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Dawn Stacey M.Ed, LMHC

Bleeding and the Depo Shot

By April 27, 2009

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It's time for another reader's email. Just the other day, I received this question from Sarah:

I have just received my first Depo shot a few days ago and was not yet having my period because I knew that I would be getting it later that evening. Since I received the Depo shot, I started spotting the same day and slightly the next day but have yet to receive my period. I know I am not pregnant, but I wanted to know if this was common.

Your body will likely go through changes as it adjusts to the progestin provided by Depo Provera. Typically, it takes about 3 months for a woman's body to adjust to Depo Provera. As your body is adjusting to the Depo shot, it is considered completely normal if you experience irregular bleeding (spotting) and/or prolonged bleeding (like a continuous period). Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing how you will react to Depo Provera - whether or not you will have spotting, when it will stop, or if you end up not having period at all.

Pfizer (Depo's manufacturer) indicates that in clinical studies, 39% of women usually find that their periods completely stop by the end of month 6 of use. After nine months of using Depo Provera or Depo-subQ Provera 104, about half of women's periods have either almost stopped or have completely stopped. Finally, for the remaining women, 57% report that their periods have stopped by the end of a whole year of use.

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Comments
December 15, 2009 at 1:10 am
(1) Shannon says:

Just wanted to give a comment – I had the first shot and 1 week later started to spot/bleed – i am still bleeding and it has been 27 days. I am frustrated and upset with constantly having to wear pads, has dramatically dampened my sex life with my husband. So with mood swings, heavy cramping, headaches and never ending period, I would never do it again.

January 23, 2010 at 11:44 pm
(2) Mimi says:

That depo shot is horrible i as well got it for my first time & i got my regular period the first month the second month i got it towards the end till the 3rd month & I didn’t go get the shot again because I hoped my period would stop and it’s the 4th month & im still on it ! I feel so emotionally unhappy & my sex life isn’t the same & I sometimes am irritated I have mood swings & everything ! I’m so frustrated with my body I don’t know wat to do !

January 30, 2010 at 5:47 pm
(3) jessika says:

I too got the shot after my baby and 4 weeks later started my period and it won’t stop! Wtf! I wasn’t warned about that its so annoying and really inconvenient. I’ve been bleeding for almost a month…really! I’m never getting the shot again my next method will be the either the neuvo ring or the IUD.

February 16, 2010 at 10:53 pm
(4) collegegirl says:

I got the shot like 2 months ago because I liked the fact that I wasn’t going to have a period and didn’t have to worry about getting pregnant but as soon as i got on it, like a week or 2 later I started getting very emotional. I took everything anyone told me seriously and it ended my relationship because I couldnt control my anger. I felt depressed at time but now I’m over that stage. But th 1st month I used depo my period lasted for around 3 wks. Now my period has been on for a month. I HATE IT. I will NEVER get on depo provera again.

February 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm
(5) Annie says:

I was on the contraceptive impant for 3 months but had a continuous period so then went on to the injection where the same thing then happened. I then came off the injection after the 3 months which was around september october time. I then had no period until start january but since then I have pretty much had a continuous one with maybe only a few days here and there withought bleeding. Is this normal or something i should worry about?

February 24, 2010 at 5:43 pm
(6) sasha says:

well grrls i got the shot on November i got ma pd three weeks later.. den started spottin.. its about to be march and im still spottin!!!! ii t suks!!!! wen wil dis be over?? i don undastand whats goin on!!! y me

February 25, 2010 at 2:19 am
(7) Netta says:

i got my first shot Dec 3 and I was on my period. Its Feb 25th and I am still on. My fiance and I havent been intimate in a while and its taking a toll on my relationship. I was warned that there would be spotting but never made aware of the fact that I would have a full blown period this long. I dont know whether or not to ride this storm and see where it takes me or stop getting the shot and try another for of BC. By the way Im 26 with a six and a 2 year old.

February 28, 2010 at 10:34 am
(8) kelly says:

I was given the shot a month after i had my son. I was bleeding the 3 months then I went and got the shot again hoping that it would be a little better. But it wasn’t. So after that I didn’t get it again. It’s been a year I haven’t had a period I may spot 1 time a day out of a whole month. I hate this so much. I was a fertile person. I wanna have a child soon. I just don’t understand why I can’t get any answers. wtf!

March 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm
(9) Natalia says:

Ohhhh my gosh i thought something was wrong with me, but reading all of your comments ladies now i see its not. I had my shot 20 days ago and im still bleeding, this is my first time and i HATE it, wtf, i was told that the shot will stop me from bleeding for three months. I would never refer this darn Depo shot to anyone… IM SO MAD

March 12, 2010 at 4:20 am
(10) windy says:

I have stopped the depo shot it had cuzed me, in a two weeks to gain 10-15 pounds and i am a very active person. i got stretch marks all over my legs and had a period for 4 months please i suggest not to use this product now I am facing the fact I am not sure if I am able to have kids. I was on this shot for only a year and a half… So to all who reads this please try something else this is not the way to go.

March 18, 2010 at 12:11 pm
(11) rachel says:

I took the depo and spotted for the first 3 months. I took the depo, the 2nd dose, and weighed myself at the doctor’s office and had gained 12 punds and an increase in body fat! No one told me I would gain that much weight. The doctor never mentioned that I would stop getting a period either. Now I have stopped taking the depo and who knows if I will get a period again. If you plan on getting pregnant within a year or two…DO NOT take the DEPO.

March 19, 2010 at 2:06 am
(12) Brenda says:

WOW I took depo for a few years and had no spotting or periods went off it had the heavy long painful periods now I recently went back on it…..I’m emotional mess spotting started after 3 mths and hasn’t stop.

March 25, 2010 at 3:58 pm
(13) Courtney says:

Well, everyone’s body reacts differently. I bled for almost a month straight when i first started but I have been on depo for almost a year and a half and i love it. i have no longer have cramps or a period. And its alright that your body isnt back to normal within a few months… it can actually take anywhere from 6 to 18 months for the progestrin (thats the hormone in depo) to clear out of your body entirely! You can try herbal teas and other detox tricks to speed the process along if you’re looking to get pregnant.

March 26, 2010 at 11:13 pm
(14) Diana says:

I have been on my period for 7 months due to the depo shot. The first shot I got my period within three weeks, and told by my doctor that by the time I get the second shot I will be okay and may not even have my period. Well its been almost 6 months since my last depo shot and guess what I am still on my period!!!! What ever you do, do NOT get this shot unless you are fine with wearing pads and having no sex life!

April 4, 2010 at 9:26 am
(15) kat says:

i was on the depo for 5 yrs after i had my 1st child. i never had any problems with it. it took a while for the spotting to stop but after that it was great. i stopped taking it and got pregnant a year and a half later. after this baby i started the depo again that was in september 2009. i bled non stop and heavily most of the time. i had another shot in november thinking it would settle but it didnt. it’s now april and i havent had another shot since november and i still bleed heavily nearly every day. there’s maybe 2 days out of every month where i don’t. i have to also wear a pad everyday as i dont know when i’m going to bleed. it has ruined my life in a big way.

April 5, 2010 at 1:40 pm
(16) ray ary says:

i got on debo on febuary 28/2010 and mt period started march 30/2010 and been on untill april/5/2010 and it has affected my sex life and really bad mood swings i wish there was a better solution to debo and the period swings or whatever but we really dont have a choice if we dont awnt to get pregant and want to have sex

April 8, 2010 at 11:20 pm
(17) ms.dilo says:

Well well well…..I got my first depo shot about a month ago. I have been spotting for the last two weeks. Just when I think the spotting is over…..it comes back again. By the way, I have not had a period since DEPO!

April 11, 2010 at 4:16 am
(18) Molly says:

I got my first DEPO shot on the 12th February this year. After almost two weeks I began to spot and bleed. It hasn’t stopped in the past two months. It’s terrible – It’s very strong and just gushes through a tampon. It’s terribly worrying to have to wear a tampon so often. I think this shot works by giving you non-stop bleeding, thus not allowing you to have sex, and get pregnant in the first place.

April 24, 2010 at 11:47 pm
(19) Beth says:

I got my shot March 15th and still havent had a period and no weight gain I kinda like IDK though I hope nothing is wrong!!

April 26, 2010 at 12:27 am
(20) trina says:

I got my depo january of 2009.. started bleeding febuary 5th, 2009 and im still bleeding til this day.. its been over a year im miserable and hate my life.. the only thing that made things a bit easier was a patch my gyn put me on for the last 2 months.. its stopped the bleeding completely but i have 1 patch left so i know once thats gone… here comes the bleeding again.. y me?

April 26, 2010 at 3:48 pm
(21) Viv says:

If you are reading this and are considering taking depo DO NOT WHATEVER YOU DO TAKE IT. I had my first shot around the middle of dec 09 it is now around the end of april 10 and I am still bleeding heavely. I have had x-rays to see if something is wrong taken estrogen, high doses of ibprophin and birth control pills. Nothing is stopping the bleeding. I have terrible mood swings that are affecting my relationship with my family and feel really bad all the time.I hope this ends soon or I will truely go insane. The way I figure it my system should be all cleared of the nasty depo by June so my fingers are crossed.

April 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm
(22) Mickey says:

I join the list of complaints. First of all, my cycle was about 2 weeks late. During this time i experienced the WORST PMS of my life. I was miserable, moody, crampy, depressed…then the spotting started and has not stopped. On top of that, I’m still cramping and moody. My sex life is on hold and I hate having to wear pads everyday and I’m afraid to wear white or light colored clothing. On top of that the odor! I have NEVER in my life smelt this way consistently and I am so self-conscious of it. I regret ever taking the shot and now I have to wait for it to leave my system entirely. I will never, ever, ever get it again and would not advise anyone else to take it either. Sure, everyone’s body reacts differently…but from what I’m reading here, most women hate it! It is horrible!!

April 27, 2010 at 11:50 pm
(23) lapria says:

Ommg ! I’m so scared from reading all these peoples comments I juss took the depo shot & haven’t had any sysmtoms yet . That’s probably juss cause I toook it a weeek ago ! I’m so scared to gain weight & I do not want a period for that long like everybody else has been having ! I pray everything goes well with mee ! If I new it was like this I never would of taken this . After these 3 weeks is up I’m onto this pills .

May 12, 2010 at 3:16 pm
(24) Soima says:

I WILL NEVER GET THE DEPO SHOT AGAIN! I had it more than a month ago, i hav been bleeding (kind of like the regular period) for more than 21 days now with contraction like pain. It has been TERRIBLE and i would never recommend this to anybody for nothing in the world! Im switching to the pills to see how it goes.

May 17, 2010 at 3:44 pm
(25) SkrrkS says:

I had my daughter Jan 2nd of this year, and started the Depo 2 days after she was born. I understand that you will still bleed after you first have a baby, but it never stopped. When time came around for my 2nd shot, i talked to my doc and she said that happens alot and the 2nd shot should even things out and stop the bleeding.. Well the first day it did. Then after that, back to the bleeding. It is rediculous. After everything this is putting me through, and all i hear about bleeding after STOPPING the Depo, or not bleeding at all and having a hard time getting pregnant, i am scared i will not be able to get pregnant as soon as i liked, and once my 3 months is up from this 2nd shot, i will NEVER get the shot again. Unless you don’t mind bleeding all the time and not having a sex life, don’t get the depo. It’s not worth it.

