Strange symptoms after getting off Depo Provera? thread.
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I'm 40 (just). During my mid 20s i went on depo without any great thought about it, must have been on it for about 9 months, had no side effects other than periods stopping immediately and completely, came off it and had no side effects that i recall, apart from putting on about half a stone and i think i remember feeling quite down.
I have always had very regular periods, 30 days, like clockwork, used to last for 4-5 days with mild cramping before i had my children, after the children still 30 day cycle but only lasting 2-3 days with no cramping at all; i get worse pain when i ovulate, which is when i feel very uncomfortable.
I get pregnant very easily, conceived both of my children the month i planned to. They're now 9 and 6 years old. I'm now in a stable relationship having been separated from their father for five years in December, and we're hoping to have a child together. I didn't read up on depo half as well as i should have done judging by the posts here; i just remembered it being pretty straightforward, so went ahead. However the experience of Depo this time around has been VERY different. I've had three shots over nine months in total.
For the first month (July 08) I had no period, no spotting and lost weight (i was consciously dieting.) Even knowing that there was no way it was possible, i found myself taking a couple of pregnancy tests because that chemical does its job so VERY well that i was convinced i was experiencing pregnancy symptoms. During the third month i start spotting and my libido dropped considerably. My energy levels started dropping too. I had the second shot hoping that it would 'settle' my body and the spotting would stop. It didn't, it got worse, although not particularly heavy, it was random, and happened pretty much constantly. It was with some reluctance i had the next shot, in January of this year, half heartedly hoping that THIS might be the one that would stop the spotting. We'd decided by then that we'd like to try for a baby and i'd started reading up on the internet, discovering the painful and shocking experiences of others along the way. The spotting continued, changed into something more like a very rapid 1-2 day period every now and then, completely unpredictable and very depressing.
I was due to get another shot on 22 April which I chose not to get for obvious reasons! I haven't known what to expect due to the posts that i've been reading. Sex life has continued as normal. For the first week i felt fine, some spotting as when on the depo, but slightly less so. Same during the second week, and hurrah, the return of the libido to some extent! At the end of the third week (15 May) i was starting to feel nauseous and had a stomach upset, energy levels dropped through the floor. It's now near the end of the fourth week and i've had one long week of breast tenderness, extreme tiredness, nausea pretty much all day, very emotional, and during the past couple of days i've had lower abdominal 'cramps', i say cramps but it's more like sudden pains that come and go very quickly and remind me VERY much of how i felt at the beginning of both of my previous pregnancies. I also now 'feel' different; my boyfriend asked me a couple of weeks ago if there was a chance i might be pregnant and i dismissed the idea because i didn't 'feel' it - now i do!! But i'm tempering this by taking in everything other people have said on these posts and remembering that at the start of the depo i thought i was pregnant despite knowing, logically, that i couldn't be.
I took a test yesterday, it's negative; if i AM pregnant it's possibly too early too tell (who knows, since who knows if i've ovulated, according to the literature it could take 6 - 18 months for ovulation to return.) I'm usually very good at knowing when i'm ovulating, and although a couple of weeks ago i had a 'Huh?' moment when i thought i might be, i'm not convinced that i have, at all. There has been no spotting whatsoever for two weeks.
I honestly think there should be a collective outcry against this drug, given the extent to which it messes up the female system; of course it does, it's designed to completely stop that which even the moon has helped regulate for hundreds of thousands of years! Not that surprising so many of us - so MANY of us - are all over the shop, with our brains being fooled by a chemical, and our bodies experiencing some seriously negative impact. I really don't believe it's worth it.
I will update *when* the test comes back positive! ;) Meanwhile good luck to everyone out there, those who are TTC and those who are not.
I've been on and off depo for 12 years, and I've been happy with it. I'm going off now, because the dr suggested it MAY help reduce my depression. I looked up going off depo due to the sore boob symtoms. However, the last time I went off this, I don't remember having any side effects at all. I still don't have my period, and don't expect it until July or so. And I'm not really looking forward to it.
I have just turned 50 this year,I was put on depo 3 years ago,because i had periods 3 weeks out of 4 for over 2 years,I was run down lost wait,My doctor had put me on depo to stop the bleeding,I thought great,no more periods,no more flooding......
In Dec of this yearI was told it was time I came off depo,so my body could start going through Menopause,I had my last shot in March,by June when I was due for my next shot,I went into full blown menopause,symptom's of nausea,hot flushes all day on and of,night sweats,,tiredness,aches and pains,just feeling sick all day,in and out of bed,the smell and taste of food is alful,force my self to eat,I had been to the doctor,he's put me on HRT,didnt help,had blood tests all came back fine,,,had ct scans,nothing came up,the Doctor's lost,he's not sure where to send me next,I had asked if it could be With draw symptoms from depo,3 months ago,the look on his face and shaking his head saying no........its now Oct 2009,this has been going on for 4 months,so many vist to the doctors,its not funny,I dont expect to get my periods back at all. Please anyone let me know if you have been through the same thing and how long did these feelings of being sick last. :-S
It would be nice if some of the ladies who have posted or will post, could keep us updated on their symtoms as the weeks go by. I will try to do the same since I didn't really see posters coming back to let us know when these symptoms have gone away!
