
      Depo-provera for women who suffer from Endometriosis. I have used it for 7 years and finally had my surgery I’ve been wanting for 10 years. I stopped the injection one month ago Post surgery. My libido had increased, whole body inflammation is down, sleep is getting better, although I fight with daily fatigue. After 15 years from my first surgery for Endometriosis the depot-provera did a miracle job and slowed the implant growths immensely. I went from an entire pelvis covered in implants to only a couple behind my uterus this time. Although there are effects of the shot, its totally worth it if it controls the pain, bleeding, and growth of Endometriosis.

      • Stephanie Pecorino says:

        I starting taking the DEPO shot around the age of 25. It was truly a miracle in treating my endometriosis. I was covered in uterine cysts which made my periods unbearably painful and heavy. Internal sonograms showed a huge decline in the amount and size of the cysts after being on the shot for 2 years. For most of my time with the shot I didn’t experience many side effects. I probably gained 10lbs (in 6 years) since I’ve been on it, however I think it could partly be due to getting older. Now after being on it for 6 years I am going to come off of it because I believe I am experiencing some adverse effects. I have been getting back to back yeast infections and believe the hormone fluctuations are the culprit. Additionally I bleed/spot for long durations of time. I will say this shot made my life livable with endometriosis and would recommend it to any female with this condition. It may not be the best option for just a general contraceptive though. I agree Soraya, I also had a lot of success with the shot treating my endometriosis.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi ,i stopped taking depo in October, got my period las month and now i am almost a week late is it normal to miss a period after getting off the shot . Nervous i might be pregnant as i did have unprotected sex .

    • Latasha K Miliken says:

      I put my daughter on it when she was 16yrs old.I took it when I was 16 when I came off it took 2 years for me to have my daughter and I was 20 after that I have a total of 7children and I took her off of the shot Around 7monthes ago she has started to bleed and loosing weight but it’s heavy.So I told my daughter don’t take bath in hot water at least warm cold I know the best those who what to have a baby God will let you know when it’s your time.if you are not on after 1year something is wrong.

    • Florence says:

      Am saying No to Depo .not recommended to anyone. Bleeding as if you committed a crime on my 8th month since off depo two periods in one month bleeding more than 9 days .l really wanna get back to my normal self so bad .and no more any contraceptive in my body. Juts gonna use condom.

    • Abby says:

      See if for 3 years and I withdraw i and since I withdrew, it’s 2 years and I haven’t conceived yet. Menses irregular, sometimes sporting, bleeding and weight loss.

    • Lisa jones says:

      I took the shot right before I left the hospital back in November 2030. I had a 1 day cycle in July. It been months since I had a cycle but I’m constantly using the bathroom all my pregnancy tests are negative.I’m confused 😐 on what’s going on with my body .

    • Hayley says:

      I only had two shots and started on the pill as soon as my third shot was due, booked in for the mirena so only on the pill to cover me till then. I’ve had an on and off severe head ache for over a week now (I never have headaches) and such terrible cramps. Hope this is over soon.

  1. Jasmine says:

    Thinking back to when I stopped having the injections, I did feel a little jittery, but I cannot remember any other withdrawal-like symptoms.

    • Stephanie says:

      I would love to know who said you are not supposed to be on he Depo shot more than 2 yrs. I’ve been on the nearly 17 yrs without issues, without my GYN even once asking or suggesting to take me off. I am 48 years old and fully capable of getting pregnant without it, though probably not likely since I’ve been on it so long and given my age. I am not willing to take that chance.

      • yo says:

        Just because you are lucky enough to not have side effects, doesn’t mean it hasn’t had horribly effected other people.

      • Heather says:

        It’s says on the labeling it’s not recommended for use for more than 2 years unless other birth controls are not an option.

      • Michelle says:

        I was told all along only 2 yrs. However, I was for 13 yrs. Now off a few months, I am emotional and hungry for meat. One friend is about to put me down. Lol
        No period.
        Ulcer flare up
        So tired. Don’t want to do much.
        I’m clueless as to my mental and physical health…

      • Nicole Woods says:

        That’s how I feel Stephanie…. I’ve been on it for 14years and no one has ever told me to stop taking it. I’m 38 and have no plans on having more children so I will continue to take it

      • Sue says:

        I’ve been on depo for 25 years just stopped having it as I’m 50 now get backache swollen stomach signs of period I don’t know if had menopause so just taking that chance

      • I also have been on Depo for 17 years. I have never had a doctor tell me I should not be getting the injections. So now, 17 years later, my primary doctor retires and the new doctor “can not in good conscience” continue to let me have the Depo shot. Well I am feeling horrible, nausea, weight gain (rapid) and sensitive breasts,tired, the list goes on.. He will not change his mind. To me it is a little late to discover I have been on the medication for longer than 2 years. Small town doctors with small minds. Any bone damage has already been done. Suggestions?

      • Erica says:

        I was on the shot for 7 years. They just recently came out with you could not be on the shot for longer than 2 years. I took the shot from 15-22. I am now 34 and still no children. Things have not really been normal since. When I first went off of it I got extremely moody, breast hurt like no other. After being off the shot now for years and not really knowing the side effects of this drug cause when I started taking it we were the test subjects. They had no idea what it would do. Since more years have past I have been diagnosed with depression (bipolar), anxiety, joint pain, osteoarthritis, degenerative disks in neck and back, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, facial hair growth, my hips will not stay in place and acne as an adult that is far worse than when I was a teenager. There is nothing out there on long term side effects of this drug cause they have no idea what it will do to you. I had no side effects while on the drug and loved it as it was great birth control. However the long term effects of taking that drug has been brutal as I still deal with them every day.

      • Lynn williams says:

        I’ve been on depo for 27 years have been off for 2 1/2 years now I’m now 55 years old don’t know wether I’m going to get a period ever again wether I’m in the menapause or gone through it. It’s the not knowing that’s the problem

      • Cathy says:

        I have been on the injection for 21 years and no one has ever said anything negative about the time I have been on it. I recently stopped and the side effects are horrible.m

      • Beth says:

        I would get a bone density scan done, the reason it’s not recommended is that it affects the ability to absorb calcium I believe. It’s similar to why ballerinas often get osteoporosis, they keep their weight so low that they do not have periods. Some connections but it’s isn’t 100% causation. I would get checked out for that especially if you started in your teen years when there is a critical period to build up bone density.

      • Sierra says:

        Our GYNOs. Bet they didn’t tell you it’s not the same depo over the last decade either. I’ve been on it for four years and was told oops. We forgot to keep up with it. You aren’t supposed to exceed 2 years. And ive been through hell from it. I bled for 8 months when I tried to wean from it. Turned around and got right back on it. Periods stopped again. Had damn near bipolar anger issues over little stuff. Just angry all the time. Moody. Tired. Sore boobs and lactating etc. But yeah if they’ve never said it. They should have.

      • Lisa says:

        I know this is VERY old….but I have been on the depo shot for a year. I haven’t had any side effects. BUT i do have to get my shot 3 weeks early everytime I am due because I feel anxious, dizzy, nauseous, and uncomfortable. But once I get my shot I am all good. So now I worry about coming off of it. I want to go back to the copper iud. I hate hormonal birth control. I just got a shot a month ago and scared to death to come off of it. I have endometriosis that went undiagnosed for 15 years, and the depo has helped alot but I don’t want hormones like this anymore. I commened on yours because I too haven’t had any negative effects while on the depo.

      • MarQuita Majors says:

        I am now 40 and have been on Depo basically when it first was introduced. Took breaks here and there, but it has always worked for me.I was contemplating coming off of it since turning 40–but your comment keeps me going.

      • ae says:

        I was on depo for 19 years and LOVED it. no periods at all. I’m 44 now and was seeing a new dr last year who told me i needed to stop. I’ve had 2 bone density tests and they were fine. So they suggested Nexplanon instead. I’ve been depo free for a year now and have noticed an increase in cup size which is pretty awesome as i was barely a B. I just figured the anxiety was just me but now I’m starting to think it was due to the depo. I didn’t gain too much weight while on it either. Now I get stomach pains with my periods which are back to a normal cycle now. Figured payback for all the years of no periods haha. Anyone else who is a year later or more after becoming depo free? I’m curious what others who have been on it as long as I have are experiencing. I’m also tired all the time but i was like that while on depo. I don’t blame anyone for this, i just want to know more about the withdrawal symptoms. There just needs to be more research articles and information about getting off depo so the rest of us can relax a little. Pls feel free to reply to my comment. Would love to hear from anyone who’s been on it for longer than 15 years and is now off of the depo and on Nexplanon. I don’t know if it’s the depo withdrawal or the implant causing the anxiety, moodiness, and lack of sex drive. i def was fine with the depo. Thanks everyone!!

      • Rebecca Wold says:

        I also have been on Depo on and off for around 20yrs now. Started around age 20 and am now nearly 43. Never have had a doc tell me to stop (yet). I get a bone scan every 2 yrs. I AM getting concerned about what may happen next (when menopause hits) and I am concerned that my sex drive is lower but not sure if it’s the shot or my age!

    • Zoe says:

      I have been on depo for 5 years, was due to take the shot in June but didn’t for a break from it, I’ve started bleeding twice this month within 2 weeks and the cramps and boob pain are awful, did anyone else experience bleeding in such a short time frame in between after stopping this? Wish I never went on it I’m far worse after stopping never experienced any issues whilst on it!

      • Ali says:

        I was on Depo for 1 year, it too just me 6 months to get my period back.. and I have been getting my period every 12-20 days… I have hadn’t about 8 periods in the last 3 months. I am wondering if anyone else is experiencing this? I have been taking ovulation tests and I am not ovulating! When will that return? Trying to get pregnant…

    • Summer Corso says:

      Having hard time sleep. Eventually got cold sweat from hot flesh when sleeping. Made it harder to sleep at night. Is is my frist night not able to sleep

      • Audrey says:

        My boobs were an A cup and I have been off of it for a month and my boobs are now a C cup and hurt so much even at the slightest jiggle and I have been bleeding on and off since I’ve been off of it. I also get very mood and nausea.

      • Kay says:

        I only got 2 shots… I got on it after having my kid and when I first got my shot it blew me up.. I had gained so much weight I was extra hungry and I bleed for 3 weeks straight but it was light , it was painful to have sexual intercourse… I get headaches that no pain killer could make it go away.
        Now that I’m off.. I have cramps and nauseous but my sex drive came back I spotted once.

      • Cathy says:

        I stopped m depot 2months but I still have no period!! I still weight gain and head aches, bloating moo swings and I like eating and eating always. Is it all symptoms of wearing off depo

    • morgana says:

      I have nausea and cramps that have sent me to the E.R twice now. They did a CT scan, xrays, blood tests and a urine sample. I came out fine and overall healthy. Yet the pain in my stomach is consistent. They gave me tramadol to help sleep. I wasn’t sleeping, or at least i was having a very hard time. I was on depo for 6 years I’m 21 now and I feel like my hips are gonna break every time i stand. It’s excruciating at some points. I started depo at 15 and stopped October 2015. I’m scared cause I’ve never been in pain like this before. Don’t take depo EVER. It was great while it lasted but side effects after are no were close to worth it. I have barely eaten, barely slept and I’m jittery and unfocused. Hopefully this helps.

      • Julie says:

        So, I to stopped October 2015, and I got my 1st period on Valentine’s Day, but lasted1 1/2 days. Last night was the first night I was woken up in so much pain, I was on the verge of tears. Thought maybe it was ovarian cysts that I had once before. But when you went to the ER they didn’t see anything? Just curious what the doc said when the pain would end?

      • Najema says:

        Hi i hope mine doesn’t get any worse because sounds like my symptoms in the stomach and i have hip problems sometimes been on depo same time as you from 2011 to last year missed my lsst shot in july or August I believe didn’t really have a real period kinda on and off and nw didn’t have a period since September then cam February a little period then nothing now just cramps and sore breast but had mild to severe cramps and bloating since not really having a period

      • Chloe says:

        I just stopped my shot a few weeks ago since It hasn’t been working anymore. I have been on it since I was around 14 and now I’m almost 18. I am in so much pain with cramping and It hurts to move. What should I do??

      • Desi says:

        Hello, I have been dealing almost the same issue u having, going on two months now, i stopped the shot in april 2016 and i have right side pain and was told it was gastritis! My family dr. Was concerned about my gallbladder, i have been to er and uurgent care many times, and they keep saying every is fine. I have had my cycle every month so hopefully it will be out of my system soon!

      • Michelle says:

        I have takin my daughter age 20 to the emergency room twice in the last year and a half for severe stomach cramps, they urine tested, cat scanned, X-rayed, ultra sounded, etc. With the same results both times. They could find nothing wrong. Now running over your story I’m here crying, at the thought that through my advice I got her started on the Depo shot when she was 16, because I had been on it after I had her for 12 years. I had side affects – no periods, depression, wierd colored discharge, weight gain, weight loss, jittery when it got close to next shot, etc But I always got told the same thing when questioning my obgyn….. Anything could be normal with the Depo shot. I had been on it the longest that my doctors knew of. She is now thinking of stopping the shot ….. Now I’m more worried if she’s already having these problems on it, how severe is the withdrawal going to be?

      • DeQuandra says:

        I was the same way. Went to the ER 11/12/2016 for pain in abdomen and nausea. They gave me the same shot for the pain. It helped for some days. I got my birth control shot 11/09/2016. I should have never did that. Loss of appetite, was gaining but not really now, dizzy, and etc. I’m getting off of this mess. Not for me. No one should suffers from this

      • Lachazmine says:

        I been on depo for 3 years and decided to stop in June and recently I’ve been diagnosed with anxiety, insomnia, acid reflux, migraine headache, and I’m extremely bloatedd as if I’m pregnant, loss of appetite, constipation, I had what seemed to be a period that lasted for 7 days and recently I’ve noticed some spotting but it has stopped I can’t sleep and when I do I wake up tired still my joints and muscles ache alot so does anyone know a way I can jump start my period to get back normal

      • Sabrina Perez says:

        I’ve only had one shot my next date is Feb 1st 2019 and I wanna get off of it cuz I feel very nervous and anxious I’ve had 2 anxiety attacks and I’m scared to get off it now cuz what I’m reading I just wanna know will it go away and will I go back to normal

    • Ambs Alert says:

      yes im always nausea and jittery Ive only been off a month and i was on it a year. someone said it takes 6 months to a year to get pregnant ?

  2. abby says:

    i have a fiend that has been using the injection for about 6 years. just stopped using it in june 2009 but since then she has been having lots of pain in both breast.

    • crystal says:

      My nipples were very very sensitive for a long time after I stopped and I was on it for 6 years. Been off for two months and still no period.

      • McKenna says:

        Hi ive been on Depo for 4years. Recently decided to get off it and i usually bled when late on my shot but before i stopped i was bleeding before my next shot, and it stopped the day I was suppose to get my shot. I got my last shot December 2014 and I started bleeding in the middle of January. My nipples are SUPER sensative nonstop, bleeding nonstop, nauseous, gaining weight. My mood got out of whack today and was wondering how other woman were dealing with this. I feel like crap.

      • sharon says:

        I had depot for 7 years I stopped 8 months ago my breasts and nipples feel very bruised still. I’m not taking any contraception at the min still deciding I’m 44 think I will go on pill don’t fancy the coil ……I have been so worried thought I had Cancer so you think I should tell doctor and ask for a scan

      • Alicia says:

        I’ve been off the shot for 10 months because my husband and I are wanting a baby. I haven’t had a period but I am experiencing lower back and breast tenderness. O hope it don’t take me 2 years to become pregnant.

      • Tiffani says:

        I was on Depo for 2 years. My last shot was due November of 2014 but i didn’t take it because I was no longer wanting to be on the depo shot. I got my period back on February 14th 2015 and its been 5 months now and im still on my period, im tired all the time, all i want to do is lay around and sleep, ive gained 10 lbs., im constantly depressed and moody, and my breasts are sooo sore all the time! Can’t wait until my body finally decides to return to its normal self! but Mckenna I completely understand the “I feel like crap”. For now i’m just waiting it out.

      • Charrry says:

        Hi. Am on 4 days now getting off to depo, I had it for 4 years and no bleeding at all. But now looking forward to get back normal my body as I gained weight as the moment I experienced stomach cramps, but no bleeding yet , was like a contractions feeelings. ..was gone after 2.days. but talking about boobies OMG! My breast was so sore and swollen and it’s very. Sensitive. Just wonder if there’s a remedy Or meds for. this…

      • kellie says:

        same. except i was on it for almost two. im 19 years old. ive had sex when i was off of it but no period it was just two weeks in i was off. now its been two months but no sex now my nipples are tender

      • Katrina says:

        Was on my shot for 6 1/2 years and I just got off June 2016 didn’t have a period until December 2016 they last for 6 to 7 days and my breast be so sore and I also feel like I have to vomit all the time I eat more but try to go without food cause I know I will gain weight I don’t want it March 2017 been trying to get pregnant by my husband and nothing has happened oh also soon as I got off shot a cyst has formed on my right ovary

      • Tara says:

        I’ve been off the depo for about a year. I feel the side effects from withdrawal from it was I was very nauseous all the time, anxiety, irritability, depression, loss of appetite, sore breasts, insomnia, lack of sex drive, and moodswings this whole year. Just generally feeling horrible. I started getting my period again the past 4 months. Now they stopped. Negative for pregnancy. I decided to get off of it from being on it for 13 years. Finally feeling better. I’m able to sleep and not nauseous. Just overall happier. I finally feel comfortable, hungry, and not as moody. Sex drive is way better. I felt okay being on the shot but these symptoms were when I was getting off it. Horrible. Not worth it.

      • Lmt says:

        I’ve been on the depo for 10 years. Came off august 2020, my period came almost immedialty and had one each month. Was due to have my period 14 December, still hasn’t came. I’m starting to worry that they will never return. I’m trying to get pregnant and the constant worry is taking over my mind.

      • Moma says:

        I only took the shot 2ce, and don’t plan to continue. After the 1st shot, i experienced severe headaches for a few days, then skin on my hands and feet molted really bad. I was looking forward to a few months without the “crimson tide” but my period never really stopped, just got wacky. Also lost my sex drive. Took the second shot and every thing went crazy, started bleeding / spotting pretty much 5 days/ wk. My 2nd and last shot was october 2015, and yes i experienced weeks of super/tender boobs in dec / jan. Also some really bad cramps. All that is manageable. Whay scares me now is the fatigue and listlessness i am feeling for 3 wks now. I am 37, and never known what depression is. I pray thats not what this is.

    • Jess says:

      I only ever had one shot of depo,I was due my 2nd on the 3rd of June 2016.iv bled ever since I had my 1st and last shot and I’m still bleeding to this day.very heavy and so painful.tiered,forgetful no sex drive and very moody.never again would I have this contraception

      • Charlotte says:

        I decided to get the depo shot, so I had it done on the 5th June 2016, 5 days later I went on holiday for 3 weeks, in which time my period was due. No sign of a period all holiday, but a week after I returned back I started to get slight cramps & began to get a browny, bloody discharge appear. That lasted a week or so, then I bled for a day or two. Basically since about the 10th July I have been constantly bleeding, so it’s the 29th Sept today & yes I’m still bleeding. I never got my second shot of depo because I was worried what this was doing to me. I’m now constantly bloated all the time & cannot cope with bleeding anymore.
        I really don’t know what to do

    • Wanda greene says:

      My god my breast hurt so much I was on the shot for 11 years it was perfect. I stopped my last injection in march my breast hurt for 4 months and then it stopped for 2 months now it’s back even worse. My bone test was normal but my herniated disc has gotten worse and I didn’t know anxiety came with the injection I’m a reck in a car jump to everything. I just want my body back and I haven’t had a period yet since March 2016 the size affect are really bad don’t get the shot.

    • Steph says:

      I have also been on this for 6 years, finally stop taking the shots it’s been 4 months now no period at all, and my breast both hurt bad, and have stomach pains, I was debating rather to go see a doctor about my symptoms but I see alott of us are having the same problem,

  3. Claire says:

    I stopped the Depo injection 9 weeks ago (after 3 years) and have been suffering from nausea for about a week now. I was also on the injection for 8 years previously and stopped to have a baby. I conceived almost immediately, but suffered from terrible morning sickness. I am beginning to wonder if that sickness was a result of stopping the injection as opposed to being pregnant.

    • shan says:

      I was on the shot for 2 years . I missed my shot March 23, 2015 still no period. Lower back pains cramping in stomach. High fevers and frequent urinating. Could I be pregnant

      • Rowoli says:

        What is d effect of depo on fibroid. I want my period stopped, it’s heavy. Please guide me on this.

      • Meghan Sanderson says:

        i’m experiencing the exact same thing, i have had belly ache for the past 7 days and i have been off the depo for 1 month 2 days, it feels like i have the flu but i know its not, i have hot sweats and shiver when i wake up.. i think its my stomach returning back to normal and withdrawal symptoms from the hormones, however if mine carries on for any longer than 2 weeks i will probably take a pregnancy test then go to the doctor

      • Debbi says:

        I was on the depo for 2years, I stopped a month ago and I have had really heavy flow for 5days with blood clots. When will this bleeding stop?

      • Tiffani says:

        Debbi, I was on Depo for 2 years too. Stopped taking it in nov. 2014, got my period back feb. 2015 and ive been on my period ever since. And its a constant heavy flow with blood clots. Seems like its never going to end..5 months and counting.

      • Ambs Alert says:

        Oh My gosh !! same thing im starting to think that im pregnant same exact thing iv been off since march 30 2016 and my stomach (more so side and back ) hurt like hell sharp sharp cramps! help if you find out anything ?

      • cruz says:

        Did anyone experience severe dizziness. I’m on my second week after receiving my depo shot, and I have experience horrible dizziness, anxiety and feeling sad. Ugh! I hope this subsides

      • JJJJ says:

        I’ve been feeling extremely dizzy and horribly nauseous for the last couple of days. My last shot was 4 months ago and I’ve had breast tenderness, I feel bloated all the time, I’m gaining weight and have had headaches, anxiety, shortness of breath and it feels like my heart is racing all the time. I’ve also been experiencing diarrhea. Does anyone else have these symptoms? My husband had a vasectomy years ago, so I am not pregnant.

      • Ebony davis says:

        To all the women having issues on and getting off the depo,I have been on it for a last shot Aug 11 2015 an all I did was spot and bleed,then for 6 weeks I bled so heavy wearing and going thru 2pads and the clots were the size of quarters,so I went to pph and I started birth control pills 2 a day it slowed it down and now I’m having dark spotting and having better results I highly recommend talking to ur doc about doing the same thing..good luck ladies!!!

      • Autumn Lewis says:

        Hi Tiffani,
        Was your period heavy before you started Depo?
        I know its late just discovered the site.. Anyway, I started Depo back in March 2013. I would bleed about every 60 days and then after about a year I only bleed when I needed the shot. I was due for my shot Nov 2015 and decided not to get it. My breast were super tender and my nipples were erect. I experienced bloating as well. I started my first period since my last depo injection yesterday ( 12/16/2015).. It seems to be pretty normal so far. I was wondering is there anyone whose cycle has returned to normal since their last injection?

      • Shakira says:

        I have only been on the depo injection since December 2020, so around 6 months now, I had a period for about 3 weeks straight at one point. I have now stopped it because I realised it wasn’t doing my body any good. Before I started the depo injection I was less than 7 stone, now I have stopped it I am 12 stone.

    • Kim says:

      I know this is old post but were you pregnant I stopped deppo on 23 October had a mc on 27 October for 6 days now I think I’m pregnant sickness feel tired hot flushes bloated have to per all the time I’m not due my period till 8 days so to early to do a test but think I’m going mad all the sighs are there but don’t know it this it just the deppo

      • sam says:

        Hi I was wondering if u had any luck with whats going on with ur symptoms? I missed my shot in October and now two months later no period but weird cramping pregnancy symptoms feeling dizzy and nauseas and really tired no matter how much I sleep. Thought I might be preg but after reading online about this I think probably not. I don’t like this if I had known what the shot was going to do after stopping I would have just gone back on the pill. I was on the shot for four years and I’m scared I’m gonna feel like crap for the next year or so :/

    • corazon says:

      Hi Ms. Claire,

      I know its been 9 years now since you posted this. Just wanted to know how soon is that when you said “conceived almost immediately?” You mean after 8 years of depo injection,then you stopped, after a month or two you did get pregnant immediately?
      Hope you can find time to answer my query.


  4. crystal says:

    i was on the depo provera for almost 4 years and got off and since than i have been experincing migraines really bad and breast tenderness and i have been off of it for 2 months.

    • Latasha Green says:

      I have only took the depot one time and I just missed my shot a week ago.Iv been feeling sick and weak.with watery mouth.but mainly sick stomach.I dont kno if its from the depot shot or not but im worried of how long its gonna last.can anyone tell me if its from the depot or not.

      • Jazmine says:

        I only took the shot once I’m having pregnant like symptoms my nipples are sore cramps but no period back hurts headaches hungry and bloating. I don’t know if I’m pregnat or these are side effects

      • Christine says:

        Im having the same exact symptoms and its driving me nuts. I dont know how long to expect this to last.

      • Brooke says:

        Reading this has relieved my thoughts a little. I have been on the shot for 5 years. I stopped it 2 weeks ago and I have watery mouth stomach jitters and nausea. Afraid to take a pregnancy test but I have to.

      • jamie says:

        me too!! I’m experiencing it right now. plus I had 5 days of period stopped for two and another 5 days. idk why.

      • Danielle says:

        I had 2 injections, and my last one was 5 weeks ago. It’s been at least that long since my last flow, as I seemed to have it more while on the shot than off. I, too, am experiencing pregnancy like symptoms: moodiness, cravings/some repulsion, bloating, headaches, backaches, cramping without bleeding, even dizziness and heightened sense of smell, but p-tests come back negative. Anybody else experiencing this?

      • Meghan Sanderson says:

        the reason why you could think you are pregnant is because its normal to feel that way when coming off the depo

      • Sky says:

        I came off my shot about two weeks ago and this week i have been having these symptoms. Im glad that other women have experienced this but im still worried. Im hoping it will go away soon and my life will return back to normal.

      • Nicole says:

        I also took the shot one time. Two days later I felt exactly like I was pregnant. My cervix feels swollen and sore. A very scary feeling

      • Raven says:

        I only had 2 shots last one January 2015 period started back in June was regular until September I spotted for 2 days like literally a spot like the size of a nickel and this month no period at all breasts have been sore for 2 months..nauseous and more tired than I have ever been.. feeling really crappy every other day…negative pregnancy tests so I’m assuming it’s my body trying to recover from depo not really sure since I only had 2 shots

      • BIG MA says:

        i am feeling the same and i went in fo two scans so far but no baby. the doctor told me yesteday that it might take up to 6 months for the depo to leave your system completely. well im on my knees. cant take the cramping and all anymore. i was on depo once only by the way

    • Elena says:

      Crystal, I know you posted this a long time ago but I was wondering how long it took for the migraines to go away? I’m dizzy and have migraines like every two weeks. So tired of the nausea.

      • Ana says:

        Hi ! I’ve been having the same symptoms! Just wondering if your still feeling the same I only had the shot once and a week before getting my 2nd dose I started feeling nauseous and having stomach cramps and now a month in I have horrible stomach cramping I get so bloated

      • Ester says:

        I’m also wondering if the side effects I experienced from the first shot will be lessened if I get the second shot. I experienced anxiety, mood swings, depression. They have slowly gotten better. I am at the 3 month mark now and am leery about getting the second shot.

  5. Becky says:

    I recently stopped taking the Depo injection after seven years. I am a very happy person, however I have been feeling depressed and tired. I am wondering if anyone else has had this experience. When I first started the shot, my periods immediately stopped. I was due for a shot four weeks ago and have already had a period! I am not upset about this – I am glad to have a period, but the feeling of being emotionally and physically depressed is difficult to deal with. I hope that it passes soon.

    • Sarah says:

      I’m having the same symptoms as Christine and Jazmine – starting to freak out about pregnancy -and gaining weight – full breasts, so sore and tender nipples! Yikes! I only took it for a year and a half

      • Jesse says:

        I’m having the same issues as you (Sarah), I did take 2 pregnancy tests a few weeks ago and both negative. Been on depo for about a year and half and was supposed to get another shot in March and now I’ve gained weight, had headaches, fatigue, just recently started bleeding again but the cramps that have come with it are the most awful ones I’ve ever had, my breasts and nips are always sore now and they’re fuller than before, and it’s just made me feel sick too… I’m really hoping all this stops soon because it’s pretty unbearable…

      • cindy says:

        Im having the same problem as you Jesse and I did take pregnant tests and they both were negative and I still feel sick, the issues you having are like exactly mines and its been two weeks since I missed my shot and I hate feeling like this coz its like im pregnant wonder how long will I feel this awful.

      • Damara says:

        I was on for 2 years and missed a shot. My doc said I would have to wait until my period came back on to get another. I am having hideous migraines, I am fatigued ALL the time, and even depressed! I have no reason to be sad at all. My life is fine. But I am constantly moody and sad. This sucks SO bad.

      • Abby says:

        I chose to have the Depo shot as my birth control, but I gained massive amount of weight and was having mood swings along with very swollen breast. I switched to the pill, and this is my 3rd week on the pill. Everything is fine im loosing weight as well but my nipples seem to be very very sensitive to the point where I can’t touch them. Has anyone else gone through this lmk please.

      • brianna says:

        I have had the same thing, did you ever lactate after stopping the shot? cause I am having the same symptoms and I am scared I am pregnant..

      • Michelle Joan Daniels says:

        Im the same as sarah. Since stopping it iv put on weight, my breast can hardy be touched. Im not prego as iv taken a test. And still no bleeding. Im hoping it all passes soon as id like to full prego over the next few months.

      • kimmy says:

        I was on depo for 11 years. After stoping I have gained weight. My boobs are really sore, I can barely touch them. My nipple hurt as if I was pregnant. My boobs have also grown two cup sizes in the last 2 months. I have had severve cramps on and off. I’m eating very healthy and working out. I’m having alot of trouble trying to lose weight.

