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User Reviews for Depo-Provera

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For Birth Control "I'm 18 and I've had 4 Depo shots. So many things in my body and personality have changed and I have just today realized that it's all because of this shot. I have had horrible stomach pains almost every day sometimes multiple times a day, sometimes coming with diarrhea. Also I've had no sex drive, mood swings, terrible anxiety, and depression. I am never getting this shot again, any other form of birth control would be better then this one. Do NOT try the Depo shot."

   
1.0

Taytay123123 August 26, 2016

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For Birth Control "I wish I could take it back. Terrible experience. I had horrible muscle aches where the shot went in for 5 months. I felt bloated all the time. I bled every single day, EVERY DAY. It was dark red blood. I only did the shot once. Six months later I "sort of" got my period back. I am still waiting for a normal cycle, I will wake up and not know how much I will bleed for the day. I got very emotional when I didn't go back in to get the second shot. Really screws with your hormones. It does what it is supposed to do but the side effects are not worth it to me. Never ever again. Stay away."

   
5.0

Never ever Again0 August 25, 2016

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For Birth Control "I've gotten 2 shots so far, and I'm pretty sure it's making me completely crazy. Even scarier, since I started this medicine, I started getting crazy headaches. I was at work and my face started going numb and then I started seeing all these bright lights and then I couldn't see out of my left eye... Btw I'm 28. I haven't gotten pregnant, so it's effective for that, however I would NOT recommend this. I've always been moody, but the feelings I've experienced with this are so overwhelming sometimes... it feels like I'm going to have a panic attack like every other day. It's good if you want to be depressed, literally question your mental health, bleed every single day ... Totes switching."

   
3.0

Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 25, 2016

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For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding "I took the shot for about a year but had to come off of it due to medical problems. While on the shot I bled very little if at all. After I came off of it, it's been 6 months and there hasn't been a day where I've stopped bleeding heavily. It's been a 24/7 period, everyday, since I came off of the shot. It also caused massive weight loss for me, nausea, and drowsiness. If you're thinking about taking it, there is no positive reason to, it doesn't keep you from becoming pregnant and although it gets rid of your period while you're on it, once you come off of the shot your period will not stop for months."

   
1.0

Jenna P. August 25, 2016

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For Birth Control "I have only had my first dose- 4 weeks in and I already know I'm never getting it again. My mood swings have been terrible... I feel like crying for no reason, worse than any other birth control I've taken in the past. To top it all of my skin is reacting terribly. I have a rash all over my legs and it's starting to breakout on my arms too! Luckily it's not red, but it's still uncomfortable. I'm terrified of how the next 2 months are going to be... Broke down crying to my fiancé begging him to help me get through this. Wouldn't recommend it to ANYONE"

   
1.0

KMF413 August 24, 2016

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For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding "I've now had 2 depo shots. About 4 weeks into my second shot and I've been bleeding now for 14 days. It's weak but just isn't stopping. It's not painful but more annoying than anything. Experiencing ongoing mood swings and gained 5kg in first 2months with no other change to diet/exercise. Unsure if I need to keep taking the shot to let my body adjust or to stop now. Have read stories of getting pregnant later can be much harder after depo too. Lots of uncertainty, wish I had researched more before starting and perhaps tried the iud first."

   
3.0

Dani p (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 24, 2016

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For Endometriosis "Got recommended by the surgeon that did my laparoscopy to try Depo out after severe pain and bleeding being bed bound for atleast 4 days every month and suffering daily from the endo and interstitial cystitis which I have alongside. It has been a god send for me, it does take a toll with mood swings and energy but I think the conditions contribute to that themselves also! I have probably 10 days tops every 3 months before the shot is due that I'll get very bloated (a good 4/5lbs worth on the scales!!) and feel sicky and not right with spotting but as soon as I have the shot again all gone! I'm happy with feeling a bit rubbish once every three months with much less pain rather than every couple of weeks doubled over!! Thank god for depo!!!"

   
9.0

Anonxxx August 23, 2016

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For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding "I'm 31 and this was my first time getting the depo shot. I had a period for 2 weeks, light flow, the first month and continued to have periods the following months, each lasting 5-7 days. It killed my sex drive and now, with the drug completely out of my system, I am having another period and my last period ended less than a week ago. I don't recommend using the depo shot."

