My name is Danielle Cochran, I am 21 now. Then i was just 19. I had my son in July of 2017. A month after having him i got married and went for just a check up at my family doctor. They kept pushing the matter of birth control. I simply told them i have never done any form of birth control I’m not sure about it. After thinking and reading about all the different forms of birth control i had finally decided to do the depo. Heck it was only a shot every 3 months; what could it hurt?
I was wrong.
After my first dose of the depo shot everything was fine. I went on caring for my son and step daughter and making memories like any other person.
I woke up one morning with some swelling. Well i read about the side effects and it had read “may cause swelling". Well i never thought anything of it. I still went on with my life. "Yes i let my family doctor know about the swelling. Days had pass and i notice i had more swelling and more swelling.
Weeks later i kept getting sick from a double infections, to the flu, to just being tired and constally thirsty; as to if i wasn’t getting enough to wet my mouth. My pee had so much foam. I swore there was more foam then there was pee. I kept going to my doctor and explaining to her the swelling just keeps coming and it won’t go away. She had gave me some water pills to try and help. Well that didn’t work. I went and got all kinds of blood work done every week. Yes every week on a Monday or Tuesday.
I went and got my second dose after i thought everything was fine. I ended up swelling much more than before. But this time it was everywhere. I got the point my clothes wouldn’t fit, shoes where impossible to wear, even my husband’s shoes (size 12s). I couldn’t even get in the floor and play with my son. I had to basically flop in bed and my husband had to roll me out of our bed. I looked like i was pregnant with twins at 9 nine months. And going barefoot everywhere in the middle of winter. My family doctor sent me to a specialist cause after the thousands of times of being poked ( i got use to it) she finally saw my creatina (however you spell it) was not normal.
At my first appointment i got weighed something i didn’t want to do but had to. I weighed 398lbs....
I was shocked after having my son Kayden i weighed 167lbs. From that to 398lbs it was unbelievable. I kept telling my husband i felt as if it was the depo but my family doctor said it wasn’t. And the kidney doctor couldn’t say for sure either. So i kept going to him and doing everything he had me to do.
On Jan. 31st i got admitted to the hospital. My kidney doctor told me i have about a sip away from downing myself, or i could go to the hospital and get the lasix thru the iv to get the water off. By this time i was already in stage 3 kidney failure. So i go to the hospital and do as what my doctor told me to do. Having doubts cause i felt as if i was gonna die big and not be able to see my little boy grow up. See him take his first steps. I was scared. My husband stayed with me the whole time while Kayden stayed with grandparents and my step daughter was with her mommy. I was doing this for my babies, my family, i was doing it for ME.
While i was there my kidney doctor came in every day at 9am. Not even a minute late or a minute early. He stayed there and talked to me explained things to me and my husband that we had no clue. Then came the big ultimate question. " are you will to do a biopsy on you kidney?" I was nervous and scared. But i said yes. As the next day came once again 9am rolled around and here came my doctor asking me if i was ready to go?! I told him yes kissed my husband and told him i will be back. They wheeled me down to do the biopsy i sww the doors come open and just started crying. I couldn’t stop. But the nurse i had was there to comfort me and get me thru it. Well they were telling me all the horrible and good things about it. All i thought about was the bad horrible things and finally done it. Got that done and over with..
After my results came back my doctor once again came in at 9am to tell me what i have can be fixed with steroids. The steroid was prednisone. Along with that i had to take 3 other pills. I was basically a walking pharmacy.
I stopped the depo after that second dose. I was on the highest dose 60mg of prednisone.
It is Jan. 24th 2019 and i am now down to 5mgs of prednisone and that’s the only pill i am taking. My kidneys are in normal function. I am healthy and running around with my now 1yr old. Happy as ever.
I refuse to do the depo. And refuse for my step daughter to do it when she is older. Anyone that tells me about them thinking of doing it i explain to them what happened to me and tell them not to. I want to reach out and explain the horrible memory i have of it.
Thank you for reading my story if any questions just message me on fb.
Much love Danielle
I was on the depo shot 4 years ago for a 2 year period. When I was on the shot back then, I thought it was the best thing ever. I never got my period and never seemed to have any side effects which was great.
After two years I decided to go off of it. I just felt that it wasn’t healthy and that my body needed a break from the injection. It was just a little hunch I had and I wished I had listened and never decided to go back on it.
So two months ago I decided to go back on the shot. This was the worst decision I have ever made. I am now worrying about the long term effects this injection is going to have on me due to me being on it for two years previously.
When I went on it the second time everything was fine the first two or three weeks. I didn’t experience any issues.
Then the 4th week came when I was due to get my period, I got my period but noticed it was really heavy. It then just got worse and worse as each day went on.
I am now on day 23 with having my period with absolutely no breaks but it is also not just any period. My period is so heavy that I have to use maxi tampons and change them every two hours as well as use pads as I leak even in that two hour period. I have been getting massive blood clots which will not stop. I have to wake up every two hours throughout the night to ensure I do not bleed through and have to change my sheets. The doctors also can’t do anything about it as you have to wait until the 3 months period is over to see if it persists.
I can not go to the gym or university or out as I’m so afraid of leaking through because my period is so bad. If I use regular tampons which I used to use before I go through a box of 32 tampons in less than 3 days. I have spent about 50 dollars on feminine products in just this month. (I went online to convert my currency to dollars as I don’t think many people are aware of my currency)
I have never felt so out of energy and I’ve never felt this exhausted before. My body is battling to do anything and I’m battling to concentrate on anything because I’m just so tired and out of energy.
I’ve also now gained 3KG and my diet has not changed in anyway (I keep track of what I eat as I have a personal trainer).
When I went to the doctor, I should have also seen the red flags. The nurse came in and had to take down my weight, blood pressure and also ask how I was feeling on that day. She gave me a chart she said I must keep and I must bring it every time I come for the next shot as they’ve seen many girls either gain weight from being on the shot, their blood pressure rises or they tend to become a bit of an emotional wreck so if they pick up on any of these they take the girls off immediately.
I’ve been on other birth control methods in the past and they’ve never had to do that for any of the others. That is a clear indication that this form of birth control is an issue.
The nurse then also told me but only after I got the shot that my country (South Africa) was actually looking to completely ban the depo shot and also the two month shot. They said there has been research showing that if you have the depo shot you have more risk of getting HIV if exposed to it and our country really struggles with a high population of people who have HIV. She also says many health organizations have been speaking out about how the cons of using the depo shot are outweighing the pros so they really looking at banning it all together. That again should be a warning that this broth control is not safe to use in anyway.
Please girls, even if you are like me when using it the first time around and are lucky to not get any side effects just get off of this form of birth control. I can tell you it is causing harm to your body and the consequences are going to be severe. I honestly feel my body has reacted this way to tell me to stay far away from the shot.
I want people to know my story and my experience but I want to remain anonymous. I’ve been on the depo for a year and 3 months now, I used to have clear skin now I’ve broken out everywhere. I bleed for months on end, and I actually totaled my car due to so much loss of blood. I blacked out behind the wheel. I have terrible cramps that’ll last days. I go through a box of super plus tampons every week and I’m honestly so tired of this stupid fucking shot. I also have 0 sex drive. The reason I kept getting it was because my gyno told me if I get off my bleeding will probably get worse and there’s nothing she can do . So I finally found a good gynecologist and she’s suggesting I get off of it. Doesn’t matter how much exercise I do or how healthy I eat. The depo ruined my body. Do not get the depo!!!