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    Old 08-30-2009, 11:23 AM   #1
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    8 Years of Depo...what to expect when i stop??

    Been on depo provera for 8 years...unlike many on here, i have loved it...loved not having periods...didnt experience weight gain or other side effects...thinking of stopping as i may want to conceive in a few years...wondering what to expect after being on it for a long time and stopping...wondering things like:

    how long until I get periods back?
    how long until it's regular?
    any other side effects of stopping?
    will period be the same/less than before I was on depo?
    how long until I am able to conceive?

    thanks!

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    Old 09-02-2009, 07:00 PM   #2
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    Re: 8 Years of Depo...what to expect when i stop??

    no one??????

     
    Old 09-05-2009, 09:12 PM   #3
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    Re: 8 Years of Depo...what to expect when i stop??

    Well, I don't have a good answer....but thought I'd share my experience. I was on Depo for 2 years. I started it after having my 1st child. I had no problems before using Depo. I did gain about 50 pounds within the first 6 months, unlike you. I did not get a single period the entire time I was on it, which I thought was fantastic. I stopped Depo to try for another child. I was told to expect my period to return within 6 to 12 months. Well, mine didn't return until almost 5 years after my last injection! I was able to conceive during that time (2 years after stopping) thanks to fertility treatments. My period did not become regular until 9 years and 1 month after my last injection!!! From year 5 to year 9....I only had a few period each year. So, it was messed up. Since then, my periods have been like clockwork, and I was able to conceive again (on my own...when not even trying) last summer and had my 3rd child in February of this year.

    My periods are different than they were prior to Depo....but I'm not sure if that is because of Depo or since having children. My periods don't last as many days (they typically lasted about 7 or 8 days prior to Depo and now last 5 to 6). I also don't get massive cramps like I did prior to Depo either. I have heard many people say that their periods changed after having children. Well, I only had 1 period after having my first child before I started Depo, so I'm not sure if my periods are different since using Depo, or since having children.

    If I were you, I would give it a year for your period to return. If it returns, but is not regular, see a specialist.....a reproductive endocrinologist would be my advice. If it doesn't return, same thing....see that specialist. Hopefully yours will return in no time, but if not....act on it and get the help you need to get your hormones back in check.

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    Re: 8 Years of Depo...what to expect when i stop??

    thanks for the reply!

     
    Old 09-12-2009, 07:23 PM   #5
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    Re: 8 Years of Depo...what to expect when i stop??

    any others?? there must be others who have stopped taking depo....?

     
    Old 11-29-2009, 01:27 PM   #6
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    Re: 8 Years of Depo...what to expect when i stop??

    I was on depo for just over 7 years all together but i took a break after 3 years to have my first child, I then went back on it again to help stop my periods as they were heavy and i wasnt ready for another child, but now i have been off it about a year and at first my periods came back like clockwork 'YEAH' that lasted for about 2 months, now there all over the place. I would like another child as me and my husband are ready but its just not happening were not trying anymore but i keep worrying that my periods are not going to get back to normal and im not going to concieve

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