NEVER USE DEPO-PROVERA

by Amanda Lynn

My biggest mistake was taking a Depo shot nearly nine years ago. Within a week I gained 10 lbs, began losing hair, and developed saucer-sized whelps all over my legs.

The whelps went away after three months, once the Depo left my system. The weight gain and hair loss have never stopped. At the time I was 22, 135 lbs. I haven't seen that weight since. I never say anything good about myself, but the Lord had blessed me with beautiful, long, unbelievably thick and healthy hair. Because of my stupid mistake, it has never looked the same. I currently weigh 165 lbs.

I've seen countless specialists and have had countless tests performed. They all say I'm normal, of course, that I should just accept my weight problems and hair loss. Diet and exercise for the weight. They all said that the Depo-Provera had nothing to do with it. I believe the Depo-Provera sky-rocketed me into estrogen dominance and/or pre-menopause.

Since taking that ONE Depo-Provera injection, I have had ovarian cysts, endometriosis, cellulite, uterine fibroids, increased facial breakouts, hair loss, uncontrollable weight gain, follicularis on my arms. I have never taken ANY form of birth-control since. I tried to get pregnant for over a year, three years ago. I ended up having surgery. The surgeon said I had polyps, fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, and my insides looked like "melted chocolate." Six weeks after my surgery, and through the Lord's blessing and power, I became pregnant with my beautiful son, Joshua.

I have just begun the Progesterone cream once daily, about ten days ago. My hair loss worstened, but I believe it's my hormones trying to balance out. I have noticed, the breakouts on my back are beginning to clear up and my "bumpy" arms are clearing as well.

I dont' know whether to continue once a day or up it to twice daily. Through prayer, I know I will be healed of all these problems I brought on myself. I'm praying that this cream is the Lord's answer for me.

I ENCOURAGE ANYONE TAKING THE DEPO-PROVERA INJECTION TO DISCONTINUE IT IMMEDIATELY. As a medical assistant, I have seen the effects of the injection on many women. I unfortunately, received it before I began to see the side effects it caused these women. I just took my doctor's (who I worked for at the time) word for it that it was completely safe.

Thank you for listening. Please let me know what your thoughts. In Christ, Amanda Lynn.

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Jun 19, 2010
NEVER USE DEPO-PROVERA
by: Wray

Hi Amanda Lynn I couldn't have put it better myself, don't use any drug based contraceptive in fact. The only safe one is the copper T IUD as it leaks no synthetic progestin into the system. Many, many women now have problems after taking an OC, as it can upset the ovaries and more. Understandably as it suppresses all ovarian function. For more info please see our web page Contraceptives Research papers. Wonderful you had a son after all those problems. Please use the progesterone at least twice daily, as the level drops after about 13 hrs. Unfortunately progesterone does have a stimulatory affect initially, but if enough is used, this phase passes relatively quickly. It's best to use between 100-200mg/day. Take care Wray

Sep 25, 2010
DON'T GO ANYWHERE NEAR DEPO!!
by: Ellie

My body has been completely messed up following the use of depo for 6 years. I came off the injection in april 2009 and am still not back to normal and my partner and I are trying for a baby. I have consulted a homeopathist who is confident she can get my cycle started and start me ovulating again so fingers crossed, but I feel depo should NEVER be given to any woman who intends on having children in the future. My doctor doesn't seem bothered by my massively irregular periods and says I should just wait and see what happens, however I saw a locum the other day who wants me to have the 21 day progesterone blood test to see if I'm ovulating, fat lot of good that is as I think the answer is obvious considering I haven't has a proper period since before I went on the injection, before which they were regular as clockwork.

Since starting to try for a baby and given the problems I have from the injection I have searched the net and am horrified to find so many storied similar to mine as well as so many regarding loads of other side effects.

I think something should be done to highlight the terrible side effects of this awful drug and force doctors to present all the information to women.

My advice to all women is NEVER EVER EVER use depo!!!!

