perimenopause and depo provera questions
Anyone getting close to menopause and on Depo Provera? I have some of the symptoms of perimenopause, but am not menopausal, since I am having a period, even though I've been on Depo for 2 years. I am having very light but lengthy periods about every 3 months.
There are health concerns about staying on Depo for more than 2 years, but I have high blood pressure and cannot go back to the Pill. I am afraid if I go off Depo I will go back to having heavy, nearly continuous bleeding that led me to Depo in the first place (I was just about to get a hysterectomy when the flooding stopped). A progesterone only pill did nothing for the bleeding and made me feel worse before I tried Depo.
I really don't want to go back to heavy continuous bleeding for the next 3 years until I reach 52 and hopefully will be menopausal. Anyone have experience with Depo and making the transition to menopause?
I am also concerned about birth control. I am too paranoid to rely on barrier methods - if I go to irregular periods I will worry constantly that I am pregnant. I don't want to go through having my tubes tied, and then have to have ANOTHER surgery for a hysterectomy to get rid of the bleeding.
Is there anyone with experience in these areas willing to share comments?
Last edited by mgraylorn; 06-23-2005 at 09:55 AM.