Drug Ratings for DEPO-PROVERA

Average Rating: 2.1 (2137 Ratings)

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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
1X O
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
1X O
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
1X O
9/24/2010

 5  Birth control Weight gain...maybe have poor diet. No heavy cramping cycles. Yeah. F 53 18 years
100 1X O
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
1X D
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
1X O
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
1 shot 1X O
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
1X O
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
1 shot 1X O
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
1X M
9/9/2010
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 1  prevent pregnancy Greasy skin and aggressive like a male. This changed my personality from mean to meaner. I'd fight with anyone any time a yelling match anywhere and my thinking was obsessive. F 26 2 years
10X AN
9/6/2010

 3  pregnancy prevention weight gain, bloating, abdominal pain, initial spotting, no sex drive, depression. F 31 13 weeks
150mg 1X D
9/3/2010

 2  prevent pregnancy Depression, dizziness, fatigued, weight gain, very heavy menstruation even after a year. I've been on my period for 2 months, and I have been getting the injections for a year now. I've decided to switch birth control methods. F 17 1 years
2 cc's 1X O
9/2/2010

 2  Endometriosis Headaches, ALOT of bleeding This is useless for endo, it worked for about 2 months and then stopped working, I dont recommend F 15 6 months
1X O
9/1/2010

 5  Migraines No period (a good thing!). No weight gain. PMS symptoms (sore breasts, slightly crampy, etc) when I'm due for a shot. Goes away within 24 hrs of receiving shot. I take one shot every 3 months. I started depo because I get migraines every month when I got my period. Migraines lasted 3 to 4 days and put me flat on my back. Depo takes away my period. No period, no migraine! I LOVE it! Nice not to have to plan around my monthly migraine! Can't wait for menopause! F 46 7 years
1X O
8/27/2010

 4  contraceptive The only thing I can contribute to this shot is a little weight gain... I get ravenously hungry the week before the time I would have usually had a period. I did this with bc pills, but NO where near this badly. I have NO periods or spotting with this shot, which is really nice! I haven't had any of the other side effects that most of the people have posted, but I also was already taking Lexapro for anxiety, so that might have helped me. Plus, my doc started me on a Vit D/D3, Calcium and Fish Oil regimen shortly after starting the shots, so that may be helping with the muscle/joint problems. Honestly, the side effects listed here are the ones I used to get with every kind of bc pill I used to take. I HATE bc pills and will NEVER go back on them... I think it all just adds up to your body chemistry and what works best for you. I think most women do best on some type of bc pill, I just wasn't one of them... but as bad as they made me feel, I wouldn't tell people to never take them... like I said it just depends on your body chemistry. Good luck to those of you who have had issues with the shot! I know how frustrated I was with the pill!!! F 35 90 days
once/3 mos 1X O
8/25/2010
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 4  Extremely painful and heavy periods For approx 1 week after getting injection i always feel very emotional, ie. cry easily, very tired, lacking energy and don't feel very socialable. These side aftes then start to wear off, thank God!! Occasionally get very light bleeding or spotting, which only lasts a day or two but with zero pain. No period at all for last 3 months. Have noticed some weight gain, even though i go to gym regularly. Must admit the week immediately after injection is pretty awful but still feel pro's outway the con's as i feel great for rest of the 3 months!!! Which is a miracle as i have been cursed with horrific periods since i was a teenager, but no more!!! Yipppeeee!!! :) F 35 9 months
4X O
8/22/2010
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 1  Fibroid cyst Nausea, increased appetite, hair loss, extreme exhaustion, dizziness, weight gain, acne and lower sex drive This is the drug from hell! In June my doctor game me a choice of either a surgery or taking Depo to treat my fibroid cyst. I didn't want to have surgery so I decided on the shot. I was told the main side effect/risk was blood clots. As you can see I have had many side effects over the last two and half months. My summer has been ruined and my fibroid cyst did not decrease in size. I have lost total trust in my doctor after going through this experience. My doctor told me that I was allergic to the drug and couldn't take another shot. Really? I wouldn't take another shot anyway! My side effects seem to be a common reaction to the drug, not an allergic reaction. I will never take another drug without doing my own research on it myself. So I am left with feeling terrible, still have a fibroid cyst and needing a new doctor. Let's wage our own war against this drug and tell everyone how bad it is! The few satisfied people on this medication are really a small percentage. F 48 3 months
1X AN
8/21/2010

