HELP! I am on the depo shot and want to switch

Maci - posted on 08/04/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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I've been on the depo shot for about 5 months now, and am NOT happy with it. I was wondering what a great birth control would be? Possibly one without a period.

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Debbie - posted on 08/07/2009

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Be careful when you stop the depo becasue you haven't had a period you could bleed extremly heavy (or hemorraging) with big clots. This happened to my daughter in law and we almost had to take her to the hospital, and when I called th dr. they said it was from stopping th edepo and not having a period. The dr. said this was common. She had only had 3 shots. Good Luck

Joz - posted on 08/14/2009

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I was on the depo and did not like it at all i now have a implant called implanon no periods and have been on it for 12 months. Only thing is its a implant put into your left arm it takes about 5 mins to put it in you dont feel it they numb the area and it stays in for a period of 3 years so no going back and forth to the doctor talk more to your doctor about it as i said i found it to be the right one for me.

Lisa - posted on 09/05/2013

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ive had the depo injection twice when I was due my third I developed nausea sore boobs,bad back,sleeping eeveryday at two.this is not me normaly full of energy,i feel pregnant done tests but neg,my tummy is tender I haven't had a period in 6 mths,i also have a fluttery feeling in my tummy this been going for 4-6 wks,ant advice would be greatfull

Aimee - posted on 08/07/2009

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ive been on depo for 7 years, no problems, no periods and concieved within 6 weeks of coming off! its the best for me but doesnt suit everyone. what about the implant??

Toshanika - posted on 08/12/2009

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I was on depo for nine years off and on and the side effects escalated...especially the mood swings, headaches and body aches...my sister told me about the IUD (mirena); and it has done wonders for me...the reasoning is because the chemical does not flow through your bloodsteam its just released in your uterus area; which decreases the side effects I mentioned. As far as stopping periods all together, based on the pamphlets its a gradual process over a period of one to two years. Hope this helps!

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Heather - posted on 11/14/2013

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I am so glad I am not the only one and that these comments are recent. I just went to the doc yesterday and she told me I have depression and anxiety due to Depo. My head hurts, I'm lightheaded, sick all the time, my stomach is tender I feel pregnant but I'm not. So this shot is the devil! I was fine up until this THIRD shot then the very next day things changed. I am hoping to get over this without medication but I've seen that it goes away after the shot has worn off. I switched to the NuvaRing but QUESTION: Do I need to wait to put the ring in or can I go ahead and change? (I got my last shot October 7th)

Melody - posted on 08/13/2009

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Mirena!!! I absolutely love it. My periods get lighter every month. I was a raging lunatic on the shot, and have had no side effects with mirena. My husband says he cannot feel it.

Julia - posted on 08/12/2009

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Depo is evil! I believe it caused the onset of my chronic depression. I'm now on Errin (generic is Camila) its a 28 day... no sugar pills... It's perfect!!!

Kendra - posted on 08/11/2009

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I am scared of the IUD .Is it true is it very uncomfortable during sex as well. I need to have soem type of contreceptive but which one I am not sure ..



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I tried Depo...Hated it, not only did I turn into a weepy psychotic monster who needed extra medication for the mood swings, but I gained 35lbs the first month. I was 6lbs underweight when I had started, by the end of the first 3 months I was considered overweight (I have continued to have issues with being overweight).
I did the Marina IUD...I ended up hospitalized for that one (story requires too many details to elaborate more)
The patch worked for a while, till I suddenly built an allergy to the adhesive which left "patch shaped" welts on my skin.
The Nuva Ring was the only thing that I have found, I like so far. You still get a period, but mine were lighter, and not as painful.





 

Krista - posted on 08/11/2009

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So, quite honestly, NOT getting my period is a little scary to me. It's a natural bodily cycle. Should it really be screwed with? All these methods that stop your period have an advanced rate of bone deterioration. As women, we don't need to excel any form of osteoperosis.

Michelle - posted on 08/11/2009

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U can actually still get pregnant of Depo, i'm off it now because i got pregnant when i was on depo. I know a few ppl that were on it and got pregnant. I'm gonna start taking seasonel or seasonique whatever they want to call it. U have 4 periods in 12 months, supposedly!!



If u dont like touching urself, i suggest u dont go on nuvaring, u have to be comfortable searching for it!!! I dont like touching myself so i stopped nuvaring!!!

Patricia - posted on 08/11/2009

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I am so glad that there is a site where moms can compare notes and give each other accurate information. I am a grandmother, but take care of my grandchildren so this site is very helpful for me too. Years ago we had nowhere to go to find out about the stages of children, medication reactions, or solutions to behavior problems. Yeah for the Circle of Moms

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I was on the Depo shot several years ago after my second child (now 9). Though I had no problems, and no period, while on it, I had problems after discontinuing it to become pregnant. I didn't know until then that it can take up to two years to become pregnant after stopping, and when I did become pregnant (two years later), it was an ectopic, or tubal, pregnancy. When the Dr operated to remove the tubal pregnancy, he found a lot of clotting at the entrance of both fallopian tubes to the uterus. Thankfully after he removed and scraped everything, I was able to become pregnant a month later. It was all due to the Depo that I had this problem. As a person trained in the medical field, I believe that a menstrual period is a necessary and natural occurrence. Yes, it is irritating and there are many forms of birth control out there that can prevent you from having it indefinitely, but most Drs and medical proffessionals will tell you that having it at least four times a year is the reccommendation. I think the best options are the Nuvaring and Seasonique, depending on how you want to take it. The best advice, though cliche, is to ask your Dr. He/she knows you and your medical history best and can provide you with the best options that would suit your preferences. Everybody's body is different and no birth control works the same from person to person. Researching it is great too, but use websites that end in '.org' or '.gov' or '.edu'. Anything ending in '.com' or even'.net' can be misleading and false. Take your findings to your Dr and ask about accuracy.