Oct 06, 2010
DON'T GO ANYWHERE NEAR DEPO!!
by: Wray

Hi Ellie Thanks for putting this on the web site, it needs to said repeatedly by many women. In fact all contraceptives come with adverse side effects, as does HRT. Please see our pages on Contraceptives and HRT for more info. The only safe contraceptive is the copper T IUD, please see here. I'm pleased you've found a homeopath who can help you, you might also like to read our page on Pregnancy. Take care Wray

Jan 04, 2011
Coming off depo....
by: Anonymous

I was off & on Depo for 14 years. I loved being on depo as my breast swelling etc all went away however I didn?t link it to insomnia which slowly creeped into my life?after further research I now understand that depo lowers estrogen which is why my body reacted well to it (no breast soreness). I think my body naturally produces high amounts of estrogen hence bad PMS & breast soreness etc?not having a period & going through monthly cycles was (I thought) a god send. However, every time I tried to come off depo & give my body a break I would experience huge hormone surges (it felt like I was going through menopause). My breasts increased two cup sizes due to the surge of estrogen. I basically experienced estrogen dominance every time I tried to come off it & no doctor really understood. No amount of exercise, eating right etc fixes this. What I recommend is having a saliva test to find out what your hormone levels are & then trying to fix the hormone imbalance. I?m currently on progesterone cream (2nd month) & initially found that a small dose will make estrogen issue worse as it ?wakes up? estrogen receptors? I have also come across a supplement called DIM which is meant to be a natural estrogen blocker ? it can come in a gel form. I have ordered it online as I am desperate to fix this problem. We also need to take into account that women can be perimenopausal from the age of 35 years onwards where our estrogen levels start to gradually decline?I actually think depo completely stuffed up my hormones and I have also come off it at an age where my body is now in a perimenopausal state ? which is a double whammy?.

Eliza

Jan 12, 2011
Coming off depo....
by: Wray

Hi Eliza All Contraceptives can cause problems, except the copper T IUD. Please read through this page we have. They also lower progesterone levels too, which exacerbates the problem. PMS and breast soreness is caused by excess oestrogen, it's an inflammatory hormone. Plus causing water retention, which also affects the breasts adversely. Using Depo you were making no progesterone, which counters this affect, as progesterone is an anti-inflammatory and an excellent diuretic. Progesterone can initially make things worse if insufficient is used, I recommend 100-200mg/day. The reason for this is Oestrogen Dominance, please read through this page as it explains why it occurs. Please make sure you are using enough. DIM does help the body excrete unwanted oestrogen. You are right, coming off the Depo in Peri-menopause would be a double whammy. Take care Wray

Apr 23, 2011
Depo will destroy
by: Elisha

I was on depo for 5 years. I have stopped taking depo 6 years ago and it has been all down hill ever since. My cycle is still not normal. It took close to 2 years for my cycle to return. When it did return it was extremely irregular, and still is. I would spot, or go without a cycle or monnths, or it would be really heavy. So heavy to the point will I would pass large clots for days. I've had abnormal paps, severe mood swings and irritability. I have had many test. All my blood test say that my blood count, iron level, and thyroid function is normal. I've had a transvaginal ultra sound and my organs are healthy. All the doctors say is that there is no way that depo can cause there problems because I haven't taken it soo long. Depo has destroyed me.

Oct 20, 2011
Depo is a Demon Drug
by: Melanie

I received my first (and last) Depo shot about 10 months ago, and I am still kicking myself for ever deciding to have that shot in the first place. I was told by several people (pharmacists and doctors) that the shot would last only three months, and my system should return to normal. Well, 10 months have gone by, and my system is so out of whack that it's not even funny. I have gained some weight, my hair is falling out by the handfuls, I have had very slight and spotty periods with terrible cramps, my IBS is worse, my breasts are so painful that I can hardly move, my scalp is excessively oily, I have varicose veins in my legs that have gotten progressively worse (thus putting me at very high risk of blood clots), I am extremely moody and basically feel like total crap. I am going to see a doctor so I can lay it all out for him, because I feel that I am dealing with estrogen dominance due to this demon drug. I do not recommend it to anyone - it is horrible and can cause a variety of health problems, many of which could be irreversible.

