Drug Ratings for DEPO-PROVERA

Average Rating: 2.1 (2105 Ratings)

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 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
1X O
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
1shot 1X AN
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
1X O
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
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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
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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
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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

 1  contraception Nausea, dizziness, pressure on temples, back ache, blurred vision, i was flinching at stupid things paranoia I have come off the injection now. I was told that the only side effects wer abnormal bleeding. My nurse laughed at me when i mentioned all my other side effects i now know i'm not crazy. F 20 3 months
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7/7/2010

 1  to prevent pregnancy Weight Gain, Extreme Cramps in my abdominal and chest area, Head Aches, The worst stretch marks ever in the area around my uterus Concerning my stretch marks that I have on my stomach. I know that they did not form naturally because they started to show in the form of a ring around my belly button! The stretch marks have gotten much worse, to the point where I cannot wear a bikini to the beach which is very disappointing. Naturally I get depressed about my self image since I have weighed more than I currently weigh yet when I look at my stomach I feel like I look horrible. I have tried using cocoa butter and Mederma to treat my stretch marks but I desperately hope that once I change my birth control the stretch marks will calm down and the theraputic lotions that I use will have a greater effect. I do not suggest this type of birth control and I personally feel stupid for taking it. I have been on depo for about a year and I'm 19. I wish I wasn't as against pills but the shot is given too much credit in regards to my personal opinion that I formed from my experience. Perhaps the shot works better with others but I think that other than preventing pregnancy this shot created more problems than solutions. Therefore I don't advise others getting depo, even though the convenience makes the shot sound very appealing. F 19 1 years
1X AN
7/7/2010

 1  Birth Control Weight gain, fatigue, depression. I am the kind of person who loses weight fast. I don't even have to do cardio....just sit ups and I'll lose weight. But now I am working out like crazy! I think to myself why am I not losing anything? and I finally figured it out...DEPO! I was 160 before I had my son and now I am just staying 190-200. I get depressed at random times...at least 3 times a week. I cry out of no where. I am also extremely tired through out the day. I feel drained and so lazy. I hate what Depo has done to me. My last shot was in June 2010 and I am just waiting for it to get out of my system. I am going to try everything and detox my body. I just pray to God that I don't get those nasty effects like never ending bleeding or more weight gain. TO ALL WOMEN...DON'T TAKE DEPO PROVERA! IT WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE!!!!! F 20 1.5 years
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7/6/2010
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 1  To control heavy bleeding moody, stay emotional, severe abdominal pain, nausea, headaches, loss of appetite, no sex drive, fatigue all the time, loss of hair. This is my first time taking the shot. I took the shot back in May to control my heavy bleeding. I would not recommend this shot to anyone. I started spotting June 8th. And every since I have been bleeding. The abdominal pain is unbearable. I ended up in the emergency room. I am still bleeding right to this day. They told me that this was to control my bleeding but I have bled more this way than having a normal period. At least I know what to expect when My period did start. I rather bleed for seven days and have a couple of days of heavy bleeding than the unknown of not knowing when you going to stop. this shot sucks. Im bleeding heavy and dropping clots and losing alot of blood to the point I feel as if im about to pass out. To anybody thats thinking about taking this shot, educate yourself and ask your doctor about the side effects cause my doctor didnt tell me anything and give me any type of information. F 37
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7/5/2010

 1  Responsible Married Woman During: nausea, headaches, excessively tired, bled for 2 of the first 3 months, acne and eczema increased, reduced libido After: no spotting or period at all since the end of the shot (it has been a little over 2 months), acne and eczema extremely unbearable, joint pains especially in jaw joint, greatly reduced libido, full body aches, random skin rashes, bloodshot eyes that will not go away I am a 27 year old at 5'7" 130 lbs. and healthy with the exception of this dreadful Depo in my system. This is the worst thing on the market for people trying to be responsible about having children when they still want to have children someday. I only see one reason to take Depo and that is to treat PCOS or for sterilization. My husband and I want to have children someday. I took the Depo because I wanted to be period free during our one year wedding anniversary in Mexico. Now, I have had no menstrual cycle and am concerned that I may need hormone therapy if we ever want to have a child. HOW TERRIBLE THAT THIS IS APPROVED SAFE!! SAFE!??? Really? From all these experiences, I would never imagine to call this SAFE. TAKE THIS OFF THE MARKET AND DOCTORS, PLEASE FULLY EDUCATE YOUR PATIENTS AND TALK THEM OUT OF THIS POISON. F 27 3 months
1X O
7/2/2010

