I've been on DEPO off and on in between three of my pregnancies. During these times I have experienced extreme mood swings, no sex drive what so ever, hair loss, bad cavities, depression, anxiety, lung cramps, tingling in the fingers, dizziness, anger for no reason, fatigue, cyst on my ovaries and on my cervix, painful sex, extreme hunger, weight gain, migraines, itching, and acne. I have previously stopped DEPO once again after my last child and still no periods and lots of cramps.
Depo almost killed me… no literally!
I was on the depo shot from the ages of 18 until I was roughly 20/21 years old for period and sexual reasons. Before getting on the shot I would sometimes bleed up to 20 days a month and when I say bleed I mean BLEED, not lightly either. I figured my doctor knew what she was talking about when she recommended this shot. Wrong. In a matter of MONTHS I went from a size 4/6 to a size 12/14 and here I am almost 6 years later and my body still isn’t regulated enough to lose the weight. I went from a large b/c up to a ddd/e cup on just 1 side the other is a d max. my mental health? I've tried to commit 4 times in 6 years all because of the hormones racing through my body because of this shot that’s supposed to “help you”. now let’s get yo the “almost killed me” part. 2 years ago i had been off the shot for 3 years and still hadn’t had a period since then because the shot had stopped them all together which isn’t healthy at all in and of itself but whatever so I went to my gyno and she gave me regulators to try and initiate one, didn’t work, she gave me another round, still didn’t work, she gave me pill birth control to try and speed things up, finally got one, before I even finished that pack I ended up in the hospital at 24 years old in the middle of a pandemic by myself on an IV drip of blood thinner ON BEDREST unable to move monitored every 3 hours using a BEDPAN because I had blood clots so bad they had become pulmonary embolisms and if I moved they could have potentially traveled to my brain and killed me in an instant. Depo, or any birth control, is not worth not having a period I promise you that, babe. Take the week of bleeding, and just wait. Save yourself the trauma.
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.