Drug Ratings for DEPO-PROVERA

Average Rating: 2.1 (2136 Ratings)

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 5   Emotional sleepy hungry F 17 7 months
1/5/2012
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 5  I can't take the birth control pill gained 5-10 pounds, and back acne, spotting This was the only choice for me, I had really bad cramps before, and I cannot go on the pill because i have a condition where i am at a 30% chance of getting blood clots and the pill increases it by 10% so they did not want to take the risk. I think it is wonderful. I have had three shots and at first i spotted alot, but know i just get the odd day where i spot and it is so little. F 16 7 months
12/13/2005

 4  prevent pregnancy A little moody at first but other than that no side effects didnt gain weight no bleeding only bad thing was when i tried to get off my period lasted a month before it was normal F 19 7 months
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6/27/2012

 3  Contraceptive for the first four months, i had a heavy period for three weeks and then stopped a week before it would start up again. It has since gotten to light spotting here and there. I've had a decrease in libido, crying over a comercial or something stupid, intense mood swings and anger, tender breasts, severe weight gain, constantly hungry, anxiety, and persistant fatigue no matter how much or how little sleep. I know that part of the cause of a few of these are due to my job, (I am currently on 12 hour shifts) but i've never had this much fatigue or anger and I've never weighed this much even when i was pregnant! I plan on talking to my doctor about a different b/c I gave this a 3 due to the fact it did it's job in keeping me from getting pregnant again F 26 7 months
90 MG 1X O
4/14/2014
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 3  breaking a family pregnancy chain a lot of weight loss,lot's of pain during intercourse, no acne, mood swings, paranoid alot ive been on depo for 7 months and when i first got the shot my period lasted for about a month and a half. i've heard rumors saying that it will mess up your fertility and im 16 i dont plan on having kids until the next 3 years but i dont want to be on depo if its going to mess up my fertilty but then my mom wants me to be on depo because she got pregnant at a young age as well as all my aunt's and cousins. i dont know what to do i have very bad cramps -not like period cramps -worse im scared to tell my mom because she might get mad is their any other b/c i can get on...but i dont want to take the pill because i will not remember to take it everyday and sometimes condoms just dont work CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME???? F 16 7 months
3/1/2009
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 3  Severe menstrual cycles Weight gain, abnormal bleeding, backaches I have never had a problem with weight gain until I began taking depo-provera. I have been on the shot for seven months and I have gained 20 pounds. I am 5"3 so the 20 pound weight gain has made me very uncomfortable. However, since I have been on the shot I no longer have horrible menstrual cycles or unbearable pelvic pain. F 25 7 months
12/3/2008

 2  prevent pregnancy loss of appetite,depression,loss of sex-drive, vaginal dryness, bleeding I cant wait for this shot to wear off, i have bled constanly since i have recieved it, and i dont even want to have sex anymore, so it is pointless F 20 7 months
3/12/2008
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 2  birth control, stop period significant weight gain(40 lbs), increased a boob size 36a-> 36/38 b/c, stopped period I was also on anti-depressant, remerol at the time and gained 40 lbs!! after time I figured that being without a period is abnormal and probably not good for the body so I got off... what made me change my mind the most was the weight gain though F 19 7 months
5/23/2007

 2  Birth Control Weight Gain 35+ ,sleeplessness, headaches, depression I was on depo for 7 months and gained 35 pounds.I cannot stop eating I am so hungry all the time now.Its been 7 months that ive been off it and im still gaining. F 20 7 months
1/15/2005
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 2  To prevent pregnancy I have been on depo for 7 months now and already want to get o o it since i have started the shot i have had severe abdominal pain that is so bad i sit in the fetal position and cry. Other side affects i have not like is the weight gain and prolonged bleeding every time i get the shot a month later i bleed or 10 to 20 days. Depo has different side effects for everyone and I am not saying that no one should use it because it does have a very good rate for holding off pregnancy but I have been very unhappy with my experience. Another problem that has just recently popped up is bleeding after I have sexual intercourse and then having severe mood swings the day after. It has only happened once though so i dont know if it has anything to do with the drug. F 16 7 months
1X AN
6/19/2012
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 2  qain weiqht and ovarian pain the shot is easy to qet and you don't have to remember everday. but i've been spottinq everyday since the second shot, somedays heavier than others. I've qained weiqht but that's what I wanted. I just don't like the constant bleedinq and neither does my qirlfriend. as far as the mood swinqs I've been a little rude but I try to control that, it does keep you kinda down, doesn't help motivation when it comes to workinq out. for me its not worth all the stuff that comes w it F 21 7 months
8/15/2012

