Drug Ratings for DEPO-PROVERA

Average Rating: 2.1 (2179 Ratings)

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 1  severe bleeding/cramps weight gain,hair loss,brittle bones,acne,bloating, I was originally put on depo because my monthly period was so severe in cramping and bleeding i couldnt get out of bed and was near blood transfusions. At first i loved it because i didnt get a period and the cramps were gone. I was 14 when i got on the depo and i am now 18.5 years old and just recently got off of it because of the horrid side effects and because my obgyn insists that i switch. now that i am off it(last shot was in august 2010) i now have worse cramps then i ever have before, it can take up to 9mnths to get my period and clean out, i am having vaginal pains, my bones are so thin and frail is unbelieveable and my body is just messed up. I DO NOT RECOMMEND DEPO AT ALL. F 18 4.5 years
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11/29/2010

 1  stop period Weight gain, irregular bleeding, hot flashes, depression, bone loss The first few weeks of me taking it, i didnt have any period...however, i began to see it after a while and had it for 3 weeks, then none for two weeks, then saw it again for 3 months straight...i finally went to the doctor and she said that my hormones are not in order so now i am going to gain weight and etc...so she put me on the pill for a month and i didnt see my period...but after a week or so i saw it again, and it was continuous for another 2 weeks then after that i didnt see it for a month and now its back on...I am depressed by the weight gain and moodswings...i get hot flashes like i am going the menopause...and my neck is already weak and it is tiresome F 19 6 months
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11/29/2010

 5  Severe Cramps Weight Gain of about 10 pounds, loss of period. Is a god send. I know a lot of people have issues with depo, but for me it is amazing. I've tried every type of birth control, to help with my severe cramps. Depo provera has stopped my period completely, which is amazing. I am no longer confined to a bed every month! F 19 1 years
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11/28/2010

 5  birth control / stop heavy bleeding mood swings, back ache, headache, heavy bleeding I've been on this shot twice, i love it. The first time was when i was 16, and i was on it for a year. the first two months i was bleeding nonstop but i figured out if i took vitamin c tablets every day it went away in two or three days. The i started having mood swings and snapping at my ex (but to be fair this could be because he was an asshole). I stopped after a year when we broke up because i wasnt having sex and thus, no need for it. Now im 18, and i just got my first shot a month ago and the only side effect ive gotten is some backaches or headaches and cramps. They arent that bad and over all im very happy with this shot. I reccommend people trying it, it works well for some, and not for others. Everybodies body reacts differently and like me, you might find a way to stop some of them. (again vitamin c stopped a lot of side effects try it). F 18 2 years
1 shot 1X O
11/26/2010
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 1  Birth Control Complete loss of libido (which I suppose is ironic, as it is a birth control drug). Bad bumpy face skin. Weight gain. Extreme cramps when coming off it. Very very hot at night when on it - which didn't bother me but boyfriend couldn't touch me!! I liked the idea of not having to remember taking a daily pill, I liked the idea of not having a period. In the end I hated both. I hated not having the control when I realised the side effects of it. The worse side effect was loss of libido. :-( I came off after only two shots (2 months) due to the wierd side effects. Still haven't got my period back after a further two months, but debilitating cramps since coming off it. NOT RECOMMENDED F 33 2 months
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11/22/2010
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 3  so i dont get pregnant horrible mood swings, bad bad bad headaches, breast tenderness, heavy appetite, my weight is flucuating, acne, cramps, fainting, dizziness. the only thing i like is that i dont get my period every month. but that can also be a bad thing in the long run. when i first got on depo i was 16 i was not sexually active but my mom insisited. when i got my first shot i had horrible breast tenderness. i hate gaining weight and eating all the time and acne. i went to the dr recently cuz my left arm would be numb for long periods of time. i thought it had something to do with the injection so i asked the dr the dr said i have soft flesh tissue damage on my upper left arm where they give the injection. turns out they have been giving me the injection in that arm since the begining and now my arm is numbed. overalll i do not like it it is horrible!!!! F 18 5 months
30 1X M
11/19/2010

 1  To prevent pregnancy Made my life a living hell. At the age of 16 i was close to losing the roof over my head lost my friends and family .I would have severe mood swings, throwing things being mean to others, not thinking clearly, and eating all the time .I have said such mean, rude crude, things to my mother that our relationship is nothing ,my boyfriend is annoyed with me, dont know how much more he will tolerate my mood swings. he is all ive got left since ive said and done such horrible things to others. I hope in Jan the effects have warn off .hopefully i can repair what ive done. The makers of this drug should be hung. Did you know they use depo as a sterilization method for sex offenders. anyone know of any natural cures to reverse the side effects of this medication or something that would help . Doctor wanted to put me on deppression meds. which i feel why would i do that for something you didnt tell me about. F 16 90 days
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11/17/2010

