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Question by auntie_nini
Submitted on 2/26/2004
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I had been taking depo prevera shots the last one I had was 8 months ago and I am now wanting to try and start a family with my husband but I still have not started my cycle and have not become pregnant yet. what should I do? is this normal?


Answer by Nicola Barnett
Submitted on 4/5/2004
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Im also on the 'depo' injection and my doctor said that it can take upto a year after the last injection to be able to have a child, hope this helped. Nicola.
nicola1986@hotmail.com

 

Answer by Shayla_29
Submitted on 4/14/2004
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I took the depo shot over 5 years ago and I still have not become pregnant and I have been trying for over two years.  So I do not recommend the SHOT to anyone

 

Answer by Shygirl6941
Submitted on 5/2/2004
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I was on depo for over 5 years. I have now been off for about 3 1/2 years and I still have not been able to get pregnant. My cycles are really messed up.  I talked to my doctor and they told me that I may never be able to have kids again. I really do not recommend the depo shot to anyone.

 

Answer by meg
Submitted on 5/5/2004
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I was on the Depo shot for five years, and got off to try to get pregnant. It took me exactly one year to the day of my last shot to get pregnant, so its possible. Keep trying

 

Answer by amanda
Submitted on 5/21/2004
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i was on the depo shot since i was 16 now im married at 22 and would love to start a family but my period still hasnt returned i dont think that shot should even be on the markets anymore

 

Answer by kellie
Submitted on 5/27/2004
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i was on the shot for 10 years.  i am now 43 years old and have extreme osteoporosis.  my bones are like a 72 year old woman according to a bone density scan that i had last year.  now my teeth are in a mess from cracking, etc.  If you have been on this shot, please have a bone density test done.  

 

Answer by Barbara
Submitted on 6/3/2004
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I had been on the shot for 5 years and got pregnant after trying for 3 months.

 

Answer by marie
Submitted on 6/17/2004
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HI

I DO SEEM TO BE QUITE LUCKY I AM 25 AND DO HAVE 2 CHILDREN, I WAS ON DEPO FOR 6 MONTHS THAN CAME OFF AND GOT PREGNANT WITHIN 2 MONTHS, THEN WAS ON DEPO FOR 2 AND A HALF YEARS CAME OFF AND GOT PREGNANT WITHIN 6 WEEKS, I AM BACK ON THE DEPO WHICH I HAVE BEEN ON FOR 3 AND A HALF YEARS, IM NOT SURE WHAT TO DO AS AT THE MOMENT I DONT WANT ANY MORE CHILDREN BUT MAYBE IN THE FUTURE, I DONT WANT MY LUCK TO RUN OUT!!

 

Answer by Leya
Submitted on 7/4/2004
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Do you get your period if you start the depo shot??? i have been thinking of trying it...and im still not sure about it...
help plz!!!


 

Answer by NICKEY_S6
Submitted on 7/5/2004
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I have been on the depo for 2 yrs now and had gotten off 7 mths ago. My doctor just told me that I will have to get a hysterectomy and I am only 20 yrs old.
I advise no one to take this injection, for how good it sounds don't do it

 

Answer by hayley
Submitted on 7/6/2004
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i was on the depo shot for three and a half years after five years of trying i had fertility treatmnet and now have a daughter, if you are reading this and have not yet had your shot i advise you not to do it!

 

Answer by quiqui
Submitted on 7/7/2004
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i've been using the depo shot for 1.5 yrs.  it took almost a year for my periods to cease altogether, finally!  i know for fact that depo affects each individual woman differently.  each outcome will be different from the next; however, there is a pattern of similar symptoms, side effects, and length of time before period begin, and conception between some groups of women.  use your best judgement using the masses as your guide.
my husband and i plan to start a family soon, so my last depo was 2 months ago.  We do not expect to get pregnat for at least a year; however, it can happen.  It just is not likely within that first year.  The inability to conceive after a year of being away from the depo is more uncommon than usual.  

 

Answer by MIMI
Submitted on 7/12/2004
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I have one child and was thinking of going on the depo shot.  But after reading some of these stories, I think I changed my mind.

 

Answer by asimmons_punkin
Submitted on 7/12/2004
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I too think that every woman's body react to different situations differently.  I have to admit though these are some pretty scary stories and I second guessed myself about taking another shot.  I have only one child and I plan on having at least three more.  I think I am going to stick with the "shot".

 

Answer by sapphire
Submitted on 7/13/2004
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I started getting the depo shot when I was 15, I am now engaged to marry at 21 and I would like to start a family. Since I have never been pregnant before I am afraid that it will take me a long time to concieve, but one thing I know for sure is that whatever God has planned for me it will happen, so ladies whatever your situation my be just pray and leave it in God's hands. You are all in my prayers.

 

Answer by Pegeen
Submitted on 7/14/2004
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I started the shot when I was 15, got off of it when I was 18. I am 22 now, just now got my period back (it shows up whenever it wants to) and No kids yet. So, four years and no pregnancy. I am also getting my hair back. I lost alot of it on the shot. So, Please don't take the shot, It will cause many years of problems.

 

Answer by QuiQui
Submitted on 7/15/2004
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Pegeen, the shot does not have any side effects which include losing hair.  I advise you see you physician for testing.  Losing your hair is a symptom of a disease, not a side effect from the depo shot.  This is a fact.  Please see your doctor immediately.

 

Answer by Red
Submitted on 8/2/2004
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hey, i've never been on birth control..i have a 2 yrs old and a 3 month old... my first choice was "the vaginal ring" its still my choice after reading all these comments..  i'm not ready for anymore kids now.. maybe in 5 years.  but i dont wanna take something that gonna mess up my body..

 

Answer by Kelley Macia
Submitted on 8/2/2004
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Hi my name is Kelley Macia and last time I took the depo prevera shot was back in 2000 or 2001. I'm now married and 19 years old. I've been trying to have a baby since I was 16 years old but I've had no luck. I gained some serious weight and my periods barely come anymore. I have a period once every 6 to 8 months and I'm on it for over 2 weeks. What I can't understand is, I only got one shot. I never went back after that. I'm looking for a support group who would love to get together and check into this a lot more. I would like you to email me at GwAtAmPaBaY@aol.com. To all the parents and young adults out there I suggest you don't take this shot unless you want the same problems I ended up with.

 

Answer by Charlijoules
Submitted on 8/3/2004
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I was on the depo for 10 months, I stopped when I noticed how much weight I had gain in that short of a time. I've never had a problem with my weight, even after my 1st child. But my period did come a month after I stopped the shot. I agree with QuiQui. But I agree with everyone else, it's not a good idea to start the shot if you haven't yet, or continue if you already have.

 

Answer by Heather
Submitted on 8/4/2004
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I'd just like to start by saying that hair loss is a symptom of the depo shot.
I was on the DEPO shot for 5 mnths starting july 2003. It was one of the worst experiences I've had on any drug I've ever taken. It messed my body up a lot. When I started taking it I bled for 2 straight weeks. Then I had spot bleeding for mtnhs and a period every now and then. I took my last shot in December 04 and in March my periods stopped altogether. I havn't had a period in 5 mtns and i was only on it 5 mnths. During this time I've had headaches, I gained 10 pounds, I was always hungry to the point where I would pass out if I didn't eat, and i still can't lose the weight because it's still in my system, my breasts swelled up twice for weeks and it was extremely painful even to move or touch them and at one point they filled with milk. The shot is great in preventing pregancy, but it does come with a list of side effects that isn't worth the chance of experiencing,  such as: headache
nausea
dizziness
sore breasts
change of appetite, weight gain
depression
hair loss, or increased hair on the face or body
nervousness
skin rash or spotty darkening of the skin
change in sex drive  
pregnancies, which very rarely occur, are more likely to be ectopic (in a fallopian tube)
osteoporosis
irregular bleeding
no bleeding
delayed fertility
These side effects may never happen to you, but just make sure it is right for you before u try it. I suggest if someone doesn't want to have to worry about taking a pill every day etc is to get a UDI, they r highly effective, no side effects, and reversable. The only downside is having it put in.

 

Answer by cindy
Submitted on 8/4/2004
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I have been on the shot for about a 1 year now. I still get my period is that normal.

 

Answer by ch
Submitted on 8/6/2004
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QuiQui - acutally in your response to Pegeen you mentioned that hair loss is not a side effect of depo however I wanted you to know that every piece of material i have read on the shot has listed hair loss as a possible result of depo

 

Answer by mystical7284
Submitted on 8/7/2004
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I was on the shot for over 4 years had two miscarriages and then last year I started having major pain in my lower abdomen.  Went to have a laproscopy and found that I had endometriosis.  The shot has given me a lot of side effects and do not recommend this for anyone.

 

Answer by mel
Submitted on 8/10/2004
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I was on the SHOT for 5 years and now have been off for 3 and trying to concieve for 2 years with no luck. My cycle is still not regular and now i wander if i will ever have a child. Keep Praying, its in gods hands now.

 

Answer by libby
Submitted on 8/10/2004
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i was just wondering if anybody could answer a question for me. my last shot was april 28 and my next shot was suppose to be july 21.i didn't go and take because my husband and i want to try and have a baby. a couple of days ago i started going to the bathroom more then usual. i just wondering if it could possibly be that my body is cleaning the shot of my system or what. i hope somebody can answer my question.

 

Answer by JazzyT
Submitted on 8/12/2004
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I am 25 and I have been on the shot since 98. I recently got off for a couple of months and I got my period back within 2 months of stop taking the shot. I recently just got the shot back. I was a lucky one because I didn't receive any side effects. besides not having a period. I have had friends had loss of hair due to the shot and that is side effect! or gain weight. The weird thing is I gained weight when getting off the shot (20lbs.) and I have only been back on the shot for 2 months and I lost 15lbs. Its a hit or miss when it comes to this shot.

 

Answer by Bunny
Submitted on 8/14/2004
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i got on depo shot in Nov 2001 and got off on july 2002. I have gained 30 lbs it and i can't stand it. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnat since April 2004.we want a family. please help lord.

 

Answer by dvdvcrtv
Submitted on 8/14/2004
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well i don't have a answer, but would like a question answerd. my step doughter is 16 years old and i think that she has been talking the depo shot for almost a year. she has been bleeding, having periods alot mabey half of every moth. is this normal??

 

Answer by shawna
Submitted on 8/17/2004
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I have been on depo for 7 years and have been off it for 8 months and not pregnant yet. Cycles are very long, period is irregular. Hope it doesnt take me too long to conceive.

 

Answer by kris
Submitted on 8/18/2004
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I've been on birth control for about 3 years but first it was the pill then the patch then the shot. i was only on the shot for 6 months. do you think it will be hard for me to get pregnant?

 

Answer by personal
Submitted on 8/18/2004
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i have been getting the shot and have not had a period since the start of it i suffer from daily headaches but i feel with my life its the best choice for birth control at moment however with any method of birthcontrol you will most likely have some side affects do i miss my period yes surprisingly i do how ever when i decide to go off the shot i hope i can start my period with out a problem scary thought after readind some of these stories.

 

Answer by LIZ
Submitted on 8/24/2004
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I HAVE BEEN ON DEPO FOR ALMOST 2 YRS.I HAVE NO MAJOR PROBLEMS WITH THE SHOT.I EXERCISE DAILY,WITH WEIGHTS.I THINK,LIKE SOMEONE SAID,EVERY BODY REACTS DIFFERENTLY.I JUST HOPE WHEN I DO DECIDE TO COME OFF,I DON'T HAVE ANY PROBLEMS

 

Answer by cin
Submitted on 8/24/2004
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I had my first son very young and then went on the shot. However i met my husband and wanted to start a family. I was off the shot for not even a month and got pregnant. Everyone is different. Smoking or being around smoke also increase your chance of the side effects. So thats also something to think about. I had some complications but nothing to make me go off it forever.I have 3 children now and am thinking of going back on it.

 

Answer by Ash
Submitted on 8/25/2004
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I WAS ON THE DEPO FOR ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AND THEN I STOPPED TAKING IT.I ENDED UP GETTING PREGNANT A YEAR LATER. AFTER I HAD MY KID I GOT ON IT AGAIN. I THINK THE DEPO SHOT IS GREAT IF U JUST KEEP WITH IT. I LIKE THE DEPO SHOT MAINLY BECAUSE U ONLY HAVE TO GO IN EVERY 3 MONTHS TO GET IT AND U DONT HAVE A PERIOD ANYMORE.

 

Answer by Ashley
Submitted on 8/26/2004
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Yes, I in September of 04 will be my 6th month to be on the depo shot and the first shot (3 months) I did not have my period at all until it was the 2 week grace period when i needed another shot. However, i have been off and on, don't know when i will actually have a regular one, if i have, one day im off the next day im on...then two days later im off..but this never happened the first time i took the shot so i think it is kind of strange..did any of you have any of these problems..if so can you do anything to make your period stop?

 

Answer by staley812
Submitted on 8/26/2004
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I have been on the depo shot for four years.  I have not had a period since my second shot, so over three years.  It has been really nice.  Some people gain a lot of weight when on the shot, but I lost weight that wasn't needed. Overall I have been having a good experience until a couple of months ago, when I found out that I have ovarian cysts, probably due to the shot.  They are not cancerous, yet, so they have left them alone, but the pain is increasing, and I will probably have to get off of the shot so I don't have to have my ovaries removed. If it isn't too late. Some doctors fail to tell you when you get the shot that it doesn't have any estrogen in it, that can cause cysts and many other painful problems.  The pill and patch do have estrogen in them though.  I go back to the doctor soon, I'll keep ya updated.

 

Answer by Rebecca
Submitted on 8/27/2004
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I've been taking the "shot" for about four years now, I don't want to get pregnant for quite some time, I'm 23 now, but I would like to know if there have been extensive studies on long term use of this form of birth control.

 

Answer by michelle
Submitted on 8/29/2004
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I am about to start school and I have been having very heavy periods.  I can't leave the house for that week.  I dont know the age limits or requirements for a hysterectomy so I am thinking about the depo shot i will not be able to continue going to school if I cant find something to stop my periods, are you sure that it will stop them?

 

Answer by Mothernaturehosp
Submitted on 8/31/2004
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Qui Qui-
Before stating ignorant and uneducated so called facts do your research. The following statement is directly from the  "Depo" web site. Hair loss is a side effect!

"Other side effects of Depo Provera can include headaches, nervousness, mood changes, bloating, hot flashes, decreased interest in sex, breast tenderness, acne, hair loss, and back ache"

 

Answer by 2inlive2play
Submitted on 9/1/2004
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I have been on the depo shot for the past 6 months and i would not recommend it to any one i have irregular bleeding and i cramp all of the time. i would recommend the pill it worked alot better for me.

 

Answer by Bratstopmom
Submitted on 9/1/2004
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I have just started the depo today. I have been on every other kind of birth control out there.I dont want anymore children at this time. Will the depo make you infertile? My doc. has also concidered a hystorectomy and I have already had surgery for cysts on my ovaries and a month ago had a cyst burst through my left ovary. There could be a possiblity in the future where I want another child. But I am affraid I will have my period all the time. As it is I get it 2x a month. Will I have it all the time? Or not at all?

 

Answer by Deb
Submitted on 9/1/2004
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I wouldn't be so quick to rule out Depo as the cause of hair loss.  I had been on Depo for 5 years been off for 2 and recently had a shot 2 months ago.  Since the shot, I've noticed weight gain and hair breakage, thining.  My stylist takes good care of my hair and even she has noticed the difference.  I don't plan to take the shot on my next visit.

 

Answer by Candy
Submitted on 9/2/2004
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Well,I just started taking the Shot like
6 months ago and I was suppose to get it
renewed 3 months later, but never did.
Now, my mom is under the impression that
I MUST be pregnant because this is the first
month afterwards that I haven't had a
period...The entire time during my shot
experience I had two periods a month ..
is this normal or should I get tested??

 

Answer by gyorkos
Submitted on 9/4/2004
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I have used the shot for about 9 years. I started on it right after I had my son. Then 2 years after that, I went off it to have a second child and was pregnant within 2 months. I never even had a period in between.  I definitely think everyones body is different.

 

Answer by Diana
Submitted on 9/7/2004
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I have a one year old daughter and I would currently like to get pregnant, the last time I got the shot was July so its good until mid October.  I was just wondering if anyone has ever gotten pregnant on the shot?  The last time I got off the shot, I got my period 4 weeks later.  Is it likely I'll have the same luck this time and even I do get my irregular period, it's not a certaintly that I'll get pregnant right away.

 

Answer by tmice35
Submitted on 9/8/2004
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I was wondering the same thing.  I am hitting 40 and would still like another child.  I have been on the depo for approximately 6 years and was wondering if and when I can still become pregnant.  I enjoyed the aspect of not having a period and it was on a schedule that the doctor helped me keep track of.  Please advise on the likelihood of becoming pregnant and how long it will take.  I'm not THAT young anymore.

 

Answer by nicole
Submitted on 9/8/2004
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I'm 25 have 3 kids and have been on the depo shot on and off for over six years. With my first child I had the shot done right after I left the hospital. I was pregnant 4 months later (I skipped my scheduled dose). I was on the shot for another two years decided to get on the pill (that was my biggest mistake!) and got pregnant with my third child. I'm now on the shot and have been for almost four years and I can tell you that I haven't had any problems. As far as weight gain goes, well thats with basically anything you take now a days -- just watch what you eat and exercise. My suggestion to those who are uncertain is to evalutae your self. Are you planning on having kids in the near future? If so the shot is probably not for you. For those of you like my self who don't plan on having any more children then I would highly recommend the depo shot.

 

Answer by jessie
Submitted on 9/11/2004
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i was on the depo at 12 for about a year no period's was onthe pill got pregnant at 15 got the depo 6 week's of having my daughter. mind you i was still bleeding from the birth.i got the depo for six month's that's two shot's i bled everyday non stop untill my daughter was eight month's old..and since then i have not been on any birth control my daughter is now 7 1/2 year's old and have not gotten pregnant have been on fertility pill's and still nothing but my prayer's are with god and with you GOOD LUCK...i wish it to my self.. maybe someday he will answer our prayer's

 

Answer by darlene
Submitted on 9/11/2004
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I WAS ON THE DEPO FOR ONLY 3 MONTHS I BEEN OFF THE DEPO FOR LIKE A MONTH AND 2 WEEKS AND IM SCARED OF NOT GETTING MY PERIOD BACK DUE TO THE FACT THAT I HAVENT GOT IT BACK NOW IM SCARED OF NOT BEING ABLE TO HAVE KIDS.

 

Answer by angel
Submitted on 9/12/2004
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I have been on the shot for 1 year and do not plan on going for another and in hopes of getting pregnant...

 

Answer by TEE TEE
Submitted on 9/13/2004
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I've been on the shot for 5 months and i think i may be pregnant problem is i'm only 14.

 

Answer by rays2003
Submitted on 9/13/2004
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my question would be is there anyone that has got pregnant while on depo.i have been on it for years but now I'm having signs of being pregnant. i have four children right now i have had no problems conceiving when i did go off

 

Answer by jessica
Submitted on 9/14/2004
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I had problem with depression in the past and i was influenced to try the shot by my docter. I didn't know anything about the shot and she didn't ask me if i had ever had a depression problem before i agreed to try it. She only warned me about osteoporosis. within days of my injection i more or less went crazy. The shot affected my relationship and my life. My friend got on the shot and she tried to kill herself. If you have ever ever had depression problem before DO NOT GET ON THE SHOT.

 

Answer by Mo
Submitted on 9/15/2004
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I have started taking depro preva and within a span of one year lost bone density.  I went from a -0.1 to a -1.4.  A rating of -1.4 is a high risk for bone fracture.  I will not take this drug any more because of my fear of osteoporosus, although I found the drug to be wonderful for birth control and excessive bledding.  I am willing to put up with that because of the risks of taking the drug.

 

Answer by laval
Submitted on 9/19/2004
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I have been on the shot for a few months now and i have now noticied a big decrease in my sex drive.  i no longer want or even have the need for it. my relationship with my boyfriend is straining because i dont want him touching me or being near me in any intimate way. I am 22 with two young boys my boyfriend is their father and this feelings that i am getting is not helping so i would suggest looking in to it before getting the shot.

 

Answer by traciw
Submitted on 9/20/2004
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may hair has been falling out since i started the shot is this normal?

 

Answer by nikki
Submitted on 9/20/2004
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I was on the shot for a year, I've been off it for 9 months and still no period. Please reconsider before getting on the shot, I'm now scared I'll never get pregnant

 

Answer by kitty19
Submitted on 9/22/2004
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I have been on  depo since i was 15 went off this june still havent conceived im  kind of worried because i have been bleeding two months straight after going off the shot! im just wondering if thats normal?

 

Answer by tish
Submitted on 9/23/2004
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I have been on the shot for nine months and my only promblem is the irregular bleeding sometimes I bleed for weeks and the only way to stop it is to get the shot again.I'm not sure what advice to give but I already have three kids and I'm not sure if I want anymore.

 

Answer by Marilyn
Submitted on 9/24/2004
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I have been on the depo shot for 10 months now and have been spotting all through, much lighter now than through the whole 10 months. I like the depo because I don't have to remember to take a pill everyday in  my busy life. I am due for another shot in the begining of November, but my fiance and I want to have a baby, possibly soon. I'm afraid that if I get one more shot that I may stop bleeding all together and I won't be able to get pregnant for up to a year or so. What do I do?

 

Answer by slg1234
Submitted on 9/24/2004
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QuiQui,
You haven't done much research on this shot then.  I have read hundreds of posts on many forums of people losing there hair after starting depo.

 

Answer by amy
Submitted on 9/27/2004
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i got one shot so far and i had nothing but problems with it,i have really bad stomach pain all the time is that normal

 

Answer by marissa
Submitted on 10/1/2004
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QuiQui,
Hair loss is stated on every site and in the pamphlet included with the medication as a side affect of this drug.

 

Answer by bill
Submitted on 10/4/2004
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I have been taking the shot for over a year now and feeling better than i ever have even though i happily look and feel more feminine now

 

Answer by
Submitted on 10/7/2004
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I was on the shot for 1 year after having my son and I was constantly bleeding. out of 12 months I was bleeding 10 months or more. It was horribal and I had to quite it. I was hopeing that my periods would have ended all together. I just hope the new pill that I will take to regulate my periods again will make me have my "freedom back"

 

Answer by anna74
Submitted on 10/8/2004
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I have been taking the shot for 4 year and been off for 1 1/2 years and still have not become pregnant.  My period are always irregular sometimes i go 3 months without one.  I ALSO DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS SHOT.

 

Answer by Brandy
Submitted on 10/8/2004
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I got the depo after I had my first son, at the age of 17 years old. I stayed on it until my husband and I decided to have our second child, I was 21 years old. I had my last shot in September of 1998 and was pregnant by May of 1999, and had my son February of 2000. I have only had my period stop completely until I get off the shot, and I get headaches if I wait till the last minute to get my shot. I just had a shot last Thursday, and my husband and I are going to try to get pregnant with our third child. So the shot just may not be for everyone. I plan to get back on it after I have my next child also.  

 

Answer by dreamcatcher
Submitted on 10/9/2004
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I have been on depo for about 7months now and I've gained 50lbs. :(  Also my thyroid has dropped dramatically.   Does depo affect your thyroid??

 

Answer by Amanda
Submitted on 10/9/2004
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After reading everyone talk about how long they have been trying to get pregnant after being on the depo, I think that I'm going to get off of it. Me and my husband want to try for a third child in February, now I'm scared that it will take a long time.As far as bleeding on the depo I bled for 5 months straight. I wouldn't recommend the depo to anyone!

 

Answer by Yvette
Submitted on 10/10/2004
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First of all, QuiQui, depo shot does have many side effects including hair loss.
http://www.fwhc.org/birth-control/bcdepo.htm

As Kellie said, one of the serious side effect is bone density loss. I'm on depo for 3.5 years and have been having lower back ache for a year or so. Just got my bone density test and I can't believe that I have Osteopenia. I'm only 33!

My last depo shot in Sept would be the last shot for me ever!


 

Answer by dbadest1
Submitted on 10/17/2004
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I HAVE BEEN ON THE DEPO SHOT FOR 7 YEARS AT THE BEGINNING THAT WEREN'T THAT MANY SIDE EFFECTS I EXPERIENCED HAIR LOSS, LEG CRAMPS, NO PERIODS, HEADACHES, AND LOSS OF APPETITE.
I DID NOT CARE I JUST DIDN'T WANT ANY MORE KIDS, NOW THAT MY BODY IS USE TO THE SHOT. I ONLY EXPERIENCE LEGS CRAMPS WHEN MY SHOT IS DUE AND OF COURSE NO PERIOD. THE SHOT IS NOT ALL THAT BAD, IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE PERSON. I AM HAPPY WITH THE DEPO. BUT, ONE DAY I SOON HOPE TO BE MARRIED AND MEET THE MAN OF MY DREAMS AND GET OFF THE DEPO AND HAVE MORE KIDS. SO PLEASE BELIEVE EVERYTHING THAT IS MADE IS NOT MADE FOR EVERYONE, PEOPLE BODY'S ARE NOT MADE THE SAME, SO THEREFORE, YOU AND YOUR BODY WILL KNOW IF IT'S FOR YOU. NOW YOU LADIES KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND I"LL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS

 

Answer by CAITY
Submitted on 10/18/2004
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I AM 18 AND JUST HAD MY FIRST SHOT. I AM ENGAGED AND I'M WORRIED THAT I WON'T BE ABLE TO GET PREGNANT IN THE FUTURE. THE RESULTS MOST OF YOU HAVE HAD ARE TERRIFYING. I DON'T THINK I WILL GET ANYMORE.  

 

Answer by JoAnn
Submitted on 10/22/2004
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http://www.fwhc.org/birth-control/bcdepo.htm

Go to this women's health site.  It tells all the technical stuff about the shot.  Including the fact that one of the side effects can be hair loss.

 

Answer by Redtina78
Submitted on 10/23/2004
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I was on the depo shot for 4 cycles, which is just under a year.  I gained 100 lbs, I have skin problems, extreme loss of hair, and some problems with memory. I have never had a problem with my weight, skin or memory before, in fact I have always had extra thick hair, completely clear skin and a photographic memory. My primary doctor told me that he has been hearing some complaints regarding the shot and its side effects.  If anyone is thinking of taking this shot I would strongly suggest not taking it, it causes more problems then it is worth.  I do understand that some women don't experience  the same side effects; everyone reacts to it differently, but if someone had warned me about the "possible" side effects I would have never taken the shot.  My friend started the shot about 3 months before I did.  She had the same side effects as I did but on a grander scale, she had patches of hair fall out, her whole body is covered in stretch marks (places you wouldn't even think could get stretch marks have them), her skins elasticity and texture has completely changed along with getting boils and painful acne, she suffers now from depression and isolates her self a lot.  We use to go to the beach and play beach volleyball during the summer every weekend (we're both too embarrassed to do that now).  We go to the gym 4 - 5 days a week ( a tradition since we were in high school 10 years ago).  We always we health addicts, but now we have to diet, go to the gym and we still gain weight.  If you decide to go on the shot, please be careful and monitor yourself closely.  If you start to see any changes or these side effects I would advise you to discontinue it.  Good luck.

 

Answer by darkstormyeve
Submitted on 10/24/2004
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I was on depo for 5 years. I stopped when I was 30 to have a baby, fell pregnant in 6 months and have a beautiful baby girl. I didn't have a period in all that time and my period started hap hazardly after 3months of no depo - pregnant in 6.

I honestly believe that its the indiviual and the drug. Its like some miners get lung cancer and others don't whilst working in the same environment.

I can't take pill as it gives me headaches. Depo on the other hand been a breeze.

 

Answer by Jamie
Submitted on 10/26/2004
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I also have taken the depo shot i was on it for one year, i stopped getting my shots, and i am almost 3 months over due, no period yet, and still no regrowth of hair, i've read a lot about this shot. i am wondering if there is a way to induce ur period.

 

Answer by M.W.
Submitted on 10/27/2004
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I took the depo shot 1 time and that was when I years 16 years old and now I'm 24 and still have no normal period one every 3-4 months. And I don't ovulate so I haven't been able to have kids witch is devastating to me and my husband. I would not advise anyone to take the shot. It ruins your life.