I went to see another Doctor, i decided to see a lady doctor this time, one that may understand a bit more about the sick feelings we are experience going off depo, after telling my new doctor what I've been going through the last 4 months, the first thing she had said to me was,"you should never have been put on depo at that age being so close to starting menopause", I was so shocked to hear her say that,Doctors always stick together,what doctor will amit to drugs they prescribed you,are bad for you when they dont work for you.,anyway it gave me relief to know she understood what I was going through,and after starting on HRT 3/4 months ago , my hormones have started to settle down, i've started to feel much better,I was also given some pills to stop the nausea,I’m to stay on HRT for at least 12 months.
I know this info wont help the younger readers,but at least you know your not alone.
So if you are not having any luck with you doctor, try to see another doctor better still a woman doctor, if she’s had children she will understands the symptoms, the feelings of being pregnant, and you not pregnant,the breast tenderness,the nausea etc etc, all the symptoms of being unwell coming off depo.
(besides what male has ever felt the symptoms of being pregnant, so why do we see a male doctor when we feel that unwell)
It would also be good if people gave a time period, how long they have been feeling sick for,give an example of days, weeks, even months,also write back to let others know how long it took you to get well again.......
One lady on the forum asked about the Mirena
If your thinking about the Mirena “PLEASE” do your research, you found this forum, there is a forum for mirena withdraws symptoms just google it (the mirena can be just as bad as depo)
All the best ladies, hope you all start to get your life back soon.
Depo Provera is a hormone used for contraception. It is given by injection and its effects will last for three months at a time. It is similar to progesterone, which is one of the two main hormones made by a woman's ovaries during her normal cycles.
Why use contraception?
Contraception is necessary if you wish to avoid an unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
How Depo Provera works
When a woman has Depo Provera, her body senses the presence of the hormone so that her own hormone production is 'switched off'. Because of this, her ovaries will not release an egg and this is how pregnancy is prevented. This is very similar to how 'the Pill' works. Depo Provera is also sometimes used in the treatment of endometriosis.
How well does it work?
Depo Provera is a highly effective method of contraception, more effective than the combined pill. If 100 women use Depo Provera for 1 year, possibly only one of those women will fall pregnant, that is, 99 will not. No form of contraception is totally effective. Depo Provera will only continue to be effective if injections are given every three months when due.
Because hormone levels are low, most women develop very little uterine lining and have reduced periods. After two to three injections, many women will have no periods at all because there is no lining building up to shed. Some women will have nuisance bleeding, which is usually light and irregular. Occasionally a woman will have troublesome heavy bleeding, which can usually be controlled by hormone treatment.
Other effects,See your doctor if you have any of these
•A small amount of weight gain sometimes occurs, although many women have no change and some lose weight.
•Some women may be troubled by headaches, abdominal discomfort and mood changes.
•Some women have a reduced interest in sex, particularly women who are prone to depression.
•A small minority of women experience other side effects, which may be a nuisance but are unlikely to be serious. These include allergic reactions, fluid retention and breast soreness.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of Depo Provera?
•Depo Provera is highly effective with a very low failure rate.
•For many women the loss of periods is an advantage with relief of symptoms such as premenstrual tension and period pain.
•Depo Provera is also likely to cause some reduction in risk of ovarian cancer, endometrial (uterine) cancer, endometriosis and possibly pelvic infection.
•An injection is given every 12 weeks and no other effort or remembering is required.
•Some women do not wish to see their doctor every three months for an injection.
•Some women experience side effects as already described, which may be uncomfortable or unpleasant.
•Once the injection has been given, the hormone cannot be removed. If a woman wants to stop the Depo Provera she has to wait for it to wear off. In some women, periods can be slow to return after the injections are stopped; sometimes it takes up to 6 or 12 months. However, more than half will fall pregnant within 12 months and over 90 percent within two years.
Other things to think about
Hormone levels are very low while using Depo Provera, so there is some concern that this may lead to some thinning of the bones (osteoporosis) in women who use Depo Provera for a long period of time. The importance of this is not yet known, but the changes would be expected to happen more slowly than those that occur normally after menopause and reverse after the injections are ceased
Women commonly worry about drugs of any kind and cancer. Although it is extremely difficult to prove a complete lack of risk,
Depo Provera has not been shown to have any effect on the risk of breast cancer. It should be noted that protective effects against cancer of the ovary and uterine lining are very likely. No ill effects on the developing baby have been shown to occur if Depo Provera is given when a woman is already pregnant or in the very rare case where a woman becomes pregnant despite the injection.
Who can use Depo Provera?
Depo Provera can be used by most women who do not have any serious medical problems and by many women who use other forms of contraception. It may also be suitable for women who cannot take the combined pill for medical reasons.
Who should not use Depo Provera?
Depo Provera is not suitable for women who are experiencing the following:
•bleeding disorders or taking anticoagulant medication
•undiagnosed abnormal bleeding
•history of some forms of cancer
•certain other serious medical problems
•wanting to become pregnant within 12 months.
Royal Women's Hospital