The truth about Depo - page 2

I sit on a advisory board and we held a forum this afternoon for at-risk teenage girls and their parents. It was entitled "Don't get burned this summer" and it dealt with teen sex, pregnancy, and... Read More

  1. by   Hodge
    I can relate to the story in the first post. My ex-wife got the depo shot and her sex drive went from 4 times a week to once a month if I was lucky - not to mention the "constant period".
  2. by   lunakat
    I have never tried the depo shot. Heard about side affects from friends and I have bad luck with side affects. I used to take pill but could never remember to take pill at right time. When I would take the double dose I would become nauseated. I switched to lunelle and loved it! Only side affect was lack of period. Then the Dr.'s office called to let me know of the recall because it wasn't as effective as they thought. They told me a couple of shots that they had given me were part of the recall (thank god I didn't get preg.) So I tried the patch. The patch works for some but apparently not for me. I was on my period every month for 10 days at a time. Also I would get itch spots where I had put the patch. So now I am currently trying the nova ring. So far so good. My cycle is lighter but longer than it normally is. One day I will find the right Birth control for me.....
  3. by   Gampopa
    We had an interesting discussion in our Pharm class about birth control. Our instructor's point of view was that for someone sexually active who wasn't in a committed relationship with one other person who was also committed to the relationship he would not prescribe a non-barrier method of bc because of the high std risk. Was this discussed at all in your meeting?
  4. by   Jill1215
    I really liked the Depo shot. My period went away completely for the three years I was on it. However, when my husband and I decided to get pregnant it took almost a year and a half for my period to even return.

    Jill
  5. by   KrisRNwannabe
    i love depo. no periods. no cramps. no nothing. not much of a sex drive but that is nothing new!
  6. by   SuBeat
    I took depo for 2 years. I had one period the month after my first shot, and not another until 9 months after my last shot. It took an additional 9 months after that to get pregnant. I won't get into the amount of weight I gained. I wouldn't do it again, that's for sure.
  7. by   HisTreasure
    Quote from Gampopa
    We had an interesting discussion in our Pharm class about birth control. Our instructor's point of view was that for someone sexually active who wasn't in a committed relationship with one other person who was also committed to the relationship he would not prescribe a non-barrier method of bc because of the high std risk. Was this discussed at all in your meeting?
    Somewhat, but not exactly. A non-barrier method birth control would be prescribed for anyone, because quite honestly, in today's society, some birth control is better than none. It was stressed that whatever birth control method a young lady gets she should still use condoms, committed relationship or not. Ms. X stated that not only is no birth control infalable, but even if someone has been committed a long time it does not necessarily mean that the partner is 100% faithful 100% of the time. It is up to each woman to protect herself reproductively and her mental, physical, and emotional health as a whole.

    Thank you for asking. It is important to point that out to anyone who may be reading this and preparing to make certain decisions for themselves.
    Last edit by HisTreasure on Jun 13, '04
  8. by   Mandarella
    That's how it made me feel 4 years ago...no period but a 30 pound weight gain...yes, 30! and I was tired and a general feeling of "yuk". Off the Depo and WaLa 30 pounds gone...strange.


    Quote from fourblessings
    This is my 3rd depo shot, and I have been bleeding straight for 6 weeks now with cramping, and have gained 10 unexplained pounds:angryfire ...it wears off on the 21st, I certainly won't be getting another shot...will be switching to the patch. Depo doesn't agree with me, that's for sure.
  9. by   EMTtoRN
    I think that Depo really works differently in each person. I read allll of those websites abot the horrors of Depo etc, but you know what it is FDA apporved and has been around for a LONG time. My NP was suprised that I dont have break through bleeding etc. I was on it for a year and came off to try the patch but between copays and periods I went back after a year. I do have to say that my first shot back on I was SOOOOO nauseaus that I actually took SEVERAL pregnancy tests. I actually loose weight on the shot whoch is much nedded hahahahahah.

    Of course the bad thing is that if you do have side effects they will last at least the 3 months until it wears off. Its not like the patch or pill where you can just stop.
  10. by   Audreyfay
    Daughter was on depo. She had no periods, but gained 60 pounds in 3 years. She went off it, and the weight came off quite easily. Hmm, is the weight worth it?
  11. by   fnimat1
    Maire,
    Please tell me that the Pill you are on is Ortho Tricylcen. I started taking them yesterday and I've read that it does aid in getting rid of acne. I hope it helps me.


    Fatima
  12. by   Gompers
    I got the Depo shot one time, and one time only. I think they gave it to me while I was on my period, and after that I never even had spotting or anything. That was nice. Nothing else was.

    My boyfriend said it was the best birth control, because we never had sex! Just no drive at all, and even if I did get in the mood, my boyfriend probably won't want anything to do with me. First of all, I gained 20 pounds. Secondly, I was just a b**** on Depo! I'd be screaming at someone (usually the boyfriend) for no real reason, and AS I was yelling I'd be thinking to myself, "Why am I screaming? I'm not even upset? Why can't I stop?" and would just keep on ranting. Sucked.

    Nuvaring now. Periods last 1-2 days. Weight stable.
  13. by   cnelle101
    I still am on depo and I use to bleed for the whole month before it was due. then I told my doctor about the bleeding and now I get it like a week before its actually due and don't bleed at all. My friend says that whe doesn't want to not bleed at all and thinks that's abnormal and is on the pill, but I see it as long as I'm not pregnant and I don't have to deal with back pains, swollen feet and can sleep on my stomach. Plus when your pregnant you don't have a period but that's not abnormal. So its just great for me.

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