      • sophia says:

        i see many people comment about the withdrawal symptoms of the birth control just wanted to know how long your symptoms lasted and whether you are pregnant? i have the same

    • Isabelle says:

      My experience has been exactly the same.
      It’s good to know I’m not alone, as I was beginning to think I was a moody horrible person.

      • keilei says:

        I was on the depo shot for a year, my last shot was in 2009. I’ve had all of those same ‘omg, I think I’m pregnant’ symptoms. They would sporadically kick in over about 3 years time, they did finally stop though. One of my other symptoms, which most women, who haven’t gone through what we here have, would think wonderful. It was almost 4 years after stopping depo before I started to get my periods back. Which you would think after that long, they would be the normal once a month however many days thing. Not the case with me. I would halfway start a period, spot for 2 days, nothing for a day, then have a light flow for maybe 2 or 3 days. As I write this now, I still have not returned to a normal menstruation cycle. I can’t correctly guess what part of the month it will be, because it could be at the end of the month, then the middle of the next, then be at the beginning of the month after I should have already started. I do not recommend taking the Depo Provera birth control shot. The side effects for during and most definitely afterwards are just not worth it. I feel for all of you out there going through the same things or even possibly worse symptoms. Just know that you are not alone, and we care. No one should have to go through these things when all we wanted to do, was to be responsible, and chose when we wanted children or not to have any(more) children.

      • Elaine says:

        I feel a bit relieved after reading this forum. I was on depo for 1 year and a half, and then pills for a month before I decided to stop everything in april. I didnt get any period until july 1st and the bleeding last for 3 months! It finally stopped and im getting light spots since yesterday instead of a normal period. On top of that I have been moody the whole time and my breasts and nipples are just extra sensitive. Luckily my weight didnt really change. Hopefully my body can adjust better in the future.

      • Jana says:

        Had only one shot. Experienced everyday spotting, cramps, moodiness, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, trouble to focus and remember and it also lowered my sex drive. Off the market immediately!!

    • Kristen says:

      Feeling pregnant on Depo is completely normal unfortunately lol I only had ONE AND ONLY ONE SHOT and then I stopped immediately it’s been about 3 months now Ive been off of Depo I feel pregnant throwing up, senses are heightened, I keep peeing my pants uncontrollably and I keep taking pregnancy tests but they keep coming back negative I also can’t sleep on my left side which is the side that hurts the most. So I called a woman’s clinic I go there regularly but they don’t know my medical history and I told the lady my symptoms and she was just playing a guessing game she was like oh maybe you have a UTI and I was like no it doesn’t hurt or burn to pee and then she was like oh maybe you have a digestive problem. I’m like you have talked to me on the phone for maybe 5 minutes and you’re not my regular physician so how are you going to pull these random facts out of your ass then she was like oh lets get you on Provera to make your periods come back to normal let me talk to the doctor and call you back then 30 minutes later she calls back and she’s like yeah we aren’t going to put you on Provera it’s too soon for that now it’s like just shut up and let me help myself and let my body go back to it’s natural self and quit playing this guessing game because you aren’t my regular doctor because I don’t have one. I don’t know I still have a feeling I’m pregnant after being off Depo for 3 months we shall see. Sometimes you know your body better then doctors do especially if they don’t know you and only talked to you on the phone for five minutes good luck ladies!!!

      • tara says:

        I am having EXACTLY what are experiencing, peeing pants and pain in left side.And fatigue is unbelieveable. All this info out there about what depo does for a person but did they even test or study what impact it has from all angles?

      • REFILOE says:

        the contraceptives are dangerous, and lets keep in mind these stuff are science made,it does prevent pregnancies but at the same time it kills us because i have the very same symptoms and trust me i would not recommend it to anyone.if you don’t want to fall pregnant just use condoms because we woman are exposed to a lot of contraceptives but we don’t really get the facts about the contraceptives.I feel abnormal and unhealthy because I used to have a normal period and now i have to bleed for like a month and feel sick,the symptoms we have shows that science can kill us,sometimes i worry if i will have complications with fertility because my body doesn’t function as it supposed to be.

      • Beverly says:

        I only took it once n i was moody n bleed all the three months n then after i have has two period on the same month n after 3 months after bein of it i havent gotten my regular period am worried i might be pregnant

      • ashley says:

        Omgggg!!so i got my shot apr 17 and was supposed togo back jul 17 its now aug 30 and i didnt get the shot so im having all of my pre pms symptoms i normally would and have been racking my brain praying im not pregnant….how long does this last? I hope my period goes back to normal and not 2 and 3 weeks when i first got the shot.ughhh im glad im not alone ..currently i sleep all day eat all day (stomachs growling currently) i pee a whole lot and crying like im losing my mind . ..MAKE IT STOP lol its ridiculous just to be a responsible adult…

      • jodie cooper cartwright says:

        This is such a grate help I was on depot for a year suppose to go back to take the shot on December 2016 but I didn’t go because it had been a year an I wanted to see my period it is now march2017 I have yet to see my period my breast is super sore my left arm is always in pain and I am bloated fell very Pogo I was scared to take the test but now I guess it’s jus the side effects

      • Luna says:

        i’ve been having the same issue lately! i only took depo once after having a miscarriage and i haven’t been able to get the shot due to this whole crisis. Anyways i haven’t had sex in the week i’ve been off the shot and i honestly feel pregnant, like i have really bad nausea, my sense of smell has increased, i’m constipated and extremely bloated, and i can’t find a comfortable position to lay on my sides! however, i’ve also been bleeding for the past week so idk but i’m really confused…

      • morgana says:

        Have you been feeling better since november.?? It’s been 4 months for me I still haven’t bled. My cramps are excruciating and the pain in thee left side is true. It feels like pins and needles alot. Also I’m a smoker and this has cut me back almost entirely. The pain is so not worth it..

    • Susie says:

      I have been off depo for 6 months after years of use. This is my 2nd experi encryption with severe depression and being tired. Have my children. .going to have a tubal ligation. Would not recommend getting depo.

      • jalisa says:

        Hi, im lisa im 23 & I’ve been on depo for some years now.. not bcus of having sex.. think thats why most females are on birth control rightt ?? But not me, my doctor recommended me to get on it bcus i would get sick a lot and miss lots of events in high school and having to leave school. As in vomiting, and get dizzy as if i would pass out. Never did i have stomach pains when i had periods. I just vomit throughout the day. Now that I’m taking depo I’ve been having lots of stomach pains, dizziness, vomiting worse then before. & i feeI very blotted.. and the pain goes from my stomach to my back and then cause my legs to ache i was wondering if the depo shot is causing this??? Would anyone have an answer !? Please help !

      • connie says:

        Have had multiple periods a month since stopping depo and getting a makes your period heavier.

    • Shania says:

      I have been on the depot for the last 2 years and intentionally missed my shot that was due the beginning of January 2015. When I started the depot in 2013 for the first 3 months I was spotting. After my 2nd injection, so about 4 and a half months after my 1st, my periods stopped altogether. Over the 2 years my sex drive has completely diminished and has seemed to have been replaced with an insane appetite and chronic fatigue. I intentionally stopped depot in order to decrease my appetite and hopefully get my sex drive back. It has been 3 weeks since I stopped and I have experienced tiny spurts of spotting (after sex), my mood has severely altered (Im grumpy most of the time, upset), and the chronic fatigue still strongly exists.

      • sonza says:

        I was on the shot for 7 months, and now it have 6 months since i havent had the shot. it have been 3 months since ive been hhaving regular cycles. So it have been exacly 17 months off the shot. I heard it takes up to 18 months to get off the shot or longer. I would like to know when will i start to ovulate or get pregnant.

  6. Ashley says:

    I’m a teenager; I was on the shot for about two years, and I stopped about 4 months ago. Since then I have had awful anger flare-ups and mood swings to the point where my symptoms seem to resemble bi-polar disorder. My family and I have noticed that I never acted like that until I was no longer taking the shot. We came to the idea that with taking, and then stopping, the shot, hormones are completely out of whack, and it could cause serious changes in moods; including what I have been experiencing.

  7. Laura says:

    I used Depo-Provera for almost three years. For months after my last injection I experienced SEVERE side effects including extreme breast tenderness and swelling, migraine headaches, weight gain of 20 lbs, constant neck and low back aches, moodiness, nausea, and a general feeling of not recognizing my own body. My period did not return until almost seven months after my last injection. I had no idea that these side effects had anything to do with my discontinued use of Depo until I found forums online with women experiencing many of the same symptoms. I am only just now, almost 8 months later feeling any kind of relief.

    • Kimi says:

      I was on the shot for about 12 years and decided to stop taking it. I missed my last shot that was due Jan 2nd and it’s been 4wks. I thought I was pregnant because I’ve been experiencing major nausea, dizziness, fatigue, 6 lb weight gain (while restricting my calorie intake and increasing my exercising routine), breast soreness and OMG -the nips are sooo sore/tender/sensitive! Major bloat (my pants don’t fit because i’ve added 3 inches to my waist). My friend says that I should be LOSING weight because of going off the Depot, but from reading these forums…it looks like the opposite is true for most.. I am so moody now too. Crying for little to no reason at all and I’m surprised at how sensitive I’ve become..I’m usually a very happy person, but in the last 2 weeks, I’ve become a depressed mess..with sore nips and a bloated belly! :/

      • Rae says:

        Kimi I was on depo for about 8 years and since I have come off the bloating I experienced after 3 months was horrendous. After visiting the doc and blood test done, nothing showed up, so I took the first step for myself, I started taking a Mintec tablet twice a day, helped greatly with the bloating and cramping and then increased my fibre over a period of time, (Mintec helped within two days it was an 80% improvement). Today I still suffer a little but I watch what I eat and still take fibre supplements to get the balance. Hope you feel better.

      • Lauren says:

        This happened to me too! I was due a shot in December after being on it for 5 consecutive years and just got a glimpse of a period after almost 9 months of no activity. I literally went through menopause. Night sweats, tender nipples, sore to the touch breasts, hot flashes, weight gain (5-10 lbs) especially in the belly and depression. I started the depo 12 years ago and stopped at year 7 to make sure things still functioned. I got my period back within a month. This time not the same, as I age I react differently. I didn’t go on another BC to bring them back either time. Glad I came across this post. There really is no literature out there about what to expect!

    • Angy says:

      This is my second month since I take the injection but I chanje my mind I would to have a baby so how should I stop that I lost contact with my doctor because I’m not feeling good with it my. Appetite chanje I lost weight always tired I can’t stand that.

    • morgana says:

      I’m 4 months in and, I’m tired of it. I have all the same symptoms and barely sleep. The pain in my abdominal region is ridiculous. I just wanna feel normal.. how much longer did it take….: , (

      • Madonna Perry says:

        Well ladies I’ve been on depo 7 years my hair had started to thin out, know it’s bald in the middle. I just took a shot this month April 1st I have not had a period in I don’t know how long. I will no longer be taking anymore shots period it’s harmful to the body. I just hope going back to my regular body I want do bad with the side effects I’m scared.

      • Mandi says:

        To Madonna,,, how do you feel once being off of the depo? Did your hair come back in etc?

  8. Jenni says:

    I was on the Depo shot for only 6 months. I experienced a severe loss in my sex drive and just felt really blah. Whats the point of being on birthcontrol if your not having sex??? I decided to stop taking the injections and for the past 2 1/2 months I have had a peroid for 2 weeks then off for 2 weeks. I’m starting to get some of my sex drive back but cant wait til i am “normal” again!

    • Liz says:

      Ive been on the Depo for 7 years, went straight on it after having my son – great not having periods. Went for my shot in Feb, the nurse said I had been on it too long & was I feeling ok. I broke down & said I had lost all interest in sex & didnt fancy anyone, not even my husband. I was eating loads & had been for years including binge eating which just made me feel worse, I was moody, short tempered & felt worthless. It appears I had the symptons for depression which along with eating & lack of sex drive were all part of the symptoms to the depo. She refused to give me the jab & a few weeks later I was fitted with an implant. As the weeks have gone by I now have sexual feelings back, I have lost weight, no longer comfort eat & actually feel normal again I feel the happiest in myself for years, no longer feeling like a zombie. Perhaps I had a bit of post natel depression to start with & over the years the Depo just made this worse, I dont know. Only had a light period which lasted for less than a day.
      So pleased to be in the land of the living

  9. lynette says:

    i’ve been on the depo for 5 yrs and came off for about 5 months now and me and my hubby would like to have a baby but no period has returned yet,any one has suggestions on how to jump start my period again pls post.thanks

  10. Sal says:

    I was on the depo shot for a little over a year and have been off of it for a month. I have been experiencing extreme breast tenderness including my nipples and lately iv been really nauseous. Not only that but I feel very moody as well, anything can make me angry to the point where i want to cry. I feel llike i have no control over my body. I took a pregnancy test yesterday and it said negative, but i am still concerned. Doctors should notify us of these possible after effects. They are horrible.

  11. Randi says:

    Ok, I was on it for about 9 years with a few months break here and there. I’ve been off it now for 5 months and I have severe anxiety over things that normally wouldn’t be scary and I’m very very depressed for no reason. I feel like there’s no point to life anymore. My boobs hurt and I have no monthly visitor. I was really thinking I was schizophrenic until I googled Depo Withdrawls…If anyone has felt these things and then eventually felt better, please tell me because I can deal with it if I know there is an end in sight. Thanks! And any questions just message me on myspace. Click on my name to go to it

    • Lisa says:

      Hey Randi, I know it has been nearly 5 years since you posted here but I am currently going through this myself after stopping depo 8 weeks ago. I really would like to hear from you how u are now and did u recover/ how long did it take? I need some reassurance as I honestly have lost hope in ever being myself again.

      • Callie says:

        I was on depo for the good part of 7 years, last injection was September 2014. I just got my period a month and a half ago and then it has been coming every two weeks…. I feel like I’ve gained weight (no scale to check), my nipples were extremely sore for awhile, and I’m super tired all the time. I can’t say I’m dealing with depression but I love my job and I just started it in January so I think that helps a lot. I was just googling what happens when you stop depo and found this site. It’s actually been eye opening, I’m gonna continue following. I haven’t seen a doctor since (no health insurance, couldn’t afford it) and was just wondering how long this period every couple week thing will last. I don’t know if that helped, but I hope you feel better!

      • Lisa says:

        Hi Callie,
        Its been months now since I stopped the depo and I am feeling a little better in terms of anxiety issues I had, they still linger but the depo and withdrawal from it definitly caused/magnified it for me.
        I too had the 2 weeks periods for the first 2 months off it and now finally I think they are settled down to 23 days apart which still isnt great but is better. My advice to you on that is to keep a record of your periods as I always forgot how long apart they actually were.
        Its so interesting to hear other peoples experiences with depo and its withdrawal effects.

      • morgana says:

        Lisa I feel the same way it’s been 4 months. I can barely handle it.. I’ve heard midol helps as well as ibuprofen. I’d ask a physician first just in case it could be something different. I was in the e.r for 11 hours and they couldn’t tell me anything. I’m 99% sure it’s depo causing this. Sleeping is horrible and gets harder… if anyone has any more info on how long it lasts please help me out. I need the reassurance.

  12. joanne says:

    i came off the injection 7 months to try for baby and have not had any joy, my periods still havnt returned and have just had blood tests cause the nurse thinks the injection has sum how messed up my cycle and i am not producing oestrogen due to the deppo, my sex drive has only just returened and i have put on alot of weight, glad now to see the back of the deppo

  13. paul says:

    just replying to a few things, as my wife was on depo for 7 years and now off because her age nearing 40 and as she was on it for so long might cause oestriposis ( if spelt right) plus we want more, but since being off depo her periods are back and lost a bit of weight, sex is the same but the last 3 months she has gone a bit wierd, asking if i love her, if she has done something wrong? ….where as there is no need to ask these questions.

    But brave as i was tonight i tried getting answers, reply was….anxiety, does not want to go out, crying all the time.

    when our life is great, ok i went through depression a long time ago and with my work i can see signs, and obviously the signs are there with my wife, i thought it might be the change ( as you ladies call it ) but i checked it up and no effects like she has.

    Thinks i am blanking her out all the time, ( NOT ) she sits in another room when me and daughter are watching tv? ……ask her to come in and says be there in 5 mins……..this is after being off depo for 3 months….grrrr as a husband it is worrying as my wife has changed, as i was in depression at a stage in my life i can see she is going through the stage, luckily i can se the signs that no-one sees outside the house, it is a bad thing.

    doctors give you tabs, make you brainwashed, and addicted..i took 2 and still got them and gave 2 to the wife to chill, in bed and hope be better when wake up, as this injection does not say what it effects….i.e

    after taking it………………as a husband who loves his wife appreciate you lot for the site to show concern

    • Lindsey says:

      This sounds just like me. I was on the depo for 10years every 5 years I came off it for a year to try to keep my body circle normal somewhat. The first year I came off it, I was such a emotional reck, I would cry over the smallest of thing, I would go to work and and even cry over things I would normally brush off. I had thoughts that no one wanted me and I was worthless. And on top of that it took 6 months for me to have a period, but every month I would have stabbing pain, my back would cripple up and my breast felt like they were going to burst. I turned very needy and seeked comfort. Continuely going to the doctors and they marked it as depression. Worst year every, but soon that year was up and I went back on the depo, within the month I was back to my old self. I continues doing to the doctors for regular check up with the depression (I didnt feel depressed any more) I decided to see a different doctor for a second option, I went through all my symptoms through that terrible year ( lucky for me I wrote everything down ) the doctor confirmed I didnt have depression but however my body was trying to get everything back on track, as when I was on the depo I had no mood swings, no monthly circle no pains, nothing and when I came off it, it was basically 5 years squashed and squeezed in to a year. I have been off the depo now for 1 year and 1 month. The first 8 months was just like that first year I was off it before, but now my pain, neediest, crying and bad moods and right where they should be right before and after my circle, and have been that way for 4 months. So I am slowly getting back to normal. I am just so lucky that my partner has managed to stick my me though all the hell I put him through with my emotional changes, he has been a rock for me. I am staying away from any form of contraception (except condoms) for at least another year, but dont think I will go back on the depo again.

      • lorraine brady says:

        i have been on depo for 19 year and have just found out that i have osteopenia i have to see a bone specialist does anyone else have this i think bone specialist will ask me to stop the depo not looking forward to coming of depo

  14. Georgia says:

    Well I took the injection twice and stopped it as I had no sex drive, my hair did not grow and I gained weight. Istopped in the May and did not menstruate until the December and this was accompanied by awful migraines. I have felt depressed and moody and I can relate to Paul’s wife and her symptoms. I believe the hormones are up and down causing all sorts of depressed symptoms. I have suffered depression before and I am not terribly depressed (yet) but feel myself slipping and am exercising, doing all sorts to keep myself ‘up’…. I feel like my husband is treating me differently but I can also rationalise it and see that it is probably my stuff not his…

    I think the injection should be banned…

  15. Angela says:

    I also have had really bad experiences with the depo injection. I started taking depo, not for contreceptive purposes but to combat pmt and the moods I felt at this time of the month. My doctor told me that if my periods stopped so too would the hormonal imbalance that caused the moods. My moods did level out and I no longer had sore breasts, stomach pains or periods. This all seemed great until I started to gain weight. I went from a size 10 to 14. I excersise vertually every day and have joined a slimming club but weight loss is very slow, despite sticking rigidly to the diet. I also noticed that my hair stopped growing. Again this is a plus when its leg hair etc. Since stopping depot in Sept 2009 I still have had no sign of a period and my weight is still coming of very slowly, half pound per week.

    I am annoyed that I was not told about the damage that could be caused to my bones espfecially as I was 40 when first starting the depo. The fat that came on my body was around my stomach and back. Has anyone else suffered from this problem and does the weight come off eventually? I actually wondered if the injections had made my body believe it was going through the menopause as it stopped my periods. I would love some answers.

    • sheila says:

      I’ve been on Depo for about 13 years with a six month break, I should have had my shot November 29th 2014 , but decided to come off it , I have gained weight , feel very low(yet I am always upbeat and happy? My boobs are so sore , I too have a big tummy now and fat on my back? I used to be a healthy size 12 but now am a horrible size 16/18? Its been 7 months and I still have had no peroid , but cramps and awful mood swings!!! I hope you are feeling better but had to reply as I feel the same way!

      • Teresa silk says:

        Hi there I had this horrible jab for 5 and a half yrs. I stopped in may as I was experiencing joint aches out the blue and I’ve been a professional dancer so I’m reasonably agile and fit. Anyway since stopping I’ve had severe fatigue, bad breast tenderness aching joints bad. And feeling as if I’m pregnant plus still no period I was a size 10-12 but I’m gaining weight and hardly eating what I consumed before. Does anyone know of any professional that has helped them with these symptoms post depo. It is literally wrecking my quality of life. I know there are lots of you in the same boat out there and I’m currently doing a psychology degree. I’m thinking of conducting some research regarding the untold experiences of depo provera withdrawal/ after effects. If any of you would like to take part in a questionnaire and short skype interview. Let me know as i would like to draw attention to our issues.

      • Damara Martin says:

        :'( OMG I’m so happy I found this site! I thought I was going crazy. I was on Depo for three years. I got off in July of 2014. Immediately my body went haywire. Rapid weight gain, chronic migraines, fatigue, loss in appetite. I had every test done possible. Even went to a therapist! Just in the past two months the symptoms have gotten worse! I thought I was pregnant, sore breast, dizziness, nauseous, even more weight gain. My stomach is huge! I look 3 or 4 months pregnant. I go spinning and do crossfit everyday. While my body is toning I am still extremely bloated. I took 5 quantative blood test that were <1 so I know I'm not pregnant. And the mood swings!!! All of my interpersonal relationships are ruined! It's been 9 months and still no period! And no lessening of symptoms! Jesus help me 🙁

    • Alex C. says:

      I’m sorry for everything you’ve struggled with because of this birth control. I can relate to most of it. I’m pretty sure what it does is make you think you’re pregnant and gives you all the symptoms with it too. That’s why we gain weight, have sore boob s, eat a lot or are nauseous etc., and that’s also why we don’t get our periods. It’s stops us from ovulating.

  16. Katlyn says:

    I just stopped about a month ago after taking the depo shot for a year and a half while being on it i completely lost my period and went from a size 9 to 17 and no matter what i did i couldn’t lose weight now i have had headaches,cramps, nausea,lower back pain,the week after my missed shot i had a very light period and the blood was brown not red or pink but i have lost 13 pounds since i’ve been off and like some others i didn’t know about the risks i recently found that if you have a history of depression you should not be on it and i’ve been through that well i got it from my mom and her from her dad its weird i dont think depo should b an option

  17. sian says:

    i have been on the depo injection on and off for 10 years, i was on it constant for 6 years and stopped and my period came back about a month later but lasted for 3 weeks so i went straight back on the injection so my period would stop. it did and i was on it again for about a year and a half and came off it 1 year ago. since then i have still had no periods, and have put on 14 lbs in this last year (i put weight on when on the injection but not as quickly as that). i feel bloated, tired, have mood swings and recently have sore breasts, headache, nausea and dull tummy ache constantly. am really not sure what to do now

  18. Kari says:

    I am 17 and was on depo for a year and a half because my parents forced it upon me I have been off it for almost 2 months and the weight I gained while on it (23 pounds) has remained there I walk 2 miles almost everyday! I have a boyfriend of 2 years and he points out how I have changed emotionally and I seem depressed I have a crippling mirgraine for a week now and my calfs are “twitchy” upon telling my doctor she said hmmm yeah that’ll happen why didn’t she tell me that before! Further more me and my boyfriend (as hard as this is to believe to most) don’t have sex yet I have pregnacy symptoms. Me and him DO NOT have sex because of the risks involved and our faith is very strong so how do I feel this way?

    • Danielle says:

      When did your migraine go. I’ve been off depo last injection was Oct 2017 and I’ve had a migraine for 3 months continuous

  19. Leona says:

    Im sure what im experiencing is withdrawal from depo provera, I had been on it for 1yr and decided to give my body a rest as Ive done on and off over last ten years of using this drug and have never had any withdrawl symptoms before, I was due for my shot feb 1st 2010 and didnt have it, nine days later I had problems getting to sleep and staying asleep and I started to have bad continuous cramping in pelvic area felt like someone squeezing hell out of my uterus!, 5 days later sore nipples and more cramping that didnt stop with lower back pain, became sensitive to food smells and almost heave from time to time thought I was pregnant but wasn’t,

    All these symptoms have contiued but they took a turn for the worst about 25th march when I started to lose my appetite and found myself feeling very nervous to the point of feeling a bit panicky and have become very insecure especially in my relationship, it escalated last friday after such little sleep I couldnt even go to work as I was so tired and felt terribly depressed, anxious and insecure, so i went to see doctor and she did not feel that they were withdrawal symptoms from depo since I had just finished my first period after coming off depo as she believed it would be out of my system by now, she said I have sleep deprivation anxiety and that its a number of things that brings her to that conclusion such as my having noisy neighbors resulting in lack of sleep and long days at work and relationship problems.

    After reading forums after forums on the subject in the first 2wks of withdrawal symptoms from this evil drug, I was convinced that this is what i was experiencing and couldnt stand it any longer and stupidly I demanded the doctor to put me back on it which she did that day all because I had read in a forum that a women who couldnt handle it went back on it and the problems stopped and she felt back to normal, however my doctor was adamant she was right and prescribed me Lorazipam for anxiety and sleeping tablets, I had been trying natural methods but couldn’t wait for herbal stuff to work, however I am using L-Theanine 150mg it is good for panic attacks and is non drowsy and works within 30mins I thought it wasnt working for me but I wasnt taking the correct dose for the level of anxiety i was suffering so I got my first noticeable level of relief after correcting the dose.

    I have been taking doctors meds for 3days and anxiety has settled and more bearable but depression hasn’t lifted yet, Can anyone tell me if it would have been better for me to switch immediately to the pill when I came off depo and if so why? Im so desperate for answers so please can anyone help, I dont want to have next shot if I can transfer to something else that will have far less withdrawal symptoms.

    If anyone can please help me with sound advice please email my address is:

    • Danielle says:

      Hi, I’m not sure how old this post is, But I’ve come of the deop twice, first time I experienced similar symptoms to yourself, very sore hard nipples, anxiety, trouble sleeping. So I went back on, But my mood swings and depression didn’t get any better, so I decided the only way was to ride out the withdrawal symptoms and try a non hormonal contraceptive. After learning about hormones and receptors in my degree recently, It has really come to light that the body’s hormone communication system is a very delicate complex thing and we shouldn’t mess with it! so I had a 5 year copper coil inserted nearly 4 weeks ago, (non hormonal and still the same level of protection as the depo) and so far so good, no horrible symptoms. My doctor says even though the depo drug isn’t effective as a contraceptive anymore It will stay in your body for up to another 4 months (which is why you may have had these symptoms even when your doctor said your depo wasn’t active anymore) which is a bad thing for withdrawal, but a good thing for depo to coil transition as periods can be painful and heavy in the first 3 months, the remnants of the depo help subdue these effects. So yeah my advice is get of the hormones! get on the coil! the symptoms will stop soon when your body sorts its system back out! I hope this helps x

      • Kath says:

        Well now let me just say every woman is different. I have had the exact opposite order of symptoms compared to most women here. I had the terrible anxiety and panic attacks and palpitations while on Depro. And am feeling no anxiety since I stopped Depro 8 weeks ago. On the day I was due my last Depro shot I was fitted with 5 year copper coil. I have never been phased by Pap smear exams so wasn’t phased by coil insertion…until it turned out to be agony! And the agony continued for hours after fitting and subdued to slightly less agonising for another week. Then there’s the bleeding. 8 weeks and counting. Not spotting but bleeding. My coil has been checked and is fine. The gynaecologist says the bleeding is likely my body’s response to hormonal changes having come off Depro. Not every woman will experience delays to her period returning. Some, like me, will experience delays to her period stopping!! Having said that, I’m going to give the coil another 6 weeks and see my GP for other solutions if the bleeding doesn’t stop soon. But apperntly it can take a while for the menstruation cycle hormones to get back to their natural rhythm after stopping Depro. Although my coil insertion was really unpleasant I have to say it will be different for every woman but you should be aware that for some it is not pleasant. I already dread the idea of having it changed in 5 years. Then again some women barely feel a thing. Anything is better than being on hormone based methods that mess our bodies up.

  20. Amanda says:

    I was on the injection for 6 months only. My sex drive disappeared while on it and I had skin break outs while my body adjusted. I also picked up weight and this was why I stopped it. I had my period which was when I was due for my next shot (which I didn’t go for) I then had a week of horrible moods, tiredness and general apathy. And then came on again. And then another week of listlessness and have come on AGAIN a week later. At least my mood is improving slowly, but I’m hoping that my periods stop at some stage!

  21. Mikey says:

    I was on the shot for six months and decided to stop because of a slight weight gain and depression. I’ve been off of it for a week now and I already am regretting ever taking it. I’ve been an emotional wreck, suffered from massive migraines, nausea, moodiness and anxiety. I’ve already taken a pregnancy test and it came out negative. However I have a doctors appointment next tuesday and I’m going to let her know all of my concerns. I wish I would have been privy to all of this withdrawal information before beginning this “hell shot”

  22. Jenny says:

    I took the shot once to prepare me for the Essure procedure. It’s been 5 months since I had it and I feel horrible. I have nausea, digestive problems, anxiety, moodiness, exhaustion, depression, moments of crying for no reason, huge weight gain, sore breasts and still no period. It’s ridiculous. I’m so angry that no medical person acknowledges these withdrawal symptoms. I wish this info would be included in the information that is given out when the shot is given. At least then we could be prepared for the withdrawal. I thought I was going crazy and I was ready to see a psychiatrist because I thought I was going nuts. Thank goodness I found so many web sites that can reassure me that this is normal and I’m not a psychotic person. People need to be warned!

