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Review by Gloryxoxo (taken for less than 1 month):
I'm 17 years old, I was on the pill at first but I got off because I was ALWAYS moody! So I got on Depo so far it's been okay, but since I've been on it my face has started peeling. I'm always putting lotion on my face.
I have been on Depo Provera since I was 18, so about five years. I have had no issues with it. I have not had a period in years (before I had terribly heavy periods), I did not experience any weight gain, do not have trouble staying fit, and do not experience any mood/personality swings. I just don't like that it's likely weakening my bones, but I try to stay on top of that with calcium/D supplements. However, I do wonder if it's had a negative effect on my sex drive, but that's inconsistent and I have nothing to compare it to since I got my shot as soon as I became sexually active, so it's hard to say.
Comment 2: As mentioned in my previous comment, I personally have had no issued with the Depo shot and would have loved to continue on this form of BC. The reason I am stopping is because my older sister tried the shot about 5 years ago while I was away at school. I never knew this about her experience, and our doctor says this side affect has never happened before, but it was like the others where she experienced CONSTANT HEAVY bleeding for months straight, but it wasn't like a period blood; she was bleeding internally. It made her blood cell count change so drastically they thought she had cancer. She was hospitalized for about a month. I will not be continuing the Depo Shot because she has begged me not too.
I have been on the depo shot for almost 10 months now and it hasn't been too bad. The only problems I've had is severe mood swings, nausea, and headaches daily. I'm a sick person anyways so I'm not sure if I've gotten other side effects but I do know those are from the depo. My periods are now pretty much gone. My second shot I had a period for about 2 months but it wasn't heavy. I plan on getting off of it though after this shot wears off because I have been reading a lot of bad things about the shot. Severe mood swings, depression, anxiety, hair loss, osteoporosis, infertility, etc. I eventually want to get pregnant but you can lose all options if you continue the shot for an extended period of time and I don't want that to happen.
I've been on the Depo for about 9 months now and am happy to say I will not be getting another shot. I received my first shot 2 days after giving birth. I have not had a period (besides the constant bleeding for 6 weeks after delivering) but do get get brown discharge instead which doesn't bother me. The only thing I HATED was the weight gain. I gained about 3-5 lbs after every shot. And it's been VERY hard to get rid of. I also have no sex drive. But besides that I haven't expierenced any other side effects.
The worst thing I have ever done!! Thought I'd be smart and have the depo so I never had to remember taking my Cilest pill, never ever ever again! Since I had it I have had big sore spots on my face chest neck and back one goes another takes its place! They are so so sore and hard most of the time nothing actually in them!! I HAD beautiful thick hair I now have thin hair, my hair has fallen out in clumps its also dry and very knotty no matter how much I brush it or how much conditioner I use (half a bottle at times!) Only had the one injection was due to have another in August but didn't! Desperately trying to get pregnant now and finding it very difficult having period pains but no periods not ovulating! Only had 1 3 week-long period in 3 months!!
I've been on the Depo shot for about 9 months. I decided along with my doctor to get the Shot because i have what is called bacterial vaginosis, cysts on my ovaries and also constant yeast infections. It has seemed to help with all of the above reasons of why I initially started the shot. On the shot i have experienced horrific migraines, nausea, extreme mood swing, severe depression and high levels of anxiety. I also spot monthly and for the first two months i bled heavily. I am actually going back to the doctor to switch to either a different birth control or to completely get off of BC. I hope this helps ya'll!
I got my first shot the beginning of September after having a miscarriage of an unplanned pregnancy! Got the shot and thought I would be fully protected, WRONG!!! Low and behold, I am pregnant once again! I think the 99% rate is a bunch of bull because there are more and more people getting pregnant on this almost "flawless" birth control
I started the birth control shot in 2013 the day before my 20th birthday. To say the least, it was a terrible decision.
The shot was great in some ways. I did not have a period the entire time I was on the shot (3 months) and through my 1st month on the pill after. My periods were always irregular though. It was also nice to be free from worry about contraception.
The bad overwhelmed the good though. The first week that I was on the shot I had bad headaches. Not migraines, but they were painful. I spotted lightly halfway through the 1st month and continued for 2 weeks. At 3 weeks, I became horrifyingly depressed. I wouldn't have survived if I hadn't known that it would likely be better once I stopped the shot.
I have been on depo for over a year now. My positives would be no period, easy and that's about it. However I will no longer be receiving this birth control. Did you know that this same drug is used as a "chemical castration" for male sex offenders. They give it to them to drastically decrease their sex drive. Makes you wonder what it does to women. For me it has done just that. I started receiving the shot right before my husband and I got married and I didn't even want to have sex on our honeymoon . It has seriously affected our relationship and that is why I do not want to continue the shot.
I was on depo for 7 years straight and once I got on it I didn't have a period at all. Than once I stopped I got my period but ever since I got off of it my lower abdomen lower back and left side have been in the worst pain. It won't go away. And Ive had a normal period for the last 4 to 5 months but now I'm 5 days late and am in the worst pain. I don't know if I could be pregnant or if the depo caused me to get endometriosis. Anyone else having this experience? I don't know what to do.