May 25, 2010 at 10:18 am
(26) Christina says:

I have been on Depo for 9 months and have had no problems. I love it I do not have to worry about getting pregnant :-)

May 26, 2010 at 12:04 am
(27) Staci says:

I took 2 depo shots, 3 months apart like you were supposed to. I felt very lucky that I didn’t seem to have any symptoms from it. I was warned I could have irregular bleeding, etc. Well, after some weight gain and feeling depressed I decided I didn’t want the shot anymore. It has now been 4 months since my last shot. I just had my period 2 weeks ago, and now it’s back. I called my midwife, and she told me the Depo messes women’s systems up for 6-12 months after the last shot and that I’m bleeding irregularly because of the Depo. Great! I wouldn’t advise taking this shot. Even though I had no problems while on it, my problems started after stopping it.

June 18, 2010 at 11:15 pm
(28) brandy says:

I have had period for 2 weeks today. If it doesnt stop soon im going to sceram

June 25, 2010 at 12:51 pm
(29) alexandra says:

i been on depo for a month and a half and i been spotting and just stopped now i have constant back pain and stomach pain and migraines non stop. i would never do this again!

July 5, 2010 at 12:51 am
(30) Eb says:

I started on the shot in June. I started cramping like a day later! I knew then things would get bad:( Well I got my period June 25th it is now been 12 days and I am still bleeding and cramping bad, to the point of needed pain meds! I am about to go insane I need help with this. I’m not messing up my sex life, my husband is in jail( So Sad) So he may have wished this on me(lol) Please stop it!!!!!!

July 5, 2010 at 3:30 pm
(31) mich says:

I started on the depo the end of Jan 2010, almost 2 months after having my daughter. 1st month got a reg period, 2nd month nothing, 3rd month all hell breaks loose and i bleed non stop, 4th month i bleed all but 2 days not even consecutive days. May 17th i had implants put in. Since then I haven’t stopped bleed. some days are lighter, some days heavier. I can’t stand it and my husband is getting annoyed bcuz the sex life isn’t there. Dr thinks its the depo. I’m hoping since I don’t have to get the shot anymore my body will return to normal. It’s so depressing. I ALWAYS had normal periods before this!!!!

July 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm
(32) Has no sex life says:

I took my first depo shot 3 weeks ago and have only had a 3 day break from bleeding. it is every day! I did not want to take the shot to begin with, but had to have a back up birth control for the ESSURE procedure I had done(blocks tubes permanantly). I wish I would have just told the dr Id go with abstinance as a back up because thats whats happening anyway. I have to be on the shot for 6 months and now I’m reading that you can bleed forever after you quit taking them too wtf ??????? I feel totally screwed (but not literally thats obsolete these days)

July 12, 2010 at 10:12 pm
(33) Lorennn says:

Do not get the depo shot. it freakin sucks and ive been on my period for over a month! and its bad… also im really mean to everyone and im never mean. ive also found myself to be very depressed here recently. i dont advice it.

July 16, 2010 at 4:35 am
(34) lisa says:

i had the depo shot three months ago , with light spotting , but i have now been bleeding for three weeks!! it is showing no signs of stopping , i will NEVER have the depo again

July 16, 2010 at 5:13 pm
(35) ashley says:

I had my first and only shot in march . decided i wanted to ttc and never went back for the 2nd. the day after my shot was due which was june 17th i started bleeding and havent stopped since. idk if this is b/c my body is trying to start ovulating again or wat? should i use bc pills for a month to regulate my periods again? this is ruining my life right now. i want this to stop. never ever if u havent already get that depo shot its awful!

July 21, 2010 at 8:06 pm
(36) Katerra says:

i first got my depo shot April 8 2010 the first month i didnt bleed at all
the second month i spotted here and there but the third month i spotted almost everyday i had stomach aches and back pains.i got my second shot a few weeks ago and the bleeding stopped til last week.i thought it was a good thing getting on birth control but reading some of your comments im having second thoughts about it

July 29, 2010 at 11:55 am
(37) ash says:

wow! i am so glad i havent had as many problems as the rest of you. ive been on the shot for 7 months. i have been spotting for the last 2-3 weeks with a little cramping but it hasnt ruined my life.. i did spot about 2 weeks after getting the shot and it lasted a week or so. i have spotted randomly over the last 7 months but it hasnt been bad. my dr told me i could bleed up to 6 months. i was worried bc i was still but i see from above that it is normal.. (i am 30 and had my first child 2 months before starting the shot)

August 2, 2010 at 11:47 pm
(38) ChanChan says:

Depo shot= Abstinence=Frustration and Depression= Me never doing this again. Enough said

August 8, 2010 at 9:55 pm
(39) n. sheree says:

WELL I’ve been on tha depo shot for almost a year after i had a abortion and i haven’t stopped spotting i just started again after i thought it was all over my next app. is on the 12 OF AUGUST and I’m not taking the shot no more because it’s very uncomfortable. And it’s also messed with my emotions and stuff it’s brung me alot of personal issues and as of this moment i will never get on the depo every again and wouldn’t recommend it either.! AND EITHER WAY IT GOES BIRTH CONTROL IS WRONG PERIOD…and so is abortion i still feel bad about it all but i was stupidd

August 11, 2010 at 11:48 pm
(40) mspissedoff says:

I got on the depo in June 2010 and all was fine but that next month all hell broke loose!I was bleeding so heavily that the super plus tampons wasn’t enuf, I had t wear a pad also.Even though the heavy bleeding stopped I’m still spotting today and I’m sick of wearing damn panty liners. I will not be going back to get the second dose!

August 17, 2010 at 4:40 pm
(41) aflac6981 says:

i have been on depo once in the past with adverse reactions: constant and heavy bleeding. i stopped it adter 6 months. i am now on it again with just constant spotting. still irritating yes definitely. come to find out, most doctors offices will not tell you there is a actual timeframe during your cycle when you should get the first shot. this is within the first 5 days after you start you period. any other time and your hormones are not at the right levels for it to be effective the day you get the shot and you will have more side effect risk. try stopping for 6 months then going in as soon as you can after starting your period and it is effective that day and the effects are not nearly as bad.

August 21, 2010 at 3:02 am
(42) nikki says:

I got depo 14 weeks ago..I started bleeding june 25th and its August 21st I have NOT stopped bleeding. I cant stand it. Its not enough for a huge pad or tampon but I have to atleast wear a panty liner and Im so tired of bleeding. I was due for my shot a week and a half ago I did not go get it and I will NOT ever get Depo again. I would rather take a little pill everyday. NOT recommended to anyone at all EVER…DO NOT GET THE DEPO SHOT unless you want to wear pads everyday

August 23, 2010 at 1:49 pm
(43) corissa says:

I got on depo 2 days after i had my daughter on march 27,2010 and i bled for 3 months and stopped for a month then i started my period at the beggining of august it lasted for 8 days i stopped for a week and now im on my period again. Ive called my obgyn and all he can say is its normal and my body isnt use to the shot yet but ive had 2 shots already its really pissing me off i think if this doesnt clear up in two weeks im going to switch to a new birth control.

August 26, 2010 at 3:38 pm
(44) Skyler says:

I took my first shot in April. During the first 3 months, I had my period, or I spotted 3/4 weeks of each month. After the second shot at the beginning of July, it’s been non stop.

It almost seems as though the reason this birth control works, is because now, because of the spotting, I don’t feel like having sex, or we use a condom just in case.

If you read any online articles, it says that its because your body can’t heal properly due to the lack of estrogen.

Also, most websites mention about weight gain. It’s common to gain weight during this time. The websites mention 5-12 pounds is common during the first year.

Just wanted to mention what I found.

August 30, 2010 at 10:48 pm
(45) Jessica says:

I freaked out cause i thought i was pregnant after taking the shot. Because, i started in july & still bleeding and it is going into september? what the hell and i thought i was the only one. Jesus they should warn all woment they are going to bleed forever after taking the shot. ugh so annoyed!!

October 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm
(46) Doreen says:

Oh Man!! I just wanna cry now lol… had the depo shot a month ago and have had my period for over a week now… just reading all the comments and knowing my period prob wont stop for a few months or more, this really sux, and so not fair.. why didn’t i get warned about this???

October 13, 2010 at 2:50 pm
(47) Lauren Stock says:

ive been on the shot for almost a year and its been very irregular. i didnt have a period for up to three months in that time. but i have had 3 since june. sometimes they last 2 weeks. my sister has been on it for years and rarely bleeds so i think there is hope!

October 13, 2010 at 10:18 pm
(48) ashley says:

I received my 3rd round of depo and that same day i started bleeding nine months later still bleeding Would NEVER suggest to get it. It has been horrible

October 14, 2010 at 7:22 pm
(49) Z says:

Urgh!!!! I’m So PISSED! I got the shot at my 6 week check up after I had my daughter in Aug. I felt cramps a few days latter and started bleeding 5 days latter and it hasn’t stoped its been almost 3 weeks! My sex life is none existing because of it! MAN THIS SUCKS! I will not get the shot again!

October 19, 2010 at 9:45 pm
(50) Precious says:

I’ve been bleedin for like 3 weeks now , it jus keeps flowin its not heavy its jus really annoyin I will neva get this shot again …..ughhh in some of u ladies comments are scary like imma bout to go crazy plus the mood swings are the worse ..

November 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm
(51) jellybean09 says:

i have been on the depo shot for 3 months as of nov. 9th i have had bleeding for the whole 3 months! it seems like the birth control makes you bleed so you dont have sex and dont end up pregnant. this is really annoying and is hurting my relationship. i would never recommend this to anyone!

November 3, 2010 at 1:21 pm
(52) Sammy says:

I started the depo in September, started bleeding heavily and hasent stopped since. I wish I never got the depo shot. I have horrible headaches, I have really bad mood swings, and Im very self consious about all the bleeding. My sex life is at a stand still because of all the bleeding. I am NEVER getting the depo again. I swear it makes you bleed so you cant have sex and get pregnant. This product should be ripped off the market to save women the problems this terrible drug causes.

November 3, 2010 at 6:34 pm
(53) amber says:

I hate this! I hate This! I hate this! If I were my boyfriend I would’ve broken up with me by now. This definitely is birth control, I can’t even try for a kid cuz I’ve been on my period so long. I can’t wait til its out of my body.

November 3, 2010 at 10:01 pm
(54) mommyoftwo says:

i got the shot 2 days after haveing my son.. he was born may14 2010.. An i have bleed everyday.. i go for my thrird shot here soon.. an im not spoting.. its heavy.. six months of bleeding is not what i singed up for.. I am going crazy.. An like most of you.. Sex is not an option.. My hhusband hates it.. uess its a good way to not get prego again.. But wont do it again.. wish i knew this to start with..