    • Tamara Harris says:

      Jenny, if that information was given out about the withdrawal symptoms, it would have been nice, then I would not have taken this damn shot 🙁 I’m living in Hell right now too.

  23. Laura says:

    I have only not had my shot for 2 weeks and I am having abdominal cramping that is more like poop cramps and nausea, headaches. back aches and sweating. I am also spotting. This has been horrible and has happen 2 times waking up feeling like this in a 2 week period. I hate the depo never again!

  24. Mimi says:

    I am 36 years old. I was on Depo for 13 years STRAIGHT…never missed an injection. During this time I lossed my labido but still gave it up to my hubby. I didn’t really enjoy sex, but the thought of it seemed…normal?

    I quit the injections, and had my 1st period about six months later. Soon after I found myself longing to have sex…MY LABIDO’s BACK! LOVE IT!

    It has now been 2.5 years since my last injection. Labido is GREAT (too much maybe), I still have No periods…possibly menopause? And I am back to my nromal weight of 119 (vs 154). Life is great…unless I want to have children again!

    DEPO is like tying the tubes! maybe even more strict! If you WANT kids DON’T TAKE DEPO!

    I’ve been having HOT flashes! Not hot sweats…HOT FLASHES! Very much different (I know cause I’ve had BOTH)…

    Hot sweats are mild: A little warm…kick the blankets off for a minute, then put them back 😉

    Hot flashes: My forheads on FIRE, my feet feel like LAVA, and I itch…slapping myself and irritable to anything that touches me in my sleep…GET THE HELL off me! Then 2 minutes later FREEZING!

    A ridiculous trick to play on us lasies!

    • Dani Bauer says:

      OMG!!!!! I’ve been on and off it for 20+ years and never had any withdrawal symptoms until I missed this last one. I thought I was going through menopause because the hot flashes were so intense! And then I was freezing, which is normal for me but I felt like I had a weird menopausal flu. I finally got my shot today and my symptoms abated within hours. I have no idea if the shot is preventing me from going through menopause or if it’s withdrawal because there’s NOTHING out there. I’m 42 so it wouldn’t be out of the question and I’m not sexually active, or ever been pregnant so have no idea if my symptoms are similar to that either. So glad to see someone else say they had hot flashes too. I was going to ask my doctor or try one of those OTC all natural menopause relief pills like Estroven to see if that helped. Not planning on going off it anytime soon and I know.these are old posts, but did anyone find relief from hot flashes somehow? How long did they last after going off the shot?

  25. Sharon says:

    I have been on depo since 1990 – which means 20 years and around 80 injections in all. I am 37 and have been on depo longer than I haven’t!!

    I have tried to come off it twice before and always bled continously so resorted to going back on it. I am off it 8 weeks just now and I have breast tenderness, more or less constant nausea, stomach cramps and bloating, headaches, anxiety and a general feeling of being ‘uncomfortable in my own skin’.]

    I had regular bone scans (dexa scans) every 5 years while I was on depo and they always came back ok so doctors continued to agree it was ok for me to get depo for such a long time. I have a medical condition where I cannot take the pill due to clotting risk and depo seemed like the right contraception for me but in the past 5 years I noticably have had a reduced immune system, depression and anxiety and numerous yeast infections that required anti-fungal medicine for 3 months at a time, I experienced vaginal dryness along with this. I have had some hormone tests done and been told by gnaecologists that the use of depo has affected my fertility and I was advised to come off it. I have been to my own doctor twice regarding the pains and sickness I have felt since discontinuing depo and he said that depo does not cause withdrawal symptoms ‘absolutely not’ he says. What does he know – he is just a man, a man who has not had a synthetic hormone injected into his bum for 20years. Inject anything into yourself for 20years and there is bound to be serious withdrawals when stopping it!! It makes me angry that there is complete ignorance from medical and health care professionals about discontinuing this injection especially after prolonged usage. Doctors need to know more about this ‘injection of insanity’ and what it does to you in the long run.

    I would agree that this shot should be banned and urge anyone considering getting it to think again very carefully! It 100% does mess up your body and mind.

  26. Marlene says:

    I had about 4 shots of depo and my experience since i was on it and now off it has not changed, it has been bad I HATE THIS SHOT, first 2 shots were terrible my period was 3 months long the first shot and about two months long the next shot, headaches non stop fatigue, i would feel weak, i get dizzy, my wrist started to hurt like if it was going to go out, i couldnt even hold my daughter for to long because i was scared of dropping her, i gained about 10 pounds my breast hurt, i have terrible mood swings now, i have heart palpitation which i never had until this shot like shortness of breath it feel likes, one big is that i cant sleep i have never had a problem sleeping i cant sleep and when i do fall asleep i cant stay asleep, i have hot flashes, so many to mention i cant keep up with it anymore i also noticed i am having bad memory which shouldnt be happening i am a 23 yr old in good health and bad memory plus wrist hurting and all the other bs this shot has brought to me i blame it on this shot all of it!! just talking about it and it gets me so mad that the doctors dont tell you before they inject this poison in your body ,

  27. brittany says:

    i have been bleeding for six months and could rip somebodies head off..DO NOT GET THE SHOT ITS WORSE THAN BEING PREGNANT..

      • Amy says:

        i hope things have gotten better for you Tamara. I know how you feel. Im so glad to know I’m not alone with this crap. Although it sure feels like it. I wasn’t certain where all this was coming from til my breast starting getting sore and I haven’t had a period. Im so emotional.Its been hard on relationships. Im freakin nuts! I cry just about everyday about something. Im tired, no energy. My breasts are tender fuller. I just feel like crap!! Its mostly this depression that is getting to me though. I get so low at times. I just want all this to go away.

      • bri says:

        hi guys how are you guys holding up? i just got off of it and now I’m kind of scared, this shot gave me anxiety. I have NEVER had anxiety in my life until i took this shot.

    • Vanessa says:

      How long did you take the shot for? I had only one dose June 17th, started heavy heavy bleeding August 1st and haven’t stopped. I shed my uterine lining and ended up in the hospital getting blood transfusions after passing out. This drug is a toxic poison and needs to be banned!!!! Why isn’t there a class action lawsuit we can file that’s for the bleeding and not just bone loss? We should start one. It’s only been 2 months for me but I am basically crippled with cramps, bleeding and anemia where it hurts my legs to walk upstairs. Help!!!!!!

    • Elle says:

      When did the bleeding stop? I’ve been bleeding for 4 months now and I’m at my wits end, I had an accident in public which was horrible but I had dark trousers on thank God. I’ve never soiled myself ever.

  28. Sarah says:

    I was getting the shot monthly because it was the only thing that would alleve my chronic pelvic pain but it wore off after one month so I would have to get it again. I went from a size 10 to a size 14 also, and the weight is in rolls around my belly and back. My pain finally was mild enough that I have gone 3 months without the shot. I keep trying to get a period but nothing a liner can’t handle so far and only like once at a time, not steady. But now my breasts feel like they do when you are pregnant and I am naseaus. I feel like crap but I have to get off that shot because I feel like it is the reason I suddenly got a torn rotator cuff simply from getting a flu shot. That’s just my opinion but it’s wierd, right?

  29. Takeda says:

    I was supposed to receive my last depo shot in December 2010 but I decided against it. Initially I was on it for 2 years and then I took a 5 year break. I got back on the shot for 3 months and felt like I was going crazy. I stayed hot, nauseous, dizzy, weak and the list goes on. After stopping the shot I’ve had continual cramping and bloating. Seems like I can’t wear some of my jeans because they are too tight around my waist. I’ve been extra moody and it takes nothing to make me cry. I throw pity parties for myself all the time. Every other day my period is on..bright red and it’s not enough to leak on a pad but it is there when I wipe. Almost like a tease. I really hope these symptoms go away in time and I would not reccommend the shot to anyone.

  30. kevlyn says:

    I can’t believe how blindly people trust all this stuff that hasn’t even being tested & the long term repercussions. don’t you realize you’re being used as guinea pigs for Big Pharma? Wake up! Your being led like sheep to a slaughtr!

    • betty says:

      this shot was tested for over 40 years in Europe and was developed BEFORE the “Pill” was…this has been around since before the 1960’s…i call that a lot of testing before it was approved in 1992 in the US.

  31. Rhea says:

    I had been out of injection for 7 months and i still don’t have my period. I had a lot of terrible migraines after having the last shot. I only had it for 6 months. I am experiencing pain on my breast right now which is really not good since I am a breastfeeding mom. I had been having low back pain and i get tired easily. I just hope right now this stops.

  32. lissa says:

    Omg I thought I was tripping. I have been on depo for a year and stoppen in jan. My breats constantly hurt, I put on weight, have hot flashes, and sleeping problems. I pray evryday my cylce returns and stop playing with me. I only spot lightly.

  33. kim says:

    i had 2 injections, the first i had problems with, spotted near enough everyday. The second jab stopped this but 2 weeks before my 3rd injection i started bleeding alot, started feeling neausia light headed and even lost alot of weight. So decided to come off the injection. I bled for 3 weeks during that time but since then i have had nothing, not even a natural period or spotting. My last injection was october 2010. I still am feelin ill and tired with little energy. I had sti checks done and they were all clear, they even did a smear test which also came back clear. Im 18 and feel i made a big mistake going on the injection….i wouldnt recommend it as i fear it has messed with my body too much, with the freight of not knowing when my body will go back to ‘normal’

  34. Kelly says:

    Okay so I thought I was crazy….I have all of these symptoms but have been off of the depo for about a year and a half….I have been going to the doctor and no one has any answers…The only thing that comes up is that my prolactin level is high….however I’m not pregnant(urine and blood test are both negative) I have terrrible nausea, migraine headaches, mood swings from out of this world….my poor boyfriend is doing his best to deal with me but I’m a monster! I was on depo on and off for about 7 years….then I was off of it for about 4 years…then decided to try it again took two shots which was probably one of the worst mistakes ever! I gained 30 pounds in about 4 months and had all of the symptoms of pregnancy without being pregnant…To anyone who is thinking about taking this shot I would tell your doctor that they’re crazy! Don’t take this shot it’s has nothing but negative side effects!

    • Nicole says:

      I did the exact same thing. Do the symptoms ever go away? I have been feeling like total poo poo for over a year now!! :'(

  35. Lea says:

    I was on the depo shot for about 4.5 years. I lost my period at first, which was a fantastic thing. I’m anaemic, almost to the point where I could have been hospitalized, so not having to bleed once a month helped me out a lot. I actually lost 30 lbs while on it, not because of the medicine, but through eating right and going to the gym. “Weight Gain” is caused by change of appetite from the medicine – if you watch what you eat, you wont put on the pounds.

    I decided against taking the shot after a random hormonal fit I had beginning of February round about the time I was due. Don’t know what the issue was, it was like a bad fit of PMS, but my boyfriend and I decided I should start working on a regular cycle for the sake of my hormones and child planning in the future. Since I’ve been off it I’ve had depression/mood swings, slight breast tenderness, and dark spotting. My only serious complaint is the depression and I’m wondering if I can seek some medical help to stabilize my mood for the time being.

    But in my humble opinion, depo is not an “evil drug” and honestly if you ladies are angry at your health care providers, I cannot help but hold you slightly accountable as well. There are infinite resources on drugs and their side effects and you should ALWAYS get a second opinion if you don’t have access to these resources. ASK about side effects, ASK about dependency, ASK about fertility. But bottom line, anything you put in your body will have side effects and possible withdraws – Caffeine doesn’t carry a warning label for dependency nor does Mcdonald’s carry a warning label for indigestion.

    Depo isn’t the only prescription with negative side effects nor is it the Devil Spawn to the pharmaceutical market as illustrated in the above posts.

    • Tracy says:

      Lea, my opinion differs from yours slightly. Most women research what’s medication / contraception is best for their needs, and are aware of the side effects of said choice while on it. However, I doubt many women here were told by doctors, or had available to read in medical journals, the side effects of stopping depo provera. I liken it to a drug from a pharmaceutical company that will list any, and all, side effects of the drug INCLUDING disclaimers such as “prolonged use may be addictive”. The companies manufacturing depo are NOT including the post usage disclaimers, so women are not aware.

    • Bryanne says:

      Lol Lia you’re amazing.
      I went on the shot when I was 18 and I’m now 24.. the only side effect I experienced was no period, and in my opinion that was a wonderful thing not to have to worry about. I had no weight gain, no acne, no moodiness, nothing. It was honestly great. I have now been off the shot for over a month (Thinking of having a kid with my love in the future and I know it can take a while to get “back no normal”) and the only thing that’s noticeably different so far is that my boobs are tender when I run. Honestly, I’m shocked at all these terrible experiences people are having because me and both my sisters made out just fine with it… Much love and healthy lives to all of you ladies out there <3

  36. Mandie says:

    I had two shots of depo and decided not to continue becasue of the side effects (mood swings, spotting, rash, anxiety) and because, strange as it sounds, I miss my cycle. I was due to have my third shot about a week or so ago and I feel so awful! My symptoms include horrible abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, chest pains, depression, back aches and acid reflux.

    And I have also had this strange obsession with my heath this last week, like every new symptom is cancer or something. My husband’s friend has lymphoma, and I spent a whole day convinced that that was what was wrong for me. Then yesterday I decided that it must be colon cancer. I just can’t shake this feeling of doom and gloom, and I think that bothers me more than the physical side effects, because most of those can be controlled (ibuprofen for the spotting and cramps, light exercise also helps.). Thank goodness for the internet or I never would have known that other women have experienced strange symptoms after stopping depo. I can’t wait to feel normal again and am hoping that since I was only on the shot for 6 months these withdrawal symptoms will go away soon! Hopefully this helps others who may be having bizarre symptoms and think that they are going crazy!

  37. Cheyenne says:

    Yes i recently quit taking the depo shot I have been on it for about a year, i was due to get a shot March 22nd but i didnt, These past few days i have felt very shakey, dizzy, nauseas, weak/tired, hot flashes, i cant sleep or at least stay asleep. My throat feels “swollen” should i say. I pretty much dont feel like myself and its scary and really sucks, i wanna knw how long these symptoms will last cause its effecting my daily living. If i would of knwn about these syptoms i would of stuck with some other contraceptive. I would not suggest using the depo to any one, it is HORRIBLE. And all u can do is suffer through the horrible death like symptoms =( until they go away and thats IF they completely go away?! Answers please!

  38. Judy says:

    I have taken 4 depo shots and decided the last one was on 18 Jan.2011

    I never stopped bleeding, and I told my Doc. about it and he said that it was common and I should continue to get the shots and eventually the bleeding would stop. That is not true for some. I have been so depressed, no sex because of the bleeding everyday, and sadness.

    I was due a shot this week and NO WAY am I doing that. I woke up this morning to heavy bleeding and I am wondering how long this is going to last.


  39. Desiree says:

    I am experiencing those very symptoms after being off depo for 4 months after 6 1/2 years. I liked depo because it was a reliable source for birth control, and I did not have my period. (What woman likes to bleed every month?) I actually just got through with a series of pregnancy tests which were all negitive, due to the symptoms, sore breasts, nausea and gas (burping and indigestion), fatigue, loss of appetite, very light and short brownish spotting and discharge, followed by a yeast infection, that seemed to disappear on it’s own. Due to these side effects, i will defiantly not be returning to the use of depo. It is obviously not right to the body, I never had symptoms this bad when i was pregnant!!! Or PMSing for that matter. Not sure where to go from here for birth control, but I will be doing my research!

  40. Des says:

    I’ve been on the shot for over a year now and was suppose to get my injection last week but I’ve decided to stop all my meds. I’ve been on anti depressents for awhile and have just started to feel more and more anxious and not feeling like myself over the year. I’ve also had a lot of abdominal pain and had my gall bladder removed a year ago. Since I’ve stopped I feel so much better! I feel more like myself and I’m happier. It’s been two weeks since I’ve been off my meds. Just the past couple of days though my breats have been super sore and I’ve never had that problem before on or off the shot so that worries me a bit. Everybody is different though, so no two people will have the same effects and I feel that doctors prescrible meds without knowing the “whole” story just what they get from you in like five minutes. It helps to do your own reseach sometimes.

  41. haemee says:

    I Googled “symptoms for getting off Depo” because I was experiencing these very exact symptoms. I was on the Depo for a little over a year and just stopped a month and a half ago. I basically have pregnancy symptoms…feeling bloated..soreness of the breasts..moody..emotional.. I took a pregnancy test to confirm that I wasn’t and I figured I couldn’t be cause I’m sure the medication is still in my system but.. these symptoms are horrible. I guess its the hormones trying to level back to normal.. I still havent gotten my period..not complaining.. just hoping that the breast tenderness and mood swings go away ASAP.. won’t be getting back on the shot.. that’s for sure.

  42. chante says:

    I was on depo for about 2 1/2 years. The first 2 years were fine, I had just stopped having a monthly cycle, which was a plus. However, about 5 months ago I had started having a lot of pregnancy symptoms: fatigue, nausea, headaches and weight gain. After researching the long term effects of birth control I had decided not to take my next shot. I talked to my physician, and due to my other health issues (not related to depo) it was best for me not to get another shot. So it’s been five months and the pregnancy symptoms haven’t stopped. I’ve had numerous pregnancy tests that all turned up negative, and now recently I’m urinating more often and my breasts have started growing and feeling sore. Since I’m not trying to get pregnant, feeling like I am is frustrating. I guess my hormones haven’t gotten back to normal yet.

  43. chante says:

    (sorry, I hit submit before I was finished) I still haven’t had my cycle return, I burp all the time, and my chest feels so heavy its hard to breathe sometimes, especially from my breasts and nipples bothering me all the time. I just wish there was something I could take to get back to normal, because waiting for it to get out of my system isn’t working.

  44. Julie says:

    I have been on the depo injection now for 12 years, I am 33 – the only break I had was for 6 months when it was recommended I take a rest due to the issues surrounding bone density and I got the implant for 6 months – Didn’t like it so returned to the depo (liked the convenience of not having a period and it seemed to be a solid form for birth control).

    Decided not to go for my injection in Dec 2010 as considering starting a family – My period returned at the start of April 2011 however for the last 3 months my breasts and nipples have been extremely tender and I’m sure they’ve got bigger – put some weight on, particularly round my tummy but not sure if this is linked to the depo (gone from size 10 to size 12) – to be honest think I just need to start eating better and cut out the rubbish.

    Can’t say I had any issues with sex drive whilst on the depo and did enjoy being on it – actually bit scary being back off it and got bit freaked when my period returned.

    Just now need to see if I’m fully back to normal or if it’s still going to be in my system for a while.

  45. justthesame says:

    I was on the depo injection for around 6 years and on the whole was really happy with it, completely reliable and no periods. I came off it as I thought it would be good to have a break and wanted to flush it out of my system before I started trying for a baby as knew it could take a while to come out.

    Just like everyone else who has replied I have had horrible symptoms since stopping it. I stopped in June and got the implant as it’s the lowest dose of hormone you can take whilst reliable. By September I was suddenly suffering from constant pms type symptoms after 6years with nothing, but as it was only a bit of stomach cramping and slightly swelling breast it wasnt too bad. By christmas my boobs were huge and often so sore I could hardly put a bra on and the movement of even just walking really hurt. In January I got my period back and it was just light and lasted a few days so not so bad, thing is it’s hardly stopped since then, on for a few days/week off for a couple of weeks, on again. It’s not heavy but annoying, like the pms symptoms.

    A member of my family died a year ago so I’ve had a very hard year and so dont feel I can be objective on the mood swings and depression as I think I’d have these with or without it. Also I recognise that the implant is reported to cause some of these symptoms so maybe that’s making it worse, but I had the implant from june-september without any of this so I think it is from when the injections wore off rather than the implant.

    Anyway really I just want to know if anyone has been off depo for long enough that these symptoms have gone away? or found another contraceptive which covers them up and evens out your hormones?


  46. Cate says:


    Thanks for the posts. I have had a feeling that there would be issues when I come off the depo but when I asked the nurse, she said to take evening primrose oil and all will be well. I started around 11 years ago and had the last on around 1 month ago. When I started, I had several symptoms like others are expereincing when coming off including the worst temper ever. I have never been the type to lose my temper and that was 10 times worse than I have ever imagined I could ever be. The nurse I spoke to at the time dismissed it as something that would not be attributed to the depo but would be caused by external factors. At the time, I was happy, really easy going but that changed straight away after the first injection. Since the first couple of years, everything has settled but I am now worried about feeling like that again.

    When I started I was size 8 and have been up to a size 18 at my biggest even after cutting out crap food and carbs. I am hoping I will not get any bigger than this for coming off.

    I am now researching in advance to see what I am letting myslef in for. I really do need to come off the depo and give my system a rest from the chemicals and so have looked at several things to try to understand what is next.

    According to websites, the symptoms of too much progesterone and too little is the same which is the same symptoms as what is described by many on this website so that would figure as to why it happens, pity that those who work in healthcare do not advise you that this could happen as I have had to find it out myself.

    Overall, my experiences of depo since my body got used to it has been positive. It will be good to be off though but I am hoping that it will not take too long. It has been a help reading all of the above, just hope that people around me will understand if the symptoms start.

    Disapointed by the post from one misinformed person about being a sheep for taking it. If it is offered by a qualified doctor, someone who has trained for years to know what they are doing, you think it will be ok to take and will be thoroughly tested to achieve a licence to be distributed. I am sure it is not so evil that it can be banned but people donot take it because they are coerced into having it, we have all taken it by choice as we all have our own choices to make. It is forums like this that help us al understand each other and is a great source of help so I am hoping that some of the people above have got through it and we can all work together to get to the end of the tunnel of withdrawal and the hormones level out. Good luck to you all.


    • Amy says:

      I too had a horrible temper when first got on it.It never really subsided. I was on it for 3yrs. I got some ostopenia from being on the shot and went off.Now Ive been off for about 2months. I have horrible moods swings. mostly depression. My breast are tender and fuller and Im fatigued.I can’t focus as well on things, don’t sleep well. Everything is all out of whack. All this has really taken a toll on a good friendship.

      • Monica says:

        I am going through the same thing as well. How long before your breast got back to normal?

  47. miranda says:

    i was a depo user for 2 years got off of it got pregnant then returned on it for 4 years now i am off of it again june of 2010 was my last shot i just now started back my cycle 3 months ago i am dealing with anger,depression and this month i have had severe sickness for a week i hugging the toilet for 4 days the 2 months before i got a little sick but that was normal for me i always got nauseated a week before but this month has been horrible i get one week out of the month where im ok then by the 15 i start having mood swings,wanting to cry and getting very angry and then very sick.

  48. Liz says:

    I was initially on depo about 10 years ago, for about 3 years. I then came off it for several years and eventually got pregnant (I wasn’t really trying to get pregnant so I’m not sure how long it actually took for my cycle to become regular again). I had no side effects either while on it or while coming off it. At least none that I remember significantly impacting me. I had my son in July of 2009 and began the depo again about 8 weeks after he was born. Shortly after my first injection I started having panic attacks, feeling nervous all the time and having extreme headaches. Also have no sex drive. Over the last few months I have been feeling just terrible. Not like myself at all. I’ve had severe anxiety, panic attacks, nervousness, mood swings, muscle twitches and cramps, headaches. I have no history of depression or anxiety, have never had a panic attack in my entire life, until after I received my first dose of depo in August of 2009. I thought it might be the fact that I had just had a child. However, I found a sheet of paper from my doc while cleaning out my office last month, and on it, it said one of the side effects from depo could be nervousness. The things that have been happening to me, emotionally and physically, suddenly started to make a lot of sense. I began researching on the internet and have found so many posts from people that are experiencing the same things as me. I feel so terrible right now, but am so grateful to have found these posts-it gives me reassurance that I am not going crazy!!! I am due to get my next shot in June and needless to say I will not be getting it. But now I am concerned about the side effects of going off of this poison that I have been putting in my body. I am also angry at myself for not doing my research. Because I was on this before and had no problems at all, I didn’t even give a second thought to going back on it. I believe it must be that my hormones were so different after having a child that this drug is affecting me this way this time around. If anyone out there who has gone off of it and seen relief at any point can give me some hope for light at the end of the tunnel I would very much appreciate it. I honestly feel like a completely different person than I was before and I can’t stand it!!!!

  49. kayla says:

    i have been on the shot for 4 years.i stopped taking the shot in March..i have been off it for over 2 months now and i am having bad low back pains, and my breast are sore.and sometimes i will get very bad headaches.

  50. Emily says:

    HELP!!! This site is an answer to a prayer, I am not alone. I was given the depo shot following a diagnosis of endometriosis which I had surgery to remove by laser. I continued to have sever pain/bleeding after the first shot (100 mg every 3 months) so I was then given 150 mg every 8 weeks for the next 2 visits. The first shot at the increassed dosage caused me to pass out, my blood pressure was 80/40. The nurse said this is a common response and to lay down the next time for 15 minutes after the ingection. The next time I was due for a shot, I did remain laying down but passed out upon standing anyway. Then, the next day I woke up with complete loss of vision in my left eye. The vision loss lasted for 4 days and when it returned I had a severe mirgraine for 2 days. I had never had a headache before. The OB said they vision change was unrelated to the shot and sent me for an MRI. I ended up seeting a neorologist who said that the horomones caused an ocular migraine and told me not to take any horomones from that point on, for anything. Now, its been 7 months since my last injection of depo and I haven’t taken anything besides meds for maenstral pain as needed and a daily multivitamin. I have severe periods that last 14-23 days each and I only have a week off once I stop bleeding until I start. I have increased discomfort in my back and irritable bowels. My flow is also extremely heavy. Priod to taking depo, my cycle was 28 days exactly, it was very painful but it was scheduled to a T. I had been on the pill before the depo and the reason for the switch was to hopefully deter the endometriosis from returning once it was removed. Once on the depo I gained 25 lbs in 7 months, after depo, I’ve lost 20 but it did not start to come off until 4 months after the last injection. My concern is my mood/behaviour, I have become completely over emotional and insecure. I’ve had problems sleeping. My husband has described me as manic because I will clean and organize obsessently. My bowel movements have been irregulary, frequent and painful. I often mind myself nauseous and without appeitie and have thrown up on several occassions, though not feeling sick otherwise and feeling fine after. My periods themselves are debilitating at times (they last for so long that sometimes the pain goes ease up). I start to sweat, my mouth waters and I feel nauseas while I am trying to go tot he bathroom. Despite not eating much or sleeping well, I have extra energy that I can’t explain. I’ve cut back on caffeine and it seems my energy level just inreases. My husband is worried about me because he sees these changes in behaviors but he just keeps sayng, “your body isnt used to being off the shot, u should just go on the pill, you’re horomonal”. Its so hurtful and I feel like a crazy person but I dont know how to get help. My doctor’s advise is to literally try to get pregnant and my symptoms will go away. Is that even possible with an inconsistent cycle? When will it go back to normal? Does pregnancy cure endometriosis? Please help – going crazy.

  51. kat says:

    I have taken Depo twice. I had no withdrawal symptoms, just symptoms related to the drug itself. Had no period which was heavenly, but the Depo intensified depression from a traumatic c/s. Second time I tried it years later the depression was undercontol, but came back full force within days of injection. I would say that if you have a history of depression STAY AWAY from it. Otherwise I LOVED not having any period. I stayed active and took extra calcium and mag to counter the potential bone loss.

  52. kat says:

    Dont forget that all types of hormonal BC work by tricking your body into thinking that it is pregnant, therfore it is reasonable for many women to have symptoms of pregnancy while on hormonal bc

  53. Lauri says:

    I have recently stopped with the depo shot and I have been bleeding now for over 4 months…Some days are worse than others…I am constantly tired and my breasts hurt all the time…I was taking the shots for over 3 years and while on the shot, I would go one month of no mentrual periods and then would go for 2 months or til the next shot…

  54. Lewis says:

    I’ve been on the Depo shot for 2 years now. When I first started on it, I did have the sex drive issue. I never felt in the mood to be intimate. I also gained a lot of weight. I’ve gained about 20 or 30 lbs. I’m going to request to be taken off the Depo, so I wanted to see what symptoms I might be facing. The side effects sound awful, but I’d rather deal with them instead of living with a drug thats constantly expanding my jean size.

  55. vette says:

    i tried depo for a year,then stopped. four months later i got pregnant. I just dont think the depo is for everyone….

  56. Jasmin says:

    So its been eight months since I have had my shot. I’ve had my period almost the entire time for three of them, after not having it for six weeks. I just want my body back. I am too tired to do anything and I have to wear a pad at all times and sleep on a towel because it is heavier overnight and trickles past the pad. I haven’t gained any weight but after stopping sodas and eating mostly vegetables and meat I am not losing either. I only had one shot after having my daughter in December. When might I be normal again??

    • bri says:

      hey jasmine i hope everything is okay, did your menstrual cycle ever go back to normal i hope it did. i just got off the deep a few days ago and kind of scared of the withdrawals

      • Emily says:

        Hi Bri,

        This is my first time commenting on here, but I wanted to check back in after a few months. My last shot was due mid-August and I got some “old looking” discharge/first period in October. A few days ago, I finally got my period back. I was on depo for 4.5 years and had no side effects except for weight gain. I’m 22 and active, so I finally realized I would see if it helped to get off the depo.

        I was terrified to go off because of the withdrawal info I found when I searched, but the only thing I really suffered from was breast tenderness. I always had regular monthly cycles if that helps – my nurse said that’s a factor on when your period will come back. I didn’t have any emotional issues, but I’m on antidepressants and antianxiety meds already, so that may have been helpful.

  57. Autumn says:

    I was on the depo for three years and recently decided to go off of it. My last injection was due on June 15th (3 months ago). Since I decided to get off of the shot I have been losing an astronomical amount of hair, my face has been breaking out constantly, I have mood swings, I’m always tired and have stomach cramps. Basically I’m miserable. My periods came back after the first month but now I have severe cramps and heavier longer periods. Before going on the depo I did have cramps but not nearly as bad as they are now and I didn’t bleed as long. I keep putting off going to the doctor because I think that eventually the shot will be completely out of my system but it’s been three months and six month since my last injection. I would have never gone on the depo if I would have know this would be the outcome.