Amy - posted on 08/09/2009

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I tried Depo...Hated it, not only did I turn into a weepy psychotic monster who needed extra medication for the mood swings, but I gained 35lbs the first month. I was 6lbs underweight when I had started, by the end of the first 3 months I was considered overweight (I have continued to have issues with being overweight).
I did the Marina IUD...I ended up hospitalized for that one (story requires too many details to elaborate more)
The patch worked for a while, till I suddenly built an allergy to the adhesive which left "patch shaped" welts on my skin.
The Nuva Ring was the only thing that I have found, I like so far. You still get a period, but mine were lighter, and not as painful.

Kelly - posted on 08/09/2009

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Depo - bad bad bad. I am now allergic to things that I was NEVER allergic to. I was on Depo 12-13 years ago and my system never recovered. Went to an allergist - found out the reason for the changes in my system was due to Depo - major hives, allergic to most medications, Ibuprofen, aspirin - anything that has a corn-based coating on it - all after the lovely Depo. I'm done with child-bearing years now - so I'm going for the uterine ablasion. Best to you and your decision.

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I had a lot of problems with the depo. Weight gain for one. Right after I had my daughter, which was almost 5 years ago had a very difficult time getting some of the weight off. I also had 2 prior miscarriages after I got off the depo, I personally think that the depo had something to do with it. I now am going for the IUD, heard really great things about it. Hope I helped.

Tiffany - posted on 08/07/2009

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I'm beginning to think the only good form of birth control is getting tubes tied...lol. I have had trouble with the shot & pills. My son is 5 months old and now I have the 5 year Mirena IUD. For 4 months now. I have gained 25 pounds, bled on and off the entire time, no sex drive, no energy, been a hormonal wreck between crying one minute & angry the next. Hubby doesn't know whether to come home with roses or boxing gloves anymore. ; )...kidding...but still. And I've had it shortened twice because it hurt my hubby the few times I have actually wanted sex. The only good thing I have to say about it is that I haven't gotten pregnant(knock on wood). I have girlfriends that love theirs but I hate mine.

KeAundra - posted on 08/07/2009

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I heard Mirena is good, but some say the male can feel it. I am on Depo, because I love no period. Their aren't too many options with no period. Why are you not happy?Is it weight gain?

Kristina - posted on 08/07/2009

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I had a horrible experience with depo as well, although the ultimate turn out was good. It gave me migraines and man was I moody!! Not to mention the fact that before I was due for my next shot I got pregnant. That's what the the ultimate good turn out was ;) I know many women who swear by it as well, and I think everybody's body reacts to the hormones differently. I agree with Mitzi, although you do have to look at the source of the information that comes up with the goodle search. Research it though; exactly like your doing, by asking other moms, and getting as much info as possible from a variety of sources. There are a lot of options, although anything that stops your period is changing your hormones and you are going to notice it one way or another. I've heard the Nuvaring is working pretty good for some. If you don't exactly want to have this conversation with your dr. then you can always get a referral to see a female gynocologist. I hope you find something that works for you, there's tons of options out there. Good luck :)

Debbie - posted on 08/07/2009

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Hi I've bin on Depo for 3 years & never had any problems,I also haven't had a period since I've bin on it x

Bethany - posted on 08/06/2009

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I didn't know they still gave that. My doctor took me off it years ago because it causes bone loss. Anyway, I'm on Seasonique now and love it. 4 periods a year. I have never had a problem with it. I went off of it to have another baby. No problems and I'm back on it again.

Katarina - posted on 08/04/2009

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I'd suggest the Patch. Although you still get your period, it's a lot lighter. You have 3 weeks on and 1 week off. I used it for 4 years before we decided on trying for a baby and I'm on it again now.

Michelle - posted on 08/04/2009

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We just use condoms here, but I know what your talking about with the Depo. It screwed my system up so bad! I actually had my period for a year straight!!

Kelly - posted on 08/04/2009

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Yes i would have to agree with Krista....I love having the nuvaring....i had it before i switched to the pill....then got prego on the pill and i had the inplanon after i had my son....and that gave me migraines so i went back to the nuvaring and haven't had any problems....and i would also have to agree that you get a very light peroid...mine is about 3 or 4 days and not heavy at all.....i don't think that there is any other birthcontroll that will make you not have a peroid...i know there are pills that only let you have like 4 a year but i would just talk to your doctor.....but would recommend the NuvaRing.....good luck

Mitzi - posted on 08/04/2009

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Supposedly the bleeding will stop and you will stop having periods all together, like I did. But it's still an evil shot, and I regret ever getting Depo. It seriously screwed with my system, and 8 months after stopping, I'm still recovering. I'm suggesting that anything you consider doing, just Google it with 'problems' in it. I. E. " Nuvaring problems" and see what pops up. I wish I had done that with Depo because I would never have allowed that crap in my system. I have heard a few good things about Nuvaring though. Just utilize that Google!

Krista - posted on 08/04/2009

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Nuvaring. Although, you DO get your period it's a vaginal birth control that you put in yourself and leave in for 3 weeks and then take out for one. I love it. There's no daily pills to remember. I don't know of any other birth control aside from depo that stops your period. Nuvaring gives you an extremely light, short period, however.

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