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Getting Pregnant After Depo Provera Shots

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"I've been on the Depo shot for 1 year and 9 months... I haven't had my period the entire time... The last time i got the shot was August 28th 2004. How soon can I get pregnant? I still haven't had my period and the shot ran up on November 2nd. ...could I already be pregnant?..."How long did it take YOU to become pregnant after using the birth control shot?"
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August 6, 2006 at 2:27 am
(1) Melinda says:

It took me 15 months, then I had a miscarriage at 6 1/2 weeks. Then I became pg again at 19 from the “wear off date”, and am now 12 weeks. Good Luck to you!

August 24, 2006 at 8:28 pm
(2) Jennifer says:

I was on depo for 12 years and have been off it since february of 2006. It is August and although I have become regaular in my cycle I have not become pregnant.

August 27, 2006 at 11:20 pm
(3) Crystal says:

I have been off the shot now for a little over three months, my doctor put me on birth control pills to help newly regulate my cycle after almost seven years of being on depo. She suggested that I switch to the pill to prepare my body and help speed along the process of getting my natural cycle back into check so that I may plan for children within the next year to two years.

I would suggest that you talk to your doctor about the benefits of this method. Good luck to you and God Bless.

October 3, 2006 at 10:33 pm
(4) Mandi says:

I was on the depo for only 6 months Last shot was Dec of 04 and still not regular with my period, had my period about 6 times in the last 2 years. Very scared and worried Having problems getting pregnant. Will NEVER go on Depo again!

October 9, 2006 at 5:07 am
(5) Corina says:

I was on Depo for a year, and the last shot was in April of ’05 I have only ovulated once since then and that was due to Clomid. It has been a total of 16 months, and still not pregnant. No one warned me that it would take any time at all for my ovulation to return to normal. I would not suggest taking Depo to anyone, I wish I hadn’t taken it, and would NEVER go on it again!!!

October 20, 2006 at 10:06 am
(6) Debbie says:

Well I had been one the Depo 5 to 6 years last shot was in June 2004 finally got pregnant in July 2005 but miscarred and last month had a chemical preganany..having a real hard time getting pregnant and staying pregnant.. I would suggest not using if u are planning to have anymore kids in the future..

October 26, 2006 at 6:12 am
(7) sandra mcmahon says:

i had my last shot of Depo in june 2006. i still haven’t seen a period yet. i would like to have another baby before i’m to old. does anyone know if its possible to fall pregnant before seen a period?

November 7, 2006 at 5:29 pm
(8) Upset says:

I would not recommend anyone getting the depo if you plan on having akids in the future. I was on the depo back in feb. ’04 and my last shot was in nov. ’04 and i switched to othro tri-cylen lo to help regulate my cycles. i stayed on it for 6 months. and i STILL havent gotten pregnant. Whoever invented the shot needs to take it off the market.

November 21, 2006 at 10:49 am
(9) Devin says:

I was on depo for 2 1/2 years. My Husband and I decided to start a family so when my shot was due in oct 2005 i decided not to go back. after about 4 months i finally had a peiod it was horrible i ws hvin a period every othr week for 3months then I finally got regular. it has been a year last month and Im still not pregnant.

December 7, 2006 at 11:38 pm
(10) joanne says:

i was on the depo for a year. i suppose to go back in november and didnt. i am trying to have a second baby. i think the doctors who tell women about this should tell us about the side effects of our futures. us women who want kids but because of doctors who dont tellthe effects of our chances of kids in the future.

December 14, 2006 at 7:09 pm
(11) Sonia says:

I was on the shot for about 5 years. I went off of it june 2006 but then decided to get another shot. Went back on the shot in September 2006. I finally decided not to get the next shot. it is now Dec 2007 a year after I got the last shot, and still nothing. It is depressing.

December 18, 2006 at 11:56 am
(12) Crystal says:

I was taking the depo for 2 years and my husband and I decided we wanted to try for a second baby. Its been a year and 1 month and I have not yet seen my period once this whole year. I was never told how long it can take women to get pregnant. If I was told that I would have never taken it to begin with. They did tell me of possible weight gain and those kind of side effects but not the trouble women have after going off of it. I was happy with it while being on it but I will never go back to using the depo until I am done having childeren.

December 26, 2006 at 10:35 am
(13) Tamara says:

I have been experiencing the same issues. I started taking the “shot” after my son was born in 2001. He will be 6 in February. I stopped taking the shot in 2004 and started using the “patch”. My husband and I want another child; therefore, I stopped using the patch in July of this year. My period became regular right away but we are still not pregnant. I have an appointment with my OB/BYN on 01/08/07 to talk about this issue and to see if it could be more than my being on birth control for 6 years that could be causing me not to get pregnant.

We are ready for that second child and possibly a third. I am 33 and my husband is 30. I really want to have at least one more child before I am 35, prayerfully two!

I will let everyone know what the outcome of my appt.

January 10, 2007 at 5:19 am
(14) Amanda says:

I was on depo for 4 years I have been off Depo for a year and 6 months now and still not pregnant :( my Husband and I would love to have babies but I am so worried I never will..

January 11, 2007 at 1:52 pm
(15) Erica says:

I was on the shot for about 7 years and got off it and was pregnant after a year. After my first child I did the ring and it took no time at all to get pregnant once we stopped the ring. After the second baby I went back on the shot now stopped in Nov. 06 and will see how long it takes this time.

January 16, 2007 at 2:48 pm
(16) Jody says:

I have been off the shot since October of 06′ trying to get pregnant. I didn’t start my cycle until Dec 06, but now I can’t stop! Every other week I start again. I’m not sure if I should wait it out or try and go to the doctor? Did you have any luck, Tamara?

February 2, 2007 at 12:03 am
(17) Andi says:

Hi all. I was reading your posts, and felt I would leave my 2cents worth for anyone else looking for answers.
I also got the depo shot once, immeadately after having a theraputic abortion. I had no usuaul period or bleeding as I should have after having the abortion, further, I did not get a period or any remote spotting at all after having had the shot for about 8 months. Every month that passed, I felt emotional, and depressive. I worried something was horribly wrong with my physically that I hadn’t had any menstration for such a long period of time. I got the shot mid- May, 2005, and have only in April 2006 ( marking the first day of my last period to calculate due date) did I finally get pregnant again. I am curious if the issues I am having currently (I am over due on my date after having two other healthy children RIGHT ON TIME) If my hormonal imbalance remains and is affecting my having this baby properly. I have had stalled labour now for almost a full month, further, have marginal placenta privia for this pregnancy.. Could all this be long term effects of having had the depo shot in 2005??? I never had any issues previously in either of my full term pregnancies. I just don’t understand why all this has seemed to go so wrong. Depo is the only thing that I had done differently.
Best of luck to all. Don’t take depo anymore– I wont.

February 9, 2007 at 12:52 pm
(18) ACJ says:

Ya know while on depo for 3 1/2yrs I really felt that it was seriously screwing up my reproductive system. My Dr. assured me that everything was fine, but I new in my heart that it wasn’t. It has been a little over 2yrs since my last shot and I still haven’t become pregnant. My cycle sort of regulated on its own after approx. 6mos, but has started to show up really heavy every other week for the past two months. I’m very afraid that I’ll never get a second child. If you are thinking about depo DON’T DO IT! The shit is poison and I wish the originators of it could feel my pain 10 fold over and drop dead! I am so depressed. Oh yeah, it fucked up my bones and muscles too. Don’t fuck wit da shit, I’m tellin you for ya own good.

February 13, 2007 at 10:31 am
(19) daisy says:

I took depo thinking i would never want children..my depo ran out on dec19/06 i am still waiting for my period to return mid feb 07,i was on depo for over 2 years and my periods stopped immediately. while this was a nice side effect at the time, i also completely lost my sex drive, anyone else had this problem?? i’m off to the doctor tomorrow to see if there is anything they can do as i am 35 and can;t afford to wait around. reading all of this has made me a bit worried, but i wonder if anyone would be looking and posting here if they were not having problems hence all the negative responses? good lluck all

February 15, 2007 at 11:45 am
(20) Kourtney says:

My last shot was due in October of 2006.. we are trying to conceive and I still haven’t even started my period. But I am having cramping and fatigue.. am I pregnant without getting my period or am I getting ready to start?? Some one help me cause no one knows what I’m experiancing… all my pregnancy tests are coming back negative.. I have never been pregnant before and I dont know what’s going on with my body..

February 17, 2007 at 2:00 am
(21) Carrie says:

I have two little boys, I went on the depo shot in Oct. ’05. We wanted to space our next one a little better, and the pill did not work for me. That’s why our boys are only 18 months apart. Well, I have been off of the depo shot since April ’06, due to issues with it, and have not been on anything for those 10 1/2 mo.. So far, my period is almost non existent, and I am not pregnant. I have been to the doctor and everything checks out, so anyone’s guess is as good as mine. I hope everything goes back to normal soon! It’s driving me crazy! I will never go on the depo shot again nor will I ever suggest it to anyone! I have enough problems with being RH-negative, I did not need this too. Good luck to all of you who are trying to get pregnant!

February 19, 2007 at 2:17 pm
(22) wendy says:

I have been off the shot since november of 06 and as soon as i ended the shot i got my period. When i was on the shot i never had a period. not even one. I have had regular periods since then and it is now february 19th 2007 and i missed my period and i am pregnant. and it has been exactly 3 months. I didnt like the shot and will never go on it again, because it is true, it can make u infertal. i know a couple who have been off the shot for 5 years and still arnt pregnant so good luck to you all. i wish the best luck to you.

February 27, 2007 at 7:39 pm
(23) Mercy says:

I am in the same boat 2 shots was off in dec and now come feb no period (didnt have period for 6 months) want to get pregnaunt any advise out there please

February 27, 2007 at 8:28 pm
(24) Kirsten says:

My depo runs out on 23 march 07, I have been on depo for around 19 months. We would really like another baby.
I was on depo after the both of my first daughter and came off and went straight on pill, when I came off pill my periods went straight back to normal and then when we decided to have another baby, I got pregnant straight away. Don’t worry, it will happen when its meant to happen.

March 4, 2007 at 3:44 pm
(25) Tara says:

Hi all, I have been on depo for 2 years now and with my next shot due in April 07, my fiance and I are deciding to ry for a baby. I am glad we have decided to stop now as I am worried about taking two years to get pregnant. Our wedding is in Dec 07 so could be a nice gift to us both. I have had a few breakthru bleeds with the depo but not really any true periods, have not gained any weight either that they say 70% of users do. It has been a good form of contraception for us but I am not sure I would want to recommend it to anyone else.
Fingers crossed we get pregnant.
Good luck to you all.

March 6, 2007 at 1:44 pm
(26) Mandy says:

I was on Depo for about 8 years because it was the only way to control my constant bleeding. It was great for me, but I went off Aug 2006 because my husband and I decided to get pregnant. My periods started a month to the day (in Sept) after I would have been due for my next shot, so I had high hopes. It is now February and I have had 2 instances where I could have sworn I was pregnant, but the tests were neg and then followed by EXTREME hemmorhaging right before or at the same time my period was due. I am trying not to get too depressed each time this happens. It’s making my husband very sad. I wonder if it is harder to conceive after depo if you are older… I am 32.

March 10, 2007 at 10:36 pm
(27) Amie says:

i only had the injection 1ce, it ran out 19 Jan 07 and my husband and i decided to have a baby… i had really light periods while on the shot EVERY 28 days without fail. the next 28 days (after running out) had the same light period… however March came and i didn’t get any at all like i had been. dont know if this is the injection finally stopping my periods, even though its supposed to have run out or if its because im pregnant, too scared to take test… :-( like you all i hate the injection and will NEVER do it again.

March 12, 2007 at 8:33 pm
(28) erin says:

I am planning to come off depo soon and wanted to know what I was up against. This post got me really scared at first, but after reading of those few of you that did get pregnate right away makes me feel much better. I got on depo mostly because of ovarian cysts and am glad I did. For me, getting rid of that pain is well worth having a hard time getting pregnant (we’ll see if I still think that way when my husband and I actually start trying in a few months).

To all of you trying to do this without a doctor or nurses support… please drop into a planned parenthood or other clinic and at least talk to a medical professional. I have the advantage of having an OB/GYN nurse for a mom and some great health coverage. My doctor has advised me to use a condom for the first three months after my shot expires to allow my body to balance my hormones and to help avoid a misscarage the first time I concive. I was also warned from the begining that it takes most women 12 to 16 months to get pregnate after coming off depo. My mom has sugested plenty of intese cardio workouts (like running and swimming). Intense cardio workouts will boost matabolism and can help your body regenerate faster. **Please note that this is a sugestion my mom had for me and that I am already in decent physical shape. I don’t want to be reposible for any heart attacks out there : )

-Good luck to all and don’t give up hope

March 19, 2007 at 7:43 pm
(29) MN says:

I have been on birth control since 15 to regulate my cycle. Before I got married in 03 I began taking the shot. My husband and I decided to try for kids, and my last shot would have been due in Aug. 06. It took until Feb. to begin getting regular cycles, which I haven’t had without the pill, since early high school and still have not gotten pregnant. I am worried too after reading all these. I hope being on birth control for so long doesn’t deter my getting pregnant either. Good luck to everyone!

March 20, 2007 at 9:48 am
(30) Desi says:

I was on Depo for 1 year exactly. I started spotting the day after I was due for another shot. Now I feel pregnant but the tests are coming back negative. I was told its too soon to tell if I’m pregnant but it could also be a hormonal imbalance. Waiting to find out is the scary part!

March 23, 2007 at 6:23 pm
(31) BM says:

Hi Ladies, I also was on the shot for close to 8 yrs i had one son which will be 13yrs next month so its been a while for me. my last shot was 10/20/05 i got 6 regular periods then stopped all of the sudden so my OBGYN has me on provera pills to help me get regular periods kind of like a wake up call for my ovaries i do cramp and have spotted but he says anything is good and i can defenitely feel myself ovulating! so dont give up i have a sister in law that has been pregnant 3 times! and lost them all it is 1yr today of the baby’s passing and she was 8months pregnant. and yes she is pregnant again cause she is not willing to give up so i think none of us should either!! good luck to all of you……

March 27, 2007 at 10:08 am
(32) LGibson says:

HI! I recieved 1 Depo shot,it stopped my period however after it ran out in Dec.’06. I bleed from the middle of Dec. to the beginning of Feb.I haven’t had a period this month. I want to get pregnant again but without having a cycle I don’t know if I can.

March 28, 2007 at 5:09 pm
(33) Erica says:

I was on the shot for 1 year exactly, and been off of it for 1 year this past feb. I had some slight bleeding when my period would have been due thru-out the 12 months on it, but no problems. My Fiance and I would really like to have a child, please pray that God would bless us, and forgive the ignorant for not telling us the consequences for using this form of contreceptive.

April 22, 2007 at 4:17 am
(34) Rachael says:

I was ill informed by my doctor about the possible side effects of depo and after taking it for 1 year and suffering throughout the course i stopped taking it in Jan 06, it wasn’t until October that i got my periods back, i have had them every other week since then. My husband and I are trying to get pregant in hindsight and now having better knowledge of the side effects i would have never gone on depo. Please pray for us. All i can stress is to make sure that you discuss it properly with your doctor and do your own research. I was young and stupid to just assume that they knew what was best for me.