  58. Brenda says:

    I was on the depo shot for 5 1/2 years and have been off of it for a month and a half. Had some spotting but not much after getting off of it. But now my breasts are sore all the time and like others i have some naseau also. How long before all this stops? Having the sore breasts and nipples is more aggravating than the minor naseua. Hope someone can help me

  59. Destine says:

    Good thing I am reading this. Im 20, I began taking the shot around march this year. About 3 weeks ago I refused my last shot because of the weight gain I was having. Recently my breast have been so sore , my appetite has been ridiculous I can eat about anything. and I am always EXHAUSTED. I have been sitting here wondering if I was pregnant, but after reading everyones replies I see that it may just be some side affects of me coming off the shot. Thanks Everyone!

  60. A says:

    I had been on depo for a little over a year. Last shot was April. I was doing fine until a few weeks ago–my breasts were very sore (still are!) and have constant nausea. All of my pregnancy tests have been negative! Even my doc thought I was pregnant and blood test confirmed I’m not. He doesn’t know where breast tenderness is coming from.

    Can you guys tell me how long your breast tenderness lasted?

    • heidi vansyckle says:

      I took the depo shot for six months. In the mean time had surgery for cervical cancer. This made me want to have a baby now since im getting older and my surgery can cause pregnancy complications since my cervix is shorter. I took my last shot a month before my surgery in February. No periods till this month (august) but now ive had three in one month! This is especially frustrating for a woman who has constant cancer scares since heavy bleeding is also associated with cancer. Also my breast hurt unbearably , my joints hurt, ive gained 20 lbs even though I only eat once a day since I started gaining weight. Im very emotional, im cramping horribly like birth contractions and most mornings now I just dont want to get out of bed. I hate this stupid shot. I just want this all to end.

  61. Owl says:

    Heya I have just come off the injection (3 weeks ago) I had been on the injection since I was just 16 I am not 21 in total about 5 and a half years.

    I have the past 4-6 days been getting unbelievable migraines, been unable to sleep, I have insomnia anyways but its like I feel I could stay awake all night but then when I wake up I find it VERY difficult to get out of bed even in a lie in, I got up at 10am this morning I have felt completely shit until 6-7pm in a drained manner now I have migrains I have been getting dizzy on and off all day and its been getting worse each day. I have also suffered body odor? Being smelly even when getting out of the bath or shower? I have not read this on anyone elses side efffects though.

    I really think we should be able to have a day or two off work when coming off the contraception for the first time in a year im glad im unemployed but I cannot imagine working and feeling like this.

  62. dee says:

    i’ve been on the shot for 2 yrs . i stopped about a month ago. i am having preg sighs but everytime i take the test its neg. i throw up everytime i eat, lost weight, my breast are sore, i get very tired . headachs .. i dont know if i am preg or not

  63. thet says:

    Hi everyone … most of the withdrawal symptoms are the same as others.. i took only one shot in March 11.the next shot would be in June.But i didn’t take far, my hubby is on his business trip . I started to have my periods in August 3,2011.since then … it almost never stops.only i was on lack of pad for two days ..then started again.No dysmenorrhoea at all. not heavy periods..for me,,,,,,,,,,so bad thing is that having Severe breast tenderness (still now) ..

    when i consulted with my Gynecologist,she said it will be like that about six months or maybe a bit longer than that…but not to worry..she gave me Evening Primrose Oil, vitamin E 400 IU , folic acid supplements once daily..

    i have been on those drugs for about two months already,,,,the symptoms got relieved and the breast tenderness is also reducing with time .. i think it will work for those who have same symptoms as me.. i m not sure of any mood changes or sex drive coz i m not with my hubby for months ..:P

    doing physical exercise(I am on that ) might also help for your mood symptoms i suppose ..

    dear all .. hope this would help you ………..


    • Dani Bauer says:

      Thank you for the advice. I know this is an old post but I am desperate for help. I was late getting my last shot and it was a nightmare of symptoms. Intense hot flashes, inability to sleep, nausea, emotional, diarrhea. I have IBS, chronic nausea, insomnia, and I’m bipolar but I’m very managed on medication and have been for 10 years. I’ve been on and off depi for 20+ with no problems but being late on this last shot was horrific. It was as if the medications I take for my regular problems stopped working. I thought I was going through early menopause and had also gotten the flu. But within hours of getting my shot my symptoms abated and now I’m worried about trying to come off it. If my prescription meds don’t work I need to try other things and I really appreciate your post. I have 3 months to plan and I will be stocking up. Also wondering if anyone has tried those OTC menopause meds like Estroven?

  64. Olive says:

    I have been on the Depo for 12 months…stopped it 4 months ago. Since stopping I suffered severe crampy and painful abdominal pain with bloating (which was only relieved by going to toilet).

    Nuerological I was drowsy and felt a weird sensation almost like dizziness but not quite.

    Breast tenderness and lack of Labido.

    I went to 3 doctors and one diagnosed Irritable Bowel Syndrome, another anaemia without a blood test and the other unsure but said because I had an upper viral respiratory tract infection recently it could be a contributory factor to my drowsiness or middle ear infection.

    Am not sure what to think am waiting for blood test results regarding anaemia and watching to see if my drowsiness subsides.

    I experienced bleeding (bright red) which lasted 1 day and tailed of dark brown over the following 2 days (not sure if my period has come back so soon).

    Anyone experiences the same?

  65. Robyn says:

    Ive been on depo 9 years, over the last 4 I’ve changed. Moody, cranky, bloated, constipated, emotional, insecure, you name it.. Mainly 1 week before my shot. I also would bleed that week get my shot and it would go away and I would return. My thoughts are crazy, sleep isnt good. I’ve had so much abominal pain I’ve tried gluten free, dairy free, thinking I’m celiac. After all this reading these post I feel getting off depo should remove all these symptoms… NTM over the last 3 yrs I’ve gained 18 pounds. My doc says I’m getting older so the weight gains setting in due to no estrogen. I’m getting off depo. Missed my last shot but weird no bleeding so far, head aches started.. Migraines and tiredness.. I. Guessing withdraws… So I believe I’ll start a cleansing detox soon and stay off all birth control for a year or so…

  66. Thank goodness for this blog…

    I have been feeling i am going insane but seems like my sanity is intact..

    Have been using Depo for 2 1/2 years and side effects kicked in about 10 months ago. I am always tired and irritable, bad moodswigs, anger flares, nausea, severe migrains,constant headach…. A few years ago I was taking oral contraseptives,and developed lumps in my breast, went for a mamogram came out negative, got bloods taken and tested hormonal inbalance was the cause…I was adviced to get i did…A few years later I have the same problem, on the depo, so now I have decided to get off the Depo, but I am so cranky and tired,its been 2 weeks now since i missed the shot, my breast are killing me and i am not eating, i have picked up over 25kg in these past 2 years and i feel like a bus,My limbs are sore i also sweat like a pig get hot flushes and dont sleep so well, my skin looks like a pizzathank goodness i have no man in my life coz he would go running away with me like this…

  67. Lisa says:

    I am so thankful for all of your posts, they have helped me alot. I was on the Depo for 2 years, and gained around 14kg, so decided to come off it, convinced it was helping me keep it on (have been really trying to loose, including going off all sugar). I have been off it now for about a month, sore breasts, some abdominal cramping, and yesterday i just felt sooooo tired, the thought of going to work ……..I took the day off and felt better as the day wore on. Today i feel about the same, but after reading your posts i know why and it helps me to cope. I have had some mood swings (poor hubby and daughter) so i can explain it to them too. I have had no bleeding (yet) but i know it will come, eventually. I am going to try and keep a positive mindset, and do some exercise (try and loose some weight) and try to get fit and healthy. I hope you all come thru good 🙂 I will never go on Depo again, hubby is getting nicked….hehe

  68. Chantal says:


    • Amy says:

      Its years since you’ve posted. I hope things better fast. I am in the same boat right now. The first 2 months, but everything you are saying.I have a good friend who is at wits end with me. Im going to talk to my doctor come monday, after reading all these posts. I feel better now. I Thought
      I was going crazy.

  69. Tara says:

    I went and got the depo shot once and only once. I refused to go back and get a second one after I missed one period, then when I got my period I spotted for 2 weeks and then the next time I spotted for a month. I have been unusually irritated and had symptoms of pregnancy to find out that I wasn’t pregnant. That was a big disappointment because I want another child. I am also bleeding during my high fertility days preventing me from having sex to get pregnant. Also I started my period two Sunday’s ago and it seems like I am still on it. This time I have heavy bleeding and its been going on for two weeks. I think that women should think long and hard before taking the shot. I have no idea what is going on with my body and I am upset because I don’t know when I can get pregnant.

  70. jacklynn says:

    I am wriing about my daughter, she was on depo for about 1 year, she has been off the drug for 4 months. my daughter is now reporting that she is bleeding all the time, she has had her period for the last month, with bleeding every day. She went to the doctor and ask what could be causing this to happen, the doctor just shrugged his shoulders and said that he was not sure what was causing her to bleed, and that she should take some type of hormone medicine called provera. She does not know where to turn, and is now looking for a new family doctor, OBGYN. if you have this same issue please write and let us all know, and I hope that every one that took the time to write here does soon get better. Happy Holidays to you and your familys. Depo users Father.

  71. Marilyn says:

    After stopping the shot I became very depressed, had mood swings, and actually thought that I was pregnant due to nausea, excessive peeing, gas and other symptoms that I experienced each time that I was pregnant, I will never take this shot again.

  72. Monica says:

    Hi I have been on the depot for about 10 years. I want to get off it because the last 3 years I have experienced some depression,anxiety and recently started feeling joint pains. I’m scared to get off it after reading all the side effects. I don’t know if the depression and anxiety is linked to Depot or because of my moms passing away 3 years ago….. I am feeling aches and pains that I have not felt before also I recently started getting real bad headaches and feel a little nauseous at times. Hopefully these symptoms stop if I stop taking depot! Or will they get worse. I’m confused, please help anyone 🙁

  73. Esther says:

    Jacklynn, I too was on the shot for about a year. Once I stopped I immediately got a period that seemed to make up for all the ones I missed. It came back with a vengence!! That lasted about 1.5 weeks, then I got it again 2 weeks later and it’s been 4 weeks and I’m still spotting. I wouldn’t take any more drugs, especially anything unnatural. I’m praying that my body will return to normal…. eventually!

  74. Lucy says:

    I stopped the Depo. My side effects are breast tenderness, nausea, lots of fatigue. I stopped taking it because my husband and i want a child, but the doctor never told me that it would take over a year to be able to get pregnant. We are praying it doesn’t take that long….

  75. Sarah says:

    I had my third child in May of 2010. I also had my tubes tied. I suffered an entire year after that pregnancy, heavy periods. Basically a week of hell. I would wear a super tampon and an overnight maxi-pad and would still have to change things every hour. This period was also accompanied by migraine headaches. My doctor retired so I started with a new office. It was suggested to me to start the DEPO shot because it would stop the migraines and control or stop my period. I started the shot this past October and immediately started my period. Here it is December 29th and I’ve been on a period Every day for the past 3 months now. I’ve lost all my sex drive, I’m moody, many ups & downs, I’m tired and have an achy back. However my migraines have stopped. I was due for another shot about 2 weeks ago however I opted to not try it again. Although, my doctor wants me to try another round of it because she was certain my periods would stop all together. I understand there are many women who like the DEPO shot but I Do No recommend it. In fact, I don’t like Birth Control all together.

    I’m between a rock and a hard place right now. Both my Grandma and Mom Both had the same symptoms in their 30’s and ended up with partial hysterectomies. I’m now 30 almost 31 and all the doctors want to do is medicate me with birth control to “manage” my heavy periods. I don’t know what to do at this point…. I feel like I’m just another number or another patient. I’ve been bleeding now for almost 90 days and it feels like it will never stop. Any suggestions or if in the Southwest Michigan area… any suggestions on a great doctor who specializes in this issue? My email is:

  76. Tammy says:

    After my son was born, I decided to go on the Depo shot. I had been on it for almost a year. December 2nd I had the essure procedure done, so no more children. My next shot was due between the 13th and 26th. Decided not to get it. I’ve been eating like crazy, I feel I’m gaining a lot of weight, and last night I noticed I had colostrom coming from my nipple. Now breasts are so sore, its unbearable. Called my OBGYN and they suggested I have another blood test done. Went today and now its just a matter of waiting.

  77. Shel says:

    I am 33 and have been on depo for around 10 years I guess. In that time I reckon I have taken a break twice (until my periods returned) which took 10 months the first time and the second time, around 7 months. I have not experienced any issues while on depo, no weight gain, no mood swings and no change in sex drive. The second last time I went off depo I started to have issues (jan 2011). Periods came back in jul 2011 but I experienced exhaustion, diminished sex drive and constant bloating. I decided to go back on depo and had 1 shot and was due for next top up in oct 2011 however getting married oct 2012 and planning to start fam straight away so we made a decision to quit birth control meds and go for other methods. I got my period in dec which lasted 4 weeks and with it came the sorest left breast and a horrible feeling when trying to be intimate like my ovaries are being used as a punching bag. I felt like I have some kind of cancer or disease until reading these posts. I had a recent check up which showed everything being normal so I guess I just have to wait it out….just wish my insides didn’t ache anymore and my breast wasn’t feeling like I had cancer.

    I will never go back on depo again after this but as I said, it was only after the 2nd last quit that I had any of these symptoms.

  78. Kim P says:

    Ok, so like most, thought I was going crazy & googled. Been on depot 12 years, stopped in September. Four months off, started period end of December ( after three months off) and it wint stop. Breasts have been on and off painful for months…didnt even realize it was a withdraeal symptom. Tired, depressed, feeling worthless. Funny thing is…they SAY no long term studies have been done because not many on it long term. Excuse me? How many posts here?! Just a side note: I was on depot for FIVE years before the warnings came out! There HAS to be some kind of recourse for us…besudes giing back to the shot or suffering all the time!!!

  79. cara says:

    i was on the depo for over 5 years and i loved it. i had no periods. i did gain some weight but it didnt bother me that much. i came off of it almost 3 years ago and as soon as i came off of it i had a lot of problems. in and out of the hospital and lots of doctor visits. i bleed for 6 months straight! had lots of lower abdominal pain. i had issues with my ovaries and had to have surgery for one cuz it was about to burst. i get cysts a lot on my ovaries. not fun. then on top of everything i was diagnosed with stage 3 cervical pre-cancer. it was a rare case cuz to get to stage 1 it takes around two years to get there. but i got to stage 3 in a year! (i was 20) tried mulitpule ways to cure it but ended up having surgery. still isnt gone. i never really thought about looking into why i was having all these problems untill recently and now i wish i never used it. it has made my life aweful. and not to mention i want to start a family and has been unsucessful have been trying for two years. and with the cancer i have to be careful if i ever get pregnant…. fingers crossed! and still to this day i have issues with my menstral cycle. never consistant. i will either bleed every week and a half or not bleeding for over a month. its not fun not knowing what is going on with your own body.

  80. Tabitha says:

    I was on the depo for 5 almost 6 years and then i got off it I’ve had mood changes and these past months i haven’t been able to sleep at night and i sleep all day. I have bad mood swings like i cry over the littlest things and i don’t even know why i get mad most of the time.

  81. K says:

    I have used the depo injection for 8 years and never had any side effects while using it. I never gained much weight, but found it harder to lose wieght.

    I have now been off the depo for 5 months and have noticed several side effects which I can only assume are linked to the depo. Both my breast are very sore and tender, they have also increased in size by 2 inches. My skin on my body seems to be dry, i have never expereinced dry skin before. Yet my face is extremly greasy. I have been suffering with more headaches but headaches were quite common while on the depo.

  82. Raean says:

    I was on depo from 2002 to 2005, off for 8 months until I got a period again, and because of the painful cramps returning (reason I went on it) I got another shot in 2006. The whole time I was on the depo I didn’t gain any weight, and the only thing I think may have been a side effect was more addictive tendencies coupled with mild depression (but overall life was good). I DID gain over 60 pounds in 2006 when I was OFF the depo. Once I went back on it, I maybe gained another 10 pounds but not much more. I decided to completely go off in 2009 because I wanted to lose the weight (wasn’t coming off easy while on the shot). I didn’t get my shot in Sept 2009, and my period didn’t come back until April 2011. I had NO problems until my period returned, then started with little swings of anxiety, light periods, and dizziness at times. Then in November 2011 I suddenly developed this burning sensation under my skin. I wouldn’t say it was itchy, but just burning! Anxiety came on full force, and started to have trouble sleeping, as well as having trouble eating (I lost 20 pounds in 3 weeks!). I’ve tested everything and all is normal except saliva shows progesterone is on the low end, estradiol is low, and prog/estr ratio is off (estrogen is higher than progesterone, and considering they are both low no wonder!). Also morning cortisol was high! Have tried many different things, feeling somewhat better but the burning feeling has turned into a feeling of having glass shards under my skin. Also, now my eyes just burn like crazy and I get terrible headaches and some dizziness! What I’ve tried: change in diet (no wheat or sugar), I’ve tried some supplements, but I’m not real patient and if I happen to have an anxiety attack after starting something new I blame it on the new thing (which I know is dumb, but that’s what anxiety does to you 🙁 Progesterone cream (Emerita brand I’m using) is starting to help some. I had to ignore the directions and just use a packet (20mg) when I feel symptoms coming on, because I think the depo just screws up our systems and hormones.. and I also think it’s stored in fat, so maybe my rapid weight loss is causing some liver overload as the fat and toxins make their way out! I’ve been considering getting another shot to get rid of this, as it makes every day a chore versus loving life like I used to, but I’m going to press on with the progesterone cream for a while. A big part of this is to know it’s not going to kill me, and I will get through it through faith and perseverance. Please God, help all of us post depo users, please!

  83. Raean says:

    PS, If anyone else is going through similar problems after depo and wants someone to talk to, give support and take support, please feel free to email me I’m more than willing to share the many things I’ve learned about this. In my case, the burning skin sensation has been perplexing, and googling things on the internet has led me to believe I have everything from Lyme disease to mercury poisoning (in other words, if you’ve used depo provera, look to that first because of all the stories you have to believe that’s the problem if everything else tests fine). I noticed something else too, regular doctors say as long you’re having a period you’re fine (which if you’re having symptoms now, after depo, is not true!) and that saliva tests are not reliable (but they are! the blood tests, not so much. Google that and you’ll see why). AND on the other side, natural doctors tend to go through “fads” and the current fad is being low on Vitamin D and hashimoto’s disease (I saw 2 and they both were on this kick), as well as Candida. I am not saying these things don’t exist, I am simply saying we know we have used depo, we know we are now having problems, and that’s where the problem started and must be addressed. Understand that if the hormones are messed up post depo, the vit d and thyroid are messed up to, and our guts might be a mess, but look to the source first and don’t just treat the symptoms but start with treating the root of the problem or you’ll find yourself on supplements and meds for life!

  84. Alison says:

    I had been on depot for 2 years and just got off of it a couple months ago. however, my breasts are EXTREMELY tender and im gaining weight in my mid-section w/o changing any of my daily activities or diet. i thought it was pregnancy but after taking 4 tests on different days, the outcome is negative. my breasts hurt so bad that i cant lay on my stomach. (sigh)

  85. Latiya says:

    Im so happy that i just found this blog. It helps to know your not alone. I had been on depo for about 7 years with a small break of about 4 months around my 5th year. I got my last injection april of 2011 and didnt have any bleeding untill november and it just stopped about the first week into january of 2012. I bleed on and off for about the first couple of weeks….literally one day spotting red the next brown then red again. once into the second month my flow began to increase and become heavy and there was no breaks just a constant flow then it stopped. During this time i experienced very very painful sore breast and nipples, sleepless nights, anxiety, and nausea had gotten so bad i had to go to the hospital they didnt know exactly what was wrong but decided it was irregular periods. Ive been doin research in the best advice i got was to be patient with your body and it will come back into balance, it has to establish a natural hormonal balance. As of now my breast are still sore and i still have nausea im just takin one day at a time and i have faith that my body will come back into balance. I hope it does for all of us

  86. hailey says:

    I was supposed to get my last depo on the 11th this month but i had the worst side effect of all which would be the constant period. Besides having deppression, (which was even worse bc i had a stillbirth at full term back in jan. Nearly a year go…) treating my husband like crap bc of severe mood swings ehich i never had before and im not saying im the perfect wife or person lol. I have my moments…we all do… 🙂 stomach aches every day and nasuea i havent had any others. Now…getting off of it is a horror story. My symptoms are severe stomach aches, backaches stabbing pain in my abdomen, severe migraines (which i have had since a child tll the age of 20- i had them while i was pregnant but they went away after) jittery feelings nasuea to the point that i cant get out of bed bc i am afraid of throwing up. Any smell triggers my nausea and i always have to have a nottle of oust or febreeze on hand.

  87. AmandaC says:

    Recently I’ve had to take antibiotics which has cancelled out my depo shot…within the past couple months I have had a light period off and on for a couple weeks now, I have gained a few pounds, and I have been experiencing cramping. I don’t sleep well, due to I’m assuming the back pain I have experienced..

    After reading the responses, Im glad to hear I’m not the only one..unfortunately this is happening to us. I have had really bad breakouts and bloating, I’m always tired, and somedays I’m extremely hungry, others I could go without food. I have been very emotional and moody. I also have been feeling extremely anxious and depressed..not a good feeling.

    If anyone’s knows of any ways to help with the situation..please post.

  88. hailey says:

    And now im feeling bloated and like im gaining weight but i stil weigh 125. I have to keep busy or im going to eat everything in the house. Lol. Still having the back aches and the stabbing pain in my abdomen is worse but comes and goes. Constantly bleeding on and off, heavy then light, then suddenly in the middle of something i start really heavy. I hate it. I ate that wveryone ese on here is going through the same thing. But im glad that my body is obviouslytrying to right itself. I just hope its soon bc my husband and i are ttc i wish anyone else trying luck and im praying for everyone on here.

  89. bethanie says:

    I only had 2 shots of depo and decided to quit after my skin felt like it had goose bumps on my legsand my hair started falling out, I actually lost about 13 pounds in the two and half months which wasn’t good bc my beginning weight was 120. My legs always hurt, I only had one period in 6 months and the worst part was I became a emotional monster. I was mean, rude, didn’t care what I said or who I hurt. I was depressed and tired all the time. My face broke out like never before and I too had trouble sleeping and even focusing. And I was due for my last shot in dec 2011 didn’t get it. I had my first period on time but no period this month, cramps, headaches, depression, I feel sick a lot, always tired, I’ve gained 12 pounds in a month, my legs hurt a lot and I’m a “bitch” according to some people. I will NEVER take this shot again. I hope my periods get regular soon and it won’t take years to have another baby.

  90. Amy says:

    I was on depo for about 10 years, it was one of my favorite things I did for myself. No side effects, my period was just gone! I am now 49yrs old and was told I am going through menapause (great joy, not.) So I decided to give my body a break. My last shot was Oct.2011 and just last month I had one day of spotting. This month I’m having cramps that would drop a man to his knees! Either I have forgetten what cramps feels like or “they” have been saving up their intensity over the years. The pain is so intense, it’s taking my breathe away. I am so happy to find others trying to find answers. The doctor had the nerve to tell me that I would breeze through menapause due to the depo shot. I do not feel breezy in anyway!

    • ae says:

      Just like everyone else, i’m so glad i found this blog. I was on depo for 19 years and LOVED it. no periods at all. I’m 44 now and was seeing a new dr last year who told me i needed to stop. I’ve had 2 bone density tests and they were fine. So they suggested Nexplanon instead. I’ve been depo free for a year now and have noticed an increase in cup size which is pretty awesome as i was barely a B. I just figured the anxiety was just me but now I’m starting to think it was due to the depo. I didn’t gain too much weight while on it either. Now I get stomach pains with my periods which are back to a normal cycle now. Figured payback for all the years of no periods haha. Anyone else who is a year later or more after becoming depo free? I’m curious what others who have been on it as long as I have are experiencing. I’m also tired all the time but i was like that while on depo. I don’t blame anyone for this, i just want to know more about the withdrawal symptoms. There just needs to be more research articles and information about getting off depo so the rest of us can relax a little. Pls feel free to reply to my comment. Would love to hear from anyone who’s been on it for longer than 15 years and is now off of the depo and on Nexplanon. I don’t know if it’s the depo withdrawal or the implant causing the anxiety, moodiness, and lack of sex drive. i def was fine with the depo. Thanks everyone!!

      • Bibi says:

        I’ve been off depo for a year and a half basically. I was on it for about 7 and a half years. I’m 43 now.The worst part for me are the cramps, stomach and back. And the sweat that comes with it. In all this time, I’ve had a light spot of blood for a day. Maybe three times. Have been so worried about this cramping, it’s like very bad period pains with no period. Google has me thinking I have cervical, ovary and bowel cancer lol. Also severe heartburn, have had that a long time. Also since being on depo, I was put onto Anti depressants because of anxiety. Never linked the two

  91. Joanna says:

    I had gotten my first depo shot in August 2011. I was supposed to go for my second shot in November 2011, but wasn’t able to make it due to being out of town for work training. I never went and got my second shot. Ever since my first shot, I have had my period non-stop. I was told that during the first 3 months, it would be normal to get your period. So i thought nothing of it. We are now in Feburary 2012, and I get my period 2, maybe 3 times a month now. Im not too sure what is going on, but i have had horrible cramps, loss of sleep. Should I seek medical help? I am tired of bleeding all the time, it is interferring with my life 🙁 Any suggestions?

  92. jaylon says:

    I have been off the depo shot for 8 months and finally got my period. I was on it for 5 years, well until I got pregnant. The doctor claims that it happens. Whatever. Now I spot like crazy, moody, tired (all the time), and very depressed. These things I have never really dealt with ever, except the depression. I feel my depression has gotten much worse. I get angry for no reason. That’s never happened before. I feel very fidgetty when Im up but I could fall asleep within seconds of lying down or driving. Their is something wrong with me!

  93. Krys says:

    I was on depo fior 4 years after my first baby, periods stopped right away no problems. Then in March of 2011, while still on the shot I started having regular periods every month. My last shot was in May 2011 so that we could start TTC, I had VERY IRREGULAR periods from July 11 to Oct 11. They became normal (25-30 day cycle) again in Nov, Dec and Jan. However, In Jan 2012, I got severe mid-cycle cramping accompanied by severe nausea. I thought i could possibly have been pregnant becaue with my first I had “Hyperemesis Gravaderum (extreme morningin sickness) and Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (extremem pelvic pain) but 8 negative pregnancy test and I got my period 1 week later. Now at the end of my January period which stopped 2/1/12, I started having cramps almost immediately. This time, I had cramping, nausea, fatigue, moodiness, anxiousness, cravings, smell aversions (pregnancy symptoms right? WRONG!!!)… so i started reading about mid-cycle cramping and BC, specially DP. Well!!!!! ok, here’s the deal ladies… the cramping your experiencing is your ovulation. The cramping is your body telling you, these are the specific days you you are ovulating. Ovulation cramps can be so bad they are accompanied by nausea and headaches. The rest is just your body dealing with your hormones. since we are TTC it’s very hard because my OV days is the most painful.

  94. Jaz says:

    I have been on the depo for two years and just stopped it and my doctor put me on the pill. I have experinced break outs, headaches, fatigue and gassy and bloating and lower back pains and sore muscles.

  95. Tong says:


    I was on the depo for nine months, just got off of it on January 6th this year. It’s been about six or seven weeks since I’ve been off and I’ve been feeling moody, depressed, moodswings, nausea, puking food I can’t keep down :(, sensitive to smells, dizziness, jitters in the legs, and plain ol’ weak. I just (like litterally right now) took a pregnancy test and it came out negative. I have a feeling it’s our hormones trying to balance everything out, not withdrawals, but the imbalance of hormones. Honestly, I think it was worth it NOT getting pregnant, and the low chance, as I am a college student. I’d be willing to go on the shot again if necessary. It helps a lot to take walks when you don’t feel well, sleep when you feel tired, and have a very supportive and comforting boyfriend or husband that keeps you feeling secure. My boyfriend has been EXTREMELY supportive of me during this time and I feel wonderful, even though I feel like I’m going to hurl. Just daily light walks, and being around positive people can really help. When I hole myself up all alone I feel AMAZINGLY devil like.

  96. Fong says:

    I am niw 20years old and I was on the Depo for three years and I have been off it for 4 months now. Ever since stopping the injection I haven’t felt myself but now..more recently.. I have had nausea for an entire week…severe migrains..neck/shoulder and back ache. I thought I had just caught a bug or something but now i’ve read this im starting to wonder :s. I hope I feel better soon… im sick of having like 0% energy. xxx

  97. Meghan says:

    I took my last injection September 17, 2011 after being on it for about 4 years. I decided not to take my injection December, 2011 because my OB/GYN said it take a year to get out of my system and I will be getting married in Novemer 2012, knowing we will be TTC after the wedding. It has been 5 months since my last injection and still no period. This month was the first month I have had menstral like symtoms, bloating, bad cramping, lower back pain. This is also the first month I got my sex drive back. The depo shot made me have absolutely no sex drive. The month I was suppose to take the injection December, 2011. I had depression so bad that I considered going to a pyschologist because I was having suicidial thoughts. I have NEVER had depression. This stopped in February as well. Through my 4 years of taking depo I developed exercise induced anaphyalaxis but this is slowly disappearing as well. I am hoping that the cramping signifies ovulation and I will be seeing a period shortly. I would like my system to become regular before wedding.

  98. Meghan says:

    In addition to above, I have to mention that I developed HPV 6 months ago. I am not sure how this happened because I took the gardisol shot 3 years ago. I am not sure if the hormones in depo, coupled with my fiance strain of HPV this intensified my chances. I retest for HPV in March, praying for negative. I am hoping with a strict diet, regular exercise, folic acid pills this will help with HPV and speeding up my cycle to come regular.

  99. Iwona says:

    Can anybody tell me how long did it take you after stopping depo to feel back to normal? Feel like yourself again? Will be more than greatful for any comments.