 2  to prevent pregnancy and regulate periods headaches, fatigue, really bad mood swings, depression, partially anti-social, hard to get out of bed, hair dryness, hair loss(falling out when brushed or washed), loss of appetite, weight loss it has completely changed who i am!!!! F 18 7 months
1X M
4/24/2011

 2  Birth Control No Sex Drive, Bleeding After Sexual Activity, 15lb Weight Gain, Nausea, Headaches, Mood Swings, Depression, Fatigue my sex drive ended the day of the first shot, i instantly felt depressed. my body mimics pregnancy: constant hunger, i hold all my water and at times appear 6-7 months pregnant even though i'm 120lbs. after anything sex [sex, oral, manual] i gush blood for two days. i have intense headaches all the time that aren't relieved by anything. its generally depressing... F 20 7 months
1X O
3/21/2010

 1  To prevent pregnancy After recieving the shot, I became very depressed. I have no sex drive at all, and I cannot get aroused. Me and my boyfriend had been together for a year before I got the shot and our relationship was great, not perfect but pretty close. And now we aren't together because of how depressed I am. I get mad at him for absolutely nothing. I feel justified in the moment but then when I think about it later I realize how irrational it was. I've completely stopped hanging out with friends I used to hang out with on a daily basis, I sleep every chance I get because I am so incredibly tired all the time. I've hadsevere back and knee pain. I never really thought that the shot was the cause of these problems, but after reading all the stories about the negative side effects I'm pretty sure depo has caused these issues. The one good thing about depo is that it does prevent pregnancy. A birth control that lowers your sex drive, whats the point in that? Me and my ex used to sleep together everyother F 18 7 months
1X D
4/18/2010
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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 / to gain weight bad hair loss,hair falling out in clumps,increase apetite,depressed,no sex drive,cramps,spotting,bad acne, weight loss/fluctuating. Many more but i cant remember all. In the beginning i would bleed non-stop,probably a whole month or two. Then the bleeding started to lighten and i would spot or bleed whenever. I noticed i was always hungry and eating but gained no weight. I started getting cramps, which i still do. My hair started falling out drastically and it still is,(mostly in the bang area)but all over as well. I was a person that never suffered from acne till i took the shot. Now i have moderate acne thats getting worse. Im always depressed and have mood swings. I gain two pounds in one day and loose it the next. I have no sexual drive whatsoever. I dont like that it increases your risk of osteoporosis,seeing my mom already has it so it makes me more likely to get it now. It may be nice because you only take it once every three months, but the side effects are very bad including infertility! F 25 7 months
1X O
11/14/2010

 1  contraceptive headaches, slight nausea, dizziness, extreme hunger all the time or serious loss of appetite, depression, mood swings, extreme fatigue, bloating, loss of libido, increased vaginal discharge, insomnia and when sleeping-severe night sweats, joint pain, constipation, digestive issues, 5 week period 2 months ago get a shot every 3 months, the first 2 werent so bad, loss of appetite-lost total 15lbs(which on a 120lb girl is noticeable), more then usual hair loss, grew tired easily, and was a little moody. but since this last shot a month ago, all the mentioned symptoms are apparant...im constantly depressed so it seems like life no longer matters, severly exhausted so i sleep all the freakin time, im always hungry, even if i just ate a 4 course meal, the hair loss has gone up so im surprised im not bald-i have baby fine hair to begin with, cant afford to lose any. sleeping is a no go, but since its necessary, i try to sleep, lucky if i get to sleep, then i sweat like a pig all night which by the time i wake, im still exhausted bigtime. ive noticed constipation no matter how much water i drink, nausea combined with heartburn when i do eat, dizzy if i dont eat for a few hrs like a normal person, increased vaginal discharge that has a odd smell to it, so i always keep a change of underthings with me. loss if interest in sex, which is a HUGE damper on my young marriage, and when i am interested for the sake of my marriage, not much else can be done pleasure-wise, so we reach for the lube kept on the dresser bc my body apparantly is no longer interested in making love to my husband, even tho i want to-he tries to understand, but its a long, slow process. and the mood swings are killer, content sitting on the couch watching tv one minute, the next crying bc im hungry or i have to get up to F 25 7 months
3X O
9/26/2011
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 1  birth control complete loss in sex drive, weight gain, low immune system causing all types of infections, irregular bleeding, bad bad cramps I hate the shot. I dont want anything to do with sex now which is not good for my relationship, and I have had many new and weird infections (such as boils, eww!) because of it. The shot has been the biggest pain in my ass.... Hate it hate it hate it! F 23 7 months
2/19/2007