November 6, 2010 at 12:21 am
(55) Shawna says:

I must be one of the few lucky ones cause I loved being on the Depo Shot. The first shot I took about 6 weeks after I had my son and I have been on it for 3 years. I have had no weight gain, no period, no mood swings or anything. I stopped taking the shot in April and I still havent had a period but the doctor told me when I went on it that I wouldnt get it right away so I already knew that. If you are thinking about taking the depo then read the packet that comes with the shot. You can also ask your pharmacy for a printout. It says in the packet all that you need to know about the depo. I am glad that my experience was not like alot of others. I would definately go on the depo again.

November 7, 2010 at 6:43 pm
(56) Jane says:

^ I agree! i got it in september, so its been 2 months and I barely spotted for one day and ever since then I haven’t have my period at all!

November 13, 2010 at 5:50 am
(57) Shanna says:

DONT USE DEPO YOU WILL BLEED FOR DAYS WITH NO END IN SIGHT KNOW YOUR FACTS AND MAKE SURE U MAN KNOWS YOU WILL B BLEEDING FOREVER LITERALLY.. I recently had a kid august 2010 since Im breastfeeding my Birth control option are limited after 2months of no sex i get the depo in 0ct 2010. i wish i knew then wat i know now..im bleeding more than i did in my post partum period my sex life and life is ruined im so pissed off and starting 2 become depressed im not getting the 2nd shot the doctor couldnt help me bcause estrogen should make me stop bleeding but will dry out my milk key word SHOULD, Then she tells me i can have sex while bleeding jus wear condoms i saturate an overnight within an hour an a half imagine how gross ..its not natural 2 bleed 4ever its ruining everything im 2 the point in which i ready 2 quit breastfeeding an just get the estrogen. please stay away from depo and save your self bleeding heavily for days on end along with cramping and hair loss in my case is not worth it its devastating.

November 24, 2010 at 3:52 pm
(58) chels says:

okay, well for the past few days, me &+ my boyfriend think i may be pregnant, but i have had the depo shot before, i was on it for a year and a half almost, &+ stopped my period a good couple weeks after, we are getting concerned that if i am pregnant, that maybe this is from that, or from the shot.! its so hard to tell with both, because i moved &+ had my last shot in april of this year, moved out of state, didnt have it for 5-6 months &+ JUST got the shot again the 4th of this month. we had sex &+ stuff, so we are thinking im pregnant now, im getting all those little signs that i am, but we went to a parenthood place about 2 weeks ago &+ the test was negative, us AND the lady both said it might have been too early to tell. so im trying to figure out why im bleeding, because i didnt have periods the whole time i was on the shot, off it for those 5-6 months, am on it now &+ this dark blood is kinda making me think if i am, i had a miscarrage or that its normal. Someone help.? :/

November 28, 2010 at 10:19 pm
(59) Tammy says:

I started the depo shot around the mid october and had my pd a mounth later then did not have it the next month..but now ive been spotting off and on for the past two weeks,but it seems to stop when i have sex but starts back up the next day!!!I REALLY DONT UNDERSTAND WHATS GOING ON WITH MY BODY AND ITS FREAKING ME OUT!!!!

November 29, 2010 at 7:09 pm
(60) brooke says:

Heyy:)
I’m 14 years old and I was put on depo in augest of 2010′
and never went back to get my 2nd shot cause the first couples months is bad me fell crazy i allways get dizzy EVERY time i get up or just randomly and i’v been spotting ever sence augest and hello is 2 days from december i was wondering if any one knows what i can to get back on trake

November 29, 2010 at 11:00 pm
(61) mikki says:

I got the depo shot in Sept . I’ve been bleeding since mid Oct. So over 6 weeks! Saw the obgyn 2 weeks ago,he put me on 3 bc pills that day ,2 bc pills the next day then one the days after. To stop the bleeding . Mind u the depo shot isn’t outta my system till Dec 6 :( so I’ve been extremely sick on all this bc and my bleeding has still not stopped. I’m always tired and bloated. Never get this shot!!!

December 1, 2010 at 8:28 pm
(62) Nicole says:

I was on the Depo for a year and it was close to perfect! No weight gain, no period, no mood swings… but also no sex drive (that being the only downside). And then my boyfriend got deployed so I decided to take a break from the shot and get back on close to his Homecoming. I’ve now been back on for about a month and started bleeding about two weeks ago and have yet to stop, it’s constant and heavy. I was hoping it’d stop before I got back home but now I don’t have much hope after reading these comments. Seriously, it’s not worth it! If you’re considering getting the shot-DON’T! Also, I don’t know if anyone else has had this problem but while being off my boobs grew about 2 cup sizes and as soon as I got back on they shrunk right back so that is another thing to consider if that’s important to you.

December 6, 2010 at 6:32 pm
(63) jamaica foote says:

i was on the depo for seven years not once during that did i even have a hint of a period now my husband and i had our first child 6 months ago and i started the depo the day she was born and i am bleeding agian the nurse said that i might need estragen shots in between depo shots

December 6, 2010 at 9:17 pm
(64) Ms Ki says:

I really hate what this shot has done to me. It has made me moody, lack of interest in sex, bleeding for a month and counting after the second shot. but the first shot having no periods…so this is a nightmare im tired of buying pads and feeling emotionally drained and tired all the time i just want to be normal. I really dont think this shot should not be given to women because of these side effects. All i do is think about showers all day long to wash away the smell of blood YUCK!!

December 7, 2010 at 7:20 am
(65) lindsey says:

contraception has completely messed my body up i got the implant about 4-5 months ago to stop me from getting pregnant i had four days where i didn’t bleed and then i bled everyday constantly i asked the nurse to take it out a month later as i couldn’t handle the bleeding i then went straight to the depo injection 3 months ago and nothing has changed i’ve been bleeding for months and cant handle it i cant have sex because im constantly bleeding and i was suppose to go back last week and have the injection again and i’ve decided not to i need to get my body back to normal but will that ever happen?

December 7, 2010 at 8:05 am
(66) stacy says:

hi a have been on depo since a had my daughter 1 yr ago and got my depo 2 weeks agon an d am bleedin all the time and this has never happened before can any body help

December 13, 2010 at 8:02 pm
(67) kim says:

seriously, i got the shot around October 21st and i got my period three weeks after (kind of late) and i have since been on my period. I’m starting my 5th week and its horrible, although its not heavy bleeding its really uncomfortable wearing a pad. My sex drive has not been affected, i have not gained weight or any other physical changes except for the really long period. I’m started to get worried but reading all the comments makes me feel like I”m not alone and that its “normal” i guess.

December 14, 2010 at 6:24 pm
(68) lola says:

I got the depo shot 6wks after my daughter was born(which was sept 09) i had a period for about a wk and havent had one since. and i loved not having a period,no cramps or nothin. the only problem im having with it is the acne bumps. ive nevr had a problem with acne(not even my teen years) ive always had clear skin until the shot. and ive also gained weight. the highlight is that u get a shot and u dont have to remember to do nething except go back in 3mos for another shot.

December 28, 2010 at 12:16 am
(69) Tracy says:

I absolutely would NOT recommend this to anyone! I got my first shot about 6 weeks ago and I, like many of the women who have left previous comments, have NOT stopped bleeding! I decided to get the shot after a miscarriage….I am over 40 and my husband has not had a vasectomy yet and I did not want to go through the miscarriage thing again. We have 2 healthy children so we are happy. I got the shot about 6 weeks after the miscarriage…so not only did I have miscarriage prolonged bleeding but went right into bleeding with this shot and I was told that the shot would help correct the miscarriage bleeding….not sure why I bled that long after miscarrying but my doc thinks my period started somewhere in there regularly too! I don’t know what is normal anymore and I am very unhappy about it. Also, the moodiness is almost unbearable….I was a little moody on occasion before this shot, but my goodness…it is horrible now! Don’t get this shot!

December 29, 2010 at 5:58 pm
(70) sydface says:

ive been on depo for 3 months and i think im comeing off of it because im spotting. is it possible i could get pregnant?

December 30, 2010 at 3:35 pm
(71) naenae says:

i got the shot dec. 2nd of 2010 had no bleeding until it was time for my period on dec 22, then i started spotting, real light, just enough to have to wear a pantyliner, im still spotting, but its only been 8 days, after reading this im scared i’ll never stop, and i have been having very bad stomach pains (not cramps) and diharrea very bad, dont know if it has anything to o with the shot, but if im still spotting when its time to go get the shot again, i’m not going to get it.

January 3, 2011 at 10:21 am
(72) Nicole says:

I wish i would have read these comments before I got the depo shot because I just had a baby and i was use to not having a period and I loved ity so they told me if I got the depo I wouldn’t have a period and so it was coming on to Christmas and I did not want a period because every year for the last 10 years every Chrsitmas and Thanksgiving I have my period and I was just tired of it. Went to the doctor’s care to get the shot a few days before I knew my period would be starting sat there for and hour and a half then she told me that I had to have my records from the doctor’s office and needless to say afe a hour and a half it was after 5 so they were closed. So I had to wait well the next day I started and then went to get the shot becasue my friend told me that when she got the depo her period stopped instantly. Well my period started on Dec 23,2010 and it was horrible and noew I am still spotting and it is January 4, 2011

January 3, 2011 at 11:01 am
(73) sydface says:

ive had the same thing spotting and diarrea and bad stomache pains. im real worried.

January 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm
(74) Amber says:

This is ridiculous I took my shot in march Got pregnant lost it go now I won’t stop bleeding everyday!!! I hate this I am getting off of it and going to pills! I hate this so much!

January 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm
(75) Marlissa says:

I LOVE the Depo shot. Works great. No period, no weight gain, no worries. I reccomend it ladies! (:

January 10, 2011 at 8:31 pm
(76) Amanda says:

So i’m posting this for people who are thinking about it or are on it and having bleeding problems and are reading all this and are freaking out like i did.
I cant have normal bc because of the estrogen thats in it, basically ups my chances for strokes cause of my auras. So i got my first shot.

Went great for a month then i started bleeding everyday, not tons, light pad was good enough. it continued this way til about the last half the of the third month where i had a day here and there when i didnt have anything. I did experience slight moodiness, but i cant contibute everything to the shot, i mean i’m bleeding almost everyday of course i’m not going to be perky. not to mention life happens everyday and it’s not always a good day. so i’m not going to blame the shot.

i went in early for my second shot. It stopped the bleeding for about a month then it started. lasted for about 2 weeks then on and off for another 1 and a half. since then nothing and i’m not moody.

So if anyone is considering this it does work for people, you just have to be able to stand it. maybe up to 6 months and it sucks i will agree, but you can always stop after that. one thing is to have a very patient and supportive partner, that helped alot.

January 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm
(77) sharob3762 says:

Well about 3 months ago I took my first depo shot and I have been on my period for about 3 weeks now. I was reading you guys comments and some people said that they were experiencing some mood swings and depression and now that I think of it I have been having the same things as well. I’m really starting to consider switching back to the pill. At least I know that they won’t cause me to have a prolonged period and mood swings. I’m so tired of being on my period and being mad at the world. O and by the way I can’t get my most affective stress reliever….S.E.X. Like I really think that the people who came up with this method of birth control was trying to be funny. I bet their sex life really sucks so they try to share the wealthy. Aha, not funny. S.O.S!!!