  100. Iwona says:

    forgot to tell that I’ve been of depo for a week now (after nearly 2 years on it) and having terrible abdominal pain, back pain, being tired ALL the time, depresed with absolutely no energy…it worries me a lot:(

  101. Jennifer says:

    i’ve been on the injection for 8 years and was advised by my doctor to take a ‘year out’ to let the bone density rise again. I haven’t had any sickness but my mood swings have been completely up the wall. I’m actually worried they’re ruining my relationship with my partner. I’m constantly in tears and I’m acting like a spoilt teenager and it’s awful taking a step back and looking at myself!! I hope these mood swings go away because I’m at my wits end and it’s only been 2 weeks since I quit the injection…

  102. Jessica says:

    I’m 20 years old. I never believed in taking any type of birth control for myself. Certain circumstances called for it. I tried the ring but it wasn’t working for me. So I went for the shot. I only got it that once and never again will I get it again. It’s been almost 3 months since I was la st suppose to go back and retake it. And just recently, about a month ago, I started feeling a bit nauseous, tired all the time, getting bad headaches, tenderness on my breast, cramps and a few over symptoms. I thought I might be pregnant and was hoping to be. I was very disappointed to find out that I wasn’t. Now, I’m just hoping to recover from this soon because I lose my energy quick and at times feel sick when I go to the gym.

  103. Liz says:

    I’m 22 years old and I was on the shot for five years. I had no side effects the entire time except no period. I gained maybe 10-20 lbs but then again I’m almost 23, not 17 anymore so that should be expected. Labido was the same. I just stopped it about a month ago. The only side effect I have so far is just breast tenderness, I had a strange back pain for a few days but I think that was just a pinched nerve. If I gain some weight or start getting headaches or depression I’ll amend my post. SO far so good though, I wanted the shot to stop leaching calcium from my body and return to my normal cycle so I can eventually have children.

  104. Nikki says:

    I had been on the injection for 6 years before deciding it was the right time last September to stop taking it and begin trying to start a family. For the first few months I gradually got the familiar period pains back just without the period and within only a few weeks had a huge sex drive which my partner struggled to keep up with. My breasts became tender, I was emotional (not depressed) and haven’t experienced any weight gain. It is now 6 months since I stopped taking it and I am beginning to get periods back and the pains have calmed down my only concern now is how long will it take to fall pregnant.

  105. Rebecca says:

    OK so i started taking the Depo shot On October the 8th 2011 and it made me gain 20 pounds and i have been have irregular bleeding . I have had a heavy period non stop for about 5 months :/ i havent taking the shot scince Oct how do i stop bleeding????

    • Yara says:

      Hey Rebecca, this is my exact situation. I’ve been bleeding nonstop for 4 months now. I am in so much pain. I feel as though I’m actually dying. I’m a junior in college and dealing with thus has actually kept me out of class on many days. I see that this was your life in 2012-I would love to talk with you for advice: kcm808@rocket Thanks!

      • Katie says:

        Hey Yara, SAME exact situation as you! Can you tell me how it played out?! I’m supposed to get my 3rd shot Nov. 21! I’m not going back cause I’ve been bleeding since mid May when I got my first shot! Please help!

  106. kim says:

    hi depo haters lol i was on it for about a year n a half then stopped in november, i had the cramping but i havent had it since xmas an then in january i had the sickness which is still there, i’ve had tender breasts for about 8 weeks now, 2 week ago a started my period had it for about 7 days then nothing so was well chuffed then 2 days ago i started bleeding heavy again x:'( i think the longer your on it the longer the aftermath will be so we will all just have to w8 i suppose, since i was only on it for a year and a half i’m hopin i won’t have to w8 too long fingers crossed focals xxxxxxxxxxxx

  107. susan says:

    I went on the depo shot in my twenties and I am now 35. I stopped it to become pregnant in 2006. Most of the time I had no period at all which was great. But I did gain probably about 5 to 6 pounds during this time. Had 1 miscarriage and then two successful pregnancies. After my second child I resumed the depo after nursing. What I did notice while on the shot was that I had severe migraines with nausea, Usually 2x per month. I also had mood swings and always a low libido. I decided to go off of the shot after the mood swings and migraines continued and there seemed to be no solution for them. Also after taking a bone density test the doctor indicated that I have slight bone loss from the shot. I have a family history of osteoporosis. My last shot was due in late

    November. It took about 2 or 3 months until I got a regular. But now since then I have had 4 periods in a month and a half which is excessive to me

  108. Melani says:

    i was on depo for over 2 yrs. i went off it in january 2012 and i started getting these syptoms: nausea, intense stomache pain, headaches, short period of bladder issues, and frustration. i had no idea what was happening. i went to the doctors they were dead set on me being prego (i even started to think they were right). but after a series of tests blood and urin, all negative. they turned to another series of test. they did an ultra sound to check my intestines, had me clean out my system for blockage, they even did a no fat diet, and put me on an inhaler. everything they tried made no changes in how i felt. after about a month of testing and no change the only thing left was a specialist, and i have no insurance. i was talking to my sister whos studying nursing. she was worried and started researching. we found articles online about people feeling the exact way i was. depo withdrawl is the only thing that makes sense. it is now march 2012 and most syptoms are gone accept the stomach pain and occasional nausea. some people said their syptoms lasted 7 months. i cant keep doing this, it just hurts so much… does anyone know what i can do for the pain. my doctor prescribed the pill verson he said if it was withdrawls then the syptoms would stop. but i am NOT willing to risk starting this all over again. please any answers would help me greatly.

  109. Nena says:

    I have been off of the shot for 2 months. I have have breast tenderness and aches. This may not have anything to do with it, but I have caught cold after cold as well as strep throat in the last 2 months. It’s been a rough ride.

  110. Cheyenne says:

    I was on the depo for 9months and been off for 3weeks!!! I thought I’ve been severely depressed, pregnant due to growing almost a cup size and the horrific pain accompanied with it. Sad and crying over everything then pist off the next. Now I’ve been nauseated off an on all day, and so tired I could sleep the day away. I’ve seriously felt crazy and hopeless. The shot sucks and the side effects should be more known to those who use it. On top of all this my boyfriend thinks I’m unaffectionate and don’t want him. In reality I have so much emotionally and physically going on inside that I’m the one who feels unwanted. Can’t wait for this all to end!!

    • Bridget says:

      I have the exact same thing minus the growing a cup size, which I wouldn’t mind, since I feel like I’ve gotten smaller since being on the shot. Relationship has been rocky because my boyfriend thinks I don’t want him as well.

  111. Britney says:

    I havnt stopped taking the Depo just yet. ive currently been on it for about 6 years now. im scarred to stop taking it but since ive been on it for so long my doctor wants me to stop for a while but them jump back into it. im 21 and dont have my mind set on kids. i take the depo not only becasue of the hormones but because everyone i have talked to about it says it works amazing. it has so far. i just dont know if i should stop taking it then jump right back on it. Any Suggestions ladies?

  112. Sharon says:

    I too have been on depo for five years, my last injection was August 2011. Since then I have gained approximately half a stone despite eating normally and vigorous exercise I can’t lose it. My most worrying symptoms however are numbness and tingling in my fingers and toes mainly on one side of my body to the extent of being woken during the night with these symptoms. Most recently I am experiencing numbness on one side of my face too. Is anyone else experiencing these symptoms could it be hormonal or something else. Appointment booked with doctor as I am now beginning to worry.

    • Bridget says:

      I have definitely had numbness and tingling on one side, yes, but I didn’t correlate it with the shot. But then again, my doctor told me that nothing was due to the shot, so..

  113. It’s amazing that the comment stream on this post has been constant for two and a half years. Thanks to Rachel for re-posting about this under-addressed issue last week. I’ve written a post about it over at re: Cyclling, the blog of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.

    You’ll find reference to a resource that can help women making the transition off Depo-Provera and other hormonal contraceptives.

  114. anna says:

    i stoped depo two months ago and no iam experiencing neck problems like stiff neck and i never had that problem before until i stoped the depo shot and iam more tired i can barely stay up with my kids and i never had that problem until i stoped the depo shot

  115. anna says:

    MY sister is still on the shot and is having stomach pains she was late getting the shot and her doctor didnt even do a pregnancy test on her and when ever i was late they would always do a pregnancy test and she told him that she unsure if she was pregnant and he told her that she hadnt been off of the shot long enough to get pregnant

  116. Victoria says:

    Please help me to understand what my body is going through. I was on the depo for 6 months and have only been off of it for a month and a half. I still have no period. I have weight gain and just recently have had nipple soreness and nausea. I am so stressed out and scared that I could be pregnant that I have taken 4 home tests that all came back negative. I have not had sex for 5 months. So I would think the test would say something by now. I just want my body back!

  117. lauren says:

    I was on the shot for 18 months, I’m now off the shot and I feel great. When I had my period regularly (before the depo shot) I sometimes experienced nausea, breast tenderness, anxiety and cramps. This was associated with my period, monthly. So, I read all these posts and I’m wondering if it is a possibility that when we come off this shot, we start to experience pms symptoms again; for some this includes headaches, mood swings, nausea, breast tenderness. Perhaps while the body is readjusting, these symptoms are intermittent. But, if anyone has these symptoms for the long term, I would recommend a consultation with a doctor, and keep looking for the right doctor until you feel you’re being listened to. As for the post regarding weight loss and vigorous excersise; I sympathize because I’ve eaten right, excersise, use stress management techniques, etc… and I also gained 10 pounds, which has mostly come off at this point. Just be careful that your exercising isn’t hurting your back muscles or spine. Sounds like tingling is a nerve impingment and from personal experience as someone who’s a gym rat, chiropractors help. Good luck everyone! I hope you all feel better soon.

  118. Angela says:

    I was on Depo for 12 years approx. I did not go to get the shot on March 5th, 2012 when I was due. March 21st I had my first period, light for 4-5 days. It is now April 24th, my period arrived bang on, April 21st.

    I have a history of migraines (crippling migraines, since I was 10 years old). I had the bone denisty xray done and was allowed to stay on it as everything was “normal” and I had no side effects. My doctor did advise me of all side effects and constantly reminded me at each appointment .I never had the weight gain or mood swings or anything issues when I went on it and don’t see any changes now that I’m off it. It also regulated my migraines from 1/month to maybe 1 a year (I remember I made it to 364 days with no migraines and I celebrated)

    I loved the shot and plan to/hope to go back on it after we are done having a family. The only reason I’m getting off it as I want children, my docs said 6 months-18 months is average (but who knows really since I’ve been on it so long). The return of my period within weeks of no shot has me hopefull. I just want to get my body healthy and back to normal before my husband and I decide to have kids.

    The one thing that may be associated is that I am warm! I’m one of those who is always cold, always lol. But at the time of writing this I could also be getting a cold, we shall see.

  119. Jesica says:

    I’m 23 and I started the shot October 11, 2011 and I was recently due for my next the first week of April 2012. I skipped it because the clinic was a horrible place and very incompetent. Since then I have been extremely tired, nauseated, tender breasts, cramping, having headaches and horrible mood swings. I thought maybe I got pregnant somehow but all tests are negative. I’m a stay at home mom of 3 under the age of 5. From reading online a lot, many women have the same problems. I liked the shot but now I never want to use it again because of how I’ve been feeling after stopping them.

  120. Sarah says:

    Glad I found this site. Started taking Depo when I was 19, I am now 33. Shot was due in January, it is now May. No period yet, however, sore breasts, bloating, rage and depression, and the wieght gain… in a matter of weeks I can not fit into my clothes I have worn for 5 yrs. Still running everyday and eating normal. Yup, the post symptoms are very real.

  121. JP says:

    I was on depo provera for 14 years!

    When I started depo provera, as a teen, most girls would have discontinued it immediately: 1.injections every 3 months, 2.continuous bleeding & spotting, 3. weight gain. However, I stayed on because I was bad at remembering to take the pill & the pill made me throw-up every morning. So, I stuck it out. The weight gain was actually needed because years of being a competitive gymnast made me look awkward and gawky so I the extra 15lbs was not a problem.

    However, looking back now, I think I went from being a pretty happy person to a person with serious mood disorder. I battled depression for many years and couldn’t understand why someone who had nothing to be sad about still struggled with depression. As a college student on a pre-med track, I became more and more interested in biochemistry and started researching causes for depression related to neurochemistry and hormones.

    In my early 20s I noticed I had abnormal weight fluctuations (+/- 25lbs) despite eating/exercising. My doctors contributed it to stress-so I went with that. There were times I was really skinny but showed high cholesterol. There were times that all my weight accumulated only around my belly like a tire and my face became very puffy. Again, my doctors contributed it to stress and getting older. As time for my wedding approached, I worked out like a dog and ate as healthy as possible…I did shrink in size, but I still had a “tire” no matter what I did. I also had weird abdominal pains and eventually found out I had gallstones and needed my gallbladder removed. This was abnormal since I didn’t fit the “female, fat, and 40” reference that doctors look for when making connections to gallbladder problems. I continued to ride the roller coaster for my mood and weight while working with my doctors, trying to eat better, exercise, and behavioral modification techniques like breathing and such.

    In 2009, I had a case of vertigo that really freaked me out. I have never had issues of seeing double. I also started having insomnia that would last for days despite being exhausted physically. My GP at the time blew me off, but I wasn’t going to settle for his answer of “viral infection”. I found a doctor that was from the Old School and took the time to listen to all my history. He was very suspicious of being on depo long term. I even took my biochem text book to his office to ask questions. Basically, the depo worked too good. He did saliva tests (ZRT) and blood work on me and I found out that I had almost no estrogen and no progesterone, my testosterone was low, and my cortisol was out of whack: really high in the morning, then it would dip down, and then shoot back up….making the graph look like a “V. Normallly, cortisol should be highest in the morning and then gradually drop as the day progresses. He said it was no wonder I was having horrible insomnia among all sorts of other nasty side effects. Including mood issues. His suggestion was to discontinue the depo provera.

    I went off depo provera in Summer of 2010. Being that I was a student, and that I am latex-sensitive, I went with a non-hormonal IUD for birth control. My doctor was hoping my body would re-boot.

    I have had issues with fatigue and possible adrenal exhaustion, but my mood issues-especially depression-are gone 🙂 If I could only get over these metabolic issues, I would be on top of the world. It seems as if I went from a Cushing’s induced state to an Addison’s like state??

    I started using my calendar to document: my meds and supplements, moods, menstrual cycle, physical symptoms…etc. I take this to the doctor with me and I make notes/write down my questions to make my appoinments efficient. This has helped my doctors a lot. Yet I’m still like an episode of Mystery Diagnosis.

    Because of my schooling and work, luckily I have the background to read the

    relevant articles on PubMed. I’ve had doctors that have gotten pissed off at me for asking questions….Screw them….on to the next. Be proactive about your health. However, make sure the information you are using comes from reliable resources like peer-reviewed journals for example.

    In the meantime since I can’t change my physiological state, I have tried to control the things I can control such as a routine sleep schedule, reducing my caffeine intake, walking, breathing/relaxation exercises, eating smaller meals through out the day, increase my water consumption (instead of my beloved Cokes), eat more protein and fiber and less white breads, pastas etc. I take a multivitamin, B complex, fish oil capsules, vitamin C, and vitamin D. I take a calcium supplement in the evening.

    While I might not feel like I’m in tip-top shape yet, at least my mood has improved. I’m still researching the effects of depo. However, I could have had metabolic issues prior to starting depo that became amplified by taking it?? Really, there needs to be a change in the way OB/GYNs or GPs approach birth control- “spin the wheel of birth control” and hope for the best is not any kind of scientific approach doctors should be taking with their patients. I don’t know of anyone who has had baseline levels of hormones and body chemistry analyzed prior to selecting a birth control. It seemed like one picked it because they liked the catchy ad they saw on tv or they chose that pill because their friend took it or it seemed to be the one the doctor liked and had free samples conviently nearby from their last pharma rep’s visit. I don’t like gambling with my health, taking drugs, and hoping they work out for the best with the least amount of annoying side effects.

  122. Lisanne says:

    Ive been on the depo shot for about 4 years I am now 21 and just quit the shot cold turkey. Im about a month n a half to two months past due on my shot and I have definitely been having withdrawal symptoms. I’m always tired and fatigued, some lower back aches here and there but worst of all are the symptoms I’m having on my nipples. They are very chapped, extremely itchy and burn when I sweat. It’s so uncomfortable and embarrassing and no matter how much moisturizer or lotion I put on them it’s not going away. I was very bloated as well for about 2 weeks but that seems to have subsided. I randomly spot too, usually during my work outs when I’m exerting my body and have had some change in the smell of my private part. Not necessarily a bad smell, just a different one, a little stronger than normal. Has anyone else had the nipple problem though? I just want it to go away.

  123. catelyne says:

    i was on deposited for two years and recently stopped about a month ago. Im experiencing extreme beast tenderness weight gain of 20 pounds change in mood and appetite along with tiredness and jitteryness. at first i didn’t realize why i felt like this until i looked up other peoples experiences. i don’t enjoy these symptoms but i had to stop taking birth control due to my depression. i will never recommend depo to anyone. there are to many side effects.

  124. Lizzie says:

    I am 17 and was on the depo for a year before i stopped having it about 5 months ago. I had spotting every day and still have it now. I gained a stone in weight (6 kg) and my sex drive is non-existant. I am sick of always being on my period and always feeling dirty. The depo also gave me digestive problems which included symptoms similar to IBS. Not taking it ever again, such a nightmare and has affected my daily life and also my relationship. Just use condoms!!!

  125. Jan says:

    I was on the shot from the time I was 12 until I was 19. I have stopped the depo two different times before stopping for good. The first two times I stopped, for about a month, The only symptom I had was tender breast. This time I have been off for about two months and I have breast tenderness, neasau, head ache, & others. It seems like the longer I’m off the more symptoms I’m experiencing.

  126. Liz says:

    I started taking the depot injection when I was 19 and after 6 years I decided to give my body a break from it (my own decision) I came off of it in November 2011 and it has been 8 months now gong cold turkey on the injection. When I was on it it was brilliant for me, I had no periods, no weight gain in fact I lost around 2 stone on it which I didn’t go out to do intentionally but it just happened. Now however, since coming off of the injection I have had some bad side affects (nothing extreme). Th.e main one I have noticed is that I was feeling very nauseous for around a month and seriously thought I was pregnant but I had a test and it was negative so that was a relief. Also the other major was that I feel very dizzy in the middle of the day almost to the point where I think I’m gong to pass out. I have become rather scared of driving places as when I drive I sometimes feel like I’m not actually in the car in the drivers seat and my reaction seems very off. I was thinking about seeing a doctor but after reading the forum I think I am going to give it a couple more months to get this injection completely out of my system. I have had a period on off this month so my body must be starting to get back to normal I do find though that I have started to stammer and really have to think about how what I need to say when I speak ( I havnt had this problem before so I assume it’s a side affect?) I’m a happy person and the injection hasn’t really affected me in a depressing way just the dizziness, nausea and some slight weight gain but I’m am not too bothered about the weight just the dizzyness and which also has caused me to loose my balance, my partner has really noticed my loss of balance so I am hoping this sorts it self out soon also!

  127. Liz says:

    I started taking the depot injection when I was 19 and after 6 years I decided to give my body a break from it (my own decision) I came off of it in November 2011 and it has been 8 months now gong cold turkey on the injection. When I was on it it was brilliant for me, I had no periods, no weight gain in fact I lost around 2 stone on it which I didn’t go out to do intentionally but it just happened. Now however, since coming off of the injection I have had some bad side effects (nothing extreme). Th.e main one I have noticed is that I was feeling very nauseous for around a month and seriously thought I was pregnant but I had a test and it was negative so that was a relief. Also the other major was that I feel very dizzy in the middle of the day almost to the point where I think I’m gong to pass out. I have become rather scared of driving places as when I drive I sometimes feel like I’m not actually in the car in the drivers seat and my reaction seems very off. I was thinking about seeing a doctor but after reading the forum I think I am going to give it a couple more months to get this injection completely out of my system. I have had a period on off this month so my body must be starting to get back to normal I do find though that I have started to stammer and really have to think about how what I need to say when I speak ( I havnt had this problem before so I assume it’s a side affect?) I’m a happy person and the injection hasn’t really affected me in a depressing way just the dizziness, nausea and some slight weight gain but I’m am not too bothered about the weight just the dizzyness and which also has caused me to loose my balance, my partner has really noticed my loss of balance so I am hoping this sorts it self out soon also!

  128. Kathleen says:

    I have been on the Depo shot for about 15 years. I am 41 and got my last injection in November 2011. I put on alot of weight while on Depo but I can’t just blame the injection, I really didn’t eat well. Since coming off Depo I am losing about half a kilo a week, I am the lightest I have been in a long time but I am also eating well.

    I loved being on Depo – no periods! Yay!! Never liked them. Got what I thought was going to be my period on the 1/06/2012 but it only lasted half day, then the same thing happened on 20/06/12.

    The only side affect I don’t like is swollen and sore breasts. My Lord they ache!! For about 6 weeks now, if I wear a bra it is much better, just don’t hug me. But having said that after being on a drug for so long there would have to be some sort of repercussion.

  129. Toni says:

    Wow -I am soooo glad to have read all your posts. I was on depo since the age of 15 – I am now 28. ended my 11 yr relationship in february and had some people warn me about being on the injection for so long so decided to go off, give my period time to return and then try the pill. I never noticed anything strange when I was on depro but had my last shot in october last year…..still waiting for my period to come back and recently started experiencing strange symptoms….thought at first it was just depression over the break up etc. but today I just nearly started crying for apparently no reason at all, this is not like me – i am such a generally happy person normally. Now i read the posts about sleeping problems, nausea, bloating, gas, irregular bowel movements, hot flushes, acne etc. and it is all starting to make sense…..i am very happy to know that I am not going insane because for a short while i seriously thought i was! i think that we could have been warned better about this though, i would never have decided on depo if i had of known this would happen. Then i eat a lot, then i have no appetite at all – the worst for me though is the lack of sleep and the gas! I hope it goes away soon, it reminds me of drug withdrawal symptoms that my brother experienced when trying to come clean! scary stuff

  130. Jackie says:

    Where to start?…..Here goes

    I started depo in 1995 because it was recommended by my doctor, who would not longer give me the pill due to my smoking. I was on the shot until Aug. 2009, 14yrs. I had almost zero side effects after the first 2 shots and my period stopped completely after the 1st year. I had minimal weight gain and it felt great not having my period! I was going to turn 50 in 2009 and decided I would stop depo and hopefully go through menopause gracefully…I had no idea.

    Since that time until March 2011, I had lost my home and alienated my friends and most of my family. My period started again 6mo after stopping the shot, so I was pretty sure it wasn’t menopause causing my problems but all of the symptoms were there; mood swings, sleeplessness, depression. Then the panic attacks started and I could barely function. I transferred with my job from state to state thinking I would be happy somewhere else.

    Finally my sister took me in hand, moved me in with her and her family and started me on natural home remedies for all of my ailments. It has been a few months now and I am getting back to my, what used to be normal & happy, self. Until recently, I had never attributed any of this to the depo shot. My sister started reading up on it after a suggestion from a friend a few days ago.

    I am just now reading up on it myself, so I am responding to these posts because I feel it is very important for anyone else going through the same horror of this experience. You are NOT crazy! The withdrawals make you feel crazy and you need someone to help you through it. Do not try to do it alone.

    My period, after some rough spots of bleeding heavy twice a month to stopping for awhile then starting again, are now quite regular at once a month but still quite heavy sometimes. My panic attacks are finally gone and my mood swings come and go with my period, which I think is normal. What I don’t know, along with many other things, is if taking depo for so long has caused by body to delay in the menopause cycle. Since I no longer trust most of the medical profession and will never go in for an exam or blood tests, I guess only time will tell…..unless someone out there has had a similar experience, at my age, and can tell me what to expect next.

  131. Marti05 says:

    Sooooo happy to find out I’m not crazy! Where to begin, I started depo at the age of 16 after having horrible and very painful cycles. I thought is was the best thing I had ever got. I stayed on it for about 9 years, being in the military I loved the fact I didn’t have cycles to worry about. I never gained weight the 9 yrs on it, maybe because I was very athletic in high school and while in the military. I notice or have any kind of side effects that I can think of. I did however get pregnant while on it in 2009 due to having a allergic reaction and given meds in th ER that counter acted with my depo. After my pregnancy I elected to get Marina, which my body rejected and I returned back to Depo 6 months after my delivery. The depo completely stopped me from breast feeding my daughter, due to not being able to produce milk which was a downside. I was told by my doctor that sometimes the estrogen in the depo stops the production of milk. If the doctor had mentioned that before I would have not elected to take it. I did notice that I was gaining more weight and was hungry a lot, pretty much I felt like I was pregnant again. I was so moody, had a lack of sex drive, and very bad vaginal dryness. I thought it would go away if I just got back into my normal routine of working out and doing the things I did before I got pregnant. But needless to say nothing was the same. I worked out constantly with no success. I also felt tired all the time, again I must say the same side effects as if I were pregnant again. Luckily, I had finally decided to just completely stop taking the Depo Shot and see whats happens. So in November 2011 I didn’t recieve my Shot, just 2 weeks ago I got my cycle. Wow, almost 7 months it took to get a cycle. Might I mentioned also, I started to loose weight slowly in January and the past 3 months I have lost weight very dramatically. I weighed 139 lbs in November which was a lot for me as I have always been a ver petite person. As of today I weigh 118 lbs while my moodiness has gone away and my sex drive is back. I will say though I will try Depo again if I ever get deployed but if all the symptoms come back I will discontinue.

    Thank you ladies and guys for sharing your side effects, this has really explained a lot for me.

  132. April says:

    Was on depo for a year and 7months. Last shot was Nov 2011. First period June 2012. Missed period July 2012. Symptoms… Everything stated above except weight gain. I also have tingling around the abdominal area. So many negative results on pregnancy tests. Nurse said to wait a couple weeks and take a pregnancy test again since it sometimes does not show right away. If negative then I have to see the doctor. Depo was great at preventing pregnancy and no periods!!! I’ve been on prenatal since Jan 2012 plus drinking green juices to help detox. Will update you all.

  133. Amanda says:

    I’m 31 and was on Depo for 2 years. I’ve been off it since March 2012- no period yet just a ton of crazy symptoms. Horrible stomach aches, weight gain of 20 lbs (and i had lost 35 lbs in the last year so gaining back really sucked!) shortness of breath, crying for no reason and extremely tender, swollen breasts. Cannot wait for these hormones to get out of my body!!!

    • Judy Rodriguez says:

      I had the same symptoms crying alot and breast tenderness. And weight gain. After getting off the shots after being on it for 1 year and 6months. Been off of it for 3months.

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  135. JT says:

    I have been on for 2 years on and off twice. 5 months ago I didn’t go back, because I wanted to lose weight and regain my period. I am extremely upset 5 months haven’t got even a dot. The weight problem is just getting worse, regardless of diet. I’M depressed and extremely bloated, been having constipation on and off. Why DIDN’T THEY TELL US ABOUT THE LONG TERM EFFECTS BESIDES THE BONE DENSITY? I’M Pissed OFF! And I can’t do anything about this? I always been thin, never had a child, or any medical issues. I literally do feel like a 50 year old having menopause, when I’m only 18!!

  136. JT says:

    Addition to my last post, I forgot to mention I’m always wanting to stay home bec ause I’m tired and I get hot flashes over night since the last two injections. my Ph is all screwed UP. And I do blame the shot because I ate right and exercised and took calcium. I have to.feel depressed when I should be enjoying the summer.

  137. Annemarie says:


    I was on the depo for 2years and came off it in April 2012 as me and my partner decided we wanted to try for another baby. Since June I have had a constant period and my breasts are in so much pain. I suffered from painful cramps and was nauseous for a while but all that has subsided now. I know it will take a while for my hormones to go back to normal but has anyone constantly bled since coming off the depo and if so how long for? It’s impossible to try for a baby when all I do is bleed and it’s starting to get me down. I just want my body to go back to normal.

    Want to say a big thanks to all of u who have posted on this site I thought I was the only one and now I know I’m not alone in this x

  138. Rebecca says:

    I started the depo soon after i got my first period when i was 16. I stayed on it for several years. i had a lot of weight gain in the beginning but it leveled out after I started a diet change and workout more but my boobs went from a nice full c to a double d in the first year of taking it. My period stop while i was on it but the doctor told me that was normal. I thought that was the worst of my problems, but i got my last shot in 2007 it is now 2012 and i only have maybe one period a year and if i do its light and barley there i have no clue why my period just wont come back its been five years. I have discovered that if i take birth control pills I get a full and normal period but if I get off them my period stops as soon as there out of my system. If any can tell me why I’m not having a period on my own without the pills I would greatly appreciate it. Oh and I am 25 I haven’t had any children but i would like the chance in the near future.

    • Ann says:

      Rebecca did you ever wind up being able to get pregnant? 5 years later I finally have my periods back to normal too and I was on it for two years.

  139. Jenna says:

    Thank god for this article and the comments on this article. I was on depo for 2.5 years and only stopped because I moved somewhere without access to it. For the last 4 months, I’ve been experiencing severe nausea and breast tenderness, rapid weight gain, bi-polar like mood swings, anxiety, terrible exhaustion, and although it was a preexisting condition, my insomnia has never been worse. Having no period has just been the icing on the cake. For the past few weeks I’ve been extremely paranoid about being pregnant, but seeing all of these women having the exact same symptoms as me has definitely lightened the enormous boulder sitting on my chest…if only a little.

