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3.1/10 Average Rating
453 Ratings with 499 User Reviews

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"I have been bleeding for the past 2 months & 1/2. I'm anemic & struggle w low blood pressure due to the fact that I've been none stop bleeding. I try to take care of myself I eat healthy but with so much bleeding I feel helpless that no matter how much I try to maintain my health well I can't. I have lost so much hair, incredibly a lot. I find myself sweeping so much cause my hair is every where!! I'm even the reason our shower got clogged from so much hair that I've lost while I shower (I try to pick up as much as I can while I shower so I could throw it away). I had very thick hair & so much of it that now anyone notices that I've lost much of my hair! I've become depressed and angry! My sex drive has gone down as well. I've been with my partner for over six years we were planning of having a baby in the near future & we aren't planning to have any more so I thought this would be worth it but my mental health and my health in general is far more important. I won't be getting the next shot. I WANT MY LIFE BACK!!!"

G51 April 30, 2018

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"I'm 19 years old and I've been on the shot for almost a year now. At first I had a lot of dark heavy spotting constantly for months. It stopped by the time I got my second shot. I hadn't had a period since then - but now I'm spotting again. It's different than the beginning though. It's very light red and thin. It's been two weeks now and I'm still bleeding. Not really sure what it is. I assume something has to come out after all this time of not having a period, so I'm not all that worried about it. Personally, I enjoy being on the shot. I gained some much needed weight and I don't have to deal my horrible painful periods. The moodiness is kind of hard to deal with but it's not uncontrollable. A lot of people hate the depo shot but I think it just depends on yourself and how your hormones are. I'm a small person and I never had an appetite before I got on the shot. It helped me gain weight and end my terrible periods."

   
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Karen (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 3, 2018

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"I’m 18 years old I got on the depo shot almost 6 months ago and haven’t stopped bleeding since. I’ve had heavy non stop periods for 5 months now with no break and couldn’t be more depressed about it. I’m constantly having to worry about bleeding through everything and have spend over 200 dollars or more on feminine products the last 6 months. I will never recommend this to anyone. I didn’t gain weight in fact I think I lost weight but I can’t take it anymore. I’m NOT getting the next shot."

   
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K (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 27, 2018

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"I received the shot to "regulate" my very heavy and painful periods. The side affects of this drug are not worth it!! After having the shot I became extremely depressed, lost all sex drive, lost all my emotions, and I am experiencing such vaginal dryness I can't even use a tampon to help with the last side affect the bleeding!! 5 weeks into the shot I started bleeding and passing clots. It doesn't stop. Also, this drug turns off your body's ability to make it's own hormones so this isn't even a real period. This drug doesn't help regulate periods because you won't be able to ovulate so you can't have a period... This bleeding is just your body screaming to get this horrible horrible drug out!!! Never again!!!"

   
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Barbara (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 22, 2018

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"My girlfriend had the shot so she won’t get pregnant but now she has been bleeding for like 2 months straight. The point was to not have a baby , now we haven’t had sex in months."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 21, 2018

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"I started using depo provera about 6 months ago. It has been the worst experience and 6 months of my life. I have had suicidal thoughts, weight gain, hair loss, and was recently diagnosed with anemia due to me bleeding for 3 months at a time. I went to the doctor to see why I was feeling so bad and she said that depo provera should be illegal, and that it causes heaps of problems and every other side effect I was having. Please don’t use depo!!"

   
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kto March 16, 2018

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"I might be early in my in shot. But I just had my second shot in December & due for getting my third in March, which I am still torn if I want to. But since I have started at the beginning it was good. I did not have a period, I felt fine. My doctor told me on average most people gained "5 pounds". I got my second shot in December, I started spotting like crazy. Still am. But now it's off & on. I have gained a lot of weight since my second shot. It's crazy. I'm not sure if my body is rejecting birth control or it's this shot honestly. But I cramp really bad & I get that breakthrough bleeding. I am not sure if I should get the 3rd shot. I have also been breaking out. Not just on my face either. I'm not sure if I would recommend this. I am so torn if I should do the 3rd shot in 2 weeks...."

   
6.0

TH (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 23, 2018

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"After having my third baby I decided I needed birth control that was more long term. I decided on the shot because it was hassle free. However, this has been a nightmare. I have been bleeding constantly for a period of 3 weeks. I delivered my last baby via c-section and the amount of bleeding I am having now is equivalent to what I was having post partum. I am also very cranky and go into rages of anger where everything upsets me. I have had panic attacks where I feel my heart racing and can’t catch my breath. I already suffer from celiacs disease but it seems like Depo has aggravated it. I am having flare ups and experiencing IBS symptoms. I have three children and all these symptoms combined are taking away from my quality of life. I am constantly cranky, cramping, panicking or having IBS symptoms and I just want it to stop so I can enjoy my life and babies. This is horrible!"

