Drug Ratings for DEPO-PROVERA

Average Rating: 2.1 (2158 Ratings)

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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
1X AN
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
1X D
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
1X D
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
1X AN
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
1X O
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
1X O
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
3 month in 1X D
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
1X O
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
1X D
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
1X O
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
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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
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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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 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
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9/6/2010

 3  pregnancy prevention weight gain, bloating, abdominal pain, initial spotting, no sex drive, depression. F 31 13 weeks
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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8/2/2010
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