 4  BIRTH CNOTROL DIAREA. cavities. ASTHMA, ALIEN-HEAD. HEAD WEIGHT GAIN. WANTED TO CUT CAT'S LEGS OFF. HAD NO FUN AT THANKSGIVINHGG. TOMATO COLORED SKIN, ARMS, AND LEGS. i treieD TO INSERT SHOT INTO VAGINA LIKE DOCTOR SPECIFIED. ENDED UP WITH A HEADACHE AND DEATH! WHERE IS MY DOCTOER. LOVE IT F 41 3 months
100 mg 1X O
11/16/2010

 1  as contaceptive I have had eleven months of hell on this injection. I have bled for months and after eleven months I found out I was pregnant. I now find myself at 7 weeks pregnant having a miscariage and believe that the injection is the cause of it all. I would not reccomend it to anyone who wants kids in the future. F 39 3 months
2 shots 1X D
11/16/2010
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 1  yes continious bleeding. My Doctor never metioned this side effect. F 42 40 days
1X D
11/14/2010

 1  prevent pregnancy / to gain weight bad hair loss,hair falling out in clumps,increase apetite,depressed,no sex drive,cramps,spotting,bad acne, weight loss/fluctuating. Many more but i cant remember all. In the beginning i would bleed non-stop,probably a whole month or two. Then the bleeding started to lighten and i would spot or bleed whenever. I noticed i was always hungry and eating but gained no weight. I started getting cramps, which i still do. My hair started falling out drastically and it still is,(mostly in the bang area)but all over as well. I was a person that never suffered from acne till i took the shot. Now i have moderate acne thats getting worse. Im always depressed and have mood swings. I gain two pounds in one day and loose it the next. I have no sexual drive whatsoever. I dont like that it increases your risk of osteoporosis,seeing my mom already has it so it makes me more likely to get it now. It may be nice because you only take it once every three months, but the side effects are very bad including infertility! F 25 7 months
1X O
11/14/2010

 1  control my periods severe anxiety attacks, blurred vision, already gaining..moody my mom had gone this route because the pill made her a bitch from hell.. the pill wasnt working for me due to nausea.. so i switched.. its only been three days but last night i had a severe anxiety attack and stare3d being hysterical. scared my to death. also my boyfriend has noticed me being way moodier and also like an instant weight gain.. i got on it to avoid this.. three more months.. can i do it? anyway i thought i was alone but i see im not.. M 17 3 days
not sure 1X O
11/14/2010
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 4  birth control Was due to have shot mid-Oct but did not need to as husband had a clear report on vasectomy. Over the last few weeks very tender breasts, sore nipples, moody, nausea most of the day, headaches. Took pregnancy test yesterday! but after reading all the comments I now realise I must be in withdrawal! Will not go back. F 40 3 years
0 1X O
11/12/2010

 4  to stop heavy bleeding No side effects while taking it. Have been off for five years and have broken several bones. It takes nothing and a finger will just snap. I shoe horses and ride all the time this is not a good combination. None of the medical staff that I have used ever even hinted that I would have major bone loss. I would rather have bleed and been bear bait then know that I can't even roughhouse with my children . F 43 12 years
1X D
11/11/2010

 3  to be protected from getting prego Um the depo for me is not bad def better than pills but the only downfall not to be to explicit is the spotting I have been spotting ever since alil after my first shot an it hasn't stopped since its annoyin...def makes me not feel comfortable at all in regards to sex an it jus sucks...the depo is a very good medicine but this side effect sucks. Also kind of hav a lost for appetite. Which sucks cause I am already skinny as it is...but other than that its an ok solution for bc jus watch the side effects..:) F 23 6 months
1X M
11/11/2010