   
1.0

Kikijiji (taken for less than 1 month) August 22, 2016

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For Birth Control "I was on depo 14 years ago. A jerk obgyn gave me this birth control without informing me what it was, he just said a birth control shot. It ruined my life, and partly responsible for my divorce with my ex husband. I only took this birth control for the first three months. I gained weight. Had psychotic thoughts about killing myself and my children. After that happened I immediately went to my doctor for a antidepressant. Extreme fatigue. Had awful mood swings, highly emotional and angry. I felt dizzy, had hot flashes, and had migraines that were nonstop. I had weird female issues. Weird growths on my female parts, UTIs, yeast infections, blocked ducts down there, a weird skin growth.. I had welt like acne. No sex drive..."

   
1.0

Steffie1000 August 22, 2016

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For Birth Control "I got my first shot in June 2016 thinking it would be a better alternative from the problems I was having with the pill. I ended up bleeding for a whole 3 months which defeated the purpose of getting it for birth control because I couldn't have sex anyways because of it. I got a second shot in August and the bleeding stopped but I started getting headaches and feeling dizzy frequently. My next shot is scheduled for October but I refuse to get another after reading other women's reviews and horror stories. The side effects are insane and not worth the risk. I would never recommend the shot to anyone."

   
1.0

VictoriaE1993 August 21, 2016

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For Birth Control "Seriously messes with my emotions so much. I already live with anxiety & depression and the Depo just makes it so much more worse! I hate it. I get pissed off at things I shouldn't get pissed off at! I have all the period symptoms (cramps, emotions out of whack, retaining water and horrible craving for sweets) and irregular bleeding. I'm gaining so much weight and I'm not even eating unhealthy, I have a strict diet and workout and I stil gain about a pound or 2 every 2 weeks. Do NOT recommend the Depo to anyone. This sucks."

   
5.0

ang1432 August 20, 2016

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For Birth Control "I took this because I worked such a crazy schedule and taking a pill at the same time everyday was impossible. So that's the ONLY perk with this guy. The side effects were so noticeable. I rarely ever stopped spotting. I'd have my period and then spot like ever other few days. It transformed me into an angry crazy person and took months to get weened out of my system. I would never take this again."

   
1.0

faithnoel August 20, 2016

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For Birth Control "So I am 19 years old it is August (a month after my birthday) so I have been on depo for there years exactly. My first couple weeks I had nausea and headaches. After my third shot I had no menstrual cycle anymore. I will say for this form of birth control is awesome. I was with a guy for a long time and never used a condom and here I am three years later and never had a pregnancy scare. So yes as birth control it works perfectly. However, throughout the years I still had some mild cramps and horrid mood swings and my right knee seemed to gradually get worse. Pains that came and went more when it rained. I am now in the middle of getting depo provera out of my system and I must say I feel like I am dying. Horrible mood swings nausea headache"

   
3.0

Bridgetttttt August 19, 2016

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For Birth Control "This drug was absolutely awful in my opinion. For the first couple weeks, I had little to no symptoms. Around week 6 is when all hell broke loose. It began with tingling and numbness in my hands and feet and crazy intense headaches. It interrupted my work day, where I had to leave the office a few times to lay down. Then, I started getting crazy joint pain so intense that when I woke up each morning and got out of bed I would scream from the pain ( my pain tolerance has always been high). Next came the shoulder pain I felt like my shoulders were full of knots that wouldn't go away. Sexually, it took its toll on me too. Week 10 came the irritability and EXTREME FATIGUE. This drug is awful I don't recommend it whatsoever :("

   
1.0

DaisyB64 August 18, 2016

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For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding "My first depo shot was in feb and it was fine, I got my second shot and I was period free for about a week. That was when the constant period started. I got a third shot thinking I need to ride this out but my period hasnt stopped since the second shot that was over 4 months ago. I got the shot originally so I didnt have to deal with a period because I have PCOS that makes me sick, have heavy periods, ache and have cramps that feel like I was punched in the stomach. I wanted to get away from all that but now I regret getting the shot I take more time off uni and work because I get all the symptoms of my PCOS regularly. I regret agreeing to start depo and will never go on it again."

   
1.0

Laress (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 18, 2016

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For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding "I read these terrible reviews before I got the DEPO shot but got the shot anyway in June 2016, it's August 2016 now and I haven't stopped bleeding since I got the shot. I'm bleeding so hard some days that I soak through a tampon in fifteen minutes! Ruined so many underwear bleeding through...spent so much money on tampons. Other days I just spot but I regret my decision to get the DEPO shot. At least with my period I had 21 days of no blood, now I have zero days of no blood. Do not get Depo shot ever!"