April 24, 2007 at 1:07 am
(35) Kellie says:

I started on Depo when my daughter was born in Mar 05, I had my last shot in June 06, and am Now off everything completely.
It took me until Sep 06 to get my periods back, but they became very irregular, only the last 2 months have I notice some regularity starting to form, so hopefully maybe a baby???

I swear there should be some kind of a group formed for women who have used depo and have been ill informed about it’s side effects. If had known what it did, there is no way in hell I would have taken it. I wish in some ways i could sue my Doctor for negligence, but what will that achieve?? nothing. I wont help me get pregnant any sooner, it just sucks that we had to all go through this shit to find out the hard way.

So for all of you out there considering this as a contraceptive DONT!!!!

April 28, 2007 at 12:13 am
(36) Ann says:

Started depo in August 1995. I had my last injection November 2003. Had my first period December 2004. Finally got pregnant May 2005, ended in miscarriage. Pregnant again in August 2005, ended in miscarriage. It is now April 2007 and I’m five weeks pregnant. Fingers crossed.

May 1, 2007 at 11:12 am
(37) Dee says:

I was on depo for 10 years, stopped because I had gone into early menopause, had moderate ostepenia, NO sex drive, horrible sallow skin, etc, etc. All of these physical symptoms were directly related to the depo. I have been off the depo for 15 months and have had maybe 3 periods in that time frame. Would love to get pregnant; but, am very afraid that my 10 years with depo may have ruined any chance for that. I have been calling my doctor to see if she will run fertility labs – but, perhaps I am naive – since I am just assuming these tests would be a quick answer to the “can I even get pregnant” question. So far, I haven’t even be able to get her to call me back on this….perhaps I should go to a new doctor? Sorry for the rambling – seems like we are all in the same boat – it’s reassuring to hear some success stories; but there seems to be a lot more disappointment than success. Good luck to all of us!!

May 10, 2007 at 8:29 am
(38) mumto2boys says:

I had been on depo for 5 years, i came of november 05, realised after that the bad migraines, mood swings i had, must of been because of injection, periods took 12 months to get back to normal, still feel tired, sore breasts, no pregnancy, regrets of having injection

May 14, 2007 at 12:56 pm
(39) Trying to get pregnant, too says:

I was on depo for 11 years – last shot was 6/06. During the last 11 years my doctor had me come off it every year and a half to two years for a few months until my cycle regulated again. I’ve been “regular” since 10/06. When on the shot I had no period or other adverse side affects. I feel the shot did exactly what I wanted. I did not get pregnant. I have been thrilled with it. I do have some mixed emotions now that my husband & I are ready to start a family. I, too, am on the emotional monthly roller coaster of hoping “this is the month”. I am in the medical field & I was warned it could be difficult to get pregnant. What I didn’t realize was how emotional it would be. I don’t feel as I can blaim the shot or the manufacture. It did what was advertised. Not having a period & not getting pregnant before we were ready was important. I think the shot is a terrific birth control (especially if you’re like me & never remember to take a pill)- just a word of caution if you may be wanting a family a year or two from now.

May 16, 2007 at 7:36 am
(40) glad to find I'm not alone says:

I was on depo for 9 years(once a year period) untill spring 06 switched to pills for a couple months with a period every other month. I’m so glad and sad also that I’m not the only one. Good luck to everyone.

May 18, 2007 at 7:34 pm
(41) Ebony says:

I was on depo for 2 years! I got my last shot april 06 I got pregnant nov. 06!!! I didn’t thnk I could get pregnant that fast. I had an abortion now I am back on the shot and I thnk I might be pregnant again!

May 19, 2007 at 3:39 am
(42) Regretting Depo says:

I had been on Depo for 18 months and have been off for a month now. I was hoping to get pregenant soon, but after reading all the comments, my excitement has turned to sadness. If I had known the after-affect of Depo, I would have never gone on it And I will never again. Screw all the doctors who didn’t tell us!

Wishing all the best of luck.

May 19, 2007 at 12:13 pm
(43) Ebony says:

I WAS ON THE SHOT FOR 2 YEARS! I GOT MY LAST SHOT IN APRIL 2006 I GOT PREGNANT IN NOVEMBER 2006!! I DIDNT THNK ID GET PREGGO THAT QUICK CUZ THEY SAY IT TAKE A WHILE BUH I DIDNT HAVE A PERIOD ON THE SHOT! THATS WHY I GOT OFF BC I THOUGHT THAT WASNT GOOD FOR ME…I GOT MY PERIOD SOON AS I GOT OFF N SURE ENOUGH WITHIN A FEW MONTHS I WAS PREG. I HAD AN ABORTION N DECEMBER AND GOT BACK ON THE SHOT IN FEB.!! THEY SAY LIKE MORE THAN 50 PERCENT OF WOMEN GET PREGNANT WITHIN THE FIRST 6 MONTHS AFTA GETTIN OFF BIRTHCONTROL! I GUESS I WAS IN THAT 50 PERCENT!!!

May 19, 2007 at 12:13 pm
(44) Ebony says:

I WAS ON THE SHOT FOR 2 YEARS! I GOT MY LAST SHOT IN APRIL 2006 I GOT PREGNANT IN NOVEMBER 2006!! I DIDNT THNK ID GET PREGGO THAT QUICK CUZ THEY SAY IT TAKE A WHILE BUH I DIDNT HAVE A PERIOD ON THE SHOT! THATS WHY I GOT OFF BC I THOUGHT THAT WASNT GOOD FOR ME…I GOT MY PERIOD SOON AS I GOT OFF N SURE ENOUGH WITHIN A FEW MONTHS I WAS PREG. I HAD AN ABORTION N DECEMBER AND GOT BACK ON THE SHOT IN FEB.!! THEY SAY LIKE MORE THAN 50 PERCENT OF WOMEN GET PREGNANT WITHIN THE FIRST 6 MONTHS AFTA GETTIN OFF BIRTHCONTROL! I GUESS I WAS IN THAT 50 PERCENT!!!

May 19, 2007 at 12:13 pm
(45) Ebony says:

I WAS ON THE SHOT FOR 2 YEARS! I GOT MY LAST SHOT IN APRIL 2006 I GOT PREGNANT IN NOVEMBER 2006!! I DIDNT THNK ID GET PREGGO THAT QUICK CUZ THEY SAY IT TAKE A WHILE BUH I DIDNT HAVE A PERIOD ON THE SHOT! THATS WHY I GOT OFF BC I THOUGHT THAT WASNT GOOD FOR ME…I GOT MY PERIOD SOON AS I GOT OFF N SURE ENOUGH WITHIN A FEW MONTHS I WAS PREG. I HAD AN ABORTION N DECEMBER AND GOT BACK ON THE SHOT IN FEB.!! THEY SAY LIKE MORE THAN 50 PERCENT OF WOMEN GET PREGNANT WITHIN THE FIRST 6 MONTHS AFTA GETTIN OFF BIRTHCONTROL! I GUESS I WAS IN THAT 50 PERCENT!!!

May 25, 2007 at 12:56 pm
(46) kay says:

I’ve been on the depo for 1 1/2 year. no periods, no weight gain. I have been on it 3 times: 1 as teen, 1 as with last marriage & now this marriage. I did spot the 1st 6 mos but afterwards, nothing. it’s been great. Blessings 2 U. o I’m 30.

May 25, 2007 at 8:56 pm
(47) mar says:

I only had two shots after a friend recommended it to me. I have two kids and we decided I would stop taking the shot to try for # 3. I also stopped b/c I was having SEVERE mood swings exactly 1 month after each shot. It has been only 1 month since the shot wore off and I am so sad to see that it could be a long while before I could get pregnant. I DO NOT recommend the shot for anyone.

June 3, 2007 at 11:47 pm
(48) keesha says:

hello all i am sorry to read all of this bad @#$% about depo. i got the shot back when i was 16 and got off @ 19 and i am now 24 with not kids. the whole time i was on the spot i didn’t have a PERIOD . i want to have a child really bad i fear i will never have a baby. i still don’t get a normal PERIOD i see it maybe 4 times a year. i need some help!

June 14, 2007 at 5:21 pm
(49) Rachel says:

Hi.. I got on the depo Right after my daughter was born who is now healthy beautiful and 22 months! Ive had horrible side effects about the last year, Miagrain headaches, 13 lbs weight gain in 3 months, mood swings, hot flashes, always tired, body aches can never ever sleep though, acne, its been horrible! I was supossed to get my shot again May 16th But didnt We want another baby (before she gets to spoiled from being an only child and she needs someone to play with before shes too old) So i didnt get it. So far I still havent had any bleeding which i usually spot about 2 weeks before im supossed to get it, sitll havent almost a month late and havent had any signs of even needing it. After all this and the fact I had cervical cancer and needed a small part of my cervix removed in Feburary of this year, Im scared i wont be able to have another baby! Anyone that was pregnant still pregnant or had a sucessful pregnancy yet? —– Also my 2 cents on this lil girls on here talking about ” got an abortion” If you wanna play big girl games and do big girl things then step up and be a big girl! You all out there killin ur helpless babies for what? You spread your legs right? Let your babies breathe! Your murdering helpless babies. Stop being lil whores and take care of them even if its not the “cool thing to do” when your to young to even know its murdering a living BABY! All the people out there that want babies and deserve babies but cant have them and your killing yours? Adoption not only saves babies but helps Wonderful want to be mothers and fathers to have the babies they need! AND ITS FREE! So stop spreading your legs and let your babies live atleast give them to someone that wants them instead of murdering them! — TO ALL THOSE WHO WANT BABIES AND ARE PREGNANT NOW GOOD LUCK GOD BLESS AND BEST WISHES!

June 18, 2007 at 10:09 am
(50) Kate says:

I was on the depo shot for I think almost three years, from when I was 15. I’m now 20. I was also on the pill, very bad menstration. Dr. said it was the only option left for me since the pill had no effect really. I lost my health insurance, so no more shot. I ran out around then end of may/beginning of June in 2007. I just wanted to say that though all of this is quite concerning, and as sad as it is, miscarriages are quite common. I don’t know a single friend that has been pregnant and hasn’t had a miscarriage. Also, if you do have a history of menstration problems, this can complicate conception and pregnancy. I’ve also heard from many that it isn’t uncommon not to see pregnancy with in the first year after discontinuing the depo. Let us not forget what a true miracle a healthy pregancy is. We should create a rally, asking the government or the company questions. I’m starting to wonder if the results of the test were confounded by scretive hormone counceling for fertililty. I haven’t read any official studies with the results that seem quite apparent as they do here.

June 27, 2007 at 9:28 pm
(51) MOnica says:

i was taking depo in 2004 but was on and of but last year 2006 when i had to go and get the other shot but decided not to beace me and my husband were trying to have a baby i was ver sad to be onform that about trying for sometime i can’t get pregnant depo messes up everything inside your ovaries freeze and dont want function well anymore dont try depo is something i did wrong and now im paying the consequenses and now to have a baby it will take a very long time to get pregnant and im very mad for depo to exsist..

June 30, 2007 at 11:18 pm
(52) Ashley says:

I have been on the depo every since I had my daughter in April of 2005. I thought it would be the easiest for me and I would return to normal fertility when I decided to get off. I took my shot on time. I lost my insurance so I had to start going to the county health dept where the shot was free. I took the last one in July 06′. Me and my husband wanted to try to have another child so I decided not to take my next one that was scheduled in Oct. 06. We tried constantly until Feb. 07, and I decided to get back on after not getting pregnant. I just recently missed my appt. for the shot in May 07′ and I just started a cycle this past Tuesday. I will not get back on the shot ever again. I didn’t know that it can make you infertile and my doc. never told me. I am only 22 (my husband 25), and I know we have time but it seems like its taking and will continue to take forever. Good luck to all who are trying. Keep the faith.

August 5, 2007 at 7:45 pm
(53) sarah says:

hi my last needle was in july/06 was due for my next needle early oct/06. we are now aug/07 still have had no period just spotted for 4 days last month. I have all the symptems of pregnancy put the test keep come out negative. I’m naseasu, fatigue, i had tender breast, no period and i cant eat the food that i love it makes me sick. everyone around me think i’m pregnant. my question is can you get pregnant without a period.and why wont it show on pregnancy test? how long should it take to get a period? I’ve only been on the needle for 2and half years.PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME

August 6, 2007 at 7:04 pm
(54) Not Going back for another Shot says:

I have been debating whether or not to go back and get my next shot, which is due on August 10, but after hearing all these horrible stories after the shot I am not going back. I want another baby and if it can take years to get pregnant again then I better get off it now!

August 7, 2007 at 6:47 am
(55) Pia says:

Hi all, I’ve only had the shot once immediately after an abortion. This was 18th January 07. We decided not to get my next shot which ws due in April 07 as it was a better time for us to try again. I got what i thought was my period on 27th April 07 but never stopped, eventually the Dr put me on Tranexamic pills and fingers crossed the bleeding has stopped. Still not preg tho!! Anybody had anythin similar?

August 15, 2007 at 1:25 pm
(56) bettye says:

i have been on birth control for 7 years.depo 6 out of the 7. i stopped taking the shot around january 07 when my boyfriend cam back from overseas. were about to get married and want to have kids sum day. but since i hav been off the shot i have not had any sex drive at all. can any one help me. im only 21 you would think i would be like a rabbit. but i seriously barely even have thoughts. help me

August 16, 2007 at 5:02 am
(57) Amanda says:

I was on depo for 9 months adn it has been over a year since my last shot! This shot put me thru “hell and back” and I have been trying to get pregnant since I started having my periods regularly 2 months after my last shot wore off… So, even after trying for about 9 to 10 months, and using all kinds of fertility tests, im still not pregnant… I WILL NEVER GO BACK ON DEPO! I hope that this helps!

August 17, 2007 at 5:18 pm
(58) Gian says:

Last shot 1/2007. Shot “wore” off 3/2007. First period 7/2007 (very weak). Second period 8/2007 (now, weak)
My husband and I plan on getting pregnant NEXT (2008) year. I knew it took time to have the drug wear off. Research shows 12-18 months. I am surprised my periods came back (albeit weak) only 4 months after. But I also read somewhere that cardio exercise helps the removal of the drug in the body, because the injection is an intra-muscular. It tends to stay in the muscles and fat for awhile. Lots of running (8-12 miles/week) and lots of water (2 litres). No crazy side effects, except extremely tender breasts. But I figure it’s all about hormones returning to normal. I am also realistic that it may take up to a year for us to get pregnant. The window to get pregant is really small. So really, I am allotting myself 3 years after the stopping of my depo shot. Took Depo for 4 years and had side effects of some weight and spotting, but all stuff I knew from research.
To those who say they might be pregnant, but their tests have been negative. There’s research out there that the progesterone from the Depo lingering in the body causes negatives on home pregnancy tests. Your best bet is to go and get a blood test at the doctor’s office.

August 21, 2007 at 1:29 pm
(59) tosha says:

i waz on the depo 4 like 4 years off n on.4 the last 4 years i haven’t had 1 period.myi last shot waz n aug06 now it’z aug07 n mi period came on n june n july both months 4 like 4 days now it’z aug n mi period hasn’t came on yet but i’m havin sllight crampin az if mi period iz about 2 start me n mi boyfriend haz been trynin 2 have a baby 4 the past 3 months n no luck so far.Depo waz good n then it waz bad it does it’z job n then i does damage.