 4  birth control Gained weight but I think that had something to do with getting older because with strict diet and strict exercise I lost it.I LOVED not having a period. I also think that it decressed my sex drive also. I enjoyed not having a period.Let me correct that, when I first started the shot when I was 18 yrs old I would spot a little before getting the next shot but after the first year or so no periods. Now that I am married (3 yrs yesterday)and decided to have a child I have been off the shot for 2 yrs and still my period has not returned. If it wasn't for my husband wanting a child with me (he has two teenage boys)I would probably still be on it. I really can't say that the shot is the reason I havent gotten pregnant yet. But I can blame it for not having a period. F 34 14 years
1X O
11/4/2010
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 2  birth control no sex drive, depression, mood swings galore! i got it when me and my boyfriend started getting really serious and about a year in i got really depressed and took everything out on him, we woulda broke up if he didnt have faith, then everything went back to normal and i've noticed i have intense mood swings and n=zero urge to have sex, it started really causing problems in our relationship and im not taking it again! i hope my body goes back to normal soon.. want this to be over F 19 16 months
1X AN
11/4/2010

 4  Birth Control I love Depo Provera. I don't have to remember to take a pill, I only have to get it every 3 months. The only side effect is weight gain, but that can be taken care of with exercise. I love it. I have never experienced any affects as the ones mention here. Keep in mind that all bodies are different and it doesn't mean you will have the same side effects as other women.I would totally recommend it. I love not having a single period ever. My periods stopped immediately and I had no spotting at all. LOVE IT! F 30 2 years
1X D
11/3/2010

 1  Heavy periods, birth control Weight gain (20#), HORRIBLE debilitating depression, severe anger and constant mood swings, hair growth then extreme hair loss. Do NOT get this shot. It will take you a VERY long time to get yourself back together. It is convenient but not worth feeling like a fat, angry, depressed, moody, crazy woman. M 44 2 years
1X O
11/2/2010

 1  endometriosis Severe stomach ache, tiredness, irritability, constant heavy bleeding, night sweats. I did not want to have this shot, but my doctor heavily pressured me to take it to control my endometiosis pain. I am ready for a hysterectomy but she convinced me that insurance probably wouldn't pay for the surgery unless I had proof that I had tried all other options. I cannot take BCP because they make me extremely nauseated. I am NOT myself anymore. I cannot wait until this shot wears off so I can get back to normal. I feel that this shot should be banned! F 32 1 months
shot 1X O
11/2/2010

 2  birth control, PCOS Extreme hunger, mild weight gain, acne, spotting to mild bleeding for an extended period of time (longer than a week) For the first couple of shots things weren't bad at all... coming up to the third shot, I started having major food cravings about a week before the shot and this went on about a week or so after getting the shot. Once that stopped, I began to start spotting, which I hadn't for the last 6 months, then it just kept coming more like a mild to moderate period and so far it has lasted 10-11 days without stopping. I also started to experience some minor face/body acne and some increase in facial hair growth. Don't know if all of this is due to the shot, but the non-stop bleeding, cramping and back pain is horrible. Needless to say, I will be looking for something else when this wears off. F 35 8 months
1 shot 1X O
10/28/2010
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 1  To not get pregnant. nausea, BIG TIME headaches, stomach pain, Breast tender and hardness, Tired all the time, Not eating, Sometimes eating ALOT. I would not recommend the Depo shot to no one. When i got it i was excited, my periods were going to stop for two months and then come at the third month, which thats what the doctor told me. Which was NOT true. The first shot i got i was bleeding for 20 days straight and then Poof it was gone. When the third month came there was nothing. I was a little worried so when i went to get my next shot the doctor told me some girls dont even get their period for a whole year.. So i got the secong shot on march and ever since then i been so moody, i cry sometimes for no reason, i get mad at everything. I take it out on my family. am always tired i need a nap of three hours each day to feel good. and the headaches OMG i have them every single day. and they get worse if i dont take an Advil to stop it. Its been almost 8 months since i got the last shot. and i have no spotting or bleeding at all. am worried i dont wana get sick. am tired of these pains in my stomach and the hungryness i always get. Yet am losing pounds. Please girls dont get this shot, i really wish i didnt take it, but i did.. now i wish everything can go back to normal. M 18
1X D
10/28/2010