 1  prevention of pregnancy Irregular bleeding, moody, no sex drive, change in breathing My first dose of depo ends next week and I'm NOT getting another dose! I started the dose back in may and have been bleeding/spotting everyday ever since I got the shot. More moody and emotional over things that never used to bother me. Sex isn't the same i notice I'm not able to get or stay "self-lubricated" and can't enjoy it. over all I got the shot as a way to prevent pregnancy and its ruined my health and starting to take an toll on my relationship with my boyfriend and I. Overall I don't think anyone should take this F 22 1 times
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8/20/2010

 1  birth control Severe anxiety, depression, hair falling out, nausea & vomiting, dizziness My 18 yr old daughter had 3 shots. After the 3rd one she began having severe anxiety attacks. 1 ER visit, 2 doctors visits, a multitude of medical tests (all normal), 1 psychiatrist & a prescription for antianxiety/antidepression medication later, she is finally starting to feel a little better. The psychiatrist told us that 60% of women taking depo will suffer from depression. So her last shot was 5/1/10 & she is still anxious & depressed but able to funtion (she has not been able to do anything with her friends all summer, has not been able to work). She has nausea every morning, hair is still falling out, vaginal bleeding every other day. This has been the worst time ever for our whole family. DO NOT GET THESE SHOTS, THEY ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS ! F 18
1X D
8/18/2010

 5  Birth control, painful menstruation No period I have none of the negative side effects some other women suffer. F 25 3.5 years
1X AN
8/17/2010

 1  to prevent pregnancy Anxiety nausea headaches cramps heart palpitations high blood pressure low energy I would not recommend this medicine after a wk n a half the anxiety which was the worst side effect set in I feel like I'm goins crazy I've been to the hospital twice in one wk where they took all test they could think of only for every thing to come back normal. Every one including my self felt I was going crazy until my husband said u where fine until u took that shot. Did my research n read other peoples comments which made me positive the depo is making me feel this way. When it where's off neva again F 26 1.5 months
1X AN
8/17/2010

 1  birth control Loss of hair, weight gain, rash all over my body, anger, sometimes feel depressed, no sex drive Right after taking shot my hair started to just fall out all the time all day, started my period a month and a half later with blood clots, i get angry at my 2 yr old girl for stuff i wouldnt have before, out of nowhere i broke out in a rash all over body nothing i can do about rash just has to run its course, will never take shot again, if anyone had an all over rash(small bumps)let me know F 27 2 months
1 time 1X AN
8/16/2010
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 1  Pregnancy prevention and no periods always hungry, stomach bloating, abnormal continuous period, alwats tired after getting my first shot, about 5 weeks later, I got my period. I still have it and it's been about 6 weeks now. I am always low on energy, I have to force myself to get out of bed, and do anything with my daughter. Coffee helps only for about an hour. I'm always thinking about eating something. This is rediculous. And low libido. F 22 90 days
1X D
8/16/2010

 3  Pregnancy Prevention Abdominal Pain- sometimes extreme, Sweating,Chills,Nausea, Fatigue, Slight Depression,Headaches,Feeling Pregnant This is the first birth control I've ever tried, I liked it since it didn't require taking a pill daily. First time I took it I mostly had headaches and extreme fatigue, though I wasn't sleeping excessively. Near the end of the first 3 months I started getting extreme nausea and cramps, sensitivity to smells ,plus my period was weird. First period on the shot lasted 2 weeks, second period lasted only 4 days.I could have sworn I was pregnant. Of course luckily when I went for my second shot that wasn't the case. Alot of the headaches and fatigue has disappeared, still having abdominal pain (probably from it preventing my period) the second shot has made me feel more like I'm having hot flashes and random chills, I was a bit moody too. Especially after having the first shot, but now not so much. Didn't effect sex life much and there was only a slight change in my skin but no severe acne or anything. But otherwise it's been alright, may go onto another type of birth control after my 3rd shot. F 22 6 months
1X D
8/14/2010