August 24, 2007 at 10:07 am
(60) marissa says:

I took the shot in June ’06 and never got it again. It made my period turn into a thick brown discharge, and agravated my headaches. I then went on the pill in March ’07 and stopped in June. My period regulated just recently, and I haven’t been able to get pregnant yet. Does anyone know if you can get your period and not ovulate? I’ll never get the shot again, I wouldn’t reccomend it if you want children or if you don’t like hormonal changes screwing with your everyday life.

August 29, 2007 at 6:16 am
(61) Emma says:

I was on the depo for about 6-7 years and loved the freedom it gave me, at the time. My last shot was april 06 and I have been trying to get pregnant since. My periods returned feb 07 (my periods are fairly regular and my sex drive is much more incressed as well(another side affect the doc’s don’t tell you)) However I am still not pregnant.
I thought Depo was good at the time but maybe not now. I won’t ever used it again.
Good luck to every one and keep smiling :-)

September 7, 2007 at 4:14 am
(62) amanda says:

i was on the depo shot for four years. my last shot was in may o7. i started bleeding soon after. its now september and i’m STILL BLEEDING!!! i heard that you may bleed for 2 months but come on!!! four months!! ugh….my breast are sooo sore and i have cramps all the time. and just when i think its about to end it gets heavy again. i want to have a baby soon and am hoping i start to regulate. i will NEVER go back on depo or any other kind of birth control again. this seriously tramatized me. i hope you all have better luck in the future

September 7, 2007 at 10:26 am
(63) SDI says:

I was on the depo shot for 2 years after having my son. I was told when i got on the shot that I would be able to become pregnant in 0-3 months after going off of it. My last shot was august of 06, I finally menstrated in in August of 07 and it was the worst period I have ever had. It was worse than the bleeding after giving birth. I am married and would like to have another child with my husband. I too am afraid I may never get pregnant. I too, had a very decreased sex drive while I was on the shot. Now, finally in June of 07 it came back. ITS FUNNY HOW THEY DONT TELL YOU ALL THIS WHEN YOU SIGN THE PAPERS. THIS IS DANGEROUS AND DEPRESSING FOR WOMEN. THEY SHOULD TAKE IT OFF THE MARKET.

September 7, 2007 at 12:38 pm
(64) Amanda says:

I have been on the shot for 10 years off and on! I went on it when I was 14 because my parents were scared I would have a baby at a young age. I am now 24. I would go off by myself every year or two b/c of the moodiness and the weight gain. Then I would get my period and/or a pregnancy scare. I never wanted children before, due to career goals. I have a wonderful and loving man in my life now who wants more than anything to have a baby of his own. I do to now! I think it would be the best thing for me! I am sooooo scared that I will not be able to get pregnant! The last time I recieved the shot was Jan 29th, 2007. Please dear Lord don’t let me be infertile! I want this so bad! P.s. Both my sisters were on the Depo at some point in their lives. One has 4 beautiful healthy boys at the age of 25, and the other has two boys, but has had 1 miscarrage and another still birth. I don’t know what to think!

September 16, 2007 at 1:21 am
(65) cindy says:

My daughter had 3 shots. The last one in Dec 06. She had break thru bleeding the whole time, weight gain, moodiness, etc. She had all the bad side effects. She never went back for the March shot and has not stopped spotting in almost 11 months, tried estrogen in the spring to get her cycles back to normal, continued bleeding, has now had a D&C and hystroplasty all b/c of the shots and is still spotting. Wants more than anything to get pregnant but the Doc says she’s not producing enough hormones to ovulate. She’s had no periods, just bleeding for almost a year now. Has anyone had all the bleeding as a side effect? How long? and please someone tell me it does get back to normal and that they got pregnant. I’m really worried about my daughter, she’s young & married, and has wanted children since she was 14 years old, but we encouraged her to go to college, so at 18 and married, she took 9 months worth of shots, thinking about school. She decided school wasn’t for her and now wants to start a family more than anything. She already has some baby stuff. I’m worried about her greatly. Does anyone have anything encouraging to say?

September 17, 2007 at 11:51 am
(66) Jill says:

I started taking the depo shot in September 2005 after I had a second abortion(which I am not proud of but for the purpose of this post I thought I should include.) I stopped taking the shot in June 2006 after gaining 70 pounds in that short amount of time. My husband and I desperately want to have a baby. Right after I stopped taking the shot, I bled for almost 3 weeks straight. Since then, I have had only 2 recent periods (one in May 07 and one in June 07). I have not had any other period since I stopped the shot. My doctors say nothing is wrong, that it just takes time to get pregnant, but both times I was pregnant before took less that 3 weeks. I am so afraid that I have done something terrible to cause me to not be able to have children. I have always wanted babies, and I break down every time I think about the fact that I may be the reason I cannot conceive. If anybody has any advice or opinions PLEASE let me know what worked for you. I am soooo desperate I don’t know what to do.

September 25, 2007 at 8:14 am
(67) mumto2boys says:

back again! still with no good news, still not pregnant stressing out, my eldest is 7, 8 next year the older he gets the more i want another. i finally plucked up the courage to go to my family planning clinic to find out why i had no success. the nurse told me i am healthy and young, i had no problems concieving my 2 children so there is no reason why i should fall pregnant again. i told her my concerns about the injection, but assure me none of this relates to the side effects. what a load of C**p, well i’ll just keep on trying. good luck to all of u.

September 25, 2007 at 10:31 am
(68) Mary says:

I have not started to ovulate after depo (my last shot was in January of 2007). I have talked with three physicians and it sounds like for some women it can take up to two years after the last shot wore off to get pregnant, i.e. I might not start to ovulate until April of 2009. I always had irregular periods and I was told that it could take me even longer because of that. I hate to sugguest hormonal birth control after my experience with depo but I heard that just taking a few months of the pill can really help regulate hormone levels after depo completely screws them up. That is not a guarantee that ovulation will return after going off the pill but it could help. I really trust the physician who told me that. I hope that helps anyone.

September 26, 2007 at 12:35 am
(69) laurie says:

Have anyone try one of those ovaltion kit where it tell you you’re ovating or not. I have try those and it’s stated that i’m ovaliting but no sign of getting pregnant.

September 27, 2007 at 11:07 am
(70) Crystal says:

My Depo experience is very similar to the original post from the this site. I let my Depo run out in August of 05′, and skipped my Nov shot that year. Here we are folks… almost Oct of 07 and nothing yet. For the most part I have normal periods, and ovulation. My husband doesn’t have the usual military job, so the stress from his “whereabouts” sometimes screws up my PD, but that’s normal I know. I can’t see why I’m not pregnant yet, we’ve been trying for going on two years. Thank God we have a healthy, happy four year old, but man do we hear it from her about a little brother/sister. We’re now considering adoption.

October 4, 2007 at 8:32 pm
(71) janice-texas says:

I took my last depo shot in June 2005 and still no luck getting pregnant. I loved the shot while I was on it but had a really hard time when I got off. I bled for 4 months straight. I have regular cycles now and like everyone else, feel nauseuos and have pregnancy symptoms but tests come out negative. It is comfortimg to know that there are so many of us out there! Good luck to all and hopefully someone can post a message when it finally happens!

October 8, 2007 at 11:31 am
(72) Laraye-Baltimore says:

I had my first son in 2001 and I was on the depo then for about two years which made me lose alot of weight. Afterwards I immediatley got pregnant but it was an etopic pregnancy I have always been very fertile but again about a yr ago I started the shot got 3 shots so for nine months I had it last shot was in April 07 in August I had a lot of spotting and a regular period somewhat!! But it is now Oct 07 we have been having sex like crazy!! Still no baby every test has came back negative even the most recent one yesterday I don’t know what to do anymore. Last week my breast were real tender I talked ot my doctor and she said that maybe I was about to come on my period still no period but I am having alot of yeast infections ans bacteria infections!! I don’t know how much longer to wait this is nerve racking nerver had the problem before and I want another child me and my fiancee are trying like crazy if I knew the second time around was going to be like this I would not have gotten it at all!! I think a lawsuit should be brought against the people who make Depo because some women as I was reading the blogs are having longer delays and some are not getting pregnant at all after years!! something needs to be done.

October 13, 2007 at 9:01 pm
(73) vikki says:

I’m 22 yrs old. On the shot in Feb. 07 didn’t go get my shot afterward but instead took the pills. Period came irregularly but then this month haven’t come yet. Went for a pregnacy test at the clinic came back negative.. Have it happen to anyone where they have almost regular period and then no period for a month or long….

October 22, 2007 at 12:00 am
(74) Cassidy B says:

All these comments left me crying. Im so mad and emotional right now. How can they give anyone the shot without warning about the possible delay or impossibility of becoming pregnant again? What can we do about this? We need to find a way to warn other potential victims. Any ideas? I have only been off the shot and trying to conceive for 4 months now, but how do I deal with the disappointment of maybe never again having a child?

October 23, 2007 at 11:42 pm
(75) Colleen says:

Your comments have helped me a great deal and I thank all of you. I have 2 boys already and last year my husband and I decided to try for another baby. I was on the depo for 2 1/2 yrs and I had my last shot in Sept. of 06 and stopped getting my period. In feb. I started to get my period again. Since then I have had regular periods and with talking to my doctor she said as long as I have been getting a regular period for at least 6 months I should be ovulating. Well here we are end of oct. of 07 and still no luck. When i was on the depo shot it took me like 5 months and I stopped getting my period and my sex drive was next to nothing. I do advise women who want to go on the depo shot to take it only after reading the side effects because if you don’t mind not getting your period but lose you sex drive and have a hell of a time getting pregnant then go for it. Well I wish you all the best of luck. God bless you and your bellies.

October 24, 2007 at 7:09 pm
(76) Mel says:

Hi i was on depo provera for 4 years went of it in june 07 and its nearly nov07 and my period is back to normal i have a 28 day cycle with occasional spotting during the month which is why i went on depo in the first place. I never got a period well on it. How long you take to get pregnant depends on your body i know people that have fallen pregnant a week or two after going off it, everyones bodys will balance out differently, detox your body and go to a natropath and get them to give you stuff to balance your hormones out. Thats why its not working because you still have to much progesteron in your body. You cant blame the doctor you have to realise that not getting your period or something that stops you ovulating is going to screw your body up a little bit.

October 27, 2007 at 10:56 am
(77) josie says:

Hey all, I took depo in October 2006 to help me with really painful periods just before I got married in December. Never went on it again and my period was weird at first but at least no pain then it went back to being really painful last month(September). It is now October 2007 and I have had a pregnancy test that’s positive. If i’m really pregnant could it be an etopic pregancy? it that a side effect?

November 5, 2007 at 6:36 am
(78) Liana says:

Hi i came off the shot in May 07, I started using it in Jan 06 for the 1st time, I had been using cilest pill beforehand. I had my 1st period in September 07 which lasted 6 days then I spotted for a day and a half 15 days after the start of my period. I am now just over a week late. I am getting pregnancy symptoms but I have done 2 tests which came back negative. I already have 2 sons but me and my partner want another child.
When i concieved my eldest son the tests came back negative for the 1st few weeks, my GP even sent me for a scan which didn’t confirm the pregnancy but I was around 5 weeks pregnant at the time. I eventually had a postitve test result and had my dating scan which confirmed i was 13 weeks pregnant. I am worried that there might be something wrong with my body after reading some of the posts on here. I was wondering if anyone had experienced anything similar?

November 11, 2007 at 3:51 pm
(79) Danielle says:

Hi, I started the Depo injections after the birth of my daughter in April 2006. After deciding with my partner to try for another baby I didn’t go for my last injection due August 2007. I have since had a bit of slight bleeding but not a period. After reading other peoples comments I feel very concerned about getting pregnant again. However it took a friend of mine 2 years to concieve after coming off depo so maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel for us all.

November 15, 2007 at 1:58 am
(80) paola says:

hey everybody..im so upset after reading all these comments!! they should ban the shot for women who havent have kids..they make it sound so easy that we will be okay.i took my last shot in aug 07 i was due for another one in oct 07 i skpped it!! i dont want to got through gaining weight and deppression!! but no i wana be prego!! and it suks trying!!
i hope everyone else does though…

November 15, 2007 at 8:57 pm
(81) Kaitlyn says:

Hi everyone. I am a little torn with all the comments and being a female I won’t allow it to get the best of me.

I have several comments about all this. First of all, if you read all of the comments at once like I did, you will notice a pattern. Ladies, I don’t mean for this to be rude…but the ones who did their own research outside of the doctor’s office were happy with their results and understood that it will take a year to 18 months before getting normal again.

A lot of you have been on the shot for 6+ years. Doing anything to your body for that long of a time frame is going to have a down time for your body to adjust. I am reading a lot of the comments saying you stopped taking it six months ago and don’t know why you are pregnant. I am not discouraging you, just be realistic. If you gain 70 pounds over the course of 2 years, guess what, it isn’t going to come off in the course of 4 months. You have to work at it. You have to be diligent and patient, it will take time, hell it took you two years to put it on.

Reality is that when you take depo for an extended period, it’s going to take a year or more to regulate your body. I am doing a lot of research, I am not a doctor of health professional. I want to have another baby within the next few years so I am thinking of not taking my next shot in Dec. I know there will be a transition period.

Depo does exactly what it says. My body is very sensitive so anything estrogen based does not benefit me. I have horrible side effects. I loved having Norplant but after the 5 years of it being in, I could not find another doctor to put in another set. There is a new one coming out which I am excited for in the future. I know with my body I need to do a progesterine based birth control. The more you know about your body the better off you are.

With that being said, look at the other factors you ladies are talking about, setting aside the unrealistic goal and hope of getting pregnant within 6 months of being off of it. If you have a child and then you were on it for 6+ years, you are a lot older than when you conceived your first child. I was reading the other day on http://www.whattoexpect.com about the percentages of getting pregnant within a year’s time frame based on age. Ladies, we are getting older. Our bodies change.

I am not looking at the site so I may be a number or two off, but it’s very close to the following numbers.

For a woman age 20-25 without other complications (thyroid, irregular bleeding, etc.) she has an 86% chance of conceiving in a year time frame having normal sex.

A woman 25-29 has a 78% chance. A woman from 30-34 has a 68% chance (which I fall in this category now) and a woman 35 or older has a little over 50% chance. That’s a huge factor aside from the birth control. I am not discounting what you believe may have happened or be permenant side effects, I am just bringing my own knowledge and insight into this with the patterns I see.

To those of you desiring to have a baby, I wish you the best of luck and will add you to my prayers tonight. I am there with you. I have the “urgency” issue of knowing that I am now 31 and by stopping now, it will be a possibility that a realistic “try to get pregnant” will not be for another year to year in a half. My son is 10 now. It wasn’t easy for me to conceive him then either. I was told there was a small 2-3 month window in which I could have possibly gotten pregnant with my thyroid levels being so out of range. They have sense been in range with the help of an amazing doctor….who was the only one out of 7 years of searching who gave enough to be a person with research skills versus an idiot who holds a piece of paper and thinks he knows your body better than you do. (Sorry, another story) But I feel for you, I really do. I know how overpowering and almost deafening that desire to have a baby can be.

But also know, that the same things you women are saying, trying for a year and not pregnant, is very common among women who haven’t had the shot ever. Being young is definately a huge benefit, but there are so many factors. So please don’t get discouraged and blame it all on the shot. Many women do get pregnant after the shot. Some after missing their next shot due to money restraints. When I took the first shot in January of this year there were 4 of us there. All 3 of the women there complained of weight gain and said that they missed their next appointment by 3 or 4 weeks and they were pregnant.

