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Disadvantages of the Depo Shot

There are many forms of birth control out there. The pill you have to think about every day, the Patch you think about once a week, the NuvaRing once a month, and condoms you think about just when you have sex, and then there's the Depo-Provera shot that you think about once every 3 months.

Sounds great, right? Well, it may not be as wonderful as it sounds.

What are the disadvantages? To find out

  • Many women complain of irregular bleeding
  • You must visit your doctor every 3 months to get the injection
  • It may cause weight gain
  • It does NOT protect against STIs such as HIV

What? There's more?

  • It may take a while for you to become fertile again after going off Depo-Provera.

Once you do decide to get pregnant, some women resume regular menstrual cycles right away, but for many women, it may take up to 6-12 months after her last injection to become fertile. A woman must really think about her future when deciding to take this method of birth control.

This form of birth control is only recommended for women who are not planning on having kids for at least 2 years, and only if other forms of contraception are not right for you.

What? It gets worse?

  • Using Depo may cause you to lose calcium stored in your bones.

The longer you use Depo-Provera, the more calcium you are likely to lose. This could lead to osteoporosis. The awful part is that the calcium may not return completely once you stop using the shot.

So there you have it. If you are interested in this form of birth control, talk to your doctor about the risks associated with Depo-Provera, to see if this is right for you.


lucysimply lucysimply 5 years
I have only had one shot of depo and I already hate it. I was told that most women wont bleed at all so I jumped at the chance and got it done.But then two days after getting the shot done I started bleeding its been 2 months now and still bleeding.This has ruined me I have been such a bitch like never before and I cant even enjoy sex no more because of it .My partner and I wont be going for the next shot it was better off just having your period as normal
tamikio1111 tamikio1111 6 years
iam 36 and i have a 8 month old son, this is my first baby, i know it wasent my choice to wait this late, but god is in control. anyway. i got on the depo 6 months after i had my son, now iam due back on october 26, for my 4th shot, iam going to to get off due to some side effects, constant headaches, very nervouse, hot flashes,,, iam working out trying to get my tummy flat, and i lost weight on the 1st shot, now on my 3rd shot iam wrestling with trying to keep the weight off that ive lost, my question finally is, has anyone gained weight on the depo and then when they got off they finally lost the weight?
k10394 k10394 7 years
Hi, I have been on the Depro shot for three years now. I take 250mg once every three months or less. I have no weight gain or bloating or bleeding. I wanted to know if it causes increase sensations of panic attacks? It has regulated my hormones great. My sex drive is good. No compliants. but my panic attacks seems to be getting worse each year. I read that Depression is not understood by the shot but I am not sure about the panic attacks. I do also take .5mg of xanax a day to help me with my panic disorder but, I feel the attacks coming on.I let the attack blow up as much as I can take and then I revert to the xanax and its over and I am back to normal. My question to Depro users , do you seem to have more panic attacks or sensitivity to everyday life being on this medication. I also know that if I try to get off of it I will have to wean off of it. I tried on time to let the hormone laspse and I was on the floor rolling around in pain and using a heating pad for my awful intense cramping. I know it will be bad to get off of it but is it worth trying to see if it helps my panic attacks?
emmasweett emmasweett 8 years
OMG! I really really Hate Depo So Much! Damn It Anyways !!!!! :( well I am 20 Now and i stopped useing it when i was 18 and i started when i was 14 and now i been with my boyfriend for about 2-3 years and we want a baby and we been trying and trying .... aww So it really fucked my life up i hope i still can be fertile ... But i hate It I DOnt Recommend DEPO to n-e one i fugdeing gain weight like crazzy! and it effed me up so if any one can help me out here i would love that lol kinda feel like shit right now
ck08 ck08 8 years
I HATE depo-provera. Before I used it I was a little dystemic, a very mild form of depression. No one told me that this would make it worse. I have never been moody or had mood swings. After using this for 3 months, I had some very bad mood swings and they were ruining my relationship with my boyfriend and family. I also became suicidal and now I have A LOT more problems after using this shot then before I even took it. I am 18 and already have a shit ton of problems to deal with. I just want to be normal again...I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS FOR ANYONE WHO HAS MILD DEPRESSION. Lybrel, the pill, is what I am on now and it is sooooo much better! Take that instead! It WILL make a difference!!!
ivygreene ivygreene 9 years
I love Depo! I've been on it for years. I initially gained around 10 pounds and had spotty periods for the first 3 months, but the pounds naturally came back off after the first 3 months and I have enjoyed years with No Period! (love that!!) I do make sure I take at least 1200 mg of calcium a day and also additional vitamin D to make sure its being absorbed. And going to the Doc 4 times a year is really no biggie esp. because one of those visits is for my annual anyway.
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
Another late period for me today - four years after coming off the shot my cycle STILL isn't back to normal. :(
ohbaby7 ohbaby7 9 years
ive had it for like a month, and i didnt get my period-even though i knew i was about to get it when i started- but now, ive been bleeding EVERY TIME during sex for two weeks, and i just got my period(??) and today i have horrible cramps. im confused and beginning to hate this damn thing
Shandula Shandula 9 years
Depo can either be a wonderful method for you, or a bad method. It all depends on your chemical make-up. For example, I've been on the shot for about 3 years now, lost 10 pounds, have not had any periods since my first shot, and don't ever plan on having children, so I'm not too concerned about the infertility thing. I've had my bone density checked and am showing no signs of depleted calcium. This article doesn't fairly describe both sides of the story.
ereshkigal1984 ereshkigal1984 10 years
I have never had any problem with weight gain or any of the other problems. Going in every three months is fine with me because I got to the doctor at least once a month for my bipolar and Type 1 diabetes. I dont want kids either so the not being able to get pregant for awhile isnt going to bother me either. I have my bone density checked and so far so good I havent had any problems with that either.
Jen_fer Jen_fer 10 years
This is like the worst thing ever. The first 2 months it was just perfect and then I started to get headaches, depression, spoting, I didn't gain weight but I was on a diet and I couldn't lose any. I would not recomment it not even to my enemies.
angel5565 angel5565 10 years
I have been on depo on and off for over 8 years (came off for one year recently just to try the ring, which was AWFUL). I just had a bone scan showing no bone loss, had irregular bleeding for the first two months after my first shot, but NO period since, and although I have to work a little harder to keep the weight off, it's SO worth it. Everything has it's downside - estrogen pills make my blood pressure too high and I'm an emotional wreck on them, but if depo is the right choice for you, it's WONDERFUL!! ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL - there are those of us who love depo, and crappy generic articles like this keep people from finding the right fit for them.
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