 1  Regulate Periods/Prevent Pregnancy Mood swings/Depression, Weight Gain, Bloating, NO PERIOD FOR 2+ YEARS, Hair Loss, Sleeping issues/fatigue I stopped taking the Depo Provera shot after 3 years in September because I wanted to have a period and regulate my body now that I am getting older. I have not had a period in 2+ years and I do not think it is as hazardous as it is un-natural. I slowly gained 4 pants sizes and around 20 pounds since I had started the Depo shot, but what worries me the most is I have gained 15 more pounds since I got off the shot in September of this year (a few months ago). My food craving is almost uncontrolable due to the fact I feel like I am never full, my mood swings have made everyone think I am a totally different person than a few months ago, my breast size has increased 2 cups along with sensitivity/pain and a lump with a tender sensation has developed and my doctor thinks it is a cyst (going for a second opinion & sonogram), fluctuating blemishes, swollen upper abdomen, I sleep 9+ hours a day, and I have no sexual desire what so ever. I am not pregnant nor have I ever been. I have read other stories on here & my side effects are not the same- what could have caused this so sudden when I started depo as well as stopped it. F 22 3 years
1X O
10/27/2010
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 5  birth control my period stopped. other than that, i never gained a pound from it, i still eat, i'm not mooody, i'm very happy with it. i would reccommend it... i think its amazing. F 30 6 years
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10/26/2010

 1  Birth Control extreme weight gain, infertility, depression, not enough info from doctors I was on the Depo for 1 year and gained 60 pounds. I didnt change my eating/exercise habits at all and still gained weight. To this day (4 years later) I havent been able to take the weight off. Due to the rapid weight gain I developed PCOS and believe it had a part in causing my pseudotumor cerebri. Once off the Depo, it took my husband and I 4 years to conceive. I suffered severe depression and mood swings the whole time I was on Depo. The doctors didnt give nearly enough information about the medicine. Claimed 5 pounds max weight gain, never once mentioned bone density loss, and then tried to put me back on after I had surgery. DO NOT TAKE DEPO PROVERA! F 24 1 years
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10/26/2010

 1  birth control weight gain, loss of sex drive, mood swings, anxiety, depression, irregular period By weight gain, I mean 25 pounds. By depression, I mean I cried everyday. By irregular period, I mean it never stopped. I had a 3 month long period, and it would only stop for a week or two after I got the shot, then it wouldn't stop until the next shot. Once I finally got tired of waiting for my body to adjust, I got off the shot. I lost the weight I gained, I'm happier than ever, sex drive is back, and period is regular. I would never recommend this and it's unfortunate because it was very convenient and easy to remember my appointments. F 19 1.5 years
1X O
10/25/2010

 4  Birth Control This past week I started spotting :( ugh, I hate stained undies... luckily in 2 days I'm getting another shot so hopefully it will stop. F 23 6 months
150mg 1X O
10/19/2010
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 1  Endometriosis Loss of appetite, severe hair loss, mood swings - depression Not enough information from Dr. before recommending the shot My daughter (age 14) was diagnosed with endometriosis and hemoragic cysts. Dr. recommended Depo to the endometriosis, she has lost 12 lbs, major hair lost no appetite hardly eats, very depressed. Abdominal pain. Has developed IBS because of it. This is our first and last shot. I wish I had more information about this before doing it. F 14 3 months
1X O
10/19/2010

 5  Heavy and uncontrolled bleeding Was taking in a.m. with Synthroid - wasn't working. After 3 mo's of non-stop, continued bleeding, I somehow thought to take it at night (keep taking Synthroid in morning). Voila! Love this med. I stopped bleeding 3 days later. Overweight anyway so unsure about weight gain but what the heck - I'll blame the med (LOL!). F 48 9 months
10 1X D
10/18/2010

 1  Preparation for Essure procedure Severe mood swings, exhuastion, sore breasts, crying for no reason, nausea, digestive problems, irregular periods, weight gain, weakness, dizziness, loss of libido I only took this shot to prepare for having the Essure procedure done. The procedure went perfectly and I've had no side effects from that. But although I had the shot in early June, I am STILL feeling horrible. I have been so emotional and sad, feeling depressed all the time. I've had moments of extreme panic and I can't explain why I feel that way. I've been nauseous and sick feeling all the time now. My breasts are so tender. I have been absolutely uninterested in sex at all. I feel creepy-crawly feelings under my skin at times. I feel achy occasionally. I thought I was going crazy and I was seriously considering seeing a psychiatrist for the depression and then I found all these web sites talking about the side effects of going off the shot. I will never, ever let the doctor give this to me again. I am SO mad that I had to do it, but at least now I know I'm not going crazy. I will never let my daughter get this either. It's a really dangerous drug. F 42 3 months
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10/17/2010
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 1  not get pregnant Blurriness, shaking, gained 10lbs in 3 months, crying spells, mood swings, increased appetite, depression and the most horrible anxiety!! I had panic attacks almost every other day... I only got one shot and 2 months after being off depro. I'm still dealing with anxiety. I am currently seeing a therapist to help me get over them. I would NEVER recommend depo to anyone!! I regret not looking more into the shot before getting it.. F 25 3 months
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10/17/2010
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 1  birth control i started taking this as birth control and to stop my periods. after a few weeks i started to notice pain in my ankles and feet. i thought nothing of it until now ive had my period for 23 days straight and not spotting but true bleeding. now my joint pain has become debilitating and i fear i will get up out of bed and colapse which almost happened last night. thank god i found this site because i now know the shot is to blame. i will never get it again and dont recommend it either. F 23 3 months
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10/16/2010
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 5  pregnancy prevention None...in fact, I feel great, have lost 7 pounds, and have no side effects! Depo has worked reallly well for me, despite many bad reviews F 26 8 months
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10/14/2010