Everyone’s body is different, everyone is going to have a different process time in returning your body back to normal. And maybe with age differences, your body may return to a “normal” range for your age now, now the way it was before you began the shot many years ago. Just like my girlfriend, same age, same activity level, etc. That chica can eat 10 times what your husband does and the bitch is skinny as a rail. I eat like a bird most times and if I look at piece of chocolate it goes straight to my ass. lol. You are no different in this aspect, everyone is unique and will react different.

For those of you considering the shot, please don’t let this deter you, only let it be a lesson in your research that it is a very real possibility that it could take you 2 years of being off the shot before your body is functioning with a normal cycle and ovulating. once you acheive that, then your “trying” begins.

However, I hate having a period and have loved the fact that I don’t have them on depo. I don’t like pills and I don’t remember to take them, plus any estrogen based bc I get severe migrains. Depo has been great for me and for my friends that take it. I have read a tremendous amount on the subject and even after reading all of this am still confident and do not regret taking it. I am aware of what I want in my future and how to properly plan for it.

Best of luck to all of you ladies. God Bless.

November 26, 2007 at 3:42 am
(82) Tara says:

HI there,
I posted on March 4. stressed and worried about not being pregnant. I am now 14 weeks pregant and all looks good on our first scan….. I am getting married in 11 days time and my hubby to be and I are looking fwd to starting our life as a family.
TO ALL OF YOU out there who are tyring to concieve and are dying to have a child. I wish you all the best, never give up, and I hope that one day soon you are blessed with the gift of life.
Take care
xxx

December 4, 2007 at 2:37 pm
(83) Vee says:

Hello Ladies,

I first tried the shot in 2003 after having my first child. I took it once in september of 2003 and never took it again due to insurance reasons. I became pregnant in November but lost the child in February of 2004. In 2005 I had a IUS put in called Marena. I liked the flexabily and the periods were beter as I didnt have cramps anymore. It took away my sex drive, also I kept getting reoccurring BV and yeast infections. I had it removed in May 2007. I recieved the shot August 21, 2007. My hair fell out so bad and I shed like a long hair dog, also my skin is a mess. Its Dec. 2007 I was due in Novemember 2007. I havent taken my second shot. I have pregnancy symptoms but negative results. Im not looking to concieve, but my fiance and I would welcome another child with loving arms. I got pregnant rather quckly so thats why I suspect a pregnancy now.

December 9, 2007 at 4:43 pm
(84) kate says:

i was on the depo for 9 months(3 shots) just came off in september and now it’s december and no period! I’m wrried as i wanna have another baby. can anyone advise me on how long it takes? i’m worried. or can i fall preg without having my period..?
thanks

December 14, 2007 at 2:31 am
(85) Tara says:

I took the shot once in Jan. ’07. I never took it again because of the same reasons listed above (i.e. weight gain, moodiness, etc.). I wasn’t having my period so I went to my doctor and she gave me high dosage Provera, which I took for ten days (and still no period). Then I took it two months later for ten days and started a normal period. I’m due to have another period soon. My only words of caution about Provera are that it makes you extremely sensetive. It’s a drug they give to women in menopause, so the estrogen levels are high, I became extremely weepy and had hot flashes… but I’m glad I did it. Hopefully I get my period on time within the next week. Good luck to you all.

December 19, 2007 at 4:29 am
(86) Stephanie says:

I began taking birth control at fourteen (due to ovarian cysts’), and stopped at eighteen. The first two years I was taking pill form and the last two being depo. I was never told of the possible side effects that depo has on reproduction. I am currently engaged and my husband to be and myself have talked about having children within the next few years. I took my last shot in 9/06 and finally began regular cycles in 7/07. After reading the comments I’m terrified that I won’t be able to have children and raise a family.
I believe that one of the biggest “bonuses” of the depo shot that is most appealing to teens/young women is the lack of a period. And while that may be a good thing for most young women at this point in time, you may want to think about the long-term consequences.
I would urge anyone who is considering the depo shot to stay far far away!

December 26, 2007 at 10:14 pm
(87) V says:

I started taking the shot when I was 17. I was on it for 7 years and got the last shot in February 2006, I started on Ortho-Low pills. I took them for three months and stopped taking them in April 2006 because I was getting married in June 2006 and we wanted to start trying right away. I was pregnant in less than two weeks. I got back on the shot in March of this year after having my daughter, I missed my shot that I was supposed to have on November 26th by mistake, and am pregnant now. I have never had any side effects from the shot – no weight gain, decreased sex drive, or spotting between shots. I haven’t had periods except for two of the three months I was on the pill. They say that going off the shot and onto a birth control pill a year before planning to have children will help regulate your cycles. I have always had good experiences.

January 2, 2008 at 12:58 pm
(88) S says:

Hello my sweet sisters:
I’m sorry everyone is going through this heartache. I had the depo shot only once in dec ’06… needless to say I’m still waiting to get pregnant. I would advise anyone considering depo to check other options. It was very trying being on depo. I had non-stop bleeding for 40 days, not to mention pregnancy symptoms. Please consider another form of birth control. The best form of birth control I’ve found is monitoring your cycle. Wishing everyone happy and healthy pregnancies soon.

January 8, 2008 at 6:28 pm
(89) melissa says:

i have used the depo -i just went off the depo a while ago. i did not have my shot in october 07. i still have not had a persoid. my dr told me it could take up to 9 months to have a period again and to get pregnant.People have been telling me i could still get prego without having a period. is that true?

January 8, 2008 at 10:28 pm
(90) niki says:

i was on the depo for 3 years and dint have a period for 2 years now i have been off the depo for 3 years and have been trying and i just found out i am now pregnant . Finally after 3 yrs of trying . I mam 5 weeks preg , YIPPY

January 8, 2008 at 10:35 pm
(91) niki says:

i didnt get a normal period until like 2 months ago . and it was a 19 day cycle too .and i neva went to the doctors because i hate them . They always want to look in ya vagina and i dis like that alot . lol

January 11, 2008 at 5:27 pm
(92) Chelsea Lynn says:

I have been on depo for 6 years. My partner and I have decided we are ready to start a family. My next Depo shot is due for the 24th of jan, but i have already had a very light period that went from the 2nd and finished on the 5th. Could I be ovulating by the middle of this month!?! I will not be getting the next shot regardless, but we are expecting it to take a while before it happens. Is it possible to get pregnant after youve had a light period, but before your next shot is due?

January 15, 2008 at 9:49 am
(93) charlene says:

i have 4 healthy children an would like another ive been on dedo since having my last child dec 05 and have now decided to stop i also was not aware of the problems trying to conceive but being very fertile hopefully i would not have the same problem(fingers crossed).i have had no abortions or miscarriages and hope to god it stays that way. i just pray for everyone who’s trying to conceive and have had no luck, keep strong and have faith.

January 15, 2008 at 9:52 am
(94) Allison says:

I was on the Depo for 2 years.. i got off of it and got pregnant which seemed like right away (maybe 2 months) and had my daughter Dec 14, 2006. I got back on the depo after she was born and it ran up on Jan 14th, 2008 now we are hoping to get pregnant again..

Good Luck.

January 15, 2008 at 7:44 pm
(95) Emma says:

I’ve been on the depo for 8 years since i was 16, and i never remember my doctor telling me how long it could take to get pregnant. my nurse has been telling me more recently it could be a month it could be upto 15, but that doesn’t tell me if it affects my normal fertility (which could be just as bad, who knows!). i’m married now, and wanting to start a family this time next year, so considering the last one i had in november was my last. i’ll keep looking here, but good luck to all of you, i hope you’re all blessed soon xx

January 15, 2008 at 8:10 pm
(96) Emma says:

hi again, i just wanted to point out to those feeling as negative as me after reading all this, it’s only those of us struggling to get pregnant that have googled to this page and then commented as well – surely there are plenty of women who manage to conceive within a few months but they’ve no need to google that then! (at least thats my positive outlook on it!) x

January 28, 2008 at 6:35 am
(97) jo says:

Hi there. I was on the depo for about 4 years. My last shot was march 2005, my periods returned to normal very quickly. I came off s we decided we wanted another child ( i have had 3 with no problems). It is now jan 2008 and nearly 3 later i am still not pregnant. Docs have put me on clomid as i am not ovulating even tho my periods are fine.

January 29, 2008 at 2:02 pm
(98) AH says:

I had my daughter in Sept. of 2000 and started on the Depo shortly after. I took my last shot in Aug. of 2005 and it took me approx. 12 months before I even started menstrating regularly. The reason I quit taking it was because of the mood swings and the severe headaches. I guess, because of stupidity, I decided to get back on the shot back in Aug. of 2007. I haven’t taken another one since then and here recently, I started having a period every other week. I am not trying to get pregnant, but I am having serious problems with bleeding all the time. My doctor says it’s normal, but I don’t see him bleeding two weeks out of four!! Pregnancy is out of the question, because I don’t even want to have sex anymore! I am only 26 years old, so I am definitely contributing all this to the Depo.

January 29, 2008 at 7:57 pm
(99) Jennifer D says:

I had my 2nd child in dec 2006 and took one depo shot 2 days after she was born that was dec 29th 06 well after the 6 week postpatum i bled for 8 months straight then i would bleed 3 weeks stop 1 then in nov 07 i finaly had a 7 day period and its now jan 08 and im not ovulating still and were wanting to try for a third child and im not sure how long it will take and i dont want any misscarages because i had one in june 2005 so i recomend for anyone please DONT TAKE THE DEPO SHOT!!!

January 31, 2008 at 2:05 pm
(100) Cammy says:

I was on Depo from 1999 to 2006. My last shot was Dec of 06. I have been off birth control, condoms and everything else since and still no baby. I’m so angry that no one ever told me about this. They always said “how easy it is to get pregnant once off birth control”. Obviously it’s not the case.

February 2, 2008 at 2:01 pm
(101) theresa says:

For former depo users who are trying to get pregnant there is hope. At fairhavenhealth.com there is a product called fertilaid which promotes regualar ovulation, restores hormone levels back to normal, and gives you the right blend of vitimins ideal for women trying to conceive. You may not get pregnant next month from using it, but it will definately shorten the time time i would take if you let your body get back to normal on its own. GOOD LUCK LADIES… hope it helps you!

February 4, 2008 at 10:11 am
(102) kayla says:

im on the shot and im getting off in march and i want to be pregnant by the end of april or beggining of may but i dont know if that’s possible!! is it??

February 4, 2008 at 3:24 pm
(103) Lety says:

I was on depo I only had two shots and the whole time I was on the shot I had my period so for about three months. It was back in 04 and til this day I still have not had a child yet, which is starting to make me upset cause we’ve been tryin forever

February 8, 2008 at 3:10 pm
(104) Hope says:

hi everyone i’ve been on depo since july 12 2007 and my last shot was in september ihavent went back since then i have a lite period in decmber and i had sex in january now i have all these wierd pregnacy symptoms like my nipples got bigger and darker and i had long head aches and sleeping a lot and tummy cramps here and ther and a wierd dichage also back aches it dirven my crazy i’ve tooken 3 pregnacy test since adn they all came out negative i know these are all signs of being pregnat, but what i don’t know if these are side effects of coming off depo i really wanna know if i’m pregnat r not i’ll update u guys, i’m going to my obygn in about 3 wk wiah me luck.

February 9, 2008 at 2:39 pm
(105) Stephanie says:

I was on Depo after my first child back in 94 for about 4 years. It took me about a year to have a regular period, 3 months later I was pregnant again with a very healthy baby. After delivering her and nursing for a year I again when on the shot again for 4 years and have been off of it for a year and am just now starting to have a cycle because I would like to have one more child. Whether they will me normal or not I dont know, I seem to be bleeding at different times. Im trying to time my days to have sex just right, so I dont know if that is inducing some of the extra bleeding or not. I also prop my hips up on a pillow for about a half an hour afterwards as well, to help. ; ) I do also agree that all the time on the shot I lost alot of my sex drive so it’s really nice to start getting some of it back, I also have a goal in mind – BABY!!!
Good Luck to all!!!

February 11, 2008 at 10:10 am
(106) Cassie says:

I was on the depo shot for 9 months. I have been off the shot since May 14th of 2006. Still today I am not pregnant. I dont know what to do. My periods are regular but I am still not able to become pregnant. I am beginning to think something is wrong with me. I would not recomend this shot to anyone.

February 14, 2008 at 4:51 pm
(107) lisa martin 32 says:

ive had 3 children my eldest is 15 the 2nd ones 13 and my youngest one is 6 i went on depo in 2001 after he was born now there all grown up ive decided to try for another baby ive beenoff the injection since dec 2007 ive had my periods regular as clockwork but havent fell pregnant yet im 32 now but i was in my 20s when i had my last i do suppose it does take more time as you get older as your body changes dont give up hope for those peoplewho havent had a baby they wouldnt give you it if they thought it would make you fertile think about it its not all ways the womans fault that they cant get pregnant it could be the man sperm count ,good luk anyway

February 15, 2008 at 4:45 pm
(108) Jenny says:

Hi I wanted to leave a comment because someone else had left a msg about no one checking this site if they were not having problems. Well I am not having problems now. I am looking for a friend of mine who was told that there is a 90% chance that she is prego, because she was a week late getting her shot. Obviosously that is probably not the case. I was also on the depo for 5 yrs. When I decided I wanted to have another baby, 1 year early I went off the depo and went on ortho tri cyclen lo. i was on the pill for 10 months and then went off of that as well. 2 months later I did get prego, and I am pretty sure it has something to do with being on the pill after depo. I highly recommend that you go on the pill for at least a few months after the depo to help your body straighten out some. Hope this helps!!! Good Luck!!!!!!

February 15, 2008 at 7:21 pm
(109) Christine says:

Hi, I am 32 yrs old. I would like to say I was on Depo for 13 years, yes i said 13 yrs. i have had numerous problems since being on depo. I have had thyroid problems, and MAJOR heart palpatations, and now have to have bone scans for calcium deficiencys. I have always wanted another child and in my heart believe I can’t get pregnant now, that is my inner intution talking. I never wanted a period and thought ” how wonderful that would be” and now REGRET ever getting on it. I HIGHLY SUGGEST NO ONE TO GET ON DEPO EVER!!!!!!! I also smoke and thought it would be good for me for depo and not the pill.BAD CHOICE!!!!!

February 19, 2008 at 1:33 am
(110) Brittany says:

I was on the depo for 2 years and didnt get my shot as i was off at college. with in a month of getting off the depo I was pregnant with my son. So there is hope for some although my pregnancy at the time was a big shock!

February 24, 2008 at 11:27 am
(111) Tammy says:

Just want to encourage those trying to conceive not to loose hope. I too was on depo for three yrs and the reason why i went on it was because i got pregnant with a coil in 2004 (i was lucky it wasn’t an ectopic) but miscarried it. A nurse from the hospital reconmmended it for me in 2004 and i have been on it since then.

I have my last shot in May 07 because we are finally ready to start a family, my period came in sept, but since hoping to get pregnant soon. I know 1 day it will happen and I promise to let everyone knows how it all goes. good luck to everyone ttc.

