My horror story started 20 years ago. I Was extremely fit & healthy. I used to go to the gym every single day because I loved it & couldn’t get enough. I loved the endorphin rush. I joined the Australian Army Reserves. I wanted to control my period while I was doing basic training. I went to see my doctor to get a prescription for the pill, but sadly didn’t get to see my usual doctor.
The doctor I saw told me what I needed was Depo. It would completely stop my period. Ironically the doctor took my pulse & told me I had the pulse of an elite athlete. I stupidly had the shot. Pretty much overnight I went from super fit to being unable to get out of bed. I bled for 6 months straight. I couldn’t control my mood, my temper or my weight. I got angry simply because a friend rang me. No reason, it was enough to make me feel pure rage.
I went back to the doctor, his response was have a second shot, most side effects wear off after it. I was smart enough to say no way in hell. 20 years I’ve battled & never recovered. It wasn’t long after the depot shot I developed my first auto immune disease - one I guarantee was from depo. Lichen sclerosis. My clitoris doesn’t exist anymore. I have hard itchy white skin in its place. It took years to get a diagnosis. One doctor just kept prescribing antibiotics - weeks & weeks of them. Another doctor took a look & said it looked like a testosterone deficiency.
She ran blood tests & my testosterone levels were non existent, she said the testosterone in my system was negligible. She gave me injections of testosterone - doses high enough to start a normal healthy woman to transition into a male, but my body just chewed through it & no matter how much I was injected, my levels remained next to nothing, although my clitoris slightly returned, still hard itchy & White. Eventually that doctor left the country & it took another 17 years to find another doctor who would prescribe testosterone. In my search I even encountered a doctor who told me women don’t have testosterone.
Eventually after a biopsy was done it was confirmed as lichen schlerosis. The symptoms started months after the one Depo shot I had - I don’t think that’s a coincidence knowing what I know now about Depo.
Over the years my symptoms kept getting worse, weight gain, brain fog, aching painful bones. My doctor just treated me for ‘chronic fatigue syndrome’ & prescribed me duromine, (phentermine) to help give me energy to keep working.
I reached a point where if I ate breakfast, that took more energy than my body had available & I had to lie down. I was walking in circles in the kitchen unable to retain a single thought. I was suicidal - I wasn’t living. There was no quality of life. I was just a burden on those close to me. Something made me ask my doctor to do a full screen of my thyroid, not just tsh. Then came the diagnosis of Hashimoto’s.
I am now prescribed t4 & t3 and instead of duromine now I’m prescribed modafinal, a narcolepsy medication so I can stay awake enough to work. 20 years ago I was fit, healthy, energetic, slim & living my best life. Now no matter how much I try to exercise, the whole time I just feel like I need to lie down. The one thing I resent Depo most of all for stealing from me was my ability to exercise. I never was able to do my basic training, so I had to quit the army reserves. I was only 28. I’m 48 this year, and since that shot, I have never woken up once feeling refreshed or energetic. I take fist fulls of supplements to try to feel better.
Depo is nothing but toxic poisonous sludge that’s not fit to be used on animals let alone humans. It stole my life. I have never recovered, and I doubt I ever will.