 

Answer by CEE CEE
Submitted on 10/28/2004
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After becoming pregnant at the age of 19 and going threw a miscarriage I decided I was to NOT emotionally ready to have kids, so I quickly got on the depo shot. I loved being on it because there were no emotional or physical side effects (at first). After  only being on it for 6 months (2 Shots)I had a pap smear and learned that I had the hpv virus, something I did not have before I got on the shot. I know the only person or thing I have to blame for getting this is myself because it is considered a sexually transmitted disease. Although, I am starting to hear a lot of other stories from other women and the news about the depo shot being linked to abnormal pap smears, hpv virus, and cervical cancer. This is all what has happened to me. My pap smear came back abnormal, I found out threw a biopsy that I have HPV and pre-cancer cells that if not tested every 3 months could turn into cancer. Woman should be very cautious about anything that they put into their bodies. My mother who took hormone replacements while going through menopause was advised that she could develop cancer from these hormones and did, breast cancer.
After being on the shot for 1 year and 3 months I gained over 25 lbs, and decided to get off of it. I have been off the shot for almost a year now and my periods are still not regular. Sometimes I will have it for 2 weeks be off of it and then get it again for a week. Not to mention horrible mood swings and unbearable cramps which I had never had before or during the shot. I know that our bodies change over time and all of us woman are different but after hearing some of your stories about not being able to have children or having hysterectomies I truly fear that something like this will happen to me.
I strongly advise anyone to do a lot of research before getting into something like this or anything involving your health for that matter. Things might look great but you have to look at the long term effects afterwords. Good luck to you all

 

Answer by keesha
Submitted on 10/29/2004
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Lady's  I have been on the shot for 4 years and it does have alot of side effects,I have gained 80  pounds in the 4 years.I went from 100 to 180.I have bad headaches.So the only good thing is you have no periods and you don't get pregnat. but I'm thinking of getting off I haven't decided yet.

 

Answer by Andi
Submitted on 10/31/2004
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I have been on the depo shot for 5 month s won't stop bleeding, I get terrible cramping and a doctor told me to take ortho tricyclin lo with it but still no results, I'm furious and tired of bleeding. I don't recommend depo to anyone.

 

Answer by Leslie
Submitted on 11/2/2004
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I am gonna get the shot and see after 3 monthes if it is for me!

 

Answer by she-she
Submitted on 11/3/2004
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um  QuiQui you CAN lose hair from the DEPO SHOT and THATS a fact!

 

Answer by sue
Submitted on 11/9/2004
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I have been on depo for almost five years now and have been looking into different alternatives, but depo has been an answered prayer for me i was having such severe cramping that i was not even able to go to work. This shot is not for everyone but i would love to know if anyone has any suggestions on another alternative

 

Answer by Tan
Submitted on 11/11/2004
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To QuiQui no offense but you are the one that has a problem and should se a doctor immediately because I'm on the shot and  have been on this since only six months and have lost alot of my hair and I don;t have any disease. Everyone knows that you can lost your hair as an side effect to the shot. You need to do some research o.k.

 

Answer by bubbles
Submitted on 11/11/2004
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QuiQui, check you facts darlin' . Maybe you shouldn't give advice on things your not read up on.  The facts are everywhere.

 

Answer by Chrissie
Submitted on 11/14/2004
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I have just gotten my first shot about a month ago.  I was trying to get pregnant but decided to give it up.  I want another child real soon but now I am not having periods.  What is going on with my body?

 

Answer by tiff
Submitted on 11/15/2004
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well me and husband have been trying to have a kid for a long time and nothing work we tried everything we even went to the doctor for fertility testing until a friend of my wich is a physican told me to try birth control for a while and then get of so the chances of you getting pregnant after that is very likely so thats what im doing ive been on the depo for 6 months now and cant wait to get off my sister and my cousin were just diagnosed with cancer in the uterus and both were on the depo so good luck to everyone whos taking it

 

Answer by Jennifer
Submitted on 11/17/2004
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I had been taking depo prevera shots the last one i had was in May of 03. I was on it for 4 yrs and during these 4 yrs, I had my period really heavy for 6 months straight then suddenly stopped for 2 yrs completely. I just started my period in July of 04. In august it came on the 9th and lasted for 5 days then in sept. it came one the 9th again and lasted 5 days. But then in oct it came on the 17th and lasted 5 days. Now its november 17th and i havent started yet. Ususally a week before i start my period, my breats start hurting but they arent. could I be pregnant or is the shot still messing with me? E-mail me at Jennjuice681@aol.com

 

Answer by pak
Submitted on 11/20/2004
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i am on the depo shot but it is making me gain  weight

 

Answer by crissy
Submitted on 11/24/2004
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i think being on the shot is a good thing if you plan on not having any childern. If you do i adivse that you dont. You can gain alot of wait or loss it all depends.

 

Answer by Chris
Submitted on 11/27/2004
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I am 23 years old and I have been of and on, on depo for 2 years, I got off of depo 8 months now and still haven't got pregnant yet but I still have my monthly period, but I just keep praying that I will become pregnant soon.      

 

Answer by denise
Submitted on 11/29/2004
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QuiQui,

  The advice you gave was incorrect.I work in a medical facility and hair loss is a side affect of the depo shot along with weight gain, missed or no cycles, headaches and etc..I took my last one in may and is currently waiting to get my body regulated

 

Answer by Leigh
Submitted on 12/1/2004
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I have been having the depo shots for 11 yrs now.  I feel absolutly fine.  I have one child and do not want any more.  I am 36 and have now been advised I need to find another form of family planning!  the shots have been great for me but if I were planing more children I would not advise it.

 

Answer by carly
Submitted on 12/1/2004
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quiqui i don't think you are right at all on hair loss from the depo shot i have read many many  many things on depo and ppl losing hair cuz of it and I myself have started to lose hair when i went on the shot. plus i gained 65 pounds in 15 months taht i was on it i am gettinf off this shot in january when i am suppose to get my next one its the worst birth control method ever.

 

Answer by Carrie
Submitted on 12/2/2004
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I was a lucky one.  I started taking Depo at 16 and came off of it when I was 23.  I took the shots on time every time for 7 years.  I did not have period for 6 years and I loved it.  After I came off it took a year to get my period back and 6 months to get pregnant with my natual fraternal twins.  I have 2 friends on Depo.  One is the same age and on Depo the same amot of time and now can't get pregnant.  One is 23 and has been on for 2 years with a non-stop period.  Agter reading this website I would never suggest depo to anyone.  I seem to just be very lucky.  I wish the best for everyone on here trying to concieve after being decieved by Depo.

 

Answer by Alison Blair
Submitted on 12/2/2004
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I have two boys and am 30 yrs.old. I took 3 consecutive depo shots for the convenience. That was 4 years ago.  I never got my period back and had to go on the "Patch." as suggested by my doctor to get me regular. After 5 months on the Patch, my periods did not come back either. In fact, I actually ovulated without a period and became pregnant unbeknownst to me and just lost the baby due to what I think was the imbalance of my hormones.

Is the Depo shot to blame? I can't say, but I do believe that it definitely played a role in my body's ability to be the same as before I took the shot.  I am absolutely regretting I ever did it and will advise everyone I know not to either. BE WARNED THAT YOU JUST MIGHT NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN IF YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE DEPO PREVERA!


 

Answer by re
Submitted on 12/3/2004
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I was on depo-provera for 7 years.  i got my last injection October of 2003 and was to receive next in December 2003.  i was advised by my doctor to get off shot to build up calcium or as I got older I would suffer from having bad bones.  My period returned in May and has been consistent and I have not gotten pregnant yet but would like to.

 

Answer by Jenna
Submitted on 12/5/2004
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I started getting the shot at 24, went off at 27 and got pregnant right away, I misscarried, but 3 months later I was Pregnant again and now have a beautiful healthy son - although I went through 58 hours of labour only to find out I had to have an emergency c-section (not sure if depo had anything to do with that). Six weeks after my son's birth I went right back on the shot. But now I've been off it for 6 months, I've had 2 periods in that six months and they have been awful! I've been lucky with the shot, but looking at all the "horror" stoies, I would recommend not getting the shot!!

 

Answer by Virgo
Submitted on 12/6/2004
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I was placed on the depo shot by my OB-GYN at the age of 17 to assist with heavy cycles.  Now at the age of 26 I have had 4 laproscopic procedures and eventually had to have a total hysterectomy 2 months ago.  I am not sure if the depo prevera caused the cancer cells that were detected last May, but sure is a BIG "IF"!! I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Please feel blessed that you have a cycle, some women will never experience the monthly pains, however, will also never experience the greatness of motherhood!

 

Answer by teacher lady
Submitted on 12/8/2004
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The worst decision I made in my life was to use the "shot".  I truly blame my infertility on the "shot". I hope someday the manufactures will know about the pain their shot has caused.  They have stolen something from so many.  

 

Answer by feliciaf
Submitted on 12/8/2004
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I was on the shot for a year and just got off about 3 months ago. ever since then i have been on my period for a month and then i will be off for a week. it is killing me. i was just wondering if this is normal or is there possibly something wrong. I am going to the doctor tomorrow. hope someone can help. thanks.

 

Answer by Maria
Submitted on 12/12/2004
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I have take  depo shot only one time . I  have  lost lot of hair. After  3 months later I have recived  very  light period. I still had very light period  durning   3  months. This  was    a frist  shot ,and  will be  last one also. Please  don't  use this  drug  is  very harmful.God  bless  !   mablghs@Aol.com

 

Answer by CMarshall
Submitted on 12/14/2004
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I took the Depo shot 2 1/2 months ago and got severe migranes 2 weeks ago.  I have had 2 periods since also.  This isn't what it was supposed to be.  So I do not recomend it to anybody.

 

Answer by J.E.C.
Submitted on 12/15/2004
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I have been taking this shot for over a year and I am 16 years old. I am afraid that I will not be able to conciev when I am older. From what I've read and the new information that I have received I don't recommend to anyone that you take this shot.
Good Luck To You All Who Have And Who Are Going To or Thinking Of!!!!!

 

Answer by mariep
Submitted on 12/17/2004
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I advise everyone not to take this shot it's horrible. I have gain so much weight and have so many other medical problems do to this shot.  Use any other method, but please do not, I repeat do not use the depot shot.

 

Answer by mariep
Submitted on 12/17/2004
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I advise everyone not to take this shot it's horrible. I have gain so much weight and have so many other medical problems do to this shot.  Use any other method, but please do not, I repeat do not use the depot shot.

 

Answer by Beth
Submitted on 12/18/2004
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I am 43, went on the Depo shot early this year,,,was on it for 6 months,,was the worst decision I ever made.  I only got the shot to stop my period, and I had my period every day for that six months. I gained weight and got depressed. Then my Dr put me on a low dose birth control pill.  Now after being healthy all my life, I have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and Im still having problems taking off the 10 pounds I gained during the shot months.  Id advise every woman to really investigate this drug to see if it is the right one for her.

 

Answer by sweetiepie
Submitted on 12/19/2004
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QuiQui, actually hair loss is a side effect. You shouldn't loose all of your hair but it is common to lose some. Other side effects include: Weight gain, acne, bloating, headaches, loss of period. I was on depo for about 1 year and it's been about 7 months and my period still hasn't return & I did not loose any hair. But everyone reacts to the shot differently. Consult with your physician.

 

Answer by Nica
Submitted on 12/19/2004
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I have been on the shot for 1.5 months and I have been spotting for almost 3 weeks. Did this happen to any one else and will my periods ever become regular again?

 

Answer by melissa
Submitted on 12/21/2004
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QUIQUI YES IF YOU WILL READ ALL THE INFO ON THE SHOT YOU WILL SEE THAT IT CAN MAKE SOME WOMEN LOSE SOME HAIR.ALTHOUGH I DID NOT. I WAS ONLY ON THE SHOT FOR THREE MONTHS, BEEN OFF FOR 2 MONTHS AND I WILL NEVER TAKE IT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Answer by melissa
Submitted on 12/21/2004
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QUIQUI YES IF YOU WILL READ ALL THE INFO ON THE SHOT YOU WILL SEE THAT IT CAN MAKE SOME WOMEN LOSE SOME HAIR.ALTHOUGH I DID NOT. I WAS ONLY ON THE SHOT FOR THREE MONTHS, BEEN OFF FOR 2 MONTHS AND I WILL NEVER TAKE IT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Answer by dee de
Submitted on 12/21/2004
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I have been on the depo shot for about three years now and would like to start a family here soon. How long do you think it would take for me to concieve? I hear it is about 3-18 months but with the length of time that I have been on it would that make a difference? Help PLZ

 

Answer by Maro_D
Submitted on 12/21/2004
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I was on Depo for 3 years. I had my last shot in Feb 2003 and I'm about to have my second child due Jan 2005. It took 10 months for my cycle to return to 'normal' and 4 months to fall pregnant. I have been one of the fortunate ones to have no side effects. Unfortunately you don't know unless you try it...everyone is different in this case.

 

Answer by Tiff
Submitted on 12/22/2004
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My sister was on the shot for 2.5 yrs, got off and was pregnant within four or five months. It just depends on the individual on wether or not they will get pregnant. Leave it in God's hand and if it's meant to be it will be.

 

Answer by deedee
Submitted on 12/22/2004
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I'm 17 and have only been on the shot for 3 months. i was under the impression that your periods would stop completely however i just started my period and am wondering if the shot is working?

 

Answer by sandra
Submitted on 1/1/2005
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i have a question, i have been off the shot for 8 months and my period came back to its normal pace is it possibly the right time for my body to conceive a baby now.i was on the depo shot for 5 years.

 

Answer by MIDGE
Submitted on 1/1/2005
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I WAS ONLY ONE THE SHOT FOR A YEAR, BUT I DO HAVE TO AGREE, MY HAIR IS MUCH THINNER, I HAVEN'T GOTTEN MY PERIOD BACK AND ITS BEEN ABOUT 2 MONTHS SINCE I WAS SUPPOSED TO GO IN FOR MY SHOT... SO? I DRINK A LOT OF MILK AND EAT A LOT OF MILK PRODUCTS SO MY BONE DENSITY SHOULDN'T BE THAT HARSH, BUT AS MANY PEOPLE SAY.. IT DIFFERS FROM WOMAN TO WOMAN.

 

Answer by still waiting
Submitted on 1/3/2005
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I was on depo 2 years, and went off March 2004.  I'm 26 and still waiting for a period.  Also I went for a bone density and it was down a lot for my age. Almost as low at needing supplements for oseoperosis.  Anyway good luck to everyone and no I would never recomend it to anyone ever!!!

 

Answer by Kim
Submitted on 1/4/2005
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QuiQui, you are wrong--losing hair is a side affect to the shot.  Do your research

 

Answer by Elissa
Submitted on 1/4/2005
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Don't take the Shot!

 

Answer by Aerial
Submitted on 1/4/2005
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The Depo Shot is no good,I am 45yrs. old my bones are brittle,it robs all your calicum from you, now i have a disk degeration. My bones ache all the time i have to take anti inflamatories pills all the time. I use to ski all the time now i don't dare to.Depo Shot is a slow killer.                

 

Answer by mspeaches
Submitted on 1/4/2005
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I STARTED THE DEPRO SHOT WHEN I WAS 19 YEARS OLD, NOW I'M 24 AND MARRIED. I STOP GETTING THE SHOT OVER TWO YEARS AGO AND I STILL CAN NOT GET PREGANT. I RECOMMENDED THAT NO FEMALE GET ON THE SHOT UNLESS YOU REALLY SURE YOU DON'T WANT TO HAVE ANY MORE KIDS.

 

Answer by robin
Submitted on 1/5/2005
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i been on the depo shot for 5 years and got off in july and im still not pregnant yet.if you plan to get pregnant i would say dont get on the depo .try a different method because it does take a while for most to become pregnant. i also lost hair and i have been checked and im healthy. i will never use the depo shot again , but if you dont plan to get pregnant its a good birth control method

 

Answer by Ginger
Submitted on 1/6/2005
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I was on the Depo shot for 2 years.  I was due for a shot in October, but my husband and I have decided to try for a baby.  (I have a child from a previous marriage.)  I loved the shot.  I spotted 2 weeks after the first shot, and nothing again for the duration of getting the shot.  In Oct, I made a Dr appt to discuss going off of the shot to get pregnant.  Dr put me on the pill to try to get period coming back and regulated.  I took it for only 1 month.  First period was very light with lots of cramping.  Next period was late, terrible PMS.  My body is feeling more like normal now.  During the shot, I did have hair loss for the last 6 months, decreased sexual desire, etc, but nothing so bothersome that I wanted to stop taking it.  When I first started reading of people's problems after, it scared me.  I am now sure that it may take a little while, which is not comforting as I am turning 34 this month, but I feel the shot is a great birth control option.  It is much more effective than any other form of birth control.  There is no problem of remembering it daily, and the bonus of no period for 2 years was great.  Everyone is different, and getting pregnant can be difficult for some whether they used Depo or not.  My daughter took over 8 months to conceive after going off of the pill.  Some people get pregnant easily the first time, then it takes many, many years to have another.  Some people have extreme difficulty with the first, then the next comes easily.  I have faith that it will work out for the best.

 

Answer by babyphat
Submitted on 1/6/2005
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i'vebeen on the shot sice i was about 13 or 14 and now i'm18. today is 1/06/05 and my next shot is due next months. i'mnot gonna take the shot any more, because i want to start having babies a an early age. i just want my old body back, i didnt use to have marks on my body but now i do. i miss my periods, i'llbe glad when i see it again. than i'llwait like a month and a half to start trying to have a baby. GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE WOMANS IN THE HOLE WORLD(GOD IS IN YOUR HANDS)TO THA WOMANS HAVING BABIES WITHOUT THE BABY'S FATHER, REMEMBER YOU CAN DO IT, JUST PRAY.

 

Answer by Angela
Submitted on 1/7/2005
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I had the shot.  I had it twice.  I decided to get pregnant, and the shot had stopped my ovulation all together.  We had tried to have a baby, and were unable to conceive.  I went on clomid, and it restarted ovulation.  It took me 2-1/2 years to conceive, and I now have a 4 month old.  I would recommend NOT having the shot.

 

Answer by desiree
Submitted on 1/7/2005
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I'm a 17yrs I'vebeen on depo for a little over a year, I'vebeen w/ my fiance for a little over 2yrs. I think the shot effects everyone differently we hope to have kids but i know it takes at least a year most of the time. for the rest of u i hope u luck

 

Answer by Nelly
Submitted on 1/8/2005
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I have a 14 year old daughter and in between that I aborted 2 pregnancys.  I'm 35 years old and not looking to have any more children so the shot has worked for me great.  The only side affect I've had is no period, which realisticly I don't mind.  I love it great invention.

 

Answer by jessica talbott
Submitted on 1/10/2005
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i took the shot only twice over the period of 2 months and the last one was in august of 2001. i have still not been able to have a normal flow for the past 3 and 1/2 years. i even tried a prescribed hormone and after that didn't work the dr. suggested going on the pill for 4 months just to get my period started again. it worked for the 4 months i was on the pill and now i am back to no monthly again. i don't know what to do because i exercise and do all the things they suggest for recovering after having the shot. i am at my wits end cause i even saw a dr. who said everything looks normal but i just don't have a period each month let alone at all. does anyone have any suggestions or should i just wait it out? and leya i am telling you this is just not a good thing the dr. i have been seeing told me this was made for older women who either can't remember to take the pill or can't stop having children, but then it does cause osteoperosis and there is no cure for that i saw someone die of that and your bones just disenigrate within you and you have no control you can break your jaw just from chewing. and you should also know that this is what they were injecting into male sex offenders so that they would lose there sex drive.

 

Answer by Tammy
Submitted on 1/12/2005
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I have been on Depo for 6 years, and I like the idea of not having a period every month, I have a very light one every few months, no cramping, moodiness, cravings. I am not able to have children do to other medical reasons.

I have had no bad effects from this.

 

Answer by Gemini
Submitted on 1/15/2005
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I have been on the shot for 10yrs.  Just had my last shot 1-11-05.  I can no longer take the shot because of new research.  The shot is only good for 2yrs no longer then that.  My body started acting like i was pregnant.  Really research this shot before taking. I got the shot when i was 19 now I'm 30yrs. Now my bones are paying for it they hurt all the time.

 

Answer by johnna
Submitted on 1/17/2005
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I got the depo last oct. and since then my period has only stopped 4 a total of 2 weeks. my period right now is on week 4 and i think it will never stop.i hav read many stories now about infertility that make me wish id never got the shot, but no story is similar to mine. no1 else's period lasted 4 ever n ever n ever. however at least now i kno y i get hotflashes and night sweats at 19. i just pray that 1 shot dont lead 2 all the probs u guys hav had.

 

Answer by MS
Submitted on 1/18/2005
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Hair loss is a very well known side effect of depo.  It also happened to me.  They don't warn you about most of the side effects when you start the shot.  I was on it for 2 years and had my last shot in June.  I just had a very irregular period this month and my hair has not grown back.  Not only can it cause hair loss but it can also stop the growth of the hair you have left.  I will never take this shot again.  It should not be on the market especially with the new findings on bone density loss.

 

Answer by Unreachable
Submitted on 1/19/2005
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I took the Depo shot 9/10/1995 and have never taken another shot and I have yet to get pregnant. With my son I had no problems becoming pregnant so I too do not recommend the depo shot.

 

Answer by yenni
Submitted on 1/19/2005
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i had been with the depo 2 years on august i got pregnant in 8 weeks and went i was 2 month i lost the baby cause the depo make my hormones so low that i had a miscarrige.

 

Answer by ivy
Submitted on 1/20/2005
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I am on the shot now and I am wondering if I should keep on getting the shot?  After hearing all of the horrible stories I am very scared.  I have one child and I am wanting to have another one soon.  Should I stop taking the shot now or keep on getting it?  I am so confused about this.  No one told me the shot had these kinds of effects.

 

Answer by Justine
Submitted on 1/21/2005
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When i was 18, I was advised to have Depo as i was bleeding for 2 weeks at a time and very heavely. I continued to get the shot for the next 7 years, every 3 months. I stopped having the shot in the effort to get pregnant.......About 7 months later i was rushed in to hospital after colapsing from severe abdominal pain. I had 3 very large cysts removed from my ovaries. One of the cysts was twisted around my left Fallopian tube, so that was also removed. Today at the age of 34, i have no children and i am still taking medication for the pain.  My internal organs are all now attached to each other with scar tissue. They want me to have a Hysterectomy, I would rather limp and deal with the pain than give up my slight chance of some day concieving through invitro. I do not advise anyone to get the Depo shot.

 

Answer by BeBe
Submitted on 1/23/2005
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I have a question for everyone,I been on the shot for a year and I just got off last year on Sept.26,2004.me and my boyfriend been tring to have a baby for the past months.On Nov.4, I took my last shot,and on Nov.5 we had sex.On Nov.7 I started bleeding.On Dec.31, I came on again. I stayed on for 15 days straight and it was heavy.Is it a possiblity that I can be pregnant.
               You can e-mail me at LilBeBe314@aol.com if you have any information.  
              Thank You

 

Answer by Honey
Submitted on 1/24/2005
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I was on the depo shot since I was seventeen years old I am now 21 I have had this shot four years now I just recently stopped getting the shot for 8 mths then started up again now 2mths later when it is almost time for me to get my 3 mth shot I started my period again and I dont think I am going to get another shot because I too want to have more children I already have a 4yr old son and just to add to another response I read depo can cause hair loss but everyone does react differently to the depo shot

 

Answer by andrea patton
Submitted on 1/26/2005
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i have been on the depo shot for 6 months and as you all know your on it for a 3 month period and every single time i get it i dont have a period for a month and then im on it for the other 2 months and the only way i can get off it is when i go and get the depo shot again and even when i get the depo shot im only off of it for a month so ive kind of got myself in a mess so yeah so far i havent got pregant but the reason i got depo is so i wouldnt  have my period but thats all i do becauase of it but if i had to do it all over again i wouldnt get it but like they say the shot affects every person differently i guess i just got the bad end of the apple lol

 

Answer by Tee
Submitted on 1/26/2005
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I have been on the shot for over 4 years.  My husband says that he thinks I have sever mood swings, but I feel much better than I ever did on the pill.  I am planning on getting off of it soon.  I would also like to have kids soon.  I heard that some fertility doctors will put patients on it for 6 months and than pull them off because you are suppose to get pregnant right away.  Not sure if it is true.  Good luck!

 

Answer by loveslittlefeet
Submitted on 1/27/2005
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I am a mother of 5 and i was going to get my oldest daughter on the shot but after reading these horror stories i think that i will not have my daughter get the shot i don't want her to loose any chance of becoming a mother.

 

Answer by Babe De
Submitted on 1/28/2005
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To respond the 7/14/2004(my b-day) Actually Depo does cause hair loss.  I have been on it since Oct 98, and I recently just got off,my last shot,was due Dec 3 04. When i first got the shot right away I stoped getting my period, and my hair thinned out alot! The Depo is just different for everyone;as of now I have not had a period just spotting, but any pressure that is put onto my lower stomac a period will come and last for serveral days. FYI

 

Answer by APRIL
Submitted on 1/29/2005
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YES HONEY YOU CAN LOOSE YOUR HAIR FROM DEPO I DID ONLY 6 MONTHS OF BEING ON IT AND MY HAIR WAS FALLING OUT LIKE CRAZY!!! HANDFULLS AND IT WAS FROM THE DEPO IT CAN DO THAT TO SOME WOMAN

 

Answer by Elissa
Submitted on 2/1/2005
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I think it's horrible that some of you are scaring women to death on here with your horror stories.....One women saying her doctor said she had to have a hysterectomy from being on the shot...Please! Im in the medical field and have been on the shot for 3 years. Weight gain occurs, yes. Trouble getting pregnant, yes. Trouble having periods again, yes. But people please...remember that this shot stops the normal period process. It will take time to get your body back to normal.

Being a responsible adult means researching birth control before using it. If you all had researched this shot before using it, you would have been well aware of all the side effects you are having.

They wouldn't have the shot on the market if it wasn't safe!

 

Answer by AMY
Submitted on 2/2/2005
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I have been on the shot for 13 yrs. I have had no problems that I am aware. I do not plan on having kids so that is not an issue as some of the other women have had. I am concerned because I heard that this shot has been found to reduce bone density. I saw that another woman had a problem as well. Anyone else?

 

Answer by Wynter
Submitted on 2/3/2005
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Pegeen, losing hair is a side effect! Please call your physician, they will tell you the same. I'm 21, just started about a year ago. I have gained about 30 pounds.Wow!! Your body is storing baby food. It thinks your pregnet, and your body is always telling you your hungry. Thier are allot of scarry stories hear.The best advise I can give to those who have not started, is in my own experiece my moods are scary some times, gained allot of weight, good news I guess, not pregnet.
Good luck ladies.

 

Answer by Jo Leigh
Submitted on 2/7/2005
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I was put on depo because i have hemeratic cysts.Doctor said that this would help get rid of them..Since being on the depo i can not sleep at night...I'm always so cold my hair is starting to fall out and I am not interested in sex at all..I am suposed to go back this month for my second shot..I will not be going....To all of you women out there that are thinking bout getting the depo...please do alot of research please...This is more like a poison than anything else.Good luck to all of yall.

 

Answer by kittycat
Submitted on 2/8/2005
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how long does it take to have a baby when your off the shot i missed my shot in December did not go back to get the shot yet

 

Answer by kittycat
Submitted on 2/8/2005
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how long does it take to have a baby when your off the shot i missed my shot in December did not go back to get the shot yet i get back pain i been on it for 7 years i get pain in my finger should i be getting this should i be concern about this and i am gaining weight thank you kitty-cat

 

Answer by kinda
Submitted on 2/14/2005
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I don't have an answer. I have been on the Depo for 4.5 yrs, now my teeth are getting so bad, I have gained 60 lbs I haven't changed anything about my daily activities or meals. I don"t know if I should get off the shot or stick with it I'm only 23 yrs old

 

Answer by Tanika Brinson
Submitted on 2/16/2005
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I got on the Depo shot in December 2004 and it's Febuary 2005 and i'm 5 weeks pregnant.




 

Answer by drell
Submitted on 2/17/2005
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i'vebeen on the shot for 10 years. i have a daughter who is 10 years old. i really don't want any more kids.lately my doctor has told me that i have been on the shot for to long and i have to stop taking my depo.that is like taking candy from a child.i don't have breastcancer or anything like that.i take my calcium pills every day. can somebody tell me why i have to stop getting my shot.