February 26, 2008 at 3:31 am
(112) jaz says:

I’ve been on and off depo for approx 5-6 years.and within the first two years I gained 30 pounds.so I got off the shot and within a month I was pregnant.well I got back on tha shot and have been on depo for another 2 years I’m considering having a baby with in the next 2 or 3 years but I’m worried without depo, ill get pregnant right away again..I’m sorry for everyone who is trying to have kids, but I thought I’d let yall know that I got pregnant after I was on depo.I can’t tell u if it was a healthy baby or a miscarriage:I had an abortion. But good luck to everyone.—i also thought I’d mention im 21 and many of my friends who are not on birth control have had it take 2-3 years to get pregnant.

February 26, 2008 at 8:59 pm
(113) Lori B says:

I was on depo for 7 years with no period for about 5 of those and some spotting towards the end of each 3 months before I was due the first several shots. I got off in May 2006…first AF Oct, first ovulation december, got pregnant Aug 2007 and miscarried at 6 weeks. Currently still not pregnant again. Scary stuff-stay away!

March 1, 2008 at 7:25 am
(114) Erickson says:

I was on depo-provera in college for a little less than 3 years. My hair was falling out quickly towards the end and I went off of it. That was four years ago, and after I got off depo I went on the pill until May 2006. It is now February 2008 and I’m finally pregnant. I’ve been trying to get pregnant since May 06 and that means it took me 2 1/2 years to get pregnant. Never go on depo, it’s not worth it.

March 7, 2008 at 9:25 am
(115) nicola says:

hi, was on depo for 5 years, came of it and 1 1/2 years later got pregnant with my first child, went bcak on depo after for 1 year came of it for few months then had one last shot in april 06 , my daughter is now 3 , would love another child but nothing happening , periods are regular now . but i feel depressed as i do not want a huge gap between my children , and i fear this will happen due to depo, i will never use this again , and would advise anyone to get of it asap if you want children soon.

March 7, 2008 at 2:17 pm
(116) B Roberts says:

Hi I was on Depo for 6 months when I was 23 (aged 31 now) had no bleeding but came off due to weight gain. Periods came back straight away. I then went back on it when I was 27 for nearly 2 years. Had last shot Jan 07 then stopped to try and get pregnant but am having terrible problems. I didn’t bleed for 9 months and eventually started bleeding in Oct 07. Have been bleeding really heavily almost every day since (it’s now Mar 08)! Have been to my Dr who has prescibed me Northisterone (progestogen)tablets to take 3 weeks on 1 week off for 3 months try and kick start a proper cycle again. Don’t know whether to take them as I am worried by putting yet more hormones in my body I could mess things up even more. I had no real problem whilst on depo but now I am desperate to get pregnant before I am too old and wish to God I had never ever had it. I am terrified it’s just not going to happen for us. Has anyone in a similar situation taken progestogen tablets to try and regulate things? Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

March 8, 2008 at 4:08 am
(117) kell says:

I don’t know what everyone is complaining about-it’s YOUR OWN FAULT for not researching something YOU are asking a dr. to inject into you. Do you blind taste test food in the fridge regardless of what it is? hell no. Do you apply for a job with no prior knowledge of the company? NO! you resrearch it because you want to know if you will want to retire there! Depo has been absolutely fabulous to me- i’ve been on it since jan 2003 and i’m 25 now.We are ready for another,so i am due next week for my shot and will not be taking another,because i’ve done my homework!!! and i know what to expect. just tellin it like it is,hope you all get pregnant,just be a little more educated about it next time…and by the way, i highly recommend this shot- i’ve had no period the whole time,and it’s been nothing short of fantastic.

March 9, 2008 at 10:41 am
(118) Clare says:

Hi
It has been really helpful to read all these comments and realise I am not the only one having problems. I was sitting hear in tears before I found this site. I last had the depot in Nov 06 so it would have run out in Jan 07. I didn’t have a period the who time I was on the depot and the two times I came off it before for 9-12 months at a time. So I was prepared for it to take 12 months for my cylce to sort itself out. However I began menstruating after 6 months but every 2-3 weeks, then nothing for 7 weeks so hoped was pregnant, but alas no. Then 2 weeks again and gradually up to 3 weeks, then was happy last month when was nearly 4 weeks apart, but then came on again 10 days after. It’s not very easy to get pregnant when you spent half your time menstruating. So it’s now been 14 months and no joy. Have been spotting this week and am worried, so its reassuring to here it might just be the depot and no something worse. GP is going to investigate for polysystic ovaries just in case. I’m 34 and dont’ want to be much older to have my first child.
To Kell, yes I did know it could take a while but 2 of my friends got pregnant straight away and it’s pretty hard when others around you are having babies and you’re not. And you shouldn’t have to research, you should be told the full story by your doctor or in the information leaflet. The depot was great while I was on it.
I think all these personal experiences should be collated as research, this is the evidence from the real world. Would be good to hear from women who have had success too.

March 10, 2008 at 1:52 pm
(119) hannah says:

Hi Guys! I just wanted to comment on the depo. I was warned right from the start that the depo should only be used for half the time you don’t want to get pregnant. Meaning it lasts twice as long as you are on it. I was on depo for 1 year and a whole year of trying later, I finally got pregnant. I’m glad I was warned of that, and was able to decide to use it based on that knowledge. Sounds like alot of you were never told that.

March 11, 2008 at 4:33 pm
(120) juju says:

I was on the Depo for 8 years and It took me 2 years to get prego… You can It just takes for ever realy for ever… I thought I would never have another kid, but I did I have a little girl. I know the feeling realy I do.. To all those thinking of taking the shot think about if you want to have kids later on cause if you do then don’t take the shot it is not good!!!! But for those that don’t it is great!! GOOD LUCK TO ALL….

March 13, 2008 at 7:44 pm
(121) Trice says:

I took one Depo shot and I bleed the entire time…It cause me to loss hair and gain weight.I had my son Nov. 13, 07 and got the Depo shot Dec. 3, 07. I was suppose to get another one Mar. 3,08 but I didn’t for various reason. I had sex Mar. 7th, 08 now I feel like I’m pregnant. Someone please tell me that’s not possible.

March 15, 2008 at 2:29 am
(122) Kim says:

No to sound mean or anything, but most of you are highly uneducated when it comes to birth control. My doctor gave me a list of side effects that all of you listed and more. He also told me that I am only to be on the shot for 2 years and no longer due to long term health effects that new research is showing and he only reccomends his pt. to be on it for 2 years. Then he also told me that it takes the aveage woman 2 years to get pregnant after using the shot. He also told me not to use anyother forms of birth control after coming off Depo if I want to consive. Also if you are tring to consive eat right, get active, and get plenty of rest.

Good luck to everyone who is trying to consive.

March 17, 2008 at 8:01 pm
(123) Jennifer says:

I was on the shot since I first turned 18- planned parenthood would let you have pills but not the shot back then- I don’t know their current policies. I never had a period, nor gained any weight. It was great while it lasted. I am now 31 (yep- that’s over 12 years)- I was supposed to get a shot back in October ’07 and after reading about the issues that some women have getting their fertility back, I decided not to get the next shot. I got my period back in December and then I just took a pregnancy test that came out positive!

March 19, 2008 at 9:31 am
(124) Anna says:

Been on Depo 9 yrs. Had Ovarian cysts like another girl posted. Last shot ran out in 1st week of Jan 08. Still nothing but would swear on my life I’ve gotten pregnant (tests neg.) until I have a torrential downpour of blood for about an hour or so every few weeks (sometimes every few days) To all out there, yes I’d say this sucks. Keep trying, We’ve planned to adopt in a year or so if nothing happens – Lots of kids out there from fertile people that don’t want them. I see having a child as a gift whether I birthed them or not. My luck I’ll get pregnant with triplets a month after adopting. I’ll count it as a blessing anyway (only want 2 kids). Smile at what is good in your life and keep your heads up. Let’s all educate our doctors as sometimes they hand out meds without understanding side effects(and yes!! they should know them already) but they are human and as you all know, some humans are imperfect, and it hurts others like us.I’ve worked with various types of docs over the years in the work world. NEVER trust one person with your health – that’s what the second opinion & internet are for. Unfortunatly I’ve learned that the hard way. But hopefully it will help others. Use this experience to evaluate other meds you are on. If depo is this detremental – what are your other meds doing to you?? Keep in mind that you should never discontinue anything without consulting a few docs 1st. Little secret as a side note – DOCTORS GET KICKBACKS VERY OFTEN TO PUSH A MED AT YOU OVER A SAFER ONE!!!!!!Not an opinion – a verified fact. Please, Please educate yourselves – I wish I had better insight years ago.

March 20, 2008 at 11:19 pm
(125) MICHELE says:

WELL ALL THE COMMENTS ARE VERY SCARY TO READ…I HAVE HAD THE SHOT TWICE BUT SEE THE FIRST ONE I GOT MADE ME BLEED FOR A WHOLE MONTH AND WHEN I TOLD MY DOC HE TOLD ME TO COME GET ANOTHER ONE AND SO THAT WAS MY SECOND ONE…BUT I HAVNT HAD ANYMORE BECAUSE I WANT A BABY AND IM HOPING I GET TO BE PREGNANT SOON BUT DNT LOOK GOOD…..THEY SHOULD HAVE TOLD US THAT THIS MIGHT HAPPEN AND NO ONE DID…I THINK THE SHOT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN OFF THE MARKET….GOOD LUCK ALL U AND TRY TAKEN THE PILL TO HELP REGULATE UR PERIOD…GOOD LUCK :-)

March 22, 2008 at 12:51 pm
(126) megan says:

hi everyone. wow.this was a pretty itense half hour read! im 18 and been on depo for 4yrs. shot ran out 1st march 08. my partner and i have been 2gether the whole 4 years and decided we want to have a baby.i went on depo because of severe pain and heavy periods, my sister has endomentreosis and my mum has fibroids so im freakin out! coz now i have to deal with,like alot of others, pregnancy symptoms but negative tests and the fact that aparantly it could take up to 4 yrs! plus the fact that i could have endo or fibroids.so many girls my age and younger (alot younger) in my country are getting pregnant because they are being lazy with contraception, or for whatever reason and they are either having abortions or bringing babies into this world when they are still kids themselves. dont get me wrong, my best friend had her baby oct 07, shes the same age as me and shes doing an awesome job as a solo mum. but plenty of girls i know are definatly not ready 4 the lifelong commitment of a baby! they dont even respect the fact that they are pregnant! its just not fair! my partner and i have talked everything through and have heaps of support and we are ready to be parents! almost every post on here makes a very good point,but no doctor ever told me about any of the side affects, and being 14 at the time i just wanted to be able to enjoy life. i just hope that i havnt ruined my body too much. if theres anyone out there that would like an email bubby for some support, my email address is
meganjonah@live.com

good luck everyone, its so good 2 know i am not alone!

March 22, 2008 at 12:52 pm
(127) megan says:

sorry i meant *buddy

March 23, 2008 at 12:49 pm
(128) Patty says:

First Id like to say to “Kell” that you should be ashamed of yourself for the things youve said. We did not all get the Depo shot without first educating ourselves. I asked not one but several physicians about this shot and its positive and negative effects before getting it. Not a single one of these doctors informed me that I would have so much difficulty getting pregnant once I stopped getting this shot. If asking doctors isnt doing my homework than I dont know what is. Im 36 now and this shot has screwed up my system so badly I dont know if I’ll be able to have any more kids. I only took this shot for six months and went off it because I got remarried and my new husband wanted a child. I feel very betrayed and cheated. For those who have had no problems with Depo then Im very happy for your very fortunate luck. For those considering this shot I strongly recommend you chose a different form of birth control. Finally, for all of us who trusted our bodies with Depo only to find we’ve lost control of our reproductive cycles…best of luck regaining everything youve lost.

March 24, 2008 at 8:30 pm
(129) Stephanie says:

I was on the Depo shot for a year and a half. I went to my doctor three times just to talk to him about all the risks and benifits. I went on the internet to do research about it. I couldn’t find anything that said it would take forever for my period to come back or to get pregnant. I’ve been off the depo since Dec. 2005 and still no period. My doctor put me on the pill to help regulate my cycles but nothing yet. My naturalist friend recomended that I drink 3cups of red raspeberry tea a day to help me out. I’ve been taking it for a few days, and she said it’ll take about a month. I’m 25 years old and have a good career(day care..lol go figure i can’t have one of my own so i take care of other people’s kids) and I’m ready for my first baby. There is nothing in this world that I want more. Good luck to everyone who is trying and I’ll post my findings of the rapberry leaf tea.

March 25, 2008 at 9:50 am
(130) breann says:

im 18, and have been on depo since i was 14.
i was never told anything about the dangers of depo provera. i recently discovered that it was a chemical castration for rapists in jails.. and then my friend told me about the lawsuit against the company.. and so i asked for my history from planned parenthood, they left out 2004-2005 and gave me 2007-2008!!
i switched off of depo, and onto levora..without even knowing the consequences of switching so fast.
my breasts hurt so much. the skin is stretched and hurts.. (im an AA cup and now my boobs look fake!)
ive been off of depo for less then a month, and im already bleeding like crazy and cant even wear tampons coz my vagina tightens up on it from severe cramps..
and its not just typical stomach cramps.. i can feel my cervix and fallopian tubes and ovaries cramped up.
im an emotional wreck, and im scared i wont have kids. i was on it for 4 years.
its a scary situation.

March 25, 2008 at 5:37 pm
(131) alysha says:

i had the shot 1 time april ’07 bled like crazy.took a few months for it to stop.couldnt have sex cuz i would bleed again.i finally started having normal periods around december.the doctor told me after long term use it could take a year or more to get pregnant.ive been trying since july and still no luck..

good luck to the rest of you

March 26, 2008 at 10:39 pm
(132) Chelsea Lynn says:

My last update here was in January. My last depo shot was on Oct 25/07. Therefore my depo shot was just running out on my last visit here. Since coming off the depo, I have had 3 regular (light, but regular) periods and ovulation test show that i seem to be ovulating regularily as well. We have only been trying for a baby the past couple of months, and so far no luck. I am certainly not worried yet, as I did know that it may take even up to a year or so! I was very surprised that my cycle regulated itself almost to the day my depo ran out though :) My family Doctor has referred me to an Obgyn and an internalist just to make sure everything is running as it should be. I will post again after my visit to the Doc and let everyone know if they find any problems or concerns related to my depo use. Good luck to everyone :)

March 27, 2008 at 10:45 pm
(133) sasha says:

I don’t understand you guys. Why would you take the depo shot and then want to get pregnant any time remotely close to taking it. Children should be a long thought out process, not something you get an urge to do suddenly. Therefore, taking 2 years for the deop to wear off seems like a good thing to me. If these children aren’t planned enough to actually think about and research what you are putting in your body 2 years prior, you shouldn’t be having them any way. There is a reason for everything. Also, there are many reasons why people can’t get pregnant and its seems like everyone is blaming a shot. Why did you put it in your body or continue on it without research? Sorry to those of you that actually planned kids for more than two years and can’t get pregnant. This msg is not for you.

March 28, 2008 at 10:15 pm
(134) jennifer421 says:

i took the depo shot for 6months first time in may07 and last shot was in nov07..i still havent gotten my period i only bled for like 2 or 3 weeks in january and thats it..i was wondering since i havent gotten my period since then can i still get pregnant?

March 28, 2008 at 10:16 pm
(135) jennifer421 says:

please help?

March 29, 2008 at 7:43 am
(136) Gussie says:

Hi to everyone…I’m a little concerned myself. My last injection was due May 12th but now I’m having cramps like crazy with no period…Is this unusual? Please comment.

Good luck to all of you!