 1  birth control Weight gain, acne, blurry vision I work out like a fiend, don't eat much bread or junk and have always been able to wear the same clothes. Today I couldn't fit into the ski pants that I could fit into when I was 4 months post-partum with my second child only one year ago. That freaked me out! I am doing NOTHING differently, in fact, I exercise more and eat better because my abdomen, which has always been flat, seems flabby and bloated all the time. I am getting OFF this drug!!! The blurry vision is probably because of my age, but we will see if it gets better once I am off. F 39 7 months
1/15/2005
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 1  Birth control Kidney failure I am posting for my wife. She has been on depo. Within the past week she has been diagnosed with kidney failure as a result of the depo shot. It is not worth it. M 33 7 months
3/23/2004

 1  birth control weight gain, hair loss, rages, headaches, memory problems, nightmares, acne This should have never been released on the market F 27 7 months
12/15/2003

 1  Pregnancy Prevention headaches, HORRIBLE weight gain, NO sex drive, period for 5 months straight. I began getting the shot on my doctor's recommendation. Since the first day i got it seven months ago, I have had my period. Not just spotting. The worst is the horrible cramps! I never had cramps before going on the shot. I've been to my doctor and she told me my period would go away after the third shot. It didn't. In fact, It got worse. I will not be going back for my next shot and I would not recommend it to anyone! I went from 114 pounds to 140 pounds from being constantly hungry. I am an active person taking care of my horses and running every other day. And even that hasn't saved me. F 18 7 months
11/29/2008

 1  Birth control Extremely long-lasting period!!! Mood-swings, loss of sex drive, weight-gain! I have had 3 shots so far. At first I was satisfied with it, but after about a month I took my fist shot I had my period for 6 weeks. My doctor said its because I had stopped breastfeeding, so I thought that made sense. 2 days after I got my third shot, here comes my period again, 24 days and still going!!!! I wish I knew about these side effects, because they seem to be so common. Also, I lost my sex drive completely! F 23 7 months
12/29/2008
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 1  birth control My step mom told me she was subscribing me depo provera birth control, no ifs, ans, or buts. The doctor did not tell me any side effects other than spotting for like four days a month or no spotting at all. I was very happy. I weighed 115 I'm 5'5. I had continuous, long deep periods that never went away a month after taking. When I went back after three months for the next shot, they weighed me and I weighed 135. I had actually eaten less in those months and I have a very high metabolism. I was unhappy about my weight. Still am. I continued bleeding heavily and gained ten more pounds. I told my step mom that this drug is evil and showed her these comments and she said to deal with it and she said I'm going to still take depo. I'm quite sure I can tell the doctor no because this is my body and this drug is evil. Mood swings, unwanted blood 24/7, absolute no sex drive, very emotional, I go to bed around ten and wake up at three in the afternoon! Horrible cramps, splitting headaches, horrible back pains and very unbalanced. Acne is 100 worse than before. Its all over my neck and I wash and care for my face regularly. Facial hair grows like weeds and body and leg hair too. Please Dont take depo provera, horrible drug. F 17 7 months
6/25/2014