  140. Miah says:

    I recently took one dose of Depo in April 2012. I was due my next shot in July 2012. I decided not to get it due to the fact that my hair was shedding excessively!! So it’s been a little over a month since my next dose was due, and I’m experiencing severe migraines, fatigue, light headded, dizziness, and extreme exhaustion! I did gain weight, but mostly in my belly area :-(. So of course I want to get pregnant now, and no sign of my period (which was pretty regular). I’ve been taking prenatal vitamins trying to replenish my body with what I think the depo is stripping it of…I was reading about natural remedies to aid with hormonal balance, such as maca root or rasberry tea. Does anybody have any wholistic approaches to flushing this poison from my system? I want to get back to normal

  141. julie says:

    I am soo Thankful for this article, I have had the worst experience ever with the depo shot.. I dont even understand how people go on it for years, I took the shot once it was a 3month shot, I was soo moody while on it, it was rediculous my boyfriend couldnt deal with my attitude not only that I gained 15 pounds in 3 months. I was due for another shot 3 months ago and I decided not go get it to make myself get better, worst thing ever I only got worst, my period still have’nt come its been 6 months, I have lost my appetite, I have extremly bad anxiety, I feel bi-polar most of the time, I actually feel like I am going crazy like Jenny commented abbove, I feel like I Needed to see a psychiatrist, I litterally had to google the depo shot and I stumbled upon this website and found out all this information that my doctor couldnt even warn me about before giving me this poisen, this is so harmful to people and their lives, I have such bad pannick attacks and anxiety its hard for me to focus and even work, I have such bad mood swings its hard for me to be around the people I love I harass my boyfriend and I yell at my kid these are things I NEVER DID BEFORE… I am going to schedule an appoinment with my doctor to see if this can be fixed, I need my period to come back again and I need to feel normal again I am only 21 and I feel so depressed like I’m 50 this is so stupid whoever created this drug it needs to be stopped I would never take another shot again!!!!!

    • Lisa says:

      Julie, How are things with you now 3 years post depo? I am currently going through exactly what u have described and I honestly need some reassurance that I have not lost my mental health for good.

      • bri says:

        hey lisa how are you? i just got off the shot and I’m really scared now reading these posts. I thought i did my research but i didn’t look hard enough i guess. This drug is really bad i don’t understand why it is not banned. hope everything is okay

  142. chelsea says:

    I got the depo shot once back on march 30 2012 and i had a period the first month for 3 weeks and missed my period the second month and started my period around june 9th and have been spotting ever sense and just recently had a more heavy flow three days ago and now its going back to spotting and i went to my doctor to get it fixed and all she told me was i dont know what to tell you. i have always been small my whole life and sense that shot i have gained weight i just cant seem to lose…. i will never do the depo again and i will be finding a new doctor….

  143. Lana says:

    Hi ladies, I am also a victim of Depo Provera. I use to have extremely painfull menstruation and my friend suggested I go on it. It was great, i loved the fact that I didnt have my period and the extreme pain that incapacitated me at times. But I was never warned of the side effects. I was on Dep for 6 months and during those 6 months I experienced some major weight gain. I the switched to the two month injection hoping it will help with my weight, but nothing happened. I consulted a dietitian and went on a strict diet…. Nothing. I have been off Depo and Nurinterate since July 2012 and in these past 2 months I have gained even more weight, I am freaked out about it since I use to have the figure of a super model, and now I look like a fat blob. I wake up nauseous and gag every morning. I have panic attacts and is anxious all the time. My breast is so sore I can barely sleep at night and they have gone from a small B to a full size C-cup. My sex drive is still non existent and sex is quite painful, since I am so dry. I thought like many other women I was pregnant and took a pregnancy test, although my bf and I always practice safe sex. And like all the others it was negative. I have heart palpitations for no reason and difficulty breathing at some times. I thought my period would have returned after two months of not being on it, but it would appear like some women struggle for a considerable time. I also have some weird moods and sometime react in ways that makes me feel crazy. I thought was alone, but is so happy to see that I am not the only one that experiences these effects. I really hope that the symptoms will pass, and that I can lose weight. It is a real concern and hope not only for myself but for each very person that is going through the same symptoms that an end to this will come soon so we can return to feeling normal again. Thank you ladies, and good luck. Xx

  144. Jo says:

    I was on depo for a year after having a baby because i was told depo or an implant would be best as i was breastfeeding so i started depo thinking i would be able to stop and try for another baby after about a year i’ve been off depo for 2 months now when it was coming to the end of my last injection i started bleeding after having sex so i saw a gp and was told everything was ok but i might not be able to conceive for 18 months or more and in the last 4 weeks i’ve been feeling sick i’ve got sore breasts i’ve got cramping and i snap at every little thing but i’m not pregnant i’ve also been having irregular bleeding i wish i never had depo now the way i feel now it’s stopped is awful.

  145. Julie says:

    Hello to all you sufferers 🙁 I also have been on depo for around 4 years. I didn’t get my march 2012 injection and felt like rubbish since. I stopped my injection as i was suffering migraine (whack I never did before) and just wanted to rule out the possibilities of it being because of the depo. However since reading some articles I actually don’t think i have been myself for years since being on it. Anyway Since coming off it, my body muscles ache, especially my legs, almost like childhood growing pains. I am ALWAYS tired and have zero energy. The headaches are horrible, my back and neck are agony at the same time. The doctor diagnosed me with anxiety and depression and recently put me on anti depressants ….. I am thinking this is all to do with the depo injection 🙁

  146. Katie In Eugene says:

    I was on Depo for about 5 years with no gaps, decided to stop using it in hopes to lose weight. I didn’t get my March 2012 injection and my first period started on August 7, 2012. Today is Sept 9th and I’ve been on and off my period since Aug 7th. I’ve been suffering exhaustion and crankiness. I lacked a sex drive while I was on Depo, but it’s coming back now that I’m off it. Unfortunately, I don’t know when I’ll stop menstrating. I read it takes 18 months to get regular again which is very disconcerting.

  147. Kim says:

    I am 33 years old and I have been on depo for 15 years. I recently decided that I was going to stop getting the shots. For no reason other than I just don’t want to be on them anymore. Today I was suppsoed to get my next injection and I cancelled the appointment. After reading all of these side effects I am very scared about the side effects to come and am not sure if I made the right decision.

  148. Beccy says:

    I literally just missed my last depo as I’ve decided to go back to the pill as I was gaining so much weight, the second night after I missed my shot I was very moody and couldn’t sleep all night, kept waking up and having anxiety like attacks where I would wake up panicking, I still feel overweight and my skin is like a spotty teenagers 🙁 help!

  149. Diana says:

    I’m 19 and I had started the depo shot in May 2012 and I immediately stopped having periods, I had horrible mood swings and lots of fatigue. Terrible breast tenderness. Very low sex drive. Some nausea every now and then. Anxiety and depression. So when it came time to take my other shot in August, I decided not to. Now I don’t have periods at all and still have breast tenderness. Followed by excessive sweating and really oily skin. I can’t keep my face from breaking out. I also had a lot of pelvic pain while on the shot and every now and then after. I also have anxiety and I always feel bloated and lethargic. I’m hoping it’ll go away, especially the breakouts. I may end up back on the pill, which wasn’t so bad before.

  150. Nicole says:

    I was on the depo shot for 2 years and I just recently decided to stop getting the shot because of some of the side effects I was experiencing while on it, and also because I look forward to having children soon seeing as I’m getting older. The only good thing about the shot was that I never got a period, however I did spot a few times here and there during the two years I was on it but not much. I noticed while being on the shot that my mood was up and down and I suffered a lot of depression while on the shot. I’m a very happy go lucky person and I found myself sad and negative all the time sometimes for no reason at all. Others noticed this too. I also suffered from headaches all the time mostly migraines, and my sex drive was nonexistent. I was supposed to go back for my shot September 17th but I chose not to go back. Since then I have extreme breast tenderness and my breast are fuller. I also noticed how bloated I am and feel and I have gained just a few pounds not much though. I don’t mind the little wait gain because I’m very skinny to begin with but I wish my breast would stop being so sore and stop getting bigger. I’m so ready for the depo shot to get out of my system.

  151. Tash says:

    Hi I’m a Mum of 3, 31years young been having

    Depo injections about 7 to 8 years.

    I missed my last injection last month

    deciding to go off it- give myself a

    break. My breast has neen sore then on Friday I found a small

    lump under my nipple in my left breast.

    I went to the Doctor Saturday now I’m

    waiting another week and having an

    ultrasound and mammogram on both

    breasts. I am so scared. I can’t help

    thinking the worst I wonder if the depo

    shot has anything to do with my lump???

  152. Lanie says:

    As aforementioned, it’s oddly relieving to see so many women reporting the same things you thought you were crazy for experiencing.

    I’m 21 years old. I only had 2 Depo shots before I decided I’d had enough. I am not good at remembering pills every day, the patch would never stay stuck on me, this seemed like the next thing on the contraceptive list to try. The first shot went well, I don’t recall any particularly bad mood swings or symptoms at all. My boobs got bigger, but that’s about it. Near the end of the 3rd month, when I was due for the 2nd shot, I noticed an increase in irregular bleeding. My assumption was that this was due to having switched BC so much in such a short amount of time, and that I was on the butt-end of the first round of a straight hormone injection. Made sense to me, I wasn’t worried.

    After the second shot, the bleeding never stopped. It would merely pause, perhaps for a few hours, tricking me into thinking I could safely wear a nice pair of pants without ruining them. The bleeding was heavy and very irritating. I ruined so many articles of clothing and was just so sick of it! In hindsight I also realized this shot was very likely a contributor in my lack of sex drive recently. My boyfriend and I are very sexual people, and for me to suddenly not have much interest in it is….extremely bizarre. We still had sex and still have sex, but I found myself not caring if we did or not, and getting distracted or unable to feel physically aroused even though I’m very much still attracted to my lover. That alone made me feel unlike myself, and I hadn’t attributed it to the hormones until just recently.

    Near the end of the 6th month, I began to feel nauseous and weak on a daily basis. This is the type of nausea that made me break into cold sweats + hot flashes, see black spots on the sides of my vision, and feel like I would be in the bathroom for a while very soon. I recognized this nausea, as I experience it during a regular period (one reason I went on pill BC, Yaz to be specific, at 18 years old, terrible terrible period symptoms regularly). This was soon followed by random headaches, body aches, digestive issues, and a general feeling of disinterest in most things that usually made me happy, disassociation/lack of connection to people, and pretty severe fatigue during the day (but inability to sleep at night, when before coming off Depo my body clock was pretty regular at falling asleep before 11:00pm). Even some days that felt reminiscent of a bout of depression. I’m not a depressed or negative person! I feel so off. It’s like this is an unwanted being living inside my body, feeling all these strange things.

    I was due for my third shot only a few days ago, and have since switched over to nuvaRing. I don’t want to stop contraception, my periods are horrendously painful and hormonal BC is the only thing that prevents it. The shot is just too much. So far, after a few days of Nuvaring use, the bleeding has subsided to merely spotting. This is a huge relief. I’m still unwilling to go out and do anything, really. I no longer feel “depressed”, more so just uninterested. I’d rather wait for this to subside before I go out into the world, I feel like I can’t appreciate most things right now that I used to be able to appreciate. Pretty mountain scenery outside, or a bike ride in the morning…things I normally love but just can’t feel motivation to do right now. On another hand I’m scared that I’ll experience a random bout of nausea if I go out, and I won’t have anywhere to retreat to so I can wait out the pain. to be honest, luckily I am a california resident and have been issued a 215 card for the past 2 years (due to long-existing anxiety disorders, which I feel also play a part in the symptoms of Depo). This is the only medicine keeping me from crying all day long, the only medicine that helps me eat without feeling like vomiting, and the only medicine that relieves the nausea and pain quickly and consistently.

    my boyfriend, luckily, is very understanding and just wants me to be happy again. We haven’t experienced any big relationship problems as a result of this, but I think that’s because our personalities and habits don’t lean toward causing or maintaining conflict — and this has helped me stay stable enough to not give into the emotional breakdowns that try and squeeze their way in since the shot started wearing off. I worry a lot about him feeling uncomfortable but I can tell that it’s an irrational fear, knowing what kind of personality he has that just isn’t something he would do. Mostly it’s just me, not him, feeling strange. I feel vulnerable and anxious and a bit paranoid…but I’m choosing to do my best not to react to these feelings, as I can tell they are not really ME. From the research I’ve done I can do nothing but wait for them to leave me….hoping the NuvaRing will be the one method that I can finally stick with!

    Much love and support to all you goddesses <3 Our bodies are complex and beautiful, and can be hard to understand. Especially for our male friends and intimate partners. Keep your heads up!

  153. Jewlz says:

    Hey ladies..ive been on depo for about 3 years. I was due for my shot yesterday, but ive decided to stop and give my body a break – let it get back into the natural swing of things – but after reading all of the above comments im wondering whether i shouldnt maybe go today before its too late…lol!

    Im just kidding – but on a more serious note, these symptoms sound hectic, maybe best to ride it out ey?

  154. Cara says:

    I was only on depo for six months but have stopped due to gaining acne and chest pains under my left breast. Around the time my shot was due I felt like I had manageable period pain but no period. I then began to feel sick. I had nausea and dizziness. I then became fatigued but couldn’t sleep at night but then started falling asleep at work- it was so bad it hurt trying to keep my eyes open. My throat often feels like its closing up and my tounge and lips swelled up for 2 days. I get random chest pains that feels like I am being winded. My dizziness and fatigue has started easing slightly- but my stomach pains are horrendous and indescribable. It feels as though my lower back is being crushed, my uterus is being twisted and stabbed and it even feels like I am givin birth. Codeine every 3 hours helps a little but I can’t take this pain. I have started taking the pill to try and help but seriously anyone considering this shot should do themselves a favour and don’t have it. IT’S NOT WORTH THE PAIN!

  155. nessa says:

    I been on depo shot since march2011 I stopped takin it in june due to the weight. Gain so my obgyn put me on avain the low estrogen pill I stopped takin that bcuz on day in class I felt like I was having a anxiety attack so since then has been a nightmare I was depressed didn’t feel like doin anything or goin anyhere I’m usually a fun happy loving person befor all this birth control. Problems. U couldn’t. Pay me to be upset or have a panic attack I never strssed about anything. This is terrible I always feel on edge jitty unhappy anxious and not enjoying things I used to love doing and I dnt kno who I am anymore oh and I forgot about the vrying spells I would wake up so depressed and wuld cry all day long it wad terrible my mom helped me threw it and I decided to seek help frm a pysch to sre wats wrong bcuz I felt like I was going crazy they prescribed meds for depression. And anxiety but I refused. To take them bcuz that’s not me I don’t. Need pysch meds I never felt like this b4 in my life so that was out the question. Bcus I dnt want to have to depend on pills to make me happy I can say tho this has been goi. On since july I am getting. Better now I can go to the store and shop by myself now which was out the question a month ago so I have faith and there is light at the end of the tunnel and I will overcome. This and get back to myself. Back happy and joyful. Jus take it day by day and dnt give up its been 3months now and I finally see progress now I’m waiting on my cycle to start up again we will get thru this! God Bless u all

  156. Jewlz says:

    Hey ladies..just thought id pop in and give some feedback..

    ive been off depo since the 7th of oct, this is week 3 and i must admit – no real side effects – was a bit moody and emotional the last time i posted, but since then no major changes…

  157. Jess says:

    I took the shot once 10 months ago. I bled 3 weeks at a time until 2 months ago. Now it’s only a week. Pain in breast as well. My dr did not explain side effects or anything about the shot. All I said was I think I want the depo shot because my sister is on it. And he said ok my assistant will be in here in 15 min with the shot and left! I wish I had some kind of warning what I was getting into!

  158. Claire says:

    Hiya girlies.

    Hope your all doing okay. I have been on it for 10 yrs 5 months off and still having all aches/pains, nausea, breast pain, tingling legs, fatigue, headaches and pms symptoms but no periods yet. How long did it take for these to subside for most?

    Julie above; did the antidepressants help with the symptoms? What are things that are helping people, i know diet/water helps!

    If anyone wants to chat my email is would be good to chat.

  159. Kara says:

    Hey all, just jumping in the litany about the depo shot. I refuse to be a statistic, but I’m kind of thinking I am now. I started the depo shot after a failed pregnancy in April 2012. I was due for my last shot on October 12th (2 weeks ago) and I chose against it, hoping to try to get pregnant again next year or the following (and hearing of the possible 18 month non-fertility spooked me, so I quit the shot after 2 doses). Here are my symptoms and why I ended up googling “hormonal spikes coming off the depo shot?”:

    1) Insecurity through the ROOF – waking up at night every time my husband gets up, afraid he’s irritated etc. (and he’s not)

    2) Random bouts of wanting to cry / scream hysterically (no I haven’ succumbed, yet) followed by extreme irritability.

    3) Shaky shaky shaky, as I type this my hands feel like I have palsy or something it’s ridiculous.

    4) Nausea – almost felt like morning sickness. I’m going to get a pregnancy test tonight at the store for peace of mind, but holy hannah this crap sucks.

    Oh, and I went from heavy period (before) to light period (1st shot) to no period (2nd shot). Still no spotting etc.

  160. Natasha says:

    Oh my gosh…. I came off my depo in June 2012, and had a tiny show 14 days later., but I know where everyone is coming fro

    With the pregnancy symptoms I’m always doing tests, I do want to get pregnant but want my body to return to normal also, I’ve had no period ye just horrible pain full cramps,(that make me like I’m going to pass out) I can cry at the drop of a bloody hat. Hip and back pain…can’t sleep a full nights sleep anymore !!! It’s the worst ever…. I’m glad I’m not going mad .

  161. Jewlz says:


    @ Kara – i totally agree with you when you say you wont become another statistic. this is my 3rd week off depo after being on it for four years…the only side effects i have right now is weight gain, the shakes and insecurities like you have mentioned too….on the other hand though, as i went off three weeks ago i read all the comments above and it worried me to death – i suppose our bodies are all different and react differently, but would anyone agree with me if i say most of it is mind over matter?

  162. COLLEEN says:

    My last depo shot was suppose to be scheduled in July 2012. I opted to get myself off it after 5 years. I just couldn’t deal with the frustrating of dropping the 45 lbs I gained while on it.

    In August 2012, I had my first period. It was light and for 1/2 day. Strange.

    In September 2012, my breasts were extremely tender and my nipples started itching. This lasted about two weeks. That month I also received my regular period although it was heavy. I had forgotten how inconvenient periods were but better that than dealing with hauling around extra pounds. During my ovulation cycle, I had major cramps. I only felt them that month.

    Now in October 2012, I got a normal period and 28 days after my last period. So, my body is slowly adjusting.

    When I was on depo, I had migraines and a very low sex drive. Three months after my missed depo shot, my migraines are slowly going away. My sex drive came back one day with full force which my husband was excited about. Now I know how a teenage boy feels. Ha ha. I’ve managed to lose 9 lbs since my last missed injection without any change to diet or exercise. That I am happy about.

  163. Tarah says:

    Hi…first I must say that I loved the shot! The convenience of it, the worry free, and the non existent periods. Granted I had the occasional spotting to tell me it was still there but nothing overwhelming or painful. Now I’ve been off the shot 5 weeks after taking it for just over 3 yrs and OMG!!! My breast are extremely tender…in a bra out, of a bar, everything I do they hurt. I alsoo experienced moodiness, up and down emotions but nothing worse then having PMS oh and very annoying lower back pain. I am curious as to when these side effects will stop but am overall more satisfied with not having an unwanted pregnancy and now that we’re ready mature and financially capable to start a family we just have to wait it out.

  164. Monica says:

    I want to know how many months I need to wait so I could get pregnant ?? I use the depo shot for 9 months . Now me and my husband we want to have a baby but I haven’t get pregnant:( I have 5 months that I don’t use the shot . So please some one help me.!! If u know something let me know to my email ..

  165. lucy says:


    I have been on depo for a couple of years, I was due to have my last injection mid July. in September I experienced tearful mood swings and light spotting, in October the spotting continued…and I gained about 6 pounds in weight. then finally in November I have continued spotting throughout the month, but had ridiculously sore breasts and nipples. my stomach Oscar bloated. glad to hear I am not going in sane with my symptoms! just ready for a full normal period now. fingers crossed.

  166. leah says:

    I took the depo for 6 years and stopped four weeks ago or so. I am experiencing tender nipples and pain in my uterus as well as migraines and nausea. The pain subsides after just one Advil, however my nipples are extremely tender and my breasts are becoming larger and more symmetrical that of which is the only side effect I hope is permeant. My period slowly faded through the years now I don’t even get spotting. I think we need to conduct a study now! My concern is that there could be something worse going on in my body and I feel that I should go in for a physical. I read that I may never have a child or worse, an unhealthy child.

  167. Anne says:


    I Googled coming off dep provera as I was a bit worried about my symptoms, but they are quite different from most of these. I was on it for about a year, and stopped in August 2012. I had put on a lot of weight, very noticeably, I went from an 8/10 to a large 12 and also went right off sex. Mood wise I was ok, but I’m fairly calm anyway.

    I still have not had a period since coming off, and when I was on the injection I did have sporadic bleeding. I did a pregnancy test but it was negative. Since coming off I have noticed no change in my mood but I have lost weight! I ate extra healthily AND did more exercise than ever whilst on the injection to offset the weight-gain but nothing seemed to help! I’m very pleased I came off it, but 3 or 4 months in and I still have had no period and still have low sex drive, but things are improving. Hang in there everyone, your body will naturally get over the hormone changes, it just takes time.

  168. Erin says:

    PLEASE HELP!!! I had my last depo shot in June and since then, I keep getting a pain right above and around my breasts almost in my armpits. I have been spotting since late June and I didn’t get my 3rd shot in Sept. It has been 2 months and no period, just annoying spotting! I have to wear a panty liner everyday!!! I’m mostly just scared about the chest pains!! Can anyone help??

  169. Jewlz says:

    Wow..after reading all these comments and complaints i am starting to wonder whether i am normal or…ive had a few tearful days within the first two weeks of being off depo and a headache here and there..but over all there has been nothing further. my periods have not returned, nor has there been any spotting, but i am not experiencing any tender breast or sore nipples etc etc…i wouldnt mind an increase in cup size to be honest…

    Maybe all these horrors are on their way ey….

  170. Wend.c says:

    Hi and thanks for the enlightenment!

    Ive had a really low mood,total loss of sex drive,decreased appetite,bloating,constipation,and the biggest headache immediately after taking this nightmare jab for the first time 2months ago…im due to have a repeat in december and because ive been so low and also not sleeping i thought id see whats been said about it before i work collegues have noticed a sharpness to my attitude which in the care industry doesnt bode suffering fella is going with out sex and just yesterday called my unapproachable.that hurt so bad.but i cant shift it and never before have i ever been so rude to anyone……im totally convinced this jab should be outlawed..i cant believe i let my doctor talk me into it due to my monthly pains. and back pain…id rather have that and a laff than this depression..its affecting all i round of sex and my partner contracted so down..never again..i feel like ive been used for some sick experiment.

  171. Alecia says:

    I also came to this site from a google search on depo withdrawal symptoms. I was supposed to have my last shot in October, but I missed the appointment and just decided it was time to take a break from it. It never felt quite right to me to just stop having periods. I started on depo right after having a baby, and I am now back up to the weight I was when I was at full term in pregnancy. Like a lot of people commented above, I have had absolutely no sex drive and am still waiting on that to come back. Try explaining to your guy that you don’t want to have sex with him and don’t know why. Not an easy job… Instead of losing weight over the past month, I am still steadily gaining, and I consider myself to be a moderately active person. I have been feeling extremely down and out lately and have not had a period yet. I also feel like my body is no longer my own. I am tired all the time, regardless of how much sleep I get at night and I have trouble staying asleep. I would not recommend the shot to anyone.

  172. Kandi says:

    Hello Ladies!

    OMG i am soo glad i found this website. i took Depo from the time i was 19 til til i was 22, had a daughter at 26, went back on the shot after her birth in feb 2008 and in july 2012 took my last shot. i have gotten married and just felt i wanted another child. my whole personality has changed but not sure if it was the shot, or the death of my mother in 2006.i feel sooo angry. also “bi-polar” no sex drive, hard to deal with. im hoping my stop with the shot makes me normal again. im 31 yrs old and feel like a dried up cranky 80 yr old. please email me if u want to talk or have similiar things going on…

  173. amanda says:

    I started my depo this past summer thinking it would be easier than the pills, however I was fooled.I completely hate the shot, was scheduled to get one today but told the Dr I wanted to stop taking it.I can’t handle having a period for a month straight, it made me feel like I was completely drained, terrible headaches however I have had tension headaches before being on the shot, my back would hurt while on the shot…it’s absolutely horrible.I don’t think the drug administration even tested this shot before giving to people or maybe it’s a sign nobody should take the shot when you have to sign a waiver when you go to take it! I’m 21 years old and I can definitely say I want kids some day but I refuse to take a shot that wears me down.

    • gabi says:

      hey amanda, i hope everything is all well, how are you holding up? did everything get back to normal? i had the same reaction the depo had me on my period for a month! it was ridiculous.

  174. christine says:

    ive been on the depo injection for 6 months and i was not happy the fact i was bleeding all the time so i decided that to stop taking the depo injection.ive stop taking it for 2 weeks now .am getting back pain s feeling sick and sore breasts.and no peroid yet i took a pregnancy test 3 times and all they came back is negitive.i wish these feelings go away.ive seen the doctor and he said the depo injection will ware off in my system about 6 months time.i hope some one give me a advice about this x

  175. Sandy says:

    I am 44 years old. I have been on depo shots for over 15 years; w/o any break. I got the shots to control debilitating pain, cysts, periods that were more on then off. Insurance forced me to take generic a few times; this always resulted in painful suffering on my end. So, been on name brand forever; pains started coming last couple weeks. Doctor changed me to every 9 weeks vs 12. I do have no libido and severe bone loss. in June, I accidentally missed my shot. Decided to ride it I do not agree with dr that i should be on it forever. Side effect of stopping: severe breast pain, swelling. It has been 6 months — now the “swelling” is moving to armpit. I assumed like lymph fluid- lymph node swelling. just taking the pain along with it – so boobs not as sore, but armpit swelling hurts! one dr went along with my lymph node theory ( she was thinking cancer- which doesn’t present this way) second dr said it is not lymph node but muscle that has taken on the fluid from breast. his tx is to re-start the depo! i think it is the swelling from the breast migrating – just not sure what to do about resolving it. I also get the heeby-geebies; not comfortable in my skin feelings.

  176. Ziggy says:

    I was supposed to get my shot at the end of july but decided to come off the depo after being on it for a year and a half. I had a semi normal period in august and when septembers period came I thought the bleeding would never stop. I bled for two months straight! It stopped at the beginning of november and then about a week later I bled for a couple days and I havent started bleeding again yet. It is really starting to get on my nerves not knowing when to expect to bleed. Along with the screwy periods I habe experienced major mood swings, depression, and weight gain. I would not reccomend using depo for birth control. Cant wait to start feeling normal again!!!

  177. Brittany says:

    I have been so worried about this! I got my last depo shot in June and have had a period since and it is December. I was really scared I was pregnant (although protection was used) but I had two tests both come out negative. I have been very emotional and tired. I have had three days of spotting and that is it. I have no sex drive and I just feel depressed. I have also gained weight. I have no idea what is going on with my body and it makes me scared. I feel very nervous. I am not happy with this shot at all.

  178. melissa says:

    I stopped the depo shot two months ago and have been spotting everyday since then. I have yet to have a full force heavy period, but i have never been so irritated in my life at the amount of $ I’m spending on feminine supplies. Also, its hard to explain, but something just doesnt feel right with my body. I am absolutely terrified that something is really wrong and this may effect my chances of having children in the future. When I talked to the doctor about it, all I was told was that it was just a side effect. Our bodies are so complicated and responses like that are nerve racking!

  179. Maricel says:

    I am scheduled to have a shot on 14th. I want to stop taking this depo but I am now confused as I read a lot of comments that it will make me gain more weight. I have been in depot shots for 4 years now and I want to get my normal weight back. Others said that they their body weight have returned to normal after deciding not to take the shot again but others dont. I am also nervous to experience the continuous bleeding in months others have experienced. If only I known this before I shouldn’t have taken this depo before.

  180. deborah says:

    omg reading all these comments puts my mind at ease even though its not good, i have been on n off depo for past 10 yrs n last 2 times i was late in havin it my breasts r tender n sore especially when i take my bra off though summet medically was wrong the first time that happened so had them checked at docs n 3 months late for depo this time n its started again but also started suffering from anxiety cant go out without havin a panic attack i really didnt no the depo can cause all this the doc put me on prozac a few wks bk to deal with it but i refuse to take them x

  181. Jewlz says:

    @ Maricel – I was also on the shot for four years, my last shot was due on the 7th of October. So far i think i consider myself a little luckier than others just from reading the comments above. the only side effects i can say ive really had has been headaches (which i suffer from anyway), moodyness, being paranoid, sensitive feelings, and only recently (two days ago) my nipples are extremely tender and sore..ive had no spotting nor any periods as yet – which im sure will return with no mercy, but personally i stopped the jab to give my body the chance of becoming normal again – for things to “flow” normally for a while as i doubt its a good thing to be on the injection for too long. In my opinion everyone is different, so your side effects or periods may not be as bad as others…if it is, see it as your body doing a good spring clean! 🙂

  182. Brenda says:

    stopped taking the shot in july. i just turned 50 last month and now i feel nauseated all the time, breasts are tender and weight gain sucks. what can i do to feel better? had spotting last month and that was it

  183. Jewlz says:

    @ Brenda – ive noticed that excersise helps a lot, if you belong to a gym do a good cardio session and sit in the steam room for 10 minutes after – it helps to sweat the shit out you system..