 

Answer by gritters
Submitted on 2/17/2005
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I have been on Depo for 5 years.  After having a baby i got on the shot.  I started getting Anxiety, depression, rashes, gained lots of weight, and didnt have a period for 5 years.  My last shot was 2 months ago and I finally got my period.  I have never had a bone density test done but I am going to.  I advise any woman to never get on the Depo shot. Its very dangerous and has many side effects that doctors dont tell you.  Other side affects was chest pain, blood clots in the arms and liver and esophogus problems that came from now where and im only 29 years old and healthy and it all started after my second shot of the Depo.

 

Answer by rachelinwichita
Submitted on 2/21/2005
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I tried the shot 2 years ago this June.  It caused me extreme depression, migranes, tension headaches, etc.  After one shot, I decided to stop...that was just in time.  I'm looking at a lawsuit now for the medical problems I went through.  I missed 150+ days at work and went to the hospital 10 times in a 2 month period for headaches.  The hospital gave me morphine for the pain I was having.  I had to get FMLA (Federal Medical Leave Act) to salvage my dream job and in the end I quit due severe stress.  I pray for anyone who gets this shot and will do everything in my power to get this off the market!  Anyone want to join me in this?  It's called Class Action Law Suit.....

 

Answer by MIssG
Submitted on 2/21/2005
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QuiQUi, You have mislead Pegeen! Hair loss IS a side effect of Depo. Not everyone experiences it though. Other side effects may include weight gain, increased hair on the face or body, irregular, missed, or no periods, depression, headaches, or other effects that are common with birth control. YOU DONT HAVE A DISEASE PEGEEN!

 

Answer by Cowgirlnow
Submitted on 2/22/2005
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I started the Depo Shot 2 months ago. Within the first month I gained 7 pounds, got heavy acne, have had serious backaches, very heavy periods, have been very snappy in mood swings, and all around feel lousy. I would not reccomend this shot to anyone.

 

Answer by kgb
Submitted on 2/23/2005
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Actually, hair loss (alopecia) has been reported by 1%-5% of patients during clinical trials of Depo Provera. This information can be found in the insert detailing drug interactions and so forth. Furthermore, when I began taking the drug in 1995, that was one of the things pointed out to me by my health care provider in addition to the possible weight gain. What was not highlighted was the possible bone loss. But I think just as I decided a little hair loss was acceptable to relieve the horrendous pain associated with a menstrual cycle, the info about bone loss at that time probably would not have deterred me.

 

Answer by ishellie
Submitted on 2/23/2005
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Losing hair is a side effect of Depo because that is one of the questions my doctor asks every time i get another shot.

 

Answer by DeeA
Submitted on 2/24/2005
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I've been on the shot for 9 years. I have had a lot of dental problems and now I have major hip pains that progressed in just months. I am only 32 and have been diagnosed with avascular narcosis in my right hip. I may need a total hip replacement. I just found out that the shot can cause loss of bone density. I advise every woman to stop getting the shot.

 

Answer by Alison
Submitted on 2/27/2005
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I have been on the depo shot for 6 months now. I had to have it done because I had the gastric by-pass done and the dr did not want me getting pregnant.  I was not told that there was a possibility of never having a baby.  I have two children and I have lost two but I definately want another baby.  I am due for my next shot this month.  I am not taking it.  

 

Answer by stacy
Submitted on 2/28/2005
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Dear QuiQui obviously you should read more or I suggest you see your doctor immediately to clear up some misconception you have.Yes hormonal contraception's oral or injectable cause some form of infertility and Yes Depo causes hair loss.  Please do not answer to others with limited knowledge it's not fair.  As for Pegeen we are with you on your side effects all studies show if you are young enough your body should heal. Wishing you all the best.

 

Answer by andimae
Submitted on 2/28/2005
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My sister took depo and also had loss of hair. She lost handfuls. She was advised by her physician that this as well as weight gain were possible side effects of the "shot".

 

Answer by DIVA
Submitted on 3/1/2005
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i am 19 and i was thinking of getting the shot but i am scared after reading this.

 

Answer by Gabbe64
Submitted on 3/2/2005
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The Depo shot can make your hair fall out, it is a side effect along with these.Other side effects of Depo Provera can include headaches, nervousness, mood changes, bloating, hot flashes, decreased interest in sex, breast tenderness, acne, hair loss, and back ache.

 

Answer by Ruby Red
Submitted on 3/3/2005
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Iam 20 years old and was also considering the shot, but in the future would like kids so maybe this is a bad idea

 

Answer by KK
Submitted on 3/4/2005
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I AM 21 YEARS OLD AND HAD ONLY HAD THE SHOT ONCE,IN SEPTEMBER. I STARTED BLEEDING IN OCTOBER AND IT IS NOW MARCH AND I STILL HAVEN'T STOPPED. I HAD SURGERY, A DNC TRIED TAKING BIRTH CONTROL PILLS AND NOTHING WILL STOP IT. MY DOCTOR SAYS THE ONLY WAY TO STOP THE BLEEDING IS TO HAVE A HYSTERECTOMY AT 21 YEARS OLD. IF YOU ARE READING THIS AND ARE TRYING TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO GET THE SHOT, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT DO IT. IT HAS RUINED MY LIFE, I LOST MY JOB, AND HAS HURT MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY HUSBAND. THERE ARE ALOT OF SIDE AFFECTS THAT THEY DO NOT TELL YOU ABOUT, PAIN BEING ONE OF THEM, HEART PROBLEMS, MOOD SWINGS, PAIN DURING SEX, LOW LIBIDO, AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON.

 

Answer by Nicole
Submitted on 3/4/2005
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QuiQui... you don't know what you are talking about.  Do some more research, if you do that, you will find out that there are hundreds of woman who have lost their hair because of the Depo... I was on it for a total of 7 years and I had hair fall out AND I DID go to the doctor which they told me was the result in having the Depo shot.  I would tell everyone to NOT take this horrible poison, because that's what it does to your body, it ruins it.  If you want to have sex, think of a different way to protect yourself

 

Answer by ERICKA
Submitted on 3/6/2005
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HI,

I'M 30 YEARS OLD AND NEVER BEEN PREGNANT.  I ALSO WAS ON DEPO FOR OVER 3 YEARS.  IT TOOK OVER A YEAR FOR ME TO GET MY PERIOD AGAIN AND I'M STILL TRING TO GET PREGNANT.  THIS PRODUCT IS REALLY BAD. I HAD VERY BAD MOOD SWINGS AND HOT FLASHES, IRREGULAR BLEEDING, AND VERY BAD WEIGHT GAIN.  MY DOCTOR SAYS THIS STUFF IS STILL IN MY BLOOD STREAM AFTER TWO YEARS OF BEING OFF DEPO.  I WOULDN'T RECOMEND THIS TO ANYONE.


 

Answer by Bug
Submitted on 3/6/2005
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Pegeen is right, the shot can cause hair lose.  Please do your research and make your decision wisely.

 

Answer by peaches
Submitted on 3/8/2005
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I have been on depo off and on for several years now. Just recently(a year ago) I started getting it again and I stopped getting my last shot in December. I never seen my cycle but I am now pregnant and couldn't be more happier. i didn't think i would have kids because of what i have been hearing, but i guess everyones situation is different. if you plan to have kids again I would advise you to take another method of birth control.

 

Answer by Pamala
Submitted on 3/10/2005
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The shot actually has more side affects then you could ever imagine...i was on the shot for a year and a half and went off in dec 04...my arms became extremely cramped, numb and sore, i became very moody, i got massive cramps, headaches, dizziness, and it made me see blurry, oh and of course i am having a hard time to get pregnant now when with my first child i got pregnant within weeks....i would never recommend this needle to anyone, especially young teens, or to anyone who wants children within the next few years..the needle ruined a part of my life, and the doctor said theres nothing that can be done!

 

Answer by Evie
Submitted on 3/10/2005
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I took my first and only shot in Sept.04 and I have not gotten my period yet. I had 1 shot...........so think about it before you do it.

 

Answer by Shelly
Submitted on 3/14/2005
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I was on depo for 9 years and have been off for 10 months. I did get my period back after the second month of being off. However, no pregnancy yet. My husband and I knew that it could take up to a year to conceive, but after 10 months we are getting anxious. A friend of mine told me to start taking ovulation test. I followed the cycle chart and all of the instructions clearly, but the tests continue to be negative or NO LH Surge. Is it common to stop ovulating while on depo?

 

Answer by ADHOW
Submitted on 3/16/2005
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That is not TRUE! Many women loose thier hair after pregnancy. Many woman loose thier hair during menopause. ITS FROM HORMONES, and Depo is a hormone. You can loose your hair. Just because its not on the label does not mean it does not exist.
and this is coming from a RN.

 

Answer by kay
Submitted on 3/18/2005
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I was on the depo for 3years I got off 8mos ago. I have two little boys I want anther baby. I want a little girl am playing the waiting game but am only 22yrs old. It might happen when I least think about it.I would not tell anyone to get on the depo.

 

Answer by T.Baby
Submitted on 3/20/2005
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Can I get pregnant. I have been on the shot for 2.5 years. please say yes. If you have unprotected sex while on the shot can you get pregnant.

 

Answer by Brittany
Submitted on 3/21/2005
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I was just looking at the internet for some answers on the shot cause i have yet to have a period for 7 weeks. i had gotten the shot about 4 weeks ago and i am wondering if your period does kinda stop or take longer to get after the first shot? I thought it took a couple of months before you saw any notice in you period change.

 

Answer by sarahnicole2005
Submitted on 3/21/2005
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I was on the depo shot for nearly two months. I had my last shot in December. I would not advise anyone who ever wants to eventually have kids to get on it. i had many symptoms , my hair fell out in clumps i was very depressed and now i would really like to have kids and i prob. wont be able to this shot should come with a HUGE WARNING FOR EVERY YOUNG WOMEN AND OLDER WOMEN BECAUSE I KNOW MY DOCTER DID NOT TELL ME THIS WOULD HAPPEN TO ME

 

Answer by brandy_d00
Submitted on 3/21/2005
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i took the depo provera shot for over 6yrs. i have been in a commited relationship for 7yrs. i stopped taking the shot 4.5 mos ago. i have not yet had a period. i am totally freaked out because i asked my dr repeatedly if the shot was safe. i was assured that it was. now...i'm not so sure!!!

 

Answer by Kath
Submitted on 3/22/2005
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I was on the depo shot when i was 14 thanks to my parents.  I'm now 20 years old.  I was on the depo shot for 4 years.  I have been trying for a year to get pregnate.  I've done everything calculated my ovulation date.. prayed... everything.  Still nothing.  I'm kinda in this alone.  My husband has a child already so he donesn't understand how i feel and what i'm going through.  I honestly don't know what to do anymore.  Someone please send your advice my way.  Email me at sweetangelgirl2485@yahoo.com  Thank you ladies.  I'm about to give up all hope.

 

Answer by pteddybear
Submitted on 3/23/2005
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I had taken the depo shot twice now . It has always stop my periods after the first shot, there has been no hair lost just a little weight gain. For the ones who are really trying to have childern, stop trying and just let it happen. Took my husband & I awhilw to have our first child. If you just let it happen instead trying to make it happen it will. Believe me when we gave up on having kids, well the next thing you it it happened. Don't blame the shot check into family history (THE Womens in the family ) I the only women on my mom's side that has not had to get a hysterectomy. My mom had one after my brother was born and she was 22 or 23 years old  thing just happen and some thing are apart of who you. are. if you wnat to take depo but are not sure talk to a doctor and don't listen to every one else. the depo shot affect people differently. You are the only that can tell you to take it or not. By the way I just stop my shot I was suppose to take it 3/21/05, My period is already trying to start. Blodding now. see different people different affects. I hope this cna help all the is unsure about the shot. ask a doctor get all the fact then make your own mindf up!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Answer by Jamie
Submitted on 3/23/2005
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I took the shot for 5 yrs.  I have been trying to have a baby for 4 yrs.  I have had 3 mis-carriages and now the doctor's do not know if I can have anymore children. Fortunately, I had a son before I started taking the shot.

 

Answer by Stacy
Submitted on 3/25/2005
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Umm QUIQUI...it doesnt tell you about hair loss, hell it doesnt tell you about the cysts or possible infertility either, ive read many many remarks from women about hair loss while being on the shot.

 

Answer by Arie
Submitted on 3/29/2005
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I am 25 years old and I have been on and off the shot for 3 years. I tried several different types of birth control pills (orthotrycyclin, high estrogen, and low estrogen) but because I have to take certain medication it completely wiped out the effectivness of my pill. The depo shot has been my only saving grace and the only thing that has worked. I also like the convienience of not having periods. I am like fertile mertile though. Each time that didI choose to stop my shot my period returned by the 4th month.

 

Answer by Kelly
Submitted on 3/29/2005
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I feel bad after reading all of your stories.  I have two children and I know what a blessing they are.  It must be horrible to not be able to get pregnant when trying.  I am very fertile.  I got pregnant on the pill, the patch, and now found out I am pregnant with my third.  I've been on depo for one year.  There is still hope for all of you.  Don't give up.

 

Answer by andrea
Submitted on 4/5/2005
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I am surprised to read the statements I have read here.  Didn't anyone do research on Depo BEFORE you started taking it? I have been on Depo for 7 years now. BEFORE I went on it, I researched ALL of the possible side effects, and I monitored any possible symptoms very closely.  I am shocked that so many of you are/have taken this drug and did not do your homework on the possible effects before hand. It is our responsibility to know what/how/why we take ANY medication.
I am so sorry so many of you have suffered so many awful side effects. I hope you will all learn from these mistakes, and research before you try ANY medication in the future.
Not all medications will do right by all people. That is why we have so many new meds coming out. Contrary to most of what is said here, I did not do well taking the pill, and I have had fantastic results with Depo.

 

Answer by sarah
Submitted on 4/6/2005
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I was on the depo before, about 3 years ago for 18 months, my fertility returned within 5. They say the longer you are on it the longer fertility takes to return. I decided to go back on it in January, and have done nothing but bleed. I came off it 2 weeks ago and stopped bleeding (at last) as we are now gonna try for a baby. But good luck to everyone and hope all turns out well for you.

 

Answer by kelly
Submitted on 4/6/2005
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I just received my depo shot 2 months ago. this is to all the woman who are trying to conceive, takes an average of nine to 10 months or sometimes more than a year to get pregnant after getting the last shot, All woman are different and your time will come soon. Good Luck. I did about a year of research before deciding to get on the depo shot. There are many side effects to depo but many woman don't experience them. This symptoms are as follows:
*change in sex drive
*change of appetite, weight gain
*depression
*hair loss, or increased hair on the face or body
*headache
*nausea
*nervousness, dizziness
*skin rash or spotty darkening of the skin
*sore breasts
*There is no way to stop the side effects of the shot they may continue until it wears off (1214 weeks). The depo shot is not right for all woman, But this is the best advice I can Give. Good luck to all. God Bless.

 

Answer by Melissa
Submitted on 4/7/2005
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I started the depot shot when I was 22, I am now 26 and only 3 weeks into being off the shot! I have been having alot of aniexty and depression since coming off the shot. The chemical inbalance from the hormones has left me stuck. I am not sure about most of the side effects but from what I have read, most of them are there!! Hot/Night Sweats, Shaking, Headaches, Nervousness and Nausa are all the symptons that I have had in the last 3 weeks. As for hair loss, that is a side effects from the depot shot. I would not recommand the shot for anyone!!

Melissa

 

Answer by chevygirl87
Submitted on 4/7/2005
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i have been on depo for 7 months an i have had my period for like 3 months straight!!! i was to get the shot again in feb an i didnt. yet i am still spottintg... what do i do?
in desparate need!!!

 

Answer by Jenna
Submitted on 4/10/2005
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Hello i am 18 and i am thinking about going off the pill.. and using the depo shot but i am not sure what to do plz i need feedback

 

Answer by tetee
Submitted on 4/14/2005
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I was on the shot when I was 16 for one year, and as soon as stopped it I got pregnant. I am thinking of getting back on it because I no longer want to have a period and i am too young for a historectomy.

 

Answer by Confused in Illinois
Submitted on 4/17/2005
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I was 15 when I got on the depo shot and am still currently on the depo shot and am now 23 years old.  I have never had any side effects from the depo except not having a monthly period.  I did not have any weight gains or serious problems but I also beleive that each individual is different.  

I did wish that there was a definte answer on how long it would take to get pregnant so that I knew how to plan.  Iguess that it is all in god's hands.  

 

Answer by crystal
Submitted on 4/19/2005
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I have been on depo for 4yrs.  I had some weight gain, but otherwise am very happy with the depo.  However, I was recently advised by my doctor that it is not recommended to be on it longer than two years and told that they may be discontinuing it.

 

Answer by nicole
Submitted on 4/19/2005
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i only had the shot one time. it was a month after i had my daughter. i still havent had  a period and she was born july 3rd 2004. we are trying for another one right now,but still no luck yet . i will never get that shot again.

 

Answer by abooth
Submitted on 4/20/2005
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I've been on the shot for over 6 years and recently learned that it causes bone loss.  I went for a bone density test and learned that I've lost 20% of my bone mass.  and now have to take a pill (FOSAMAX) once a week for 6 months.  thanks to the DEPO-Shot I know have Osteopenia the beginning stages of Osteoporosis.  I do not recommend the depo shot and told all of my friend to stop using it NOW!

 

Answer by perkybubbly1
Submitted on 4/22/2005
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I was on the depo shot for over a year. When it was time to get my shot again I decided not to take it anymore. I started bleeding heavily and it wouldn't stop. My doctor put me on several birth control pills a day to get it to stop, but it didn't work. They said that my body was going through withdrawals. After a week of bleeding very heavily I was white as a sheet. I went to the doctor yet again. They tried to take blood and there wasn't any to take. I was rushed to the hospital and right into surgery. The staff all guessed what I was bleeding from....... depo provera is not safe. I almost died from it. Don't risk your life by taking this shot!!!

 

Answer by MICHELLE
Submitted on 4/26/2005
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I AM 17 AND I WAS THINKING ABOUT TAKING THE SHOT BECAUSE I THINK I AM TOO SKINNY AND I SEE THAT IT HAS PUTTING ALOT OF WAIT ON PEOPLE BUT BY READING THESE STORIES I AM SCARED NOW BECAUSE I DO WANT CHILDREN AND I DONT WANT SOME OF THESE THINGS TO HAPPEN TO ME SO I GUESS I'M GONNA JUST WAIT AND SEE IF I EVENTUALLY BEGAN TO GAIN WEIGHT ON MY OWN. =) THANK EVERYBODY FOR YALL'SSTORIES

 

Answer by SarahC
Submitted on 4/26/2005
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Wow..my mom was thinking of getting me on the depo shot..now im kinda scared and might just get on the pill

 

Answer by louise
Submitted on 4/27/2005
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pegeen....i have a aunt and she is health as a horse. she took depo shot one time and lost alot of her hair her physician  immdeiatly told her that she was having sometime of side affect to it

 

Answer by skeet skeet
Submitted on 5/2/2005
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MY FIRST DEPO SHOT WAS LAST YEAR IN JULY. I HAD NO SYMPTOMS AND LIFE WAS GOOD. UNFORTUNATLY I MISSED MY SECOND SHOT AND DIDN'T GET MY PERIOD UNTIL NOVEMBER AND SKIPPED DECEMBER AND GOT MY PERIOD IN JANUARY. THEN I STARTED MY SHOT ALL OVER AGAIN AND BEGAN TO BE MEAN AND ANGRY AND FEEL DEPRESSED. I BELIEVE THAT IT DEPENDS ON WHAT PLACE YOU GET YOUR SHOT FROM! HOW BOUT THAT? NOW I AM OFF OF IT BECAUSE OF THOSE SYMPTOMS, BUT MY PERIOD CAME THIS YEAR IN MARCH AND I DIDN'T GO AWAY UNTIL 2 AND A HALF WEEKS LATER!! THEN I MISSED THE WHOLE MONTH OF APRIL HERE IT IS MAY LETS SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

 

Answer by karen
Submitted on 5/3/2005
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I've been on the shot for 1 year and every three months I still get my period. I think it's depends on your body every body is different and can go through different changes.

 

Answer by Manuela
Submitted on 5/9/2005
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I AM LOOKING TO GET ON THE SHOT.. EVERY WOMEN HERE IS DIFFERENT.. WE ALL TAKE THINGS DIFFERENTLY.. IT DEPENDS ON HOW OUR BODY AMMUNES TO SOMETHING NEW... I AM GOING TO TAKE IT.. BUT I AM ONLY GOING TO TAKE IT FOR 6 MONTHS.. TO SEE HOW IT REACTS WITH MY BODY.....

 

Answer by Tabitha
Submitted on 5/10/2005
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I started taking the shot in september of 2004, i got married in December, and now want to have kids. My next shot is due on May 29th, and i'mafraid i won't be able to have children. I really hope i'mas lucky as the lady who got pregnant in six weeks. Pray for me girls!

 

Answer by wuffnpuff
Submitted on 5/10/2005
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I am 23 years old I took the Depo shot for 6 months after my son was born. I concieved my daughter exactly 1.5 years after I stopped the shot. I am currently taking the shot again and have been for almost a year. I still have breastmilk and my daughter has been weined for almost a year and a half. My periods have now stopped but I still experince alot of cramping around that time of the month. I do not want anymore children so at this point in time the Depo is the most effective birth control for me. However, if you are young and do want to have a family I would recommend not taking the shot.

 

Answer by jess
Submitted on 5/11/2005
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I got on the shot when I was 15, now I am 23 and married. We want children so I recently got off of the shot. It has been 3 months and no period. My breasts are also super sore all the time. Is this normal?

 

Answer by Maddie
Submitted on 5/11/2005
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Actually a side effect of the depo.. is having hair loss.. in some rare cases.

I just had my first shot and now am second guessing my decision because of the horror stories I've been hearing and reading...

I wanted to try it because I thought it wouldn't make me gain weight like the pill did, however I've been reading up and many women gain more than 10 pounds..

I'd find it hard to believe that the shot would make you infertile 5 years after your last shot... why would it still be on the market? I have to be able to trust the government in keeping this available for us. Also, there are millions of women on the shot who have not experienced these kind of horror stories.
Perhaps the women who are infertile were infertile in the first place... i mean have your doctors actually told you that the reason your infertile is because of the shot?

 

Answer by Ladybug
Submitted on 5/12/2005
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I only had two shots of the depo prevera. I bled for four months, painfully, and then ceased all together until 3 months later. Then I skipped 3 MORE months! We've been trying to get pregnant since day one after the shot. My first baby (born BEFORE I took the shot) is now almost 2 and my periods are all over the place. I do NOT recommend it. Side effects are different with each women, yes, but the MAJORITY have terrible, sad stories to tell. I'm just glad I stopped the shot as soon as I did. I hope to still get pregnant.

 

Answer by Brittany
Submitted on 5/16/2005
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i have been on the shot for 9 monthes and still have alot of heavy bleeding and headaches and backaces after reading these stories i rather deal with pregnancy than deal with this im getting off

 

Answer by me
Submitted on 5/19/2005
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i spoke to my physician and she told me that you can lose your hair on the shot, you really shouldnt give facts seeing as the shot is never the same for every person using it. other side effects can include nervousness, mood changes, bloating, hot flashes, decreased interest in sex, breast tenderness, acne, back ache, and weight gain. Again this is not the same for every person.

 

Answer by AMom
Submitted on 5/22/2005
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i was on the shot for 1.5 years and i have been off for 7 months and i have still not had my period. im getting really worried and my doctors have put my on prevera to try to induce it to no prevail. i know i am not pregnant because i have had my tubes tied and i even took a test just in case. and im also not premenopausal. does anyone have any knowledge about this that can help me?

 

Answer by need help!!!!
Submitted on 5/24/2005
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i am 17 years old im on the depo shot, but i really dont want to be. i want to have a kid but my boyfriend wants to wait a couple years. i have only been on for 6 monthes. if i stay on and wait a couple years to have a child, is it going to be hard to?

 

Answer by g_mo91210
Submitted on 5/26/2005
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i have been on the depo for 3 months and i have been waiting for my period for 4 months i just hope it doesnt cause me to not have children because i am only 16 years old after reading these i am very scared.


 

Answer by Ersy
Submitted on 5/29/2005
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I MC 2 months ago and just could not handle the pill so I got my first shot a couple of weeks ago. But with aleady having trouble with one pregnancy and now after reading this site I am afraid that I am hurting any future chances I might have, any suggestions

 

Answer by nikki
Submitted on 5/31/2005
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i have had one shot and i dont like it i dont sugest getting it. all these storys are kinda scary... i am only 16 and i want kids at some point.

 

Answer by concernedteen
Submitted on 6/1/2005
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I have been on the depo for only about a month or so. After reading some of your stories, I am a little afraid to go and get another one. I am not planning on having a child in the near future but I would eventually like to have them. Should I change birth control now due to it taking up to 3 years for a women to get pregnant after getting off? PLEASE HELP!!

 

Answer by cs1234
Submitted on 6/1/2005
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i have been on Yasmin for 4 years and i have recently decided to go on the shot. i have not yet gotten my first shot and i wanted to do some research. i am 19 and have no children. the waiting is not a problem for me but i am worried about the side effects. i read that 70 percent of women gain at LEAST 5 lbs. could anyone give me a little bit of feedback on this.

 

Answer by Ms. Fancy
Submitted on 6/6/2005
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After I have read all these stories I am not taking that shot again. I heard that you can pregnant on the shot and I know people that have so I am hoping I can between now and sometime next week cause my man is leaving back out for a while.

 

Answer by Tiana
Submitted on 6/7/2005
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Ummm... I was really thinking about getting the shot because I have horrible cramps.. but i want kids one day... Im scared now.. Im not doing it i dont think

 

Answer by Michelle
Submitted on 6/8/2005
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Pageen - I just found a website that does say hair loss is a symptom:

Less common side effects include
headache
nausea
dizziness
sore breasts
change of appetite, weight gain
depression
hair loss, or increased hair on the face or body
nervousness
skin rash or spotty darkening of the skin
change in sex drive

 

Answer by star
Submitted on 6/8/2005
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i was on the depo for a year bled 90 percent of the time i lost hair too, also headaches all the time weight gain and too many other problems to name i wouldn't recommend it

 

Answer by Jess
Submitted on 6/8/2005
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I have been a regular shot user since the age of 17. i hadn't received a shot in 2 1/2 years and became pregnant last January. I now have a 9 mo. old son. There are many factors that can contribute to getting pregnant. Some of which can involve your partner also. Good luck

 

Answer by Jaie
Submitted on 6/10/2005
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Hello. I have been off and on the shot for 6 years. I have not had a shot in 9 months and I spotted in Feb. and was ovulating but have not had my period yet. We want to have a baby,but I don't see that happening any time soon. My doctor doesn't tell me anything to help increase our chances.I could uses any advice ya'll have.As far as recommending the shot I am in the middle. For me it did what I had expected..It got rid of my period(kinda funny when I didn't get it I was on cloud 9 but now when it doesn't show up I feel cruddy)But for many of my friends who tryed it the shot only prolonged their period. Yep they bleed for 3 months straight.They told me not to try it but me and my stubborn head went and did it any way.Now if I could only go back and listen to them. They have all had the babies they want and I am stuck with no babies. Help!!!

 

Answer by quack
Submitted on 6/12/2005
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Pegeen,  I have been told that the shot does cause alot of problems, such as hair loss, acne, etc...  I am 39 years old and was on the shot for approximately 1.5 years. I have not had a shot since October of last year.  I have acne that I never had in my teens and my hair is falling out.  I have been to a dermatologist and she concurs that it is related to the shot.  Good Luck.

 

Answer by Josh
Submitted on 6/12/2005
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hello, my name is Josh,my girlfriend is only seventeen she has been on the shot for a while but now we think shes pregant. the hair lost situation is true because my eldest sister had the same effects with the depo shot it may be an unknown side effect they are keeping from the woman because they know how self-concious woman are about their hair

 

Answer by Chapperz
Submitted on 6/14/2005
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I have been on the depo for approximately 18 months now and I have just come off it. I was hoping to be pregnant in like 6 months! Obviously not going to happen according to some of your responses. And yes the depo can make you loose your hair, it is a side effect and its happened to me.

