I have been on Depo for 8 years. (26-34 years). My old GP suggested it. It was convenient for me and it only took about 6 months for my period to settle down and disappear. I have been on it long term as i already had 4 children, and did not want anymore, so the worry of decreasing fertility wasn't an issue. It controlled alot of the period pain i had also since i was around 15. After my 4th child my period were heavy and last weeks.
Major downfall is the struggle to lose weight. I have gained around 20kgs since being on it. Although i am eating healthy, have cut out all sugar, playing netball, and doing classes 3x per week, i can not shift the weight.
Recently i have had a few cervical issues. My Gyno suggested i get off Depo and either go on to the pill again or get a Murina. I have heard too many horror stories about Murina's and wasn't sure i wanted to get one. Each to their own though, but i felt that the Pill was better for me.
I am 2 weeks past the last Depo injection being due. Have been back on the pill for 3 weeks, as per my doctors advice. The first week was a nightmare! Constant nausea everytime i ate, headaches everyday, chronic fatigue and moodiness and depression. If i didn't know better, i would have thought i was preganat - except i never ever get morning sickness with my pregnancies.
That has eased a bit over the last week or so, all bar slight headaches. But now, for the last 5 days i have a eczema type rash on me (prone to small patches of eczema on hands on the odd occassion) and my boobs nipples are as itchy as hell! I keep getting up in the middle of the night to have showers to ease the itch as nothing relieves it of a night time.
I won't ever go back on to Depo after the withdrawals - but funny how we are never told about the consequences of withdrawing off the shot. I even said to my partner that i could understand pill addiction now - because when the nausea was at it's worst and the headaches and migraines were thumping and nothing was relieving them, i would have done ANYTHING to have it stop!
Please tell me i am not going crazy and that someone else has experienced these same symptoms???