 5  Heavy bleeding The only side effect I have noticed is night sweats. I love the shot it helped my situation a great deal F 29 8 months
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5/17/2012

 5  do not want kids. im young. I havent had any crazy problems with the depo. I get moody at least twice a week but who knows with that...im a woman. I know woman who arent on it and they are very very moody even worse than i get. I really think its just a girl thing. Anyways, i would recommend it. I think i just depends on how your body works as to how you react to it. F 19 8 months
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10/18/2011
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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

 4  Prevent pregnancy. Less periods. A lot of vaginal discharge on my 8th month. I had very light periods on my 7 months of having the depo shot. I was scared to have one of those longer periods because my friend had said she bled a lot for a couple weeks. I think I'm starting to experience it since I've had the period for a week and a half now and it's still strong. I do recommend this shot but you have to be open-minded once you have a longer period and it's strong. Be prepared for it. F 20 8 months
1X D
3/31/2011

 4  birth control no period, no spotting, derpression, mood swings, slight weight loss, slight increase in acne, extreme decrease in sex drive initially (the first ten days on depo) i bled enormously. it was gross, and it scared me. once it stopped, i felt incredible. i began to lose weight. had a more than healthy sex drive ;) and no side effects... approx two months after i started, up thru now: i have had a bit of acne (which i never had an acne problem, so a pimple here and there was worth not having my period). i also noticed a very strong increase in mood swings, depression, and the death of my sex drive. although it is great to not have my period, im thinking of stopping. the depression and mood swings have intefered too much with my life and my work. F 20 8 months
1/31/2005

 3  Couldn't remember to take pill. I am currently on the shot. I am sexually active. I've been on the shot since April and all of a sudden I started having light spotting and very weird cravings! Is this normal? F 18 8 months
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12/10/2013

 3  birth control i am always tired no matter how much sleep i get. I usually feel a dull crampy ache in lower abdomin but its worse for about a week after the shot. i do not get a period which concerns me. i love that it keeps me from getting pregnant and i dont have to worry ab surgery or taking a pill everyday. however, the negative side effects are far greater. if you have other options, use them. with every shot i feel worse. discuss implenon with my doctor currently. F 30 8 months
60 mg 1X O
3/8/2012
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 3  SIMPLE birth control Constant spotting, severely decreased sex drive, increased appetite, and possibly mood swings (I am a girl!). I've only been using depo provera for 7-8 months, so I'm hanging in there for a few more shots... but this spotting has got to stop! I don't have menstrual CYCLES anymore, just really light bleeding EVERY DAY. I'd stop right away because I hate bleeding during sex, but I barely have a sex drive from the shot anyway. I only like and use Depo because it is so incredibly simple. F 18 8 months
11/20/2006

 2  birth control, PCOS Extreme hunger, mild weight gain, acne, spotting to mild bleeding for an extended period of time (longer than a week) For the first couple of shots things weren't bad at all... coming up to the third shot, I started having major food cravings about a week before the shot and this went on about a week or so after getting the shot. Once that stopped, I began to start spotting, which I hadn't for the last 6 months, then it just kept coming more like a mild to moderate period and so far it has lasted 10-11 days without stopping. I also started to experience some minor face/body acne and some increase in facial hair growth. Don't know if all of this is due to the shot, but the non-stop bleeding, cramping and back pain is horrible. Needless to say, I will be looking for something else when this wears off. F 35 8 months
1 shot 1X O
10/28/2010
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 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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 2  to manage heavy periods constant spotting is my main issue...i have a fibroid that has caused heavy periods....tried to have it removed and the doctor ended up damaging my colon!! supposedly my only alternative is to have a hysterectomy but I've been told that I will most likely have more damage done to my colon due to adheasions from the first surgery. My doc recommended trying depo for a year to try and stop my periods....so far it has not worked. I am trying to hang in there for a full year to see if my periods will eventually stop otherwise I guess I'll be bleeding until i hit menopause. Hearing so many terrible stories about depo is scary but I'm hoping that things will eventually settle down since there do seem to be some people that do well on it. As far as other side effects go, I do have depression and lots of anxiety but I had that before I started depo so I'm not sure I can completely blame it on the shot. F 40 8 months
6/9/2009
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 1  Birth control severe depression, tiredness, mood swings,irritability, headaches, migraines, leg cramps, stomach pains, loss of sex drive First month on it I was sick a lot, but the next 3 months were really good. No side effects at all. By the 4th month, I suddenly became depressed and experiencing frequent migraines. Depression & headaches got worse, started experiencing more symptoms. I'm tired all the time, I'm in therapy for anxiety/depression, I'm just not happy anymore. I seem to have a lot of seemingly random symptoms, different kinds of stomach pains, constant feeling of unwell, I cant concentrate, I get very mad over the slightest things. I've been spotting almost everyday for a month now, now there's lingering abdominal cramps. Before this, I was in very good health. Now I'm just not myself. Its terrible feeling sick all the time. What did I do to myself? F 31 8 months
8/1/2009
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 1  to regulate my menstrual. I can't stop bleeding! I can't remember the last time I haven't bled. F 8 months
7/15/2013

