25/06/2019

Depo-Provera

Injection

3/5

About the reviewer

Age
18-25
Time used
6 - 12 months
Had children
No
Height
5'6"/167.5cm
Weight
55kg - 60kg / 8st 9lb - 9st 6lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

I liked the convenience of not having to worry about remembering my pill but it effected my period in a way the combined pill didn’t. I first stopped having periods which was good (or bad depending on how you feel about periods) but then I started bleeding almost constantly. I basically bled almost all the time (lightly but it was constant) and if I wasn’t bleeding I had dark discharge. Also went I had my first injection I had a constant headache for around 2 months then every time I got my injection I would have headaches for a few weeks, this eventually stopped, however I am prone to headaches. I’d never been on progesterone only contraception before this so I can’t say if the progesterone only pill would have the same effects. I liked that it’s easier to stop and start than the other non pill options and is a bit less invasive. Also if you’re worried about the pain it really depends who does it with one nurse I barely felt it and others it hurt a bit- the initial injection doesn’t hurt too badly (also it’s normally in your bum which actually sounds scary but is actually nicer than in your arm) but you definitely feel a bit tender afterwards however this does fade within a few days. Also it completely stopped my period pain which had previously been quite bad. Overall if I was regularly sexually active I would consider having this again but I currently use contraception for only helping my cramps and the oral combined pill offers the same effect without the changes to my period. I have depression anyway so I can’t really say how it effected my mood. I have just severe acne on my back and it didn’t seem to help it or make it worse.

Impact whilst taking

Mood
I can't tell
Weight
I don’t know / can’t tell
Periods
Spotting / light bleeding between periods
Sex drive
I don’t know / can’t tell

Side effects whilst taking

Headaches

Tender breasts

Vaginal discharge

Impact after using

Mood
I don’t know / can’t tell
Weight
I don’t know / can’t tell
Periods
3-6 months
Sex drive
Increased sex drive

No effects

No effects

Vaginal discharge

Experience after taking

I still have a lot of dark discharge and get quite light but long periods – I have no specific period just times where there’s more or less discharge. I don’t have any symptoms but my sex drive seems to have dramatically increased from basically nothing to something.

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