January 14, 2011 at 2:17 am
(78) KE says:

I just want to leave a positive comment, for the scared girls out there reading nothing but these horrible “why me?” comments on the depo shot.

Majority of everything you read or look up on the internet about other people’s opinions on a product… are going to be negative because most people don’t go online to post their positive experiences.

I just want to say I’ve been on the depo shot for almost three years. yes, you spot occasionally and sometimes it will last longer than you would like… but there are way more benefits than downfalls.

you can have sex unprotected and not be the least bit concerned after less than a year. (you don’t want to be naive though of course, remember no birth control is 100%). you basically stop worrying about a period, because majority of everyone stops having one after the first year of being on the shot. you lose the hassle of remembering to take the pill every day.

i personally have recommended the shot to a lot of people. the first three to six months can sometimes be annoying, i will admit, because one day you’re normal and the next you may spot some. the spotting is irritating at times.. but once your body is used to the birth control all of that goes away and you’re completely normal.

so here’s a GOOD comment about depo. don’t be scared and talk to your doctor about any concerns you have. all of you who complained about the spotting, your doctor told you (unless he/she “forgot” or something) the side effects. everyone is different. spotting occurs with a lot of birth controls. not just the shot.

January 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm
(79) Le Le says:

I been on the Depro since July 2010.. the 1st 3 weeks no period then some spotting came.. Every since Sept 18th 2010 I been having a period.. Got my Second shot Oct 22 thinking OK it should stop after the second shot since that’s what the nurse said who gave it to me.. I must say this is some BS I am still on my period as of today and have refused to take the 3rd shot which was due Jan 13th.. Now I’m just waiting on this period to go away.. does anyone know how long it takes to get out of your system??? I just want to have a regular SEX LIFE again… I guess you can say this is not for everyone.. The headaches are also bothering me along with mood swings and no sex drive… WTF!!!

January 23, 2011 at 7:05 am
(80) michelle says:

I got the depo shot like 3wks ago and was spotting at first which was ok I could deal with it but now I am constantly running to the bathroom or having an accident because of sudden gushes of blood and non stop clots.. not to mention the fact that I have the cramps and mood swings.. never again for me
I do believe that it works well with most women though… several of my friends don’t complain… too bad its different for me!

January 24, 2011 at 6:19 pm
(81) antoinette says:

I hate the depo I been getting this shot for 4 months and been bleeding for 3 its ridiculous and getting on my last nerves never again will I take this shot

January 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm
(82) Kimberly says:

I got my first depo back in october. I had my pd a week before I got my shot then stopped. once i got the shot, it wasnt two days before I started bleeding again. and it hasnt stopped since. its going on 4 months in feb and it has effected my love life as well as my emotions. Im surprised my man hasnt got mad at me about not giving it to him as much lol… I hate this and I will NEVER get another shot!! EVER!!!!!!!

February 1, 2011 at 6:10 pm
(83) Alesa says:

I got the shot for the first time in may 2010. Everything seemed fine for the first 3 months, my periods were regular and lighter than usual. When I got the second shot, I went 2 months without bleeding and then it came all the sudden and lasted 2 weeks. My next period came early and 2 weeks after that one started I got my third shot. My period has not stopped yet. It’s been 3 months now and I’m scheduled to get another shot in just a couple of weeks. I can’t take this anymore, I swear I’m going to kill someone. I want to switch to the pill just so that I can have normal periods again but I liked how convenient the shot was supposed to be and since it’s been 9 months already, maybe I should just wait it out another 3, I should stop bleeding after 1 year for sure right?

February 10, 2011 at 8:05 am
(84) annoyed says:

i took my first deppo shot 3 months ago becuase i was forgetting to take the pill and it seemed like the perfect solution until 3 days after i took it! since then i have not stopped bleeding its like ill be on then il think ive stopped so i wont use anything then 10 mins later im running to the toilet and its pouring out of me its so horrible ive become so moody and my sex drive has disapeared totaly i just do not want to be touched or loved at all. im thinking of stopping it becuase i ant handle it any longer.

February 11, 2011 at 12:08 pm
(85) ag1233 says:

I recently had the e-sure procedure done since I am getting older, have two kids already and REALLY wanted off birth control. They told me that part of the procedure was a depo shot to cover my bases until the e-sure process was complete. A week after the shot I had the procedure. I started bleeding the same day. It has been a month since the shot and I am still bleeding. Apparently I have longer to go, reading these posts. They want me to take a second shot in a few weeks, but at the rate I am going, I don’t see a second shot in my future. I am cramping, miserable and so so moody. Not only am I not having sex, but I am ready to leave my family behind and go find a solitary cave to live in. I would also counsel others not to take this shot. If you are considering the e-sure procedure, explain to your doctor that you would like a different type of temporary birth control. I should have stayed on my pills until the e-sure process was over.

February 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm
(86) Vionna says:

Wow, I have 6 autoimmune diseases plus lupus, I was on depo for 5 years and maybe had two periods while I was on it. It took over a year and a half after I stopped it to get my period …again. I was happy to know I was perfectly ok. Some girls adjust on depo well, some don’t. Depends on what medications your on, what you take on the side. If your trying to get pregnant, don’t get on depo?? Clearly stupid If anyone wants to take it and get pregnant. I’ve never once had to worry about getting pregnant the 6 years I was on it. Some people gain quite a bit if weight, and some people do not. Every persons body reacts a different way. I think more people should research what’s in depo, all it’s side affects, and also do a good evaluation on themselves. I am actually deciding to get back on it. And yes I will admit, ur hormones do go out of wack, but good anti depressents will help as well, and I don’t advice medications cause I wouldn’t ask or be supportive of taking more pills. But in any case,,if u plan on having a good sex life, or be in the mood, depo really takes that mood for girls away. I do admit on that one. But I was ok with it, and for those that worked good for them, I’m glad. But just telling u about my expierence, and I guess it’s good for some and bad for others. So depends on you, and how u will respond to it. And those going thru a hard time, I do feel bad and wish I could help. But we are all lap rats in this world, we all have to try before u know what works for u, and what doesn’t. But depo worked really well with me, plus I have no reasons to of gotten off of it. But I did get off however to flush my body, as well as have normal periods for awhile to let my body be normal for some time. I think it’s a good thing to do that no matter what birth control ur on. Thx, v

February 16, 2011 at 12:45 am
(87) Brittnee says:

So my sister went on the depo shot 2 months ago and she loves it and told me I should try it. Well now that she has been on it, she has not had a period, lost 15 lb.ís somehow has grown an inch and her hair has gone curly like really curly. She is in love with the shot except the curly hair part and as for me, well I wish I had the same reaction to the shot as her. I got the shot one month ago stated spotting 2 days later and had a period with heavy bleeding for 3 days (which seemed great to me since I usually had a heavy period for 9 days) but the spotting has never stopped for more than 3 days. And the worst part is I will not spot for 3 days and think that I am done but no it comes right back. My boyfriend and I tried to have sex two times now and each time I start bleeding like 2 min into it and I mean heavy bleeding to the point where we both are like forget it and take a shower. Now he will not touch me because he does not want me to start bleeding all over him again and I do not blame him.. I want my sex life back. Not to mention I have been so emotional and crying all the time and that is not like meÖWARNING do NOT get the shotÖ.

February 17, 2011 at 10:05 am
(88) Mrs. Nance says:

I’ve been on depo for almost a month, and tommorow is my wedding night it looks like me and my husband wont be making love. THANKS A LOT DEPO!!!!!!!!!!

February 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm
(89) Amburr says:

I got my fourth shot December 21, 2010. I started bleeding exactly a month later. I’ve been bleeding since. Wtf? My doctor told me that the more shots I get, the more the bleeding would lessen. WELL the bleeding HASN’T gotten any better! I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone! My next shot is March 8th but I pretty much DOUBT that I’m going to get it! I’m 16 and I got put on the shot so that I’d stop bleeding because when I was 15 I developed a HUGE polycystic ovarian cyst from my periods. Well I wouldn’t be surprised if it has came back because this is ridiculous! I’ve been dizzy, lightheaded, depressed and really tired! IT’S RUINING MY LIFE!!! DON’T GET THE SHOT!!!!!!!

February 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm
(90) Lacey says:

I got on the Depo and one week later i started bleeding, I was on it for 3 weeks and 3 days then off for a day now im back on it, really this is making me mad i go back in on the 29 of March to get my 2 shot my friend who is on it says i need to go with it that my body is getting use to it but REALLY i got it so i wouldnt be on it now im on it all the time!!!!!!!!!

February 23, 2011 at 10:21 pm
(91) e.m.g. says:

i got my 1st & last shot n dec 2010. i was really moody & kept feelin pregnant like the 1st month but got over that. i was bleedin really bad b4 i got the shot cuz i messed up my pill so i thot the depo shot would help. i had been spotting but recently started my period & its only a little over 2 months. i didnt do my research b4 i got the shot but wish i had. my husband & i want 2 try 2 hav a baby so lets hope it wont take too long afterwards…by the way… i havent gained any weight on the shot im still the same weight i was wen i got it. in my experience as long as u refrain from eatin everytime ur stomach feels hungry which is all day, u will not gain alot of weight

February 24, 2011 at 10:03 pm
(92) Katie says:

I just had my daughter in Dec..I got the depo in the middle of Jan..I was on my period when I got it and I’m still bleeding..It’s almost March now. I don’t have a sex life anymore. I got the shot so I could have sex and not worry about getting pregnant..but you can’t have sex when you’re bleeding!! I don’t like this at all. If the spotting and bleeding doesnt let up soon I think I’m gonna have to think about getting a different birth control.

February 25, 2011 at 11:17 am
(93) bbwmeelia says:

i work in the adult entertainment industry and i take depo bc its supposed to stop ur period and prevent pregnancy, ive been using it for about 9 mths the first shoyt i got pregnant anyhow and miscarried the second shot went well the third shot i bleed for 3 mths and almost got evicted bc i couldnt work and here i am 2 mths into my 4th shot and ive started to bleed again im hopeing not for 3 months again of my ass is grass. Stop my period depo??? i think not. ive never bleed so much in my life

February 27, 2011 at 9:19 pm
(94) Christina says:

A couple of years ago I have taken the shot and it stopped me from having a period almost right away..I did start to lose my hair with every shower I have taken and gained a couple of pounds it wasnt to bad, but I decided to want another child so I got off of the shot..Well last month in Jan. I decided to get on the shot because I was almost hemmoraging at work and was in a lot of pain so I decided to get back on the shot to stop my periods..I started my regular period a couple of days after the shot..then it go lighter..there was no cramps but I became very moody and was always acusing my boyfriend of things I normally wouldn’t..He still stands by my side though. I started my period on the 9th of this month and have been spotting ever since..Sex life is still great though..There is always the shower, but I dont think I will be taking another shot with summer coming up..I dont like to wear tampons and I dont bleed enough to wear them anyways..I dont think i would recommend it to anyone..I think they changed the shot up since the last time I have taken it..So is not worth the stress and the emotional toll it takes on your life..I would prefer a historectomy before I take this again!!