   
1.0

DO NOT DEPO!!!! August 18, 2016

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For Birth Control "I felt like I had to review this because I almost didn't start it since all the reviews were truly horrifying. I have been on depo for a few years and so have two of my best friends. We all absolutely love it. I haven't had a period since the first shot. I never experienced any weight gain or hormonal changes. Best of all, My bleeding and cramps from hell finally went away. I started taking this not for birth control, but to get rid of my extremely painful periods that started all the sudden once I turned 30. I'm not saying don't believe the horror stories, just remember, people usually only review when they have bad experiences. I like this way better than the pill and I don't have to take it everyday."

   
10

Chello August 17, 2016

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For Birth Control "When I say this birth control screwed up my life, Im not kidding. Weight gain, TERRIBLE ACNE (never had anything nearly this bad as a teenager) and absolutely constant bleeding/spotting. There may have been one week worth of days out of the month with no bleeding. I wend back to the pill after 9 miserable months and almost instantly the bleeding stopped, and my face is so much clearer. Just take a pill everyday Depos effectiveness is not worth the stress and terrible side effects."

   
2.0

Mary katee August 16, 2016

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For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding "So the first month was good not only did my period come in a month but it only lasted a few days (my periods before then last 8 days) after the 1st month I didn't have a period for 2 months which was awesome...but I also noticed after the first month I became severely depressed and moody, I would get emotional over everything I even contemplated suicide...and I have been suicidal in the past but the shot made those horrible feelings come back AGAIN! The shot made me feel sad and tired almost ever other day and another huge CON was that it made me dry, I couldn't get wet at all during Sex and I could never get arroused and I was never arroused. and sex for me was not Pleasurable..I did not like depo at all!"

   
6.0

Cristinanagirl August 16, 2016

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For Birth Control "I have taken birth control pills for years, before and after I had my daughter (age 4). About 7 or 8 months ago I started having really bad abdominal cramping again, weight gain, break through periods, etc. So 2 months ago, my OB suggested I switch to depo and see if it would help with the issues I was having. In 2 months, I haven't gained any weight (controlling my diet), but I have insane dreams that keep me up every single night, fatigue, increased abdominal pain, periods that have lasted all month, mood swings, migraine headaches (haven't had those in 8 years), and a loss in sex drive. I'm scheduled to get my 2nd shot next month, but I doubt I will. I do not recommend this form of birth control to anyone."

   
1.0

JadeE1234 August 15, 2016

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For Birth Control "Been on this shot for over 8 years now, never been off it, love it, yea I get moody but who doesn't Lol, no periods for me love it, never had bad issues with it at all maybe been on it for so long doesn't bother me, 8 years and still going"

   
10

Tammy13 August 15, 2016

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For Birth Control "I cant for the life of me control my emotions and frustration everything makes me so irritated and upset I want to cry scream and fucking punch shit and im not even like this I snap over stupid shit and i can explain that I don't even want to upset but I just fucking can't control it i have so little energy and generally feel like crap especially when I'm acting like a crappie human being it's only been a few weeks and I wish it would ware off already. I don't know if it prevents child birth or whatever but I definitely don't want to have sex I don't even want to be touched im stressed the hell out as well"

   
4.0

AtrociaMunster (taken for less than 1 month) August 15, 2016

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For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding "Hi. I have used the depo since May 2008 after my second child was born. It's easy only every 3 months and haven't had much problems. A little weight gain ( about 10 pounds) haven't had any spotting or periods for the last 8 yrs but at 29 yrs old I do still have mild acne due to the depo. Works different for everyone."

   
8.0

Udliketakno (taken for 5 to 10 years) August 14, 2016

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For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding "Was bribed with a 20$ smiths gift card and free depo to use depo and be a depo guinea pig. I started depo march 31st 2016. The first month no problems. Second month, spotting and a light period every other day. Third month, mood swings, hormonal acne, heavy periods, nausea, vitamin deficiencies, low on iron. One day I put a super tampon in with a pad under it, went to work right after and bled through my underwear and pants at work, this was not even ten minutes after getting to work. Had to go home very embarrassed. Soaked through pad after pad after pad. Again had to leave for very light headed and nauseas, found out I my vitamins were low. Bled the entire third month. So I decided not to get the second shot. Have been bleeding sinceJune"

   
1.0

Chelseypoulson August 14, 2016

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For Birth Control "I was on depo for over seven years. I never had any bad side effects and it helped tremendously with my horrible moods. I had extremely irregular periods (I would be off my period for less than a week each month) and after two shots I quit having one completely. I have had no spotting either. I've gained about 30 lbs in that time, but getting older and married may have done that. I just recently stopped my shots and it's been one month since I was supposed to get it. I've already noticed I get mad and cranky faster. Hopefully just a coincidence."

   
9.0

88krl August 12, 2016

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