March 31, 2008 at 12:48 am
(137) Jennifer says:

I took the shot ONCE and its been almost a year and i still have not gotten a reg period. I went to the doctor and she gave me a shot to try and reregulate my cycle. no luck. am i gonna stay this way for ever??hardly a woman?

March 31, 2008 at 2:04 pm
(138) Alisha says:

I was on the shot for 3yrs (on and off, w/ other BC methods to avoid bone problems) and my husband and I decided to have a child. So, June 07′ by last shot wore off. It’s now March 08′ (9mo.) and still no prego :( I’m only 24, so I’m not THAT concerned, however, I didn’t think I would be in the 6mo.-1yr range. We’re still trying, I have my fingers crossed.
As far as the shot goes, I liked it! It didn’t give me any problems and I didn’t mind not having a period (neither did my husband). Although, WHEN I do get pregnant, I wont be going back on the shot after. Takes too long and I don’t want to go on this emotional “will it be this month” rollercoaster again. Good luck to all!!

April 1, 2008 at 5:09 pm
(139) vicki says:

Hi All,
I was on depo for 3 years and last injection was due in october which i did not have.
Was having really bad ‘pregnancy’ side affects; extremely sore nipples/breasts, weight gain and just feeling pregnant…went for my routine smear and told the nurse and she said that she was certiain i was pregnant… and said that the only side affect from coming off the depo is that it could take 6-12month to get pregnant max… so this is a trained health professional who administers the injections and she did not know of these horrible side affects!!! Its just April and just got my period back and unfortunately the nurse was totally wrong! Although we have not banked on getting pregnant straight away it doesnt stop you hoping and wondering if it will be this month!
Good Luck to Everyone! xxx

April 1, 2008 at 8:52 pm
(140) Kristin says:

I have taken two depo shots so far. I am due for the 3rd one in may which i plan on not taking. I didn’ t have any symptoms with the first shot but with the second shot i have bled heavily every single day- It’s been going on for a bout a month now. My husband and I want to have a family sometime in the future. The dr has told me thats normal but i dont think it is since i didn’t have any sumptoms with the 1st shot and not bleeding every day with the 2nd. I’m afraid this shot messed me up and now i’m not going to get pregnant. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY ADVICE?

April 1, 2008 at 11:29 pm
(141) Stephenie says:

I too have been trying to conceive for the last 3 and a half years. I was on the Depo for 2 years and have been off it for 5 and a half years now and I haven’t been preggers once. Nil Contraception, Nil Pregnancy!! It took about a year for my periods to come regular and even now every 8 months or so I skip a month all together but not once have I been Pregnant… I think that the Depo made me infertile…. Which is sad as I’m only 28 years old and want to have another baby!!! I went on the depo after the birth of my second child.

April 2, 2008 at 12:31 am
(142) lyndsy says:

Hey there my beautiful sisters,
After reading all your comments I feel absolutely horrible complaining. The only thing I have noticed from being off the shot (last shot OCT/07) is VERY sore breasts and no period. I hope this goes away because even walking hurts they’re so big and sore. Good luck to all wanting babies, I know you’ll conceive.

April 3, 2008 at 2:03 pm
(143) Melissa says:

I WAS ON THE DEPO SHOT FOR ALMOST 3 YEARS, MY INJECTION WAS DUE ON THE 14TH OF MARCH BUT I DINT GET IT BECAUSE MY BOYFRIEND AND I HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT HAVING A BABY AND AFTER READING ALL THESE COMMENTS I AM UPSET TO KNOW THAT IT MAY TAKE SO LONG TO GET PREGNANT. IF MY DR. WOULD HAVE TOLD ME THAT I WOULD HAVE NEVER CHOSEN THIS METHOD OF BIRTH CONTROL.

April 4, 2008 at 10:15 pm
(144) Devin says:

I was on the depo shot for 4 1/2 years, my last shot was in april of 2007. I finally started my period in the 1st of Dec. it lasted 3 days then a week later I had another and it continued till the end of the month then and I havent had another one since then my husband and I are wanting to start a family I cant believe its takin so long I would have never started getting them if I would have known this I hope we can have a baby..

April 5, 2008 at 1:42 am
(145) Maria says:

I am so shoked to read all thies bad things about the shot i have been on it for 4 1/2 years and just stoped it last month because my husband and i wanted another child but now i dont know if we will be able to have another one. I an so scared i always told my husband i wanted 6 kids and i still du and know that we are stable enough to have more kids i wont be able to. I am so mad and scared at the same time.

April 8, 2008 at 4:34 pm
(146) A says:

I had one single depo shot after medical abortion-I spotted the whole three months I was on it, had the WORST depressive episode that lasted two weeks, in that two weeks I lost 10 pounds, and lost hair. Shot was due in January 08 and I didn’t get it. It’s now April and while I have had some spotting no period HOWEVER since the shot has worn off my boobs have been sore like I’m pregnant. I have tested and neg. I have cramps but nothing comes…I wish I would have never gotten that shot!

April 10, 2008 at 7:13 pm
(147) Steph 2 says:

I have to say that I agree with Kel and Sasha. For all of those who say that “I was never told how long it would take to get pregnant” after being on the shot, I hate to say it but it is your own fault for not reading the material that comes with the depo provera prescription. Whenever you get a script, there is information attached with the side effects, risks, etc. I have been on the shot for 2 years now and everytime I get my script, there is a pamphlet attached from the pharmacy. Depo provera is doing what it is supposed to do, prevent pregnancy. Any person of sound mind knows to research ALL options (including pros and cons) of each birth control method before choosing the most appropriate method that would work best for you. The fact is that after taking Depo Provera it could possibly take anywhere from six months to a year to get pregnant. You are also warned that it is not a good idea to be on Depo for more than 2 years. I had my last shot in November and I did not go back in February to get my shot because I am turning 30 and would like to get married first and then have kids in a few years. Since being off the shot, I have experienced light spotting occasionally and have really tender breasts. I know that it could take up to a year to get a regular period again. I will also like to mention that a friend of mine’s was able to conceive the month following a missed injection. I also have another friend who got pregnant within a year of quitting depo. For all those who are trying to conceive, don’t give up hope, stay encouraged and please consult your OB-GYN or physician for fertility advice. I believe that depo provera is a form of birth control that should be used in instances where people are not trying to have a baby any time soon.

All I can say is Ladies please carefully research the methods of birth control before making a final decision. These things are going to stay in your bloodstream for a while so you should ask a lot of questions and really do your homework. I don’t have anything bad to say about the shot. If you are not an educated consumer, then that hardly gives you the right to come down on a product because if your ignorance.

April 12, 2008 at 7:50 pm
(148) Mati says:

It is so comforting to know that there are other women who are experiencing similar experiences as I. I am now 19 and in college and have been off of the depo for about 1 year and 4 months. I only recieved 2 shots and immediately decided that the shot was not for me. I was warned about the side effects but i was never warned of just how hard and how long it would take. While on the shot I experienced almost all of the negative side effects. Which why i stopped it. I started the shot in Feb of 2006 while i was still in high school I was due back for a shot in September of 2006 but never went back. Since then I have only had 2 ful periods and spotting on 2 occassions. I know I am young and in school but I can’t help but be concerned about my future. The doctor says that it is normal but I am concerned still. My mother forced me to take the shot and I feel so sad that this is happening to me. My boyfriend is starting to become distant because he has been wanting a child and it just has not been happening. All negative tests. I am always depressed. I really need advice from someone who has been through this. Thanks ladies.

April 13, 2008 at 12:19 pm
(149) S. Ann says:

I have to say I agree with Steph. This drug is a very effective birth control. But do your homework. Thankfully, I didn’t experience the bad side effects that other people have mentioned. When I started the shot I had just had my 2nd child and thought pretty sure that was going to be the last. Now, 7 years later we want to have 1 more so I took my last shot in Jan 08. I have had no peroid yet but am having some withdrawal, I think. I have been a little moodier and am having skin problems like acne, rashes and dryness. Since I was on the shot so long I did a bone density test last year and was fine, after then 6 years of use. So even though you can hear and read all of the horror stories not all experiences with depo are bad. Trying to get pregnant now, hopefully I will still be in favor of the shot, at least for myself, in a few months.! So far I have no regrets. The no periods was the best thing, but I did have decreased libido although it was nothing that I couldn’t deal with.

April 14, 2008 at 2:55 pm
(150) Laura says:

I started taking the shot when I was 15. At the time it was a great option because I had no intention of getting pregnant anytime soon. I knew it took a year or so to get pregnant after taking the shot. I was on the shot for 9 years and took my last shot the week before my wedding last June. In November I was positive I was pregnant, experiencing breast soreness, nausea, etc. I took a test and it was negative. I started bleeding finally at the beginning of February and bled non-stop until last Saturday. I am not in a big hurry to get pregnant but would like to in the next year or so. I am not taking any form of BC, my husband and I are letting everything happen naturally (my Dr. also recommended this) I am very worried lately that I am infertile or that it will take me years and years to get pregnant.

April 15, 2008 at 8:33 am
(151) MANDA says:

Wow its amazing to see all these stories, it scares me. I to was on depo for like 2-3 yrs. from 16-18, now here i am 23 and I have had no luck on having a baby. Its so sad, because I feel the pressure from everyone, “when you gonna have a baby?” my spouse and I are both bothered by it. We both want children, and jokingly he will say something along the lines are you having my baby yet? guess not. It kinda hurts, cuz I have no control over it. I am still young and have plenty of time, but is there anything I can do to SPEED the process up? Its already been like 4-5 years? And advice,words of wisdom or something will help make me feel better?

April 17, 2008 at 3:56 pm
(152) Charlotte says:

I’m 18, and was on the shot for 7 months. Other hormonal birth controls aren’t an option for me because I have severe migraine with aura. The first time I got the shot, it went pretty well for the first month and then the heavy bleeding started,I was going through a tampon every hour. I called my doctor who put me on a medicine to stop the bleeding, I was supposed to stop taking the medicine when the bleeding stopped so I did, but then it started up again, my doctor told me that I was going through withdrawal. So I was told to come in and get my second shot a month early. Looking back that made no sense what so ever because I was just bombarding my body with more hormones, and I’m small, I only weigh 100lbs, so I was probably getting more than I needed with just the one shot. But the bleeding stopped, only to start up again within another month. By this time I was up for what would be my second shot (actually my third) This cycle continued I was getting a two shots during the three months that I should have been getting one, and I was for the most part either bleeding, spotting from the depo or having withdrawal effects from the medication. I talked to my doctor and the test of the doctors in the practice (6 of them) and was never told about any of this stuff, I was given a list of side effects, but was reassured over and over that they were extremely rare, and I was never told that it would take so long to get pregnant afterwards (not that I’m trying) but eventually my fiance and I would like to have babies. Now that I have stopped taking Depo, I am still bleeding, 3-4 days out of the week, and uncontrollably when I have sex. I also have really bad mood swings, I never did before. I do not plan to ever go back on this medication nor would I ever recommend it, and I have since found a new doctor, who it working with me to try and get my hormone levels back to normal.

April 19, 2008 at 5:04 pm
(153) Lynn says:

I have never used any kind of birth control and couldn’t get pregnant for the world. I got on DEPO in October of 2007, for the first time but didn’t continue my series because of the way my body reacted to it. January of 08 was suppose to be the next time I got the shot which i didn’t. Now its 6 months later and I am 7 weeks pregnant. I never got a menstrual until March of this year(2008) well what i thought was a menstrual. I don’t know if it was because i haven’t been on the shot as long as you all have or what, but I am here to say that there is hope. Another thing too, my cousin was on depo for Lord knows how long and she just had her baby last April in 2007. I don’t know if you would call it a miracle or what but God blessed those when the time is right. Stay motivated and also try to start taking Prenatal Vitamins. I hear those work too for trying to get pregnant. Also don’t make what you and you partner is doing into a job, most women get pregnant from relaxing and enjoying the fun or climaxing at the same time as the male. I’m no doctor but I can tell you all that are having problems that there is still hope just don’t give up or make it into a job. Good Luck and God Bless.

April 22, 2008 at 12:48 am
(154) Julie says:

My daughter was born in 2003 and I started the depo shot. I liked it, no periods and all, however, I lost my sex drive, got moody and gained weight. I have 3 children and decided to do the shot because I thought I was done. Now, I would like to have one more baby. I have never had any trouble in the past and reading all of this is making me sick with worry. Is there anyone out there who has anything good to say about Depo? My last shot was in Oct. of 07. My husband and I have had sex lots of times, unprotected. I thought forsure I would be getting pregnant soon, but I really don’t know yet. I have a friend who was on it and went off because she lost her job and couldn’t afford it and she got pregnant right after. So I am sure that it does happen. Does climaxing with your partner at the same time really help in conceiving? Sorry, I really didn’t know that. I am going to be checking this site for everyone’s progress, good luck.

April 25, 2008 at 4:58 pm
(155) Terry says:

I was on depo for over 2 years. I was due for a shot in August of 2007. I went on the yaz birth control pill to get my period. Well it worked. I was only on it for 2 months. It took me 9 months for a period. I am hoping to get pregnant soon. Good luck to everyone

April 30, 2008 at 12:48 pm
(156) amber says:

i was on the shot for 4 yrs..i got on it in 2001 stopped in feb 2005 and got pregnant in may of 2005 and miscarried in aug at 12 weeks..i got pregnant with my son in nov of 2005 but got back on it when he was 1 and now we are going to try for baby #2..i really wouldnt recommend the shot if you are planning on children soon..

May 3, 2008 at 2:31 pm
(157) Amanda says:

Hi everyone! I left a comment on this site before and just wanted to update. I got off the shot last year in may of 07 I was on it for four years. I am happy to announce i’m 6 weeks pregnant! It took me 11 months to conceive. I’m trying to keep my head up about this pregnancy but i’m really worried about having a miscarrage. I heard that once you finally get pregnant the first one ends that way. I really hope that’s not true because i’ve been waiting for this pregnancy for so long. So i’mkeeping my fingers crossed!

May 15, 2008 at 3:46 pm
(158) Jasmin Costache says:

I’m very happy for you Amanda! I hope for the same luck! I’m 30, was on depo for four years – not consecutive – with one year off. My last shot was in November 2007. It’s now mid May and we are trying to conceive. No periods, no pregnancy yet. Hope for the best, though reading some of these other comments is truly a nightmare…

May 17, 2008 at 4:26 am
(159) amber says:

i started depo when i was 16..never had a period for 4 yrs..then i got engaged in dec of 04 came off the shot in feb of 05 and was married in april 05 and pregnant in may 05..i went to the dr for a regular check up on aug 9th 2005 and found out my baby had died..just like that no reason what so ever it just died at weeks..my husband and i stopped trying for a couple of months then in november of 05 i found out i was pregnant again…i had a lot of problems with my son..i spotted from the time i was 12 weeks till i was 18 weeks then at 27 weeks went into preterm labor..they stopped it thank GOD..and on aug 4th my son was born..i went back on the depo when he was1..i really wish i wouldnt have…i got my last shot in feb i was due for another in may but didnt get it cause we are planning for another…i really would not suggest anyone taking this shot esp if you are planning on having children soon..also it messes with your bone density..it really is not a good thing..i wish everyone luck and hope others do not have an experince like i did..