Nov 02, 2011
Depo ruined my life
by: Another young woman

I took depo-provera when I was only 15, they said it was better for me because breast cancer ran in my family so it wouldnt increase my risk (since it progesterone based). I was young, naive and the doctors buffed it up like it would help with pms symptoms. It didn't. It caused me to bleed for months straight, caused weight gain, and back acne. I didn't realize how bad it was then until I went off of it less then a year later. Within six months of being off it (I was 17 at this point!) It through me into hardcore estrogen dominance causing near instant progressed gall bladder disease and gall stones. They took it out, of course back then, i had no idea it was all tied together. I went off and on other birth control pills, that kept me relatively regular, as soon as i stopped, back into estrogen dominance. Cysts, ovarian demoid removed at 21, hormonal migraines, rapid weight gain once off birth control, rapid hair loss, pcos, the whole works...It is now a struggle for my body to naturally create progesterone and i'm lacking an essential metabolic aiding organ to boot. I'm at risk for diabetes, breast cancer, uterine cancer, fibroids, endometriosis hypothyroidism....all of it because of that god damn stupid drug! NEVER TAKE SYNTHETIC HORMONES EVER! WARN YOUR DAUGHTERS! I have also been of course unable to conceive, tried unsuccessfully for 3 years. I'm now 25, I take chasteberry extract to help balance it out, and i pray that this won't be a battle for the rest of my life, but its likely always going to be a factor. Ladies, you are not alone in the struggle. I highly implore you to research as much as you can, and always take the natural route.

Sep 15, 2012
depo is poison!
by: xandra

i had depo over 10 years ago as i suffered from painful periods, i was skinny etc, the drs told me i would never have another period again=no cramps, i would.gain weight..which sounded like all my dreams come true...except it didnt happen. i bled even heavier after my firat shot, and they thought a 2nd shot 3 weeks later would resolve it...it didnt. i bled for over a year solid, lives on iron tablets and paracetamol, then i started getting blackouts and dizzy spells, feeling very disorientated, severe hot flushes (at the age of 18) i developed cysts on my breasts,.cysts on my ovaries, and a whole load of digestive problems (mainly diah) i am 6feet tall and with the digestive upset i ended up dropping to 5 stone and was hospitalized ( this was 4 years after the shot) and from this extreme depression anxiety and panic attacks and agorapgobia..as a result i lost my job partner etc... it is now 10 years on...i am still struggling with heavy periods dizziness hot flushes and severe panick attacks i also have low bone density and will have to take supplements for the rest of my life. the drs are just one huge dissopointment they look at each symtom rather than the root cause.

i am still looking for ways to correct my balance...but i urge anyone thinking of getting it.....DONT...please dont. at the time all i thought..whats the worst ill bleed a bit...and believe me 10 years passes so quickly, i realise everyday that this depo has hindered my life and is holding my body prisoner, my body wont work the way it should and im losing so much of my dreams that i wanted to fulfil in my lifetime....please do not do the same, look at natural alternatives or anything ...dont be a guinea pig for theae drug companies

sorry for dodgy spelling...using my crappy phone and i had to type quickly otherwise id forget my point so didnt correct..but i think u get the message

xandra xx

try and treat each symptom seperatly rather than looking at the root cause

Sep 16, 2012
depo is poison!
by: Wray

Hi Xandra Thanks for adding to the comments here about it's dangers. I see I've missed a few too, no idea how that happens. You might have looked through our Contraceptives page, but please also look through our HRT page too. Your doctors might advise you to take it once you hit Peri-menopause or Menopause. I hope the info on the page gives you enough info to never touch that too. Please consider using progesterone, all those symptoms you've given are generally greatly helped. We have more info about your symptoms on the following pages Hot Flushes, Anxiety, which covers depression, panic attacks and agoraphobia. There's info about heavy bleeding on our page about Menstruation. I do hope they haven't given you calcium only for your bones, as this is usually the case. Vitamin D and magnesium are far more important. Please have a vitamin D test done, as low levels also cause depression. For more info on vitamin D levels, test kits etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth and Birmingham Hospital. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml (175-250nmol/L) and not the 30ng/ml (75nmol/L) most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although the latest research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. Take care Wray

Sep 17, 2012
depo is poison!
by: Wray

Hi Xandra Thanks for the kind words. I'm dismayed they've given you calcium only, this is so typical. As if bones only needed it, they're hugely complex, and need over 30 different nutrients. Excess calcium does not get into the bones, but stays in the blood leading to cardiovascular disease and depression too, see here, here, here, here and here. Please have a vitamin D test done. The co-factors needed by vitamin D are magnesium, vitamin K, zinc and boron, not calcium. Unless your level is very low. Vitamin K2 has been found to reduce osteoporosis, calcification of arteries and cancer, see here, here, here, here, here and here. Take care Wray