 

Answer by JENNY
Submitted on 6/16/2005
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YES IT IS COMMON THAT YOU HAVE NOT GOTTEN PREGNANT AFTER ONLY 8 MONTHS OF BEING OFF THE DEPO SHOT. IT CAN TAKE SOME WOMEN 6-18 MONTHS OR EVEN LONGER JUST TO GET THEIR CYCLES BACK TO NORMAL LET ALONE GETTING PREGNANT. SO MY ADVICE WOULD BE TO GIVE IT ANOTHER YEAR AND IF YOU STILL HAVE NOT BECOME PREGNANT SEE FERT. DOCTOR. AS SOON AS YOU STOP TRYING IT WILL HAPPEN IT DID TO ME I TRIED FOR 5 YEARS THEN I JUST GAVE UP AND 1 MONTH LATER I WAS PREGNANT.GOOD LUCK TO YOU EVERY THING HAS A WAY OF WORKING OUT YOU'LL SEE.

 

Answer by HMCCI
Submitted on 6/18/2005
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I'm on the depo shot right now, and I am so depressed! I can't control myself. I have been an emotional roller coaster and my relationship has suffered. I am not myself and I want these hormones out of me. I just have to wait it out. I don't recommend the shot if you have a history of even mild depression.

 

Answer by Clockisaticking
Submitted on 6/18/2005
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I was on Depo for 4 years. My last shot was in Jan03. I have only had 3 periods since then. Trying to get pregnant and no luck to track ovulation. Please...whatever you do, do not take the shot. The side effects and aftermath are detremental.

 

Answer by Concerned 4My Girl
Submitted on 6/20/2005
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My kids mom has been taking the shot since our last son was born 6/27/02. She has always been heavy but has complained of getting heavier. She doesn't get her period, which doesn't seem to bother her too much.

Recently though, she was told by a friend that the depo has a side effect of bouts of anger and/or inability to control ones anger. I am now searching for information about this as well as alternatives to the apparently not entirely safe contraceptive.

 

Answer by Alicia
Submitted on 6/20/2005
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I'm 18 Years old, and I have been on the depo shot for a little over a year.  I want children someday, but not at this moment.  From what ya'llare saying....i should get off it now in order to be able to concieve when i'mready.  I really don't know what to do now???????

 

Answer by shay357@yahoo.com
Submitted on 6/20/2005
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I was on the Depo shot for over seven years and i have had a baby. Now i am trying to start same kind of birth control now and the patch is not for me sowill someone please give me a suggestion on what to try now.

 

Answer by Krista
Submitted on 6/21/2005
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I was on the shot for 9 months and it has been almost two months since my last and no period.  My husband and I are trying to get pregnant and after reading most of these stories I am kind of freaked out.  I don't recommend the shot to anyone.  I wish I would have never gotten on it.

 

Answer by tiff
Submitted on 6/22/2005
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yes hair loss is a side effect of the shot so someone hasn't been doing good research...

 

Answer by tiff
Submitted on 6/22/2005
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yes hair loss is a side effect of the shot so someone hasnt been doing good research...

 

Answer by Moor
Submitted on 6/22/2005
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Sorry QuiQui,
One of the side effects of depo is possible loss of hair and have known several women to experience this, including myself. Depo is very dangerous I was on depo for about four years and have not been able to concieve for the past three years since being off the shot. It is also risky when people try to play God. I know that now, and I would not recommend eliminating the very thing that makes you a women by pumping male hormones into your system to anyone. I leave the conception of my first child up to God, which is the way it has always been, despite what I may have thought I was doing.

 

Answer by staceymarieo2
Submitted on 6/26/2005
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I was one the depo for 10 months and stopped. I got my period back exactly the time i was due for another shot. I had my period for four days which is regular for me. Is that a good sign? do you think that it will increase my chances of getting pregnant?

 

Answer by Olga
Submitted on 6/29/2005
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Ladies thank you so much for your answers and advice. I was really considering getting on depo, but after reading your stories i definitely changed my mind. Thank you one more time.

 

Answer by Princess
Submitted on 6/30/2005
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I totally agree that each woman's body is different.  I was on the shot for 2 years and I got my cycle within a month after getting off the shot.  However, I did try to get pregnant for 6 months after getting off and was unable to, I am sure I didn't wait long enough.  I changed my mind about wanting to conceive after the 6 months and I am now on the patch and have been for 4 months.

 

Answer by kristen
Submitted on 7/2/2005
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quiqui You need to do some reading girl hair loss IS a side affect of the depo!Im a P.A. and i have had many women,including myself have hair loss.STAY AWAY FROM THE SHOT!!!!

 

Answer by Crystal
Submitted on 7/4/2005
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http://www.fwhc.org/birth-control/bcdepo.htm#your-health

This website is very informative and even mentions something about the hair loss questioned above (It is a side affect)

 

Answer by netta
Submitted on 7/5/2005
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i took depo for 9 months and it has been 6.5 months since my last shot. I think I am pregnant but my tests keep coming up negative. Has this happened to anyone else?

 

Answer by kelkel
Submitted on 7/5/2005
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actually, hair loss can be the result of being on the shot, quiqui.  many people experience it.

 

Answer by little girl
Submitted on 7/5/2005
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I GOT PUT ON DEPO FOR ABOUT 3 MONTHS AND I GOT OFF AND WENT STRAIGT TO PILLS I LOST 17 POUNDS, AND HAVE BEEN HORMONALLY MESSED UP EVER SINCE. I HOPE THAT MY HORMONES FLUCTUATE S/P BETTER AND THAT I SOON FEEL BETTER.... I KNOW THAT MOST WOMAN GAIN WEIGHT BUT THERE IS A ODD CHANCE YOU WILL LOOSE WEIGHT AS WELL.. THANKS

 

Answer by New_momma
Submitted on 7/6/2005
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I was on the shot for 2 years and within 3 months of getting off of it I became pregnant with my first son. I don't believe the Depo has anything to do with later problems in becoming pregnant. I have seen several people use the shot and have become pregnant just fine.

 

Answer by makin
Submitted on 7/7/2005
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Actually hair loss is a side effect..

 

Answer by Flutterby
Submitted on 7/12/2005
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I was on the Depo shot form the age of 14 until right before i turned 21. 7 years altogether.  The only side effect I "suffered" was no period. I got off the shot in April got married in May and started my period in June.  We are hoping to get pregnant soon, but i know it can take months or even years.

 

Answer by steph
Submitted on 7/15/2005
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IF you read the side effects for the depo shot,  hair lose is one.

 

Answer by Steph
Submitted on 7/18/2005
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Someone recently told me that the depo injection is like abortion.  I don't believe this, but I haven't gone to my doctor yet (my appt is next week).  Does anyone else know?

 

Answer by Paula
Submitted on 7/19/2005
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I got on the shot right after I had my daughter in 99. Got off in 00 when I got pregnant with my son and then been on it since. I was supposed to get my shot again in Oct 04 but didn't because my husband and I planned on having another child. My husband is afraid now because I haven't gotten pregnant and we make love every other day. I pray that I will conceive another child within the next couple of months. ONE THING IS FOR SURE I DO NOT RECOMMEND THE DEPO SHOT FOR ANY WOMAN.

 

Answer by jezzie1026
Submitted on 7/20/2005
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My step mom was on the depo shot for 3 yrs and after being off it only a month she got pregnant. She turned me onto the shot and I was on it for about 5 years then i got off it and my periods came back right away but i am not sure exactly when. I got back on the shot and have been on it about a year in a half. Now I want to have children. I was supposed to receive my shot one month ago and i have still not started my period. I know it can take at least a year but i am hopeful.  

 

Answer by lacey
Submitted on 7/20/2005
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i was put on the depo shot at age of 15 i am now 17 and my period pops up whenever it wants to it will last anywhere from 2 hours to 6 weeks ive gained 47 pounds and have every sign of being pregnant but there is no baby. is that a side effect of the shot?????

 

Answer by b-lee
Submitted on 7/20/2005
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im 19 and started on the depo 3 years ago and i am doing fine.Reading all these comments makes me concerned, but i think that everyone reacts different to this shot.

 

Answer by ladirozie
Submitted on 7/25/2005
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this shot does have many side effects, one of which is hair loss, I know this because I am losing my hair and also when you go to get your shot done ask your doctor for the  insert that comes inside of the box that contains the shot, it will have an entire list of side effects, You should not take this if you have a history of depression, or are afraid to gain weight, If i would have known this, I would have never gotten the shot, I gain weight all the time and have to take depression meds as well, The only good thing is that I do not get my period anymore, but I am now thinking about getting of of the shot, and also getting a bone density test, because I have a lot of teeth that are cracked and have actually worn off, Good luck to everyone!!!!!!!!

 

Answer by jody
Submitted on 7/26/2005
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I was on depo for 7mths. I was told I wouldn't have a period. Well that wasn't the case for me. I was on my period the entire time. It was horrible and I gained 20lbs. I'm married now and trying to get pregnant. We suceeded once but I miscarried. I strongly suggest no one to get this shot.

 

Answer by mazda bird
Submitted on 7/26/2005
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i'vebeen on the shot for 6 years missed 1 shot and after a month fell pregnant it's the best thing ever i reccommend it to everyone i know and my only disadvantage is that i'veput on a bit of weight and my boyfriend love my new curves. i speak to many different people everyday being in the hairdressing trade and i'venever heard any of these horror stories that i'veread before but i do appreciate every woman is different in every way so please don't be put off by what you read. listen to your doctor i did..

 

Answer by Baby Girl  Ronnesha
Submitted on 7/27/2005
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I been taking the depo shot for a day now could i still get pregnant I'm 14 yrs old...

 

Answer by pookie
Submitted on 7/28/2005
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I'm i got a question really, I've been on my depo for over 2 yrs and i had to stop taking my shot for a month and a half but I'm getting another shot in a week last night my boyfriend and i were messing around and i cleaned his semen off with a rag. i then soon after used the rag to clean my own off... do you think i should be scared?

 

Answer by amanda
Submitted on 7/28/2005
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I'm 16, Iv'ebeen on depo for about five months now. I have cramps everyday all day. And Iv'ebeen on my period since the day I started depo! Will it ever end? My boyfriend after a year left me so I'm not even having sex anymore so whats the point in putting myself through all this pain for nothing?

 

Answer by young lady
Submitted on 7/31/2005
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I got pregnant at 16 years old and the doctors urged me to get on the shot before I left the hospital , so I did. I stayed on the shot for about 1.5 yrs. I fear I may be pregnant and not sure yet because it is too soon to tell? What do you think my chances are?

 

Answer by tankgirl
Submitted on 8/3/2005
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I was on the depo for 2 years after the second shot I also started losing my hair. Gained 110 pounds and was put on meds for depression. For a year and a half after I stopped using it I had a constant period with a break of maybe 2 or 3 days a month. I have been off of it for 4 years now and still haven't been able to get pregnant.

 

Answer by lil mz. clay
Submitted on 8/4/2005
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i was on the shot for 9 months and I'm only 16 years old. i don't like the shot @ all. i get alot of stomach aches and i gained like 30 pounds because of the shot. now its hard to loose the weight. this has mest up my life alot. i haven't taken it since like 5 months ago and i still haven't got my period. i advice all girls to not take the depo shot....

 

Answer by lousie
Submitted on 8/5/2005
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I have 1 child an dI have been on the shot for about 4 1/2 years now!    So I quit taking the shot about 3 months ago and I an still waiting on my period.   The doctor said that it woudl be back to normal within 4 weeks.    But no luck there.    So I am not sure what is going on.   Has anyone else had this problem or know anything to tell me, because the doctors don't know!

 

Answer by DEEDEE
Submitted on 8/6/2005
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HELLO I WAS 22 WHEN I FIRST GOT MY SHOT.IM 30 NOW. I WAS RECENTLY IN THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE OF A PULMONARY EMBOLISM DUE TO DEPO.  8 YEARS IS A LONG TIME AND I CAN TRULY SAY I NEVER HAD SERIOUS SIDE AFFECTS UNTIL NOW. MY LAST SHOT WAS JULY 12 2005.IM BLESSED BECAUSE MOST BLOOD CLOTS ARE  FATAL.I HAD ONE IN MY LEG AND TWO ON MY LUNGS ALL DUE TO DEPO. I HAVE TO TAKE COUMADIN FOR THE NEXT YEAR. IM ALREADY BLESSED WITH A SON WHO IS NOW 9. WHEN YOUR YOUNG YOU REALLY DONT THINK ABOUT SIDE AFFECTS, YOU ONLY THINK OF TWO THINGS. NOT GETTING PREGNANT OR NOT HAVING KIDS YOU CANT AFFORD. MY ADVICE IS ALL AND ANY MEDICATION TAKEN FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME WOULD AFFECT  YOUR BODY SOONER OR LATER. JUST USE YOUR BEST JUDGMENT AND READ CAREFULLY AND PRAY BEFORE YOU MAKE ANY DECISION. I CANT USE ANY MORE BIRTH CONTROL EVER. AND IM COOL WITH THAT. IM JUST GLAD TO STILL BE ALIVE.

 

Answer by jaayla
Submitted on 8/7/2005
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I was on the shot for 5 years and my son is now 10.  I have not conceived yet, my dr. says that everything is fine and that I have to let the depot get out of my system.  I would not advise anyone to get on the shot, because its abnormal to not have a period. thats the bodies way of cleansing itself.

 

Answer by Gbabiigirl
Submitted on 8/10/2005
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Hi, i have been using the depo shot for 2 yrs and my doctor don't think i should take anymore it could cause bones weakness. I was very very skinny before taking the shot, i gain 20lb which was great, i don't get my period anymore, but there are bad news about the shot, my hair is falling out, and I'm getting acning on my back. So i donut know if i should continuing the shot so i can keep a nice body or stop to make sure i will be alright in the future

 

Answer by ncc
Submitted on 8/10/2005
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i was on the depo for a year and its been two and half years since i stopped but i have had a bit of spotting and sometimes i discharge clots and its is really painful. i have been trying for a baby but still no chance and to make matters worse i know of five different people who have tried after i started and now they all have their little ones the situation is begining to get to me now PLEASE PLEASE HELP what can i do

 

Answer by nory
Submitted on 8/10/2005
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The shot does make you loose your hair from what my doctor told me.  I haven't had nothing but pain since I have been on the shot.  Tons of clots in my right ovary too.

 

Answer by orkdoop
Submitted on 8/11/2005
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I am 19 and I have been off it for 4 months, and I for one am very happy with it, I had no side effects, except I don't have my period as much anymore but thats ok because I got bad cramps. and I'm not rushing to get pregnant. so, I think its wonderful

 

Answer by Jennifer
Submitted on 8/15/2005
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My last depo shot was back in oct. of 2002, and I have not become pregnant. My husband and I would like to have another child but nothing yet. I really would not recommend it to anyone.

 

Answer by Christina
Submitted on 8/16/2005
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I started getting the depo shot 6 weeks after having my son. I have been on it for 14 months, and I have been in horrible pain ever since I gave birth. I have been to tons of doctors, and everyone has a different answer. Finally, someone just said the depo shot could have been causing all of my problems. I havent even been able to have sex because the pain is so bad. The depo shot has more problems than benefits, and no one should be on it. the pill is a hassle trying to remember to take it, and I did love not getting my period, but it is just not worth it. I just hope that this shot wont cause future problems in getting pregnant again.

 

Answer by skysten
Submitted on 8/16/2005
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yes losing your hair is a direct side effect to the depo injection. This is a scientific proven fact as is losing your period, gaining excessive weight, calcium break down and severe mood swings.

 

Answer by laurajane
Submitted on 8/17/2005
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I started the depo shot when i was 16 & I just stopped taking the shot in December. The two years I was on the depo I never had a period but now my periods last months at a time. I have not tried to get pregnant but hopefully in a few years, when I marry, the shot will be OUT of my system.

 

Answer by Rosey
Submitted on 8/17/2005
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I was talked in to being put on the shot by my doc, 1.5 yrs ago.  I just recently got off of it and now I am trying to get pregnant and it isn't happening. I now have high blood pressure, I gained 67 lbs, I am moody and have a lot of fatigue, and I have no period. I went to the doctor about 3 days ago and was told that I needed a series of blood test done and was put on some pills for 10 days to try and start my cycle again. So far nothing, but they said it could take up to 10 to 15 days to get it back like this.  If it doesn't work, then I will have to have something else done.  I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT GET ON THE "SHOT".

 

Answer by Amy
Submitted on 8/19/2005
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I have not heard of the severe problems (e.g., never being able to conceive) associated with Depo-Provera many of you are describing here.  I have been on and off of the shot for almost 10 years and have experienced minimal side effects.  I plan to start a family within the next year or two.  Although I certainly do not doubt the problems you are experiencing, you cannot "blame" all fertility issues on Depo-Provera.  These may have been pre-existing and had nothing to do with the fact that you received the shot.

 

Answer by Daisy
Submitted on 8/19/2005
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Did anyone gain a large amount of weight from the shot?

 

Answer by nk013
Submitted on 8/22/2005
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I had my first depo shot injected 2 months ago and i hate it.  I did not get my period for 2 months, now i have my period for over two weeks and i have constant abdominal pain.  Has this ever happened to any of you? If so will it stop after i get back on regular birth control?

 

Answer by Eve
Submitted on 8/24/2005
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I was on the shot for 6 years/have been off for 9 months. Still no period, I am getting married soon, we want to have a family right away,but my GYN says NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! the headachs,the weight gain,the moods swings, and not to mention the lack of libido!I wouldn't do the shot again even if some one paid me!!!!!

 

Answer by nk013
Submitted on 8/25/2005
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I had already entered a comment on August 22, 2005.  I had only one shot injected two months ago and i deeply regret it.  I wrote in my last comment that i have my periods for two weeks now along with severe abdominal pains.  Well the day after I left my comment i ended up in the emergency room.  I was in the hospital for 2 days (I just got released)The gyno that came to exam me there told me that he would never give that shot to any patient and that the shot should be taken off the market completely.  The doctor wanted to operate on me to remove all the blood clots.  Instead the blood just stopped while i was in the hospital.  The doctor told me that i should be fine for the next two weeks but the problem will keep re-occuring for months.  Please if anyone reads this comment and has not taken the shot yet, do not take it. If anyone has any questions you can email me at Nataliek013@aol.com

 

Answer by Angie1986
Submitted on 8/27/2005
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I have been on Depo for five years now. It has only been in the last month that I truely realized the side effects that have occured over the years. I have developed arthritis. Im only 19 years old. Im switching to IUD @ the end of this final cycle. Im hoping that my bones aren't too bad and are savable. I take Calcium supplements every day. I used to swear by this shot, now I won't recommend it to anyone.

 

Answer by Tanya
Submitted on 8/29/2005
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i was on depo for 5 years and now have been off of it for 2 years and still can not get pregnant.  i do not know why doctors put young girls on this and don't tell them well it is only about a 50% chance you will have kids.  it should be banned or you should not ever want kids if you use this form of birth control.  i don't know if i will ever have kids and it is because of some stupid doctor who did not know what he was doing.

 

Answer by des
Submitted on 9/1/2005
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im 17 n been on the shot for about a year and still worrie about being pregnant bc i know its a possiblity while being on the shot, the thing is is that i dont know if i am pregnant bc all the side effects for the depo are really close to the side effects of being pregnant.so im wondering if i take a test will it come out positive? since the shot tricks our body into thinking it is already?

 

Answer by Ashley
Submitted on 9/2/2005
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i was on the depo shot for one year. i took my last depo shot in June of 2004 i was to renew it in September of 2004 but din't because i wanted to have a baby. it is now a year later. September of 2005 and i have been on my period for almost a year non stop. it is very aggravating and i wish it would stop. I've been trying to have a baby for a year with no luck and it's all starting to get very annoying. the other day i had something about the size of a tampon fall out of my vagina that was all bloody. what are the chances that it was a blood clot or a miscarriage?????

 

Answer by key
Submitted on 9/4/2005
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i been on depo for 2 years and been for it for 5 yeasrs and can get pregnant

 

Answer by dp0004
Submitted on 9/5/2005
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About the losing hair on depo...LOSING YOUR HAIR IS A SYMPTOM OF DEPO!!!  It happened to me as well.  Mine has started growing back now that i have been off the shot.  Here is the info to back it up...
Pharmacia-Upjohn, the manufacturer of Depo-provera, reports that between 1 and 5 percent of women who receive the injections experience hair loss or no hair growth. A 1998 study by Cornell University found that among New York City adolescents, 10 percent experienced hair loss while using Depo.

No one is sure why some women experience hair loss on Depo-provera, although most scientists' best guess is that it is hormonally related. This contraceptive is an injected form of progesterone that interrupts your normal hormone production. Neither the Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) nor the Luteinizing Hormone (LH) affect hair growth. Both FSH and LH stimulate the production of estrogen and a mature egg.

A drug's side effects can't always be predicted in each individual case. However, if your hair fall-out is due to Depo-provera, then when you discontinue using it, your hair will grow back.

 

Answer by marie
Submitted on 9/7/2005
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I was on the Depo shot before I had my first baby and after i had my second baby I started back on the shot, its been about 2 months since my first shot and i have been spotting sometimes a lot everyday for about a month now. this never happened before when i was on it, will it stop anytime soon?

 

Answer by jbug
Submitted on 9/13/2005
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i think that this shot has many reactions on all people but one reaction i had that the doctor said was not normal but after tests says it could only be the shot was that i had nipple discharge and fullness in my breasts just like i was nursing and she couldnt explain it i had many tests dont and i have has this shot several time in the last 10 years and i have never had that kind of symptom, my advise is to try it out and if in the first 3 months you dont like it get off it. i loved it everytime i was on it and it worked for me. goodluck to you all.

 

Answer by ciara
Submitted on 9/13/2005
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I am 24 and have been on the depo for three and a half years. I haven't had any periods or side affects so thought I was fine. I have now heard through a friend that the shot can cause bone density, this worries me a lot as I already suffer with a weak back, could this make it worse?? I am also concerned about the amount of time people on this question board people are trying to get pregnant. I am not planning to have children for another few years but don't want to have problems done the line because of this.... please advise!!

 

Answer by JAYSLADY
Submitted on 9/13/2005
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EVERY WOMAN'S BODY IS DIFFERENT I WAS ON THE SHOT FOR 2 YEARS AND JUST GOT OFF AS OF JAN 2005 AND I JUST STARTED MY PERIOD AGAIN HOPING TO GET PREGNANT SOON BUT LADIES IT WILL HAPPEN JUST GIVE IT SOME TIME

 

Answer by Jen
Submitted on 9/14/2005
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Hair lose is a side effect of the depo shots. I had my first shot about a week ago and am very upset. I have cerebral palsy and all of a sudden my legs are cramping and the muscles are spasming all the time. Sometimes it so bad I can't walk. So I've been researching the shot and have find a lot of side effects that my doctor didn't tell me about. My husband and I thought I was going crazy. I cry all the time, am afraid of everything, have panic attacks a lot, am always sick, and the list goes on. The weirdest part is I'm gaining weight but I NEVER eat. My headaches all the time and I'm always sick to my stomach. We will not being getting these shots again. I've lost friends over the mood swings I'm having. I'm normally a pretty nice person, do anything for anybody but now I just want to be left alone and am very ill when people won't leave me alone. If you're thinking about having this shot please make sure you know the facts first and don't trust your dr to give them to you.

 

Answer by Jenn
Submitted on 9/14/2005
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The side effects are given before the shot is given. If anything on the list scares you, that type of birth control should not be used. If your body is irregular to begin with it will most likely be irregular after you are no longer on the shot. All medications have a side effect. If you are concerned see your doctor. Many times it may not be the birth control that has caused the problem. FYI, Depo shot has been around for almost 40 years. Longer than most others.

 

Answer by Crystal
Submitted on 9/15/2005
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According to the FWHC some symptoms of the depo shot include headaches, nervousness, mood changes, bloating, hot flashes, decreased interest in sex, breast tenderness, acne, hair loss, and back ache, loss of bone density, among others. So hair loss is possible.

 

Answer by Megan
Submitted on 9/17/2005
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I have been on the shot for only three months now and i have not stopped beleeding for one day of it! what is the point of getting the shot for "birth control" when i cannot stop bleeding, meaning that i am not able to do what the birth control is for! is this bleeding normal and will it go away?!

 

Answer by MelTX
Submitted on 9/18/2005
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I was on the depo shot for 1yr and I started my period the very next month, however...I've had back to back periods and they seem more painful than before.  Had I done the research prior to getting the shot I wouldnt have gone through with this. BEWARE!!  This should be called the "evil shot".

 

Answer by allsqueaky
Submitted on 9/18/2005
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yes the shot can cause hair loss it says it on the side effects. I have been taking the depo for 5 years and just found it bone does cause bone  loss. I am taking a bone density test on Weds. I am hoping and praying i don't have osteoporosis. If I do U am going to be devasted. I am only 21.

 

Answer by tiasha
Submitted on 9/20/2005
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I've been on the shot since I was 19,after I had my first child. I'm 24 and married now, we want another child.We just have to pray to God that he will bless us with another one soon. Everyone just pray and God will answer all prayers!

 

Answer by carolyn
Submitted on 9/22/2005
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AFTER MY FRIST CHILD I WAS TOLD TO GET ON THE SHOT I TOOK IT  AND OVER THREE YEARS I HAVEN'T HAD NNO CHILDREN DON'T TAKE THE DAMN SHOT IT WILL MESS YOU UP.

 

Answer by Lost and Confused
Submitted on 9/25/2005
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I got my first shot on March 22 because I had a miscarriage and I'm deciding to discontinue use because of some of the suspecting effects occuring with me and then now I'm some strange feelings about being pregnant and remember as I've said I discontiued use on the 14th of this month.

 

Answer by krystal
Submitted on 9/26/2005
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QuiQui, it does cause hair loss. Maybe you should read up on the side effects. Website; http://www.fwhc.org/birth-control/bcdepo.htm

(Side Effects)

70% of women using Depo Provera gain weight. Almost half of the women using Depo Provera gain more than 5 pounds after one year of use. Many women gain more than 10 pounds.

Irregular, heavy, or no bleeding are common side effects of Depo Provera. After a year of use, many women stop having periods. Lack of a period becomes increasingly common with longer use.

Other side effects of Depo Provera can include headaches, nervousness, mood changes, bloating, hot flashes, decreased interest in sex, breast tenderness, acne, hair loss, and back ache.

After the last shot of Depo Provera, it can take over 6 months for the drug to leave the body. Side effects may linger until the drug is completely gone.

 

Answer by Misty
Submitted on 9/26/2005
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I was on the "shot" for about a year and a half.  My last shot was on March 2005.  I haven't had a period and I gain almost 30lbs on the shot.  Since I have been off I have 15lbs of the 30lbs and waiting for a period.  My husband and I would like another baby in about a year so we thought I get off the shot NOW!  I will say one thing I will NOT go back on it.  After reading all your storys I'll try something safer.  To those who are still trying good luck!

 

Answer by GIGGLES
Submitted on 9/26/2005
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I WAS ON THE DEPO SHOT FOR 6 YEARS. I FINALLY GOT MY PERIODS BACK 7 MONTHS AFTER MY LAST SHOT,AND 1 WEEK BEFORE I GOT MARRIED. IT'S BEEN 5 MONTHS SINCE I GOT MARRIED AND NOW ME, AND MY HUSBAND ARE WANTING TO HAVE A BABY, IN ONE MONTH IT WILL MAKE ME A YEAR OFF THE SHOT. I WAS THINKING OF FERTILITY PILLS BECAUSE I AM NOT VERY FERTILE SINCE I WAS ONE THE SHOT FOR SO LONG. WHAT SHOULD I TRY TO GET PREGNANT? I RECOMMEND NOBODY TAKE THE SHOT, IT MAY HELP WITH HAVING NO PERIOD WHICH IS COOL BUT ONCE YOUR READY TO SETTLE DOWN, AND HAVE A FAMILY IT COULD BE A LIFETIME OF REGRETS...

 

Answer by bgi
Submitted on 9/27/2005
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I had been on the shot for 2 years last september I got off of it after finally just walking out of the health department because for so reason the didn't want me to get off of it I started having periods in july but i have them about every two weeks I want to have another baby so bad i have a 3 year old son and he is so lonly. has any one else had this problem with irregular periods. I also will say if you plan to have children i would not take the depo shot it has a lot of bad side affects.