May 18, 2008 at 3:21 pm
(160) Jenn says:

I had my last shot in Oct 06 (was on it for 3 years), and my husband and I are now trying to get pregnant (May 08). This is only our first month to try, and we’re very hopeful. It’s been 1 yr 7mos since my last shot. My cycles have been very weird since then- it took several months for them to start again, and then they were every other week. Now they’re finally getting somewhat regular- every 23 days.
I knew that it could take 6-12 months to get pregnant after getting off the shot, but apparently it can take even longer than that for some! So I’m trying to do as much research as I can, and go to my doctor and ask her questions. And I will never use the depo shot again for contraception. Good luck to everybody!

May 20, 2008 at 3:59 pm
(161) [San] says:

Hello-
This might sounds funny but anyways I’m going to say it anyhow. Well, I took the depo November 23, 2007. I was suppose to have my next shot Feb. 14, 2008 but I couldnt make it to the appointment. I tried booking another appointment but it was a long time before I could be seen. So, since my cycle was already giving me problems and wasnt normal. I just said forget it. I never took the shot again. My husband and I has been having unprotected sex since then. Could I be pregnant?

May 23, 2008 at 8:37 pm
(162) SweetMrsA says:

I was on depo for 6 months, I started about 6 weeks after having our daughter in May 2003. In Feb 2004 I went back to the pill for 12 months because I didn’t like not having a period. I stop taking my pill in January of 2005. I got pregnant December of 2005 and miscarried in Feb ’06. Pregnant again in Oct ’06, miscarried again in Dec ’06. Pregnant again in Mar ’07, miscarried again in Jun ’07. Dec ’07 Pregnant again! Still pregnant, I’m 28 weeks, due Aug. ’08! My OB found out I had low progesterone problems. I don’t know if this is due to the depo shot or not but I know I have had two previous successful pregnancies (son 1995, daughter 2003)with out any issues whatsoever. I do blame depo for my problems because I had NONE previous to taking depo. I see many women report having trouble conceiving and have miscariages after getting pregnant. Women should be informed since it appears depo IS a problem! WE SHOULD SUE!!!!!!!!!!

May 24, 2008 at 12:58 pm
(163) Evelyn says:

I have been on depo for about 9 months and right after I got off, I switch to the pills. I got off the pills about 4 moths ago and since then have been trying to get pregnant with no success. I wish my doctors would have told me the side effects because if I would have known, I would have never gotten on it. I am now afraid I won’t be able to have children. I agree about sueing.

May 25, 2008 at 9:46 pm
(164) jess says:

I’m 18 and i’ve been on depo for about a yr and a half. I just stopped and I don’t plan on having kids until i’m about 25. so if you are off depo for a really long time it won’t affect your ability to have kids…right?

May 28, 2008 at 3:40 pm
(165) Kristen Mac says:

I have had only ONE shot of depo. This was in Jan 08. I was due for another shot in April. I never went for the second shot and have still not recieved my period. I have taken 4 hpt and have had blood work and the doctor said I’m not preggers. I want this crap out of my system now! Horrible. What should I do?

June 2, 2008 at 3:08 pm
(166) Mary says:

I got on depo after having my son in January of ’05. I was only on it for 6 months because I had heard it might take a while to conceive and we didn’t want too much of an age difference in our children. I got pregnant in September of ’06 and miscarried in December of ’06. I stopped all birth control and still couldn’t get pregnant. My husband left me because I was “not able to give him more children.” I got back on depo when I started dating a wonderful man a year later, but had nothing but problems with the shot. I’ve been off of it for a month now and had constant bleeding for 3 weeks, didn’t for a week, and have been spotting since then. The shot NEVER stopped my period this time, in fact I was bleeding constantly. I would love to have more children but am terrified I won’t be able to.

June 3, 2008 at 5:26 am
(167) 24 years old, used depo 1 yr age 16 says:

Hi all,
I have not started trying for a baby yet. I went on the depo when i was 16 for one year, but had constant beeding, so came off. The bleeding continued for about 6 months…then went to see a specialist who put me on microgynon pill which i was taking for about 6 years, until about 6 months ago. My periods returned after a couple of monts…they have been regular(ish) but they are much lighter then my periods were before i started taking conratception. Before they were always regular, like clockwork and heavy, lasting a full 7 days. Now my period is light, and lasts 3/4 days. I wanted to post this because i too am worried about my fertility, and as and when i try to get pregnant, or if i start to investigate my fertility i will post my findings again. watch this space and good luck to you all!

June 4, 2008 at 4:01 am
(168) Chelsea Lynn says:

Well, i am back with an update. I was on depo for 6 years, and had my last shot in Oct 2007. Have been TTC for about 6 months now, but was aware of the timeframe that it can take. I have gone to my ObGyn and he says that i am fertile and to let nature take its course. He also gave me a reminder that for women who are TTC and were not on depo, it can still take months! So do not be discouraged. I also found out about a product that might help some of you. It is a product called preseed. It is a sperm friendly lube…supposedly unlike any other. There are some testimonials on their website.
http://www.preseed.com
Keep it up ladies!! Hoping the best for all of you!

June 8, 2008 at 7:44 am
(169) Carren says:

Hey I have been on the depo for 11 years now (26yrs old),back in 2004(Nov) I came off just for a break, Ten months later I was five weeks pregnant.I had a full term pregnancy, my daughter is just wonderful.I was due for my last injection on 20 May 2008 but decided no. It has been three weeks I guess and yeah all signs point to pregnant. But I read that sore nipples,acne, headaches and cant remember what else is just the depo leaving your body. Yes side effects even coming off the depo, not just been on it.I have also medically reasearched that some are fertile straight after coming off, some are waiting up to 18 months before pregnant.I have all intenions of trying all I can for a second child, but when it is right in the way of fate it will happen.We just need to stay positive ladies cause positive things will happen to positive people.Children are our future, so lets just practise with our love ones and practice always make perfect.That way we will have our perfect little futures.

Sorry but all the negitive things were making me feel sick i guess.Life is what you make of it and it really has nothing to do with the depo. Yeah we all need something to blame when frustrated but life is to short for blame.Lets just enjoy life and things will happen,let the thing called “TIME” work it is a great thing. Cause with young ones you will not have that to yourself again.
BE POSITIVE , SMILE , ENJOY LIFE , BABY WILL BE HERE SOON ENOUGH LADIES. STAY POSITIVE!!!!!!

We can do it!!!!!!Good luck to all i hope we all succeed in having our babys one day soon!!! Congrats to all others expecting!!!!

June 8, 2008 at 7:45 am
(170) Carren says:

Hey I have been on the depo for 11 years now (26yrs old),back in 2004(Nov) I came off just for a break, Ten months later I was five weeks pregnant.I had a full term pregnancy, my daughter is just wonderful.I was due for my last injection on 20 May 2008 but decided no. It has been three weeks I guess and yeah all signs point to pregnant. But I read that sore nipples,acne, headaches and cant remember what else is just the depo leaving your body. Yes side effects even coming off the depo, not just been on it.I have also medically reasearched that some are fertile straight after coming off, some are waiting up to 18 months before pregnant.I have all intenions of trying all I can for a second child, but when it is right in the way of fate it will happen.We just need to stay positive ladies cause positive things will happen to positive people.Children are our future, so lets just practise with our love ones and practice always make perfect.That way we will have our perfect little futures.

Sorry but all the negitive things were making me feel sick i guess.Life is what you make of it and it really has nothing to do with the depo. Yeah we all need something to blame when frustrated but life is to short for blame.Lets just enjoy life and things will happen,let the thing called “TIME” work it is a great thing. Cause with young ones you will not have that to yourself again.
BE POSITIVE , SMILE , ENJOY LIFE , BABY WILL BE HERE SOON ENOUGH LADIES. STAY POSITIVE!!!!!!

We can do it!!!!!!Good luck to all i hope we all succeed in having our babys one day soon!!! Congrats to all others expecting!!!!

June 9, 2008 at 11:24 am
(171) Thomye says:

My last depo shot was in January of this year. My son is almost 18 months old and my husband and I decided we wanted to have another child. My older sister was on the depo shot for 3 years, and decided to get pregnant, after just a month of being off the depo shot, she was pregnant. Never once got her period.
I had my period once and it lasted for about 5 days, and that was a month and a half ago. Now I am having weird cravings like I did when I was pregnant with my son, could this be a coninsidence, or acutally something to get excited about? Not sure what to do, dont want to get mine, or my husbands hopes up, just to have them let down….

Good luck to everyone else! There is hope!

June 9, 2008 at 10:03 pm
(172) Irene says:

Hey you guys, I’ve only had one shot and that was Jan. 08. I skipped my period for Jan but I started bleeding in Feb I had been bleeding continuously until the 1st week of april when it was time to get another shot. I didnt get the shot and surely a few days later I started bleeding again. It is now June 08 and Im still bleeding continuously. I have never been pregnant and my body is giving me signs that I am, but every test I take comes back negative. Im still trying and wish the best of luck to everyone. Stay strong and just pray everything will work out for the best.

June 16, 2008 at 10:31 pm
(173) KeKe says:

Surely someone has had a positive experience with Depo. These stories are depressing. No one was concerned when their doctors suggested depo. My doctor told me all the side effects, good and bad but I made the choice to stay on depo. I also did the research before starting depo and asked tones of questions after seeing similar stories. I’ve stopped depo after 7 years. I have a wonderful 7 year old daughter. And me and my husband would love to have another healthy child. I am going to pray that things will work out and encourage you all to do the same. I’ll be praying for you!

June 25, 2008 at 10:30 am
(174) themrs says:

I have been on Depo for 7 years. I did all of my research before getting my first shot and decided it would be the best form of birth control for me. I have had no complaints at all for the entire time i have been on the shot. My husband and I just decided to start a family. My next shot is due this July and Im really hoping that i am able to get pregnant sometime this year. Until reading all of your comments, i never realized just how much trouble people have conceiving after the shot. I guess all we can do is keep a positive mind and hope for the best. Everything happens for a reason. Good Luck to everyone!

June 29, 2008 at 1:45 am
(175) Laura says:

I have been on Depo for 9 years and have had 3 beautiful girls inbetween shots. I love depo. I have gotten pregnant about 3-4 months after my last shot. I love not having my period,the bloating, mood swings etc. love love love depo

July 5, 2008 at 12:59 am
(176) Chelsea Lynn says:

Thanks Laura, That was nice to hear about. Congratulations.

July 5, 2008 at 1:00 am
(177) Chelsea Lynn says:

Thanks Laura, that was nice to hear.
Congratulations

July 5, 2008 at 7:51 am
(178) Nicole says:

I was on the depo shot back in 2004 for about a year and decided to get off of it and I had my oldest son within that year of getting off of it. But during that time, I would still have a period. But this time, I got on the shot again this past January and was due for one in April but never went back for my second shot cause I would like to have a baby with my boyfriend sometime in the future. Im having I guess what would be breakthough bleeding since getting off the shot that is somewhat light and doesn’t last very long. This last bleeding I had was light and lasted about a day and a half. What is that, is that my body trying to get back to its normal cycle?

July 7, 2008 at 1:11 pm
(179) Sarah says:

I went on depo July of 2007, I only had 2 shots July and September. I bled from the end of October until the end of November severely. So I didn’t get it again. I haven’t had a period since and I’ve been trying to get pregnant since December. Never again will i get Depo or recommend it

July 10, 2008 at 11:03 am
(180) jen says:

hi guys
i used the depo for 3 years on and off my last shot was sept 06 i had regular periods six months later then went to every 40 days then 38 et etc i went to my gp and he has been blood testing me to see if i am ovulating and no i am not. i have seen an nhs gynecoligist and the have told me i need to have a lap and dye to see whats going on but the waiting list is 18 months in my area! i have previously had a pregnancy 4 years ago so find it hard to belive their is something wrong apart from depo. i have been through depression with fustration of trying to concive and it dosent help matters. I have now been off depo for nearly 2 years and my periods are back to every 28 days so i will find out in 2 weeks if i am ovulating fingers xxx i have a bonus i have private medical insurance so i am seeing a private consulatant end of the month! i am hoping that now its been 2 years everything is coming back together again PLEASE DONT WASTE MONEY ON VITAMINS AND HERBAL REMEDIES IT IS A WASTE OF TIME!!!! it sounds hard and it is for me some days just keep your mind off conceving and look for positive thoughts its helped me good luck will keep you posted!!!

July 11, 2008 at 6:45 am
(181) amber says:

i was depo 10 years ago i only took it for a year. i got pregant with my daughter and she was born in 2006. i got back on it and had 3 shots. i was supposed to go back and get it the end of november but i didnt. i didnt have a period until june 14th and have bled since then. i did my homework and my dr never said it might make me sterile. when i found this out and confronted him with it then he spilled the beans about the shot. im pissed about it. i get my shot in the office and noone ever gave me a pamplet. so for those of you who are trashing these ladies for not doing homework, screw you! if youre not trying to get pregnant why are you even reading these? and because we used the shot we shouldnt have children because we “poisoned our bodies” screw you too!! what do you know? nothing! are you doctors assholes? no! good luck ladies and im sending baby dust your way!! ill let you know how it goes and wether or not i concieve.

July 11, 2008 at 9:17 am
(182) zo says:

Hi ya, I had my last shot Jan 07 due to me and my boyfriend getting really serious and realising that we really want children together.
It wasnt till Dec 07 that my periods came back, the first two months were weird but got itself a regular 28 cylcle.
its been 16months & no joy as of yet, had a few symptoms & thought i was pregnant.
I read that if you detoxify your body it is a good way to get depo out your system, so now im trying that the natural way.
was gonna try a fertility drug but dont want no form of medication in my system ever again.
Taking Depo was the worst mistake i have ever made & im paying for it

July 12, 2008 at 3:23 pm
(183) mal says:

I got the depo shot only one time in sept of 06 i was supposed to go back in dec for my second one and never did. I was bleeding for 4 months straight then didnt have a period for 6 months and still today july,2008 still cannot get pregnat its going to be two years in dec since i been off the depo and still no luck i hope only time can tell i want a baby so bad and i pray that all of you will concive very soon i wasnt told either that it would take long to concive a child i dont recomend depo to anyone that would want to have children in the future i also gained weight and have moood swings!! reading these commets made me feel better i thought i was the only one out there, thank you all for your support

July 14, 2008 at 2:11 pm
(184) debbie says:

greetings everyone. depo has it’s perks and flaws as all things do. i was on it for 4 years and decided i wanted out due to reading about some womens fertility after the shot. once off i had my period for 2 months.Within 3 months i was shocked to find out i was preggers.i delieverd a healthy baby girl may of 06. i didn’t think it could happen so soon after stopping the shots!!now im on ORTHO TRICYCLEN waiting to see how that works!! good luck to all of you!