Feb 03, 2013
One Depo Shot
by: Anonymous

I toook one depo shot in Aug. 2012 and was due for another one in Nov. 2012. I didnt go back because of the way the 1st and only shot made me feel. hot flashes, night sweats, panic attacks, sweating and just feeling "ill" all the time. I was tired, low energy and had a gloomy feeling only now to realize it was depression. Now I feel Im going through withdrawls and my body is fighting to get back to normal. I have been to the ER twice for dehydration due to losing my appettite. I have lost about 10 pounds. Im having digestive issues. I havent been throwing up (thank goodness) however some days I can eat other days I just dont have the appettie. I have gas and can hear my stomach at time just rumbling. Doctors are saying I have acid reflux. I have had an yltra sound on my stomach and all my organs are fine. I have had full blood work done and Im waiting on those results. My doctor seems to be confused and from what I have read other doctors dont seem to even know how to tackle depo provera withdrawls and claims thats not the reason for any lingering problems women have with this shot. Im a little women and weight lost doesnt help me at all. I can only hope I get back to normal soon per its be 10 weeks since my last and only injection. I pray to God everyday to get me through this awful expereince. I also have found myself to be very depressed in fear that something else with my body might go wrong.

Feb 06, 2013
One Depo Shot
by: Wray

Hi there As you can see from the above comments, and my replies, no one thinks highly of Provera. All drug based Contraceptives have the potential to harm. They slow down or stop the reproductive cycle, many stopping ovulation. This prevents any progesterone being made, so you are now very low in this. It does help depression and Anxiety. Please look through this page, there are many nutrients which would help you. And please consider using progesterone too, to supply the very low level you now have. There's more info on our page How to use progesterone cream. You might like to look through this page here. Scroll down to contraceptives. Take care Wray

Jul 15, 2013
Coming off Depo Provera
by: Anonymous

Hi Wray

I'm so grateful for all your help, when I'm stuck or need info I come straight to your pages.

I know someone who is on depo provera, she has been on it for about 12 years, for heavy bleeding, painful cramps, and mood swings apparently. I've been chatting to her about going the natural approach.
Her next injection is due on the 16th of August. When can she begin the cream? She doesn't have a period so does she need to try make her own cycle? And on what days must she use the cream as a contraceptive? Your advise is greatly appreciated.



Jul 18, 2013
Coming off Depo Provera
by: Wray

Hi there Thanks for the kind words! You certainly came to the right page, those other comments are enough to put any woman off depo provera! That and other Contraceptives are the usual recourse of doctors, progesterone is just as effective and safe too. Although if bleeding is very heavy and continual I have found other nutrients are in short supply and should be taken. You'll find all the info you need on our Menstruation page. Before taking vitamin D it's best to have a test done first, please tell her this. It's such an important nutrient, and low in most of us. If she starts the progesterone now it will give her body the support it needs as the provera wears off. I would suggest she uses it daily for at least three months before attempting to create a cycle. And she does need to use at least 400mg/day if she had heavy bleeding, anything less won't work. Please warn her about Oestrogen Dominance, although this isn't too much of a problem if high amounts of progesterone are used, see here. There's info about safe contraceptives on the link I've given you. And if using progesterone as one, on our Pregnancy page, and this one here. Take care Wray