March 9, 2011 at 4:28 am
(95) Eve says:

I got a shot last month, when i got my period i never stopped and its now 10 days. very frustrating i must say. And the doctor is saying i must take iron tablets coz i am losing a lot of blood. wonder when it will stop. never going to take it anymore

March 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm
(96) amy says:

om gosh i thought i was the only one i have been on and off depo for about 10 years but the last shot i got gave me something it never did befor i had real bad craps and i thought i would have to go to hosipal couldnt move then started bleeding that went on for two weeks still on depo one month to go and i noticed my engery level has went down alot iam always tired i sm going to try other bc i think i rather have a period then to go throught this anyone

March 21, 2011 at 11:17 pm
(97) lilpitbulllover says:

Omg! I hate this I really hate this I’ve been on the depo shot since march 11 after I had my abortion on march 3rd. And I’ve been bleeding for 18 days so far still bleeding…when is it gonna be over? I hate it….its ruining my life in general…..no sex life it suck that’s the only thing that could relax me and I can’t even do that. My boo is hating it and I’m sick of it myself I just wish the bleeding stop I’m not going for the 2nd shot I’m an active person and all it ever does is make me lazy. I don’t ever want to leave the house cause I have to wear pad everywhere I go. I really hate it and to read all these comments its gonna make me cry cause I was normal before the shot now I don’t know if I’m gonna be normal again….why me out of all women that have use these. I just want my life back on track is that to much to ask for….

March 23, 2011 at 9:58 am
(98) karina says:

i had the depo in september 2010 i had a bleed for 6 weeks and nothing and it now been six months, i agree my sex life well it aint htat good as i dont want it any more and after 6 months of no bleed i have just started 2day with a bleed so i think it time to give up the depo

March 25, 2011 at 4:39 pm
(99) Kaleigh says:

I have been on the depo shot sense i had my daughter. It will be three years in the middle of april. I have not had a period sense i was pregnant but today i started to notice some spotting and it is continuing to get worse. Is this something i should be concerned about?

March 25, 2011 at 9:40 pm
(100) Heather says:

Ok so i totally know where you guys are coming from i took one shot of the depo and have been bleeding since i got the shot. I have had my this light period for 7 months now and I AM SO TIRED OF WEARING A PAD, i am so about done with this crap.

April 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm
(101) awesomeness! says:

well I used to get my period constantly…never stopped. I was told this was cause of my body producing no progesterin. So I got thr depo provera cause I can’t have estrogen due to low protein s (which causes blood clots) and I got put on it. It worked very well. And every like 2 shots or so I bleed like a week prior to getting my next shot…but otherwise no bleeding ever. This is great for me.

May 9, 2011 at 11:02 pm
(102) shaquelia says:

My period has always stopped with depo but this time around I was late with my shoand now im paying for it. I have been spotting and plan out bleeding. I was getting worried until I read these posts. so i know that it is normal for it too lat a long time.

May 14, 2011 at 12:54 am
(103) sammie says:

am i the only one here who actually likes the shot? i started getting it about the begining of december 2009. i had spotting the first two months i had gotten it and then my periods have stopped completely to this day. which im happy about. its what my gyno told me shoud happen but it all depends on how your body reacts to the hormone. she said it could take months for your body to adjust and you could have heavy bleeding. and you can have it as soon as you go off it for a few months as well. its all how your body reacts. its not the doctors fault. its called ask questions about how it works and what to expect. the shot does have a lot of side effects: depression, fatigue, loss in sex drive, change in appetite, wieght gain, headaches, nausea, dizziness, acne, anxiety, backaches, bloating, hair loss or excessive hair growth and heavy bleeding. and its only supposed to stop ovulation. and you can still have a period without ovulating. the egg doesnt have to be in your uterus for your period to happen. it takes several months to leave your system as well. for most about 3 to 6 months. for others 12 to 18 months. its not recomended for women who want to get pregnant right after they stop the shot. so if you go on and off of this your not really giving your body a chance to get used to it. so if your not willing to chance the side effect than you shouldnt bother even getting it in the first place. you shouldnt really try to many different forms of birth control around the same time. they are all different and work differently. so your gonna make your hormones go crazy. just relax. freaking out throws you body outta wack too. so your stress might be causing the prolonged bleeding. just stay cool and stick with what ever you choose. good luck ladies

June 1, 2011 at 10:11 pm
(104) Tiffany says:

A few weeks after I had my son an I had the depo shot.. I have been on my period for almost *3 MONTHS* I’m so pissed!!!! I am more reallyyyy emotional..one min I’m crying an the next im mad (didn’t even have this problem while pregnant) and the WORST part…I use to always want to make love with my husband multiple times a day…now I NEVER want it because now sex hurts!!!!! My sex drive went down the drain an I hopeee it will come back when the depo shot wears off

****I’LL NEVERRRR GET THE DEPO SHOT EVER AGAIN****

June 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm
(105) reese says:

man i got on DEPO may 20th still on this day the reason i got on it i thought it will stop my periods and i couldnt get pregnant i think i should of stayed wit my 3 days period and say wtf with depo now i got it and regret it but i guess i want be having sex for awhile SMH

June 22, 2011 at 7:44 pm
(106) clara says:

I received my first shot April 29th, 2011 and started “lightly” bleeding around 2 weeks after… I just got my 2nd shot and told the nurse I had been bleeding for around 2 months (I got married recently) and told her it was wonderful birth control because im not having sex lol. She said for most girls it would stop or lighten up after the second shot and then completely stop after the third…so I am holding on hoping. Most research says it will stop after the third injection….CROSSING MY FINGERS!

June 26, 2011 at 11:36 am
(107) Amanda says:

All I can say is that it is pertinent to get your first shot at a specific time of the month. The first time I tried the shot they gave it to me in the middle of my cycle and was told that it wouldnt technically be effective for 30 days. I bled constantly for 6 months and then they put me on the pill to stop the bleeding, then no period for 6 months. Years later I am again on it. This time it was through a different care provider and they said the first one must be done within 5 days of starting your period, and it’s effective in 24 hours. I had a little spotting now and then, but nothing major and just now and then, never for a week at a time. Until now anyway. Now I am wearing a panty liner every day and my stomach is all yucky feeling. Don’t feel like I’m gonna be sick, just kind of gross. I go in for my next shot in a week and I will ask them why all of a sudden after 1 and a half years this is going on.

July 5, 2011 at 8:17 pm
(108) gee says:

I got my first shot about 3 months ago my next shot is in a week. I started bleeding a week after the shot and haven’t stopped yet its driving me crazy. I don’t think i’m going to get the second shot. I regret getting this shot my period was always normal and on time and now its just out of hand !!!!

July 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm
(109) Coolqirl212 says:

This has gotten to be the worst thing I’ve ever experienced in my life. This continuous bleeding is interfering with my sex life, I’ve become very depressed and emotional. I would highly recommend that no one gets this shot. I regret it 100% I rather be pregnant then deal with the side effects of the depo shot

July 19, 2011 at 10:26 pm
(110) K says:

I ended up getting the Depo shot to do the Essure procedure, so that later on I could get an ablation done to get rid of my period because it’s awful. Of course when I looked up the depo shot online before I didn’t find things like this and my doctor gave me no warning whatsoever, but I know for sure I will not be getting the second shot to wait another 3 months and hope that it stops. I got it in April, started lightly bleeding pretty much every day since the begin of March, and am now heavily bleeding every day. I haven’t really noticed a problem with mood swings, but I do feel bloated and nasty all the time too. If you’re looking for birth control, this is it because you or your partner won’t want to have sex for all the bleeding :(

August 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm
(111) robyn says:

i have been on depo for going on three months now and i woke up this moring bleeding and i was told i was not going to bleed now on in tell i come off depo but i am not having a heavy . i dont know what to… i need help finding out why i am bleeding… email sweetycake_14@hotmail.com

August 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm
(112) Kitsch says:

I only got 1 shot and then had my period for an entire year. It was ridiculously miserable. I don’t suggest this to anyone.

September 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm
(113) Raven says:

I have been on the depo shot for 2 years now with no period just a couple of times where I spotted…Now for the past 6 days I have been having a period after 2 years of not having it….Is this normal??? Should I be worried?

September 18, 2011 at 2:55 am
(114) alexis says:

I got my shot in may and was supposed to go back in august, but i started gaining weight and i didn’t like that, but i haven’t gotten my period since may. Is this okay or should i be concerned that i am pregnant?

October 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm
(115) Morgan says:

I thought I was the Only 1 going through this. My Doctor didn’t even Warn me about All the side affects. The Only reason why I got on Depo shots is because I Thought that (1.)I Would NOT have a period Anymore, (2.) I would get Thicker by gaining weight lol, & (3.) I Would NOT get Pregnant!!..I thought it was the Best!!..Anyway, I am 18 & this is my 1st time on Birth Control..I’ve gotten my Depo shot August 29, 2011..About 2weeks later After my Shot, I noticed that I was Spotting, it Wasn’t my period though, just a little Blood, Not Heavy though..Every since then I had Bleeding NON-STOP!!..Along with the Bleeding there was a Strange smell that I Never smelled in my life, It smelled Like “Throw Up”..the harsh smell lasted about only a week or so..But Now I’m Still bleeding & it has been Over a month since the shot..I gotta go back November 29, but I dnt think i wanna continue to use the shot Anymore :( :( ….P.S. Also my boyfriend thinks the continuous bleeding is Gross, Therefore it is Ruining my Sex Life!!!!… :( :(

October 5, 2011 at 12:22 am
(116) Steph says:

I got the depo shot in Aug and go in to get the second one Oct. 31. I did fine til about two weeks ago when I started spotting. Now I’m bleeding heavier. I’m going to Cancun Oct. 15th and fear I will be unable to swim. I can not wear tampons as they cause horrible pain. Is there a way to stop the bleeding? This is my first real vacation and it’s cost a lot of money so far that I can’t get back. Am I screwed out of having any fun in Cancun now?

October 9, 2011 at 3:54 am
(117) Marion says:

For those of you that are on Depo and have been bleeding for a long time here is a salution. Take low hormonal birth control pills( or any ) and eventually you will stop bleeding. Same thing happened to me and i think it has something to do with the hormonal balance. Let me know if this works for anyone.

November 19, 2011 at 4:50 pm
(118) katrina says:

ive had 2 shots now of depo, everything was fine no periods at all then bout 4/5 weeks ago i started bleeding and have really bad cramps.
im still bleeding to date when will it stop sexlife is a big no no just sooooo fed up with it just dont understand how it can be fine one min and then out the blue it’s not.

November 27, 2011 at 7:44 pm
(119) cheyenne peavler says:

iv been on the depo shot sence april of 2011. and tonight i recently just started to bleed like i was having my period. and then it stoped. whats that mean.?

November 28, 2011 at 2:33 am
(120) ana says:

My last menstrual period was sep 24 2011 i went 2 da doctor 4 a prego test on octt. Da 31st n it was negative so i decided 2 take da depo shot.. i havent bleed NOTHING! N IDNT KNW Y.. its been 2months dat i dnt get my period n im soo worried.. can i b pregnant?