 

Answer by MeMe
Submitted on 9/28/2005
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I got on the depo shot 3 months ago and I have gained 8 pounds. If you do not want to gain alot of weight I suggest that you do not get on the shot because it will increase your appetite.

 

Answer by aw5756
Submitted on 9/29/2005
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You are lucky compared to me. When I received it, my period were irregular. When I finally started after getting the shot, the flow was light. Now it is heavy and won't stop flowing. I have been on it a month but going through my cycle for over a week now which is highly unusual for me. The headaches are incredible and so is my insatiable appetite. I am always hugnry as I am always losing blood and eating is the only way to create more blood cells. I have not, however gained weight. I am hungry even after I eat and I have to force myself to stop eating because I am afraid I am overdoing it.

 

Answer by aw5756
Submitted on 9/29/2005
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You are lucky compared to me. When I received, my period were irregular. When I finally started after getting the shot, the flow was light. Now it is heavy and won't stop flowing. I have been on it a month but going through my cycle for over a week now which is highly unusual for me. The headaches are incredible and so is my insatiable appetite. I am always hugnry as I am always losing blood and eating is the only way to create more blood cells. I have not, however gained weight. I am hungry even after I eat and I have to force myself to stop eating because I am afraid I am overdoing it. Losing haIR IS A SIDE EFFECCT OF THE SHOT. MY DOCTOR INFORMED ME OF THIS AND IT WAS IN THE BROCHURE I WAS GIVEN.

 

Answer by LIsa
Submitted on 9/29/2005
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I have been on the shot for 17 months and am not getting off so that I can get pregnant.  I have not had a period since I started depo.  I really hope it does not take a year for me to conceive.  Wish me luck.  P.S. Ask your doctor about taking a calcuim suplement if they have not already mentioned it.  The shot drains 80% of the calcuim out of your body and increases your chances of geting oseoperoses!!!

 

Answer by Dulce
Submitted on 9/29/2005
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I wouldn't recommend the Depo Shot
I was on it for a yr. and two months and after that yr and two months I found out I was pregnant. Even though I never missed an appointment.

 

Answer by Lisa
Submitted on 9/29/2005
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QuiQui, one of the side effects of depo is hair loss.  If you go to http://www.fwhc.org/birth-control/bcdepo.htm#risks
you will see this listed under risk and side effects.

 

Answer by ASHLEY
Submitted on 9/29/2005
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I WAS ON DEPO FOR ABOUT A YEAR IN A HALF. I GAINED 30 POUNDS. I just got off about a month ago and i have had my period heavily ever since. the shot is not worth it if you are thinking about it dont get it. there are many other forms of birth control out there. i have been trying to get pregnant and my doctor told me that me having a baby could now be impossible. please for your own good... the depo shot is horrible!!!

 

Answer by becky
Submitted on 9/29/2005
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I have been on the depo for 10 years now I have got three children it took about a year between each one to fall pregnant, now i have had my last baby I had my last injection in march and I havnt had my periods back yet im really worried.

 

Answer by Mo
Submitted on 9/30/2005
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I only had one shot, and i got off of it, how long do you think it will take me to get pregnant?  me and my boyfreind have been trying for about a month now and nothing yet.  i figured it wouldnt take long because i only had one shot, so if you could please help me out?
_~*Mo*~_

 

Answer by Krissy
Submitted on 9/30/2005
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The last time I had the shot was a month ago. I've been taking it since July of last year (1 year and 2 months) and have had no complications. I still have my period every month. I'll admit it likes to come a few days early/late sometimes, but I'm very satisfied with this product.  

 

Answer by jjme
Submitted on 10/3/2005
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I WAS ON THE SHOT FOR OVER 5 YEARS. I GOT ON THE PILL , I CAN GOT MY CYCLE BACK ON ABOUT 4MONTH

 

Answer by Nina
Submitted on 10/6/2005
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I was 17 when i first took the shot. I got off of it after my 3 months where over. I'm 20 now and been trying ever since. I do think that it was a mistake to take it.Me  and my husband adore kids and we plan to have some in the future.Even though I think my chances or almost lost. But that does not keep me from trying, I pray to the Lord to bless me one day. I can tell you that when i was on the shot (i did not get a period for those of you who don't know)i did have some effects which consisted of fatigue, my bones were getting weak and i had a tremendous weight gain even though i was in a strict diet. I do advise those who wish to become pregnant in the future do not take the shot.You may have consequences you do not want to go through.

 

Answer by Nina
Submitted on 10/6/2005
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I forgot to mention that once i got of the shot my period never came back until a year and a half. But it was rare when it came. It was off and on.Like I said its been three years and it still goes the same.Just keep a positive faith.

 

Answer by blondespaz2005
Submitted on 10/7/2005
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I was tricked into taking the shot the doctor told me it was a three month shot and it was 5 years i have tried to get pregnant for 1 and a half years and my period is very irregular in march it will be five years since i had the shot i cant believe their are doctors in this world that will make their own judgement calls after you telling them no

 

Answer by Amber
Submitted on 10/8/2005
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I went on the shot in october 2004 and got the shot again in january 2005. So I only got 2 shots. The shot ended in april. It is now october and have still not gotten my period. I am so scared!

 

Answer by Angel
Submitted on 10/9/2005
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I had been on the shot for 9 years and just learned that I have osteoporosis at age 30.  I have the bone of a 65 year old women.  Please if you are on the shot take about 1200mg of calcium a day.  Ask your doctor for a bone density test.  I have sense got my tubes tide so that I don't have to take anything. When you are on the shot it is like you are going through menopause.

 

Answer by channy
Submitted on 10/9/2005
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hi  i been on the depo shot i been thinkin i was pregnet i havent gotton off of it and all so now it makes me feel alot betta lol i duno why i think im pregnet maybe cuz one time the condom busseed but yeah im 18 and scared but after readin this i want to atleast go on  the patch and i hate the shot cuz one of the side affects atleast makes u gain wait so i think im fat now i weight 171 suppose weight 160 but yea well g2g bye comment back

 

Answer by friend of pegeen
Submitted on 10/10/2005
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Although hair loss can be a symptom of a disease, it is in fact also a symptom of the depo-shot. Do your research QuiQui by checking out the planned parenthood website and look at the symptoms listed.

 

Answer by Jen
Submitted on 10/11/2005
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I was on the depo for about 7 years now and had never had my period when i was on it. i recently got off because of all the hormones. But i was wondering how long should i estimate for my period to come back.

 

Answer by sarah b
Submitted on 10/11/2005
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I have been on depo for the past two years and i would not recommend it to anyone because it makes you gain weight and messes up your period. i also know a girl who was on  it for 7 years and she has already lost 25% of her bone mass to osteoporosis she is only 23 now.
SO PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM DEPO, NO MATTER HOW GOOD IT SOUNDS!!!!

 

Answer by jeanie
Submitted on 10/11/2005
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I'm 18 and I was on the depo shot for a year and a half, I just got off the shot a few months ago my periods are not regular yet but i have had one. I think the birth control worked well for me, but I do recommend getting off of it after 2 years

 

Answer by Dana
Submitted on 10/11/2005
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I was on the depo shot for four years. I got off and now I can't stop my period. I have been bleeding for 3 months. This is scarry and I don't know what to do.  The doctors don't know what to do.

 

Answer by Monchi
Submitted on 10/12/2005
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im 16 n got a depo shot but i miss my appointment but i have been bleeding for a staight month is that normal??

 

Answer by Danielle
Submitted on 10/13/2005
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I am trying to get pregnant and have been off the shot for a year and 2 months, what the hell is going on here???

 

Answer by mommyoffour
Submitted on 10/13/2005
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My 15 yr. old daughter had the shot six weeks ago. Last sun. night I had to take her to the ER cause she "passed" a chunk of tissue, that looked like a raw piece of chicken. They are now telling me three days later that it was because of the depo shot. The uterus shed itself, is what I was told. It was also very painful and with lots of blood for my daughter. They said it was like a miscarriage with no baby. They sent it to pathology and did numerous HCG tests (my daughter is a virgin) I think she needs an ultrasound. Sounds weird to me. Any comments?????

 

Answer by coco
Submitted on 10/15/2005
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doctors need to inform us women about the depo shot before they start letting us use it i read ur not suppouse to be on it loner than 2 years and i have been on it for 3

 

Answer by KATHY
Submitted on 10/19/2005
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WELL IM 20 I HAVE 13 MONTH TWIN BOYS I HAVE BEEN ON THE DEPO FOR ABOUT A YEAR.THE DEPO IS SUPOST TO BE REALLY GOOD BUT IM STILL ON IT AND JUST TODAY FOUND OUT IM 2 MONTH PREGNANT.

 

Answer by BabyGirl
Submitted on 10/20/2005
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Hi everyone...well my story is i have been on the shot since i was 15 as most of you have been, now Im only 18 and Im in a serious relationship with my boyfriend and thinking of the future.  I really want a family and dont know how long I should wait to stop taking my shots...Im thinking by the time I turn 20 just so if it takes a long time I could wait...what do you think? But anyways ladies pray for eachother we'll all have familys one day!!!

 

Answer by tt
Submitted on 10/20/2005
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I have one child already after that I was taking the shot for about a year and I have been off of the shot for almost 2 years now I was trying to have another baby when I graduate from college in 2006 I wanted to give my son a brother or sister but I have not suceeded The shot messed up my body some people say it is nice not to have your period but its not true some people have there period the first three months there on it. but I don't recommend it for the simple fact that its not healthy to not have your period for that long think of a alternative because your body needs a period to cleanse itself so try something new.

 

Answer by info
Submitted on 10/20/2005
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Other side effects of Depo Provera can include headaches, nervousness, mood changes, bloating, hot flashes, decreased interest in sex, breast tenderness, acne, hair loss, and back ache.

This information was taken directly from the depo shot website so be sure to research carefully before posting things on here.  To the girl who lost her hair, I am sorry someone was so inconsiderate.

 

Answer by amy
Submitted on 10/20/2005
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uhhh QuiQui actually, it states on various websites that the Depo Shot does in some cases cause hair loss.

 

Answer by lnunezgil
Submitted on 10/23/2005
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I GOT THE SHOT 7 MONTHS AGO. I GOT IT ONLY ONE TIME. I HAVEN'T SEEN MY PERIOD YET AND I'M UNDER MY HUSBAND'S PRESSURE BECAUSE HE WANTS A KID.  

 

Answer by Dawn
Submitted on 10/25/2005
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QuiQui, if you are on the shot, you must not have read your information.  It states that the side effects are "increased headaches, decreased sex drive, breast tenderness, acne, abdominal/pelvic cramps, bloating. HAIR LOSS OR SLOW HAIR GROWTH, vaginal dryness, fatigue and insomnia."  I was on the shot for 4 years and have been off for a year and 7 months.  I have been trying to get pregnant and still can't.  My doctor put me on birth control for 2 months to try and regulate my periods, but that hasn't worked yet.  I even got a positive pregnancy test, but the doctor told me that was wrong.  The shot was the worst thing I could have done, but I really didn't have a choice because I got pregnant while on the pill so my doctor wouldn't prescribe it to me again.  I feel for all of the women out there going through the same problem.  The only bad thing is my first pregnancy, we gave the baby up for adoption so now that I am married I really want my own child.

 

Answer by renee'
Submitted on 11/1/2005
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quiqui, it does have side affects of losing hair because i for one did not start losing my hair until i got on the shot and my friend too. you can go and look on other sites and they will tell you the symptoms and one of them is hair loss.

 

Answer by Amanda
Submitted on 11/1/2005
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I started on depo when I was 12 and I stopped taking the shot when I was 19 and wanted to start having a family. I was told that it could take a year or two to get pregnant so I thought by the time I turn 22 I will be pregnant. I got on the pill to regulate my period and because I heard that it is easier to get pregnant when getting off the pill compared with the depo shot. In December I will be 22 and still not pregnant. I am getting so frustrated every month and it just breaks my heart to get my period every month. I know that all of you feel the same. Thank you for listening. I would love to talk with all of you more, it does make me feel better to get it off my chest. It is hard to talk with family and friends they always tell me that I am trying to hard and just let it happen. It is only so long that you can just let it happen and it doesn't happen before you lose it!

 

Answer by nickel
Submitted on 11/1/2005
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I also lost my hair with the Depo,my doctor said it was a side effect(although not common).I have been off for 4 months after 5 years.No period yet.

 

Answer by juice
Submitted on 11/1/2005
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hI, I have been on the depo for five 1/2 years  and just goe oee 5-24 05 I did not get my shot becouse I would like to have one more child I have one and she is nine and I dont know what to do and I cant get in a move with some times becouse i dont feel like it can some help me.missjoy01@comcast.net

 

Answer by corinthangel
Submitted on 11/2/2005
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I got on the depo shot in June, it is now November. I have bleed every single day since I got the shot. I am swollen, I have constant headaches, and I have mood swings. Its like I have my period non stop. The shot was supposed to wear off after 12 weeks, and Its already been 20 weeks. I pass out almost once a month, and I cant concentrate. I don't think anyone should be aloud to take the depo shot because they never know what it will do to you.

 

Answer by Georgia
Submitted on 11/2/2005
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When and how long does your period return after going off the depo shot?

 

Answer by young mommie
Submitted on 11/3/2005
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I just got back on the shot 3 months ago and i'mnot getting anymore because I haven't stopped bleeding yet I have headace everyday all day .....I have conceived a child while on the shot and I now have a 6 month old daughter That I love so much ...BUT I DO NOT RECOMMEND THE SHOT TO ANYONE IT IS HORRIBLE!!!!!

 

Answer by Shean
Submitted on 11/3/2005
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The loss of hair is very common in many women due to the use of the depo shot, it also affects the bones due to the loss of calcium. In conclusion hair loss is possible.

 

Answer by Donna
Submitted on 11/4/2005
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I had one shot and have been bleeding for seven months with no sign of ending in sight. I have one baby and want to have more. The shot has also caused loss of intrest in sex and mood swings. I don't know what to do. It's very scary.

 

Answer by kristen
Submitted on 11/5/2005
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QuiQui:

I work for an OB office and I have seen a handful of patients who have complains of hair loss while being on the "shot". Peggen... Hang in there it'll grow back!!

 

Answer by BIBON
Submitted on 11/6/2005
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QUIQUI, I KNOW PEOPLE THAT HAVE LOOSE THEIR HAIR BECAUSE OF THE DEPO. IT'S LIKE EVERYONE SAYS, EVERY SINGLE FEMALE HAS A DIFERENT REACTIONS,AND SIDE EFFECTS.

 

Answer by manda
Submitted on 11/8/2005
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i have a question. i just got on the shot about a month ago and the past week my boyfriend has nuted in me at least 5 times in this week. im 17 and do you think i could be pregnant? i was sick yesterday and slept all day

 

Answer by sonya72782
Submitted on 11/9/2005
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i was on the depo for 8.5 years i have been off the shot for 11 months i am trying to have a baby but no luck yet my dr. put me on prevera pills to get my period back it worked and they are on time now

 

Answer by Mercedes
Submitted on 11/9/2005
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i also agree with some of you ladies it affects everyones body differently...i tried maybe 5 different kinds of pills and they all had horrible affects and im up to get my first shot next week...Also id u look at how long you have been on the shot and your age has somehting to do with your fertility rate once you try to build a family and so does stressing the issue. You oculd have been pregnate but stressed so much about not having one and what not and lossed it with out u even knowing it. Good luck to all of you ill repost my results later.

 

Answer by shanny
Submitted on 11/9/2005
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I have been on the shot off and on since i was 15, i am now 19 and have been off of it for about 2 months now. I do intend to stay off of it now for ever to try to eventually be able to have a family. I hope im not affected too bad. Its like a "Depo Curse" or something that all us girls have.

 

Answer by Heidi
Submitted on 11/10/2005
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I am looking into the depo because I am finished having children but I only  have one and I am under 25 so my doctor will not tie my tubes, my husband and I decided that he will get 'fixed' when is 35 (7 years from now) we want to wait just in case we change our minds. So having trouble getting preg afterwards will not affect us most likely. Is that the only reason people do not like this shot?

 

Answer by Meika
Submitted on 11/11/2005
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I am 19 yrs old, and i was thinking about taking the depo myself. But i have been hearing so much bad things about it and i do want kids but i just can't remember to take the pills so what do you advise? What are the most common side effect? The birth control pills did nothing for me i lost weight, and felt weak all the time. I didn't have any appetite to eat. I don't mind gaining weight but i need so help? I want to hear the bad and the good things about being on the depo.

 

Answer by Kari
Submitted on 11/14/2005
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my daughter took depo shots and recently quit. She has had many problems caused by the shots, according too our doctor. I would not advise anybody too take depo.

 

Answer by Misslady
Submitted on 11/16/2005
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I was on the shot for a year, and now my husband and I are trying to have a child. I am upset to read so many stories that end so sad. So now I am frustrated to see how long it will take my husband and I to get pregnant. I have noticed a tremendous change in myself since my last shot, hair lose, weight gain, depression, and sex drive. If I would have know then what I know now I would not have started with shot. Ladies keep your head up, and just remember that things will work out the way they were meant to. My advice to you is, if you haven't started, DON'T!!

 

Answer by carmel
Submitted on 11/19/2005
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I was on the depo shot for 6 months. i got off and i still havent had a period. It has been 4 months since my last cycle. It seems to me that the shot effects different people in differnt ways. so i feel there is a 50/50 chance that the shot will be a success or turn into stress. just be careful and watch for any changes and wierd activities with your body.

 

Answer by stepup
Submitted on 11/20/2005
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I was on the shot for a short while (3 or 4 shots at most) and had AWFUL breakthrough bleeding.  I got off.  And got preg. easily although my doctor thought I wouldn't.  I went back on it again after the birth of my son and have been on it (happily) for three years.  Now we want another...my doctor told me some women get pregnant almost immediately and some it takes 18 months.  Who is to say if your having problems getting preg. that there are not other issues causing this???  Just like it does not ALONE cause bone density problems.

 

Answer by GypsyKatcha
Submitted on 11/21/2005
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I had my only child in March of 1996 and started on the shot shortly after. I was only on it for six months, but have not been able to have any more children though I have tried for nearly 9 years. On the shot, my periods stopped all together and shortly after my last shot wore off I had a period that lasted almost 2 months. Then they stopped for a long time. When they started again I was lucky to have one every other month and the number has kept decreasing. Now I no longer have them at all without taking prescription drugs to induce them. Like another lady mentioned, I too have osteoporosis and I am only 28. I come from a large family and wanted a large family of my own. Not having more children is more than I can handle at times and if I had known that taking the shot just two times was going to cause me this much heartache, I never would have done it.

 

Answer by Dee
Submitted on 11/24/2005
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When you are first getting the shot, they tell you about all of these side effects. Hair loss or increase in growth, infertility, the bone stuff... all of it. At least they do now, and I know this for  fact because I went to the doctor on Nov. 23, 2005. I do have doubts about it, but I'm giving it a try.

 

Answer by Elizabeth
Submitted on 11/25/2005
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I am on the shot and no longer get my period but there have been no other symptoms from it. As that i have high blood pressure another child would probably kill and the shot is the only thing i can take in the means of birth control

 

Answer by Butterfly1
Submitted on 11/26/2005
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I was on the depo for only 9 months. I got off of it and I didn't have my period until 3 years later. I only got that back because i started the birth control pill. I am now off of the pill a year later and my periods are not coming. I dont think I will ever be able to have a period unless the pill tells my body to. Which means my chances of having children are slim to none.

 

Answer by ash-a-ley
Submitted on 11/27/2005
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I think the shot is great! I mean, I dont know how long it will take me to have kids after I'm off of it, but it does effect every woman differently. I have endometreosis and instead of having a surgery at the age of 16 preventing  me of having kids at all or having a lypo done which will make my bone mass drop drastically and have bones like an 80 yr old woman, I took the easy way out. I dont think you should be telling people how crappy it is, especially since some women have had different symptoms. We're not all the same. Our bodies react to things differently. For example, if you eat chocolate, you're perfectly fine, but if I eat chocolate I break out in hives..I am allergic but still, I can't say "oh my gosh, chocolate is bad, don't eat it" because it doesn't make people have the same reactions as other people.

 

Answer by Kyle's Babygurl Alwayz
Submitted on 11/28/2005
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I'm 14 and my mom is wanting to put me on the shot because she thinks i would forget to take the pill but i keep telling her that i don't want to take the "Shot" so i told her i would do some research on the "shot" and on the pill to see which one is more effective. the pill is 99.9% effective and "shot" is only 97%-99.7% so that means that 3.3% (or something like that) there is a chance i could get pregnant i may be 14 but when i read stuff like what i just read and from the research i have been doing the "shot" is one of the WORST ones out there so I'm gonna try to do all i can to get her to put me on the pill. If anyone has any suggestions please e-mail me at lil_devil_69_42021@hotmail.com little_brat_2003_12@yahoo.com or seantimothy_jasminejade@yahoo.com
Thank you i would really appreciate it.

 

Answer by Ms. Sheila
Submitted on 11/29/2005
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I started the depo shot at about 19 and took it for about 3.5 yrs. I got off of it because I never had a menstrual cycle, and was gaining weight, fast. I was going to wait for my cycle to come down, so that I can start back on the pill, and wallah, before a month's time, I was pregnant. I got back on the shot after the birth of my son, and took it for another 3.5 yrs or so. I had the same outcome, no period, more weight gain, so I stopped again. Once more, within a month's time, I was pregnant. I didn't have any hair loss, although I remember that as a possible side affect, but, I did develop a rash on my neck, one on each side.

 

Answer by BAYBAY
Submitted on 11/29/2005
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HI I HAVE BEEN ON THE DEPO SHOT FOR 2.5 YRS I GOT OFF OF IT IN JULY,HAD NO PERIOD FOR 3 MONTHS AND THE DR. PUT ME ON ESTROSTEP. I STARTED MY PERIOD ON THE FOURTH WEEK AS SCHEDULED. I AM NOW WAITING FOR THE DAY OF THE MY OVULATION AND WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. HOPE THIS HELPS. GOOD LUCK

 

Answer by babygirl
Submitted on 11/30/2005
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i went on the shot in april and got off in july. it was the only time i ever used it and i hated the way it made me feel. i had the worst mood swings. Now me and my fiance want to get pragnant and have been trying for about 3 or 4 months now and have got nothing. i wish i would have found this site b4 i got the shot b/c i wouldnt have got it.

 

Answer by cndykissez
Submitted on 12/2/2005
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I was on the depo shot for 3 yrs. My body was very messed up. I noticed a decrease in sex drive. I just didnt care anymore. I also gained 15 pounds every three months for the last year I was on it. My teeth became brittle also. I was off of it for 10 months before I began to have my period again. Now my period is so heavy that I am afraid to move. I spoke to a health nurse. She said that the health care industry knows the complications but they are NOT allowed to tell all of them. That is really messed up. They are putting our health on the line to keep there product on the market. I do NOT recommend the depo shot for anyone. There are too many complications.

 

Answer by Gabby
Submitted on 12/2/2005
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Okay my shot is up in 1 week and i just had unprotected sex.. is the shot weaker and can i get pregant?
thanks,
Gabby

 

Answer by daisy
Submitted on 12/3/2005
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if you read the info on the depo shot online, losing hair is a side effect...i just got done reading it

 

Answer by Victoria
Submitted on 12/4/2005
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Most of these posts were posted a year ago from the current date.  I seem to be older than the women who have made these previous posts.  I am also in a different place in my life.  I am 37 years old and have 2 children ages 7 and 10.  I am divorced and do not plan on having anymore children.  I first took the depo shot when I was planning on getting my tubes tied.  I took one shot and my period stopped completely.  I decided not to have the surgery and to just continue the shot.  As there was not a man in my life at the time I did not have another shot for over a year.  It has now been over 2 years and I still have not had a cycle.  Knowing what I know now about the shot, I personally would NOT recommend the shot to anyone who was planning on having children in the future.  I would have been devastated if I wanted more children now.  As I said before I do not want anymore children so I am not upset.  I am upset however that information about this shot and the harsh side affects are over looked.  Please think twice and then think again about taking this shot if you are planning on having children in the future.  If you are not, I believe it is a much better solution than having surgery.  Good Luck.

 

Answer by Donna
Submitted on 12/5/2005
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I was on the depo shot for just over a year. I stopped taking it because I lost total interest in sex. Also it made intercourse hurt when I did try. I gained about 20 pounds. It has now been nine months since I have been off the shot and I still do not have my period. I've been trying to get pregnant for a few months and nothing has happened. I have been told it could take up to a year to conceive. I do not recommend this shot.

 

Answer by Cassandra
Submitted on 12/6/2005
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Actually, hair loss is listed as a side effect from the manufacturer. This is scary stuff!!

 

Answer by danny girl
Submitted on 12/6/2005
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i am on this shot and i am 17 years of age and i have been on the shot for a year my mom wants to have a baby i told her not to take this shot from reading these stories but i would like to know since i am younger would i be able to have any kids in the future?

 

Answer by sammi
Submitted on 12/6/2005
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omg, I'm only 15 and I just got my first depo shot today, but I want to have kids someday. Now I'm scared.

 

Answer by MP
Submitted on 12/9/2005
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Pegeen, I have a cousin who's hair fell out because of the depo shot and everything I seem to read DOES state that hair loss is a side effect. I was on the shot off and on for about 4 years.  I have never had a period while on the shot, I did however gain a lot of weight. And when I stopped getting the shot after 1 yr of use, I bleed for over 3 months!

 

Answer by mandy
Submitted on 12/11/2005
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As 14 i got the depo shot in september of '05 after i had an abortion,my mother is trying to force me to get the shot again but after reading some of these stories i dont think i am because when i am older im sure im gonna want to have kids and i dont want to have any trouble.So i dont think anyone should get the depo shot.

 

Answer by Carol
Submitted on 12/13/2005
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I have been on the shot for 6 months and I just stopped taking it. I didnt have any problems with it. But decided to stop because I am scared that i wont be able to have any more kids.

 

Answer by Jennie
Submitted on 12/17/2005
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I was on depo and it took me 18 months to get pregnant and then after i had my daughter i got pregnant again right after and had my son 9 1/2 months later. you can have kids after the depo shot it just takes a while.

 

Answer by bloodymary
Submitted on 12/17/2005
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Side Effects  

70% of women using Depo Provera gain weight. Almost half of the women using Depo Provera gain more than 5 pounds after one year of use. Many women gain more than 10 pounds.

Irregular, heavy, or no bleeding are common side effects of Depo Provera. After a year of use, many women stop having periods. Lack of a period becomes increasingly common with longer use.

Other side effects of Depo Provera can include headaches, nervousness, mood changes, bloating, hot flashes, decreased interest in sex, breast tenderness, acne, hair loss, and back ache.

After the last shot of Depo Provera, it can take over 6 months for the drug to leave the body. Side effects may linger until the drug is completely gone.


 

Answer by aries
Submitted on 12/20/2005
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my girlfriend has done the depo shot for 6 months. she had pretty much every side effect possible i'veread about. how long before do you think she would be at risk of being pregnant? she also switched to Yasmin pills. are they effective?

 

Answer by Debbie
Submitted on 12/23/2005
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I used depo when i was 20 i was on it for 6 months i gained weight and was bleeding the whole time so i switched to the patch for 3 years then i started having a rash from the patch so i switched to the ring i was on it for 6 months and became pregnant with my first child after the 6wks check up I wanted to try the shot again i have not gained any weight and my periods have gone away this time it is really working for me

 

Answer by Stephanie1979
Submitted on 12/26/2005
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i do believe you lose hair with the depo shot you also gain so much weight i look swollen all the time with my first kid i lost all my weight fast with my second i put on an extra 4o lbs after the shot i do not recommend it

 

Answer by Lady Confused
Submitted on 12/30/2005
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After I had my first shot, I got pregnant with my daughter towards the end of the shot cycle at the age of 20. It took me till being about 16 weeks along before I found out,(she had started kicking), and I'd had 2 shots during that time. My blood showed that I was only 5 weeks along, an ultra sound showed I was at about 19. I got on the shot again almost a year after I had her. (Even though I was paranoid)
It's been about a year and I got off again in November because of the bone loss studies...I haven't had a period in years. Now what do I do? I wouldn't recommend this shot, I am a very confused person because of it. (This proves it's possible to get pregnant, with the shot in your system (?), short term. As for long term?)

