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    Old 10-21-2004, 11:27 PM   #1
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    Wouldn't recommend Depo-provera

    I was on the shot for 5 yrs. Not once did I have a period. It causes you to gain weight, sexual problems, and for me endometrious and cervical cancer. It also caused me to brake my tailbone...let me explain. It causes over time for your bones to weaken. It took me 2 1/2 yrs to get pregnant after stopping it. I liked not having a period. When I finally did start having my per I felt like I was 13 all over again...forgot how to use a tampon!

     
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    Old 10-21-2004, 11:35 PM   #2
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    Re: Wouldn't recommend Depo-provera

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    I was on the shot for 5 yrs. Not once did I have a period. It causes you to gain weight, sexual problems, and for me endometrious and cervical cancer. It also caused me to brake my tailbone...let me explain. It causes over time for your bones to weaken. It took me 2 1/2 yrs to get pregnant after stopping it. I liked not having a period. When I finally did start having my per I felt like I was 13 all over again...forgot how to use a tampon!
    I'm in the same boat as you are. Depo screwed me up so bad. I was healthy before Depo. I was not overweight by any means, had successfully conceived and given birth to a healthy baby.

    I went on Depo after having a child, remained on it for 2 years....and got off of it to try for another child. My period never returned. Month to month, I wondered if my period wasn't coming because I conceived.......and month after month, had negative pregnancy tests. Finally, after 2 years.....I went to see a specialist and was put on Clomid. After 4 rounds......I conceived. During those 4 months, that is the only time I had my period......and I had it because it was induced. After my son was born.....back to the same routine. No periods. Finally 2 years later, I got my first non-induced period (5 years after my last injection).

    To make what could be a very long story short......during all of this, I mysteriously developed PCOS and diabetes as well as many other health ailments. I kick myself in the butt everyday for taking that shot because I really doubt these health problems would exist had I taken a different route for birth control.

    I wish you the best of luck.

     
    Old 10-22-2004, 07:42 AM   #3
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    Re: Wouldn't recommend Depo-provera

    I have been on depo provera for 14 months and I love it! I have had no side effects from it at all. I went on it because I was bleeding constantly, I'd bleed 24 days out of the month, with only a day off here and there. Its only the last 2 months that I have not had any bleeding and cramping at all, which is such a relief!

    I watch my food consumption since I was overweight before I started the shot, but by sensible dieting, I have lost 7 pounds in the last month. I take a calcium pill along with my multivitamin, and try to get calcium in my food. I am 48 and have no intention of ever becoming pregnant. I plan on staying on depo until I pass through menopause. I don't ever want to have another period again!

     
    Old 10-22-2004, 08:41 AM   #4
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    Re: Wouldn't recommend Depo-provera

    I have to agree about not recommending it. I learned the hard way. I had one son before I was on Depo and then low and behold after I stopped(only had 2 shots) I had developed secondary infertility. I have seen numerous doctors over the years and each has told me I wasnt the first nor was I the last they would see thanks to Depo.
    It can be a great birth control for a few but a majority of people dont discover problems until after they stop taking it. The not having a period can actually lead to more problems. Having periods is one of the ways the body lets us know it is healthy.
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    Old 10-22-2004, 11:42 AM   #5
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    Re: Wouldn't recommend Depo-provera

    I couldn't agree with Blastoff more!!! I too didn't really have many problems when I was on Depo......at least not anything that I thought could be related to Depo because my doctor always told me that Depo was 100% safe. Now, looking back.....I know that is exactly when my PCOS started because about a year into my injections is when I started noticing all of my PCOS symptoms and I developed Diabetes. I too experienced secondary infertility. I was also told by my doctor that he see's more and more problems like mine after people use Depo......and that he himself would not be surprised if it were to one day be pulled off the market. He also did say, like Blastoff said, that not having your period can cause many problems, some of which can be very serious. IMO.........Depo is the "Russian Roulette" of birth control.