 1  Endometriosis Drastic mood swings, nausea, cramping, depression, memory fog and weight gain I decided to take the Depo shot after two years of taking birth control pills for endometriosis. At first I felt great, because I thought it was going to take my pain and heavy bleeding away. I was very wrong in that assumption. I gain at least five pounds within the first few weeks and I had extreme mood swings. There were days when I would break down bawling in my college classes, for no apparent reason and I spent a lot of my time away from people so I wouldn't take my temper out on them. I suffered from memory fog as well. I missed classes because of nausea, and did I mention the near constant cramping? While this medication did stop the periods, the cons of the drug are too much for the pros in this situation. I am most definitely going back onto the pill, after most of the medication is out of my system. F 19 3 months
1X O
10/14/2010

 1  birth control headaches,weight gain, stomach pain, abnormal periods(lasting about 2-3 weeks), spotting almost every day, acne, low sex drive, insomnia, depression, terrible mood swings. i HATE this shot. yes it prevents pregnancy but the side effects are terrible. ive been spotting for about a week straight had a heavy period for about 8 days and am currently spotting as we speak. its inconsistent and annoying. ive gained 10 pounds in 3 months and counting i eat healthy and work out but ironically i gain more weight and i am getting wider. my moods swing left and right im either really depressed, super happy, or really mad and that can change in seconds. i constantly have stomach pains and headaches. i have 0 self esteem thanks to this shot its NO BUENO. please dont try it. take it from me. F 22 3 months
1X O
10/13/2010

 1  birth control hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, insomnia, infertility, nausea I didn't have any side effects on the medication, it was when I stopped taking it that the hell began. I had horrible anxiety, hot flashes, smells made me feel ill, and insomnia. It has been awful, the symptoms were worse when I first got off the medication. However, some of the symptoms have lasted for years. Not to mention the fact I have been unable to get pregnant since getting off the shot. But who knows if you can blame that on the birth control. I am SURE the other problems are due to the shot though. Oh, and I've lost bone density. It really is terrible. I wonder if my body has trouble getting rid of the fake hormones. Anyone else have an idea about this? F 31 4 years
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10/11/2010
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 2   Weight gain , acne , mood swings , depression . Before starting the depo shot , I asked about the side effects & my doctor mentioned weight gain . She said as long as I stay active & eat healthy, it shouldn't be a problem . Overall, I eat healthy & exercise often . I have gained about 30 lbs in about 6 months . I also get NO period what so ever . Although it's nice, isn't that unhealthy to not have one? I wouldn't recommend the depo shot & will not be going back for another shot :( F 18
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10/10/2010

 4  birth control weight gain, moodiness, no periods I love this shot. Estrogen based BC causes problems for me, this does not. There is a small amout of weight gain but that could be other factors also. Compared to others I have virtually no side effects. this is my second time on the shot, I did stop for several years to take a break from it as my Doc warned me that it was not ment to be a long term solution. I am noticing a difference this time in that I am getting the generic version of the shot so there may be something in that particular formula that is causing a few side effects. I was warned about possible effects by my doc before deciding to start back up on it. For me this is the best BC alternative. F 43 4 months
150 1X O
10/9/2010
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 1  to prevent another pregnancy oh my god how can i start i was using the depo provera because i dint want to get pregnant at the time since i already have 2 babies. i been using this injection for 2 years and oh my god i regret it. i was very happy at first because it got rid of my period completly. but after the last injection ive been feeling really sick and ended up going to the emergency room 3 times in less than 2 months. the pains in my joins are endless i have to take pain medications in the morning in the night and sleep with a botle of bengay next to me believe me is awfull. ive also lost 16 pounds in 2 months.believe me i wouldnt recommend this injection to my worst enemy. the worst part about this is that doctors dont give you all the information of the effects of this injection in order for you to make a more informed decision. you dont know how painfull these joint pains are sometimes the pain medication works and sometimes i just cant sleep because even with the medication im just in 2 much pain to jus ive never been in so much pain like now after all these injections.and ive never taken so much pain medication like now. please dont put yourself at risk with the depo is not worth it. F 29 2 years
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10/9/2010