Aug 05, 2013
The biggest mistake!!!!!!!
by: Anonymous

Hi, I'm glad to have come across this site. I'm 38 with 3 kids. I thought the shot would be a heaven sent because it was only a shot every 3 mths. I choose it only because I don't do well the pill. Well it turned out to be a nightmare. It was fine at first. Periods stopped, Yay, No adverse side effect beside weight gain which I knew would happen. I was on it for only 1 yr. My last injection was Nov 2013. During the time on it, I lost most of the hair in my bangs, I had horrible memeory and mostly felt like I was in a fog. I had to write things down just so I didn't forget. I had the worse muffin top. I wasn't moody or anything. I started with this pain in my right side. It would come and go. Then I just wasn't feeling right. I more research in the Depo and learned that after 2 yrs of being on it you lose bone density mass which is not reversable and can lead to osteoporosus . That alone made my decision to get off it. Since then, the pain in my side worsened. I recently been plagued with nausea, migrains, mild vomiting because of the nausea and migrains, fatigue, swollen and painful to touch breast and what I thought is a bladder infection. I recently went to my family dr and they did a urinalysis. No bladder infection. I've had them before and I'm pretty sure it's one but its not. She thought other symptoms were gallbladder related.. impossible because the gallbladder was removed a yr ago. She referred me to my gynocologist and said maybe female related..I went last week and find out that all my problems are a going away present from the Depo. Both ovaries are covered with cyst. My left ovary has a 6cm cyst on it thats pushing on my bladder and my hormones are out of whack. I go from not being on any medication to being on zophran for nausea and vomiting, nexium, tylenol 3 for migraines, caraphate to coat my esophagus because he seems to think I tore something from throwing up and to try and "shrink" the cyst. Of all things, 2 birthcontrol pills. I still don't feel well and I go back to my Dr in 2 days to see if its shrunk any or if surgery is needed..I tell everyone that I know if your on it or cosidering it DON'T! !!!!!!. THE BIGGEST REGRET OF MY LIFE. Through strength, prayers my family and God, I know I will get through this. I'm just suffering from my choice of taking that poision right now..

Aug 06, 2013
The biggest mistake!!!!!!!
by: Wray

Hi there I'm sorry to hear this tale of woe, apart from the Mirena, Provera or MPA is for me the worst Contraceptive. As with all drug based contraceptives, it stops ovulation, so your progesterone will be rock bottom, did they test it? It can help with the Ovarian Cysts, the Breast Tenderness, the Migraines, the nausea too. Oestrogen stimulates substance P which is a neuropeptide involved in causing pain and nausea, see here and Migraines" target="_blank">here. Although Substance P inhibits progesterone, see here, if enough is used, progesterone suppresses substance P, see here. "Accumulating evidence indicates that the neuropeptide substance P is predominantly involved in neurogenic inflammation and pain perception...... Intriguingly, decreased pain sensitivity is found to be associated with high plasma progesterone levels. We hypothesize that progesterone may attenuate nociception and associated inflammatory response." If you do consider it, please make sure you use enough. Judging by the state you're now in I would suggest about 400mg/day. A high amount, but I feel you'll need it to overcome all those symptoms. Please have a vitamin D test done, a lack of this leads to too many problems to list here, but for more info on vitamin D levels, test kits etc see the following websites, Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth and Birmingham Hospital. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml or 175-250nmol/L, and not the 30ng/ml or 75nmol/L most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although the latest research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. A lack also reduces the benefits of progesterone. Continued below

Aug 06, 2013
The biggest mistake!!!!!!! part 2
by: Wray

Hi there You might like to see these comments here, here, here and here. Take care Wray

Aug 06, 2013
The biggest mistake!!!!
by: Anonymous

Thank you Wray for the insight. :). I'm going to my Dr tomorrow to see if there is any change. By the way I feel, i really don't think there is. Hopefully I find some relief soon. On bad days like yesterday ,I just tell people that I'm almost 5ths, because I swell up that big .I have to find some humor in this instead of crying and complainin about it, lol. Today my belly is semi normal.. I will definitely ask my Dr about the vitamin D. Thanks for taking the time to respond and for the feedback. God Bless. :)

Aug 07, 2013
The biggest mistake!!!!
by: Wray

Hi there With all those drugs you're on it doesn't surprise me you don't feel well. Please look into the vitamin D, and consider the progesterone too. Let me know how you get on. Take care Wray

Aug 08, 2013
The biggest mistake!!!!!!!
by: Anonymous

Hi Wray. Well it looks like I have more problems than we thought but it's ok. My appt yesterday did not go as I thought it would. Last yr I had laproscopic surgery when I had my gallbladder removed. On top of tons of scar tissue he removed from previous surgeries, my Dr noticed that I have pelvic congestion syndrome. It might explain a lot that is going on. Also the cyst might not be one at all but a tumor, but it could also be Cystadenomas.. Will not know till its removed.. I am scheduled for a hysterectomy and removal of the left ovary in 2 wks.. I am no stranger to surgery. This will be my 6th surgery and hopefully my last..Hopefully it will solve a lot of my problems..

