MY DEPO STORY - ANNA Torralba
Hi, my name is Anna and I was on the depo shot back in 2014, until the middle of 2015. I had given birth in January of 2014, and it was recommended that I get on birth control for awhile before having another child. I tend to have issues with pills at times and I had read the patch could cause blood clots, so I decided on depo. I was told it would stop my periods and I could gain some weight. I thought going without a period would be more than welcome. I started the shot and within a month, started bleeding. I thought it was my period starting, however the bleeding never stopped and when I went back for my second shot, I mentioned the issue and was told it would end after my second shot. Nothing happened. I was told it would stop every time I went back for my shot. I ended up bleeding heavily for a year and a half, I developed severe anemia, there were clots, it was hard to live my daily life, and it put a strain on my marriage. I quit the shot in May of 2015 and was told the bleeding will stop and it will take awhile before my periods returned. I'm apparently a rare case or just odd, because the heavy bleeding finally stopped, but my period went back to normal a month after I had quit. My husband and I got divorced that same year. I started dating someone new a few years later, we became a couple -briefly engaged before we called it off- and wanted to have kids. However I was finding it hard to become pregnant. Maybe it was from being on depo, perhaps it triggered a possibility of early infertility. I had also noticed my periods were a bit odd for me, even now sometimes, since stopping the shot. In 2016, my periods were more painful and lasted the normal 7 days; currently since 2019 they have gone from 7 days to three or four days and I usually miss one period each year since stopping. I'm not sure if the shot had changed how my periods used to be, and I'm glad the nightmare of nonstop heavy bleeding ended, but I do feel disappointed that it has become harder suddenly to have more kids, I always wanted to have kids for years, but it doesn't seem like a possibility anymore.