 2  Birth control I was told that I probably ouldn't have a period with this, YAY! HOWEVER, I have been spotting since I started the shots in Jan. ALSO, I now have Menoraghia (heavy uterine bleeding) with HUGE clots. I have bled for 20 straight days. I am going to a different Dr. this Fri. If not for the constant bleeding this would be a fabulous birth control for me. F 50 6 months
150 1X O
7/1/2010
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 1  BC loss of about 1/3 of my hair lost 10 lbs in fist month (went from full B bra size to A) to much to list...... 1 shot feb. 2nd 09 (1year 4mts ago) OMG PLEASE HELP!! when will this END!!!! lost 10lbs first month of taking it and lost a full cup size! I have gained the 10lbs back but my breast did not come back w? that!! periods are still all messed up, my hair still falls out, I run 3x a week to stay active and tone up but my body just wont tone up... my breast are still @ a A cup but Im always still so Fatigue..... when I wake up Im sleepy, I need a nap @ about 1 pm and 6pm..... I noticed all this about a month after I got this shot! If you have any advice please let me no..... I've tryed talking to my DR but she blows me off and says it will get better BUT WHEN???? I don't no what to do any more I don't like living like this! I have a 6 year old little boy who wants me to play w/ him and I just can't Im always so sad and angry (oh yeah mood swings to) And my little boy says mommy why are you always so mean) yep thats how I know its the depo!! HELP PLEASE! F 26 3 months
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6/28/2010
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 1  contraception mood swings, weight loss due to depression which led to early stages of anorexia, dizziness, nausea constantly tired, severe abdominal pains, bleeding DO NOT USE THE DEPO!!! (one injection once every 12 weeks) i went on the depo when i was 19 as it was far easier for me than taking a pill everyday, my local nurse recommended it saying it is one of the best forms of contraception. However now im 22 and have been off the depo for a year for a few reasons...6months into using the depo i started getting cramps and thought nothing of it then shortly after i started to feel slighty tired and light headed and quite emotional, after 12-18 months i started feeling extremely depressed and from there my side effects started, the final straw for me was after nearly 2 years i started to have light bleeding spells then when that stopped i have server abdominal pains to the point where i couldn't move. After serious discussion with my partner he agreed i should come off it clear my ststem of the drug and start planning a family. 6 months after i came off the depo my periods returned, irregular and after a year of no contraception we still have no baby and no sign of pregnancy so i started to do a bit of research... Doctors and nurses don't tell you how dangerous this drug is, it can make you infertile and can take anything from 6months to 2years for fertility to come back to normal, periods can take up to a year to return, your mental health can become effected -depression, emotion over drive hormones flying all over the place. I'll never ever go back on the depo and hope I've helped you make your decision. F 22 30 months
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6/28/2010
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 1  avoid getting pregnant PANIC ATTACKS! I am now 27, I got a shot of this when I was around 20. Shortly after I got the shot I remember I had shortness of breath quite often, which led me into having panic attacks and hyper ventilating. I went to the E.R. 2x in one week. I'm so glad I came on here because I was about to go on this again, thinking the panic attacks were coincidental....now I remember how much I hated the shot and couldn't wait for it to leave my body. I remember not being myself at all...locking myself in my room and sleeping all the time. It was horrible. Actually think I'd rather get pregnant than go through that hell again. F 27 3 months
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6/28/2010

 3  Birth Control Constant Nausea. I have taken Depo-Provera off and on since I was 17 and only recently I got back on it. The side effects of this medicine have been so extreme I suffer daily with tireness, vertigo, nausea, mood swings, body aches, cravings, digestive problems and just feeling terrible in general. Weight gain is normal, but my symptoms are that of pregnancy though I have been tested and are not pregnate. The biggest change is the nausea, constant when I get up in the morning and anytime I eat. I have been to the ER and they perscribed me something for the nausea, but it has been miserable for me and I can do nothing but wait until the hormones leave my body in a few months. I would highly suggest the pill to any woman who is considering birth control, as depo's side effects are not worth it. I would also like to thank all the previous posters as your comments have helped my research greatly. The nausea is awful, if you are having the same symptoms and the doctors can find nothing else wrong with you, get off the Depo. F 29
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6/24/2010

