(Closed) Depo issues (Possibly TMI)

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
Member
2974 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i was on depo for about 1.5-2 years and hated it. i went on it because i was having such awful periods, so my doctor put me on depo with expectation that it would stop my period altogether.

like you, my first 2 months were fine. it was glorious not having a period. then i started having a lot of irregular bleeding and slight cramping. i mentioned it at my next appointment and i was told to just wait and see how my body reacted to the next shot. nothing really changed. i still had cramps and i still had a lot of irregular bleeding- sometimes it was very light, sometimes it was like a full on period. it would last for a few days, then go away for a day, then come back for a week, stop for a few days, come back for 3 weeks. it was so annoying. i felt like i was ALWAYS on my period and i had to have a pad or tampon with me at all times because it was so unpredictable.

my doctor kept saying, give it time, give it time….but i got tired of it and stopped getting it. i think maybe my body just doesn’t like being told not to have a period. i was on seasonique briefly (where you get your period every 3 months) and i had the same experience i had with depo.

Post # 5
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7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Some DR’s will prescribe you a BC pill ( it helps stop the bleeding) to take with your depo as when it starts to fade off things get more and more spotty. Plus, its only been one shot, so you have a while until things “adjust”. I think at the end of the day its up to you! Hopefully you can speak with your DR soon!

Post # 6
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1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I was on it for 7 yrs and never had any breakthrough bleeding or spotting. I’d try to get in with someone sooner rather than later at least to have it documented and get a professional opinion. What about a walk in clinic?

Post # 8
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1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I was on Depo for 4 years. It was wonderful until the last year, then I would get super heavy, long periods with lots of clotting. After bleeding for 3 weeks I would just feel dead tired, then 2 weeks later, it would start up again. Bleeding for 3 out of 5 weeks was not fun! Plus it almost defeated the purpose for me (I was on Depo just as birth control because I suck at remembering to take pills, when you’re bleeding for 3 weeks then are dead tired for 2 weeks after, you don’t have sex at all!)

Post # 9
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2974 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i forgot to mention, while i was on depo i started getting really bad cystic acne and my dermatologist said the depo probably had something to do with it. so yeah, another reason why i will never go back on depo.

Post # 10
Hostess
18623 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m not sure I would get the Depo shot every 2 weeks, that really makes me worry about the side effects like bone problems.  Have you tried any other BC?  I have endometriosis and have been able to control it with the pill or ring used continually so I don’t take period breaks.

You need to find another doctor that will help you with your options instead of just writing a script and not talking to you.  There are a lot of choices out there!

Post # 11
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1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I was on depo AND remained on my BC pill to prevent any spotting (microgynon if you are interested). It worked with regards to preventing ANY spotting (I got no periods, nothing over the span of three months)

However, I hated the weight gain and the drop in sex drive… Which is why I never ever took another dose again.

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