25/04/2020

Depo-Provera

Injection

5/5

About the reviewer

Age
41-45
Time used
8+ years
Had children
No
Height
5'/152.5cm
Weight
60kg - 65kg / 9st 6lb - 10st 3lb
Currently using
Yes I'm using it currently

Experience

My husband and I knew we didn’t want children. Depo Provera has been perfect for us. It’s easy to schedule a nurse visit every three months for the injection. It’s been wonderful not having a period. Since the Affordable Care Act began covering birth control, I have no expenses for being a woman (no cost for contraceptives and no cost for pads and tampons). I know it has affected my physical health. I have bone density tests every few years to monitor my bone health. Vaginal dryness and a lower libido are my only complaints. Thankfully, my husband doesn’t mind using lubricant or performing oral sex to mitigate the vaginal dryness. Every five years we’ve reconsidered our method and talked to medical professionals about his options (vasectomy) and my options (IUDs), but for one reason or another these didn’t seem like the path for us. I am currently considering going off the Shot because no one can say what 20+ years of use does to a body. I’ve begun monitoring my body and we are investigating our OTC options.

Impact whilst taking

Mood
I can't tell
Weight
I gained weight
Periods
Stopped periods
Sex drive
Loss of sex drive

Side effects whilst taking

Migraines

Aura symptoms

Headaches

Tender breasts

Increased body hair

Spots or acne

Vaginal dryness

Vaginal discharge

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