 

Answer by neu_girl21
Submitted on 1/4/2006
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I was thinking of the depo shot but than after hearing all those stories....i'm kinda scared now and i think i'llchange my mind. i want to have a family some day.....thanks for the advices...

 

Answer by Jenn
Submitted on 1/4/2006
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I have been on the Depo shot since I was 15...My mothers idea. I will be 20 in Aug., I have been try to get pergnet...No luck yet:( I have put on a lot of weight i was at 130lbs when I started it and now I'm at 200lbs and this shot sucks! My sister just turned 17 and again my mom is putting her on it and I told then to think of a different type of birth control...If anyone is on here thinking about it I say DONT do it....And if you want to have children in the future then it is really not a wise move..I keep woundering if i will ever get to be a mother and I pray every night that God gives me atleast one child...I have been off it for a year now and still have yet to get a period...Good Luck to you all and I will keep you in my thought!

 

Answer by Debbie
Submitted on 1/5/2006
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Hi, I have been off the depo shot for 5 months now.  I was on it for 1 1/2yrs.  After the first shot I didn't have a single period until I went off.  Then I got my period back 2 months later.  Never gained any weight, no pms, no cramps.  Only stopped taking the depo shots because my doctor said it causes osteoperosis.  My doctor was surprised how my body reacted to the shot. I was the only woman she was aware of that never had any side effects.  I won't go back on it though.

 

Answer by nicky
Submitted on 1/6/2006
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Ive been on depo for a little over a year and recently got off. the shot is one of the worst things ever. i was on anti depressants due to the shots and my moodiness and weight went bazurk plus i had major clotting and now maybe never able to have children and I'm only 16

 

Answer by rabbit
Submitted on 1/8/2006
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I have been on the shot for a year now. I did not want this birth control but after being diagnosed with hypertension this was a more convienent choice. I have not had a shot in four months now and am experiencing breast enlargemnet and tenderness. I am 30 years old and have one six year old. I am not sure if the breast thing has anything to do with the fact that I had quit the shot but my breast are very painful.

 

Answer by EGWELSH
Submitted on 1/8/2006
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Hi I'm 18 and i was taking depo since i was 17 I stop in February 05 then i went back on it on November 19-05. My question is can I still get pregnant?

 

Answer by EmmEmm
Submitted on 1/8/2006
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QuiQui, If you go to this web site it clearly states that hair loss IS a side effect. It is under side effects and it is the third one down "Other side effects of Depo Provera can include headaches, nervousness, mood changes, bloating, hot flashes, decreased interest in sex, breast tenderness, acne, hair loss, and back ache. "

 

Answer by girllygirl
Submitted on 1/9/2006
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i was on the depo for 6 months, stopped doing it to have another baby.. didn't happen, which was good because i decided not to have another.. but i get my period all the time, it wont be heave but it will last 2 or 3 weeks, go away for 4 days and then get it again for another 2 weeks.. i stopped taking the shot 3 months ago...i don't know if i should try another form of birth control, or if i should just wait a little longer without anything to see if i get pregnant..what do you guys think??

 

Answer by fire
Submitted on 1/10/2006
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I have only been on the depo shot for about 1 year and i have experienced some depression and mood swings....just FYI for anyone who is deciding whether or not to take the shot...I am now trying something different

 

Answer by KS BC
Submitted on 1/10/2006
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Thank you for all of your information about the shot. We were seriously thinking of going on it, but with this info we have changed our minds and are sticking to the pill.

 

Answer by racheal
Submitted on 1/10/2006
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I've been on the Depo shot for the past 6 months.  I mentioned to my mother that I was on it and she was concerned.  She is a nurse and is also a clinical instructor. Her students and other faculty members gave a lot of information on recent studies done. She advised me to not get my last shot due to warnings of it causing severe osteoporosis and sometimes infertility from longterm use and also amenorrhea.  I've only been off it a month and I missed my last period.  I would suggest not getting the shot.

 

Answer by cj
Submitted on 1/10/2006
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First I was on depo for 4 years the first time and i took over a year before I got prego and then I ended up miscarring because of the shot. Two years after the misacariage I finaly did get prego, but my daughter was born with all kinds of medical problems. My advice for everyone is first don't take the shot and second if you already have, there is hope. It just might take longer than you had planned on. It took me 3.5 yrs. to have my daughter, but the wait was more than worth it.

 

Answer by victoria
Submitted on 1/11/2006
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oh no, I guess I should have read this before I got my Depo shot TODAY....I plan on having kids in the next year or two and do NOT plan on getting my second shot after reading this...I understand it's different for every women BUT the bad does out weigh the good on this site. Thanks Ladies and Good Luck to all who are trying.

 

Answer by channy boo
Submitted on 1/11/2006
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i would like to know for those who are now currently on the shot when you had your first shot how long where you spotting for?

 

Answer by pepper2
Submitted on 1/12/2006
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The Depo shot does take out a lot of your hair be careful

 

Answer by serious
Submitted on 1/15/2006
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i had a child in 2004 and then i got on the shot..it is now 2006 and i have been trying to have another but its not working

 

Answer by Cutlassclub85
Submitted on 1/15/2006
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The shot does have side effects, hair loss being one and weight gain being another.  losing your hair is not a disease, it can come from stress, it can come from age and from this shot!  If you are not a doctor you really should not be giving medical information and you should not take peoples advice or their situations and make them your own.  Watch person is different and anything foreign in your body might have a reaction, some different than others.  With anything use your own brain!

 

Answer by all4zoey
Submitted on 1/16/2006
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QuiQui,

Less Common Side Effects


change in sex drive

change of appetite, weight gain

depression

hair loss, or increased hair on the face or body

headache

nausea

nervousness, dizziness

skin rash or spotty darkening of the skin

sore breasts

There is no way to stop the side effects of the shot they may continue until it wears off (1214 weeks).

these are all side effect of Depo..

 

Answer by MILLIE
Submitted on 1/16/2006
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I WAS ON THE DEPO SHOT FOR ALMOST EIGHT YEARS. IT TOOK ALMOST SEVEN MONTHS FOR ME TO GET MY PERIOD BACK,AND IT IS VERY IRREGULAR.MY DOCTOR SUGGESTED THAT I GET ON BIRTH CONTROL PILLS FOR A FEW MONTHS,AND THEN TRY TO CONCIEVE. I HOPE IT WORKS BECAUSE I AM GETTING VERY DISCOURAGED.

 

Answer by tutcogirl19
Submitted on 1/16/2006
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when will i get my period i only had the one shot in august.its january now plz help

 

Answer by Delizabeth082
Submitted on 1/17/2006
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I was on the shot for a year but went off of it, I am not trying to conceive or anything but  have yet to have my period after 3 months...

 

Answer by twiggy
Submitted on 1/19/2006
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Actually, one of the side effects of the depo shot is hair loss. just FYI

But i am due for my second depo shot today, i got my first november 3rd, and started a period november 10th.  Today is jan 19th and my period never ended. I have been trying to get ahold of my doctor but i can't seem to. Does anyone know if this is a health risk or not?

 

Answer by ash
Submitted on 1/19/2006
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I've been on the shot for 2 yrs., and just recently got off, I started very quickly, but I've been on for about 2 wks now . After hearing all these stories, I'm worried about my bones and if i will ever have a child. I wish I would have never got on the shot.

 

Answer by babygirl191986
Submitted on 1/23/2006
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I was on the Depo shot for 3 years. I just recently quit getting the shot 2 months ago,and my boyfriend and I have unprotected sex everytime. It was November when I went off the shot and it's now January. I am getting symptoms like I am pregnant. I went off the shot once before for like 1 month. I got my period right away and cramps like there was tomorrow, and none of these symptoms like I have now. So I really don't know what is going on!! So I really suggest that no one get on this shot!!!!

 

Answer by Toya
Submitted on 1/23/2006
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I do agreed it all depends on your body and also your family history. Ask your mother or you grandmother was i easy or hard for them to have babies. I have been on the depo shot since i was 18. I am now 22. My mother placed all my sisters on it once she found out that we were active only because the women in our family our very fertaile. My two older sisters got off the shot for about a month and they both got pregant at the same time about a month after that. So it all depends. Everything has side affect and risk. Your messing with mother nature so of course. Just do research before deciding.

 

Answer by Toya
Submitted on 1/23/2006
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I do agreed it all depends on your body and also your family history. Ask your mother or you grandmother was it easy or hard for them to have babies. I have been on the depo shot since i was 18. I am now 22. My mother placed all my sisters on it once she found out that we were active only because the women in our family are very fertaile. My two older sisters got off the shot for about a month and they both got pregant at the same time about a month after that. So it all depends. Everything has side affect and risk. Your messing with mother nature so of course. Just do research before deciding.

 

Answer by britt
Submitted on 1/24/2006
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I think that women should read these comments before even getting the shot. I wanted to try the shot but i want kids someday and that just don't seem the way to go.I think I'm going to post some of these comments at a doctor's office to show everyone that it is not always safe.

 

Answer by Devon
Submitted on 1/25/2006
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the shot does cause hair loss, and lots of other bad things! Anyone thinking of starting, PLEASE DON'T!!! It is a scary thing, not knowing what is happening to your body. I've been trying to get pregnant for 1 year, and nothing. If you want your future in the hands of an injection, go ahead. But I'm telling you it is not worth it. I had surgery for extreme yeast infections from the shot. it is painful, and just not right. The FDA should ban it.

 

Answer by Twiggs33
Submitted on 1/26/2006
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I was on the shot for 2 years and never had my period. It took 4 months after being off the shot before I got my period. Keep in mind I also had radiation treatment due to cancer (which was not caused from the shot) and I eventually had my period again. Every woman's body is different and there is no way to know how a type of birth control will affect you until you start and end it. For those who are still trying to have kids, don't give up!

 

Answer by Dria
Submitted on 1/26/2006
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I started the shot when I was 16, got off it when I was 18. I am 19 years old now, but after I took the shot every 3 months, I started to get red marks all over my face that makes me look like I have gotten beat  up. Now that I have experienced these difficulties,I am presently free of all symptoms.There's still one problem that is not corrected.I still don't have a period. I am waiting patiently. So I advice no one to take the depo shot.

 

Answer by depo shot hatter
Submitted on 1/26/2006
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Girls I advise you not to get the shot. I began to receiving the depo shot 4 months after I had my daughter. That was going on 5 years ago. My last shot was April '05. I stopped getting the Depo do to mood change, hot flashes, and major depression. I felt like I was going through pre menopause. I have been off and everything has gone back to normal. I did get pregnant but lost it soon after taking a test. My bones hurt and I have several other female problems that I think is do to the shot. Plus during the time that I was on the shot I still had milk supply in the breast. When asking the doctor they advised me that when some women are on the shot they do have signs and symptoms of being pregnant. JUST DON'T TAKE IT!!!!!

 

Answer by GiGi
Submitted on 1/27/2006
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I was on depo for over a year and loved it.  I didnt gain weight and it stopped my periods which were extremely painful.  I became pregnant within 4 months of getting off the shot and everything has been fine.  As for the bone loss argument, it has been on warning labels.  I remember seeing it and having it explained to me over 5 years ago.  I was told to take a bone supplement by my doctor.  You should never take a medication without reading about it first and addressing questions with your doctor.  That is personal responsibility!
I loved it and have an appointment next week to get back on the shot!

 

Answer by Shelly
Submitted on 1/28/2006
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I was on the shot for about 9 months and I have not had a period the whole time i'vebeen on it. Also I do believe everyones body is different but the lose of hair headaches breast tenderness are all syptoms that I have noticed since I'm no longer on it. I don't recommed this shot to anyone. There is way too many side effects that you may not realize right away but within time you will notice differnces.

 

Answer by Mar
Submitted on 1/28/2006
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The shot is the worst idea I've ever had. I've been on it for 6 months now. I've officially been on my period NON-STOP for 6 months. No  breaks whatsoever. Now I can't have sex because  of it, and sex is the whole reason I got the shot. If you like shoving tampons in your body all the time, then take the shot. But if not, DO NOT TAKE IT!!!!

 

Answer by bonitepessoa
Submitted on 1/30/2006
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I took my first depo shot 10/05 and I am due for my second sometime in the immediate future.  I wish I would've been more informed about it before I took it because then I would've known to expect the almost non-stop period(weeks at a time) after the first blissful--and teasing--four weeks of no bleeding at all; also the extreme moodswings which had almost cost me the monogamous relationship I invested in with the shot.  But, irregardless of the havoc this hormone usage has caused, I know I am fairly healthy and consume a decent amount of calcium daily to avoid future bone marrow loss.  I have also started a consistent workout regimen which I have learned helps curb mood swings with natural production of "feel-good" serotonin.  I am going to track my progress by also using a journal to help me with my already busy daily routine.  I have usually been able to use writing as a way to maintain  my sanity and I've already started using it this year.  Combined with my calcium intake and almost daily exercise, I think I'll be alright taking the shot but I will eventually switch off with another form of birth control to be on the safe side.  Good luck to all of you and I hope this personal experience helps somebody else still pondering usage of depo provera.

 

Answer by Donna
Submitted on 1/31/2006
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I've been off the depo for about ten months. I have cramps almost everyday but I have yet to receive a period. Not on since the day I got the first shot. I have all the symptoms but no period. I really want kids but it seems like it is never going to happen. For anyone who wants to have kids anytime in the near future i would not recommend this to you.

 

Answer by OLIVIAN
Submitted on 1/31/2006
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i HAVE BEEN OFF THE DEPO FOR THREE MONTH AND I USUALLY START SPOTING BUT I HAVE NOT SINCE MT LAST INTERCOUSE WHAT SHOULD I DO

 

Answer by Shay
Submitted on 2/1/2006
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I was on the shot for 3 years.  Once I got off the shot, it took me 3 years to get pregnant.  I now have a baby girl.  It's possible.  I agree with Sapphire.  If God has it planned for you then you will have a child.

 

Answer by Amanda
Submitted on 2/2/2006
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I had taken the Depo shot for 4 years and I was recently engaged and we would like to start a Family...I have been off Depo now for 7 months. I have missed a period..took 3 pregnancy tests all negative. while on Depo I had some spotting but for the most part my period stopped. I had a normal period after the first month off Depo. This is the first period I have missed since being off Depo...so my question is...is this normal?? I read some awful stories here I was lucky and all I had was some weight gain. I dont plan on goin on Depo again because I want kids someday soon. I just am trying to figure out why I missed my period? if anyone can help me please email me astinnett@gmail.com

 

Answer by Tri-Tri
Submitted on 2/2/2006
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I was on the shot for 5 years. I got my period after 2 months of not taking the shot and I was pregnant after only 3 months. I didn't have any problems while
on the shot.

 

Answer by DD
Submitted on 2/6/2006
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I have been on the Depo for amount 6 months now and i have been noticing some weight gain and i know that you gain about 5-10 pounds a year but i had no clue it would come on this fast. What should i do?

 

Answer by katie
Submitted on 2/7/2006
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Hi my name is Katie I have been on the shot for two yrs and yes it DOES cause hair loss and IT IS a side affect. use your best judgement on this you know your body better than anyone. I personally like it I have two healthy children.  Listen to yourself not these ask question people.

 

Answer by tracey
Submitted on 2/9/2006
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I have been on the depo shot for 5 years and now have stoped taking it. How long will the
medicine last in your system. I do not want to have another kid right now.

 

Answer by Lisa
Submitted on 2/10/2006
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http://www.uihealthcare.com/topics/womenshealth/wome5315.html

This clearly states that Depo does cause loss of scalp hair.

 

Answer by Lisa Gibson
Submitted on 2/11/2006
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I took the Depo shot for 3years, I ended up pregnant while on it, Same as a friend of mine.  She ended up pregnant with twins.

Before I recieved my first injection, My O.B.G.Y.N. told me that Depo had some side effects, it can cause blood clots etc, but she said it can be hard to become pregnant once stopping the injection.

She said the longer you've taken the injection the worse the side effect and in some cases, A woman would never be able to bear a child.

She also told me it can completely stop a menstrul cycle or worsen the flow.

 

Answer by amanda
Submitted on 2/12/2006
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i am 18 yrs old and i have been on the depo shot for 2 years and i am still on it but i think i am pregent i dont know what to do someone plz help

 

Answer by scarlett
Submitted on 2/14/2006
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I've had my first injection early this month after the 3 months are up i'm not going back on it,i was wondering since i was only on it for 3 months, I'll get off in may.
What are the chances of me getting pregnant after i get off the shot?

 

Answer by Lacey
Submitted on 2/17/2006
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I am 15 and I just got the shot a couple days ago.. after reading all these it scares me to see what this shot can do to a woman.. I hope that in the future I won't have these problems.. I just don't know if I should take the shot again or get on another birth control method..? can you help me!?!? please!

 

Answer by Cara
Submitted on 2/17/2006
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I was on depo for five years. I had no cycle for nine months and got pregnant, i however miscarried that baby and got pregnant again a month afterwards. My little girl is healthy and strong at four months age

 

Answer by meme
Submitted on 2/17/2006
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i am 20 years old and i have one child during my pregnancy my doctor found some cancer cells she told me that i may not be able to have any more children but after birth she put me on the shot to try to regulate my period but since i started the shot i have not stopped bleeding and that was about six months ago is that normal


 

Answer by Hen
Submitted on 2/18/2006
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I would never ever, recommend the depo shot.  It caused me to gain a lot of weight high blood pressure, and me and my husband had been trying to conceive a child for 8 months and I was steady feeling the effects of the shot my weight was out of control.  Never reccommend it to anyone.  Sorry I ever took it.

 

Answer by not smiling
Submitted on 2/21/2006
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On the shot for over 1 yr. Was 3 weeks late for next shot and tested positive. There is no consistant pattern but to be inconsistant

 

Answer by qwerty
Submitted on 2/22/2006
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I took the shot for 5 years, can i get preganant within 6 months of being off of it? I have had two periods every single month since I have been off of it.

 

Answer by Vikki
Submitted on 2/22/2006
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Hi this is vikki I got on the shot wen I was 14 I'm now 15 going on 16. I want to thank you all for posting these stories you all have helped me make an improtant decision. Me and my boyfriend plan for me to have kids wen I get out of nursing school. So when I turn 17 I will get off the shot. Because me not havin a period right now is a beautiful thing. God Bless you all,you all will be in my prayers as well. And QuiQui hair loss and hair gain is one of the major side of effects from the depo shot my hair was very long and pretty before I got on the shot and now I am lossing it. You also get hair in unwanted places.

 

Answer by DrJaimee08
Submitted on 2/22/2006
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Actually, Check again QuiQui. The Symptoms DO include Hair Loss. And it Does Happen.

 

Answer by Jessica
Submitted on 2/22/2006
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Im 16, and i want to get the depo shot because i do not want to become pregnant at such a young age and i'mreally not sure if i should get it now because i really would love to have a child when im older.  I just don't know what to do.  

 

Answer by Michele
Submitted on 2/24/2006
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Hello...I don't think my particular situation has been addressed in this forum.  Let me start with this, I'm 31, have 2 kids and had my tubes cut, tied and burnt after my husband and I had our 2nd daughter almost 8 years ago.  However, my periods and cramps have been unbelievable. Would taking the Depo shot help to bring me some relief?  Please respond with any/all advice.  

 

Answer by mary
Submitted on 2/25/2006
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I'm 39 yrs. old and started my first shot in Aug.05 so far I feel great no more pain,no bloating looking 8 months pregnant,
alot of stomach problems gone and Ive lost weight.When my 2 yrs. are up I plan on stopping the shot and ask for a surgery because I have fybromylgia and arthritis and I hate milk and I dont want osteoporosis which I know the shot contributes to it alot.I love the shot so far I have an 17 and 13 year old and plan for no more kids

 

Answer by Sara_BFE
Submitted on 2/28/2006
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I have been on Depo for over a year.  I have not had any problems unless you count no period a problem! I recommend it.

 

Answer by sara
Submitted on 2/28/2006
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Is it true that if you do get pregnant on Depo you'll miscarry?

 

Answer by pookey
Submitted on 3/1/2006
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thank you all! i was thinking about getting it but now that I'veread these stories I'mnot. thanks a lot

 

Answer by erin
Submitted on 3/2/2006
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I was on the shot for 4 yrs. and have been off for a year. I had a period every day  for a year and for the last 3yrs.  no peiod at all. I am scared to death about not getting a period back. We want another baby but there's no sighn of getting back to my old self. I wouldn't recomend this to anyone!!! Just check out depo.shot lawsuits online. It's a true curse.

 

Answer by KayJay
Submitted on 3/2/2006
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I have taken "the shot" ONLY ONE TIME because I was a newly wed.  Since then I have have my period for 90 straight days!!! It then skipped 5 days and continued for 20 more straight days.  These days were light but still a nuisance.  Oh and did I mention that my husband and I have had unprotected sex continuously?  No baby. Long periods. Weight gain (25lbs) So, NOOOO I do not recommend this shot. Hope I was helpful.

 

Answer by lyne
Submitted on 3/4/2006
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This is all coincidental...I have been on the shot for over 6 years due to medical conditions. This shot has been a god send in many ways, and this was not meant for me not to get pregnant. There are other ways for this shot to work and help sick people...I do have a friend however who was on the shot for pregnancy and was off it  for 1 month before getting pregnant.
Oh and just for anyones  info...this shot DOES NOT cause hair loss, or skin problems...weight varies on persons genes, I have lost over 30 pounds being on the shot...good luck to everyone

 

Answer by Trini_gal
Submitted on 3/6/2006
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Hi!,I really did hear a situation where this lady was on the Depo shot,in that she took the shot one time,then she stopped taking any,because she lost alot of weight and alot of hair too.I haven't experienced any hair loss,but seriously I think that the one time I took the shot,it made me lose weight though.

 

Answer by ASHLEE
Submitted on 3/6/2006
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I GOT ON THE SHOT WHEN I WAS 16 AND WAS ON IT FOR ABOUT 9 MONTHS THEN GOT OFF OF IT DUE TO IRREGULAR PEROID\ SPOTTING I AM NOW 18 AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF I AM ABLE TO CONCIEVE. MY FIANCE TELLS ME THAT MY CERVIX FELLS SOFTER THAN WHAT HE HAS HAD, IS THAT NORMAL?

 

Answer by Luna
Submitted on 3/8/2006
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I have been on the shot for nine months. I had no side effects of the shot until two weeks ago. I have been having severe to moderate nausea in the morning, I had three days of spotting, headaches and fatigue. I took a pregnancy test and it came back negative. I am confused. The symptoms have not gone away and I am considering a blood test. Is that a rational decision?

 

Answer by Tee
Submitted on 3/10/2006
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Hair loss is one of the side effects from the use of the depo shot. It effects everyone differently. Unless you are a doctor, please don't tell someone that their symptoms are not associated with something. The depo shot can also effect your sex drive and over time can heighten your risk of osteoporosis. Please read the pamphlets, ladies. Know what you are putting into your body. I was on it, but I got off in December. My cycle has not returned. I have 3 children, one of which I conceived the same year I stopped using depo the first time. I cannot not tell anyone what to do with their body, but in this case I can say that I do not believe the convenience of the shot is worth the side effects or long term effects of the shot.

 

Answer by K
Submitted on 3/10/2006
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Actually loosing your hair is a side effect of the shot.  Just so you know.  It's on the fact sheet that your doctor is required to give you.

 

Answer by jenny
Submitted on 3/13/2006
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i was on the depo shot for about 3yrs and got off and i didnt have a period for 1yr. i went to the doctor and i had a cyst on my ovary and we have been trying for a year and 2months to get pregnant and we havent as of yet. i dont recommend taking this shot.

 

Answer by Emmiyialliahha
Submitted on 3/16/2006
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I have been on the Depo for a year i am doing fine! Im 18 and im Engaged to marry im 8 Months pregnate! I got Pregnate on the Shot so i would recommend it!!!!

 

Answer by angie_83
Submitted on 3/16/2006
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i am 23 and i was on the depo shot for 3 years. i got my first injection in the hosp when i gave birth to my 3 yr old son.its been about almost 8 months after i stopped getting my shot.im trying to get preg but cant.my sexual disire is sometimes not wanting sex.i feel that the shot has tookin all of my hormones.my doctor didnt even tell me all the risk of taking birthcontrol shot.i wish i never got on the shot.if your a women who want to try this dont do it it will ruin your sex life and keep you from getting preg in the future.me and my fiancee have been trying to conceive for so long. after my brother in laws girl friend  got preg i wanted so much to get pregnant to but i couldnt.when she had her baby i was wishing that i was the one that had the baby.research depo be for u try it.you might change ur mind when  you see bone loss not able to get preg right away and loss of sexual disire...

 

Answer by Cutie42788
Submitted on 3/16/2006
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to be honest with all u women that are worried about this, it's really different with every female and every shot. my sister was on it for 4 years, got off it and became pregnant within a few weeks, she had no side affects during the 4 years on it, but once she had her son, she went back on it again and bleed very heavily for 3 months to the point that she was hospitalized. she stoped getting the shot after that. i myself have been on it for 3 months, i just got my second shot yesterday and i myself have had no side affects once so ever, other than the ocational spotting. so it's really based on the woman herself and how her body reacts or doesn't react to it. ope this helps other women understand more about it.

-mary

Cutie42788@aol.com

 

Answer by sapphire0heart00
Submitted on 3/18/2006
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actually QuiQui...hair loss is a symptom..

http://www.fwhc.org/birth-control/bcdepo.htm

^^go there and it tells you all the info about the shot...

 

Answer by gin0216
Submitted on 3/20/2006
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I just quit take my depo shot.I have been on it for about 5y. I am showing some sign but not many of my period come back. I talk to my doctor and he said that some get them right away and some don't. he said it will happen thow it may take time.  

 

Answer by QuiQui u r rong
Submitted on 3/21/2006
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Qui Qui you are wrong i am only young but i've done some research, hair loss or more facial hair is one of the lesser common side effects of the depo shot. i no this conversation was written a long time ago but it couldn't be helped saying somthing. don't bother replying anyone because i wont be on here again

 

Answer by Neffy
Submitted on 3/22/2006
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I was on depo for about 2 years and when i got off it took about 7 months to get pregnant. I am on it again, but listening to all of your side effects i am thinking of changing. When I was on it before I got really bad headaches. Now I feel sick all the time. I am not sure if the shot is the reason. My friend was on depo for 5 years and it has messed up her bones and now she has serious back problems.

 

Answer by amy
Submitted on 3/22/2006
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I would just like to say that while all you seemed to find is bad vibes about the DEPO on the internet, I have been one of the "supposed" few to have a good experience, and I did a lot of research before getting my first one. I have had two shots, bleeding the first month and none since. The reason it makes you gain weight is because your appetite increases so therefore you do have to watch your weight and I have not gained any. I take green tea supplements, not only for the weight, but to keep my energy up (I have three kids, last two were 13 months apart no WAY am I taking any chances!) and green tea is also good for a lot of other health things too. Also, most doctors do not recommend staying on the shot for more than two years, I am only 24 and my doctor will not do a "Tube-tie" because she says she doesn't do it if you're under 25, therefore after my two years on the depo are up, I will probably get it done. I know a lot of people complain about problems with depression and stuff with depo, but um yeah...I think those same people probably would have the same problem with any other form of birth control?????? (Personally I don't believe stuffing your body full of pills like Prozac and Zoloft is going to do you any good when you might just be better off going to a counselor...saw my sisterinlaw go through this...but that's another board and another post)
I guess everyone is different and I must just be one of the lucky ones.

 

Answer by Tay
Submitted on 3/24/2006
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I was on the depo for a year and a half got off and I say a year maybe two years later I had my first child. After my third child I decided to get it again,and I did for just the three months.I never went back for it and that was in Dec.2005 when I was suppose to get the next shot. I'm still waiting to get my period. Haven't had a period since September of 2005, and that's after I had my third child in August of 2005. I would and will never get the shot again. I should have learned my lesson the first time. The first time I didn't get a period for a year in a half, and that's after I stop the shot. Know i'm waiting again to get my period and it's been 3 month's. I have never wanted my period as bad as I do know. Only because I have to take a pregnancy test ever month to make sure i'm not pregnant. So if your thinking about getting the shot DON'T DO IT, IT WILL MESS YOUR BODY UP SO BADDDDDDD!!!!!!