December 5, 2011 at 3:07 am
(121) shelly says:

I got my shot 4weeks after I had my daughter. Which was the end of august. It is now december and I’m still bleeding heavily. I’m supposed to go get my next shot tomorrow but I don’t know if I should?

December 5, 2011 at 9:02 pm
(122) Lou says:

I wonder if anyone can answer this for me….I have been on Depo for around 16 years, and although had some irregular bleeding to begin with, my periods soon stopped totally. During the 16 years I have had a couple of breaks from Depo, during which I had extremely heavy and prolonged bleeding, and required a D&C.

Now I’ve been back on it for a few years, and the irregular bleeding is back! Why would it suddenly come back?!

I am 33yrs old and my mother began her menopause aged around 40. I assume that something hormonal must have changed in my body, in order that the balance is suddenly upset and I am bleeding frequently/at all?

Can anyone tell me if they’ve experienced this, and is it possible I am menopausal? I don’t even know how I would know, as Depo would surely mask the symptoms?!

December 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm
(123) monica says:

ok idk but i got the depo shot one time i bleed for 4months and it stop so know what

December 11, 2011 at 5:14 am
(124) Vanessa says:

After reading these comments I feel more at ease I thought I was the only one bleeding for months after coming off the injection… I had first depo shot end of july 2011 and didn’t go back for my next one because in the space of 3 months I put on nearly a stone after losing a nearly a stone! I was bleeding virtually straight away with the injection and afterward In still bleeding now 6 months down the line on and off heavy, really bright blood! WTF is this contraception for to make you loose so much blood, wear pads 247 and have no self confidence and sex life?? Never will I have the injection AGAIN!!!!! How much longer can you bleed for a full year for you to go o your doctors and them to give you the pill to stop the bleeding although it doesn’t.

December 12, 2011 at 11:36 am
(125) shannon says:

I have been on depo for 3 months now , and I have been spotting aswell . Your doctors should have told you before hand that there will be spotting for the first 3-6 months . Mine comes and goes as it pleases . I don’t enjoy it but you have to deal with it seeing as we’re the ones who chose this method of birth control . My sex life has changed but not very drastically . When I’m not spotting if I have sex during that time it will delay the spotting a couple of days . It has for me anyways . If you can last atleast 6 months to see how it is affecting you it might change . You just have to play the waiting game .

January 3, 2012 at 11:19 pm
(126) lola says:

Yea ive been on the depo shot for 2 months going on three and i have been spotting for a full month . i guees this is the price i have to pay to be baby free but it kinda sucks becus i feel like i am boaderline bopolar everyday .Ive tried it all and the depo is the most conveint except for the fact that i am constantly bleeding and pmsing all the time i am pretty happy with it:)

January 12, 2012 at 5:43 am
(127) Christina says:

I am quite concerned I have been on depo before and never ever had this type of issue. Nothing of what I’ve been reading but before about 4 years ago i was on depo for a year after my son …no problems getting on during or after…As well 2 years ago was on 9 months depo after having my other son….then had a still birth last april and been on depo since 2 days after that i spotted for 4 days last week and yet again bleeding i dont get it idk if i got pregnant? i have been on antibiotics anyone have answers for me??

January 13, 2012 at 11:51 pm
(128) stephanie says:

I got on deposit after I had my daughter after the first shot I had constant spotting so my doc gave me another shot 6 weeks later to stop the spotting that was on Oct.18 then on dec.23 i started spotting iv had constant spotting I was due for another shot on Jan.2 but I didn’t get it but I still haven’t stooped spotting its been almost three weeks straight of constant spotting and I don’t no if its because if the shot or something else but I would love to know cuz I’m worried

January 14, 2012 at 11:47 pm
(129) lindsay says:

You ppl are ridiculous!!! First off didn’t u talk to ur doctor and read up on the shot before you made the decision to get it. The progestin in the shot changes the lining of your uterus, meaning the blood that sheds when u have your period every month getting thinner which could ultimately led do no lining which is y SOME ppl may no longer have a period while on the shot. And it keeps you from ovulating (releasing an egg) so u don’t get pregnant. Now BC everyone’s body chemistry is different ur body will react differently to the same medication.( ie. Depo.) therefore some ppls bodies will have little to no reaction and others will. You need to look at how ur body is before hand. Those who have regular moderate to heavily bleeding will most likely hqve spotting while ur body gets use to the changes caused by the Depo. And those who have irregular or little to no bleeding u will probably have little to know spotting. Now how long will it take before it stops no one knows not even ur DR. You just need yo wait it out if it’s worth it tou

February 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm
(130) sally says:

I also have the problem bleeding i went to my docs cause i was fed up of bleeding for 2 month continuously and they gave me some meds to stop the bleeding depo has cause havock with my body and i will never again get it

February 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm
(131) Holly says:

Okay! I honestly thought that I was having a horror story. My mother and I were freaking out. I didn’t want to be on the pill anymore because I would forget to take it. I got my depo shot on December 6th. Two or three weeks after, I started bleeding; I haven’t stopped since. Unlike everyone else, I am going to continue taking it, just because I do NOT want to get pregnant. At all. I guesss if I have to bleed everyday to not get pregnant, so be it. I’ll just keep bleeding. In the long run i’ll probably stop having periods, which would honestly just make me so happy. Periods are annoying.

March 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm
(132) starla says:

I was put on the depo shot Feb 9,2012 by a physician assistant who told me it was the best thing for me since I had been bleeding 3 months straight ..a week later I saw an actual dr. She told me I needed a laprascopy and d&c done, so 2 weeks ago I had both ..both operations should have made me stop bleeding but since that lovely physician assistant gave me that depo shot I feel the surgery was a waste because I’m still bleeding and it’s heavier now then before my surgery. The dr said it will last 3 months while my body figures out how to regulate my period! So mad at that physician assistant for EVER giving me that shot!!

March 26, 2012 at 12:20 am
(133) Lily says:

I been on Depo for the first time since last month Feb. 2012. It was recomended by my Doc. I was happy I wasnt gonna have a period plus not having to take a pill everyday. Within a month of being on Depo I had hardcore sex with my boyfriend. 3 days later I started noticing redish/brown blood. I been lighty bleeding for almost a week & get minor light cramps here & there. Nothing major. SOOOO just when I thought I wouldnt have a period. How am I suppose to have sex now with a light bleeding vagina? I seen how some ppl last months having blood discharge. Ughh im so dissapointed with this shot….I better stop bleeding soon!

March 31, 2012 at 4:46 am
(134) Nash says:

I got the Depo Shot may of last year. I started bleeding the next day went through every color of perioding you can for the first 3 months, which I kind of expected and didn’t care cause that’s what happened the first time I got it 4 years earlier (I didn’t have any problems getting off just one shot)…After the second shot, I was still bleeding. It went back to normal for the most part during october and didn’t bleed at all in November so I think “AWESOME! I BLEED NO LONGER!’ but guess what happened beginning of December (shortly after 3rd shot)…Bleeding again. as you can see it is now the very end of march and I have maybe experience 4 random days of not bleeding? so maybe one day each month…
I want this crap to end, it’s so damn frustrating..of course it’s preventing pregnancy cause it’s preventing sex! everyday is just a pain in the ass, it’s exhausting emotionally, mentally and physically…

March 31, 2012 at 5:06 am
(135) jamie says:

I was on the shot years ago after my first child and had no problems. Had zero weight gain,and zero periods. Insurance changes took me off the shot. I had my second child 7yrs later. He is 3 now and iv restarted the depo. I received the first dose in January,about 2 weeks after my regular period(wich was on Jan 20th. Come feb 20th I shouldv started,but didn’t. I figured it was normal and I wouldn’t hav a period again like the first time I used depo. Well,I started gaining weight all the sudden and getting tired (weird since I am very active and work out every day). Then March 20th came and I started bleeding. I am stll bleeding tho! I know its only been a lil over a week but this just isn’t normal for me. Its getting worse and I’m starting to cramp. My boyfriend of 2yrs died Feb27 so I will be discontinuing the shot since I will no longer be having sex (I’m still in love with him and only want him). Id continue for the sake of not having a period,but I am bleeding non stop so that eliminates that reason also. Hopefully bleeding stops as depo wears off as I’m due for another shot in april/march. May God bless all u girls on here for being concerned with your bodys. Jesus loves you :)

April 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm
(136) Megan says:

CAN ANYONE HELP?! I started taking the depo shot, and it was amazing for the first four weeks or so, now i’ve been on my period non stop for weeks, it wont stop!!!!! i cant take it!

WHAT SHOULD I DO?! anything the doctor can give you?

April 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm
(137) Britt says:

I love the depo shot I am 24 & I never want kids so I took the shot I’ve been on it for 3 1/2 years & have not had a period since 2009..

April 23, 2012 at 4:54 am
(138) Desirae says:

If you were taking the pill before the depo your horomones are def gonna be a little crazy. Ive been on Depo off and on for the past ten years, I also have a 7 and 4 year old. It affects every individual differently and every time is different. Before Id get depo andmy period would be gone. Now, ive been spotting fir the past 3 weeks. Also Depo doesnt automatically make you gain weight, it does increase your appetite (like if youre on your period). Ive even lost weight on the shot. I came to compare notes about the spotting and I think anyone reading should acknowlede these concerns but not take it as depo being bad.

April 23, 2012 at 9:04 pm
(139) Nicole says:

OMG!!!! the Depo was a death sentenced for me…Seriously me and my boyfriend have nevered experienced anything likethis before. I have been bleeding, spotting, and having my period for a straight 8 weeks now. Hell with the Depo I know for sure im not going to get pregnant just because of NO SEX from the bleeding..ugh :( so unhappy dont do it ladies..

May 9, 2012 at 6:59 am
(140) Jayne says:

Having the Depo shot is probably the most stupid thing I’ve ever done in my life (and that’s saying something).

I had this shot in November 2011 and started bleeding about a week later. I was due to have my second shot on 1 February but decided against it being as I’d been bleeding for 6 months straight. It’s now 9 months since I had the shot and I’m still bleeding. (And I’ve put on 6lbs). I’ve been to my GP who prescribed estrogen, which worked for the 10 days I was taking it, but as soon as I stopped, the bleeding came back. I’m going back to the GP tomorrow to see what can be done.

I recommend every woman to STAY AWAY from this form of contraception. It might sound great (one shot every six months and nothing to worry about), but a. it doesn’t protect you from STI’s and b. you may end up bleeding for months and months and months so can’t have sex anyway!!

May 25, 2012 at 12:30 am
(141) timesha says:

I been on depo shot goin on close to ah year and im still doing alot of bleeding it want stop im really fruastrated with I advise noone to pick the depo shot

June 1, 2012 at 8:48 pm
(142) keyy says:

i recieved my first depo shot in january the side effects from it started making me lose weight , & i didnt have an appetite , it then changed weeks later and ive been bleeding irregularly since . i NEVER went bacc for my 3months shot i decided i didnt wanna take it any longer . the DOC said it was normal that could happen BUT i totally feel unnormal & ive been bleeding everyday since january , i cant remember the last time ive had a period . i dont feel confident clean , im TIRED of wearing tampons , pantiliners , & pads . & im juss tired of fuccn bleeding can someone please give me some advice on wat to do any advice !

