After lots of failures with birth control. I was told my last chance at birth control was the depo. I got my first shot in march. My next shot followed ten weeks later. Since my first shot I was having lots of dizziness and black spots in my vision when I stood up.
I brought this up and they said there was no relation. They continued and gave me the second shot. I returned home and felt very light headed. 5 hours later I was in the shower alone and my heart stopped. I fell out of the shower. I busted my face on my counter needing 4 stitches. I bit thru my lip. Had a concussion and whip lash.
I immediately stopped the depo and contacted my doctor who continued to try and convince me that this could NOT be depo related. I have since been diagnosed with POTS. A heart condition. And additionally at the age of 23 I had my tubes removed because my heart problem now makes pregnancy very dangerous.
I had 2 rounds of this awful shot. And I wish it upon no one.
I’m currently on a 24/7 heart monitor. I’ve had testing every month. I’m seeing specialist every week. From cardiologist to neurologist to special obgyns (because getting your tubes tied at 23 is hard to do in the state of Michigan). I have two daughters. And my life has completely changed from this. My blood pressure drastically drops every single time I stand up. Causing daily black out spells. I will live with this condition forever. Which is also an autoimmune disease. Thanks to the depo shot.
MY DEPO STORY - ANNA MOORE
I was 14 when I got the depo shot, it effected me majorly.
I had a period for up to 6 months long. I also developed depression, worsened anxiety, severe hormonal acne, weight gain, weight loss, I only got it once tho. I switched to the ring for 2 years.
I’m 17 about to be 18 now and I still have problems like back pain, weight loss, loss of appetite, hair loss. I feel like birth control stunted my growth as well because I have noticed a lot of growth this pass year since I stopped taking it .
MY DEPO STORY - ALYSSA TUTTLE
Hello, my Name is Alyssa, I was on depo almost 10 years ago and my body is still recovering.
I took the shot one time when I was in college as they said it was the best option for birth control at the time as they didn’t carry the pills I was on that gave me a period once every 3 months as my endometriosis makes them crippling and the birth control made it so much more bearable. When I got the shot the first few days everything was fine and normal but eventually I noticed I was always hungry and wanting to eat basically constantly. I gained between 30-40lbs within the three months. It also ruined my mood, I have BPD so I am already pretty unstable, this however made me angry all the time, suicidal, and I relapsed on self harm within that time frame and attempted suicide.
I decided to not get back on it after that as I was not having a good time. Once the depo wore off it was the worse period imaginable. It was heavy like I had killed a small child and I bleed through tampons within 2 hours. The cramps were awful and I felt like I was going to die. The period lasted 2 weeks before it finally ended and was very erratic after that. It took a few years for them to become regular again but the pain and heaviness from it has stayed.
I don’t recommend the shot to anyone and I don’t know why it is still offered.