 

Answer by Worried
Submitted on 3/26/2006
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I have been on the shot since i was 15...i am now 16, i know that i want to at least have one child when I'm about 21. Reading all of your stories has made me wonder when i should stop taking the shot i have an older sister who had been taking the shot since 15 she's in her 20's and she cant seem to conceive a child. what should i do, I'm worried!!!

 

Answer by Lucas
Submitted on 3/27/2006
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My cousin has been on Depo for 9 years and is now facing osteoporosis at the age of 23.  Her doctors say that her bones are as weak as some 80 year olds, and she cannot do many physical activities or work for more than a few hours at a time. Long term use of the shot interferes with bone density and calcium; I would not recommend it for anyone.

 

Answer by Marie
Submitted on 3/27/2006
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i just started using depo only 3 days now but and im 17 goin on 18 and it scary hearing these stories because i do want to have a family in a few years i dont know should i not use it anymore????

 

Answer by twinkie
Submitted on 3/27/2006
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just reading all this scares me a little cuz i am on the depo and for probably about 2 1/2 years now and my husband and i would like to try having children next year our last two cuz we already have two little ones but now i dont know if i want to keep up with the depo cuz i have been really moody these last two shots and the first 4 wasnt as bad but now my husband and i have been fighting a lot more...and when i was on my normal monthly i was really lucky not to cramp or get moody but now my husband asks me, whats wrong with you? now what????

 

Answer by rhee
Submitted on 3/27/2006
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I have been on depo on and off for 10 yrs. last time i got off it 2yrs ago i got pregnant within 6 mo. My  period always started the next month. My last shot was 3 mo ago and started my period before I was due for my next shot. I've also had breast tenderness for the last month. I dont nkow yet if I'm pregnant again.

 

Answer by LiS..
Submitted on 3/28/2006
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i just took the shot about three weeks ago my first one and honestly after reading this i am not going to take it again..Iam 20 years old and i am definitely planning on having children in the future and i do not want this affecting it so never again would i take this.i just want my period to get back to its regular paceeee.... Thank god i read this so i wish i would have it read it before i took it.. but never again

 

Answer by amy
Submitted on 3/28/2006
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Actually, the shot does have hair loss as a side effect. I was given a list of possible side effects when i started it and that was on there. I also lost more hair then usual. I was on it for 6 months. I started noticing some side effects that I did not like, so i switched to Mircette. I have been off the shot for a year and a half. and off mircette for almost 9 months. I am still very irregualr and messed up from the shot. I would never suggest the shot to anyone, but everyone has their own choices. I fear for my conception chances, but, as others have said, if the Lord wills it, it will happen no matter. Good luck ladies. keepin my fingers crossed for us all.  

 

Answer by jill
Submitted on 3/28/2006
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quiqui is stupid and needs to do her homework.

 

Answer by Shell
Submitted on 3/30/2006
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I GOT THE DEPO SHOT WHEN I WAS 18 RIGHT AFTER I HAD MY FIRST CHILD. I WAS ON IT FOR 9 MONTHS AND WAS BLEEDING VERY BAD FINALLY A DOCTOR IN THE ER TOLD ME TO GET OFF THE SHOT RIGHT THEN.AFTER BEING ON IT ONLY THAT LONG IT TOOK ME TELL MY DAUGHTER WAS 3YEARS OLD AND FERTILITY PILLS TO HAVE MY SON. MY DOCTOR TRY ME ON THE SHOT AGAIN THEY SAID IT BE DIFFERENT THIS TIME AFTER ONE SHOT I TOOK MYSELF OFF NOW I HAVE OLD BLOOD COMMING OUT ALL THE TIME AND MIGHT HAVE TO HAVE A DNC TO CLEAN MYSELF OUT AND HOPEFULLY THAT WILL STOP IT.I'M GOING TO TELL ANYBODY DON'T GET IT. JUST PLEASE RESEARCH IT VERY WELL FIRST BUT IF IT MESSES YOU UP THE FIRST TIME DON'T LISTEN TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT TRYING IT AGAIN PLEASE.

 

Answer by no guarantees in life!
Submitted on 3/31/2006
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I'M 34 now. Was on depo for about 6 years, got off about 8 months ago still not pregnant. My cycle did return  full blast IF i missed my next dose. But now I found out I have a fibroid tumor because of it. Not proven yet though. SO NO (DEPO) I BELIEVE IS NOT THE ANSWER!!!!!!!

 

Answer by wltiny12002
Submitted on 3/31/2006
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I have had the similar experience with the depo "shot".I was on it for 3 years on and off after I had my son and now my period shows up about every 3 to 4 months and then I don't see it again. I have been trying to get pregnant for the past 2 years. Been to the Dr. and no specific explanation as to why I can't get pregnant or even why I don't see my period every month like I normally did before I started taking the shot. So is there a solution out there without having to spend thousands of dollars on fertility clinics and procedures. Does ovulex really work?

 

Answer by mandi
Submitted on 3/31/2006
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I was on the shot for 4 years. I got married and now want another baby. I have only been trying for 4 months and after reading some of these stories, I am worried I may never have a baby with my new husband.

 

Answer by Tanya
Submitted on 4/4/2006
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I was on the depo shot for 6 months and I bled almost every day ( only four days out of 180 I did not bleed)& I gained 15 pounds.  When it was time for my third shot, I did not get it and still I bled.  I did research and went to Rainbow Blossoms health food store and got a detox pack.  The last days of the detox I stoped bleeding! Do not get this shot!

 

Answer by proverbs31wmn
Submitted on 4/6/2006
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I was on the shot for about a year, and it jacked me up!!!  Sexual intercourse with my husband was very uncomfortable and painful.  I had test ran, and several paps to find out the problem, but no one could find a answer.  I have been off the shot since last Aug05 - and I had a cycle for 23 days straight (horrible)and then my cycle slowly got back on track.  I have NO MORE problems now that I am OFF, and now trying to get pregnant (not yet)!  I don't recommend no birth control to anyone ESPECIALLY THE DEPO SHOT!!! God doesn't approve of it!!!  My friend had to have a hysterectomy also at the age of 30.  
I am 26!

 

Answer by number one mom
Submitted on 4/6/2006
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i was on depo for a year and i recently just got off of it in feb. just the other day i got my period, so hopefully with all the trying i can have another baby.  i want another baby so hopefully it doesnt take forever.

 

Answer by lori
Submitted on 4/7/2006
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I was on Depo for five years, I am now off it and eight months later still havent had even a glimpse of a cycle. All these stories scare me so much because me and my hubby are trying to get pregnant should I be worried?

 

Answer by babygirl
Submitted on 4/9/2006
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i have been on the depo since i was 13 and 1/2 years old i am very small and and i am 16 now i weigh 85 lbs and i gain and the lose.i am so scared after hearing these storys if i should stay on it.i am so thin i am scared i can get that bone density thing.i havent had a bone density test ever.but i do plan on having when i am 18 do u think i should continue taking the shot?

 

Answer by sonya
Submitted on 4/11/2006
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i was on the depo for 7 years and have been off the depo for 1.3 years and have not yet had a peroid.

 

Answer by NICKLES
Submitted on 4/12/2006
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I WAS JUST WONDERING IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET PREGNAT WHILE ON THE SHOT I HAVE HEARD BUT I DONT NO FOR SURE

 

Answer by emg
Submitted on 4/13/2006
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QUIQUI & PEGEEN,

The depo shot does make some women experience hair loss - I started to loose my hair right after I started the depo shot.  Both my obgyn and dertmatologist said it was a side effect from the depo shot.

 

Answer by kristall
Submitted on 4/14/2006
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i was on the shot for 8 years and it took me 1.5 years to have a period. i have been on my period now for 3 months. i would not recommend it to anyone, they should take it off the market. it did alot of damage to my body,bones,my sex drive and many many other things.

 

Answer by sam
Submitted on 4/15/2006
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my advise is to stop reading up about how long it will take. at the end of the day reading is not going to get you pregnant, i come off the depo 8 months ago and just had my first period since then, so just do what im about to do , have sex 2,3,4 times a day, put your back in to it girls and get to work, and pray, and wait... it will happen and when it does your be laughing back to this day when you could not get preg ,, luv you all good luck email me if you need help in any way SAMINALISLES@hotmail.co.uk

 

Answer by Roz
Submitted on 4/16/2006
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Thanks for your honesty.  I'm 23 and was thinking about taking the shot because I'm miserable at taking pills on time.  Between having no kids ever and having a kid I wasn't expecting, I'd choose the latter.

 

Answer by x claire x
Submitted on 4/17/2006
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i think i may be pregnant but am on the shot is this possible? should i just take the test and see? plus my boyfriend keeps nagging me to get checked out just to be on the safe side. what should i do?

 

Answer by Ecko
Submitted on 4/17/2006
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Pegeen, hello, I am about like you. My hair is pretty thick, but it has thinned a bit. I thought it was stress but it's the shot, my doctor told me that. I am blessed with one little girl now. but I would like to have another baby within the next couple of years, and I am on the shot. I believe that Sapphire is right, when your Heavenly Father wants you to have a baby, you will, no matter what the situation. Keep Faith in Him!! I do.

 

Answer by Deborah
Submitted on 4/17/2006
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I have been on the shot before. When i got off it took my 8 months to get pregnant but i was only on it for six months. i really hope you can become pregnant. i would also like to let people know not to be on the SHOT longer than 1 1/2 to 2 years. GOOD LUCK

 

Answer by mak
Submitted on 4/17/2006
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to everyone that is on the depo shot. my best friend was on the depo shot for seven years, never missed a shot and got pregnant. the whole thing about it takes a "certain amount of time" to conceive once off the shot is an estimated amount of time. it differs with each person.

but the best of luck to all that is TTC. i hope god blesses you with a wonderful child/ren.

 

Answer by Katie
Submitted on 4/18/2006
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I was on the depo shot for a little less then a year. I would get my periods randomly, whenever it decided to show up. I have now been off the shot for a year and have been trying really hard to have a baby. I got pregnant back in November and had a miscarriage. I would never advise anyone to get on the shot. It has been a misarible path for me.

 

Answer by erica
Submitted on 4/20/2006
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You should look up on your birth control more because depo do cause you to lose hair I just found it out myself so do more looking up so you will know and nobody will do the same thing as her

 

Answer by jloca
Submitted on 4/21/2006
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hi i been on the depo for 2 yrs. i just got the last shot in january 0f 2006, i been reading all about depo and how some woman wants to have a baby and its takes than a long time, well as for me i hope i get pregnant fast  i really do want a baby.

 

Answer by monica
Submitted on 4/22/2006
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thank you for all the personal information you where able to give me concerning the shot. I am now in my 20's with a daughter and a child I gave up for adoption, so I will say the depo shot sounded very good to me at the time. I was on the shot for nine months and just stoped three months ago and have not yet started my period, but from everything I just read I geuss that is to be expected. Thank you.    

 

Answer by Jolly
Submitted on 4/23/2006
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TO WHOM THIS CONCERN, I BEEN ON THE SHOT FOR ABOUT A YEAR, AND I'M VERY SCARED, BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN BLEEDING FOR ABOUT 3 WEEKS, I WOULD LIKE TO NO, WHATS THE PROBLEM.  

 

Answer by Michelle
Submitted on 4/23/2006
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Hi! I've had two shots so far. my mother has recently found out and told me to stop it as she was on it and it messed up her pituitary gland but that was 20 years ago and I love the fact that I don't have to remember to take the pill all the time. From what I've read so far, I'm angling back to the pill, but how do I know for sure?? Have there been improvements since then??

 

Answer by clau21
Submitted on 4/24/2006
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This is not true because a lot of people have complaint about this issue while being on the shot. I was on the depo for three years and had the same problem.

 

Answer by dasiy
Submitted on 4/26/2006
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hello,
I am 20 and have been on the shot for only 10 months but i am thinking about getting off the shot. I have lost hair, gained 20 lbs and have had very depressing days. I would rather have a period then keep doing this. My body has had a hard time dealing with the shot. So if you want the shot please think a lot about it and research it. Its worth the time.

 

Answer by hsykes
Submitted on 4/27/2006
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I have been on the shot for 4 years and I am just now experiencing alot of bleeding . I have been bleeding for 3 weeks solid and before that 1month off and on. usually there is just spotting. i am currently on the shot nut after reading all this . I am thinking of going off it.  

 

Answer by Deborah
Submitted on 4/29/2006
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I have been on the depo for 4 years I am 22 I have one daughter just took my last shot on Sept of last year.Want another child don't no how long its going to take. I am praying to God it happen to soon.

 

Answer by shan
Submitted on 5/1/2006
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I have been on the shot for a littel over a year. my husband and i want to have  one more child, but cant.I'am very upset. please dont take the shot. it is very harmful to your body. i wish i would have known about all the effects and heard about peoples  story before i had taken the shot. please think very hard before getting on the shot

 

Answer by cecy
Submitted on 5/2/2006
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I'm getting the depo shot every month for three months to see is my period could stop. My period stared 2 1/2 mths ago and it won't stop. I'm very anemic my ultrasound and biopsy came out OK, but the doctor doesn't what to do a hysterectomy yet. I feel like I'm a Ginny pig.  

 

Answer by Heather
Submitted on 5/2/2006
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i was on the depo shot for around 2 years i have now been off of it for a bout 1 year in ahalf i have started my cycle back and have been doing it for about 6 months i go every month  at the same time and it last  for the same amount of days each time but i still havent became  pregant and i realy want to me and my husband wants kids bad what can i do to get pregant help me out some one

 

Answer by Sephanie
Submitted on 5/3/2006
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HEY WELL I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I HAVE BEEN ON THE DEPO FOR ABOUT 5 1/2 YEARS I GOT ON IT WHEN I WAS 13 AND I GOT OFF IT WHEN I WAS 18 AND I HAVE BEEN TRING FOR ABOUT ALMOST TWO YEARS AND I STILL HAVEN'T GOT PREGNAT OR A REGULAR PERIOD AND I AM HOPING THAT I CAN GET PREGNAT BY THIS YEAR OR MAYBE SOONER THEN THAT....

 

Answer by jami
Submitted on 5/3/2006
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i have been on the shot for exactly 9 months and i don't get my regular period anymore but after i have sex i bleed and feel very sick as if i were pregnant also i bleed randomly for only a couple of hours on no specific days are these normal side effects of depo

 

Answer by Krissy
Submitted on 5/4/2006
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I am thinking of going on it, I am 31 and i have 3 kids already don't want anymore, are there any bad side effect from it? beside losing your period which i think is great..lol

 

Answer by Ruby
Submitted on 5/5/2006
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I took the depo shot in January for the first time.  My blood presure shot up I now have to take medication for my pressure. In April I started bleeding and did not slow down until May 5th. When will I stop bleeding? Is this normal. This was my first time ever getting the shot I am 42 years old.

 

Answer by KIM
Submitted on 5/5/2006
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I TOOK THE SHOT 4 YRS. AGO AND IT TOOK ME A YEAR TO GET PREGNANT AGAIN. THREE MONTHS AGO I TOOK THE SHOT AGAIN, WASN'T TO PLEASED WITH THE SIDE EFFECTS TO I STOPPED. HOPING THAT I WOULD BE ABLE TO GET PREGNANT AGAIN.

 

Answer by Michele
Submitted on 5/6/2006
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Losing hair can be a side effect of the depo shot. I got my last shot in August 05, DH went to Iraq in September 05, so we're hoping my fertility will be back by the time he comes home in August 06. But, from what I've been reading online, it may take a while. :( I didn't realize until I got off the  depo how much it had really affected me, and I am SO glad to be off of it. I learned after I stopped taking it that your doctor shouldn't let you take it if you have a family history or depression, which I do. I was never asked about family history. Coming off of it has been an emotional roller coaster, esp with DH being deployed. There have been several times I almost got on antidepressants because of it. I WOULD NOT recommend it to anyone. Like they say, if it seems too good  to be true, it probably is.

 

Answer by mylady
Submitted on 5/7/2006
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Hey,I have been on Depo for 4 years.I started it because being young I didn't want a period.Now I'm in the military,married and want children.The only problem is I can't get preganet.The doctors don't know what to do.I suggest if you are young like me and ever want a family,DO NOT USE THIS DRUG.

 

Answer by Sam
Submitted on 5/8/2006
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I was thinking of starting the shot but am wondering about the side effects.  What are the most common ones?

 

Answer by Jani-Bani
Submitted on 5/8/2006
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I am 19...I dont have any kids, and I am not on any birth control, how ever I am sexually active and the doctor recommends I go on birth control to regulate me....I was thinking of the depo shot but am now having second thoughts....any suggestions

 

Answer by tinnytee
Submitted on 5/10/2006
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I was on the shot for 6 years at age 30 I'm now 36.  Just to go to the doctor for my annual exam to hear that studies recommend that you not take the shot no longer than 2 years.
This was not explained to me at the beginning, if it had been i would never put this chemical in my body. I never had a period in the whole 6 years that I was on this shot.  I've recently switched to the birth control pill to find out that the shot takes about 1 year to get out of your system.
The side effects that I experienced was headaches, arm&leg pains, outrageous appetites, and no periods. I've been off the shot for 5 months now, had a period for 4, now on my green pack of pills which is the 4th day and has not had a period yet.  I don't think that I'm pregnant, I haven't missed a pill but its a possibility that I could be.
Now is this normal? If you've never been on the shot please don't take it. I'm frightened because I feel that later on at some point and time that I might have some major problems.

 

Answer by Carrie
Submitted on 5/12/2006
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I have been on the shot for 5 months now. the first 3 were great and now in the last month since my most recent injection i have gained 10 pounds. i also "spot" on a daily basis. i would never recomend this to anyone!!!!!!

 

Answer by pinky_sue
Submitted on 5/15/2006
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i just took the shot about 3 weeks ago for the first time, after reading this that was the last time!!!!!

 

Answer by Jennifer
Submitted on 5/17/2006
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Regarding QuiQui, before giving out medical advise, be sure you are correct.  Depo does have a hair loss side effect.  

 

Answer by Confusedandscared
Submitted on 5/18/2006
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I'm scared & i think i might B pregnant & I'm extremely to young to be, It was all an accident =/..but someone said if u think your pregnant you can take it & it will kill the eggs..is that true..i need to know please,I'm really scared ='(

 

Answer by Ellen
Submitted on 5/19/2006
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I was on depo for almost 3 years the first time, I got off the shot and wanted to get pregnant...I tried for about 6 months.  I talked to alot of women.  I then lost about 20 pounds and found out the day after weight watchers I was pregnant.  I talked to my doctor and she said the extreme change in my body is what help the process of getting pregnant.  Hope this helps.   Try it it might work on pregnany and if not you will feel and look better for yourself.  

 

Answer by chris
Submitted on 5/19/2006
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I too have had problems with the shot it has been almost 2years since i have been off of it still no baby.I actually had a light phase of cevical displasia that almost turned into cancer because of the shot and went on fertility treatmemt(clomid) to help concieve.I have been on clomid for 6 months nothing yet.I donot advise anyone to take this shot.

 

Answer by missy
Submitted on 5/23/2006
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i have been on the depo shot since i was 16 and all i have heard is good things until about a month ago now im re thinking the idea of getting my next shot. these are some pretty scary stories and i would like to have a family before im 25. thank you all for helping me to make a decision.

 

Answer by Jeni
Submitted on 5/23/2006
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I am sory to hear of your problems I too am in the same boat. I was on the shot for 8 months after having my first baby and I stopped getting them in Sept of 2005 so that my husband and I could have our second. But I like you have not had a period in months not even a trace of one. I was put on Provera for 10 days and that was suposto be a sure fine way to fix it, But yet again it failed. Since then I have been on ortho for the past 3 months and still no trace. I recently had all this blood work done and an ultra sound everything was normal but they stilll cant figure out what is wrong with me. But best of luck .  

 

Answer by Jeni
Submitted on 5/23/2006
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I am sorry to hear of your problems I too am in the same boat. I was on the shot for 8 months after having my first baby and I stopped getting them in Sept of 2005 so that my husband and I could have our second. But I like you have not had a period in months not even a trace of one. I was put on Prov era for 10 days and that was suposto be a sure fine way to fix it, But yet again it failed. Since then I have been on ortho for the past 3 months and still no trace. I recently had all this blood work done and an ultra sound everything was normal but they still cant figure out what is wrong with me. But best of luck .  

 

Answer by Soraya
Submitted on 5/26/2006
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After reading all of your stories, I decided not to take the shot,I am  34 years old. So I guess I will stick to the condoms, it has no side effects....

 

Answer by twinkle
Submitted on 5/27/2006
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I am 27 i've been off the shot since December i'm finally ready to start a family but after hearing these stories i'm afraid that wont be happening to soon is it something I can do?

 

Answer by Dawn
Submitted on 5/27/2006
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I got the depo shot in January, I turned into a raving mad woman, so I decided to not take it again, I am still awaiting my period it is frustrating because I only had 1 shot :(

 

Answer by kat wilson
Submitted on 5/27/2006
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i was on the shot for 3 years and didn't have a period for a year afterwords. i have been told recently that it is only safe for a year at a time. i was told when i got on that it was ok for three years. my joints have not been worse, among other things. i also am having trouble getting pregnant, although i was told it could take up to a year and a half to get back to normal. my periods now are haywire. they come, go and stay as long or short as they want to. i suggest never going near it again (the shot).

 

Answer by kat wilson
Submitted on 5/27/2006
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i was on the shot for 3 years and didn't have a period for a year afterwords. i have been told recently that it is only safe for a year at a time. i was told when i got on that it was ok for three years. my joints have not been worse, among other things. i also am having trouble getting pregnant, although i was told it could take up to a year and a half to get back to normal. my periods now are haywire. they come, go and stay as long or short as they want to. i suggest never going near it again (the shot).

 

Answer by Ashley
Submitted on 5/29/2006
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Im 21 and married I was on the shot for 9 months and my dad told me it not natral for women to not have a period he was worried it would mess me up i din't listen now for the last 9 months me and my husband have been wanting a baby, and i really want one and so doses he i found this web site and it brought me to tears they don't tell you it will ruin your body so you can't get pregnate they just tell you all the good stuff this shot should not be legal If i can't have kids I will come back to this site and all of should sue the company that made this horable drug it's dangoerous to women everywhere it should not be even out there

 

Answer by lilbit
Submitted on 5/31/2006
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i'vebeen on depo for about 2and a half years now i'vebeen of  the shot for about 5 months and i'mstill not pregnant. i'veread up on my situation and have found out it can take 6 months to a year for the shot symptons to disapear. so i still have faith, but if i wouldve knew then what i know now i would have never got on the shot. i don't recommend the shot to anyone!!

 

Answer by Helen
Submitted on 6/1/2006
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Does the Depo shot regulate the period flow?
Or does it cease all period flow????
I'm confused and i really want to know more about this. Please write anything and everything you know about this subject matter.thank you

 

Answer by Kell2005
Submitted on 6/1/2006
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I have been on Depo for 2.5 years and have only been off for 1 month.  I am trying to find out when my cycle will become regular.  If you are on Depo be advised not to take it over a period of 2 years because of the bone density (like the case above).  Each person is so different but learn to pay attention to your body.  I experienced some mood changes but other than that I loved!! being on Depo.  

 

Answer by bridget
Submitted on 6/1/2006
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Well, i have been on the shot for 4 years, i have not had any problems, and no periods, only spotted a few times. I hope i have a good of luck when i get off of it. i am now married and want to start a family. I hope that it doesn't take me to long to get preg, i was supposed to get my last shot a week ago but i haven't. any info let me know buggin_bid@hotmail.com

 

Answer by LALA
Submitted on 6/2/2006
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Actually it is documented that it can cause hair loss. If you google the depo shot and go to the official website it's listed under possible side effects. Personally I hate the shot and plan to get off it after when these 3 months are up.

 

Answer by Sharlene
Submitted on 6/3/2006
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I fully understand what you lady's are talking about,I have 2 children my fist was a surprise and the second one I was taking the birth control pill 1 month after stopping the pill I became pregnant! we were overjoyed .... After my son was born the pill no longer worked in my body my doctors at the time told me this depo was one of a very few options left for birth control.. so I went with it,with the advice that it was Proven SAFE !!! I've been free of depo for almost 2 years ... periods returned after about 8 months but not regular... and still not pregnant .... The Government of Canada should step in and remove this drug before it destroys many more lives!!!!!

 

Answer by emma
Submitted on 6/5/2006
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yikes! this sound so scary! i was thinking about the shot, but this definitely has changed my mind.

 

Answer by Iris
Submitted on 6/5/2006
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Im 17 yrs old and began the depo when i was 15... never had a problem with it. but now that i read these stories im kinda scared n am thinking of gettin off.. i dont want to get pregnant tho what should i do??

 

Answer by DeDe
Submitted on 6/6/2006
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I have been on the depo shot for one year now i have no side effects yet, i dont mind the depo at all. i think that if you dont like bleeding every month get the shot its not bad at all.

 

Answer by NotHappy
Submitted on 6/7/2006
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I am on depo, it is my 2nd month and I started bleeding it has been 12 days and don't looking like it is about to stop.. how long can this go on for and is there anything to help it stop???

 

Answer by sunkist
Submitted on 6/9/2006
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i took the shot once. I have been off for 10 months and still have not became pregnant and my periods are extremly irrergular. I'm hoping that it had to do with the one year off the shot theory becuase i would be devistated if i was not able to concieve

 

Answer by donate
Submitted on 6/10/2006
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i have been on the depo shot for 4 years and 4 months, i  want to donate some eggs to woman who cant have their own children is this possible while i am on the shot?

 

Answer by STEPHANIE
Submitted on 6/12/2006
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IM TRIED OF TRYING TO GET PREGNANT. I TOOK THE DEPO FOR ALMOST 2 YEARS AND HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR 2 YEARS TO GET PREGNANT, AND NOTHING!!! MY PERIODS HAVE BEEN IRREGULAR SINCE THE DAY I STOPPED THE DEPO, WHAT CAN I DO

 

Answer by nana
Submitted on 6/13/2006
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I was on Depo for about 6 yrs,have one son that is 9, and been trying to extend my family for the last 2 yrs,and have not succeeded. I do not recommend depo if you want more children!

 

Answer by nana
Submitted on 6/13/2006
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I was on depo for about 6 yrs,have one son that is 9, and been trying to extend my family for the last 2 yrs,and have not suceeded. I do not tecommend depo if you want more children!

 

Answer by mindy
Submitted on 6/13/2006
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I have been on the shot since I was 21.  I am now 28 and will take my last shot this month.  My husband and I want to try to have a baby.  I know it may not happen or will take a little while.  I did not know all of the side effects though.  I do have osteoporosis, heart problems, vericose veins, and dermititus.  I did not have these until the shot.  Through all these issues though, I have not had ovarian cyst, endometriosis, and periods that were unbearable.  All I can do is pray everything will work out in the end.

 

Answer by jenjen
Submitted on 6/14/2006
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i started the shot when i was 16 after having my first son and now im 19 and want to have another one with my husband. ive been off if it for 15 months and still havent got pregnant. i wouldnt have my period for 3 months then get it then now i think i am getting it back to normal, but if i can or cannot have kids again i would not and never will recomend this shot again!!!!!

 

Answer by Lalasweet
Submitted on 6/14/2006
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I am 19 yrs. old & started on the depo shot in Feb. I am constantly on my period. Mainly light bleeding but it is annoying. I do feel bad for my significant other as he has to face my moody moments, but hey hes staying strong. These stories are pretty terrifying, but I do like what one has said about leaving it in gods hands. My prayers are for those of you who yet to become mothers. :)

 

Answer by CHERIE
Submitted on 6/15/2006
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i've been on the depo shot for two years cause i heard it was really good but when i got on it my period stopped then came back and the doctor told me 2 let my body get use 2 the shot but now two years later i'm still having a period or bleeding ever day so i got off... so i do not advise any body 2 get the shot..