 1  yes upon reading everyone's comments in here I have to say I experienced just about everything everyone has put on here, I just did not know at the time what was going on the only thing my physician was concerned about was my bones and I don't think he ever put all my symptoms together with the depo provera shot. I have to say that all I remember is that I went through all the horrible symptoms everyone is putting on and my own physician couldnt tell me why I was feeling the way I was. I just thought it was over stress and now the more I read about this the more I put my symptoms to this prescription. It made me do alot of stuff personally that I couldnt understand why I was feeling the way I was. It's sad that they don't come out and actually state what some women experience severly because all I remember getting is some of the symptoms but I remember it was all general. F 24 6.5 years
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8/13/2010

 1  easy birth control Extreme Mood Swings, Sadness, Loss of Appetite, Headaches I had the shot 2 weeks ago. The same day I was nauseous. Two days later I was Angry at random times. I slashed out at my boyfriend for no reason Saturday night. We were hanging out with some friends and I started yelling at him out of the blue. I'm so ashambed. I'm not a fighter normally. This shot has made me crazy. I feel a weight on my chest also. I'm very anxious. I can't wait till this drug wears off; it's Torture. F 21 14 days
1X O
8/9/2010

 1  To prevent pregnancy Terrible acne, weight gain, severe fatigue, very irregular painful periods, awful mood swings, excess facial hair, bloating, paranoia, back pain and loss of libido. I started taking Depo at 18 (First ever shot in Nov 2005), I was not told about the side effects, I was only informed there was a slight possible risk of thinning bones but that this was very unlikely. No side effects whilst I was on Depo which led me to think it was a wonder drug, however as soon as I came off it (Sept 2007)I began to experience horrendous and very painful acne, extreme fatigue and just general lack of energy - to the point where I was drinking about 6 cups of coffee a day just to keep my eyes open - constipation, bloating, excess facial hair, awful back and joint pain and just a general aching feeling all over my body (I felt about 100 years old - I was 20) weight gain, random chest pains, complete and sudden loss of libido, ridiculously erratic and painful periods (I think they returned about 3 months after I was supposed to have my next Depo shot)and the worst part was the mood swings - I was irritable, insecure and completely paranoid about everything. Its been over 3 years now since I had my last Depo shot and although my problems have lessened they are still very much present and still affecting my life. I have been doing research on Depo and have been nothing short of horrified at what I have found, I am so angry that this drug was and still is so widely available to all. The fact it was given to me as a teenager makes me furious as I was not mature enough to make an informed decision about such a powerful and potentially damaging drug. F 23 2 years
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8/6/2010
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 2  Prevent Pregnancy Headaches the first 5 months but they have decreased. Low libido. My husband would say I was very irritable and short sometimes. Irregular bleeding and Vaginal Odor. I wanted to comment on the Vaginal odor because I have read many comments but I didn't find someone who had this same side effect. I did not have any bleeding after my first shot. I had my second last month and i have been spotting for almost 3 weeks. Since this spotting started I have noticed, as well as my husband, this embarrassing odor. For the most part I only notice this smell during intercourse. I hope it goes away when the spotting stops but it's so embarrassing that I am not going to have the third shot and will try something different! F 38 8 months
1X O
8/5/2010
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 5  To stop menstrual cycle I just began the shot, the onyl sideffects that i have are i get very emotional aat times..and i have been having abdominal pain.. the reason i will still use this shot is because i know these sideeffects will eventually go away fter the first 3 monts..i am so excited that my cycle will be stopped after about the 1st year! M 21 1 months
1X D
8/4/2010

