I got the shot January 16th 2013. A couple weeks later my mood had shifted for the worst. I began to be extremely emotional, have irrational thoughts, cry for no reason, get mad at little things, sometimes get paranoid, depressed, and a few times I've had emotional breakdowns where I just yell and nothing makes sense in my head. Sometimes I feel like I can't even control my thoughts or make rational decisions. It doesn't help that my boyfriend since December has to bear the brunt of it because I feel like this shot is hurting our relationship. Has this happened to anyone else? I feel like I'm losing my mind and theres nothing I can do about it. Some please tell me I'm not alone in these side effects.
6 Oct 2014
I have taken two rounds so 6months now. I am not getting my third round, ever since I got my second round of shot I have had a non-stop period for the past three months. I am pretty sure it's why I have constant headaches and always tired. I started taking iron pills and they have been working for the headaches and tiredness but still a 3 month non-stop period? that is crazy. I am getting off depo because my sister is currently suffering from a massive blood clot in her leg and they found multiple ones in her lungs. The only thing the doctors said it could be caused by was her birth control and she was on depo.
16 Sep 2015
Yes, I know a lot of people have been responding about the whole moody crap the birth control is giving us, but I ALSO am having the same problem with it effecting MY relationship with my boyfriend. Luckily hes really understanding and we have agreed to not use it any longer. I have found though there is a non- hormone birth control, I don't know much about it, jsut that its expensive (unless you have Health Insurance) $700+ But its a IUD. It lasts 12 years so if you plan to have kids int he future I don't know how difficult it is to remove or if it effects pregnancy. Anyhow I am so glad I found this entry because it is just what I needed to not feel alone too, I mean I called the doctor and asked if these are possible side effects because the Depo shot injects a massive amount of hormones in the body, and its common sense but not one of the listed side effects.
I usually am not a moody B*** but I got my second one under the impression that its my own fault I'm so moody and can't control my thoughts either, I usually don't worry about things or think of things so deeply or long that I break down because of them... until I got on Depo. I HATE it and i am in the time period where I am waiting for it to leave my system. Thank you for publicly posting this it makes me and probs a lot of women not feel so bad. I take control of my own actions and all but I haven't been rational and its so frustrating for both me and my boyfriend. :) :/
24 May 2013
I am so sorry for all that you are going through. Trust me you are not alone. I had my second injection 3 weeks ago and my life has become a living nightmare as well..I am suffering from major anxiety, chest pain, nausea, hedaches and an overall ill feeling. My emotions are conpletely out of controll and i break down to tears almost daily. I have been to the emergency room and they tell me its anxiety. Spoke with my primary MD who has placed me on a heart monitor to rule out any heart related issues.. although he feels its anxiety as well. My obgyn says these effects are rare and unfortunately there isnt anything to counter act the shot... I like you am confined to my home and have been unable to work for the past two weeks... I truly believe all of my symptoms are related to the Depo shot as prior to this i had no issues what so ever. My life was great and i was happy and healthy.
Since taking the shot, my life has been reduced to days on end in bed, feeling horrible, terrified and begging for my life back. Please know that you are not alone :(. Hopefully this drug will eventually be taken off the market! It is literally poison. Please take care of youself and hopefully we both get thru this horrible situation very soon.
16 Feb 2015
I got the Depo Provera shot 2 months ago and it caused me to have most of the bad side effects of it listed, mood swings , anxiety, nervousness, depression, diarrea, hair loss, temper tantrums, etc. It was terrible. My father is an OBgyn. He told me estrogen counteracts or can balance out/ absorb progesterone. So I got the idea to take the estrogen only pill in a leftover birth control pill pack I had on hand. After taking that it seemed to help my symptoms a little. So, I asked my doctor to please prescribe me estrogen. She prescribed me Estrodial and it has made all my bad symptoms subside!!!
I felt a difference amost immediately. And I have not had any bad side effects from the Estrodial. It leaves the system pretty quickly the doctor told me, so I have to take 4 pills a day of 2mg. This has to do with the amount needed to counteract the huge amount of progesterone pumped into my poor body from that demon Depo shot. I am SO THANKFUL I found something that works to help the side effects of Depo Provera- Estrodial!!! :))?
