I have been battling iron deficiency anemia since 2013(I am currently 49) and need iron infusions every 3-6 months. In quest to find an answer it was also determined I had possible adenomyosis and small fibroids. OB/GYN put me on Depo shot to stop bleeding to see if that contributed to my anemia symptoms. My levels still did drop slowly. Gastro and consult with Penn docor think I have an AVM in my small interesting that is slow blood loss. ANYWAY... I hate the side effects of Depo Provera and at 49 so I said after last shot no more! well its time for my next shot next week and am second guessing my decision. Will I make my anemia worse once period comes back? OB/GYN is saying we will wait and see. Cant do regular birth control because it raises my blood pressure. I am also concerned about increased breast cancer risk-my mom died of breast cancer when I was 12. I have heard horror stories of people coming off shot-Ive been on it for 1 year. Anyone have any advice on what I can expect?
I was on Depo for 18yrs with recommended breaks. Without it I'd have constant heavy periods. I have a number of health conditions, including bowel problems.
It took me several attempts to get off Depo, due to returning to heavy bleeding. I used Vitex in the end, also known by several other names. I still use it today to regulate my menstrual cycle & lessen my PMS symptoms. It's a Godsend.
My mum got me some really helpful books - 'Heart and Blood Circulatory Problems' by Jan de Vries, & another of his; 'Stomach and Bowel Disorders'. Those & a few other books of his have made a huge difference to my life. My health is so much better now. That's where I heard of Vitex, under the herbal name.
Worth checking out. I'd copy this answer in case it gets deleted. This is, after all, a drugs forum.
I'll add you as a friend & if you want to add me too it means you can send me questions privately, just in case this thread disappears.
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