I made the mistake of googling depo just to see how long the irregular bleeding last mine hasnt started yet and instead of just finding answers. I'm finding millions of horror stories about women bleeding for six months straight?! So i'm here to ask about other peoples experiences on depo, and if anyone has any tips to help with the irregular bleeding/spotting. This is my first time on the shot. Thank you in advance!
Everyone reacts differently, but it's not uncommon to have irregular bleeding until you've had 2 or 3 shots. For some it settles sooner.
You will need to be monitored for iron deficiency, if this goes on longer than a few weeks.
If it continues longer than 3 shots, then it's not the right method of contraception for you.
Depo Provera convinces your body it's pregnant. You can experience any symptoms you might get from pregnancy, once settled onto the Drug.
From leaking breasts to severe lower back ache, as your pelvis expands for the 'growing baby'. For me it also included weight gain & very painful sex.
I bled for 2 years during one of the recommended breaks. Nothing the doctors tried, worked for long.
The Manufacturer does not advise you are on it for longer than 2 years.
They say if you have no other choice, then you should take breaks every 2 years. This is due to the longer term health risks of Depo Provera, such as your bones thinning, causing osteoporosis.
The Manufacturer advises that if you have no other option for contraception, that you have an MRI scan after a significant time of being on it, to check your bone density.
When you come off Depo, it can take up to 18 months to regain your fertility. Even after just 1 shot. Everyone is different, though.
I'd recommend taking a good quality calcium supplement to try to limit or prevent bone thinning, one that contains both magnesium & vitamin D in the correct ratios, so that you absorb the calcium into your bones.
- Depo-Provera Information for Consumers
- Depo-Provera Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Depo-Provera (detailed)
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