20 Oct 2014
Hi, I've been on this injection for 9 years and have been ill since January this year, doctors sent me for scans and blood tests and found nothing wrong, symptoms were pains in sides, nausea,headaches. 3 injections later 1st August I went to a&e I had dvt in my calf, told me it was from depo provera birth control, so can no longer take any bc. My injection was due 11th Sept and obviously couldn't take it but I am so ill right now, sweating when I get up, constant nausea, pains in hips and sides, tiredness, cannot function. I have been eating and drinking all types of antioxident to try and get this rubbish out of my system. My daughter thank goodness has also stopped taking it. I don't even want to go back to my doctors to tell them my sysmptoms and why, they would laugh me out the room.
11 Dec 2013
Omg!!! Exactly what you posted is what I have been expierencing and I cant take it either. I feel like I am losing my mind. I have no control of my emotions or anger. I flip out like a crazy woman. I had my first shot in june and started feeling depressed abd very withdrawn a couple months into summer then had my second shot it sept and it just got worse. I feel nuts. Bipolar to the extreme. I am done. I am suppose to have my next shot thia week. I am done... It is a very bad drug!!!
10 Apr 2015
I have been on and off the shot for the last 3/4 years..
Last shot i got was 19th june 2014.
I never went back for my top up.. Its now been almost 10 MONTHS and I still have NO sign of a period.
Any time i have came off it before, i at least spotted within 3/4 weeks and my regular cycle and date back within the next 2/3 months... I have been to te docs and all they say is 'ahh,ohh, its just the shot still in your system, it will soon sort itself out... '
20 Apr 2014
I have been on the Depo-Provera for the last 10 plus years. I was on the Depo even tho my tubes was tied but due to my periods where so bad I would end up in the hospital with very bad pain from the cramps. So now I am schedulled for a full Hysterectomy only leaving my ovaries. The doctor says that after the Depo is out of my system that my back pain and other pains will get better due to Depo can cause bone problems this I didn't know. Now I am just wondering how long it will take the Depo to get out of my system with being on it for over ten years. Is there anyone who has went threw this also I am tired of the back pain and just wondering how long it will be that my life gets back to normal.
12 Jul 2015
I had my first shot of depo on the 8th June 2015 and since then all I've done is have mood swings, depression and joint pain and I had no idea it was linked to the depo injection. My poor partner has had to bare the brunt of my anger, my sadness and my self loathing because of this injection and I have no idea how he hasn't just walked away from me. I haven't even had a period since the injection even tho I am still getting all the cramps. I haven't really stopped crying for the last two weeks (since my period was ment to start) and it's now effecting my work, my relationship and my family and I will definitely not be having another shot of this stuff. I thought I was doing the right thing because I'm not ready to start a family but this has been one of.the worst decisions of my life.
19 Jun 2015
I'm so sorry about what is happening to you. Don't worry though because you aren't alone. I have had all the symptoms you have described and it has been terrible. I got my first and last Depo Provera shot last December so it has been about 6 months since I got the shot. I felt my terrible symptoms almost immediately. I was a danger to my family and I was blowing up in rages at my kids and it was something I couldn't control. It scared me so much!
So I prayed and started searching desperately for answers via researching the internet. I found that I was not alone in what the hormone was doing to me. A lot of other people were having these terrible side effects. I found one person that was not even a doctor, but a nutritionalist that said estrogen and phytoestrogens are the only thing that helps counteract progesterone. I was desperate so I brought it up to my Gynocologist father and he agreed that yes, estrogen does indeed counteract progesterone.
So I asked my family doctor if she would please prescribe me estrogen in pill form. I explained to her how desperate I was. She agreed and got me a prescription of Estrodial 2 mg. I felt better after taking the first pill within just a few hours! I am not taking 6 mg. a day and this has helped the terrible symptoms a lot! I also started taking Celexa ( it is not expensive and doesn't have side effects for me I love it) and it helped with the depression and anxiety that the Depo Provera shot caused me to have.
Also, eat foods with phyto estrogens in them. Such as Silk Soy Milk and edamame beans. You can look up which foods have them.
I highly suggest that you start taking an antidepressant like Celexa and an estrogen supplement to counteract your symptoms.
I am telling you this because it has helped me SO MUCH...
Take it from a person who had the same symptoms you described. I also have zero sex drive. that is something that I haven't gotten back yet. I still haven't had a normal period since taking the Depo Provera shot.
My husband, who is a family doctor, told me that it will take up to 8 months or more for the Depo Provera to be completely out of my system. Then after it is out of my system, it will take even longer for my body to get back to normal.
I know it's a long road and an inhumane drug in my belief. But take heart and get on some meds to help with your symptoms until you get through this in several months. And don't worry, it will only be some time before you are yourself again.
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