Aug 09, 2013
The biggest mistake!!!!!!!
by: Wray

Hi there Well I'm sorry you've been through so many surgeries and now another! Please read that page on hysts, I'm not sure I gave it to you. I would hope there is another option than total removal. Let me know how you get on. Take care Wray

Jan 07, 2014
over it
by: Renee

I've had 3 injections equalling 9 months of being on the depo. I've notice significant hair loss, my hair type was full and perfect naturally without volumizers or treatments or vitamines. Another side effect I received was mild depression and irritable and again I'm always fun, and a full time RN, meaning if depression and irriability didn't set in before, I know this has to be the cause. I leave my work there and never was the type to bring it home at the end of the day. I get night sweats and never had body odor under my arms where my deoterant wore off. I have clear vaginal secreations (which never had before) which does not smell but its like an un wanted luberciant. I have mild swelling in my lower legs in which 1yr ago nevet occured and we can blame it on my job but i work out consistently which couldn't be the cause...all of this is caused by the depo. These side effects were dismissed in the side effects from my physician. The only side effect was explained to me was bone loss and irregular peroids. So my assessment came up with the issues I'm experiencing are the side effects and I off the depo now only one week and will never get on it again.

Feb 20, 2014
Don't forget the bleeding
by: cerah

I've had horrible hemorrhage and became very anemic, was gonna need a DNC til God healed me of the bleeding constantly. I do have skin and hair issues as a result of it. Keep your head up The Lord is a healer.

Feb 26, 2014
One shot
by: Anonymous

I took one shot 18 months ago and I went through hell the whole 3 months and after tbe shot " ran out" I experienced so many problems. My periods did return but I lost weight very quickly and I'm already a small women. I had stomach issues and night sweats, anxiety, panic attacks ect. All my blood work was normal and to this day I still have weird aches and pains through my body. I have bad depression as well. I refuse meds prayet has took me a long way and I will continue to pray my way through this fight. This one shot changed my life and I lost a lot behind one shot. I still don't feel nornal 18 months later however I not how I use to be so that's a blessing. Time is the only thing that seems to help. I sweat under my arms the odor is ridiculous.

Mar 03, 2014
depo is the worst
by: Anonymous

I had my first depo shot 3 days ago and I've been feeling sick..I had my first dizzy spell today and I almost fell..even now I'm not ok..feels like my brain is not functioning right..my thing is I don't want to go for my second shot by I want to prevent because I'm not ready to have another kid again just yet.I'm trying to get my life back on track.what else can I use as condoms are not always available. Also I've always been the moody type so I'm worried I'll get worse

Mar 12, 2014
depo nightmare
by: Anonymous

I got the Depo-Provera shot 3 times. I was encouraged to get it by a provider at Family Planning. I wasn't informed of any health risks--so when I had "side effects" I didn't know that's what they were. I became very depressed, started having severe panic attacks, lost at least 20 pounds, and, with that, most of my breasts which just shriveled and deflated. I had no appetite. I didn't attribute any of that to Depo-Provera. Why would I? My panic attacks grew worse, even after I stopped getting the shot. My weight sky-rocketed for a year or two and then dropped back down to an unhealthy range again to the point that strangers have advised me that I should quit dieting. Only I'm not. I only read about possible side effects of Depo-Provera a few days ago. I got those shots almost 20 years ago. And I haven't been the same since.

Jun 16, 2014
Depo
by: Anonymous

Hi I was on Depo for about 6 years and seriously it was the best birth control I ever had. The pill always made me sick so I gave Depo a try. I never had any side effects from the shot (none). I have very fine hair and the weird thing was it made my hair thicker, I didn't have a period which was amazing but best of all my sore breasts and PMS issues just disappeared. I got off the shot in 2005 with the hopes of having another baby and knowing it would take some time for my normal cycle to return. It took about a year but I finally got it back and my cycles were pretty much normal from then on. I had a son at the end of 2006 and a daughter in 2008 and since then I've been on nothing. I have noticed though in the past 2 years that my PMS is back with a vengeance, sore breasts, insomnia, and shorter cycles. Still my period is every month like clock work but just shorter cycles. I was wondering if it was possible that the Depo caused my body to produce less progesterone and because of that I'm having issues with too much estrogen? I just turned 40 and I'm finding it hard to believe I'm already heading towards menopause. I think I'm still too young for that especially since my sister had her period till she turned 53 years old. Could this be just PMS or a result of the Depo Shot? I've been off of it for 9 years now and had 2 pregnancies. How can I stabilize my hormones and find some balance? I tried the progesterone cream which doesn't seem to help much. I'm going crazy with all these period symptoms and I'm about to go get back on the Depo if I can't find a resolution. Please Help!!!!!

