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Depo-Provera Rating Summary

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391 Ratings with 394 User Reviews

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"I got my first depo provera shot in May of 2015. I bled for two months straight, but I was warned that this would happen. It was annoying in the summer but it wasn't super heavy and it all stopped one day. Now, I've gotten the shot 3 more times (I think) since then and I haven't bled a drop! I don't know why everyone says they've bled so much. Also, I'm very happy and I've lost 10 pounds since before my first shot. This birth control is the best! I'm only in my first year of it, so I hope I'm not speaking too soon, but it has been a blessing. I would also just like to note, however, that I received my first shot while I was on the 1st day of my period. I think this is important, because the doc said so. Good luck!"

   
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meviieee! (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 3, 2016

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"My experience with the shot was horrible. It only took one shot for me to turn down the rest. I got the shot 5 months after having my first baby. NO sex drive, it was gone. I had mood swings. missed my period, I like my period (I never missed a period aside from being pregnant) I suffered depression that felt like a very bad case of postpartum depression. It caused ovarian cysts to develop and rupture (ending up in abdominal bleeding) Energy was very low. It caused bad headaches. Vision problems. Only good thing that came from it was that I gained some much needed weight. Overall this isn't something I would personally recommend. I also was angry that my doctor didn't do her job and tell me what the positive and negative side effects were"

   
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Nikkole24 February 2, 2016

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"Horrible drug. After the second shot I started bleeding a full period everyday. Would have to change my feminine product at least three times a day. My doctor suggested doing a third shot just to make sure it was in my system like it was suppose to be. After having the third shot with no improvement I switched to the pill. I still have the depo shot in my system though and am still bleeding. I am bleeding so heavy I have blood clots and have to change my feminine products five times a day on average. Would not recommend this product to anyone. Definitely not worth the 50/50 risk."

   
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RosyRoo February 2, 2016

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"I am only limited to a few options because I am on Seizure meds, before the meds I responded very well to the pill! This is my 3rd Depo Provera shot and I feel like a completely different person for the worst.. I have no sex drive, I have panic attacks daily, my hair started falling out, I literally sit in my room depressed when I'm not working, my vision changed, I have upper back pain and neck pain, I am tired all the time.. I miss the girl I used to be before this Injection.. My bloodwork is perfect, I've had several test done. This drug is a poison and I can't wait until March for me to decline to never get it again!"

   
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KaylaJo14 February 1, 2016

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"April 1st 2016 will be 20yrs I've been on the shot. It's awesome. I haven't had a period in that time. I average about 3lbs a yr it varies. I've tried other birth control it made me bleed severely. I recommend the shot to older teenagers and older ladies if they don't wanna end up pregnant."

Anonymous (taken for 10 years or more) February 1, 2016

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"It made me have psychotic episodes. It made me gain weight. I was super moody. I had thoughts self harm."

   
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Ashman6 January 29, 2016

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"I went on depo because I have horrible long periods and was constantly forgetting to take my pills which was makin my periods worse. I got my first shot on the first day on my period about a year ago and within two days my period was gone. I spotted a little the next month but haven't bled at all since! It's been amazing. I have been very good about getting my shots every 3 months on the day. My body did not react well to estrogen but reacts very well to the hormones in the shot. My acne got slightly worse but I also lost about 10 pounds since I've been on it. I love the depo shot! I haven't had my period or period side effects and almost a year and it's made my life so much better."

   
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Anonymous January 28, 2016

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"I have recently gotten of the shot, but I was on it for about a year and a half. I got on it when I was 17, for my periods, and it does indeed live up to its name for stopping periods. However, I gained about thirty five pounds on the shot. I'm very active, and have a proper diet for a girl my age, so it's likely the hormones. But that's not the reason I got off it, I started lactating out of my breasts about a month ago. Yes, I told my doctor and we took 2 pregnancy tests, and I am not pregnant. So, in short, I'll give you a quick pros and cons list Pros: Prevents pregnancy (I do not use condoms with my partner), stops periods Cons: weird side effects, mood swings, nausea, constipation, weight gain, breast growth, hair loss, fatigue."

