i took 3 shots of the depo and stopped due to severe anxiety disorder that i developped. now i missed the 4th shot this month and i have been losing weight without trying... i am on sertraline for anxiety but just want to know what is causing the weight loss... I have lost 5 pouns within 2 months and i went to the doctor and had all kinds of testing done and everything came back normal... please advice
Hi, on rare occasions, loss of appetite/appetite changes have been reported. Weight GAIN is listed as a potential side effect, but not weight loss. I checked the side effects for Sertraline as well, and again, weight GAIN is listed, but not weight loss. I would try not to be too worried, unless the weight loss continues. Do you have a small frame, that losing 5lb would be a problem for? I assume your thyroid function has been checked?
I'm 19 years old and I tried the depo shot for my first time about 2 months ago or so but anyway every since I got the shot my weight has dropped. I'm already skinny, I weighed 100 pounds before I got the shot, after I got it I lost 6 pounds now I am very underweight and I really do think the shot affects ppl differently. I got it because I thought it would help me gain weight instead I lost more :/ Since I can't remove the shot I got I just started taking multi vitamins to help me boost my appetite. I will probably never get that shot again it's probably just not for us.
I was administered depo when I was 16 under the advice of mother who, for a good reason, wanted me to have a fail-safe because I was in fact sexually active at the time. I was into my second year in college when I started losing my appetite and becoming very fatigued. I was taking classes full-time and working part-time but it all became entirely unbearable. Eating felt like a chore and sleeping was all that I wanted to do. I called out of work every chance that I could. Looking back, that was very unlike me. My parents came to visit late into the semester and my dad suggested that I looked thin but I did not pay much attention to his concerns. Finally I had enough of the fatigue and went to see my GYN for answers. She suggested that my progesterone levels were low causing hormonal imbalance and wrote a prescription for the progesterone. Later in the hallway she pulled me aside (whispering) suggesting that I take a break from the depo for a few weeks.
I believe she knew that depo had debilitating side effects on certain occasions but did not want to disclose her opinions in front of the nurses. I eventually went on to take the pill until the Summer of 2015 when I just stopped birth control altogether. I started feeling better mentally and physically about 3-4 months post BC and I haven’t had such a dark cloud hovering over me since. I really felt imprisoned in someone else’s body which has left a lasting effect on the way that I view hormonal contraception altogether.
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