Jul 17, 2014
Stopping Depo
by: Amanda

I figured I would share my experience too, to help those looking for answers like myself. I have endometriosis and started young on Desogen. No problems. In 2007/2008 is started on Depo. It's now 2014. I have more acne that I did in my teens, I'm 29, and I've gained about 50lbs in the 7year period. I work out regularly and don't eat perfect, but average. I decided to get off the shot last year to give my body a chance to return to normal. I tried the Copper IUD, since it's hormone free, but my body freaked out and I lost a lot of hair for months. I think it was the drastic change, doctors couldn't tell me for sure. So to stop the hairloss I got back on the shot not knowing what else to do. The hairloss stopped, but the weight gain and acne have not. I think when this shot wears off I'm going to stop all birth control and see if my body returns to normal in a few months. It may take longer, but I don't know what else to try..

Jul 18, 2014
Stopping Depo
by: Joy

Hi Amanda

I agree with you about stopping birth control, as mentioned in the posts above, all drug based contraceptives have a potential to cause harm. If you have not done so already, please read the posts above, Wray has explained about the dangers of Depo etc and how progesterone will help.

There could be a number of reasons for your Hair Loss – see here. If you are eating a lot of sweet foods/carbs, this could also cause acne, please read the page on Acne.

Nov 20, 2014
Depo is ruining my body
by: a girl who is slowly losing everything

I was 17 when I got my first depo shot, last month I had my third one, my grandmother forced me to take it but I never even wanted it to begin with, I begged not to get the second, and I begged not to get the third... now I am 18, i was 94 pounds and although my current weight is considered healthy, my other weight was healthy too, every week I gain almost two pounds, in the last 4 months I went from 94 to almost 120 pounds, my abs began to fade and gain flab, for the first time, I am eating less and still gaining weight, before this, I could eat whatever I wanted, however I wanted and as much as I wanted and I wouldn't even gain a pound, I run constantly, do about 300 crunches a week, do 50 push ups every other day, and still, the weight continues, I do not mind the fact that I have no periods, but my muscle is vanishing, my strength has weakened, which really hurts, since I was proud of my tone, my shape, and my strength, my butt was shaped but never totally smooth, and I hated it, but now I really hate it, my toned thighs and butt now look like cottage cheese, everyone said it was my body changing, but I doubt it, and it only continues to get worse, right now it is worse than cottage cheese, and it sags, it lost its shape, even though over the summer I walked over 200 miles total and continue to walk and do lunges and squats and run, I no longer feel comfortable wearing anything short or even bathing suits, I have also gained a slight double chin, the acne on my nose is harder to pop, the black head populous has almost quadrupled even though I thought I had too many to begin with, I should have been happier with myself because now it sucks, my hair was thick and healthy, it falls out more and more and no longer makes thick ponytails anymore, and I have to comb most of my hair into my bangs to make them look nice. I have experienced more mood swings (and I was already depressed and moody to beggin with) my depression increased more than it already was and has driven me to attempt suicide only for my fiancé to come and find me and stop me before the act was completed, I do have anxiety but my anxiety attacks have gotten worse, my vag now excretes this sticky fluid that hardens and sticks my underwear to my vag and hurts like hell to separate, I planned for 3 or more children when I grew up around the age of 25 I wanted to start a family when I turned 25. My fiancé still thinks I am beautiful, and many other people think so as well, but my insecurity and our love life has suffered greatly due to these effects, we fight more and more because of it and almost split up.I experience extreme oversleeping and tiredness, stomach pain(which the doctors think is an ulcer) weakness (dropping from squatting 205 to 175 earlier before depo due to circulatory issue in the legs and then after dep0 dropping all the way to barely even squatting 150) i have insomnia i can barely even climb the stairs at school without wheezing half the time, I have vertigo worse than before, and just want to die because I'm losing the only good things i had going for me in life before the shot and i would give anything to go back to normal, i hate my grandmother for forcing me to take depo, I wish I had the choice before not to take the shot, and just rely on spermicide and condoms, she is trying to force me into getting the next shot, I know I need to stop, but I really don't want to lose all my hair, and I am scared to death that my metabolism and everything else might be permanent, not to mention, my asthma has gotten worse. will my metabolism ever return to normal or is it screwed up forever? and when will my hair stop falling out, could testosterone help? anything to get tone, thickness, and better health, if it will return to normal, how long will it take? I might sound selfish but I really don't want to go to the only prom I ever go to with super thin hair and increased weight gain....... I am short, so it shows more...... I think someone should link their problems to the drug so that scientists see how it affects people and sue the depo company and close it down so this won't happen to anyone else with forceful parents........