 3  Birth control Weight gain,emotional instability, vaginal dryness, chronic yeast infections, reduced sex drive, no periods to lots of periods, and tendonitis? I started on depo after having a medical abortion. I noticed the emotional instability immediately after taking depo but attributed it to the events at the time. Every time I was due for a shot I got extremely emotionally unstable. My husband joked that depo worked by making me not want to have sex. I gained about 20lbs (on top of already being overweight) and had no periods the first year on depo. I then decided to lose weight and worked really hard and lost 75 lbs over 2 years, and now I'm back to being extremely athletic and active but was hoping to lose the last 20lbs extra I have on my body (which seems to be all around my mid section and base of my extremeties) now that I just stopped my injections. After about 1 1/2 years on depo I began to get my period a week before my shot, then 6 months ago I got two periods, one week apart before my shot. I was due for a shot two weeks ago. In the last eight weeks I had 4 periods(every other week). After reading posts I believe my tendonitis might aslo be from depo, and not "inadequate stretching". I'm not looking to get pregnant but I'm sick of feeling like a chemical inbalanced mess, I feel like I have been noticing more and more negative symptoms now that I weigh so much less! So I'm done with depo and hope I will finally go back to "normal" for my husband's sake! F 29 3 years
1X AN
8/2/2010
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 1  prevent pregnancy nausea, anxiety, this is my 3rd time on my period in the last month, my friend had her period for 4 months on depo, dizziness, fatigue, headaches DON'T take this. It may seem like a great option but it ruins your body. I have never heard a good thing about it. F 20 1 years
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8/1/2010

 1  birth-control No period day after taking it. Worried about my chances to have children now! I had no period a year after stopping this drug. Then it slowly came back. It has been 3 years since I have had this drug and my periods just started to be regular. My fiance and I have been trying for a year to have a baby and its just not happening. I know its not him because he has 2 children from a previous marriage. I am starting to wonder if this shot made me sterile. F 20 3 months
1X D
8/1/2010

 1  To prevent Pregnancy Thinning and loss of hair (bangs area), severely dry scalp, acne, numbness in hands and feet, irritable leg syndrome (that's what I thought), restlessness, joint ache, and numbness in face (was numb once for three days, doctor's were baffled. Even went to a neurologist). Started the shot after having my first child. Was on it for four years. No side effects. Stopped taking it, it took me 8 months to get pregnant. Had my baby began taking it again because I had not had any side effects the first time. It has been six years now. The side effects started with the Irritable Leg Syndrome and numbness. The hair loss just started a year ago. And the acne has started just about three months ago. What's next? F 27 10 years
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8/1/2010

 3  to not get pregnant and have fewer up until now i have been having headaches and been short fused, my boyfriend definitely does not like that part,reading all of these other comments i hope i don't get any more depressed or moody F 21 6 days
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7/31/2010
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 4  Birth Control I had minimal side effects from this jab, mood swings increased, it was effective and i do recomend only if u have had worse effects from the pill etc. I am suffering severe after effects. Cronic breast sensitivity and abdominal pain F 18 2 years
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7/29/2010

 1  Birth Control Extreme waight gain, deprestion, abdomanal pain This is the worst thing I have ever tried for birth conrtol. I have been taking it for about 18 mnths now and it was great for a while and for the past about 5 months I have been really irritable, sad, confused, and just crazy. You dont notice it but the people around you just tell you your crazy and dont like being around you anymore. You have no idea why you think you did nothing wrong, you thought everything was great but this depo shot makes a chemical embalace in your brain similar to bipolar or depretion. Please be very carful if you chose to take this. And please do not take it for a long period of time it will ruine you and the relationships around you. F 22 18 months
30 1X O
7/29/2010

 1  prevent pregancy never again...hair loss, spotting for weeks and weeks and the worst for me was the night sweats. Perhaps I'm the odd one as I haven't heard of anyother woman suffering from the night sweats. Night sweats is not a stated side effect that I have seen but I have a friend who also had night sweats while on this RX. F 36
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7/29/2010
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 2  birth control depo made mii have mood swinqs; i qet irritable easily; im constantly hunqry; rarely qet a period; painful breast/chest pains; painful abdominal pains; somewhat often headaches; i hate this shot cause the side effect are just not worth it; i wanted to prevent preqnancy but not feel preqnant while doinq it; ive only been on the shot for 6 months && im already thinkinq about swithinq to thee pill; I dont recommend this shot; F 15 6 months
1X O
7/27/2010

