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Readers Respond: Why Did You Choose the Depo Shot?

Responses: 198


Updated July 22, 2010

Contraceptive injections, like the Depo shot, slowly release progestin into the blood stream, so many women prefer using Depo Provera because it's a more hassle-free hormonal birth control method that is effective and doesn’t require having to take a pill everyday (you just need to think about birth control every few months). Other women may have chosen the Depo Shot for its non-contraceptive advantages, like being FDA-approved for the treatment of endometriosis pain or because it is a progestin-only method.

We are lucky that we have choices when choosing a contraceptive method. What lead you to choose the Depo Shot?


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Don't have to think!

I chose the Depo Shot because I only have to get it about 4 times a year - how easy is that? Just 4 visits to my doctor's office, and I am protected against getting pregnant without having to give it a second thought. Yay for Depo!
—Guest Holly

Control Cramps

I had really bad cramps from cysts on my ovaries. I used Depo for a much needed break from the pain. I can't say that I missed not having a period, that was also a nice benefit, though I know it freaks some women out.
—Guest Robin

Couldn't Use Estrogen - Very Pleased

I began the Depo shot because I needed a birth control method that did not contain estrogen. I liked the idea of only having to get a shot every 3 months instead of taking pills or getting that implant in my arm. So far, so good! I have had no major side effects and am extremely pleased with my decision.
—Guest Jenny

Tubal Failed

I was on the depo shot when I was younger and had a horrible experience. But after my tubal failed, I had to use something and my doctor said it was my only option due to my high blood pressure. The first 5 months, this time, were constant bleeding - then it stopped, and I haven't had any other problems at all. I love it and plan to continue using it!

Depo Provera Shot - Why not?

I was taking the Depo Provera injections for a year. At the time, I had been taking birth-control pills. The idea of using effective birth control only 4 times a year was very appealing to me. I found out that I am one of those people that were subject to Depo Provera's side effects! I stayed with Depo-Provera for a year, to give it a fair shot (no pun intended). I eventually switched to another birth control method after that, as the side effects never stopped for me while I was on Depo Provera.
—Guest Macy

No Estrogen

I chose the Depo shot because I wanted a hormonal birth control method but can not tolerate estrogen. I have had two Depo shots so far and have been very pleased with my choice. Depo Provera is a great and EFFECTIVE option for us gals who can't use estrogen.
—Guest Talia

Why I Chose Depo Provera

I chose Depo Provera because it meant not having to take a pill every day and because it was almost immediately effective in addition to less frequent lighter periods (if you're lucky). I only took this contraceptive for 9 months, and I had several bouts of heavy spotting before finally deciding to stop using this drug.
—Guest FeistyKitten

Depo Side Effects

I've been on the shot for six months and its the worst mistake that I've made. I've gained weight since taking the shot. The only reason I decided to take Depo is because the doctor said it was the most effective. I didn't want to have another baby.

3 years depo

I been on depo for 3 years, I got on drop when I was 14 and I'm not 17. It wAs really great I want to be on it till I'm ready to have a kid but people say not to take it more then 2 years n my doctor hasn't really said anything so I said well why not just take it if my doc. Isn't saying nothing but now I'm like a month late n I was feeling depressed witch started last year n now I don't feel ass depressed I just feel lazy kind of but I really love depo haven't had a period for 3 years I have spotted but it's not worry able lol
—Guest Tia

mixed feelings

I enjoy not having periods but ionly have had the shot for about 12 weeks i dont think i will get it again.
—Guest emilie

Had too due to ovarian cysts

I had a hysterectomy at 31 and we left my ovaries. Started getting bad ovarian cysts. Have history of migraines so avoided estrogen pills. Progesterin only pills didnt work in shrinking and preventing my cysts. So went on the shot. Side effects from 1st shot was vaginal dryness so bad that i ended up with 3 UTI's in 2 months due to no acidity down there. After 2nd shot 3 mntgs later, headache every day that turned into migraines every day. Migaines with nausea. I also get ht flashes about 10x a day and am so irritable ll the time. Any stress sers thise to off! The one thing that has been goid about the shot is that it shrunk my cysts and prevented any more from developing. Hopefully the shot did enough to quiet my ovaries that niw i can go back on the progesterin only pill. Also when i was on no birth control at all, i had the best sex i have ever had. I had a sex drive. No i have none!
—Guest Apbear

Depo...hate it but love it.

I really enjoy not having to worry about taking a pill every morning and missing one. Down side to not having to remember a pill is remembering to bring extra under garments and tampons when spending the time with your partner. constantly wondering when this light bleeding will stop. When the intimate moment comes your so self conscious. It is much better than getting pregnant. I enjoy the simplicity but it comes with a down side. I will always continue to use it in hopes the weird light bleeding stops.
—Guest Roxydoodle

depo shot

I got on the depo shot because i smoke and you can't takr the pill being a cigarette smoker and because its a danger for me to get pregnant it could kill me so far i love the depo shot no periods love it i Would go for it girld
—Guest christina

Easy and (nearly) painless

I used to have horrible periods until I went on the pill. They got better. But as I continued on the pill they got worse. My gyno suggested the shot as an alternative. To not have to worry about taking a pill everyday was a great idea! I also was relieved that it's nearly impossible to get pregnant taking the shot
—Guest Jennifer

depo is my best friend

I've been on the depo shot for 7years.the first two spotting on and off sometimes for months at a time. Never gained a lot of weight I advise women to take vitamin to strengthen bone density.I wasn't aware that it may thin ur bones I lost enamel in my teeth.I haven't had a real period in 5years.I miss feeling girlie sometimes. But I love my depo shot.
—Guest pepper

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