  184. Usha says:

    I first started the depo this year i have had only 2 shots I came off it November 30 the same year… i rely didn’t like it. i had completely lost my sex drive, feel rely moody and took it out on other people. i wish i never went on it. i actually miss my period. since i been off it i haven’t had my period but on the 16th dec i noticed a drop of blood in my pants, if its a sign my period is coming back then i want my menstrual cycle to be back to normal fast as possible. since i was on the depo i was 9 stone i was exercising a lot i lost half a stone i was soo happy i work so hard for it as well then my firs injection ran out when i went for my second i ended up putting all that weight back on i felt shity rely shity. since iv come off my eating habbits are bad its harder for me to lose the weight and iv started to get a little lower back pain.

    i havn’t visited my doctor yet. but i feel i should so i know that im okay i seem to have the feeling that something is rely wrong with me but i know my hormones are just changing…

  185. Usha says:

    Brenda, JewlZ is right even though i put weight on after my last shot i never stopped working out i felt a little better knowing that i sweated

  186. Jewlz says:

    Ladies….its been three months since i was due for my shot…no periods as yet, not even a blink of a sign that its coming any time soon. BUT, im lightheaded and nauseas a lot of the time and my breasts were a lil tender but better now…any chance i might be preggas??

  187. julie says:

    Hi ladies. I started taking the depo when I was 19 and it worked wonders for me my mood swings had stopped and I pretty much felt happy and stress free and having no period was fantastic. I then decided to try for a baby at 20 so I stopped taking it. 2 months later I was pregnant. I couldn’t believe it. After my son was born I went straight back on the depo and had the same great experience as before.

    About 3 years later my doctor warned me of the possible bone density issues and advised that I might take a break from using it so I did. I had no side effects but did not have a period for 9 whole months. I decided after a year to start back on the depo as I assumed the break would have been sufficient. A year later my partner and I have decided we would like to try for another baby so I was due to take my last injection in November but I didn’t take it. This time around however my body has gone mad. My weight has shot up beyond what I would normally have expected for the Xmas holidays and I have been having seriously sore breasts that straight away made me ink I might be pregnant. Obviously I was wrong. I now can’t seem to go a week without having some sort of period that is a mixture between spotting and normal. My skin has flared up with spots which I never normally get and I am constantly tired. Oh and my partner has noticed my mood swings 🙁 It’s just typical really because this time around I need to get pregnant quickly for medical reasons and I had no idea I could be looking at up to 18 months. I really wish this information was given to me back when I was 19 and not have to find out 7 years later how bad this can be.

  188. Tori says:

    I’m so glad I found this feed. I’ve been experiencing all of the above. I thought I was pregnant but I took a test and it was negative. I’ve gained 30 lbs since stopping the shot, I haves no sex drive, I’m moody and tired. I’m miserable. The shot is horrible. I urge women not to take it. It’s ruining my life right now. Ive never been this big and moody. I have a period all the time. I started the shot in September and I haven’t stopped bleeding since then. It sucks!

  189. Fee says:

    I had 2 shots and didnt get the third, and a week later I started spotting which has turned to full flow and has lasted nearly a month now. I don’t know when I am going to stop bleeding, it’s ridiculous. Have had breast pain, headaches, tiredness, moodiness and gained 28lb over 6 months.

    I wasnt told of any side effects except perhaps there would be weight gain.

    • bri says:

      fee, i just got off the deep as well. how are you holding up? i definitely hate the side effects i feel like I’m pregnant all the time but I’m not. hopefully your doing better

  190. Fee says:

    Can you ladies tell me if any of you were told of possible side effects once you stopped the shots?

    Did you get any literature to take home… anything at all?

    Thinking about it, it seems a tad wrong to inject you with somehting that lasts so long and are only told you may put weight on.

  191. Kelly says:

    I started the injections when I was 17 years old for uterin congestion. This last December I was supposed to go in and my new husband and I decided let’s not get it and let things get back to normal before we ttc. Every since December (12 weeks after my last shot) my breast have been sore, I have had cramping, nauseated and a little more stressed. I have not had a period yet although I am having all other symptoms. I am just about 35 now and am worried I am peri menopausal. I had a very successful run of the injections. Yes gain weight increased about 40 lbs over the years and 19% bone loss. All meds have side effects and each person has to weigh them out to see if it is worth it. It was for me not to be in so much pain all these years along with all the other problems that come with having menstruated with the cysts and fibroids and endometriosis. I don’t see a lot of women on these forums who have been on it as long as I have but was hoping that someone would know or know of studies to read about losing the weight now (has been impossible to maintain no matter how healthy i eat and how much i excersise) and will stopping the shots help my daily migraines and can I conceive without my body first shedding the lining and carry successfully. I guess my biggest fear is if I get pregnant after being on the depo for so long, will I be able to carry full term.

  192. Fee says:

    Just thought I would update 11 days after my last post that I am STILL BLEEDING. This is now over a month and showing no signs of stopping. Costing me a small fortune in pads too. My mam bought me a ‘present’ of 3 packs to help me out lol.

    I’ve started taking oil of evening primrose to see if that helps, so far not.

  193. Sarah says:

    It was very comforting to see this article. At least I feel like I know what’s happening to me now. I stopped taking depo about two weeks ago and have had nausea, headaches, breast tenderness and exhaustion. It’s an everyday thing….not enough for me to not be able to get through my days, but enough that it’s noticeable and starting to wear on me.

    I started taking depo because of my very heavy periods and the bonus is that it was also a form of contraceptive. I’m having the NovaSure procedure done next week and am keeping my fingers crossed that it helps with all these symptoms!!

  194. E.W. says:

    DO NOT GET THIS SHOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I only took this shot one time (for the 3 months). The first month or so my body felt ok however the last 2 months on being on the shot my body fell apart. I had night sweat, anxeity, depression, shaking, tingling in my hands and legs, palms sweating. I got teh shot Aug. 16th, 2012 I was due to get another one between Nov. 1-15th of 2012. I didnt because of teh side affects and towards the end of Nov is when the withdrawl started to happen. I was jittery and started having stomach problems (no vomitting) but loss of appetitte and having acir reflux. I lost weight and Im allready a small women. I had no issues with eating prior to starting this depo shot. This shot made me week and I went to the ER twice due to dehydration. Its been 2 months since my last injection and my body still isnt right. I have read so many different stories as to how long this will stay in the system and there really isnt an answer. My period has returned in Dec and I had one for Jan. I can still tell my body doesnt feel right

  195. Dessa says:

    I was on depo for the better part of 12 years. I have been off for over 18 months and experienced thhe initial heavy peoriod for weeks, insane breast tenderness, anxiety and weight gain. I decided to stop depo when I noticed the weeks just after my shot were worse for my insomnia and middle of the night hot flashes and crying jags. The insomnia and night sweats are gone, however the irratability, anxiety, heavy periods awre still around and I guess you can calll it depression,Im not sad per se, but I have zero motivation and just generrally feel lethargic and lousy. After almost 2 years off, I feel better but at the same time, I am so ready to be over and done with it.

  196. Glo says:

    I was on depo for 11 yrs..absolutely loved it, made me lose weight, never had periods loved it…until I stopped 2yrs ago…during this time I gained weight, sore breasts to the point I couldn’t even touch them, nausea, anxiety, major abdominal bloating, insomnia, bad night sweats, feeling sad, angry with anyone and everything, hated my body to the point I never went out anymore, got my period back after 8 months…I excercised like a mad women, ate low carb, just to loose the weight i gained which was 10 kilos more…NOTHING!!!! Depo is stored in your fat and it takes ages to get rid of it…however I tried accupuncture, sitting in a steam room, foot detoxes and even took liver cleansing tablets to detox this stuff out, they say to eat low carb if not no carbs as it is stored in your fat…obviously if you loose this weight u loose the depo…but it does take time especially if you have been on it for years like me…even after 2 years later I still struggle with my weight and my belly still hasn’t really gone back to how it was….but I have lost most of the kilos I gained….now I’m dealing with PMS sux being a girl!!!!!!! I have been tempted to go back on the depo….sounds crazy! But I just think of all the crap I had to go through and I quickly change my mind… to all those girls out there these symptoms are not in your head like some doctors say, maybe try some of the detoxes I did…but don’t go back on it coz it will be 10 times worse when u eventually want to go off….

  197. Courtney says:

    I have been on the Depo shot for over a year now and have yet to stop bleeding. I have been on a heavy period, with nothing more then a 12 hour break in between for over year now. I am scared to go to the doctor, but also scared f being infertile. This shot really messed me up. I don’t know what to do. I am also scared of being pregnant but with bleeding this long and this much, I don’t think that is even possible.

  198. Sarah says:

    I had depo for a year, was told to come off it by my doc as was experiencing signs of depression and floaters in my eyes, and a dull headache every day, my next one was due 5 dec, since not having it my symptoms are worse, no period but pain , headaches, tiredness, being and feeling sick, dizziness, heartburn and wind. And the feeling of being pregnant , no periods and pregnancy test showing negative every time.

  199. Lindsay says:

    Thank goodness for finding this site! I thought I was crazy with all my symtoms going on. I have even tried 5 different “happy pills” because my doctor thought I was depressed. I was on it for 12 years straight – no breaks! Worked great and unloved being on it but needed to get off for other medical issues. All bid good there now. Temporally using the pill. Stopped all the anxiety meds because I thought it was those making me act that way but now the tiredness, bad headaches, hot flashes and can’t sleep is much worse. I’m going to stick it out as long as I can. Taking some lorazepam has helped me relax. I also feel very incure Bout everything.. Work… Home… Doesn’t matter. I feel like everyone is out tobget me orbits talking About me. I found this and reassured my husband it was withdrawal symtoms from the demo. Bye bye depo.. Bye bye pill… On to the IUD…

  200. Fee says:

    Thought I’d give a final comment. In total I bled for 6 weeks after I stopped the injection, which was like my 6 months periods worth saved up!

    My skin has become a nightmare, but breast tenderness has gone.

    The ovulation/cyst pains are back again, the reason I had the injection to begin with, so in some ways the injection is good if you are suffering from chronic pains for most of the month.

    Would I get it again though? No.

    I think the injection takes any drive away too.

  201. Lisa says:

    Hello, I’m so glad I found this site and I agree with some of the others DO NOT GET THIS SHOT!!! I received the shot in Sept 2012 and started feeling depressed, tired and gaining weight by Oct. then in Nov. I started having panic attacks! The shot ran out in Dec and that’s when I started having all my problems! I started off having chest pains, nausea, foogy vision, bad headaches, body aches and the heavy bleeding. Now it’s two months later and I’m still having these problems plus my anxiety and depression have gotten worse. I went to the doctor and they ran ever test possible on me and finally just said that I was suffering from severe depression! ( Keep in mind I never suffered from depression/anxiety prior to this. I was a happy person!) I finally asked my doctor if it could be from the depo since I refused to take depression meds. And he was like yes! He had had another patient who had experienced some of these same syptoms when coming off the depo shot. So now I’m just trying to wait it out til my body gets back to normal which my doc saids could take up to a year! I wish I could rewind time and never take the depo it had truely ruined my life these last few months! I just wished my Gyno would have told me all the possible side effects!

  202. Lynne says:

    I have been on dep for 2 and a half years. I was due for a shot this month but decided against it. I have ben having cramps but no spotting or anything. When I first started the shot I was always told I wcoukd get pregnat right after stopping it but everything I’ve read is about women having trouble getting pregnant and not getting their periods back. I was also yold that any bone density loss could be regained after stopping the shot. I also gained a huge amount of weight in which I can’t seem to get off even with diet and extreme exersizing. I feel that i was lead on and lied to abput this horrible drug.

  203. Tiffany says:

    I had my last depo injection in October. I had been on the shot for 3 years and my doctor wants me to try another form of birth control due to my 20+ pound weight gain over this past year. In the past few weeks, I have been nauseous, jittery, dizzy, tired, and my breasts have been tender, which usually never happens to me. I thought I was pregnant, but I’ve taken two pregnancy tests and both were negative. I was on the shot years ago and the only symptom I had upon stopping it was bleeding and spotting for a couple of months. This time, I’ve started having some brown colored discharge, which I think is a signal that I will start bleeding soon. I don’t know what is going on with me, but these symptoms are definitely strange.

  204. Bella.G says:

    I was on depo for 11years, never had any side effects except for migraines every now and then, if anything I lost weight, 3 years ago I chose to stop getting the injection I was 33 and wanted to have children, that’s when it’s went downhill…took 9 months to get my period..which I knew would happen but I wasn’t expecting the rest of the symptoms I got….weight gain 10 kilos, major major breast soreness, bad migraines, anxiety, night sweats (for a year) constant bloating, insomnia, nausea just to name a few…it was horrible…I went on diets, low carb, excercised everyday NOTHING!!! 2 years I put up with this I tried everything from accupuncture, diuretic pills, sitting in a sauna, foot detoxes anything I could find on the net I would try, eventually the weight started to come off after 2 years though, but in saying that my body has never been the same, I still have a bloated belly, and my weight is up and down ALL THE TIME….I now suffer from PMS as I’m not on any contraception and I do so for 3 weeks, and one week of pure bliss! I’m really worried its going to turn into PMDD I don’t get suicidal thoughts like most woman but I do suffer from the symptoms longer than normal…there has been times I’ve been in tears and close to going back on depo just to feel normal again but I’m scared of having to go off it again and dealing with the withdrawals again, but nothing helps with my pms it feels like this is the way its going to be…

  205. Bella.G says:

    Also for those girls who are having the after effects of depo…the weight especially will eventually come off….it’s water retention I’ve read a low carb or no carb diet can help as depo is still stored in your fat…it’s hard if your like me and love food and sweets, it’s absolute BS!!!! So drink a heap of water no sodas just water….or for those that just carnt do the low carb….it will come off but it will take a while….good luck to those of you who are going through this….men have it so easy!!!!! 🙂

  206. katie says:

    i have been on the injection for about a year and decided to stop as have put on about 20lbs and have no sex drive and was moody all the time and just did not feel myself but now i have stopped my last one was meat to be about four weeks ago i feel like complete shit i have not started bleeding yet and i feel sick from the moment i wake up i cant eat and feel light headed and dizzy.

  207. drina says:

    I have been on the depo for 5 years, had my last one on the 18/10/12as me and hubby are trying for a baby. The side effects from the drug is horrible, i feel tired render breasts and my mood swings are terrible, crying all the time. I have horrible period like cramps and generally not tell. DONT GO ON THE DEPO.

  208. I work at a women’s health clinic and I have seen some patients who have complained of such symptoms, while other women seem to be completely fine. As every woman and their body are different, many patients will have different reactions to stopping the depo shot. While of course many doctors do not want to blame the side effects on the depo withdraw, it only makes sense that if the shot was used long term, as it normally is, the dissipation of the drug in the system is likely to have a noticeable effect.

  209. Allison Kate says:

    I was on the depo shot for 3 years. While I was on the shot I was extremely moody, abusive and revengeful as well as very depressed. Once after 3 years I tried to get off the shot I had serious breast pain. So bad I would cry if I had a bra off for long periods of time. I knew it had to be from my hormones being off whack due to the shot so I went back on the shot bc no doctor could give me a proper diagnosis or any pain treatment. Almost 3 weeks lately of being back on the shot my breast were feeling much better but my depression and moods wings were full on. After a year I got back off again and my breast were in the worst pain imanigable. I went back to my doctors and it turned out I had cysts all on my breast. After that I never went back to the shot again. But I had serious withdrawal feelings. Feeling angry and depressed all the time. I was pregnant after a year and a half being off the shot and I felt like I was on the shot all over again with my mood swings and bitcheness.

  210. annie says:

    I have been taking the depo shot for about 10 years i started at 28 and i am 38 now.. should i get off the shot? if so want kind of side effects will i have, should i get a bone density test done.. please help me, i am confused on what to do about this… thanks

  211. Alex says:

    So eight months ago when I went to my ob-gyn they put me on the depo to stop my fibro cystic breat changes . (Which helped) but I had my period every day for the first two shots which sucked and they didnt inform me on how long it could take to get pregnant which my fiancé and I wanted to happen by the end of this year. So needless to say after the 6 months I was done ill deal with the breast lumps. Stopping the shot is extremely miserable I’m cranky all the time, horrible mood swings, bad gas, swollen and sore breasts/nipples, head aches, weight gain, random spotting. I was unaware of the horrible side effects once stopping the shot, I would never have got it if I had known, especially since its only been two months since my shot ran out and it can take up to 16 or so months for some women to get pregnant. 🙁

  212. Julie says:

    I’ve been on the depo twice now. First time i was on it for 5 years and i don’t recall ever getting any withdrawl symptoms. There was a point in my life that i hd issues with acid reflux but i can’t be sure that this happened from the result of coming off the depo the first time. I had at least a 4 year break between the first nd 2nd time going on it. I recently discontinued the injections after being on the depo about 1&1/2 yrs. I started it up again after finding out i was pregnant, following an abortion. It’s been about 1 month now since i should have had my regular injection and, let me tell you i am not happy one bit. I’ve been feeling nautious mornings, afternoons and later in the evenings. Often right away after eating something. I’ve had everythingg from feeling so nautious i felt fluish, i’ve had dry heaves, i’ve had time where i will puck up mouthfulls of stomach acid and other time when it was just full out pucking sessions. This has also been brought on by foul smells, from the bathroom or garbage or anything of that sort. I’ve just had a relly sensitive stomach for that. My breast are so sore. Way more than when you are mentruating or just prior to that. They are extreamly tender. And i have a BIG tolerance when it comes to pain. Beleive me i am covered in tattoes starting from the back of my shoulder going underneath my armpit onto my ribs, to to side of my stomach, down onto my hip and bone where there is no fat, top pelvic area and oart of my thigh. My breast are sore! Not to mention they are a decent half a cup to a cup larger than normal. As big as they were before getting the abortion. At first i thought this was just anxiety since im in a difficult part of my life and a lot is going on, but then i started piecing things together and then started googling withdrawl effects from comming off the depo. Sure enough i found tons of supporting information that this is linked to the depo. It doesn’t take a scientist or a dr. to put 2 & 2 together. I just really hope this goes away soon, before finding all of these threads i was getting even more anxiety that i may be pregnant again, but had a hard time believing it could be true since i’ve only been off of it for 1 mobth now and the % of that actually being true was hard to believe which also help me to figure out was has been haooening to me. Plz god help us all that are going through this and for all future ladies that will have this happen to them.

  213. Cynthia says:

    I am on my 3rd depo shot as of Feb 2013. Out of the blue in feb a couple weeks after i got the 3rd shot i got hot flashes and nauseated and ever since then i havent been same. My symptoms come and go. Here lately i have been having nausea during the day, hot flashes, not able to sleep at all, constipation, bloated like everyday all day, brownish discharge, no period since being on this shot and just not feeling like myself… I absolutely dont wanna do anything anymore.

    I was told my body should be use to this shot by now, so when i was told that by a nurse at the clinic i go to it threw my mind for a loop… so everything i have been going through is cancer or another illness. I was completely fine until my 3rd shot. I feel as if i am pregnant (which i know i am not)or in menopause or something. The nausea is really kicking my butt during the day. i find myself chewing mint gum and it helps. It has to be this shot messing with me!!

    I am due for my shot between april 19-may 3, but honestly after reading all yalls comments i feel exactly how yall fee. i feel i am going through withdrawls just like yall, but i am currently still on it. Can my symptoms be depo related even though i am on my 3rd shot? I really need answers. I am scared to death!

    Plese email me

  214. Khellie says:

    I was on the shot for 3 years and gained 20 lbs decided to get off had my last shot in November and This is by far the worst drug I’ve ever taken! I had my first panic attack in Feb and thought I was dying these are the after affects from the shot that I had :Nausea, panic attacks, heart palpitations, nervousness, sadness, tingling (circulation), troubled breathing, major dizziness,,jitters, stiff muscles, lost 15 lbs ,, major(pressure) headaches, sleepiness, insomnia. I read up on what you could do to get the lingering Depo out of your system did a Complete Body Cleansing (DETOX) and I feel so much better! I too was put on anti-depressants which made me even worse! Anyone that wants to do Depo for birth control I recommend you read up on it before you do it!!!

  215. Khellie says:

    2 years later and I’m still experiencing side effects before and after my menstrual cycle. While on cycle stomach pain and cramps are the worst as well as anxiety and panic attacks. After cycle nausea, gas, bloating,headaches dizziness are the worst. I have seen several doctors and they all tell me that I’m fine but I’m 32 and feel like a 90 yr old woman. Currently on progesterone cream and seeing a holistic integrative medicine doctor. I pray that this doctor can at least get me half way back to normal because on the verge of giving up!

  216. Mama B says:

    I had depo for a year, was told to come off it by my doctor in December, 2012 which expired in February 2013, because i’m planning to have another baby, but i have been seeing blood continuously (it can only stop for three days and starts again). I have been feeling nipple pains, stomach pain and feel moody.

    What will i do to stop this continuous bleeding and other pains?.

    Mama ‘B’

  217. chloephyu says:

    hi ,

    i had depo injection for one year for endometrosis and my last shot was on 3rd jan 2013.

    I m taking a break now as i gained weight 5kg in one year.

    is there possible side effects after stop taking this injection?

  218. samantha says:

    i stopped taking the depo shot and my stomach has very sharp pains n i cant eat if i do i will vomitt. My back has been in constant pain

  219. Everest says:

    I’m sorry;

    but you women who have had a symptom-free experience and tell these women who have had all these symptoms that depo provera is not bad because you personally have not experienced them are being selfish in my opinion.

    I am lucky because although I have personally experienced bad withdrawal symptoms since coming off depo-provera, they haven’t been as extreme as the symptoms of some of the other ladies here.

    But ladies, whether these above mentioned symptoms have affected you and your life or not, reading about what this has done to so many other women makes me angry, and it should make you angry too!

    We are accountable for what we put into our bodies, but I would like to know exactly what percentage of women actually get online and do in-depth research before going to their gynecologist!

    I believe most of us go to our doctor with a level of trust in place, and I don’t think that’s wrong. We should be able to trust our doctors – for their sake and for ours. That’s why they spend all those years in med school – so WE don’t have to.

    Should women do research before putting something into their body? Yes.

    Should we suffer such extreme consequences if we don’t?

    Should our doctors continue to conceal this information from us or pacify us into consent in favor of their own benefits from administering it?

    How many women would consent to receive this injection if the doctors were to tell them how many secondary symptoms are actually possible?

  220. Josie says:

    I was on the Depo for about 5 years and didn’t go back for my shot at the beginning of February. My boobs are SO sore it hurts to sleep on my stomach and when I wake up in the morning I have to hold them because them hanging there when I stand up is the worst breast pain I’v ever experienced! I haven’t had a period yet but I definitely had cramps like I was going to and I felt very sick a couple of mornings. I did take two pregnancy tests to be 100% sure and no, I’m not pregnant just in misery! I am also very moody and I hate it! My boyfriend of four years noticed my mood swings before I did. I’m surprised he didn’t leave! I cry for nothing really at all! Example: He looked at me slightly funny and BAM crying. I also have had some heart pains since being on the Depo that have been really frightening and when I went in to my last Depo appointment I mentioned this and they said it might be asthma (no I don’t have asthma) and didn’t really seem to care. I did research on my own and surprise surprise the people who make the Depo were sued because it can cause heart issues. I wish I never went on it. I did absolutely no research on how it can affect your body I was just being lazy and didn’t want a period, now I’m begging for it! The Depo is not natural and destroys the way a woman’s body works naturally, so bad it could take up to a year to return to normal or longer. It’s not okay to put man made crap like that into our bodies without knowing what it does. I will never use a hormonal changing form of birth control ever again.

    • Raynie says:

      I was on the shot for a rial of 5 1/2 years. I took my first shot in 2009 and my doctor warned me that I could potentially bleed quite a bit until I am due for my second shot. She was right, I bled for 3 months straight without a break of any sort. It was pure miserable. When I took my second shot it was thought it was a magic wand and it stopped the bleeding immediately. I continued the shot, on time, until I was due for a shot in October, 2012. While on the shot from 2009- October 2012, I noticed a few side effects. One of my side effects was I would cramp like I was about to start my period, but I never bled. My periods had gone away! Another side effect I had, was HORRIBLE breast pain. My breasts were so tender and sore that I would wake myself up in the middle of the night if I accidentally rolled onto my stomach while sleeping. Also, my puppy would accidentally bump his chin on my breast when he was excited to see me and it was excruciating! In addition, I had large lumps in my breasts and my doctor thought that I may have breast cancer, as it does run in my family. I had many tests and many ultra sounds done and it came back negative to breast cancer, thank the Lord above. I did gain a little weight, but other than that life was good. Like I said before I was due for a shot in October 2012, but decided not to take it due to a tragic time. I immediately regained regular periods after I got off. I then decided to get back on the shot in January, 2013 and immediately my periods went away again. I have just recently gotten off the depo shot for the second time, and for good, due to a few reasons. I was due for a shot October 29, 2014 and the first reason I got off is I started to have a heavy period exactly 3 weeks before I was due for my shot. I was worried there was something wrong with me because I had never bled while on the shot, except for when I first started the shot. I went to my doctor and all she could say is “our bodies so weird things sometimes.” So I went back home and started researching some things about the depo shot and that’s when I learned you aren’t supposed to be on it for more than 2 or 3 years! I was in complete shock because my doctor never mentioned this to me. I was worried what damage was done to my body, if any, with me being on the shot for so long, so that’s the second reason I got off. After I got off the shot in October 2014, I didn’t have a period until December 1, 2014 and it lasted until December 12, 2014. Then, I didn’t have a period until January 25, 2015, which lasted 7 days. Since then I have had about 7 or 8 “periods”/spotting, where one of them lasted around 4 days, but the rest have lasted only one or two days or even around 12 hours. The consistency isn’t a normal period for me and it has a bunch of blood clots. I am currently on my period and I am bleeding a waterfall. My breasts and nipples are so tender and sore, and I also have extreme cramps since being off the shot. My migraines have increased and I’ve lost weight. My face has been very oily lately and I’m starting to break out more. I would never reccomend this shot to anyone. It was great while I was ON it, but since I’ve been off it, it’s been horrible.

  221. WW says:

    I had gone on Depo for a few cycles back in 2004 after having my second child. I don’t remember experiencing withdrawal symptoms but after having a terrible experience with Mirena in 2009 and a third pregnancy which had to be terminated last year, I wanted to get the Essure procedure but PP clinic told me I had to get the Depo shot to prepare my system for the procedure. I got one shot before the procedure and one after. I believe the Essure worked but I had no period for almost 6 months. I have always been irregular with my periods but had regained some normal cycle until the 2nd Depo shot. I also slowly gained about 25 lbs in about 3-4 months while still eating a decent diet and exercising regularly. I also have been very moody and in the last month or 2, have been spotting heavy 2 weeks before I get my normal flow so I basically have my period every 2 weeks. I also had a very high sex drive before the Depo and now, I have virtually none without a major change in my relationship. I am a RN and I have been able to find virtually nothing online about this withdrawal and the possible hormonal imbalance caused by Depo. There isn’t any research or information out there about all this stuff either.

  222. Kristie says:

    I was on the depo for about a year and a half and i stopped recently I was officially off this month(April 2013) and i still haven’t had my period ( not that i really want it but) i haven’t even spotted and im kinda worried….i dont think im pregnant cant be so i dont know what going on. i only got on this shot cause of my periods so….

  223. Banana says:

    I wish to thank all of the women that have posted here. It is comforting and reassuring to me, as I have been perplexed as to my strange and marked symptoms as of late. I feel blessed that I have stumbled onto a possible answer to my own current private hell. I will now attempt what I hope to be a brief story on my experience related to withdrawal as pertains to the matter at hand. I started the Depo shot in ’99 or 2000. I have never had any ill effects while actively on this medication. I have also lost my menstruation almost immediately upon introduction, and have yet to have it return, (yay & nay, it seems?). I was last due the end of Nov. ’12. It is now May ’13. I didn’t intentionally stop the control method, nor did I entirely forget. It was merely a case of some combined dawdling and self-neglect, possibly including a little lack of concern coupled with the insanity of daily life in general. I am sure that she who reads this is nodding slightly in agreement 🙂 I have now been “overdue” on my scheduled injection for almost exactly 5 months. The trouble began abruptly and obviously 9 days ago. Upon retuning home after a late morning consultation with a client, I had a small lunch, and immediately became so fatigued that I felt as though I would buckle at the knees on the way from the lunch table to the sink with my saucer and utensil. This feeling of sudden physical exhaustion was so intense and overwhelming that I was instantly immensely concerned that some terrible thing were about to jeopardize my entire healthfulness as I had just known it. This fatigue remained with me very heavily for several hours, accompanied by an unshakable heaviness of mental disorientation. Not ever much of a napper, I wondered from one chore site to the next, (at home), and then back again to the first. I was not able to concentrate. This day passed, and similar symptoms haunted me the next. Worried that I was experiencing symptoms indicative of a lack of blood sugar regulation, I decided to buy a blood glucose reader. I would subsequently use all ten test strips with absolutely no expression of insulin processes gone awry. I also quickly and subsequently developed more symptoms of illness: excessively dry eyes coupled with a feeling of slight pressure within, worsening, yet fluctuating and sporadic feelings of shear physical exhaustion, lower back pain while sleeping, tingling and actual numbness in both arms during (attempted) sleeping, regular wakings during the night, chills, noticable one-sided breast tenderness, very spontaneous mild to moderate bouts of nausea, (with or without provocation [food]), recurring mid-day mild headaches, a very bizaare mild to moderate feeling of strangulation, (feels as though a rubber band is around my thyroid and is tightened just a bit every now and then), marked alcohol intolerance, and lastly, a slight speech interference type phenomenon; not to mention what I believe to be consequential depression and exacerbated stress due to the preceeding list of horrid ailments. So, as you can imagine, with such strange symptoms, and a completely acute onset of all of them, I have become, over a one week period, just a tad bit more inclined toward an entirely unreasonable, overly-emotional, psychotic, paranoid, (probably scary), unpredictable, and generally miserable to accompany, zombie-ish like person, than I was just previously 🙂 I have googled, and now researched rather extensively every gland in the homo sapien that has information available for free on the world-wide web; I have dusted off the old medical dictionary and have been feverishly looking up medical jargon that I either don’t know or have long since forgotten. I still feel so insanely exhasted that I lose track of mental objectives very quickly. My most constant symptoms are severe fatique, dry eyes, and a mental fogginess, which really aren’t synonymous with what I been reading about Depo withdrawal, but I do think that I might be having delayed premenopausal hormonal activity. (I forgot to say – btw, I am 34 years old.) I have just given blood for 2 panels: thyroid and adrenal cortisol am and pm. I have started a journal log. I have started taking iron, and reinstated daily supplements of D3 w/ iodine. All of these things I’ve done for a minimum of 6 days now, with no conclusive, nor definitive results. I suppose that I have rambled on now to make this intended short story quite long for all to read. I offer my sincere apologies to you. Please let me conclude with this – may God bless us all for reaching out to one another with our woes. I was inspired to write this short script to detail my own mess only because I was so touched to have found other’s stories of similar circumstances; women kind enough to take the time to try to help one another. I also wanted to post to be one in the many voices to express outrage about the undeniable fact that this drug carries with it a most powerful consequence to wreck havok upon the female human body. I sincerely have no doubt that some, if not most, of these withdrawal symptoms were very much realized by clinicians during or just post trial treatments. This drug has been around for far too long for these effects to be “unknown” to the medical profession. Perhaps together, as we keep speaking about our own experiences to each other and those who will listen, changes can come about on this matter so that some may be spared such sickness and sadness. As for me, I will have yet more blood drawn tomorrow for a full spectrum hormone panel, as well as an overall health screening. After I have the blood drawn, I plan to schedule another Depo Provera injection. That will tell me with certainty if my debilitating symptoms are directly related to withdrawal from this medication or not. My greatest hope is that they are, so as to not be something life-threatening. If I am right, then I will have a female hormone panel calculation at 5 months removed from medication. This should tell me a lot. I will take it to an endocrinologist, preferably one with some side specialty of, or interest in gynecology. I will post back when and if I muster something of substance which might make for use in casual conversation or that of a more profound nature. My prayers go out to all who are suffering, those who have, and those who will. Thank you for posting your stories. I hope that mine will perhaps help someone, too. Please keep your faith, stay strong, and keep this story going by sharing your experiences.