 1  My sister was prescribed it Horrible anxiety! Moodiness, Even more irregular bleeding Hi, im a concerned, outraged brother that found this site after recieving no help from the "glorified, all-knowing Doctor." My sister started the shot due to heavy bleeding and irregularity. Her doctor put her Depo and after a few weeks of treatment she started showing signs of anxiety. So much so, she would regularly have panic attacks during class time. These attacks became so severe, her 4.0 gpa dropped to almost 2.0 because she couldnt sit through a single class. About a week after these side effects began, she saw her doctor again, but her doctor was clueless as to why she might be having these symptoms, and eagerly dismissed the idea that Depo could cause someone such harm. Really wish doctors were more concerned with helping people... M 22 3 months
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6/23/2010
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 1  Ovarian cysts, hormone imbalance extreme mood swings, fatigue, depression, hair loss, weight gain at 17 i was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome and put on the pill. at 21, i decided i had had enough of the pill and went on the shot...huge mistake! in the past 2 years, i have felt like a completely different person. i'm tired all the time, always feeling depressed, and have extreme mood swings that effect my daily life. before depo, i used to have a thick head of hair, but i've lost half of it in 2 years. this can't go on anymore and i refuse to get the shot again! F 23 2 years
1X O
6/21/2010

 1  Birth control, stop period pain No sex drive whatsoever, depression, anxiety, moodswings. Depo is the best birth control in the world, as basically I can't bear for my partner to even hug or kiss me, let alone have sex. I force myself to have sex with him twice a week, but it makes me feel sick and I dread it when I know the time has come. Also, my periods totally disappeared for the first year, now I have been bleeding for 2 months. Moodiness and depression and crying for no reason. I can't wait to come of it. Men complain that using a condom doesn't feel nice for the few minutes they have to use one, well try feeling like crap every single day for a year!! F 26 1 years
1X O
6/21/2010

 3  regulate monthy cycle definitely insomnia, within a few days, swollen all over it has taken away menstrual pain and now I have no period M 41 1 months
1X O
6/17/2010

 1  birth control Loss of desire to have sex, leg cramps, headaches, blurred vision, irregular bleeding, vile temper, poor memory Not sure if my sympoms are due to taking depo, but after reading this i feel for certain some of my symptoms are caused by the depo. I've had sex once in 6 months so I suppose you could argue it is good for birth control but I don't wamt to live like a nun. I'm far more moody than normal for no reason and still feel mentally like I'm having a period each month without actually havin one. F 30 1.5 years
1X AN
6/17/2010

 5  prevent pregnancy and no menstrual Ive had a few mood swings but i think it was just my child's father that was pissing me off all the time i really doubt depo had anything to do with it honestly I love the shot ive been on it 4 months and im loving it. i have no menstrual cycle. I have a decreased appetite bc lord knows i dont wanna gain any weight. I guess it depends on how your body takes it bc if my damn hair would come out like im hearing it would be the end of depo for me bc i dont play about my hair F 26
1X O
6/16/2010

 1  For extreme period pain EXTREME mood swings, no energy/weakness, lightheadedness, heavy bleeding, rash, constant pain in my abdomen I was given this injection as I was told it could help me with my periods which are incredibly painful. I was told to expect some spotting and that was it. For the first 2 weeks after the shot everything seemed okay, I then developed a rash that went from my feet to my knees and from my hands to my elbows, antihistamies stopped the itch but the rash didn't go away for about 1/2 a week. Then I started to bleed. Not spotting. Proper HEAVY bleeding, clots and all. Initially I was in less pain than I would have been prior to having the shot, but by day 10 of the bleed, my pain was increasing more and more to a point where I was having to take the same old regimen of painkillers as I had done prior to the depo. Eventually the bleeding pettered out after 11 days, but I am left with constand and really bad pain in my pelvis, in the same 2 locations I have always experienced pain, and despite the fact the bleeding has stopped I am still on high strength painkillers for this pain and I don't know when it is ever going to stop. I also have a lot less ebergy than usual; I was running 20k a day on my crosstrainer but now I struggle to stand up from the setee without a wave of lightheadedness hitting me. The bleeding has caused me to go anaemic again (so much for light to non-existant periods!!) I also had the most unbalanced mood swings about a week prior to, and during, my 11 day bleed, ranging from feeling suicidal to teary, angry, all very negative. I wish I had never had th F 33 6 weeks
1X O
6/16/2010

 5  No period, can have sex when I want My side affect on the shot is that I want to have sex all the time. So I love it, it's the best thing that ever happen to me The shot isn't for everyone, I been on the shot for five years and I just love it. And I know a few more people thats on the shot and they love it also. It's just different for everyone F 24 5 years
1X AN
6/12/2010

