I have suffered 3 years on Depo but continued to take it because ive enjoyed not having a period. Sad I know. I have every bad reaction, cystic acne, backacne, weight gain ( I cant remove my engagement ring to save my life ), depression, insomnia, anxiety, my bone density has weakened, etc. the list is really too long. I'm fed up and I want to get it out of my system. My ob/gyn doesn't listen or care and unfortunately I am in a small town so I don't really have many options. I have a family history of diabetes and breast cancer which I just learned should really have prevented my ob/gyn from ever putting me on Depo. I however I used to have severe periods with an average clot size of a quarter - it really sucked. So I need a birth control to help with my period but will bring back the old me. Is there a good birth control that can help with my periods but get rid of the horrible side effects I've been dealing with ? I've thought about just not taking any until I have gotten the Depo out of my system however my ob/gyn wont hear of it and insists I choose another birth control option. I don't have a family doctor to talk to because she was moved to a larger city. I chose a new doctor however thanks to the new insurance laws I actually have no doctor.
You pretty much described me a few years ago, after 18 yrs of Deposit Proverb.
What worked for me was to come off hormonal contraception for a while (ended up actually staying off it), & correcting my hormone imbalance that had led to years of hormonal symptoms.
I used agnus cactus (Vitex in USA). Worth reading up on it. It supports your liver to correct the imbalance, so periods are regular, flow better & symptoms such as PMS are moderated.
Hormonal birth control creates an imbalance deliberately. AC corrects this & any imbalance in your body prior to the artificial hormones.
I have to avoid having my period due to the hormonal disaster my body becomes when I get my period, and depo kept me off my period for years, which I really liked, but it destroyed my body. I switched to Seasonique (Quasense), which is one where you take the contraceptive for three straight months before you get to the sugar pills. You basically get your period quarterly.
In my case, getting the hormonal fluctuation of a period causes such a problem, I skip the sugar pills and continue taking the pill without interruption. The problem with doing this for several years without taking a break is that there can be unintended (meaning: unplanned) breakthrough bleeding. So, my physician recommended that once every year and a half or so, I let myself have a cycle. My normal flow prior to depo was very heavy for 7 days, but when I allow myself to have a cycle now, I have a light flow and spotting for 3 days, which is completely livable.
I asked my Doctor if there should be concern about not getting a period. I was thinking that cells would just continue building and building in my uterus, never sloughing off. But apparently, the cells never build up when you don't go through the hormonal process that causes you to release the egg, therefore, that lining doesn't develop.
Women react very differently to different oral contraceptives. At higher doses of an oral contraceptive when I was in college, I cycled for 16 days straight. To have a normal 7-day cycle, I had to go on the lowest dose possible of estrogen. So, what you pick would need to be very individualized for you. If you are trying to avoid getting your period, though, picking one that only has you cycle quarterly might be a good option. I hope this helps! :0)
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