 1  Irregular periods Headaches, nausea, panic attacks, anxiety, depression, extreme mood swings. This is by far the worst method of birth control. Most of all your stories break me down to a tee.. I started depo at 17 years old, got the first two shots and couldnt handle it. I gained alot of weight, had extreme depression, thoughts of suicide, major panic attacks. When i was mad it was almost impossible to make me feel level again. After getting off depo, which was the worst thing ever, i also had my period for 2+ months, and was extremely sick for years, and still am, and i believe that it is caused by depo. its been 7 and a half years now, . I have had problems ever since. I DONT RECOMMEND THIS DRUG TO ANYONE. F 25 8 months
1X AN
1/25/2011
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 1  Birth Control Weight gain, Lowered libido, headaches, breast tenderness, muscle soreness, irritability, major blood clots I would not recommend this shot to anyone. I know with me I gained 45lbs during the time I took this shot. I would say may 10lbs was of my own doing because I could not control my hunger but the rest of it being from that shot. I have been holding out on my husband because I just feel no need fo sex which is odd. I have major headaches at least 3 times a week. Breast tenderness and I always feel sore and very very irritable like I wanna punch my husband in the face for no reason.. And major blood clots which made me think I was having a miscarriage. Dr's seem to think that its just me. But I went on diet and I work out 5 days a week. Hell Im in the military and am on verge of being put out just because I gained this weigh on top of other issues and I feel its making it hard for me to get my run to where it needs to be. DO NOT TAKE THIS ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE SENSITIVE TO ANY MEDS. Ive been off this med for about a yr now and have been excercising regularly and eating more healthy and still have yet to loose this added weight. F 21 8 months
Normal Dos 1X AN
5/20/2011
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 1  Birth Control Loss of sex drive, irritablitly, extream mood swings, spotting, depression, unhappiness with life in general, anger issues. weight gain, headaches, tired all the time (not sure if depo is the cause), back aches (again not sure if this is the cause). oily skin, feel hot all the time. I really hate depo. it does not work for me. i am so moody and cranky all the time. i feel like i want to bite peoples heads off and all i want to do is cry bc i feel so bad about myself. i feel really depressed and i start fights with my husband over everything and i was not like this before. i am getting off of it ASAP. F 29 8 months
9/16/2004
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 1  BC while i was nursing MAJOR weight gain, loss of sex drive I started the shot 2 months after I gave birth to my son. It was the only hormonal BC that is safe while nursing an infant. When I started the shot I was back to my normal weight, 120lbs(at 5'2 tall). After the first shot I noticed a slight but steady incline in my weight, then all of the sudden, almost over night I seemed to gain 25+ lbs. I know this isn't due to poor diet or lack of exercise. My husband and I are very active at the gym and eat very well. Recently I went to a new general practiner(we moved to another area) who seemed certain the weight gain was from the shot. He told me I didn't have a lot of body fat and that it was water weight that should come off once the shot wore off. My last shot was due over a month ago and needless to say, I didn't get it. Now I'm just waiting for my period to restart. My doctor told me once I get my period that's a sign the depo is out of my system. Although he did advise me it could take several months. F 26 8 months
12/12/2006

