Also known as: Amen, Curretab, Cycrin, Depo-Provera, Depo-Provera Contraceptive, depo-subQ provera 104, Provera
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Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Birth Control: I've had two shots already, and so far it's been almost perfect. I actually switched to this because I'm slightly underweight and I've heard many stories about women gaining weight on the shot, so I switched in hopes that I would. So far I haven't noticed any significant weight gain, the only side effects I've had are headaches for about the first week after getting the shot and I started getting acne on my face. I've never had acne, so this was kind of disappointing for me. It's nice not having to remember to take a pill every day and my periods are already almost non-existent. Plus my insurance covers this so the prescription is free and there's no fee when I go to get the shot!
Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Birth Control: I started on the Depo shot right before I entered college and it has been the best experience ever, mainly because I don't have any more periods. For the first 6 months, I had lighter and shorter periods without the awful cramps. And now after being on it for almost 2 years, I haven't had a period in a year and a half! I only went on birth control because I was scared of getting pregnant in college, but I would truly recommend this to anyone who is fed up dealing with period cramps and other inconveniences. Also, for any other college students, most universities will only charge $30 for the shot and injection, but since I already had the prescription from my doctor and my insurance, they only charged me $10 for the lab injection.
Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: I'm 18 years old. I never been on any other birth control but the 3 months on Depo-Provera...I bled for 2 months as well as depression. I was PMSing the full 2 months. Caused problems in my relationship because of it.
Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Birth Control: I've been on the Depo shot for a year now and the only problems I'd faced were the headaches, nausea, and mood swings. It's Great not having a cycle. I'm opting to try another method, but the shot seems most effective. Although everyone's Experience is different, mine was Okay.
Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Birth Control: I've been on Depo for two years. 1st year was rocky with the spotting and mood swings. 2nd year was great. Still not pregnant, no more side effects. I take my vitamin C and D. I've gained 3-5lbs, no difference. I've tried the pill and patch and hated them equally for different reason. I would hate to have to switch birth control. I love 4 shots and no babies. Its great for me. Good luck with your experience.
Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Birth Control: Depo was fantastic at doing what it was intended to do - control birth. However, I was on this for 4 years and gained at least 20 pounds. I was also bipolar and cried over everything. On the plus side - I only had my period 4 times a year right around the time of my next injection.
Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Birth Control: I'm 31 with two kids and I always had regular periods. I was on the pill for many years and decided to try the Depo shot. I had some spotting but my period completely stopped after the 2nd shot. It was very nice not having a period and taking a pill every day. I didn't start gaining weight until the 2nd shot, and I felt hungry all the time! I've always been a small person and maintained my weight without diet even having 2 kids. I had 3 Depo shots total and went back on the pill because my weight kept going up. I gained 10 lbs and haven't been able to get rid of it since.
Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Birth Control: I've been on the Depo shot before and other than slight (maybe 3-5 lb) weight gain and slight mood changes I had no problems with it. I was off of it for about 5 months and just got back on it and in one week have gained 27lbs and get skin rashes pretty consistently now. My mood is ridiculous; I cry like every day, sometimes out of happiness, other times out of sadness.
Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Birth Control: I'm 23 and was on the shot for 6 months. Before I was on the pill but didn't like the side affects and remembering to take it everyday. The first month on the shot was great! Then slowly things went downhill and got bad. I was getting acne on my back, which I never got before and was really insecure about, and my periods were getting longer. I decided to get the second shot because I knew my body had to get used to the hormones. Then I got very intense cramps that would wake me up in the night and make me feel sick. My period would last 2 weeks! Before I had a very light and short period and light cramps. These new changes are too much for me so didn't get the third shot. Going to try the patch.
Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Birth Control: I have been on the Depo shot for 21 years. I have always loved this type of birth control. First year, period was unpredictable. But ever since, wonderful not having one. About ten years ago, I read in a magazine about the Depo causing problems with bones, while sitting in doctors office to get my shot. I asked the nurse about it and she advised me to get a bone density test, which I did. The doctor called me when he got the results and asked why I would take such a test and was not happy that I did. So I keep it with my records and kind of forgot about it. Went in this month to get my shot and the doctor informed me that this would be the last shot he gives me, that he is going to refuse any future shot. Not Happy! Loved Shot!
Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Birth Control: I have been on the shot for two years now, and overall it's been great. I couldn't remember to take a pill everyday, so my doctor suggested the Depo Shot. When I first got the shot I bled for almost two months straight. After that, nothing. Besides some spotting when I'm up for my next shot. However, I have noticed I've lost some of my hair, my depression worsened and I experience major mood swings from time to time; I didn't gain any weight.
My doctor just notified me of the risk of osteoporosis and suggested taking 1000 MG of Calcium and 400-800 MG of Vitamin D per day. This is suggested after receiving the shot for 2+ years. Either way, I wish I knew this sooner. I would have been taking those vitamins since day one.
Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Birth Control: I am not able to use oral contraceptives containing estrogen, as I have migraines with auras (which puts me at a highly increased risk of stroke). As such, I have been getting Depo-Provera shots for the past 2 years. I have not gained any weight at all while on the shot and my weight has remained extremely constant. I stopped getting periods altogether after the second shot and have had very light spotting only a few times (lasting less than a day). My only issue is that my sex drive has decreased slightly, but not severely enough that it has significantly affected my relationship with my boyfriend. I think the shot affects everyone differently, but for me it is the best option available and I have not had many side effects using it.
Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Birth Control: I am 21 and Since I first received the shot in January, I have been bleeding ever since. Sometimes light, sometimes like an actual period, with cramps and migraines.
Also, this medicine has completely jacked up my hormones. I am angry ALL the time, ALWAYS sad. I cry everyday, over the smallest issues, or for no reason. I am happy, and in a split second I will feel very low or even have suicidal thoughts. I experience extreme mood swings and flip out on my boyfriend- coupled with less sex from the bleeding. It's very frustrating. I am hoping that this is just my body still adjusting to the medicine. I haven't had any weight gain or acne though( knock on wood).
Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Endometriosis: I love the Depo shot. No side effects at all. I read so many negative reviews before I took my first shot. I have experienced none of the side effects I read about in the reviews. I have not had any break through bleeding as many people described. I have had no periods after the first shot. Before Depo, I had painful cramps before and during my period. No pain and no weight gain. I am so pleased with this form of birth control.
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Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: I started my Depo shot around September a week or two before I was about to get my next shot I started my period. I thought when I received my next shot it might stop it. It didn't. I am still on my period and it is April. I have my next shot today and this is my last attempt if it continues I will be switching back to the pill. Not only that but I had major weight gain and depression.
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Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Birth Control: I've been on the shot for 5 months now. When I first got the shot, about three weeks in I started to bleed like normal period but then got lighter and lighter and continued for 3 weeks. Eventually it went into light spotting about every 4 weeks for a few days. I also will get a lot of sharp pain cramps that will last a few minutes every now and then but this happens randomly. Other than that I have no side effects. The doctor tells me the spotting and cramps will stop as my body gets used to the shot.
Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Birth Control: It was very effective & I didn't experience ANY weight gain (I lost weight). My periods were short/light & it was nice not having to remember to take the pill everyday. I DID experience more PMS (also known as random crying), tiredness, dizziness, and light bleeding between periods. I heard your body starts to adjust to these symptoms after a while though, but I got too nervous about not getting my period every month, so I switched back to the pill. If you're on the fence, remember, every person is different, so why not give it try? It's only for 3 months at a time. You can always switch back to normal birth control if you have any issues.
Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Birth Control: I always had trouble finding the right birth control for years now. Not only would certain ones contribute to a lot of weight gain or very bad mood swings, I was horrible with taking my birth control pill on time. I was having horrible cramping and pain with my periods to the point that I would have to call off from work! Since being on the Depo shot, I have had no side effects. I always eat a lot and I don't work out often so if I do gain weight, that's my own personal issue. I'm glad to read these reviews and to be informed about the bone density because my doctor clearly never told me that. I haven't had any mood swings or emotional break-downs like the other pills did to me!
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Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Birth Control: I've been on Depo Provera for about a month now, and I absolutely love it! I haven't had ANY bleeding, no cramps, no headaches or dizziness, no mood swings, no swollen or tender breasts, no weight gain, nothing! I still have a sex drive and I feel perfectly normal, most people with good side effects don't think to share their experience, so remember that everyone's body is different and your experience might be like mine!
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Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Birth Control: I've been on the Depo shot for 1 and a half years. I love it because I'm not getting any periods and it's not like the pill having to remember it daily. However in the course of being on this shot I have gained 70 pounds. I'm always hungry and I get very moody. I also have extremely bad headaches. I'm switching to the Nuvaring because my weight gain is unbearable and my headaches are chronic.
medroxyprogesterone for Birth Control: I was on Depo for over 10 years. Greatest 10 years of my life. No period. No cramps. No bloating. No PMS. No side effects. NOTHING. My doctor made me take a one year break from it...as 10 straight years is way longer than you should be on it...but my bone density is fine...and I will be returning to my Depo next month. This past year off of the Depo was the worst year of my life. My period returned approx. 6 months after my last shot and got worse and worse with each one. Horrible acne. Weight gain. Moodiness. Depo took all of that away. For those of you who had constant bleeding/spotting after your first shot...it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you get your first shot on the 4th or 5th day of your period to make sure amenorrhea kicks in.
Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Birth Control: The shot is great for forgetful people like myself. Also if you have bad cramps and/or heavy miserable periods. I've been on the shot for almost 3 years and it has been a good run; no period, no weight gain. However, I have absolutely NO sex drive. I feel out of touch with my body and emotions.
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Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Birth Control: I've been on The Depo for about 4 months now. I got on it to stop my period but I've had non stop bleeding the whole time! I asked my doctor if there was anything she could do and she said to wait it out. I searched about bleeding on the shot and tons of people said they bleed continuously the whole time they were on and some said once they stopped the shot the bleeding didn't stop. I also am breaking out in places I normally don't like in my neck line and forehead. I'm not getting the shot again if the bleeding doesn't stop.
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Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Birth Control: I'm 15 and got the shot about 2 months ago. So far, my periods have remained regular. On the downside, I now feel hungry ALL the time. All I do is eat.. I have these irresistible cravings now. I'm noticing weight gain of course because I'm stuffing my face, but I'm miserable if I don't eat what I'm craving or when I'm hungry. Also, I've been having excruciating headaches. I already have migraines. I had them for years, before I got on the shot. but they had stopped when I started a new medicine. now they're back since I'm on the shot. It's terrible, hopefully the cravings, appetite, headaches, and also these mood swings I've been having get better. If not I'm switching.
Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for Birth Control: I have been on the Depo shot for almost a year. No period, very few side effects. EXCEPT... I've gained almost 40 pounds... The weight gain has stopped at that but it's very disconcerting.
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