  224. kelly says:

    i am of the injection the 24 of april 2013. i only took one shot in january i dont return because for the first thre week no bleeding then up until now bleeding and nausea and a little cramps or the only side effect . i stop because i hatew to bleed when willl i become normal

  225. kelly says:

    the main reason i take the shot is because i heard you will gain wait and i wants to gain wait because am 22 weighing 95pound. now i ave no problem eing period but it getting annoying now AM Bbleeding too long not knowing when thiswill stop am also considering going to the doctor if it dont stop in two eeks cause am off can anyone tell me when it will stop so sick of it

  226. Aliceson says:

    I was supposed to take my last depo in december. But my husband and I wanted a baby so I did not take the shot. Its almost 6 months now and last couple of weeks I am expierence that my breast is getting bigger and extreme tenderness as well as my nipples and its getting browner. I am light skin. My periods is back. But only for 4 days. Its so frastrating because it seems so hard for me to get pregnant. I was on the depo for 6 years. I will never take the depo ever again.

  227. Diana says:

    My last shot was in Feb. 2013. Had been on it since 1995, so 18 years. Never had a period on it, just slight bleeding near when I was due again. No plans for children and my husband finally had a vasectomy in December 2012. The shot didn’t seem to be working as well, some issues the last year or so, doctors said it was because I was getting older. So, with no plans for children, the vascectomy and quitting birth control for my health seemed like the best thing to do. Am having irregular bleeding, but I think that comes with the territory. We’ll see how it goes. Am hoping it helps me loose more weight. I lost 65 lbs recently while still on the shot, so fingers are crossed. I am assuming I will have some issues, considering I have been on it so long. Have been really tired lately, but that could be for so many other reasons. I always had regular, no issue periods as a teenager, so I am hoping my body recovers easilly, but I think it will take some time considering.

  228. My wife used injections for family planning for seven months a go, and now she keep on bleeding every day. I’m in refugees camp in Kenya. your help on which types of medicine can I use so that the blood may stop. regard.

  229. Antonia says:

    im 17 and have been on the depo for a year, the first 2 were fine, but recently, ive been getting nausea, bloating, migranes (worse than before as had them since young) ive been getting so amny symptoms its putting me out of college, im worried to come off of it because if these are withdrawl symptoms, im already getting them, I don’t know what toi do! :s

  230. Commenters to this post may find of value an article I wrote for re:Cycling, the blog of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. It is an interview with endocrinologist Dr. Jerilynn Prior from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. She runs the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research.

    This article explains the effects of Depo-Provera both while using the drug, and after stopping the drug. It offers explanations to the adverse effects many women are experiencing and suggestions to help restore menstrual cycle balance post-Depo.

    Here’s the link:

  231. arlene says:

    I ve decided 2 get off depo after 10 years on n off. Am 32 now. Having all the same symptoms, very angry at health care providers that dont tell u this upfront. I almost felt like going back on it to reduce the severe symptons. Breast cups went up 2 sizes in one 1 week even wow.They seem to try to push it more when I am back I dont understand why. Yes depo was great for me while i was on it noo problems as bc pills gave me nausea.. but now i do see how bad the effects. I ve noticed my bones n joints crackd alot make those noises but now that ive quit thats all gone. Am goin in to a bone density test soon. Depo is certainly evil, would nver recomend to anyone.

  232. Megs says:

    I was on the depo injection for nearly 3 years. I have been off of it for 4 months now. I have had extreme breast and nipple tenderness and swelling, nausea. And I am unsure if it is related but I have gained 10 pounds. My period still has not come back yet. If you are considering taking the injection, I will warn you not to. This really messes up your body.

  233. Nesha says:

    Hi, I was on depo for 4 years, and I recently been off of it for 3 months now reasons for coming off of it was serious weight gain and my metabolism just dropped altogether. Now, since being off of it I have been experiencing mood changes, fatigue, nauseous, abdominal pain. Now the thing that bugs me is every morning I would have a white heavy discharge, no scent or nothing clear sometimes very elastic in feeling. Oh and I also feel very tired all the time. So give me about 3 more months and I’ll see how it goes.

  234. Katrina says:

    I was on the depo shot for 9 months I chose not to get my next injection due to constant spotting during my last shot as soon as it ended and I was due to take my next shot the spotting stopped all together I’ve been off it now for 2 months and still haven’t gotten my period yet my breast are extremely painful and have been for the last month I would not suggest the depo shot to anyone!!!

  235. ash says:

    i have been on depo since i was 13yr and just came off recently. now 20. been off for a month and havnt had side effects yet. though increasing in back pain and tiredness. increased in weight gain even though life style hasnt changed overly. when i started on depo, i had acne increase and gained 10kg. (becoming 60kg) since then till now i had slight weight changes of only 2-3kg diffrence. since ive comeoff ive gained 5kg already and loss in muscel tone ( naturally have muscle). ive always had a strong bone structure and hardly if no pain or any sort. do have worries about when i can be fertial due to duration of depo, as i started 1yr after first period.

  236. ash says:

    * i am also sensitve to estro drugs. and depo was only controceptive that worked for me. sopt bleeding for first 3 months and no bleeding after then. when i was due for nxt jab id hav bleeding also

  237. Josie says:

    I am currently on the Depo injection and I have been having really bad side effects, my back has been hurting for the past month none stop, my body keeps playing up (Belly has gone hard for some unknown reason, I’m not pregnant I took a test), I can’t sleep because of the pain, I get really bad sharp pains in my head and it feels like someone is stabbing me all the time, I want to find a way to stop it, has anyone got any ideas?

  238. bre says:

    when I first got on the depo provera shot I was 16 yrs old and had just an abortion 2 months before. every since I got on the shot I haven’t had a period and its been 4 years that I’ve been on the shot. I wasn’t on time for every single shot sometimes I was months late or weeks late but I never gotten pregnant. throughout this time I’ve experienced spotting and bleeding during intercourse. The only time it seem as though I would have a period is if im having intercourse and when we’re done the bleeding of course this started to bother me so I went back to my doctor and he prescribed progesterone to regulate my hormones so I took them and the bleeding still occurred but later stopped after 2 weeks .this happened 2 times to me within 2 different years. My breast are always sore also. But I’ve been off the shot since October 2012 and I think im having withdrawal symptoms june 21st I started to have really severe cramps ,I would shout everytime I feel a cramp because it hurt that bad this happened from the 21st -27th (7days).I thought it was my menstrual trying to come down but I never seen any blood. On the 28 the cramps were so severe so I wanted to go sit on the toilet ,I checked my panties and found a quarter size of blood.So I later used a tampon and blood was on the top half only, same thing as today ,im hoping its my period and not spotting ,but the blood is red and usually when I spot its a reddish brownish color so im hoping my body is back to normal

  239. becci says:

    I have been off my injection for 6months an have now been bleeding heavy for four weeks feeling tiered, tearful, back leg an neck ache! Headaches the list is endless NEVER agai will i have this form of contraception!!!!

  240. Sarah says:

    I had a Depo shot when I was in my teens, I suffered depression while on it but was unsure if it had been that or cannabis use. I’m now 32 and have decided to try again and no longer smoke cannabis.

    The first few weeks were fine and then I started to have dark blood which has slowly become a lighter color its more than a little spotting seems to get lighter and come back. I have shooting pains in my head which I usually get before I have a period, now they are happening more frequently . I have a dull headache and my sleeping patterns are messy, slight confusion, mood swings feeling low especially in the morning. My stomach feels bloated and I crave food more, especially sugar. I haven’t been on it more than a month yet and already know that I wont be getting it again.

    I feel rubbish but I’m coping with the low feelings well so back on the mini pill in September.

  241. charity says:

    I’m 19,took the shot twice and stop because of the side effect… I would bleed for more than a month and have non stop spotting, I was scared I’d become infertile, I also had uncomfortable lower abdominal pain and chest pains and had no sex drive. Acne was huge problem, ever since I’ve stopped I’ve been having chest pains but the acne has stopped, I’m constantly moody which makes me seem like I have bi-polar because I’d be fine one moment and moody the next, my periods have normalized yet, I don’t recommend this great at preventing unwanted pregancies but messes up you hormones

  242. Cynthia says:

    I’ve been off the depo for about 2 months now. I have been having really bad side effects such as nausea, no period, a lot of discharge, and my anxiety seems to be calming down some. Some days I am fine, but then dome days I feel really bad with the nausea. I also have dome dizziness as well. I am assuming the shot is still in my system, and my body is trying to get use to not having all those hormones injected in my body. I cramp every now and then too as if I’m going to start my period. I haven’t had a period since being on the depo. I had 3 shots, and after getting the 3 injection that’s when my hell started! Now, I’m off I do see changes as far as no night sweats, no hot flashes, I am able to have a regular bowel movement, and sleep a lot better. Oh, since being off depo I seem to get tired a lot during the day like I have to take a nap!! I also get mild headaches, and I have weird dreams lol! I just want to make sure I list all my symptoms for another womanwho is going through what we all are going through! It isn’t a game! It’s scary and not a way to live. You have to buy or find things to ease pain and discomfort everyday gets old! Oh, also since being off the depo shot my hair on my legs or under arms doesn’t grow back as fast lol! I was getting a few chin hairs that I had to pluck, but now I don’t get any!

    I was curios to know when you ladies got your period back? I thought I’d never say this, but I wish my period would start! LOL! At least I know that the depo is leaving my system! Ugh! Ladies, hang in there and everything will be alright!!! God Bless!

  243. Cynthia says:

    Oh, forgot lol that my face is very very oily all day everyday since being off the depo a long with some pimples on my face. I have to use bar soap and clearsil wipes in order for it to somewhat go away. Sometimes I feel hot off and on, but it isn’t an all day kind of thing. I just noticed my temperature off and on. Also some foods don’t agree with me, or I will get an upset stomach. It’s been horrible since this depo shot. I learned a lesson. I will not get on this shot ever again.

    If any of you ladies want to talk y’all can email mez_officer4053 at yahoo dot com

  244. Alexis says:

    Hello ladies. I have used the shot for the last 4 years and I had no idea that everyone else struggled with the same symptoms as me or that it was even related to birth control. I have decided to stop depo and received my last shot April 2013. My biggest concern has been weight gain… I was 5’6″. 125 and I am currently 160. I am stopping in hopes I can drop the weight gained from the shot. I am in the military so I work out 5 days a weeks mostly cardio and I have scrolled through quite a bit and I am looking for advice opinions stories anything related to your wieght after stopping depo. I have been ALL over the Internet and have not found any solid answer so I am hoping you all can give me your stories. I have noticed my sex drive is back and I am little moody sore breasts a lot of discharge and soreness in my back and neck. In addition I have also noticed I feel less bloated and my appetite isn’t nearly as bad as I was these past few months. I was always hungry and even when I was packed full of food and probably couldn’t fit another bite I was STILL hungry. That is gone now and I eat half the amount and less frequently as I was before. Anyone have any information to help me? I feel a little low in motivation and hope for this weight issue.

  245. Cynthia says:

    ALEXIS- I really didn’t gain any weight on the shot because I was always nauseated, haha. When I did have an appetite I craved all kinds of stuff and a lot junk food. Now, that I am off the shot for 2 months now my appetite picked up and I felt as if I was gaining weight, so I started working out and eating healthy. In lost a lot of weight. I eat a lot of foods with protein because protein burns fat and etc. I also drink protein shakes 30 mins before a workout. Exercise worked for me I was 220 back in May of 2013 and I’m not 155lbs. The 2 months I been off the shot I started my diet back and lost 10 plus pounds that set me to 155. It was hard because all I wanted to eat was junk food. When I go to the store I get a lot of fruit, chicken, veggies, eggs and tuna. Honestly, now my appetite comes and goes especially when I get nauseated. Hang in there Alexis. Email me if ya have any questions

  246. Amy says:

    I had my first depo in February and my 2nd in april and have bled more days than not. I did not go back for my next one due July 11th. I have been experiencing severe bleeding and clotting for 8 days. I have become weak lightheaded and my heart races every time I stand up. I went to the dr on day 6 and told this is normal and she talked me into mirena but said to expect at least 3 more weeks of heavy bleeding. I knew I couldn’t physically take 3 more weeks. Upon hours of research I found that taking 800mg 3 times a day of ibuprofen would slow the bleeding. I tried this today and am shocked that my bleeding has decreased by probably 75% and no clotting at all after just a couple of hours. I wish someone had told me this before I got to the point of feeling like I couldn’t get out of bed! I will never suggest depo to anyone!

  247. Alison says:

    Ladies, my final injection was nearly nine months ago. I haven’t suffered any side effects or withdrawal symptoms other than not having had a period yet. How long should I leave it before making an appointment to see my doctor?

  248. Cynthia says:

    I just wanted to pop back here and make sure I listed all my symptoms I been having since getting OFF depo. I been off for almost 3 months. I did get my period back July 24, so I did not have to wait too long for that. It was not heavy. I only seen blood when I used the bathroom and wiped. It wasn’t a lot of blood to leak on a pad. The symptoms I’ve been having is HORRIBLE nausea off and on throughout the day and sometimes seems bad at night or seems bad in the mornings (weird), very oily skin like my face around my nose and forehead, hard to fall asleep (sometimes it’s hard to fall asleep because I’m so nauseated), mood swings (yelling at my kid over simple things which I never done before) just being rude not caring what I say to people, acne (pimples that hurt bad), I had a lot of weird discharge before my period came (I still get it off and now even though my period stopped), I gave floaters I see a lot which are annoying, some diarrhea, loss of appetite, and dizziness. I sometimes feel as though something is truly wrong with me because I’ve never been through none of this until getting that depo shot and coming off it. It’s really scary! I have no aches or pains… Honestly, I can handle everything else, but I cannot deal with this horrible nausea!!! It really sucks because I cannot do anything anymore. Does any other woman coming off the depo have horrible nausea?

    Email me

  249. Alexis says:

    Hi again,

    Wanted to pop in again and say how things have been going. It is a few weeks past the 3 month mark of my last shot and I am feeling better in some aspects and worse in others. Keep in mind to those seeking weight loss help I have been working out 2x a day now and calorie counting. Eating lots of fruits veggies and high protein food and drinking strictly water. No soda or sugary juices not even Gatorade after workout. I occasionally will have a low cal protein shake after a tough cardio morning session but even then I consider that a treat! It sucks at times but it is so worth it i feel a lot better. I just think is ten minutes eating a juicy burger and enjoying it with guilt afterward worth it or are the results I’m going to have in a few months of hard work and loving my body worth it? Also while it may or may not be true I feel like excersise is helping remove the bad depo from my body. I was on for about 3 years total.

    The good:

    – sex drive is back

    – feel lighter have lost 1.5 lbs

    – had dark brown spotting for 8 days when I was due for my shot and now a few weeks later have gotten a regular period it seems not heavy bleeding but normal red color.

    – hair feels softer not sure if related to this

    The Bad:

    – my boobs are SORE! Running is hard even with a heavy duty bra

    – servere cramping for about a week when I had the initial dark brown bleeding

    – discharge has almost stopped occasionally It shows up not like it was initially

    – snappy attitude at times but never lasts long

    If anyone has question or just needs to talk please email me.

  250. erlinda lopez says:

    I am 25 years old and i’m using depo for almst 1 and half years…my husband is in abroad now so I stop taking problem is I’m bleeding to much after i stop every other week and it is too heavy..i dont feel anything wrong in my body no pain..but my concerned is i bled a lot every other it normal

  251. Tiffiny says:

    Hi there, I was put on depo when I was 17 by my doctor due to heavy bleeding and cutting costs for university I am now 25. I am getting married in October this year and am due for my next injection on the 25th of October this year and I was planning on not getting it as we were hoping to have childeren in the next couple of years (as it can take up to 2 years). I have been taking it the whole time with no breaks because I was told by my family doctor (who I have seen since birth) that there weren’t any serious side effects, and I trusted his advise. The only thing he said could happen is weight gain, which was fine its takes a long time to lose even with a diet plan but I did not know about the bone density or other side effects until I started researching how long it could take to concieve. So thank you very much for taking the time to blog your experiences so now I have somewhere to look if I come off the injection and feel any of the side effects that have been outlined and know that I am not alone. Thanks 🙂

  252. Erica Lynn says:

    I was on the Depo shot for a year and a half before I actually missed my scheduled injection back in March of this year. This wasn’t the first time I have had to restart my injections because I’ve missed an appointment for my shot. The first time, my period returned fairly quickly and I suffered a mild depressive phase. (I was only on it for three months at this point)

    Sadly, within the past month I’ve been experiencing painful headaches, I can’t sleep even when I’ve worked a long day of work, extreme anxiety, and most recently a bumpy rash covering my stomach, breasts, shoulders, and back. My first assumption was that I was pregnant since I was experiencing a lot of the symptoms doctors would conclude to pregnancy. But that seemed so far fetched to me because I’m always very careful, and use contraceptives every time. I’ve taken 3 store bought pregnancy tests, all came back negative.

    I’m still not 100% sure the Depo shot is this cause to all of my symptoms but after reading on it, and everyone else’s experience, this is the only logical self diagnosis I can come up with. If the shot is the cause, my advice would be to get off this as soon as possible, in my case, it is causing a lot of physical and emotional issues in my life with myself and others.

  253. Liss says:

    I have been on Depo for 2 1/2 years and a month before my most recent shot i started bleeding everyday, have serious cramps, feeling weak and nauseous so i decided not to go for the shot and it has been 3 months now since i’m bleeding and i don’t know what to do it’s really starting to frustrate me i need some advice.

  254. la'bere says:

    I am very glad that I came to this site needless to say I agree with a lot of what I just read I have been off of depo for about 8 months I was on it for 3 yrs and decide to quit after getting one of the worst headaches of my life while alone at work I was terrified thinking of the worst because I had regular headaches on depo but not like this one I have been suffering with terrible nausua, fast weight loss, dizzy spells, bad cramps in my lower abs and feeling extra tired but can’t sleep.I also have been so irritable and easy to cry. This is driving me insane I went to the dr. Recently only to leave with out answers these dr.’s don’t want to take the time to listen and check thoroughly on women these days and that really set me off I was in tears in my car at the dr.’s office feeling alone. These articles helped me more then anything or any dr did. The depo stopped my periods immediately when i got my first shot and i still haven’t seen my period yet. This is baffling to me. Thank u brave ladies who told your story I feel a lot better just knowing I’m not alone in this struggle I’m am still nausea and tired to this day but I’m going to try and eat right, exersize and keep pushing I just hope this goes away soon. God Bless.:-)

  255. Nicole says:

    I thought I might have already left a comment.. I’m leaving them on every forum I can find. Withdrawal symptoms hit one month past the due date for the next shot. The worst part is, I was on depo for 9yrs and in all that time I had all sorts of health problems. Doctors never made the connection and so neither did I. It wasn’t until recently that I could make the connection.. after eliminating every possibility and depo being the only common denominator. My problems are far too many to list. But from other reading I have done, it is clear to me that depo killed my gallbladder. This was 2-3 yrs in using depo. Basically my body hates me, as multiple systems have gone awry. And now since stopping, a whole other set of symptoms have flattened me. Looking back, it all makes sense. Even my doctors were starting to become baffled at all my symptoms- because they crossed a variety of systems.. and it makes sense that depo f*ed up my entire body. I majorly overhauled my health and the depo shot was the last thing to go, my last step to purifying my body. That’s how I was able to make the connection finally. So on top of things like major digestive problems, trouble sleeping, thinning and dry hair, constant bloating, acid reflux, malnutrition, wicked dry skin, fatigue.. stopping depo has added depression, anxiety, itchiness, no sex drive, bad cramping, really bad bloating, food cravings, severe mood swings, headaches, nausea, dry heaves, hot flashes… I feel like I am losing my fricking mind.

    When is enough enough? How is this stuff still on the market and how have they not done more research on this poison? I do have faith my body will heal but I have to wonder how much of myself and my mind I am going to lose before that happens. GRRR.. this stuff is evil!!!!

  256. Sarah says:

    So, I have been off of Depo-Provera for about 7 months and have gotten my period regularly. My only complaint is that my breasts are killing me. I can’t lay on my stomach and the pain only stops when I am menstruating. They have also grown a full size since I have been off of it.

  257. Becky says:

    I was on depo for about 8 years with none of the side effects that I had heard about, I wasn’t moody, I lost weight, no periods or spotting. I was always worried about long term side effects since it was a relatively new drug at the time and asked my doctor/nurses just about every shot about the long term effects, always to be reassured it was perfectly safe. I started doing my own research and learned the truth about the effects of Depo. (I know, I should have done my own research earlier on, but I only recently learned that you can’t blindly trust the advice of doctors) I have been off Depo for about 1.5 months and just started getting some pretty severe symptoms. It started with fatigue and increased sleeping problems ranging from insomnia to the inability to stay asleep, then progressed to extreme moodiness, anxiety and depression. In the last week it has gotten so bad that I break out into sobbing fits for no reason that last for hours at a time. (before this week, I have never really been a very emotional person and hardly ever cried) I have also gained about 12 pounds in the last month (despite a very clean diet) and have had pretty much constant breast pain. I have also been getting muscle spasms in my upper rib area/lower chest which I was told was from dehydration/low electrolytes, which I am not sure is related or just circumstance that it happened the same time I started experiencing the other symptoms. While there is some responsibility on the consumer, we are taught to trust in the doctors we hire to give us all the facts regarding what we take, unfortunately not everyone knows to question everything and do your own research. Now that my tangent is over…. (haha) Does anyone know how long to expect these symptoms and if anything will help alleviate them? I am glad that I found this forum as I was starting to think that I was going crazy!!

  258. Ericka says:

    I posted on here earlier this year and just wanted to give an update. I took ONE shot last year in Aug. 2012 and I was due for another shot Nov.2012. While on the shot I hade night sweats, couldn’t sleep, uneasy feeling, tingling in my hands, anxiety attacks, period last the whole time on the shot, spotting, bacteria infection maybe from all the spotting. Brown discharge awful smell. Once the shot went out around Thanksgiving of 2012 I had the worst stomach ache and loose bowel movement I thought it was from the devil eggs I stuffed my face with. Little did I know that’s when my life would go down hill. After that I had so many stomach problems. Acid reflux, lost 15 pounds and I’m already a small women. I have weird stomach pains and I don’t eat like I use to at all. Some days I’m hungry other days I’m not. I went back and forth to the ER so many times for dehydration and feeling weak. I had the shakes and the whole situation was so scary. I had depression to the point where I couldn’t even get out the bed. I had nightmares bad feelings of not wanting to live anymore. I was going crazy. All this from only one shot. Aug.2013 made a whole year since I took the one shot and I can say things have gotten better but I still have stomach problems at times. I can say my period have returned right away but they don’t come the same time every month. Before my period Im a crying mess and after my period Im a mess. I basically cry all the time. I have come a long way and the only thing that has helped me is PRAYER and time. This shot will really take a toll on your body maybe not while your on it but coming off of this drug will really mess your body up. I pray for everyone who has had trouble with this shot. If anyone has questions or wants to share their story with me my email is God bless

  259. Bmac says:

    Hi im just wonder when do your bodys become completely back to normal? I have gad the woest side afdect anyone could have coming off the depo that started in june and its now almost oct.I just want to be back to normal !!!!! And I only took one shot !?

  260. Ashley says:

    I started taking depo when i was only 17 years old because my doctor told me that it would just stop my periods all together because i was irregular and they would just come when they wanted to… I only took 2 shots of the depo and didnt go for my 3rd so a couple weeks after the due date for my next needle i was in a crazy amount of pain, i felt like i was going to be sick (but luckly didnt) and i had to go to the hospital to see what was wrong with me and the doctor told me that my body was fighting to make me have a period….. I extremely regret taking the depo, it really messes up your reproductive system and should NOT be on the market. My fiance and i are trying for a baby and its so hard.. So if you think you want children within the next year or so after taking it DONT because the more you try the more depressed you will get..

  261. Gyasi says:

    I was on depo for 10 years starting when I was 16. Thinking of the future, and health I decided to stop depo (and not go on any other type if birth control. I got my last shot October 2012. One year later I have yet to get my period and have gone through terrible withdrawal. For the first 3 months (after the October 3 month shot ran out), I started experiencing terrible nausea which lasted about 3 months. In addition my breasts were extremely tender. After that, and since, I have experienced acne, bacne and my skin has seemed to age. When I went to my doctor about the nausea they said it was due to the spikes of hormones in my body that was causing it. They also mentioned that since my body was reacting to going off BC this way that I can expect to have morning sickness when I get pregnant.

    To summarize: no period to date, extreme nausea, all sorts of skin eruptions.

  262. Jessica says:

    I was on the depo shot for almost two years and I never planned on stop taking it any time soon cause I’m only 17 and I didn’t want to get pregnant and this birth control did prevent pregnancy for me obviously. The first few months was just a non stop period, so I asked my doctor and they said it was normal so I thought okay whatever. So the periods finally stopped and then I didn’t have one again since then for being on it the two years. I did have side effects in the time that I was on it like being so moody and emotional about things I would have never cried about. Like people thought I was so ridiculous and a drama queen cause of the things I would cry about. But since I’ve stopped taken it about a month a half ago, I have had one period which came about a week after I was supposed to get my shot. Since then I have had unprotected sex, yeah call me stupid whatever you want to, but the side effects I’ve been having have led me to believe that I was pregnant. So I searched the internet and I came across this website and you ladies are having the same side effects I am since getting off of it. My boobs are so tender and sore. I have had a continuous headache. I feel nauseous, but mostly at night. I’m dizzy a lot and have had stomach pains that I’ve never had before in my life. I’m still not certain that I am pregnant or not but reading your comments has given me hope that I may not be, it might just be the side effects of this shot! I don’t want a baby right now and this shot worked very well to prevent that, but I don’t think I will be getting back on this shot.

  263. Gemma says:

    I started depo January this year and loved it at first, the only side effect I noticed during the first shot was being really bloated constantly but thought I could put up with that, at that point I loved not having a period and being protected from getting pregnant. I had another shot and was fine. The problems started as soon as I got my third shot in June, I suddenly started getting really bad anxiety attacks, heart palpitations and chest pains, I felt extremely exhausted to the point I couldn’t move off the sofa at times (which is no good as I have 2 young children), I felt really weak, jittery, depressed, no sex drive and vaginally dryness (sorry TMI!). I spoke to my doctor, had an ECG because of chest pains and all came back ok so I spoke to my doctor to ask if all this could be from the depo and she said it very well could be! I am disgusted that doctors don’t tell you all the side effects when going on this drug. It has turned me into a complete nervous wreck and a complete different person. I was due another shot end of September but decided not to have it. I was ok for a few weeks, symptoms seem to calm down a little but over the last week all the above symptoms are back with full force! I’m guessing this is the withdrawal bit, it’s horrendous. I am having really bad anxiety, panic attacks, chest pains and extreme exhaustion. I can safely say I would NEVER get this shot again, I cannot wait for it to be completely out of my system, I want to feel normal again 🙁

  264. refiloe says:

    I am 23 and have been on the Noristerat for almost ten years. My fiance and I want to start our own family, so i was wondering if i can get advise on how do i stop injecting myself and what are the side effects of stopping the injection. also i would like to know how long will it take me to fall pregnant after i stop injecting myself with Noristerat?

  265. Cynthia says:

    I’m back just to keep it up to date… I had 3 shots. My last was givin in Feb. May 3 was my last day to go in and get the 4th one. I didn’t go. I’ve been off for 6 months and still feel horrible with really bad anxiety, hot flashes, nausea, pimple outbreaks, insomnia, aches and pains, weight loss, an appetite that comes and goes, sore breast off and on my period, brown spotting bedore period is about to start, and when my period stops flowing I still get blood spotting for a few days. I have never had all this happen until the depo shot. Inalso started to feel this weird burning sensation in my right foot under my skin. I’ve never experienced that… of course i googled and read it could be diabtetes. Ugh… i have to stop googling. Has anyone else experienced that? If you need to talk please feel free to email me any time:

  266. Colisha says:

    Ok I was on depo for about a year and I been off it for over a year I haven’t hardly had any periods still I recently had one period and it didn’t last long at all but now I’m in so much pain in my left side lower back after I urinate it feels tingly I has very sore breast