 5  Birth Control Irregular bleeding, 5-10 lb weight gain, no cramping, lost interest in sex. Despite the weight gain and irregular bleeding, Depo-Provera has helped me out quite a bit. I may still have a tiny period but I dont have to worry about pads/tampons anymore. I am also more active physically since I started taking it. I find it to be very helpful. I recommend this medication to anyone looking for a strong method of birth control. F 16 8.5 months
8/22/2005
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 5  birth control stomach cramping...caused me to have gastritis its a great way for birth control...i recommend it to anyone i mean its goood....but do make sure you consider ALL sides affects before taking it F 19 9 months
3/5/2007

 5  Pregnancy prevention No period! F 17 9 months
4/16/2012

 5  pregnacy prevention Breast tenderness, vaginal dryness, occasional mood swings, increased breast size, occasional stomach cramps. I love this shot, though I know first hand that its not for everyone. It turned my roommate insane. I haven't had too much of a problem with it. I get side effects with almost every medicine I take, and these side effects are minimal. I haven't had my period at all. I get occasional cramps, but those don't last very long and aren't as painful as period cramps. Its allowed a lot more freedom, and comfort, knowing that I don't have to worry about forgetting to take the pill (which I would) F 24 9 months
3 months 1X O
4/3/2011
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 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

 5  Prevent Pregnancy Weight Gain. Loss of Period I seen all these negative comments about the depo, but I have yet to experience all of the negative things everybody is saying. the only thing I have experince is gaining weight (which I have no problem with because i'm trying to gain weight) and i don't get m period.. I love the depo shot F 22 9 months
2/2/2010

 5  Stop heavy periods No negative side effects Since getting the shot, I've had more energy, more appetite control, and have lost more than 20 lbs. Sex drive better since I'm not worried about pregnancy. F 40 9 months
6/14/2007

 5  Couldn't remember to take the pill I LOVE IT....Before I started taking Depo I was 135, I've since gain 10 pounds but in all the right places. My boobs are bigger, butt is rounder, thighs are thicker. My boyfriend loves it. I haven't experienced any moodiness. However, I do get spotting when its time for my next shot. I LVOE NOT HAVING TO DEAL WITH A PERIOD, OR TRYING TO REMEMBER TO TAKE THE PILL AT THE SAME TIME EVERYDAY. I tried the ring, and it caused a yeast infection. F 23 9 months
7/15/2008
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 4  birth control Moodiness for a week or two after each injection. After the first shot I had a constant period, until after I got the second shot. Now I have no period. I also have a very much lower sex drive. I like the Depo shot because I have no period and I only have to take it every 3 months. F 20 9 months
2/9/2005
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 4  birth control The depo caused me to bleed the first six months but after that the bleeding stopped. My cramps were horrible at first, but now the only time I cramp is when it's time for my next shot F 18 9 months
5/30/2014

 4  Birth Control I actually like taking the depo shot. I am a bit moody, and irritable, but I've only gained 2 pounds. My migraines decreased rapidly, and my acne went away. It's so much easier takiing the shot instead of the pill. My mom and I are the only women in my family that are able to take depo without becoming extremely sick. I get tired alot, but that might just be part of my depression. My apetite stayed the same, and I haven't had my period in almost 8 months, which I absolutely love. I don't even get symptoms of having my period anymore. F 15 9 months
5/20/2009
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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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 4  very fertile -forget pills- no periods, no cramps, leg cramps, horrible mood swings, migraines, no wieght gain, insomnia, no sex drive This is my 2nd time on the shot. The 1st time was 6 years ago and I had continuous spotting all 9 moths I was on it, but I had no other side effects. I was taking the patch and became pregnant on it. I figured I would give depo one more try. I started having horrible cramps in my legs at night. I do not sleep except for a few hours at a time. I noticed 3 months ago that I was becoming a real bitch at work- I mean A MEGA BITCH worse than any PMS ive ever had. I decided to go online one day when people started actually saying F 27 9 months
8/12/2005

