I was given the depo- provera shot while off my cycle. I was given a pregnancy test the same day and it was negative. The date of the test and shot was July 15th today, is the July29th. The last period I had ended on the June 27th. I have took a pregnancy test which was negative yesterday ( July 28th) and I am worried with only 2 questions not even the internet, doctor, or nurses can answer. Question 1: Since I received the shot while off my cycle, is it normal to have no period at all? Question 2: When will the shot be completely in my system and working since I took the shot off my cycle? Please answer this question I'm clueless about the depo shot. :(
30 Jul 2010
Hi..do not get desperate it will make things worse..OK
I am not a doctor/gynecologist nor pretend to be at all.
Medroxyprogesterone is a form of progesterone, a female hormone that prevents ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary). This medication also causes changes in your cervical mucus and uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus.
Medroxyprogesterone is used as contraception to prevent pregnancy. It is also used to reduce pain cause by endometriosis.
Medroxyprogesterone is also used to ease pain and other symptoms in women with metastatic uterine or kidney cancer. This medication is not a cure for these conditions.
Except for intrauterine devices (IUD), implants, sterilization, and DEPO-PROVERA CI, the efficacy of these contraceptive measures depends in part on the reliability of use. The effectiveness of DEPO-PROVERA CI is dependent on the patient returning every 3 months (13 weeks) for reinjection.
To ensure that DEPO-PROVERA CI is not administered inadvertently to a pregnant woman, the first injection must be given ONLY during the first 5 days of a normal menstrual period.
Most women using DEPO-PROVERA CI experience disruption of menstrual bleeding patterns. Altered menstrual bleeding patterns include irregular or unpredictable bleeding or spotting, or rarely, heavy or continuous bleeding. If abnormal bleeding persists or is severe, appropriate investigation should be instituted to rule out the possibility of organic pathology, and appropriate treatment should be instituted when necessary.During the time you are using DEPO-PROVERA Contraceptive Injection for contraception, you may skip a period, or your periods may stop completely.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, stomach cramping/bloating, dizziness, headache, tiredness, breast tenderness, decrease in breast size, acne, hair loss, or irritation/pain at injection site may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Your periods may be early or late, shorter or longer, or heavier or lighter than normal. You may also have some spotting between periods, especially during the first several months of use. Your periods may stop completely after you have been receiving this medication for about a year. If this occurs, your periods will normally return after you stop receiving this medication. If you miss a period and have missed an injection, or if more than 13 weeks pass between injections and you think you may be pregnant, see your doctor.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes (e.g., depression), changes in sexual interest/ability, swelling of the ankles/feet, unusual/sudden weight gain.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: bone pain, unusual breast discharge/lumps in breast, abnormal severe/persistent vaginal bleeding, persistent nausea/vomiting, seizures, severe stomach/abdominal/pelvic pain, unusual weakness/tiredness, dark urine, yellowing skin/eyes.
This drug may rarely cause blood clots. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following rare but very serious side effects: chest/jaw/left arm pain, sudden shortness of breath, confusion, coughing up blood, sudden dizziness/fainting, pain/swelling/warmth in the groin/calf, tingling/weakness/numbness in the arms/legs, sudden/severe headache, slurred speech, vision changes/problems, weakness on one side of the body.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
Medroxyprogesterone may cause bone loss (osteoporosis) especially when used over long periods of time. Bone loss may not be reversible. Do not use this medication for longer than 2 years. Talk with your doctor about your specific risk of bone loss.
Medroxyprogesterone will not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases--including HIV and AIDS. Using a condom is the only way to protect yourself from these diseases.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Contact your doctor for medical advice about side effects. Report side effects to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at 1-800-FDA-1088.
All the best... this is all I am able to do for you... Thank you.
30 Jul 2010
A typical depo provera schedule consists of one dose four times a year. Your doctor will first make all the necessary physical examinations and then give you the first intramuscular injection during the first seven days of your period. One dose of this contraceptive injection will be enough to prevent pregnancy for approximately 12 weeks.
Many women take their next dose in around 11 weeks to avoid the last moment tension and stay protected. If due to any circumstance you do miss a shot or delay till the 13th week, it is advisable to use secondary birth control methods, like a condom or a diaphragm, until you get your next shot. During this time, it is also important for you to check for pregnancy, as receiving depo provera while pregnant may cause premature birth.
22 Feb 2013
I also got mine off of my cycle and I only waiting the week and nothing happened but I have found that different people say I'd does take longer if you get it off your cycle. If your to worried then just wait a month or so.
And yes it is normal not to have your period. I do not have mine but I still do get cramps and bloating and other period like systems.
Also the depo can make your body mimic pregnancy signs so be carful itch that. It can hurt to keep a pregnancy test around for if and when your body starts to do that! But keep in mind every girls. Body reacts differently to the depo so just wait it out and make sure you always use some other form of protection weather your on the shot long term or not keep condoms with you and your partner. But remain calm about your first shot. It will get easier(: hope this helped.
23 Sep 2013
I also received my Depo-Provera shot while not on my cycle, and I too was a first time user. I just got mine back in Aug. and now I'm almost a month late, I was told that I should wait until next month, I was just wondering if they had updated you with any new information about why it has stopped right after the first shot. Also, the nurse told me that if I wanted to have intercourse within the first 7 days after my first shot, that i should use back-up protection, well we waited two weeks before doing anything, and still no period with the waiting.
12 Jan 2014
I got my depo shot, for the first time ever, on Nov 18. the next day my period started, the on Dec 21 I had sex with my boyfriend and he finished in me, and the whole month of Dec I didn't get my period and so far in Jan. I haven't either. Is it possible im pregnant??
13 Jan 2014
As far a being protected against pregnancy, because you were given the shot on a day other than the first day of your period, you would be covered after 1 week.
You have been lucky not to have any bleeding so far. It is totally normal not to have any bleeding whilst on Depo.
It is often the case that bleeding will be erratic for the first 2 or 3 shots, which could mean bleeding all the time (lightly or heavily), or bleeding some days then not others. There is very often no pattern to bleeding during this time, & if it's very heavy then you may need to be monitored for anemia (iron deficiency).
Typically after 2 or 3 shots, bleeding will stop all together. It is totally normal not to have bleeding after continued use of Depo.
Sometimes, you may find that you have a little bleeding a week or two before your shot is due, & this can be prevented by bringing forward your shot to 9 or 10 weeks, rather than the normal 12 weeks. Doing this for a couple of shots then returning to 12 weekly shots, usually stops all bleeding whatsoever.
Hope that helps :)
- Depo-Provera Information for Consumers
- Depo-Provera Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Depo-Provera (detailed)
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