I was on the Depo Provera shot for 3 years. Its been a year since my last shot and I haven't had a period or anything since my first shot. Has anyone else had this happen?
No periods after the Depo shot?
Added 10 Dec 2015:
Also, how long does the depo take to completely leave your system? and Does it affect my chances of having children if I decide to have kids in the future? I'm 19 and my doctor never told me alot about the shot :/
Hey i was only on the shot for a few months and it stopped my periods. Its been 7 months since my last shot, I do have a mirena coil in and have occasional spotting, no periods yet. I had periods on Mierna prior to the shot, Ive heard of some people taking 14-16 months for their fertility to return to normal. But do not worry, it wont affect you permantly
I was on Depo for 18 years, with a couple of short breaks (which the Manufacturer recommends).
On each of those short breaks, my body reacted differently, & therefore I don't think it's possible to say for certain how anyone will react each time.
Not having a period for a year is very common. It can take up to 18 months before you get your fertility back, for some a little longer.
Being on Depo for best part of 2 decades has not effected my fertility. Once it came back I ovulated as normal.
So far, I have had MRI scans (at my own request) & there has been no damage to my bone density, although I will repeat the scan once I reach menopause.
Some women have unprotected sex once they stop using Depo, believing that they do not need contraception, because they have not yet had a period. They have not realised that although they hadn't seen any blood, their body had just had it's first ovulation, & they have ended up pregnant.
If you want to encourage your body to get back into a regular cycle asap, rather than using more hormones, you can try a natural remedy called Agnus Castus. It got my periods back into a regular cycle really quickly (& helped with my PMS). The only thing is, you can't use it if you're taking any hormonal birth control, because it could make it ineffective, & you could end up accidentally pregnant.
I use the 'A. Vogel' brand, as it's really good quality. It's a liquid that you put in a small amount of water, twice daily. You can get it at health stores or on the internet. I get mine from Amazon.
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