 4  birth control Headaches, vaginal dryness, low libido Hi, I have had very little problems with depo. I wish I had been warned about the side effects first hand though. All of these comments are a little scary to me. The only major problems I have with this drug is that I get frequent headaches; but that can also be contributed to stress and lack and excess of sleep,or my terrible caffeine habit. I do not really ever want to have sex and I have accompanying vaginal dryness which I hadnt had before hand, but K-y works wonders for that. All of the side effects I am hearing from other people may or may not be contriuted to the shot. I dont really know, I am so confused. F 24
1X D
7/25/2010
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 1  birth control depression,anxiety,nausea,irratablity im not getting this shot ever again i still have two months until im due for another shot. i feel like i am a crazy person, i act pissy all the time and the smallist things piss me off. i am getting married in a few months and im scared that the way this shot is making me act he might run.dont take this shot!!! F 21 7 months
1X D
7/25/2010

 1  Prevent Pregnancy Mood swings, anxiety, heart palpitations, depression, low sex drive. I use to think Depo was the most amazing thing! Now I am realizing that it is the reason for all of the listed symptoms. I couldn't figure out why I always had these symptoms every time my shot was due or right after I received it. It is like bring a crazy person every three months. My relationship was almost ruined by it. F 24 3 years
100mg/ml 1X O
7/22/2010

 3  birth control Depo was great at first, especially since it seemed to be the only thing that prevented unwanted pregnancy for me. However, I noticed the "doom" started setting in. I became extremely depressed, moody, gained weight, and started to get a lot of acne.I really didn't think much of it because it was so effective in other areas: I didn't have to worry about getting pregnant if I got my shot every 3 months. I've been off the shot for 2 months now (not in a sexual relationship anymore) and I'm feeling a lot more side effects than I had while on the shot: stomach pains, panic, extreme moodiness, fatigue, low self-esteem, overall negative self-image, a bit more weight gain, dizziness and nausea. I get these heart palpitations out of nowhere, which really freaks me out because I have never experienced anything of the sort. Until reading all of the comments, I didn't realize that my problems may very well stem from Depo. As this makes me feel a little more sane, I'm really hoping the s F 25 2 years
1X D
7/21/2010

 3  eliminate monthly menstrual cycle excessive weight gain, joint pain, no cycle first 5 months, no sex drive, always hungry i absoluted loved my depo provera shot up until july 1 2010. I started spottin which i eventually expected, but now 22 days later im still bleeding! I got my 3rd shot this year yesterday and i definitely know it will be my last. Never again. F 20 6 months
injection 4X O
7/21/2010

 3  Convenience I loved the shot as I didn't have to take the pill every day. I experienced some weight gain (about 10 pounds), but no pain or major mood altering while on the Depo. My issue occured after I've been off the pill for about a month and immediately went back to the pill (I plan on starting family in a year or so). Since I've been off the shot, I've had major acne breakouts, headaches, nausea and some depression. I haven't had a period yet, but that's because I immediately started the Pill. I'm reading the comments about the never-ending period and hope I come out okay, but at least I'll know what's going on if it happens to me. On the plus side, my weight is coming off slightly easier then it did while on the shot. Can't recommend to anyone, but was not a wholly negative experience for me. The withdrawl symptoms are worse for me than the drug side effects. F 28 1 years
UNK 1X O
7/20/2010