June 18, 2012 at 5:33 pm
(143) Ashanti says:

I to have gotten the depo shot after miscarrying twins at 5 months. i only got the shot once and never will i do it again because i continue to bleed for about 3 weeks now and its very frustrating because it play with your mind, one day you have your period and the next day you dont.

June 20, 2012 at 10:51 pm
(144) sofia says:

WTF im so mad i got the depo shot like about a month an half ago . at first it was great no bleeding but two week later i started spotting i thought ok this may be normal since the doctor said i will have NO periods at all i ignore the spotting but this shit hasnt stop i get mad at everything is super unconformable to wear a tampon or a pad every day … is not heavy periods but it still bleeding spotting w.e . my relationship is on a break point everything bothers me everything i want to have normal sex with my boyfriend like seriously i haven’t been able to do anything with him we argue but no make up sex shit is frustrating me to a point the i would blow up the world ughhhh

June 25, 2012 at 10:12 am
(145) starr says:

I had tha shot a yr ago I onli spotted for two months but hey ladies they have a medical sponge in can stick in u to stop ur bleed an u can have sex

July 2, 2012 at 12:50 am
(146) Twocutetwohandle says:

I hate this shot I will never ever do this s$$$t again:( :( :( :(d

July 3, 2012 at 8:14 pm
(147) JamilaS says:

I got my first bc shot in January 2012..I recieved a light period in February and after that period I spotted and the spotting lasted until about the end of March when it was time for my next shot.I procrastinated until May 8 to actually get my nex.t shot,and i spotted for the whole time I didn’t get my shot.I went to planned parenthood to get my injection on May 8 .At planned parenthood the gave me the generic Depo shot which gave me a different result .I gained about 15 lbs,my breast got bigger,and my butt.Im currently trying to get pregnant so I will not recieve my next injection and I also will never use it again.

July 4, 2012 at 10:48 pm
(148) Shay says:

I got my first shot n may after my period now its june n im bleedn lnger den my normal period im rly scared 2 get da nex 1 bcuz my doctor tld me i wuld hav only spotting n it wuld b shortier den my normal period:(

July 4, 2012 at 11:27 pm
(149) Shay says:

I got my first bc shot n may n it now june n im spottn lnger dne my normal period im havn crazy miod swigs headaches n rly bad cramps i rly dnt wnna get da nex shot im scared n jus wnna b off it b4 it mass my bdy up

July 8, 2012 at 5:00 am
(150) rhyanna says:

so i been on thee depo shot for a few months already at first i didn’t have my period and that was a good thing then the second time i went i gained 5 pounds and i was on my period non stop its really light its juss thee fact i hate wearing pads everyday i get really moody && take it out on my boyfriend && all i wanna do is eat eat eat && sleep. before i got on the shot i wasn’t moody at all towards my boyfriend or to anyone but i blame the shot. So whoever is trying to get on the shot i suggest you not to its really horrible

July 20, 2012 at 2:40 am
(151) chakeekay says:

Hmmm, I took the shot in Feb on the last day of my period. Then when I was due for my next months period it came a week before. After I started it never stopped between spotting and bleeding. It was one or the other. Talk about ruining my sex life! Anyway, May wouldve been my second shot which I cancelled my appt. This birth control method is too crazy…all the side effects happen to at least 99.8% of us…that’s what they should tell us! It’s now July and my period still hasnt returned! So frustrated…I guess it seems too good to be true (meaning it’s a shot every 3 months). I rather not take the pill or those other shot implants.

August 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm
(152) Meagan says:

Ive been on the depo shot for eight months. I havnt had a period since ive been on it. But I started spotting today and idk if thats normal? My mom said it could be because I was stressing over a lot of things but im not sure its normal.

August 12, 2012 at 10:43 am
(153) Ange says:

I personally have been on the depo shot for almost 3 years now. I cannot find a single thing wrong with it except for weight gain.

I personally was put on the depo shot as a last resort from my doctor. I had taken 4 different types of BC Pills which gave me migraines, they gave me the nuva ring which I did not really like since I, ahem..don’t play with myself, and I had an IUD for a while but it was extremely uncomfortable so they removed it. After fighting with extremely heavy periods and a lot of extremely painful cramping, my doctors did a full round of blood work on me to figure out what was going on. Here (I had a child almost 9 years ago) my hormone levels were 100% totally out of whack and My testosterone level was higher than my estrogen level so my doctor said that the Depo shot would be the best thing for me.

When I first started on the depo shot, I did have some heavy bleeding but they said that was to be expected. Since I’ve been on it I will have some spotty bleeding once in a while, and if I do have it, it’s when it’s coming up on the time that I’m due for my shot.

I’m a single mother of an 8yr old little boy (who happens to be diagnosed with ASD) and I will stay on this as long as I possibly can. I enjoy the idea of not having my period and not having to explain to him what is in the trash can in the bathroom. I will deal with the weight gain. It’s been about 40 lbs, but at the same time, that’s been over 3 years and honestly the only thing that’s changed for me in those 3 years is my bra size. I’ll take it.

August 14, 2012 at 11:50 pm
(154) Myself says:

If you go to a decent doctor, they’ll tell you not to get it until you end your period. That’s what mine told me. I’ve never had a problem. I was off of it for a few months, after two years of being on it, and realized how much I loathe periods. I spot a little, but I’m not even two months in. I don’t have mood swings, I haven’t gained weight. I am more serious, but I’ve always been a serious person. If you try it during the right point in your cycle, you’ll probably be much happier. Besides, periods are terrible. I’d rather pull out my uterus than have them. Literally. (Too bad no doctors will remove a uterus from a healthy 19-year old. I don’t want this awful thing.) I’m sorry to see so many people unhappy with it, though. It’s really made my life a hundred times better, even with the trauma and humiliation of some stranger staring at my junk once a year….Ugh.

August 24, 2012 at 2:15 am
(155) Unknown says:

It is incredible how all these doctors are misleading our lives as normal women by not providing accurate information, this is illegal!!
I visited a Doctor’s office in town (which I still have not forgiven me for visiting after coming to find out this was an abortion center) where the doctor made it sound like this Depo Shot was a miracle, and YES, he told me I’d just spot and the great thing about it was that I simply wouldn’t get my period..Then he blames the internet after I told him certain thing I read about birth controls, saying that what we share on here is wrong. Yes, he convinced me into taking the Depo shot, approximately 2-3 days before my period, and after three weeks, I started spotting and bleeding for two weeks and a half now. This is illegal, doctors cannot present a medicine that is meant to serve a purpose and what we get is completely the opposite. I still am hoping this bleeding will stop this week, but I still suggest the following: DO NOT TAKE THE DEPO SHOT.. Be natural, have your periods, KNOW when you will be getting them, allow your body to function naturally, I know it is horrible and inconvenient, but use condoms instead! That’s what I have chosen for me! NO DEPO SHOTS EVER AGAIN.

August 24, 2012 at 2:15 am
(156) Unknown says:

It is incredible how all these doctors are misleading our lives as normal women by not providing accurate information, this is illegal!!
I visited a Doctor’s office in town (which I still have not forgiven me for visiting after coming to find out this was an abortion center) where the doctor made it sound like this Depo Shot was a miracle, and YES, he told me I’d just spot and the great thing about it was that I simply wouldn’t get my period..Then he blames the internet after I told him certain thing I read about birth controls, saying that what we share on here is wrong. Yes, he convinced me into taking the Depo shot, approximately 2-3 days before my period, and after three weeks, I started spotting and bleeding for two weeks and a half now. This is illegal, doctors cannot present a medicine that is meant to serve a purpose and what we get is completely the opposite. I still am hoping this bleeding will stop this week, but I still suggest the following: DO NOT TAKE THE DEPO SHOT.. Be natural, have your periods, KNOW when you will be getting them, allow your body to function naturally, I know it is horrible and inconvenient, but use condoms instead! That’s what I have chosen for me! NO DEPO SHOTS EVER AGAIN.

August 24, 2012 at 2:16 am
(157) Kimmy K says:

It is incredible how all these doctors are misleading our lives as normal women by not providing accurate information, this is illegal!!
I visited a Doctor’s office in town (which I still have not forgiven me for visiting after coming to find out this was an abortion center) where the doctor made it sound like this Depo Shot was a miracle, and YES, he told me I’d just spot and the great thing about it was that I simply wouldn’t get my period..Then he blames the internet after I told him certain thing I read about birth controls, saying that what we share on here is wrong. Yes, he convinced me into taking the Depo shot, approximately 2-3 days before my period, and after three weeks, I started spotting and bleeding for two weeks and a half now. This is illegal, doctors cannot present a medicine that is meant to serve a purpose and what we get is completely the opposite. I still am hoping this bleeding will stop this week, but I still suggest the following: DO NOT TAKE THE DEPO SHOT.. Be natural, have your periods, KNOW when you will be getting them, allow your body to function naturally, I know it is horrible and inconvenient, but use condoms instead! That’s what I have chosen for me! NO DEPO SHOTS EVER AGAIN.

August 28, 2012 at 12:22 am
(158) Jocelyn says:

I REGRET THE DAY I DECIDED TO USE DEPO!! Here are my symptoms: 1) after 1st shot-horrific bladder infection where I pee’d blood! 2) dizzy spells and lack of energy landed me in hospital after i collapsed at work. 3) period every other day for 3 months were annoying and unpredictable 4) after second shot- bladder infection continues, period stops and sex drive COMPLETELY GONE! 5) went from weighing 98lbs (which was my weight for 6 years) to weighing 110lbs with all the weight in my belly and love handles

Last shot was October 2011. 10 months later and still no period but I get the cramping symptoms. Still an occasional bladder infection and still barely have sex drive. WHAT A NIGHTMARE!!!

September 7, 2012 at 6:38 am
(159) Belle says:

I got my first shot of depo and didn’t get my period at all, i was probably 2 weeks from being due for my next shot and started having a flow that was excessively heavy it would run like a tap so the doctor suggested i move my second shot forward so i got it a week after my heavy bleeding started, it is now 4 days after my second shot my bleeding has been light until today it is now heavier then ever and Im getting light headed is there chance i could have fallen pregnant and miscarrying or any other suggestion to why this is??

September 8, 2012 at 11:08 am
(160) HEAVEN says:

IM ON DEPO AND I HAVEN’T HAD A PERIOD IN ALMOST TWO YEARS . THE NIT HAVING A PERIOD PART IS WONDERFUL BUT I HAVE GAINED SOOOO MUCH WEIGHT . ITS LIKE IM BIGGER THAN I WAS WHEN I WAS PREGO

September 13, 2012 at 8:15 am
(161) Sprinkle says:

I am on my 2nd depo shot. My period was due 6 weeks after the first one (I have a long cycle). I just got spotting which at first I thought was ok, it lasted 5 weeks, stopped for a week then started again. Went back to the dr when my 2nd shot was due and he suggested getting again and see if the spotting stops. Gave me ovestin tablets to take in case it didn’t. The tablets work while taking them but spotting returns everytime I stop. Tablets not readily available at chemists here and are pricey. not happy with depo and will go back to the pill once this one wears off. Never had a prob with the pill and it’s cheaper when u add up dr visit, plus depo, plus ovestin….