 1  to prevent pregnancy headaches almost every day, nausea, backpain, vomiting, blurry vision, light headed, mood swings, alot of abdominal pain TO ME THIS IS THE WORST DRUG EVER. I WAS TRYING TO GET A QUICK BIRTH CONTROL AND END UP GETTING A QUICK TICKET TO HELL. I WAS ON MY WAY TO THE HOSPITAL TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS WRONG WITH ME UNTIL I STOPPED AND DECIDED TO LOOK UP SOME REVIEWS. NOW THAT IM SEEING ALL OF THESE REALLY BAD REVIEWS I WISH I WOULD HAVE DONE MORE RESEARCH ON IT BEFORE GETTING BECAUSE LORD KNOWS I NEVER WOULD HAVE GOTTEN IT. MY DR DID NOT HAVE A CONSULTATION WITH ME THEY JUST GAVE ME APPT TO GET THE SHOT SO I WAS NOT EDUCATED AT ALL AND THE ONLY THING THAT MADE ME EDUCATE MYSELF ON IT IS BECAUSE OF ALL THE THINGS G0ING WRONG WITH ME IS REALLY STARTING TO SCARE ME. I RECOMMEND NO ONE TO GET THIS SHOT. ADDING SYNTHETIC HORMONES IS BAD FOR YOUR BODY ANYWAYS. I REALLY REGRET GETTING THIS. I HAVE TWO MORE MONTHS TO GO AND IM JUST PRAYING I DONT LOSE MY MIND BEFORE THEN. THIS IS MY FIRST AND LAST SHOT. F 21
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10/6/2010
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 2  Birth Control acne, nausea, weight gain, mood swings, anger, low to none sex drive, brown spot on cheeks Coming off the depo I feel is so hard and cant wait till the symptoms END!!! I am angry all the time, feeling depressed for no reason(just moved to a wonderful area, husband stopped drinking and my son is doing awesome in school I have no reason to be depressed) I feel like Im pregnant all the time but tests show negative, after getting my period for 8 days I am now 23 days late and still waiting, I never thought I would want my period to come so bad as I do now, my doctor said I should be back to normal in about 3 months and i pray he is right as I want to have another baby ASAP...Note to self and anyone reading: Will Never Take The Depo Again!!!!!!!! F 29 8 years
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10/5/2010

 3  Dont like taking pills I didnt mind some of the affects, yes I hated the weight gain and some of the mood gains but I liked not bleeding every month cause I have always been a heavy bleeder. But the reason that I'm here typing is that I've heard that some women after using this method can't get pregnant. So I'm asking that the women here to please if you have experience this. F 23 2.5 years
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10/1/2010
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 2  prevent pregancy I have been taking the depo shot for 7 years. I have experienced the weight gain, no periods, and mood swings. I have also had digestive problems. I have become sensitive to caffiene. From the depo shot? I don't know. But it was all of a sudden, and it started about 8 months ago. Doctors can't find anything wrong and told me to stop drinking coke so I did and when I do I get terrible stomach aches, chest pains, belching, which I never do, and have been diagnosed with acid reflux which I have never had in my life. The depo shot was great at first. No period. No babies. No worries. But now, I think I am going to stop recieving the shot to get back to normal, to get my life back. F 27 7 years
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10/1/2010

 1  Endometriosis & pregnancy prevent. I have taken the Depo shot for 9 months, and have gained 17 lbs since I've been on it. I run 3 miles 3 nights a week and eat 1500 to 1800 cal a day. It is almost impossible to shed any weight. I don't understand why I keep gaining. I have to take an estrogen pill every day in addition just so I won't bleed. (I bled for 6 months straight). I have no sex drive and get easily down. I will be going off of this shot in Dec. I def think I gave it a chance and there is still no balance. Little bit scared to see what happens when I go off of it. F 30 9 months
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9/27/2010

 1  endrometriosis and pregnancy preven mood swings extreme irritatability hair loss weight gain loss of interest in sex fatigue i would never reccomend the deop shot to anyone the doctors make it sound nice not having a period and all but i would rather bleed all month long than suffer from the crazy side effects of this drug F 23 18 months
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9/24/2010

