Depo’s notorious for causing all kinds of problems for women. For those using it, coming off of it and those that have used it in the past, Depo can be a complete nightmare. Lack of informed consent is unfortunately extremely common.
Back in 2010, I took two shots that destroyed my health. I wasn’t properly informed prior to use either. Here’s 13 things that I wish I was told before taking the Depo shot. Which I wouldn’t have, obviously.
1. Depo has a black box warning.
The Depo shot got a black box warning in 2004. The black box warning is the strictest warning there is, reserved for drugs that are known to cause serious health problems or even death. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
2. Depo is a controversial drug with a dark past.
From the start, Depo’s been nothing but trouble. Trials were done on poor women and women of colour without their consent, many got sick or died. Depo is disproportionately marketed and is known to be associated with population control. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
3. Depo increases breast cancer risk.
Depo’s a carcinogen so it’s no surprise then that it’s been shown to increase breast cancer risk. Decades-old studies show increased breast cancer risk that is continuously underplayed and ignored. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
4. Depo weakens immunity, increasing risk of infection – including HIV.
Immunosuppression makes it harder to fight infections. This happens with Depo because the contraceptive acts like a glucocorticoid (steroid effect) in the body putting women at risk for sorts of infections, including HIV. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
5. Depo wreaks havoc on reproductive health.
Depo stops the natural production of progesterone and has negative effects on both the HPA and HPO Axis’. Hormones can drop to menopause levels. An imbalance is almost guaranteed. Some bounce back. Others don’t. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
6. Depo can leave you unable to have children.
Not all women will be able to get pregnant after stopping Depo. Some do but miscarry. Some will need help restoring fertility, some will require hysterectomies while others are just never able to conceive after using Depo. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
7. Depo can have catastrophic effects on mental health.
This isn’t just about mood changes. Many women say that after they took Depo, they became increasingly angry, volatile, unable to control feelings, were overly emotional, anxious, depressed – even suicidal. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
8. Depo comes with a long list of (not-so-rare) side effects.
From headaches to prolonged bleeding, weight gain, hair loss, depression, hot flashes, loss of libido, rashes, infections, sore breasts, bone loss – the list literally goes on and on and on. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
9. Depo Withdrawal is hell.
So many women struggle with debilitating symptoms when stopping Depo, the term “Depo Withdrawal” was coined – for some, the hell they experience after stopping is worse than the hell they experienced on the shot. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
10. Depo is also used to chemically castrate male sex offenders.
It’s true. The very drug used as a female contraceptive is being used (in some places) on male sex offenders as a form of chemical castration. Think about that for a minute. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
11. Depo can cause a domino of bad health.
Depo just isn’t worth the risk. From side effects, increased risks, its black box warning for bone loss, withdrawal when stopping and long list of post use effects – sometimes damage is irreversible. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
12. Depo can destroy your relationships and career too.
Depo’s effects can not only wreak havoc on your health but everything else in your life too. Many women have lost relationships, their careers, their hobbies – life can literally get flipped upside down because of Depo. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
13. Depo can leave you with life-long health problems.
For some, health problems don’t stop when they stop using Depo. Many women experience life-long health problems after using the Depo shot, problems they didn’t have prior to using the shot. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
Making an informed choice requires having all the information. Keeping that in mind, if you were given all the information that you should have, would you have chosen to use the Depo shot?
Most recent (September 2022) Depo-Provera Product Monograph