 1  Birth Control hair loss, extreme weight gain, depession, mood swings,sporatic periods that would last 1-3 months, severe acne,anxiety, loss of sex dive, pregnancy resulting in miscarriage. I DO NOT recommend this to my worst enemy! my hair was falling out in clumps, I was extremely depressed, and I had not an ounce of a sexual drive the entire time I was on the shot. The last straw was when I got pregnant on it and then had a miscarriage. Once that happened, i decided that it just wasn't worth it anymore if it wasn't even preventing pregnancy for me! F 22 12 months
1X O
7/17/2010
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 1  To not be pregnant Makes you bleed continously, like every other day. It is very unhealthy. Low sex drive, Moody. I hate this depo-provera shot. I dont recommend it. F 21 3 months
150 mg 1X O
7/16/2010

 1  Birth Control Extremely heavy and constant bleeding including passing of large clots, depression, aggression, joint pain, total loss of libido, loss of energy, hypertension. Taking Depo-Provera was worst decision of my life. I advise anyone considering it to really really look at the side effects and seriously think if it's worth it, but I promise you, it ain't! F 23 3 months
1X AN
7/15/2010

 1  to stop bleeding from fibroids All of you that are having these horrific side effects from this drug please contact the FDA with your complaints. I called them and they didn't have any. Please, Please, contact them and let's get this drug off the market before it hurts any on else. F 53
1 shot 1X D
7/15/2010
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 3  Birth Control I've been on Depo for about 2 years and it took about 6 mnths 4 me 2 get used 2 it. I had irregular bleeding for the 1st 6 mnths aftr that only once every 3 mnths which I LOVE! I noticed aftr the 6 mnth mark that I'm a lot dryer down there and that I was getting mad painful acne all around my mouth, chin and neck area which is hormonal. I've been trying to deal with it for the past year and a half trying different skin care and such but no luck and I am done with it. I hate lookn @ myself in the mirror and wnt go anywhere without makeup on. Also I have joint pain which I didn't know was a side effect until I read other peoples comments. I love not having my period and not having to worry about taking a pill every day but after 18 mnths of having to buy extremely expensive skin care and dealing with painful cystic acne I'm done. Going to make an appt to talk 2 my Dr about it. Not sure what to do because the pill wasn't wrkn 4 me as I would have my period for 3 mnth s @ a time! Why is it F 24 2 years
1X AN
7/11/2010
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 3  Eliminate terrible period symptoms. Severe joint pain, no sex drive, painful intercourse, irritability, lightheaded, fatigue, and excessive tiredness, but no periods or spotting whatsoever. I took this drug a few years ago for a 2 year duration and am recalling similar side effects that I'm experiencing now and hadn't realized then were related to this shot. I realize that everyone will react differently to any drug, however, many of the side effects I'm experiencing other women seem to be experiencing at too high of a rate for my comfort. This shot would be great if I wasn't in a committed relationship and never planned to have sex, my relationship is suffering because I can't stand to be touched anymore by my boyfriend whom I've been dating for 8 years. The shot works perfectly to eliminate periods in my system. However, I've been waking up every hour of every night because of the joint pain which doesn't even seem to be treatable with the Percocet I've been taking on a regular basis. Before this birth control method, I was taking Seasonique which was working perfectly with no side effects for me. The only reason I switched was due to my doctor's recommendation because of occasional migraines that were caused by another medication I was taking at the time. F 22 3 months
1X O
7/7/2010

 1  Birth Control Immediately starving after getting the shot, constantly starving after getting the shot, joint pain in shoulder and knees, night sweats, vivid dreams, increased sense of smell, morning sickness, weight gain (almost 4 pounds in one month), bloating, depression, mood swings, fatigue and exhaustion, skin rash on face, hair falling out everyday, bleeding after sex, bleeding heavy for 10 days, passing HUGE clots, dizziness, sore breasts, decreased sex drive, ovary pains, alcohol aversion, smoke aversion, all over body aches. It's like being pregnant, except you are not pregnant, constantly starving, taking SLIM SHOTS to reduce appetite. Cannot have sex because of heavy blood flow, feeling the worst that I have ever felt. Passed clots so large I was worried for 3 days. At least pregnancy has a purpose. I don't think that I can continue this treatment. F 32 30 days
1 shot 1X AN
7/7/2010

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