Post # 1
I’ve had issues with frequent ovarian cysts lately, to the point I had 2 surgically drained last year. I’m having issues with another one, and so far I’ve been on 5 kinds of birth control pills, none have helped in the least. I asked my doctor about trying the Depo shot to see if it could help. She will not give me and IUD until I’ve had a child of my own, which I don’t plan on for quite a while. I’m only 20 years old. Have any of you had issues with the Depo shot? Is it worth doing long term?
Post # 3
@snickerdoodles: I did the depo shot for just over 6 months and put on 30 pounds- even with me working out and eating better. Honestly I wish I never did it because now I have all this weight to lose that I really didn’t do anything to put it on. My cousin is a nurse and suggested that I do the arm implant thing, not sure exactly what that is. Personally though I’ve had an awful experience.
Post # 4
I was on depo for about a year, and I personally didn’t like it because it gave me very irregular periods, however I know of several people who love it, and who don’t get any negative side effects at all on it. Conversely, I currently have the Jadelle implant which I love, but many people get it taken out early due to not liking what it does to their periods. So basically it’s a matter of finding out what works for your body. You may be one of the people who love depo, or you may be one of the people who hate it – I would give it a go, and see what you think.
Post # 5
@snickerdoodles: I have been on the Depo shot for almost 4 years now and I love it. I have PCOS and endometriosis and this has been the only thing that has helped. I haven’t gained weight, although I did experience a small lull in my sex drive after my first shot, but that subsided. Other than that, no negative side effects at all and I really like not having a period.
Post # 6
@Katie918: +1 on the weight issues
@snickerdoodles: Stay away from depo! I used it over 10 years ago during college and to this day, regret it. Not only did I gain a ton of weight on it, it messed up my cycles. While my cycles are back to normal, I feel it destroyed my metabolism for life. I went from being a size 2-4 in my late teens/early 20s to having to work hard just to fit into a size 8. Bad news, and I warn everyone about it, b/c doctors have no problem prescribing it.
Post # 7
My parents are a doctor and a nurse and told me to stay the heck away from the depo shot. I guess they’ve seen a lot of people gain a ton of weight, or end up quite sick from it. And there’s really nothing you can do about it for 3 months.
Post # 8
I am on the depo now and love it. I havent had any of the negative experiences that many have had and I’ve been on it for quite a while. I have heard though that concieving after getting off of the shot can be difficult. However, one of my friends got pregnant (unintentionally) just 5 months after getting off of it.
I would recommend it. But like I said, I have never had any of the negative side effects.
Post # 9
The Depo shot has been amazing for me, I’ve probably been on it for over 6 years now. Love it. However, a lot of people have a hard time with it. My personal (unsolicited, I know, sorry) opinion is that if your doc won’t even consider an IUD for you, you need to look for another doc. It’s not permanent at all, and if you’re only 20, you would be getting it removed when you’re 25, which seems like a perfectly reasonable child-bearing age. It’s not like you would miss your prime reproductive opportunity. Bottom line, I think your doc is out of line to deny you this potential treatment.
Post # 10
Thank you for all of the replies! 🙂 I’m going to try Depo, see how well it works, and if I’m unsatisified, I’ll just go back to the pill for now. I’m getting married very soon, so I’ll have health insurance and can look into seeing another doctor for an IUD as well.
Post # 11
Every person that I know that takes it has gained a significant amount of weight. Even upon stopping it, most of the weight remained. I also knew a girl who lost all of her hair from it. This was also the only medication that she took. This was an extreme side effect of course but it ruined her self image.
Post # 12
I have never had the Depo and I didn’t consider it because of all the side effects (black box warning for bone loss and the weight gain). I would go to another doctor to get an IUD if that is what you want. It is a myth that they can’t be given to people who haven’t had children and they just came out with a smaller version of the Mirena called the Skyla that is approved for women without children (officially the others aren’t but there are a ton of people who have them without kids including me).
I don’t think I would start the Depo so close to your wedding. If the side effects are bad, it will take months for it to get out of your system.
Post # 13
i’ve never really heard anything good about it & i’d be scared that if it gave me horrible side effects i’d be stuck with them for 3 months until it wears off
Post # 14
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: I’m just having a courthouse wedding, so it isn’t a huge deal if I gained a little bit of weight from it. I would just stop after the one shot. Just gonna see if I’m one of those people who happen to experience good things, and if not, gonna run around town with my grandma to find a new doctor. 😀
Post # 15
@snickerdoodles: DON’T DO IT.
My God. I turned into a psychopath. It took three months for my mood to go back to somewhat normal.
Post # 16
@snickerdoodles: get a new doctor! i got the mirena iud for the first time at 20, had never had kids. it was AWESOME! so awesome, that after five worry free, side effect free, period free years, i did it again at 25.
seriously – go see another doctor, ask for a referral, whatever. lots of doctors (i was told this by mine when i asked if i could have it even though i hadn’t had children) just don’t LIKE doing it on women without children because it’s a bit harder to place and takes a bit more skill. she said there’s no reason not to have it, and that she regularly gets referrals to put them in from other doctors who simply can’t/won’t.
i recommend the mirena to everyone and i can’t imagine giving up on something as important as a contraceptive measure because of a non issue like never having given birth.