 1  Birth Control Weight Gain, Irritability, Loss of Interest in Sex, Lack of Energy, Infertility. I started taking Depo Provera when I was 16. I had my last injection in February of 2009. During my time on the shot, I had no period whatsoever. In October of 2009, 7 months after discontinuing the shot, I finally got my "period" back. However, it was not red flow, only dark brown and very thick, and it lasted for 30 days. Now, more than a year since stopping the injections, I still have extremely irregular cycles, ranging from 26-81 days in lengh between menses. I got married over a year ago and have not been able to get pregnant because of what Depo Provera did to my body. F 20 3 years
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9/24/2010

 5  Birth control Weight gain...maybe have poor diet. No heavy cramping cycles. Yeah. F 53 18 years
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9/23/2010

 3  yes Headaches, weight gain, mood swings, loss interest in sex. I started taking the shot when I was 16 when I first my boyfriend who I am still with today. I am still on it and it is time for me to get my shot again.. Im deciding if I should get it again or not. I did gain weight. I used to be 140 and a size 7 now Im about 170 and a size 13 and Im thinking its from the shot. I have always had headaches but I think there worse. Im always tired and I never like having sex.. Im 19 im pretty sure i should like to do that. Just wondering if i should get it or not... F 19 3 years
1X O
9/23/2010
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 1  endo and abnormal bleeding Morning sickness and early weight gain and long periods. I only got one shot because it is awful. Doctor told me irregular bleeding could be a side effect. 2 week long periods are quite annoying. Morning sickness and early weight gain, and people asking if I am pregnant. Have been coming off for 2 months and have gained more weight, more 2 week periods, no more sex drive or even opportunities with 2 week periods coming every 21 days. I was very fit, still eat better than most, but have to buy bigger clothes because of a lousy shot. F 35 3 months
1X O
9/22/2010

 4  to slow down/prevent heavy periods extreme weight gain, fatigue, migraines, swelling in the feet, back pains, complete loss of period I began getting depo shots when I was 12 to prevent my heavy bleeding. And for that it worked really well, this is the only reason why I chose to continue receiving the shots. I've always had headaches, but they became more frequent and more painful. My stomach was saying that I wasnt hungry but my mind was telling me to eat..I guess this is partially what caused the weight gain. I went from 160 to 217 over the past 4 years. Everytime I take a break from the shot, I won't bleed for months at a time and when I finally do, it lasts for about 2 or 3 months..I would only recommend this as a last resort for a solution to extreme heavy periods. Nothing more, nothing less.. F 18 6 years
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9/21/2010

 3  Endometriosis Daily headaches, blurred vision, night sweats, mood swings, weight gain, and urinary frequency at night. Depo Provera was good in the sense that it got rid of my heavy periods and horrible pelvic pain, but I think I would prefer my endometriosis symptoms to the side effects from this medication. Especially bothersome is the blurred vision. F 35 3 months
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9/21/2010

 1  prevent pregnancy Weight gain, bled for several weeks at a time, zero sex drive, sore breasts, acne Stay away from depo, this is not normal. I've never had to excercise to maintain my weight. I'm a waitress and I walk to work so I'm plenty active, and I haven't changed my diet at all, but I've still managed to gain 30 pounds in 6 months. I bled for 5 weeks until I got my second shot. All was well until I started bleeding again, also for 5 weeks until it stopped on its own. I decided that's enough so didn't get another shot, and have now been bleeding for 7 weeks with no end in sight. I usually love sex, but now feel unattractive from the weight gain and it's considerably less enjoyable. F 25 6 months
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9/18/2010

 1  Birth Control I took the depo shot for a year. After stopping the depo I continued my daily work outs and ate my healthy foods and managed to gain 87 lbs in 6 months... Crazy huh? Then whenmy husband and I decided to get pregnant we tried for about 16 months and had no success so because he is diabetic we thought he was having problems so we got him tested and all was fine then I found out that I have PCOS caused by the depo and now have been on fertility for 3 years and cant get pregnant. Please dont take this shot. F 21 1 years
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9/16/2010
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 3  Pregnancy prevention Non-stop bleeding, breast tenderness, mood swings I took the shot for the first time in May 2010, the first 2 weeks I was an emotional wreck, but just as soon as those symptoms came, they left, never to return again. In that 2nd week I began to bleed, and it was more than just spotting. It was thick and dark brownish in color, to the point that I had to wear tampons almost every day for the entire 1st 3 months. I suffered terrible migraines and cramps during my periods prior to getting the shot and havent had any problems since. Thank goodness. I do not miss those at all. My breast continued to be sore on and off again over the whole 3 months, but other than the constant bleeding I don't have a problem with the shot. I have experienced a decrease in appetite and actually lost 12 lbs in the first 3 months. Was going to change methods this time but heard that the bleeding can get better after the first one is over. We'll see. I just got it today. If it doesn't get better and I dont stop bleeding, then I will switch. Rather have my period one week a month than every week of every month. Did not get depressed, gain weight, develop acne, have mood swings, night sweats, low sex drive, or any other symptoms listed on here...just the bleeding. I guess I'll find out what the next 3 months have in store for me. It would be perfect if I would just stop bleeding!! F 32 3 months
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9/14/2010

