Has anyone had personal experience with depo-provera?

  1. As some of you may have read in a previous thread, my daughter is having some serious ob/gyn issues. The new doc we went to see suspects it may still be endo (or one of the many other)"metriosises"... along with being prone to forming kidney stones. The latter I can deal with on my own, as I work in dialysis, and will have our nephrologist take a look at her and go from there. But the ob/gyn doc want s to start her on depo... simply does not want to do a hysterectomy at her young age. At first she said she' rather do that (the hyst.) than live with this constant pain, but now is having second thoughts....

    So what I need to know is PERSONAL experience with the depo... I've looked up all the side effects, and several disturb me......1. the headaches. She already suffers horrible headaches which at times turn to full blown migraines. 2. Depression. She was raped at 20, and has been on Zoloft ever since... doesn't need the depression as a side effect, either.

    If anyone has had these injections or knows anyone who has, any advice would be GREATLY appreciated ! She is to start in 2 weeks... thought I'd get some input before we do this...don't know if it's the thing to do or not... ??? Doesn't look like we have a whole lot of options other than the hyst., and though everyone has said that ended ALL their pain (headaches included), I'm hesitant, too. Afterall, at 25, her life is just beginnig....
    Thanx everyone. Appreciate you guys!
    Last edit by jnette on Oct 23, '02
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  3. by   CTRN1
    I was on depo for about a year, it worked great to solve problems, and I had none of the side effects they warn about. I never had a period, no wt gain, do depression, etc. The only downside was after stoppping, it took a year and some estrogen to start the periods again, which was no big deal.
    However, several people I work with also tried it and although a few had the same experience I had, many did not like it. Several had bleeding on and off for weeks, had the wt gain, etc.
    It all depends on the individual person. I would reccomend trying it for at least one cycle. If she hates it, then she dosent have to continue, but having a hyst seems like a drastic thing to do without trying all the other options first.
    Good Luck!
  4. by   AlaskaKat
    I was on depo for about a year and went off it because of the headaches. But I didn't have any other side effects. I have had friends that have done just fine with it without any side effects. I agree with jnette that she should at least give it a try. At 25 getting a hyst is a really big deal, she may not even know that she may want children one day yet. I'd much rather have headaches than not be able to have children.
  5. by   lilshamrock
    My sister in law was on Depro. She didn't have any of those side affects or a period for that matter but when she did stop taking it because she wanted to get pregnant it almost took her two years to get it out of her system. I wouldn't recomend it for a long period of time esp if she would want children in the future. I would also agree with CTRN1 that it all depends on the individual...everyone is different. I've almost been tempted to try it just to see if I'd be one of the lucky ones that would no longer get a period. Hope everything goes well for your daughter.
  6. by   Youda
    I used depo for a couple years. I did have weight gain (still haven't gotten if off, although ice cream might have something to do with that), and I finally stopped the depo because I had spotting, but not bad, just a nuisance. I'd say if doc wants to try it for an -osis, then it's worth a try to try to get the pain under control.
  7. by   jnette
    Wow ! You guys are QUICK !

    Thanx so much for the responses so far... the headaches worry me the most... would the zoloft help prevent these ? Hasn't so far... anything she could take for the headaches if they're worse than now already? She wouldn't mind the spotting, and as to the no periods.. her response to the doc was "SWEET!!!" :chuckle

    Any further advice or input is welcome ! Thanx again !
  8. by   babynurselsa
    The olnly side effect I really had with depo was my daughter........
    I guess somebody has to be the .oo1%
  9. by   renerian
    BAby wow you got pregnant huh! A gift for sure. I think if your using birth control and get pregnant it is a gift! See Jnette I knew if you posted on this someone would be able to help!!!!!!

    Good input,

  10. by   jnette
    Yep ! Thanx, Ren ! Appreciate you and your continued caring and concern ... :kiss
  11. by   CardioTrans
    Hi there....... I had endometriosis and opted for a hysterectomy........ but I also took the depo shots...... I had my surgery june 26th and took my depo shot june 25th....... The depo supresses the hormones and helps stop the metriosis monster.......... I found a wonderful site that helped me make the decision to go ahead with my hyster and I think it will help your daughter also.......... www.hystersisters.com This site is for women thinking about having a hyster........ who have had one for whatever reason........ so much wonderful information can be found there......... get her to do the research and do what she thinks is best for her......... at least try the depo esp if she wants kids in the future...... I wish her the best in whatever she decides........
    I got the shot 3 times.

    First time, exactly 28 days after I got it, I had a 7 day period. That's it for the 3 months. Not bad.

    Second time, exactly 28 days after I got it, I had a 12 day period. Still not bad for 3 months.

    Third time, I bled for 28 days straight.

    I didn't get it again.

    No other side effects though.

  13. by   jnette
    Wow...28 days of that yuk? She would NOT be pleased...
    Hmmm..mmm.. did it help the pain? make it go away? will the endo come back in time after the shots wear off... the doc seemed to imply it would... so does she do this the rest of her life, on and off, or what?
    Thanx, Heather !
  14. by   jnette
    Hey thanx, CardioTrans !!!

    That looks like a really good site to get some much needed info to work this through. Must get to bed now, but will mull it over tomorrow after work, and send it on to her as well. Thanx again !