 5  prevent pregnancy slight mood swings, but very rarely and easily reconziable. I was on 1 year, off a year and back on for a year after that. I haven't been on it in 2 or more years. I believe that it may have caused a heavier period now or thats just age. I plan on getting back on it this month. The was one time i can remember getting more upset than normal. Other than that, I love it. I will start to take more calcium after reading this though. Thats a good idea. F 26 2 years
1X O
6/11/2010

 1  Birth Control Lost weight was the only plus. Was Moody, had low labido, and got depressed quiet often. Don't Take it!!! I hate that my doctor recommened it. i had my last shot July 2009 and still have not had a period. I lost my insurance so i had to quit and im glad i did now that i no the side effects. I recently got my insurance back and going to my ob/gyn and finding out why i have had a period for almost a year and if ill ever get one back. I was only 16 when i started the shot, and i've always dreamed of kids in my future, now i might not have any or their could be serious life threating side effects. it may have crushed my future! F 19 3 years
1X AN
6/9/2010

 4  Not wanting a period/birth control None of the normal side effects, increase sweating I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. I actually love the shot and have not had any of the "normal" adverse side effects. The very first doctor that put me on the shot in 1996 told me to take at least 1000 mg of calcium a day. I did and with calcium supplements and excerise my bone density test have come back normal. I have put on a few pounds but considering I started the shot at 22 and am now 36, I attribute the small weight gain to age, not eating healthy and not excersing as much. I do sweat more and noticed the increase sweating within a year of starting the shot so I don't know if the two are related, but it makes since that they are. However, I haven't noticed anyone else mention an increase in sweating. I've had many discussions with my OBGYN regarding the shot and he has said as long as my bone density test come back fine, I can stay on the shot. F 36 14 years
1X O
6/4/2010

 1  Birth Control Good- skin cleared up, sex-drive went up. Bad- gained 15-20lbs., hungry often. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG. I should've know since the beginning... My body seems to have become "dependent" on this horrible shot. Toward the end of the three months, I'd start to bleed sooner and sooner... First I'd start to spot a couple days before I was scheduled for my next shot, and then I started spotting a week before, and then two weeks, and the spotting turned into heavy bleeding. Two years down the road of dealing with this, I decided to stop taking the Depo Shot because I started a heavy flow A WHOLE MONTH before my next shot. As of 6/3/10, it's been three months since I started bleeding, and there's no sign of it letting up. The MAIN REASON I decided on the Depo Shot was because it was a simple shot once every ninety days, instead of taking a pill same time every day. Now I'm stuck with a never ending period- 1,000 times more difficult to deal with than a pill. F 20 2 years
1X O
6/3/2010
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 2  Contraceptive Incredible weight gain. 11Kg from last injection to now. 1 and a half stone since taking it. No other side effects but told to come off by doctors because of weight and height. Im only 5ft and now weigh 9 stone which is too heavy for my height. I wish I was warned about the weight gain properly. I was told I would gain a little bit. Not that much! F 38 365 days
4X AN
6/2/2010

 1  birth control Made my hair fall out! When I went in for my last shot, I mentioned to the nurse that my hair was getting thin right on top of my scalp, just behind my forehead and bangs. She shrugged and said "That's one of the side effects." I was horrified! They never told me that during any of the consultations! I quit the shot immediately. That was 10 years ago and my hair never grew back! F 36 1 years
1X O
6/1/2010

 5  birth control i had almost no side effects! i had a period once a shot. that means once every three months. i was the skinniest i have ever been on the shot! i am 5"8 and was down to 132 ilbs. i got off the shot to have my tw daughters and now i am back on! i can't wait to be that skinny again! F 26 4 years
1X D
5/29/2010

 1  Birth Control WEIGHT GAIN, mood swings, loss of interest I gained just under 40 pounds in the year and a half I was on depo. I experienced severe mood swings that I couldnt explain, I always felt anxious and I started getting calcium deposits that my doctor unofficially attributed to the Depo shot. These deposits started developing on my wrists, but I now have them under my upper eyelids. It makes it nearly impossible to see anymore. I need glasses and I've had several "surgeries" to try to correct the situation. I have been off of depo for years now but am still affected by it. I certainly would not recommend this form of birth control to anyone else as I have has SUCH a negative impact. =/ F 23 1.5 years
1X AN
5/26/2010

