Experience quitting Depo shot

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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2052 posts
Buzzing bee

I am still on depo myself, but when my sister went off it she had basically a heavy flow period for about 6 weeks.

I have heard of people getting on a low dose birth control pill for a short time after stopping depo just to help regulate their period again

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

I was on Depo and had all of the negative side effects that you’re mentioning. It was horrendous and I’m actually shocked that so many doctors still recommend it, as there have been so many complaints (that I’ve heard, at least) about what it’s like while you’re on it and coming off.

I switched to the Nuva Ring as soon as my Depo shot had run its course and I love it. It’s a very, very effective method of birth control as long as you remember to remove and insert the ring correctly. The good thing is you only have to worry about it 2x a month, which is so much better (IMO) than the pill. 🙂 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

I took Depo for about 6 years (and didn’t have any period nor spotting for 6 years), so the first period I had after getting off the shots was not heavy, but these had to be the most insane cramps I had ever suffered. Aside from that, I also progressively started having adult acne over the next few months (because I went off hormonal BCs as a whole, now I have a copper IUD and I wouldn’t go back to hormones).

On a positive note, I lost all the weight I had put on while on Depo (about 20-25 pounds), went back on my natural cycle (yay, sex drive !), didn’t have heavy headaches, bloating and belly pain all the time anymore. I feel healthy, while on Depo I felt sick all the time. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Tigerlilybride:  I stopped the depo after 4 shots (so, a year on it) and did not experience and of the symptoms your describing from coming off of it. It did take 6 months for my period to come back… But no headaches, crazy bleeding… 

You might wanna call your doctor

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