September 21, 2012 at 9:06 pm
(162) LaneLilly says:

I took the Depo shot June 18th and started bleeding 2 weeks later. To this date I’m still bleeding. I’m at 14 weeks hoping this will be my last week of bleeding. I’ve been fortunate not to have mood swings and weight gain. My bf has been so understanding and I promised myself to do my homework and research any product I want to inject into my body.

September 22, 2012 at 3:29 am
(163) Amri says:

Before I got this stupid shot I was a different person more relaxed more happy now that I got it 2 months ago IV been cramping badly & I get headaches my lower back hurts almost every day its ridiculous I wouldn’t have taken it if I knew I was gonna have to wear tampons for every day its sad how women have to go through so much pleasee don’t take this depo crap soooo not worth it just be safe……

September 26, 2012 at 2:18 am
(164) vickie says:

I was on the depo for 5 years and loved it. Bleeding & cramping at first while my system adjusted, then just very light spotting when it was time for the next dose. It balanced out my hormones and increased my libido.

Everyone is different, you have to see how your body reacts… And give it time.

I was worried about my fertitlity coming back after getting off of it but I got pregnant 3 months later.

After my 3rd was born I started back up again… There are normal adjustments (bleeding, cramping, gas, moodiness) but they all faded away once my body was adjusted. I loved it and still do…

October 13, 2012 at 9:26 pm
(165) Jasmine says:

ok, i wanted to try something different. i had heard all about depo through a former friend who was on a swim team and recieved the depo shot. i had previously been on another birth control that had little flow and very few cramps. i got the shot almost two weeks ago and i have started what i think is my period. i have these horrible cramps, and the blood is worse now than before. also (gross) i’ve had really wierd discharges of thick blood and a white substance. please before you take this shot or are considering, look at both the benefits and possible side effects. i didnt’ do that, now im suffering

October 15, 2012 at 5:04 pm
(166) meadow says:

I just started the depo in august. A month after I. Started to spot. I’m a 17 year old girl who wanted to be risk free with her lover. Even though it sucks I have to keep clean all the time it doesn’t effect my sex life. We still have fun and he understands, I’m happy I got it because we are not ready to have a baby. In the future though the time will come.

October 17, 2012 at 1:55 am
(167) Deidre says:

I have been on the depo shot for 6 months and never got a period. Not even spotting. I have gained 30 lbs from depo which really sucks!!!

October 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm
(168) jasmine says:

Ive been on depo shot for 3 years and I am constantly nheavy bleeding whats wrong with me :( ?

December 26, 2012 at 10:08 pm
(169) Becky says:

I have been on the depo shot before, about two years ago. I went off of the shot because I didn’t have health insurance any more. I now have health insurance again and the depo shot really worked well for me in the past. I got my first shot at the end of October and I got my period 2 weeks ago and I am still bleeding…HEAVILY! I also have extreme cramping–it wakes me up in the night. Today I passed a tissue-like substance—not a blood clot!! It had a very strong odor. Going to the doctor tomorrow…not sure what is going on! I never had these symptoms before when I was on the depo! The reason I am on the depo at all is to prevent cramping and periods all together. I am not sexually active right now, so I know I did not miscarriage. Hopefully I’ll find some answers out!!

December 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm
(170) Nakia says:

I just wantsd to leave,a comment depo is not for every one at least not me u did depo for me i havnt been able to conceive on it i have been trying for,a year n a half n no good lucjk my,luteal phase is normal and i ovulate on tyme depo not for me.

December 28, 2012 at 9:43 pm
(171) maya says:

I got the depo 11-2012 because i had a bleeding problem that I ended up
having a blood transfusion on sep-2012 (anemia) ever since I got the depo I been loosing hair (A LOT) now dec 2012 Im to the point that it seems like I have Leukemia I am depressed my periods are gone thank got but what do i do with MASSIVE HAIR LOSS.

January 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm
(172) oxoctoberxo says:

I don’t mean to be insulting but a lot of these problems are poorly articulated and could have been understood if anyone had done research before getting the shot. Everyones bodies react differently to hormone treatments of any kind and if you’d read the article it does state average seems to be 6 months to a year before menstrating stops. Depo can be a good solution. I advise researching and actually understanding how the shot works before following the advise of unadvised nay sayers first.

January 7, 2013 at 11:36 am
(173) Lea says:

I was on depo for 3 years since my son was born I had no major problems no bleeding no weight gain no loss appetite the only side effect I had was a my sex drive was low but other than that I love it

January 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm
(174) purplebutterfly says:

Seeing all these posts gives me good closure!! I thought I was hemorrhaging.. I got the depo shot after having my baby. Spotted for a few days and then nothing, once it was time to get another I backed out. I like having a period but my baby is almost 5 months& I’ve been bleeding for almost 2 months on & off. Old blood & fresh blood. I’m PISSED OFF!!

March 4, 2013 at 11:21 am
(175) Danielle says:

I’ve been on the Depo shot for quite some time I stopped and got on the pill, it was horrible I kept forgetting! I returned to the Depo and I’ve not really had that many problems. Although I think it makes me very aggravated. Either that or I’m just an angry person! It does tend to help in gaining weight. This is my third month and I’m at the end phase of the shot and have started spotting very lightly. I’m pretty sure it’s natural seeing how I have just started this again though.

April 25, 2013 at 3:42 am
(176) Caroline Thom says:

Hi everyone.

I went on the depo injection twice. First time I had it my periods stopped straight away. i took it for 9 months/ 2 hots in a row. I completely lost my sex drive (great contraception!!)…at a few weeks before my next injection was due I could always feel my hormones surging back like mad. I felt my pmt was better overall but then in last month I had my last injection about 1 week early and I broke out in ACNE !! Too many hormones in my body apparently. I was 36..this is no teenage acne !! Decided I didn’t like these side effects and came off it for a while and took mini pill. I’ve always suffered with PMT quite bad and was suffering again. Nearly decided to have the 5 year implant but was a bit scared for some reason so ended up deciding with the nurse that overall the depo was best for my PMT issues so went back on it. THIS time only for 3 months though. Started bleeding in 3rd month and my hormones went crazy to be honest. Really really suffered with PMT more than ever in my life. Have come off the depo now and back on a different mini pill but have been on/off light bleeding/spotting now for about 6/7 weeks….feeling tired all the time. Will NEVER go on the depo injection again. I think it really messes your natural system up.

May 31, 2013 at 5:10 pm
(177) JYoung says:

Im 35 years old and got my depo shot on Feb.25 of thus year. I didnt have my cycle for a month and a half. Now i have been bleeding heavy for 2 months. Im miserable. I got a second shot on March 28 to see if it gets better but i dont think I will do this ever again. I hate it. Not ever knowing when you will bleed and you will stop. Its BS

June 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm
(178) kirstie says:

Im having a depo melt down !!!! had first injection in feb 2013 we are now in june and ive been bleeding ever since and heavy terrible cramps!! thnking this isn’t normal never again!! so depressed I keep thinking there is something seriously wrong with me .The doc said that I wouldn’t have a period wtf how wrong he was……. There doesn’t to be a end to this it will nearly stop then ii gushhhhhh at the most incovienent time… my advice stay well clear

June 26, 2013 at 2:27 am
(179) Jay says:

Took the shot because all the others I tried they didn’t make sense for me. I started the shot January of this month. Started bleeding towards the end of February up until now. It was frustrating at first but now I see the bleeding as a blinker that says NOT pregnant. My sex life is great… Your man shouldn’t be afraid of the blood unless you’re hurting.. I’m not moody.. I’m okay.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was just birth control for men? We women go through too much!

August 18, 2013 at 5:56 pm
(180) ayngetta says:

Hiiiiii DNT HAVE IT DNE be wared ive been on for nealy a month nah and its pissing meh off weaaring a pad all thie,stressed and getting mad sooooo gunna doctors and getting somthin else dne……. Doctors should tell yah before yah take it i told a doctor he said it was normal like hell it issss…..

September 25, 2013 at 10:54 pm
(181) crystal says:

i just turned 19 and inve been on depo since i was 16, cause i use to have heavy bleeding. i still had a regular period for the first 3 months and now i only get it once or twice a year. before the shot i weighed 97lbs and was a size zero. now im 140lbs and a size 5. and i am constly hungry. i got stretch marks on the top of my thighs and my inner thighs. but is it nomal to have your period stop then bleed once a year.. and reading these comments im scared that i cant have kids when im ready.

November 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm
(182) Everett says:

Getting pregnant is never as easy as shown in the movies.Although some women do conceive very easily, but owing to our fast paced and hectic lifestyle in today’s age, not everyone is that fortunate. On an average, it takes about 5-6 months of trying to actually conceive while for a little older women in their thirties, it might take more time.

November 20, 2013 at 10:55 pm
(183) lauren says:

I got the depo shot about 8 months ago and have been on my period the whole time. It dosent stop. It hasn’t gotton lighter or anything. It completely effects my sex life and I have to wear pads/tampons everyday. I regret ever getting this shot

January 4, 2014 at 11:21 pm
(184) Shirley says:

I got my first shot in September 2013 it’s now January 2014 and I’m still bleeding. The doc said usually after the 2nd shot it’ll decrease but I didn’t want to take any chances. I decided to stopped getting the shot in hopes of my period going off but still4 months later I have full blown heavy period !! This sucks

January 9, 2014 at 9:14 pm
(185) Danielle` says:

so i got the depo shot back in early December and on December 26th i started spotting and ever since then i havent stopped. ive been having to wear pads and its making me suicidal and moody. I cant handle this. Anyone have advice?

January 22, 2014 at 12:14 pm
(186) jaque says:

Well I’ve been on the depo twice now an only have slight spotting at first I had a normal period then I bleed for almost a month but that’s normal it wont last I suggest u stay on the depo until it is completely in ur system an everything will be fine, an even if u are bleeding there are other ways to make love besides the bed or wherever try the shower its cleaner that way.

February 16, 2014 at 12:03 pm
(187) Kristen Hendricks says:

I was on the Depo shot for 4 yrs. I discontinued it for a yr and didn’t even get my first period after until the end of the yr when I decided to get back on it. I decided to start it again because I never experienced any bad side effects until this time. I got the shot mid December 2013. I got my next period around the date I was expecting, except that my period has not stopped yet. It’s been ongoing for over a month now and I am worried. This has never happened to me in the past. My dr says it’s just running its course. I will never get the depo again. You’re not supposed to be on it more than 3 yrs and I believe it has affected my body in the wrong way.

February 28, 2014 at 7:05 am
(188) kerry says:

Had the injection when daughter was 6 weeks old and started bleeding about 5 days after. My daughter is now 6 MONTHS old and I’m still bleeding! Went doctors yesterday and she encouraged that I have another depo shot to try regulate my period I said no of course, she gave me tranexamic acid to stop the bleeding so far its not stopped at all.

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