     
    Old 10-22-2004, 04:33 PM   #6
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    Re: Wouldn't recommend Depo-provera

    I wasnt so lucky while on Depo. I had a really hard time during the six months I was on it. ONe can easily do a search on the women's health board or women's sex baord and find posts in which I go into greater detail of those problems. So not only I do I warn of the after effects of Depo I also tend to warn others of the effects while being on it.
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    Old 10-22-2004, 06:19 PM   #7
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    Re: Wouldn't recommend Depo-provera

    After reading through others' responses on Depo I'm totally afraid to take it myself!
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    Old 10-22-2004, 11:47 PM   #8
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    Re: Wouldn't recommend Depo-provera

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    After reading through others' responses on Depo I'm totally afraid to take it myself!
    You should be afraid! If I had read any of these stories 10 years ago or if I had even had a better idea of some of the symptoms......I NEVER would have taken even 1 shot.

    Please, if you are not on this injection......don't start it. It is not worth it.

     
    Old 10-25-2004, 10:57 AM   #9
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    Re: Wouldn't recommend Depo-provera

    I agree with you all that's against the so called (shot),I started getting the shot after my first child I was 16 yrs old then my mom had my ob/gyn at the time to place me on the shot after my daughter i was taking it until my daughter turned 5 and I wanted to now have another baby with my husband(same guy) and it took us 3 years after my last shot to concieve and will I was pregnant with my second child I was suffering from pregnancy diabetes it was so fustrating because I was set on a 1200 a day calorie diet and being pregnant on a diet is unimaginable, the diabetes went away as soon as a had the baby, so to sum it all up i definately recommend that the shot is a very risky chance that is taken for a method of birth control.

     
    Old 10-25-2004, 02:08 PM   #10
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    Re: Wouldn't recommend Depo-provera

    i'm on the patch right now...and only because in the past i could NOT for the life of me remember to take pills at the same time of the day thus making me mess up my cycle on the pill, and not to mention, the pill would make me sick all the time...i asked my dr about depo, and she told me that since i am sensitive to medication as it is she doesn't recommend it, because of the fact that when you get the injections the symptoms can last for years after you get your last injection, and i get migraines very easily, and i don't want the weight gain...but i feel for you guys who's dr's didn't warn you about the bad things that depo would do to you...i luckily had that chance...i even went to planned parenthood, and they tried to get me to go on depo cause i now take topamax, and you are not supposed to take that with the patch, and i had to get a clearance from my neurologist first before they could continue to give it to me...but my pcp told me no depo......get the clearance from the neuro...he will do it........so once again...i'm sorry you guys.......

     
    Old 03-08-2006, 06:06 AM   #11
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    Re: Wouldn't recommend Depo-provera

    [FONT=Georgia]I to was on the Depo Shot. I started the shot 6 wks after the birth of my daughter and took it for 7 years. I didn't start having any major side effects until about the 6th year. My side effects were so bad that it was causing problems in my marriage. I have gained 5 lbs. a year. I was originally about 170 lbs. I now weigh over 200 lbs. The side effects I experienced were depression, weight gain, severe libdo problems, major hormone problems. I have been off the shot since January 13, 2006. I had signs of pregnancy and I took a home pregnancy test, and it was positive! I was sooo excited and so was my husband! So I took another home pregnancy test. It too gave me a positive result. I called my doctor and made an appointment, she even saw the home tests. She told me that since I had only been off the shot a short time, it was possible to concieve, but she wanted to confirm the pregnancy via blood test. She did tell me that there was a chance that being off the shot such a short time, that it was a possibility that I was getting a "false positive" result. Well, as it turned out, it was a "false positive"! I was shocked and somewhat let down. I did want another baby. The last year on the depo was actually pure hell. It effected my so badly that I didn't want to even get out of bed. I developed depression. The only thing I thought I would be happy with would be the classic .

     
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