 1  Birth Control Absolutely No Periods, Fatigue, Hungry, some weight gain (mainly in mid- section), trouble sleeping, irritability, no energy at times, little to no sex drive. I have been on the Depo-Shot since I was 17 and in the 11th grade. Throughout my college years I, got the shot. Then I started to wonder why there was little to no more recent updated information on this drug. So I started to take a break from it because my doctor could not give me much more information on how safe it was to continue to stay on it as long as I have. In between my breaks, I would have terrible, excruciating, painful periods. They were so painful that I would have to stay in bed and cry because I was unable to move. Because of this pain, I would always return back to the shot to avoid this. In 2006, upon me graduating college, I stop the shot. I did not want to not have a back up birth control so my doctor put me on some BC pills. I started the pills as prescribed. I got so sick from the pills: sore breast where I could not put my arms down, could not sleep, I developed a rashy acne in the form of a beard on my face. From this, I had to start using Proactive and I have never had any skin problems in my life. I stopped the pills. I waited almost 6 months before I started the shot again. After the unbearable periods, I just could not bear it anymore. I started the shot again. Since this, I have been on the shot continuously. I finally decided again in May 2010, not to get the shot ever again because no one can give any answers on the prolonged safeness of this drug. After stopping the shot this past May I have not seen a period. No spotting or anything either. I F 28 10 years
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9/14/2010
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 1  Didnt have to remember taking a pill mood swings, nervousness, incresed apetite, weight gain, acne, no periods, spotting. Once off of it: bleeding for 20 days now, headaches, bloating, It was nice at the beginning, no periods just light spotting, and no pms, but once i was off it, i just started bleeding when i was supposed to get my period but ive been bleeding for 20 days now. its horrible, have been so tired, and its embarrasing and uncomfortable to have sex, so there is none of that. F 20 1 months
1X O
9/12/2010

 1  Birth control Extreme fatigue, moody, depressed, extreme night sweats, hungry all the time, dizziness/ light headed, I just started this type of birth control, I also have occasional night sweats from zoloft, but this is ridiculous. I have only been on this for a few weeks but it has not been good. Now I have to wait for it to wear off. Ugh. 1 shot every 3 mos. But I won't be getting another one. F 36 1 months
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9/12/2010
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 2  prevent pregnancy EXTREME fatigue, weight gain, always hungry, no sex drive, depressed mood. I think depo is good for preventing pregnancy and that's about it. I can best attribute the side effects of depo provera to the 1st trimester of pregnancy, expecially the constant fatigue. The only difference is the depressed mood that I feel on this drug. I have had one shot and I won't do this again. F 40 6 weeks
1X O
9/11/2010

 1  painful periods; prevent pregnacy; currently have fibroids cannot conceive headaches joint and bone problems, too many to list email me if you would like to discuss i am a pharmacy major and would like to help get it off the market. kelshabonnet21@yahoo.com F 21 1 years
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9/11/2010
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 3  bad menstrual pain-birth control Mood change, aggressive, angry, sad. Spotting, would eat a lot, gained weight. Bad smell down there. It was good because i didn't have to worry about pregnancy and my menstrual pain def. went away. I decided to get off the shot because i didn't like the mood change and the weight gain. After getting off the shot (2 years later) i started to experience bad side effects. Nausea is the worst, i can't eat like before, i feel like puking sometimes. Bad pains when i get my period to the point that i can't move. Having trouble sleeping because i feel sick and my digestive system changed. I also got stretch marks on my thighs, also my breasts have been hurting sometimes. If anyone has had the same symptoms please e-mail me, i want to make sure i'm not the only one and that it is because of the shot. F 21 2 years
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9/9/2010
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