   
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Meatballprincess0808 January 23, 2016

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"I got the shot Jan 2014. I bled every day for the first three shots - 9 months. I wasn't allowed to get off of it because my mom was in charge. After the third shot I haven't had a period or spotting since. I have gained a lot of weight, around 50 pounds to this day. I really believe it's because of the shot because my eating habits haven't changed and I work out more now than I did before. The shot doesn't hurt but it feels uncomfortable for about a day or two. I was considering switching to Nexplanon (the implant in your arm) but after reading those reviews I think I've decided to stay with the shot. I haven't gotten pregnant and I haven't had my period since the third shot. If I don't get the weight off soon I will switch."

   
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AnnieHer. January 22, 2016

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"I started depo when I was 14. Stayed on it for a year (4 shots) with no periods or period side effects, just some spotting. The first 2 shots, I had lost 15 lbs, and the second 2 shots I gained back that 15 lbs plus another 20. So 35 lbs later, I decided to switch to the pills. I was on aubra for about 2 weeks before I had to stop due to extreme nausea. After that, I tried nuvaring, only to find out it wouldnt sit properly and caused burning and itching. so then, I switched to a non hormonal IUD (paraguard). I stayed on the paraguard for about 7 months before I had to have it removed for extremely heavy painful periods. After all this, I'm back on depo. I just got my second shot today. Lost about 8 lbs already. No symptoms but spotting."

   
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AutumnU7 January 19, 2016

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"I have been on the depo shot since I was around 12 and I am now almost 20, I love it! I switched because I always forgot to take my pill and I have a very heavy period with unbearable cramps. The only time I have a problem is if I forget to go in at the end of the 3 months because then my body usually gets off track and I start to have spotting. But besides that I usually don't have a period or any of the side effect"

   
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Danielle f January 17, 2016

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"I got my first shot in June of 2015. I didn't start bleeding right away but I noticed every time I would have intercourse there would be blood on my partner and myself. I would spot for a couple days after and it would go away. Until I had intercose again! I couldn't figure out why every time I had sex I would bleed! I called my doctor and of course they told me "give it until the 2nd shot". I went to get the 2nd shot Sep 29th and haven't stopped bleeding since! Today is January 16th! Just when I would think it stopped, there's more blood! Sometimes brown, sometimes bright red. I have no sex life. I didn't get my 3rd shot which I was due for in December because the bleeding never stopped. I would never recommend this."

   
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Anonymous January 17, 2016

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"I'm currently 27 years old. Just Had a baby girl. Mother of 3. Drs told me that I have to wait 3 months before implanting the IUD, Mirena. So I went ahead and got on the depo shot today. The shot was quick and painless. I haven't felt any symptoms yet. Will keep you updated. Im currently breastfeeding as well. So I honestly do not want any more kids. So hopefully this birth control won't be as bad as the reviews."

   
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Fran20152010 (taken for less than 1 month) January 15, 2016

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"I have taken the shot in the past and had bad side effects but I decided to try it again. I had my daughter in Nov. and it is now Jan. and I have not stop bleeding. I see other people have had side effects of bleeding, tiredness, mood swings, and depression. I am having all these side effects. I am due for my next shot Feb. 1st which I will not be getting. Not a fun life when you are experiencing these side effects."

   
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Michellelee07191978 January 15, 2016

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"First shot went great. I didn't really get any side-effects. I didn't have any bleeding whatsoever nor any weight gain. I was hungry often, but actually lost a couple of pounds. I did fell anxious the first few days, but that went away. Haven't decided if I want to get the second shot yet, but overall I did well on it."

   
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Scurib124 January 13, 2016

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"Started this birth control at 15, light periods/spotting for about a year. I've now been on it for about 3 1/2 years only reason I'm stopping is because it was recommended by my doctor to start nexplanon. I didn't gain any weight for the first 1 1/2-2 years but, I did gain about 35-40 pounds which could of been from the depo or just puberty. If I could stay on it I would but it's not recommend to be on more than two years because of calcium loss in some people. Wish me luck with nexplanon! I hope I don't get my period with it!"

   
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SAB1179 January 13, 2016

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"I have been on the shot for 6 months now (and am due for my 3rd shot in 2 weeks) and I have yet to get my period! I have had no spotting throughout the 6 months. I do, however, still have the symptoms that I would have if I were to get my period at the time that I would get my period, but they're not as bad as without the shot. Cramps are minimal. The only downside is I am a huge hypochondriac and since some of the side effects are also early pregnancy symptoms, I am constantly thinking I'm pregnant (even though the chances are 3 in 1000). I would highly recommend this method!"