 5  birth control and no more periods No periods, no bleeding, no mess, no fuss, no bloating, no mood swings, no pain and no interruptions for vacations, swimming, sex, exercising - Happy! I had started taking Depo 4 years ago then read some of the "horror" stories and even though I was having no bad side effects I stopped and immediately my life long "horror story" of heavy bleeding for 3 weeks with pain that would keep me in bed for at least 2 days then maybe I would get a 1 week reprieve before it would all happen again. So I talked to my doctor and stared back on it and couldn't be happier. I know drugs react differently to different people but I also see a pattern in the women with bad side effects that most of them are in their early 20's and have been on it for sometime. F 41 4 years
1 1X O
5/25/2010

 1  No getting pregnant and period. Painful sex, bleeding for two months straight, pain in the pelvic area, mood swings, aggression. I don't recommend this to anyone at all. It is the worst mistake i have done and i am only seventeen. It hurt while having sex as well as bleeding every time after we were finished. I still hurts and I haven't been on the shot for almost 10 months now. DONT TAKE IT. F 17 2 months
1X M
5/25/2010
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 1  To Prevent Ovarian Cysts nausea, headaches, hair loss, fatigue, depression, suicidal thoughts, vision changes, eye and nose dryness, bled for 3 weeks straight, more cramps, digestive distress This shot has made me so nauseous I can barely eat or drink. I ended up dehydrated in the hospital. I had an endoscopy and biopsies taken to check on my stomach (normal they say) because my digestive system is so screwed up since about 2 weeks after getting this shot. I am losing more hair than normal. I have headaches daily. My eyes are so dry I had to buy glasses because I couldn't wear my contacts any more. My nose is so dry it bleeds when I blow it. I bled for 3 weeks and had cramps the entire time, then stopped bleeding and I have no idea what to expect there. My stomach is so screwed up I have to take prescription nausea medication on a daily basis and can no longer eat all the great foods I used to enjoy. The nausea made me so miserable I called a suicide hotline when I realized I was having suicidal thoughts - I just want the nausea to stop. The nurse practitioner who gave me this, Kristin Branche of Phoenix/Tempe, lied to me about the possibility of side effects. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH - Medical "professionals" are clueless about the dangerous effects of this horrible poison. I had it once a month and a half ago and can't wait for it to be out of my system. F 25 1 times
1X O
5/24/2010

 3  Pregnancy prevention Facial Hair, Weight Gain, Decreased Sex Drive, Moody I have been taking Depo off and on for 9 years. I have experimented with other things here and there but always go back to it. Every time I have stopped taking it my period returned right away. While taking it I never have bleeding except when my next shot is almost due. When I was younger I had no bad side effects at all. However, I am getting older now and I think it's impacting me differently. Over the last few years I have gained 20 pounds, and it's hard to get the pounds off and keep them off. I do find myself very, very, hungry sometimes for about a week at a time. I am also growing a lot of hair on my chin and will have to get laser hair removal. My sex drive is all but gone now, I have noticed that when my next shot is due my sex drive increases. I also find myself having days where every little things tics me off. It was a good friend until the last few years. I plan to discontinue using it for good. F 29 9 years
1X O
5/22/2010

 1  pre-essure tubal procedure required SEVERE post-pardum after 7th child triggered by shot. 25lb weight gain in 2months.insomnia, loss of libido, pelvic pain and bloating, feeling pregnant/tired, hungry, depressed, suicidal. I am now dependant on Zoloft to keep me even chemically. I was suicidal and unable to pray myself out, or go to counseling or anything I would normally do. I am also seeing a weightloss doctor to help. He was immediately concerned that I had taken depo. He is giving me b12 shots every 5 days to help balance me out. My poor husband is having to deal with my loss of interest from the shot and the Zoloft. I hope my system clears soon. I have heard it could take up to 9 months for one shot to clear your system. Please DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG. F 31 1 times
1X O
5/21/2010

 1  pregenancy prevention I have become a shell of a woman. I cry uncontrollably. I have muscle and joint pain to the point of stroke. I have panic attacks. Beyond panic attacks. Complete mental breakdowns. This has never happened in my 36 years. My chest is tight, my mind racing or compleltey full of depressive thoughts. I cannot stop sleeping now, whereas I could not sleep at all before. Both sleeping symptoms all in 2months. Breast-tenderness, nausua, blurred-vision...I was a happy person before. I have lost my job, about to lose my boyfriend. DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG!!! I am currently cramping and making my best effort to keep away from pharmatcuticals of all kinds. Please help me, GOD! F 36 60 days
1X AN
5/20/2010
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