 3  To prevent pregnancy I got my first shot February 2007. I just got my 4th shot today. The only negative side effect that I may be experiencing is slight mood swings, but this may be caused by depression. However, a small amount of exercise daily really helps. I only menstruate if I wait too long to get my shot when it's due. My last period was 7/29 and I got my shot 7/31. It was light and only stayed on a few days. I am Black and my hair gets very oily nowadays, but that's no problem because my hair is growing like wildfire! I am on the think side and wouldn't mind gainaing a few pounds......that's the one side effect that I want that I haven't gotten. I woouldn't mind a cool ten pounds or so. I really think it depends on the individual. I've had friends who've had horror stories about Depo and just as many who have no problems with it. F 29 9 months
10/22/2008
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 3  Contraception Weight gain, mood swings, irritability, bloated, madness It is a very effective contraceptive but I'm not sure it's worth the stress - getting fatter, feeling ugly and depressed, not really wanting sex because I feel bloated and unattractive (despite what my boyfriend says). I have had some very light periods but I don't feel like I know my body anymore. I sometimes think I am going mad, I find it harder to be friendly (I'm a bubbly and friendly person normally) and I feel like since I've been taking this drug I'm self-conscious, insecure and uptight, and much more annoyed in general! I hate being so horrible and moody; I am not going to go back for my next injection this month - I want to flush out these hormones and be myself again, and hopefully lose the weight! F 26 9 months
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3/4/2010

 3  easy bc i was like a dead person, i was super tired all the time and was very apathetic. i never experience any bleeding and gain 3 or so pounds. My boobs increased in size by a whole cup and now that im off don't seem to be decreasing. i lost my period for those 9 months and i've been off it for two months now and im starting to wonder when my period will return? i've found that taking vitamins normally can help with the tiredness, im guessing from extra iron and calcium. gave it a 3 because i didn't get preggers so it helped, somewhat. i would say that this medicine is very extreme, and that there's a number of other ways to ensure not becoming preggers that are a lot safer. im worried about what my bone density loss means for my future and what has been mutated by this drug, if there's a higher risk for cancer. Save yourself the trouble and stick with something that effects your body less. im serious, Treat your body like a temple and leave this poison out of it F 20 9 months
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2/14/2011
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 3  birth control headaches, constantly tired, seriously moody, nauseated easily (even from video games on a led tv!), annoying weight gain, lots of hair loss, decreased libido and vaginal dicharge or whatever you wanna call it ... not good for sex when you actually do it! lots of acne, severly oily face and hair, spotty periods i didn't connect any of these side effects with the shot until recently. i went to the dr for my scary amount of hair loss and sleepiness and mood swings and was presscribed stress medicine soon after my second shot. after my third shot i gained 10 freaking pounds all in my midsection and legs (which is extremely noticeable on a 105 lb girl!!) and realized my sex drive was really low and finally my boyfriends sister put the dots together for me because she had read this stuff online. definitely won't get the next shot and now i'm worried about how long this crap is gonna take to get out of my system! i also had one random shot about 6 months before this set of shots and afterwards i found out i had poly-cystic ovary syndrome and supposedly its gonna be hard for me to get pregnant in the first place but not impossible which is why i got it again after the dr said to fix my irregular periods (which now makes no sense because the depo causes irregular periods any)... so now i'm freakin out that the depo caused my poly-cystic ovary syndrome after reading more reviews about this!! and my possible infertility!! F 23 9 months
1X O
8/25/2011
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 3  Contraception Joint pain, mood swings, weight gain, low sex drive, leg cramps F 18 9 months
1X D
2/21/2012

 3  Birth Control acne, mood swings, long periods months apart The first month was great. I had one period that lasted a little longer than normal but it wasn't a problem. About halfway through the second month I started getting bad acne on the sides of my chin, something I've never had before. I also have noticed recently that I am easily annoyed. I often find myself upset about little things. Also, I get very angry and jealous for no reason. I have had one additional period that lasted about two weeks but with no cramping. I have two more months on the current shot and I hope the side effects do not get worse as they are putting a strain on my relationship. I will not be getting another shot. However, I would recommend this shot for one three month interval. F 22 9 months
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12/16/2011
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