I have been on the depo shot since I was 15! (11 years now) I love the shot I have never had an issue, after my first couple weeks on it I never got a period again unless I missed a shot and had to wait for a period to get it again. I swear by it one of the greatest thing you don't forget to take it daily no cramps no period nothing up your private area. Until this past year, issues I have been having all added up and led to this shot. I'm 26 years old and have osteoporosis that of an 80 year old, the smaller of my breast became 2 sizes larger, my migraines increased to weekly with vision loss, itchy sore breasts, random stomach pains and nausea. Also I have not changed my eating habits or daily routine I have out on 25lbs in the past 6mon.
Review by The moody one. (taken for 1 to 6 months):
I've been on Depo-Provera for about 6 weeks now. As for my period it's been amazing. I haven't gotten my period once and I've gotten spotting once and it last around 2 seconds. Unfortunetly about once a week I get excruciating migraines to the point where I can't see. Also I am having such bad hair loss I'm starting to get worried. I'm also finding some foods I love, are making me nauseous and I've became slightly claustrophobic. The worst of all though are my constant mood swings. I am constantly mad over nothing at my boyfriend. Almost every other day I seem to get really mad out of no where. It's like I'm not myself. Depression isn't really an issue but it comes with my mood swings. I also have no sex drive whatsoever.
14 users found this comment helpful.
I have been on Depo-Provera for about 4 weeks. Started spotting a pink color. Then my period came a week late. I've been bleeding over a week as of now. Next shot isn't until next month. Cramps used to be severe but now I barely feel them. Appetite has changed. Mood swings all the time and constantly feel nauseous.
My first shot of Depo-Provera was almost three months ago and I am due for my second shot in less than two weeks. I will not get that second shot and must say Depo-Provera worked very bad for me. I've been bleeding straight for two months now, awful mood swings and depression, extensive hair loss and no sex drive at all.
18 users found this comment helpful.
Depo-Provera has changed my life. I am now period and yeast infection free. Which is a HUGE deal for someone who has suffered from yeast infections 1x a month for the past 4 years as well as heavy painful periods. Haven't had a period since my first shot which was 7 weeks ago. I am a healthy 28 year old, aside from suffering from migraines. I have not had any side effects from Depo-Provera, no acne, hair loss, weight gain, etc.
11 users found this comment helpful.
I am 18 years old and weigh about 120 pounds. I got in the Depo-Provera shot July 2013. When I went to get the shot the nurse told me I may have no weight gain or cravings. She also told me to take 1200 calcium everyday. The day after I got the shot I felt like I had the flu the whole day was miserable. As the first month was bad. My body ached & I felt sick to my stomach about every week.. The second month I was sick about 3 days a week with my body hurting & sick to my stomach. I also lost my urge to eat. Throughout the 3 months I was moody my friends & family couldn't stand to be around me. I gained maybe 2 pounds.
11 users found this comment helpful.
I've been on Depo for about a year. My periods used to be very heavy but now they are very light. The downside is that they last about 2-3 weeks. I've gained about 20 pounds and experience some pretty crazy mood swings. My libido has completely crashed and I almost always need to use lube. I got Depo-Provera because it fits my lifestyle; there's no way I could take a pill at the same time everyday.
After my 2nd pregnancy I used natural birth control method, but about a year later I got my first period and surprise! I got pregnant. After my third child was born I got on the Depo-Provera shot. Other than slight pain on the injection sight for a few days I also noticed both times after getting the shot I get moody and angry easily. (I feel bad for my family) but after a short while I usually go back to normal. I'm guessing its just the change in my hormone levels.
Depo-Provera worked very well. In fact I really loved it. I only gained about 3 pounds (I do work out 4/5 times a week). Had my period 3 times a year and it was so easy just one shot every three months. The only downside was I got a bunch of acne and a bit of hair loss. Each month around my period I still had the cravings but never got my period! Now that I am off my acne cleared up a bit. I highly recommend this birth control! Very effective!
13 users found this comment helpful.
I have been on the Depo-Provera shot for a little over a year now and I must say I love it! I did not have to pay a dime out of pocket since my insurance covered it, so it was free. Also, before starting this I took the birth control pill Aviane and I sometimes forgot to take it on time, so that's the reason why I chose to get on the Depo since you take it every 3 months. The Depo is very effective and is great preventing pregnancy, I barely get periods anymore, and the unwanted hair on my body started going away. I noticed that my hair grew longer too, but I don't know if it was because of the Depo shot or not. Other than that I will continue to use this form of birth control and I highly recommend this to other women.
14 users found this comment helpful.
Review by laurbyrd (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
I've tried 5 different birth control pills before trying the Depo-Provera. There's no estrogen, so I don't get moody or sensitive. I also didn't gain any weight at all and was able to go back down to my normal body weight that I was prior to taking the pill version of birth control. The only side effect I feel is a little bit of soreness in my hip after the injection, but that's to be expected. The one complaint I have is that you're only able to stay on it for 3 years. I'd stay on it until I wanted to be pregnant if they would let me.
10 users found this comment helpful.
I've only had my first shot. The first month was okay. I was always hungry, severe backaches & headaches, and few hot flashes. I got my cycle a week or so late. I'm in my 2nd month and I've been having really bad cramps, constant bleeding, and diarrhea. No weight gain, at least not yet.
13 users found this comment helpful.
I got the Depo-Provera when I got the intrauterine device taken out. I've only had the Depo for three weeks but I've been bleeding everyday and because of being injected with hormones my mood has been awful I've practically broke up with me boyfriend so now it seems I've got the Depo for no reason.
16 users found this comment helpful.
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