Nov 20, 2014
Depo is ruining my body
by: a girl who is slowly losing everything

I was 17 when I got my first depo shot, last month I had my third one, my grandmother forced me to take it but I never even wanted it to begin with, I begged not to get the second, and I begged not to get the third... now I am 18, i was 94 pounds and although my current weight is considered healthy, my other weight was healthy too, every week I gain almost two pounds, in the last 4 months I went from 94 to almost 120 pounds, my abs began to fade and gain flab, for the first time, I am eating less and still gaining weight, before this, I could eat whatever I wanted, however I wanted and as much as I wanted and I wouldn't even gain a pound, I run constantly, do about 300 crunches a week, do 50 push ups every other day, and still, the weight continues, I do not mind the fact that I have no periods, but my muscle is vanishing, my strength has weakened, which really hurts, since I was proud of my tone, my shape, and my strength, my butt was shaped but never totally smooth, and I hated it, but now I really hate it, my toned thighs and butt now look like cottage cheese, everyone said it was my body changing, but I doubt it, and it only continues to get worse, right now it is worse than cottage cheese, and it sags, it lost its shape, even though over the summer I walked over 200 miles total and continue to walk and do lunges and squats and run, I no longer feel comfortable wearing anything short or even bathing suits, I have also gained a slight double chin, the acne on my nose is harder to pop, the black head populous has almost quadrupled even though I thought I had too many to begin with, I should have been happier with myself because now it sucks, my hair was thick and healthy, it falls out more and more and no longer makes thick ponytails anymore, and I have to comb most of my hair into my bangs to make them look nice. I have experienced more mood swings (and I was already depressed and moody to beggin with) my depression increased more than it already was and has driven me to attempt suicide only for my fiancé to come and find me and stop me before the act was completed, I do have anxiety but my anxiety attacks have gotten worse, my vag now excretes this sticky fluid that hardens and sticks my underwear to my vag and hurts like hell to separate, I planned for 3 or more children when I grew up around the age of 25 I wanted to start a family when I turned 25. My fiancé still thinks I am beautiful, and many other people think so as well, but my insecurity and our love life has suffered greatly due to these effects, we fight more and more because of it and almost split up.I experience extreme oversleeping and tiredness, stomach pain(which the doctors think is an ulcer) weakness (dropping from squatting 205 to 175 earlier before depo due to circulatory issue in the legs and then after dep0 dropping all the way to barely even squatting 150) i have insomnia i can barely even climb the stairs at school without wheezing half the time, I have vertigo worse than before, and just want to die because I'm losing the only good things i had going for me in life before the shot and i would give anything to go back to normal, i hate my grandmother for forcing me to take depo, I wish I had the choice before not to take the shot, and just rely on spermicide and condoms, she is trying to force me into getting the next shot, I know I need to stop, but I really don't want to lose all my hair, and I am scared to death that my metabolism and everything else might be permanent, not to mention, my asthma has gotten worse. will my metabolism ever return to normal or is it screwed up forever? and when will my hair stop falling out, could testosterone help? anything to get tone, thickness, and better health, if it will return to normal, how long will it take? I might sound selfish but I really don't want to go to the only prom I ever go to with super thin hair and increased weight gain....... I am short, so it shows more...... I think someone should link their problems to the drug so that scientists see how it affects people and sue the depo company and close it down so this won't happen to anyone else with forceful parents........

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