   
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Anonymous January 13, 2016

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"I'm 41 I got on Depot in 1992 and have yet to have a cycle. I'm not complaining at all. I got my shot on time and it works just fine. I haven't been on Depot for 3 years and still no period...:-) NOT WORRIED AT ALL."

vicci vicci (taken for 10 years or more) January 13, 2016

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"I've been on the depo shot for almost 8 years. The first two shots were the toughest to go through, but nothing compared to my regular period. I bled so badly before depo I was wearing a pad and tampon, changing both every hour. Incapacitated by the painful cramps and back pain, mood swings. Between the 3rd shot and now, 7 1/2 years later, no period or mood swings. It's been amazing. The only time I spot is when I'm getting close to my due date for my next shot. So a friendly reminder."

   
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NoperiodSteff January 11, 2016

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"I'm 23 years old. I'm due for a 3rd shot the end of this month but I don't think I'm taking it. I've had severe headaches and backaches. My eyes hurt going outside so I have to wear sunglasses in winter!. I haven't had any periods just spotting now and then. I've gained a lot of weight well being on it because I seem to always be hungry. I have no sex drive what so ever. I'm extremely moody. I wouldn't recommend this shot to anyone. I've heard nothing but bad things about it since being on it. And I didn't know that this shot is also used for cancer patients too. I'm going to stop the shot because of the bone strength loss and possible infertility caused by this shot."

   
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August baby January 11, 2016

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"I took this three times in my life so far (22-24yrs, 25-26, 35-) and it has been the best for me. I discontinued due to concern for bone density/trying to get pregnant but was careful to excercise/eat well/supplement w D and calcium. I did not gain weight or have bone loss. I tried many pill types, combo/mono and triphasic, and was violently ill and threw up bile on the hour on any pill containing estrogen. had depression, swollen breasts and skin darkening on the progesterone only pill, and heartburn and vomiting on all pills. I feel normal on this, if anything, I possibly lost weight. thank goodness because it is way better than worrying about an IUD....cramping and perforation and all that."

   
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luna1 January 9, 2016

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"I have had nothing but a great experience on this contraception. I've been on it for 20 years with no side effects. The pill was too cumbersome for me as I would forget or take late so the depo was the alternative. I have never had a period when on it and will stay on it for that reason alone."

   
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RubyJane January 5, 2016

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"I was told that I had to get two shots or else it could be potentially dangerous to be taken off of the shot. Three months later and a ton of anxiety attacks and bleeding, I'm in the office going back on my pill. The worst thing I could've ever possibly done to myself was this shot."

   
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Alyssa Moyer December 28, 2015

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"Depo shot: I want to start of by saying that I know birth control affects everyone differently. But I also feel that many girls aren't truly warned about the side affects. Before receiving the 3 month depo shot I had to sign a form for bone loss. But I did not have to sign a form about all the side effects that plagued me while on this shot, and for months after. An hour after receiving the depot shot I experienced my first panic attack. Extreme fear, nausea, choking, sweating all out of nowhere. Then it happened again several hours later. I took the shot only once. It's been six months since I received the shot and I'm now having another panic attack. No one actually tells you that the depot shot remains in your system for up to 18 months. This doesn't even come close to the worst of it. A month after my depo shot I started my period. My period went from July to October NONSTOP. Continual flow, every day, for five months. It finally stopped when I ate a bunch of fresh ground flax seeds (they have estrogen in them, which helps repair uterine lining - depo is progesterone which thins the uterine lining). I only received one shot and my life has been affected for six months and counting. It's amazing that my relationship survived the depot shot. I had/have an amazing man by my side who knew none of this was my fault and supported me the whole way. But I truly could not have judged him if he left - depo was horrible for our relationship. Please, please decide if these risks are worth it before you take this shot. You can't remove it from your body, but you can stop taking the pill if you react negatively."

   
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Jasmineeeeexxxx (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 27, 2015

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"Very effective for birth control. But the side effects are bled for two weeks non stop. Going through depression , horrible mood swings. Would not recommend or reuse. This is my first time getting it & my last."

   
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Dahlias (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 24, 2015

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