Okay, so I just started on the shot yesterday (2nd day of my period) and I was wondering what all I should know. When and when can I not have sex? What should I expect? How soon does it work (I have seen many different answers for this)? Could this drug possibly increase breast growth? Let me know anything you think is necessary. Thanks so much xx
It always amazes me how any people inject a long term drug into their bodies, & THEN ask what they should expect, rather than researching it & then making an informed decision on whether or not to subject their bodies to powerful drugs!
1. It can take 2 or 3 shots to stop irregular bleeding on Depo. Some women get spotting, some have nothing, others have constant heavy bleeding. By the time you’ve had, at most, 3 shots, then your periods are most likely to stop altogether, until you come off Depo Provera, but every woman is different as the body is unique.
If you do get irregular bleeding, It's probably worth sticking it out until you've had at least 3 shots, to see if it settles down, because coming off the Depo so soon could cause even more bleeding, for quite some time.
2. If you decide to come off Depo, it can take months for your cycle to become regular again. You may get irregular spotting or bleeding during this time.
3. It may take up to 18 months to become fertile again, once stopping Depo. For some women, it is a little longer. However, some women conceive more quickly.
4. There are quite a list of possible side effects that come with Depo, as with other hormonal birth control. You can find these by going to the Manufacturer’s website (Pfizer) & searching for the drug medroxyprogesterone or Depo Provera (both same thing).
As with all drugs, you just have to weigh up the pros & cons & find the one that you’re most suited to.
I’d say that weight gain & lower back ache are the most common side effects we hear about. Upping your exercise regime can prevent the former.
5. I would suggest you take a good quality calcium supplement that contains both vitamin D & Magnesium. You need the latter 2 in order to absorb the calcium. Depo is known to cause a reduction in bone density, & therefore it’s hoped that by ensuring you give your body the extra nutrients, you can prevent osteoporosis in later life.
6. Depo is thought to increase the chances of breast cancer, yet decrease the chances of cervical cancer.
7. Depo Provera is used to chemically castrate sex offenders.
8. As you had your shot during the first 5 days of your period, the Manufacturer states that you are covered immediately against pregnancy.
9. Depo works by convincing your body that it is pregnant, & even softens the ligaments in your pelvis, ready for a growing baby. This is why many women on Depo get lower back ache. It is therefore not inconceivable that your breasts could grow, due to the huge amount of progesterone in Depo.
10. The injection of Depo is put into a large muscle in the body (usually buttock or arm). I always found that top of buttock was best, as having it in your arm can cause more pain for days after.
It is always better to alternate buttocks (or arms), because continuously having the drug in the same muscle, can cause it to become concave. This is due to the pool of hormone that the shot puts into the muscle. It would return to normal once not having repeated shots, though.
I've been on Depo for two years now and in the first year I thought it was amazing, I didn't get my period and I didn't see weight gain.
I continued to use this drug and I think long term it is terrible! I have experienced depression, fatigue and suicidal thoughts. No energy! It's something hard to explain. I have done plenty of research and have found that many women have experienced this!
It literally messes with your head long term!
I'm still waiting for my body to go back to normal so I can feel okay again!
Please PLEASE! Do your research and don't use this drug long term.
Hoping this helps!
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