 

Answer by rsimkins
Submitted on 6/20/2006
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I got my first depo shot 6 weeks after I had my first son.  I got one more 3 months later.  My husband and I decided to try for number 2.  It took 22 months for me to have a period.  When I got pregnant the first time I lost it at 6.5 weeks and the second time I got pregnant I lost it at 4.5 weeks.  After giving up, I got pregnant again 5 months later.  I immediately went to my OB to get progesterone suppositories.  This raised my progesterone level to that of a "normal" pregnancy and I stayed pregnant with my 2nd son.  I also consulted with my herbalist after the 2nd loss and he gave me wild yam cream that I applied twice a day.  It was definitely a challenge to get pregnant.  If you look up depo side effects it says that it could take up to 18 months for fertility to return.  It took 22 months for me.  I have been taking depo now for the 8 years my 2nd son has been alive.  I have no period and no real side effects.  I love it and would not change it for anything.  Though I just learned that depo lowers your bone density so I will be adding calcium to my daily routine.  Hope this helps!

 

Answer by Amber
Submitted on 6/20/2006
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I have been on the depo for 3 or so years off and on. I became pregnant after about 6 months of being off of it, and i ended up having a miscarrage. Does the depo have any of effect on that? I would also like to add that about 2 1/2 months ago i started the depo again, but my husband and i have changed our minds and are looking to try once more. Is it possible to get pregnant before your shot is due again? or do we have to wait till my 3 months are up?  

 

Answer by lisa
Submitted on 6/22/2006
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after reading all this im gutted i was due my shot today but my husband said not to have it and try for a baby i expected to be pregnant within 6 months.

 

Answer by julia
Submitted on 6/22/2006
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it just started the shot and i read though the information on the shot and there is side effect that has to do with loss of hair its normal don't be too worried

 

Answer by shay_16
Submitted on 6/22/2006
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Im 15 i started depo when i was 14(2005) after i got pregnant my first time having intercourse i got on in september and continued in november for my next shot i didnt go back because i kept thinking i was pregnant and depo felt like it was messing my body up i asked questions and i read up on it then i asked my doctor if i could get off just to make sure i could still have a period because one day in the future i do want to have kids ...however so far i haven't and its june 2006 (im scared)

 

Answer by misgood
Submitted on 6/22/2006
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Hi,

I'm 33 yrs old and have been on the shot for approximately 5 yrs.  I have one child and have been debating about having another. I've not experienced any hair loss, weight gain,etc. but once you decide to discontinue use of the shot, oh my God! the withdrawals are severe, depending on the length of time you've been on it. I'd really think about taking it, if I were you.

 

Answer by Shyieama
Submitted on 6/23/2006
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I was on the Depo on and off for about 5yrs and my period has returned but I still can not become pregnant I advise anyone not to take the shot its not safe

 

Answer by Samantha
Submitted on 6/23/2006
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I have been on the depo shot for over a year and have still not gotten my period and have been off of depo prevera for months!

 

Answer by Jennifer
Submitted on 6/27/2006
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I'm sorry QuiQui but hair loss is a side effect of the depo shot every website about the shot lists it as one of the side effects plus im going through it myself.  I got my first shot two weeks b4 my 19th birthday which was in January of this year and im still on the shot and am supposed to go for my 3rd dose next week. Every day during my shower i usual lose about 40-50 strands of hair, but since i have alot of hair it dosnt show.  As of two days ago i also got a light period and im still on it as of right now, so even if it says ur period will stop it may for awhile and then come back.  I want to have children when the time is right and after reading these stories i thought about stopping the depo but i know that its different for each woman and since im still getting a period while on the shot i think i will remain on the shot until i finally decide i wont children, but right now at 19 im not ready for kids and the depo has been a great relief on myself i cant tell you how much i have saved on pads, but as every one said it depends on your body how the shot will affect you so if you are truly interested its a decision you alone must make.

 

Answer by TNT
Submitted on 6/28/2006
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I don't know it is normal or not, but I am suffering the same problems as you are.  I haven't had a shot since Feb 2006 and still no sign of a period.  

 

Answer by D & D
Submitted on 6/28/2006
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QUIQUI & PEGEEN, hair loss is one of the side effects, I pasted the info below from a Depo Provera info site, if you want to go there it is
http://www.fwhc.org/birth-control/bcdepo.htm
  
HOPE THIS HELPS

Other side effects of Depo Provera can include headaches, nervousness, mood changes, bloating, hot flashes, decreased interest in sex, breast tenderness, acne, hair loss, and back ache.

 

Answer by jessica
Submitted on 6/28/2006
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I'm 16 years old and i have irregular periods with unbearable cramps.  i have been on birth control since i was 11 and i will have to be on it for the rest of my life. i have been on one pill right after the next but my body seems to become immuned to it or something because they stop helping. one of my friends is on the shot and she recommended it for me. Is it painful? would you recommend it for me? i really need help trying to figure out whether or not to start this treatment. if anyone could help me i would greatly appreciate it.

 

Answer by michelle
Submitted on 6/29/2006
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I was on the shot for 2 years and i got off of it a year ago.I still haven't got my period back.I want to go back on it but i also want to have kids one day.Im 19 now so i guess i will go back on it for another 2 or 3 years and then get off and hopefully start a family one day.I never lost my hair on the shot.I also didn't gain weight.So it effects every one differently.Good luck everyone.

 

Answer by eshab
Submitted on 6/30/2006
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im 16 i have been on depo for 1 1/2 years. when i first got on the shot my period was lasting way to long and i gained almost 20 pounds. I NEED HELP, recently i didnt have my period but i did have sex about 2 months ago can u really get pregnant when on this shot?

 

Answer by Erika
Submitted on 7/2/2006
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I've been taking the shot for about 4 years and want to have one more child, I have three boys and would like to try for another one, but after reading all of these postings, it's scaring me to death.

I never knew about the done density, which I will call my doctor for asap so that I can see where I stand on that.  I was very fertile before the shot, so I did not think that I would have trouble after getting off the shot, but it sounds like I will be having some difficulty trying to get pregnant.  Scary!

 

Answer by leah
Submitted on 7/3/2006
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okay, I'm15 and I'mon the shot. i just got the second shot about 2 weeks ago so it's in my system until September. after reading these stories i think i want to get off it as soon as possible! i think I'llswitch to the pill.

 

Answer by Beanie
Submitted on 7/5/2006
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I had been on the shot for a year now and have recently gotten married. We plan to have children soon but I am scared as to what is going to happen. I have been told by many that once you stop the shot you could have a couple of babies at once. WOW!
To anyone out there that id thinking of taking the shot I definitly do not recomend it at all there are too many problems with it!

 

Answer by queenie
Submitted on 7/5/2006
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I HAVE BEEN ON THE DEPO SHOT FOR 5 YEARS, AND I HAVE NOT HAD A PERIOD SINCE THEN, I RECENTLY STOP TAKING THE SHOT AND I AM NOW PREGNANT,AFTER ONLY 2 MONTHS. SO IT IS VERY POSSIBLE TO CONCEIVE AFTER DEPO, EVERY WOMANS BODY IS DIFFERANT. SO KEEP OM TRYING, IT WORKS.

 

Answer by cassie
Submitted on 7/8/2006
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I am 24 I was on the depo for 9 months. and gained 30 pounds mind you i was working out everyday, and still gained. anyway I have been trying to have a baby yet have not had a period since before my shot wore off.Although i have all the pregnancy symptoms including producing milk. does anyone know if depo can give you a false neg? cause 5 tests came up neg.  

 

Answer by Owwie
Submitted on 7/10/2006
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I am 26, have two children and have had two miscarriages since taking the shot.  My menstral cycle is completely out of wack since the shot and had difficulty conceiveing children when I didn't even have to try before.  I think this shot dose tremedous damage to your reproductive organs.  Anyone planning on children, I wouldn't take this, it would be ideal for people that don't want any at all though!

 

Answer by lauren
Submitted on 7/10/2006
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i wouldnt recomend the shot i got on the shot at 15yrs old and stoped receiaving them at 18 1m 19 now, my period has been irregular from week 2 of the depo. and im scared of the toll it has taken on my body. my mood swings are like a bypolar person,and i dont no if ill ever to be able 2 have kids. u dont want something like that to all be a ? in the back of your mind

 

Answer by tana
Submitted on 7/11/2006
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I got my first shot in Feb. i was really depress, i had alot of mood swings (which my husband didn't like lol). I have 4 little girls, I want to start trying for my little boy. I was suppose to have my second shot in may but i didn't go. so right now, i feel really nauseated, breast are tender, throwing up, headaches, back aches etc. i have all the symptoms of being pregnant, but i took 2 testes but it both came out negative. :0( I am so sad, I cried.. I want a baby so bad.

 

Answer by Danielle
Submitted on 7/13/2006
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i dont advise any female to take the depo it will mess your head up very bad and yes you do loose your hair i have been loosing mine and you can gain a lot of weight so i agree they should take it off the market i rather take a pill every day then have my hair fall out

 

Answer by lissag2005@yahoo.com
Submitted on 7/13/2006
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well i have been on the depo for 6 months and i am hoping to get pregnant soon so how long do you think that will take

 

Answer by Code_red_
Submitted on 7/16/2006
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I'm 13 and i have gotten the shot and it hasent stopped my period yet, i'm getting it again tommarow, but they hurt and its not working!!! and some of these stories make me wonder, i'm younger, so is it really guna screw me up? i dont no though, i'm going to continue getting them for mabe a year or 2 and see how it goes, if i dont like it then i'll get off it. What do u think i should do? someone told me to go on the pill instead.

 

Answer by Code_red_
Submitted on 7/16/2006
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I'm 13 and i have gotten the shot and it hasent stopped my period yet, i'm getting it again tommarow, but they hurt and its not working!!! and some of these stories make me wonder, i'm younger, so is it really guna screw me up? i dont no though, i'm going to continue getting them for mabe a year or 2 and see how it goes, if i dont like it then i'll get off it. What do u think i should do? someone told me to go on the pill instead.

 

Answer by amiee
Submitted on 7/17/2006
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i was on the depo shot for 3 years. i have been trying to get pregnant for aout 6 months and i am not sure that i can even have a baby now. if i were pregnant i wouldnt know, cause i dont have a regular period.

 

Answer by yup
Submitted on 7/19/2006
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No, hair loss is indeed a side effect. Do some research.

 

Answer by sweety
Submitted on 7/20/2006
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I was on the shot for 3 years. I started the shot 5 weeks after having my daughter. I have been off the shot since Feb. of 06. I stopped taking the shot because my family finally made me change my mind about it. It can not be good to not have a period. We were made to have this happen each month and not having one just does not seem safe. I have went off the shot hoping to have a child on the way within the next year and a half. I don't know how long it will take but what ever is to be will happen.

 

Answer by REENY
Submitted on 7/21/2006
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I DONT GET MY PERIOD ANYMORE...BEFORE IT WAS JUST HEAVY THEN AFTER A WHILE IT JUST STOPPED COMPLETELY...I LIKE THE SHOT BUT HATE THE SIDE AFFECTS

 

Answer by seanaterese69
Submitted on 7/21/2006
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I was on the depo shot for two years, during the first shot i did loose some hair but it went away by the next shot - the side effect was listed in my booklet BUT if your hair is coming out in clumps get it checked out. The doctor can run some blood tests to rule out things. Also when I go off the depo shot it took me just over 2 years to get pregnant only because after consulting a fertility specialist. After ruling out any specific problems my Dr. said that it sometimes takes longer to conceive after being on depo depending how long you have been on it. BUT what she recommends for people trying to conceive or just want normal periods back is after your last shot of depo wait 4 months then go on the pill to regulate your cycle. Generally after a couple of months your cycle is back to normal get off the pill and it is much easier to get pregnant. IMPORTANT do not overlap birth control times!!! I did this and it worked.

 

Answer by MM
Submitted on 7/21/2006
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I was wondering, how long before the weight comes off after stopping the shots?

 

Answer by Crystal Anne
Submitted on 7/21/2006
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thats not true You can have hair loss!


Side Effects  

70% of women using Depo Provera gain weight. Almost half of the women using Depo Provera gain more than 5 pounds after one year of use. Many women gain more than 10 pounds.

Irregular, heavy, or no bleeding are common side effects of Depo Provera. After a year of use, many women stop having periods. Lack of a period becomes increasingly common with longer use.

Other side effects of Depo Provera can include headaches, nervousness, mood changes, bloating, hot flashes, decreased interest in sex, breast tenderness, acne, hair loss, and back ache.

After the last shot of Depo Provera, it can take over 6 months for the drug to leave the body. Side effects may linger until the drug is completely gone.

 

Answer by Unfortunate
Submitted on 7/24/2006
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QuiQui,
I advise you read further into the side effects of the shot.  It does have an effect of hair loss.

 

Answer by MARY
Submitted on 7/25/2006
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I was on the depo shot for 1 1/2 years I  got married and I said that I wanted to try to have a baby. I did get my wish I have a wonderful little girl. I did have a lot of problems with my pregnacy I cant say it was the depo'sfault but i do have a litttle girl and I thank God that she ok now. Do what is in your heart and keep trying to all of you who have not yet become pregnat.

 

Answer by kriss
Submitted on 7/27/2006
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ive been off the depo injection for neally a year next month and ive had two periods they are so painfull is this normal please help
and i am also trying for a baby?

 

Answer by apple
Submitted on 7/27/2006
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I was on the shot for almost two years and then stopped. it took a month and a half for my periods to start again. Then I went on it again 3 months later. But stopped after that. It's been three months and i still don't have a period.
  QuiQui, I have been told by 4 different physicians that hair loss is a side effect. Some worse than others.

 

Answer by tay
Submitted on 7/28/2006
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i have been on depo  before and within 2 months after i got off i was preg .i went back on it for 6 months ,meaning two shots and i am off now for a month and am pregnant ..when on it i had alot of side affects thats why i got off ..my hair was falling out, mood swings ,extreme weight gain , and severe headache

 

Answer by jigga
Submitted on 7/28/2006
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I've been on the shot for 5 years just came off its been almost a year my period started from wed.-Fri stopped came back sun-Mon early and is now back Friday.I'm cranky depressed my hair fell out my back hurt I'm  bleeding  very light I've even thrown up.i didn't bleed for 6 years but I'm paying for it now i don't know what it is

 

Answer by Brenda
Submitted on 8/2/2006
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i have only taken one depo shot so far but i want to get off of it to start a family with my husband how long will it take to concieve?????

 

Answer by jessie
Submitted on 8/3/2006
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i was on the shot for two years.  i have been off of it for well over three years now and i still don't have a normal cycle.  i am married and have been for two years.  we have been trying to have a baby since i got off the shot.  i am still feeling the effects of the shot and i am in fear of never having children.  i am living at poverty level so i cannot go into to see a doctor.  i was going to a planned parent hood to get the shot, i was never given all the information on it.  i was just told that it was a way for me not to have a teen "accident".  that's my story....

 

Answer by kristi
Submitted on 8/4/2006
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i lost hair on the shot too...my doctor told me it was a side affect

 

Answer by Abbie
Submitted on 8/7/2006
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Alright.  I got my first depo shot today at my doctor's office.  I had read about it before and was really excited about what it can do for me.  Now that I've read these stories, however, I'm a bit nervous.  

Is the shot truly effective?  How certain can I be that I won't become pregnant having sex without a condom?  

I'm 17 years old, if you were wondering.  My periods have been quite normal ever since I hit puberty.  

Thanks.

 

Answer by dbabydoll
Submitted on 8/7/2006
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I was on the depo for a year my first round then got off lost 50lbs then got back on a year later stayed on another year and got back off for the last time but i gained all my weight back.  I had no periods whatsoever and honestly i havent had any other problems other than ttc.  I read on a website that when getting off the depo theres a chance you'll become pregnant right away or shortly after but if not it can take up to 12-18 months.  Right now ive been off of it for 13 months and still trying so theres hope but like everyone else has been saying it reacts to women differently.

 

Answer by Della
Submitted on 8/8/2006
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I was on the shot about 5 years ago and I had alot of problems with my period being on when it wasn't suppose to.  I too didn't get pregnant after I got off and still haven't.  I don't discourage the shot because I have gotten back on it because me and my husband aren't ready for a child.  I'll let you all know what happens in the next year or so when we plan to have a baby.

 

Answer by leabone
Submitted on 8/10/2006
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i have been off depo for three weeks and have already stared my cycle again after a year and a half. my bfriend and i are trying to have a child. i have always been very furtile so i hope this is a positive sign.

 

Answer by Lindsay
Submitted on 8/14/2006
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I was on the Depo Shot for almost 6 yrs stright, from the age of 16 to 22, It took me about 8 months to get pregnant.  I now have been back on it for another 5 years, I am thinking of getting off, cause my sister has been on it just as long as me, and she has major bone loss.  I dont want more kids, but I want to live long.

 

Answer by denny
Submitted on 8/15/2006
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QuiQui, you are wrong. I have been on the internet all morning reading the side effects of Depo and hair loss is, in fact, a side effect. You can also grow hair in places that you do not wish to grow it. Thanks.

 

Answer by Tiffany
Submitted on 8/15/2006
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QuiQui you need to do a little more research, loss of hair is a definite side effect go to http://www.fwhc.org/birth-control/bcdepo.htm and it tells you there, just for one source

 

Answer by peepee
Submitted on 8/17/2006
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I was on Depo for 5 years and was off for 1 year and did not get pregnant. Than like an idiot I got back on again for 1 year and have now been off again for a year.I want to have another child now and the doctor says I may not be able to. I do not think we should play with God and putting these drugs in our system is fighting God's will.

 

Answer by Kale
Submitted on 8/17/2006
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I took the depo shot one time and will never do it again. Five weeks before I was supposed to go in I stated bleeding, didn't thing anything of it at first and then I didn't quite for about two weeks after I was supposed to go back in and get my shot. I lost hair while on it and had some minor weight gain. I will not take the shot again and wouldn't recommend it to anyone who asks about it.
I have a daughter and my husband and I are trying for another child and hoping that our chances are good after the shot.

 

Answer by Cubby
Submitted on 8/21/2006
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I just did my first shot about 3 months ago. So far I have lost my appetite, gained 8 lbs, and been bleeding for about a month continuosly and heavily. I go in about 3 days to get my second shot, but I am seriously debating as to whether I want it or not. I highly suggest not taking the shot and get on the pill and use it. I was on that and it worked fine, the shot just messes you up entirely.

 

Answer by NEWNE
Submitted on 8/21/2006
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I WOULD NOT ADVISE THIS SHOT TO ANYONE UNLESS YOU DON'T EVER WANT TO HAVE KIDS AND ARE MIDDLE AGED AND KNOW THAT FOR A FACT,BUT YOUNG GIRLS DON'T DO IT PLEASE BECAUSE I GOT ON THE SHOT WHEN I WAS SIXTEEN AND GOT OFF OF IT @ 18 AND IT HAS BEEN 8MO AND I AM NOW JUST SPOTTING A LITTLE BIT SO AND IT HAS SO MANY DIFFERENT EFFECTS ON YOUR BODY THAT IT IS HARD FOR YOU TO FEEL LIKE YOURSELF AFTER THAT.ALL OF THE WOMEN LIKE ME THAT WANT TO HAVE KIDS IT IS HARD BECAUSE U DONT KNOW WHEN IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN SO JUST PRAY AND ASK GOD TO HELP YOU WITH THIS SITUATION AND IT WILL COME!

 

Answer by DC
Submitted on 8/21/2006
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Ive been on depo almost 10.5 years comming off and Have recieved already my last one I believe .I want to see if I can loose weight gained now Just turned 40. Aug 19,2006

 

Answer by hmh003
Submitted on 8/23/2006
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Hey guys,
I have been diagnosed with endometreosis and have been on the depo shot to try to help with the symptoms. My doctor wants to do surgery because I was on the shot for 6 months and it didn't take away the pain completely. Because the side effects of the depo really effected me they wanted to put me on the nuva ring. I am supposed to not have a period whatsoever so the doc told me to not leave a week for my period, just to insert another ring after I take out the first. I have done that and now I feel quite nausiated. It only happens every now and then and I don't get sick I just feel really yucky. Is this normal? Has anyone else delt with this? Thanks for your help!

 

Answer by kiddle123
Submitted on 8/24/2006
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hey i've been on the shot for a little over 5 years i just came off it and it took me a little over 5 months to get a period it only lasted like 5 days anyone  know what else will go on from here i've heard of people geting there period for like weeks at a time any one know

 

Answer by moonpie
Submitted on 8/25/2006
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QuiQui, yes, hair loss is included in the common side effects of the Depo shot.  You really should educate yourself before making rude and ignorant comments such as the one you made to Pegeen

 

Answer by shay
Submitted on 8/27/2006
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i've taken the shot for 2 yrs and i've been off for 5 mths and my cycle comes every month and i still haven't concieved yet my doc told me it may take 6 mths to a yr to concieve

 

Answer by malissa
Submitted on 8/28/2006
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I have only taken two shots and now my husband and I want to start our family, but no one has been able to tell us how long we will have to wait until it happens. Our other problem is that we don't have medical insurance so now we have to try and use the planned parenthood place and hopefully they will accept us with the income that we have.!

 

Answer by aja
Submitted on 8/28/2006
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i read that the depo shot can last for longer with different people so that also means that people can take longer to get pregnant after they stop it...i heard it can take up to 3 years....If you are that worried about it, talk to your doctor about the days that it is easiest for you to get pregnant....

 

Answer by Jerri
Submitted on 8/29/2006
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I was on the shot from the age of 14 to about 19 or 20.  I'm 22 now.  I've never been pregnant before.  I desperately want a child and it's just not happening.  My doctor doesn't seem to be taking my want seriously and she just says that I'm young and to give it time.  I heard that Vitamins. C and E might help so I'm trying them...but this is depressing and listening to your stories helped & let me see that I'm not the only one...Thanks

 

Answer by cittycat
Submitted on 8/29/2006
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I have been on the depo shot for eight years. is there any thing I should be looking for because I have been on it so long.

 

Answer by ness
Submitted on 8/30/2006
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I have been on the depo shot for 2 months i love it only problem is weight gain....anyhow dont get discouraged about taking the shot from these stories there are alot of side effects with any medicine that u take!! plus u should know what to expect before taking the shot!

 

Answer by jesica
Submitted on 8/31/2006
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i been on the shot for 3 months im not planing be on it any more isit possible to get pregnat been on the shot for 3 months

 

Answer by Savannah
Submitted on 9/1/2006
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I was on the Depo shot for over a year and after getting off of it I was able to have a beautiful son.  It took awhile after getting off, but I was eventually able to conceive.  So keep trying!!

 

Answer by angel
Submitted on 9/4/2006
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One of the side effects of the depo shot is slight hair loss.  I have a 7 year old daughter and a 4 month old son. I started the shot 6 weeks after each of my children were born. While I am on the shot, my hair does fall out. But within a month after taking the shot, my hair stops falling out.... One of the lovely side effects of modern medicine. But it is better than forgetting to take a pill every day and ending up with an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy

 

Answer by kathryn
Submitted on 9/4/2006
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i came of the depo in may and now i 5 weeks prgnant

 

Answer by telly210
Submitted on 9/5/2006
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You're so wrong the shot does have a lost of hair side affect. I personal have experience this myself and indeed the package will tell you that hair lost is from the depo. So where ever you heard that from please give it back to them and tell them to read more and speak less unless they know what they are talking about

 

Answer by Jamie
Submitted on 9/5/2006
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I was on the shot 1 year, then went to the pill...got my period on time for 4 months then decided to go on the shot due to painful periods, i'm looking to have my 3 child and going off the shot this month...so we'll see!!

 

Answer by Stephanie
Submitted on 9/6/2006
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When I got the shot they never told me that it would take this long to get back on a normal cycle! The doctor sugested it after I had a missed miscarrege to give my bady time to heal. Now that we want to try again I have to have three normal cycles and I still have not had one. I would not tell anyone to try to shot its not worth it theres better ways out there!!

 

Answer by lilchick1725
Submitted on 9/10/2006
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i just got the shot a couple weeks ago and now i am starting to lacktate from the breast. i haven't really found it as a side effect. if anyone has had this same problem please tell me.

 

Answer by Neka
Submitted on 9/10/2006
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to QuiQui the shot DO cause you to loose your hair I'd Advise you to go to the site and read the side effects before answering someone.And get your FACTS right.

 

Answer by Worried
Submitted on 9/11/2006
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I was on the depo shot for 2 yrs. I just stopped taking it about 4 months ago. I have not had a period yet. I have only had a light brown discharge since stopping. I have recently started having really tender breast and very sensitive nipples. I'm not sure if that is a side effect of the shot and my body trying to readjust. I took a preg test but came back neg. This has been going on for a week now. Has anyone experienced this?
Please let me know.

 

Answer by Worried
Submitted on 9/11/2006
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I was on the depo shot for 2 yrs. I just stoped taking it about 4 months ago. I have not had a period yet. I have only had a light brown discharge since stoping. I have recently started having really tender breast and very sensitive nipples. Im not sure if that is a side effect of the shot and my body trying to reajust. I took a preg test but came back neg. This has been going on for a week now. Has anyone experenced this?
Please let me know.

 

Answer by julie
Submitted on 9/12/2006
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hi, i am a little concerned about some of these complaints.  these things haven't been proven as caused by depo.  i have many friends who love the shot and have gotten pregnant after it.  some of the problems mentioned could have been a problem before the shot or completely un-related.  you shouldn't be so quick to blame.  many women can't get pregnant and have never used the depo shot. check the facts before youlay blame!

 

Answer by skittleskh
Submitted on 9/13/2006
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I was on depo for a little over a year.  For the first 6 months i would spot bleed every couple days and then finally it went away all together.  I thought the shot was awesome while i was on it but then when i got off of it, it took a year to get back to normal and get my period again.  That scared me.  Now I'm hearing that there is a possibility that i may never be able to conceive.  I will never go on the shot ever again and i don't think it should be on the market anymore.  It just isn't worth the risk of possibly becoming sterile. PLEASE ladies, really consider what you're doing.  It might be nice at the moment but the possibility of never being able to have children is one of the scariest things i can think of.  Its NOT worth it.

 

Answer by 18yroldgrl
Submitted on 9/14/2006
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wow, for the first time yesterday i started birth control, (depo).. some of these stories really scare me, cause i do want to have children some day? does anyone know if i can go back when my three months are up and start on the pill?!

 

Answer by roxysurph
Submitted on 9/17/2006
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I am 26 years old.  I was on depo for 5 years with nothing but good reports.  I ended the shots just 2 months after marriage b/c I was told it would take SO LONG to get pregnant!  Nope, not me, I had my period within 2 months and pregnant 6 months later.  I was happy but a little shocked b/c I expected to get pregnant much later.  
After my son was born, I went back on the shot because I was having such a tough time on the Nuva Ring.  Once again, no problems, after 6 months.  My doctor was very supportive of my experience on the shot.  I believe that every woman is different and her fertility will be altered no matter what BC they choose (shot or pill).  You have to be careful no matter what you do, get bone tests, check your health and be prepared to have fertility problem.  I'm here to tell you though, the "year waiting period" is not true for all women.  I am not saying I am unhappy with my son by no means, however, I was not prepared to be 4 months pregnant at my one year wedding anniversary so just remember, it can happen quick too!

 

Answer by court
Submitted on 9/18/2006
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QuiQui I have been researching the depo shot for the past week, and on about 7 of every 10 cites i've been on say one of the side effects of the shot is possible hair loss.

 

Answer by turtle42082
Submitted on 9/20/2006
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I started the shot when I was 14, and had cancer at 17(no relation to the shot), I got off the shot at 18 and started my cycle immediately.  After being told I could not have children I conceived at 21 and now after being on the shot 2 years I have been off it 3 1/2 months and have conceived my second child(just barely), however my doctor stated that this is very unusual do to the fact that my period did not return this time.  He told me that on average it takes about 6 months but can take up to 15 months to get your cycle back.  I unfortunately do not have much of a choice of birth control do to the fact that the hormones in the drugs out there.  You see I can not use most of them because they will cause my tumors to grow in size or become cancerous and risk my health however Depo has always been safe for me so I like it, every one is different.  Do research and use your own judgment.

 

Answer by short
Submitted on 9/21/2006
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I was on the shot from 16-18 my last shot was in June. This month I started a oral birth control I have gotten my period back and I have only been taking it a month. It is now Sept. and I plan on getting pregnant from January - April. Does anyone think it will happen. I wish I NEVER would have gotten the shot!

 

Answer by Nana
Submitted on 9/22/2006
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