When I was about 16 I started on the Depo shot for about 6-8 months.This was the beginning of a nightmare for me. It started with constant bleeding then mood swings you could not believe. I also had night sweats, slight hair loss, weight gain, and stretch marks poped up all over my body! At 16 I was mortified! After trying to get rid of the stretch marks with no luck I went off the shot and lo and behold they stopped showing up and began to lighten. I also lost a few "not all" of the pounds I had gained. I am 21 now and in a monogamous relationship. I recently have been looking into getting the Mirena. I learned however that it uses the same hormone that the Depo shot uses. This terrifies me because of all the side affect I had. My question is to anyone who had been on the Depo shot and had a bad experience who is now/was on Mirena and how their experience with that is/was? I have read a lot of reviews of Mirena where women have had these side affects. I really do not want to go through the torture I went through with the Depo shot again if I do decide to get Mirena!
Hi again! I did have a depo injection while waiting for my cesarean to heal to get my Mirena. I gained massive amounts of weight with depo, and never stopped bleeding. I would NOT recommend depo. Also, long term, if you take depo longer than two years you can lose bone density. That's a big concern, especially for women with osteoporosis in their family.
I had also this experience with Depo, around the same age, I also developed cystic acne. I am now seeing an excellent gynaecologist who has recommended that I try Mirena, and he is aware of my experience with Depo. I trust his judgement as a professional with a strong desire to help, however I am very very afraid of what I may face. I am not able to have any Estrogen containing medications due to my migraine/seizure medications, and so this is one of the limited options I have to choose from. There are many reasons why this may turn out to be a good choice for me, but from the research I have done it seems that the reactions are either excellent or terrible, with no real mid range. I will try the Mirena despite the complicated procedure to insert, I will have it removed if it does not work, and there is always the copper IUD which is non-hormonal to fall back on.
Please, I see that your post is from 2011, and your case sounds quite similar to my own. Let me know what your experience was like.
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