   
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Aide88 February 4, 2018

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"I kept getting really bad periods from the time I was in 8th grade and it wasn't until my tenth grade year that I found out I have a minor case of PCOS but the cysts caused a tremendous excruciating pain to the point where I couldn't move. I tried birth control pills but they kept upsetting my stomach so I tried this after. I got my period the first half of the year then I started getting the shot but after that I rarely ever got my period. I was not sexually active at the time because well, I just wasn't having sex. I am concerned that I've been off of the shot for over a year now and I've only gotten my period twice within the year and a half but in a massive amount each time (14-16) days of bleeding, (6-8) heavy bleeding. Overall it helped with my pain but I put on a lot of weight."

   
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EhIguessitworks February 2, 2018

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"I went on DP to stop the excruciating pain I am in every month due to adenomyosis. While I was on it I loved it! My periods stopped and the pain went away with it. I came off it a few weeks ago and I have realized what a mistake it was to have started this. I was always in a bad/angry mood, I had no sex drive whatsoever, I did not feel happy or sad , just numb... and my weight went up and was not moving (even on a diet). I thought all this was due to the other medicine I on but when I stopped them nothing changed. Now that I have stopped Depo Provera my mood swings are so much better, I even feel happy and sad. Best of all my weight is dropping... I have started a diet and it works at long last. I will not be going back onto it."

   
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Linatu (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 24, 2018

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"Had my first shot of depo two months ago. Was fine for the first month and a half and now I have excruciating cramps even my prescription anti inflammatory don’t work! I’ve also had my period now on my eighth day and it’s just getting heavier and heavier. I’ve also had blood clots bigger then ever. My migraine attacks got so much more frequent the past month and I usually have good skin and have been getting pimples. Considering this is a progesterone only birth control, (usually esteogen being the evil one) - this is horrible!!! I’m going natural after this!!"

   
1.0

Mimsntea January 1, 2018

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"Hi, I'm 25 and I've been on the injection near 5 years now. But in the last year I've been on and off the injection due to unexplainable bleeding down below that went on for about 14 weeks. I didn't take the injection during and after all the examinations of finding out why I was bleeding.. to say I didn't bleed for the entire time I was on the injection. They eventually put it down to hormones. But as I was discharged from the hospital because it had stopped. A few weeks later I started bleeding again so I've stopped the injection again and this time I ain't going back on it. As I think it's messing with my hormones etc. I've been off the injection now about 2 months and since then I've bled on and off, I've had very sore boobs, I'm moody, I've had stomach cramps, irritation, tired constantly, nausea in the morning. I'm having a nightmare with it all. Can I ask.. is anyone else experiencing any of these symptoms coming off the depo??? Would love the advice, thank you Claire xxx"

Claire245 November 22, 2017

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"I was placed on the depo shot beginning of October (10/3/17) due to uterine fibroid complications: swelling, excessive bleeding, and severe pain. My period started two days after the injection, as scheduled. The OB told me to expect some blessing for the first month, since l took it so close to my start date. Fair, I thought. However, I have been spotting/bleeding nonstop since that day. Today literally marks 30 days of bleeding. I have also since seen a significant increase in acne, as I typically have clear skin; I am fatigued more than usual. My anxiety has worsened. I will not be getting a second shot."

Mighty5 (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 5, 2017

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"I have had heavy periods for the last few years, and it has affected my quality of life. I talked to my doctor and at his suggestion, even though I had previously had an IUD (which caused 3 months non stop bleeding before falling out) and pills (which caused severe stomach upset and in one case an allergic reaction) at his recommendation I got the depo shot. For the first 2 weeks everything seemed great. Then it started.. non stop bleeding. Again. I am 9 weeks in and I've been bleeding 7 weeks straight. I am SO sick of it. Been trying ibuprofine to slow it down. I had to quit my job and go back to my old career. The doc wants to put me on a 2nd form of bc to stop it. I won't let him. I pray it wears off here in about 3 weeks."

