19/06/2019

Depo-Provera

Injection

3/5

About the reviewer

Age
26-30
Time used
8+ years
Had children
No
Height
5'1"/155cm
Weight
75kg - 80kg / 11st 11lb - 12st 8lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

When I was on the injection I thought it was great. I’d been on it from 17 – 29 years of age. It was only when I tried to research coming off the injection did I realise how awful it is and that the serious lack of clinical research is shocking. A week after my injection was due I had a swollen thyroid, severe nausea, insomnia and mood swings. I now have tender breasts, increased appetite, cramps, headaches and fatigue. According to the one website where they had tried to find out what women were going through, these issues can last as long as 18 months. There is no information available on how to rebalance hormones, nowhere does the information available in the uk state that the depo shot is used for chemical castration of male prisoners in the US, and seemingly no doctor can comprehend that coming off the injection can cause these issues. A gp put all my symptoms, including the swollen thyroid and nausea, down to sunstroke. Incredible. Before a nurse or GP convinces you this jab is a good idea, please do some research on what happens when you try to come off it!

Impact whilst taking

Mood
Somewhat negatively
Weight
I gained weight
Periods
Stopped periods
Sex drive
No change

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

Dark body hair

Increased body hair

Spots or acne

Increased sweating

No effects

Impact after using

Mood
Very negatively
Weight
I gained weight
Periods
I don’t know/can’t tell
Sex drive
No change

Headaches

Dizziness

Aura symptoms

Nausea or vomiting

Tender breasts

Spots or acne

Increased sweating

Enlarged breasts

Womb cramps

Vaginal discharge

Experience after taking

The worst experience of my life and I am only a month into my withdrawal. I have insomnia, nausea, swollen thyroid, fatigue, mood swings, acne, increased appetite, headaches, tender breast, the lot. I have yet to have a period and cannot imagine I will have one for a while as yet. Please, please, please research the withdrawal symptoms before starting this awful injection. Remember, if it’s used to chemically castrate male prisoners in the US, imagine what it is doing to our bodies!

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