   
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clydesmommy (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 1, 2017

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"I was on this birth control for two years. Today marks my 1 year of being off it. The shot does it job, but the aftermath is not worth it. I was bleeding for over month. It stopped for 7 months with spotting in between. Now I got my period and it’s soooo heavy. I loved the shot, it does it job, but this whole period waterfall is just not worth it. Take a different form of birth control."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 31, 2017

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"I've been bleeding for 50 days and counting because of the shot. It's helped a lot with my period cramps but the non-stop bleeding probably isn't worth it."

   
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Hdhddklc (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 26, 2017

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"I started the depo shot back in April of 2015 because my MD recommended I should, since he noticed my periods where the leading cause of my sickle cell crisis that would lead me in hospital stays for weeks ever since I had my son. My periods are gone and so is most of my sickle cell crisis, I've lost weight and a partial part of my sex drive. I'm ok with both, staying fit and managing my weight is a plus for me besides the fact that I'm no longer living at a hospital which is what I used to call my home away from home. My sex drive being affected, I'm ok living with that too, as my health comes first for both my child and myself."

   
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Rochi (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 21, 2017

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"Took first shot first of May 17. Had no period until sometime in June. And it was easy to handle. Was put on to help lighten or even stop them. Then July 23 I started spotting. And have yet to stop. Would have rather dealt with my 3/4 days of heavy bleeding then this. You will start to hurt and smell down there as you are basically bleeding to death. Even keeping baby wipes around will make you raw. Weeks of wearing a tampon all day and pads at night for a break and you will be sore. Do not take this type of birth control. Only a handful of people do ok on it."

   
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Kerry 76 September 25, 2017

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"I got the Depo shot because I had really bad anxiety. My OB read my chart from my reg doctor, and told me that I should be on some type of BC. I said okay. She recommended the SHOT. Such a bad choice now. I took the shot back in May 2017. I didn't have my period for the rest of that month. Then June 2nd came, I had a normal period. But after I THOUGHT is was done, I had spotting. Up until I started my period again. Then spotting up until my next period. We are now in Sept , I'm bleeding with BIG clots. Please do your research! It made me fell worse. My depression was worse and prolonged periods. I can't stand it. Loosing so much blood makes you feel weaker and tired. DON'T NOT GET THE DEPO SHOT."

   
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Maria0221 September 18, 2017

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"I had my 1 & only shot in March 2017 and immediately felt bloated and sick so I decided not to get another one. I had my first period in May 2017 and have bled on and off every few days since. I have currently been bleeding for 17 days straight and I haven't had longer than a 5 day break in between bleeds the entire time. I'm bloated, hormonal and very tired. I hate not knowing my body or its cycle and am at a loss of what to do. I do not recommend this shot to anyone!"

   
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Bec868686ooo September 14, 2017

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"I started on the shot in May of 2017. The whole point was to control my bleeding from my fibroids. As June rolled around, I got my period, which progressed into July and August and got progressively heavier. This last month, my clots are bigger and bigger and I usually wear the 10 hour overnight pads during the day. Although they last me about an hour. It's ruined my life, my clothes, my sheets"

   
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LenRdh (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 9, 2017

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"Please don't get on this bc . I've been on it for 4 years. It's made my life hard work and now after I've been off of it since March. I'm now bleeding out of control at times. It's like its never going to end. I don't know what to do. I wish I would've done some research before getting this birth control. I'm embarrassed at times and becoming stressed out . What can I do to slower or maybe even stop this bleeding?"

   
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Jessic August 31, 2017

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"When I first got it I didn't bleed until the last month I started spotting but it was a very dark brown blood and so I told my doc so she gave me birth control to stop it. So the second shot which I'm on now made it stop for the first month but I barely just got off it and now I'm bleeding very heavy and cramping bad everyday."

   
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Zxsn (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 31, 2017

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"I had 2 doses of the shot. One in October 2016 and then Jan. 2017. I literally had a period from January til August! That's 8 whole months! I would not recommend this form of bc unless you don't mind bleeding. I had to start bc pills to regulate my period again."

   
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Nina P. August 25, 2017

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"I got the shot to control my bleeding and cramps from fibroids, so I thought...however, this has been the worst decision ever. I have had heavy bleeding and tons of blood clots. I only took the shot once and won't be getting it again. Also, it has increased the acne of my face, I'm suffering with severe depression, and my sex drive is gone. Lastly, this keeps me from wanting to have sex anymore because it's embarrassing...who wants to have sex with a blood hound! I feel incredibly stupid because I normally do my research but I let the doctor talk me into it as she claimed it was the best option due to my challenge with high blood pressure. This was the worst decision ever and I won't be getting it again. I'm stuck riding it out!!"

   
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LadyJ43 August 23, 2017

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