July 14, 2008 at 4:19 pm
(185) Nicole says:

I started Depo in May 2006 and had no major problems with it. I stopped getting my period (which was great!) and felt pretty good for the remainder of the 2 years that I stayed on it. Unfortunately, I lost my sex-drive TREMENDOUSLY and never felt the want or need to be affectionate in that department. Not even John Cena could turn me on! When I would go to my appointments to get my Depo shots, I would always have to sign a “Black Box Warning” stating that Depo can cause major bone density problems in young females that stay on the shot for at least 2 years or more. This turned out to be very true. I was on Depo for exactly 2 years and my spinal cord shrunk roughly 2 inches and I have 25 degree curve in my spine as well. I had no clue about it until I went for an x-ray of my chest for a different issue and the tech had told me of my spinal issue. There is nothing that I can do about it. Anyway, I was supposed to get my last Depo shot back in May but I ended up getting breast implants and never got my last shot. I got my FIRST period in 2 years on May 25 and it lasted about 4 days. I thought my cycle was getting back on track. However, it is now July 14 and I have missed my period from last month and could possibly be missing this months, as I have had no premenstrual symptoms. I would really like to get my cycle back on track because I just don’t feel normal without it anymore. Also, since I have been off of Depo, my sex-drive is completely back on track! Maybe it’s the new boobs, but I definitely feel a whole lot better there! I hope this helps anyone seeking advice. Good luck to all ;)

July 14, 2008 at 7:06 pm
(186) Heather says:

I was on the shot for almost three years. I felt that was too long NOT to have a period, but the doctor said everything was fine, Well that was when I was 15,16,and 17. I am now 25 and me and my husband have been trying for 2 and 1/2 years and STILL nothing. This makes me feel soooo bad. I feel like I might never be able to have kids now thanks to the “depo shot” and my X-doctor telling me everything will be fine. Please if your considering taking this poison…DON’T!

July 15, 2008 at 3:40 am
(187) Jeanette says:

I am in Australia, and I decided to go on the depo when my second child was 6 weeks old. So I went through the blood tests etc to make sure I wasn’t pregnant and had my first shot, to my horror some 9 weeks later I had a huge fight with my husband who made the comment anyone would think your pregnant with your moods, I had a test and low and behold I was pregnant (YES I fell when I was on the depo, the doctor said there was no way I was pregnant when I had my first shot) My doctor and husband made the decision for me to terminate because of the high risk of birth defects etc (Which I still resent them for to this day) my doctor never warned me about the weight gain, I piled on the kilos although I ate what I had previous to going on the depo, there are so many negatives to this type of contraception and I for one would never recommend it to anyone, after the termination my husband decided I should have a tubal ligation so that is the path I went down. (he is now my ex husband)

July 17, 2008 at 12:18 pm
(188) Ashley says:

Hello everyone, I was on depo since I was 16, I am now 25 and got my last shot in August of 06, it is now July of 08. I decided to get off it right after I got married. Me and my husband decided to start having kids after being married a few years. So this year we started really trying.
What most of you do not think about is that depo is a very strong drug that can take up to 2 years to get out of your system completly. So to everyone trying to get pregnant just a few months after stopping depo, I am sorry to say that it will more than likely not happen. You will have to wait a few years at least for it to happen. So no need getting upset because it will take a while. The sooner you come to those terms the better off you will be. No need being upset and deppressed about something that you did to yourself, you just have to wait it out. You can’t do anything to hurry the process along. Just enjoy your sex life and when the time is right it will happen for you.
Good luck, god bless,and take a deep breath.

July 21, 2008 at 10:06 am
(189) DESPERATE NEED FOR ADVICE says:

i need some advice from some of you. i was on the depo shot for only one shot. i took it in mar 08. it is now middle of july 08 and i think that i may be pregnant. i have already had one child before but it was so long ago that i don’t remember what it was like. i am in the service and i was home for one week in may 08. i was also home just two weeks ago. it was the first week of july. the reason that i think that i may be pregnant is because of my symptoms. if someone could read through this i would be grateful if you could give me some advice. my symptoms are:
heartburn
starting to get bigger in my stomach area
my period isn’t clotting and it is only spotting, when usually my cycles are really heavy, dark, and clotty.
i just started my cycle 4 days ago, but like i said it is only spotting.
i also feel queesy when i am riding in the car or if i smell something burning.

i just want to know is it possible that i am pregnant. i have taken 4 pregnancy tests and they all have came back negative. although i do remember when i was pregnant with my son, i didn’t find out until i was 3 1/2 months along. my doc even took blood samples when i was 3 months along and said that i wasn’t. so you can see whay i am so confused about this situation.
if someone could give me a response on what they think about it, i would greatly appreciate it.
you can contact me by e-mail.
soldier_murphy@yahoo.com

July 23, 2008 at 9:10 am
(190) Roshan says:

Hi all,
I have read all comments left and I hope things work out for you all.
I went on depo on 2000 after having my oldest little girl(now 8yrs).
I returned to work so my husband and I decided to continue with the depo.
In 2003 when going back for my injection the nurse advised me that I should think about having a break from the depo as I had been taking it for a while,so I didn’t have another shot,she told me my period could return straight away or anything up to the amount of time I was on depo(3yrs).
But It took about 6 mths and I had my secound little girl in december 2004.
I went straight on depo after I had her but after 6mths on it I was not happy with the weight gain,(9stone to 10 1/2 stone),so I came of the depo and had my third little girl in october 2006.
I tried depo again after i had my youngest but was told by my doctor about being on and off depo all this(thinning bones and fertillity)so I didn’t have my injection in april 2007 and I have not had one single period since coming off the depo(i never had any while i was on it as well).
As I have had my girls I no what it feels like to be pregnant and I have been getting the feeling you get when you are pregnant but done the test and they are nagative,so maybe the doctor was right and I am glad I was advised about this sooner rather than later.
I know some of you may think a least I have got kids already but It is also your health we should be thinking about too if we don’t have good health who is gonna care for the children we so much want,just enjoy the making of the the babies relax and love each other and it will happen for you.
Stress is the biggest problem too!.
Hope this is some help too.

July 23, 2008 at 11:24 am
(191) beach_grl says:

I can’t believe the women that are saying we didn’t “do our homework”! I was on Depo for 3 yrs total, with a 1 yr break after a yr and a half. My last shot was November of 2004. I am STILL not able to get pregnant.

Now, just to clarify-I DID ask my doctor for information. I was told that I should be able to get pregnant 6 months to 1 yr after coming off the shot. I am at 3 1/2 yrs. NOWHERE on the pamphlet about Depo does it state a time frame of over 3 yrs! I DID my homework-I was misled!

A couple of the ladies who stated that we did not do our homework are just delighted with Depo-I would just like to say that I myself had NO side effects while on the Depo shot. It was great while I was on it! Now that I would like to get pregnant (3 yrs later), it is not so great. You may be in the same position one day, so DO NOT tell us we did not do our homework!

July 23, 2008 at 9:46 pm
(192) April says:

As for me, I was on Depo for 10.5 years, beginning at age 17. At that time, the only thing that was explained to me was the three-month schedule. No side effects were discussed, and it was recommended to my by an LPN. At the time, it was fairly new and very hyped. I do admit, I was a naive teenager then. (Also, I never had to pick up the RX at a pharmacy; it was always just injected at the clinic or doctor’s office.) I know I should have done more research, but I also enjoyed having no periods; I accept all that I’ve put my body through, and it hasn’t been good for me. Depression runs in my family, and Depo may have escalated mine; I also had weight gain, very low sex drive, and migraines (which also run in my family). This was just my experience. My sister-in-law got pregnant soon after her first injection and has a beautiful, healthy, wonderful (almost) three-year-old girl. My husband’s stepsister also conceived while on the Depo.

I had my last injection in October 2007, and I’m still waiting on my first period (July 2008). I’ve had severe pain in my nipples; the slightest touch, even from my own clothing, stings. The slightest pressure hurts severely, like my breasts are being crushed, although they aren’t. I also have alot of vaginal discharge (no odor). I’ve had some abdominal discomfort, also. My current obgyn has assured me that nature will take its course eventually, and there should be no hurry on my part to have children because I’m only 28. (I don’t have any children.) My bigger concern is the return of my period right now, as conception is difficult (because my husband is working out of the country for a while). LOL. I’m hoping it returns soon. The doctor also told me he’d put me on something to encourage it if it hadn’t returned by this October, probably one of the drugs already mentioned in this thread. I may also try the FertilAid, recommended by another poster. It has alot of good reviews on different sites.

This forum has been very helpful for me in setting my own expectations. I want to add, too, that my obgyn and regular doctor said they pretty much do not recommend the Depo anymore, now that alot more is known about it. They said the cons outweigh the pros, in their views.

Congratulations to you who are not expecting and good luck to everyone who is trying. I’m right here with you and hoping for the best.

July 24, 2008 at 5:43 pm
(193) Laura says:

I have been off of Depo for over 3 years now and had been taking the shots for 4 years. I have had only a few periods in just the past year. So far I have not ovulated once. I was put on a “jump start” program 3 times. Still no luck. We have been seriously trying to get pregnant for 2 years. I am very frustrated this “poison” is even FDA approved. Does anyone know if the pill will get me regular again? I am willing to try just about anything to have a happy healthy baby :)

July 26, 2008 at 2:20 am
(194) Molly says:

I’ve read this forum a couple of times before I decided to go off of my Depo. I must say, I was incredibly discouraged and scared from the horror stories I’ve read on it. Women try to research and get support from other women in this very stressful time and wind up with a site devoted to Depo bashing, not empathy. I am an advocate for birth control; Depo especially. I do not have a happy story, but it’s not a horror story.

My mother and step-mother both suffered multiple miscarriages and neither of them were ever on Depo. Miscarriages are generally caused by a chromosomal problem. Food, drinking alcohol, drug use, stress, and genetics all play a role in this. Sometimes, perfectly healthy couples just can’t conceive. It’s a fact, I’m not trying to make anyone feel bad. I have 2 adopted nephews from a sister who just can’t get pregnant, no apparant medical reasons and not hormonally related either.

I was on Depo for more than 5 years; last shot was May of 2007. My doctor informed me at every visit from ’06 to the end of what I should expect if I decided to go off Depo. When I finally decided to get my last shot, she sat down and answered all my questions and provided me with a pamphlet on what to expect. She warned me that it could be a year before I even got my period back and that I should wait 6 months after regular periods began before I even thought of trying to get pregnant to ensure that I was ovulating regularly. Well, I got my period back in December.

Other than the stress in my life, my periods have come back as regular as they were before I went on Depo at 18. I was smart enough to ask questions and read up on the medication that I was being recommended. At 18, I went to a free health clinic where they provided pamphlets and also had counseling before they even considered my request to go on Depo. I also worked in the medical field and know that doctors provide a basic walkthrough of what to expect when you’re on the shot. Every 12 weeks, your period may stop completely, etc. They provide you with information and all the fine print that nobody reads. This information is available in the package insert and on the Depo website. It is the patient’s responsibility to read every side effect. The doctor covers the basics, and are very busy people that don’t have hours to hold your hand and recite the entire list of side effects to every person getting the shot. This is the reason why the fine print is there. The only thing that wasn’t published when I went on the shot was the concern with bone loss. It wasn’t discovered until recently, but I was told to get a bone scan and beef up on calcium and vitamin D, I did and all was well.

Now, going off of the Depo…wow. I had weird dizzy spells, nausea, hot flashes, cramps without bleeding, mood swings, every possible side effect that I “should have” gotten while on the shot, not going off. Purely because of this site, I intially blamed Depo. I though “WTF have I done to my body??” After a while (and what felt like hundreds of tests), my gyno and PCP came to the conclusion that I had PMDD. PMDD is Pre Menstural Dysphoric Disorder. It is a major depressive disorder that for some reason hits women in their early to mid 20′s. Doctors don’t yet know what causes it, but my symptoms were supressed while on birth control. This would have been diagnosed within the last 5 years had I not been happily on Depo. Good news: once I get pregnant, all of my PMDD symptoms should go away, possibly forever.

Now, almost a year “clean” of Depo, I have had regular periods for 8 months. We’re trying to have a baby. I just went back to school (stress) and we bought a house (stress) and had to put our beloved cat to sleep (major stress) and was diagnosed with PMDD (which causes all the little stressers to be major events). I do not blame Depo for my not being pregnant right away. It is something that I desire so badly though, that I do get very depressed when I get my period every month. However, it’s not exactly because I’m not pregnant, I have patience and know that it will happen. It’s because I hate bleeding, I hate my PMDD, and as soon as I have my babies, I assure you- I am going back on Depo.

To those who are trying hard, make it fun. It shouldn’t be all about baby-making. It should be about connecting with your partner. After a year of “having fun” without results and a regular cycle, then you should be concerned.

Good luck!

July 28, 2008 at 3:49 pm
(195) Lucy says:

I took the depo shot ONCE in November of 2007 and at almost 35 years old, I would like to have another baby! I am so worried that I am not going to be able to get pregnant? I would love to hear from some of ya’ll who have been aggressive in getting help….so that you could get pregnant. What should I do? Should I ask my DR for clomid? What other options are out there? I have a blood disorder called Anti Phospolipid syndrome (basically it means that I have miscarriages due to blood clots.) Lots of people have this and dont even know it! It is also called sticky blood or Hughes syndrome. ANYWAY…I just want to begin ovulating and get pregnant. Thanks for any advice!

July 29, 2008 at 12:58 pm
(196) Laura says:

Hi Lucy,
I was on clomid 3 times. My periods have fnally come but only a few times. I am not regular nor am i ovulating yet. I am 36 years old and continue to have lack of normal periods. Maybe for someone whos is 18-25is might have better luck on getting pregnant. The older we get trying to get pregnant, the harder it becomes anyway. I had been on the pill when I was younger, norplant and then finally depo. Always as your doctor. Never take advice from reading personal stories on the net. Your doctor knows your history. Your doctor will send you in the right direction. Good luck.

July 30, 2008 at 6:11 am
(197) Amy says:

I have read though all of these posts. I understand the concerns and I share them myself. I started Depo when I was 16, I am now 27 and am ready for children. Yes ladies I was on the shot for 11 years… When i first started the shot it was the best thing. I mean heck yeah…no periods, no pills to worry about. As i got older i started to get the symtoms though…the weight gain, NO desire for sex, moodiness, hair loss, yeast and bacteria infections. etc etc. It sucks.
I went off the shot in Mar 08. Not because of wanting to start a family but because of my symtoms I was having. We have not been trying for children yet but are fastly approaching that milestone in our lives. The posts concern me and I 100% sure that i would go back on the shot but i don’t reqret being on it. I wish that i would have been informed of the side effects more, and the “wait” to conceive. I have been using the same doctor for years, and was never told of these side affects. I learned about the effects i was having through the internet after i started having them. Like someone else said you don’t look on those message boards until you have the issue. I knew about the weight gain when I started by shot, but that was about it.
As for conceiving we were planning to in about 6 months or so after my next check to see if my cancer has returned. So hopefully when we are ready my body will be ready
Good luck to all

July 30, 2008 at 6:23 am
(198) Amy says:

I just wanted to add to
My best friend was on the shot too and she has 3 beautiful girls. She went on the shot everytime between and didn’t have a problem. She was still in her early 20′s when she had them all so the fact that she was so young at the time may have contruibited to he “bouncing” back so quickly.
Again good luck to you all, and take care of yourselves first and for most

July 30, 2008 at 6:57 am
(199) Amy says:

I just want to say to Step, Kel and Sasha and who ever else wants to Lay blame on the women that aren’t “informed” as you say. Step…at my Dr’s office there is no pamplet with my script….they just came in the room with the shot…
Futhermore when some of us started our shot we were in our late teens. At 16 the doctor could have told us that it would have caused us to grow a third eye in our 30′s and we would have been like ” ok, but i won’t have a period right?” I mean come on.
I like the depo shot, if i wasn’t in baby mode i would still be getting it. Until I was 25 I would have told you that I wasn’t having children at all. I sick of reading the bratty coments about “be more informed” It doesn’t matter how informed your are or try to be there will always be something someone is not telling you. When I started getting my shot in 1997 it was still new to the medical doctors.

July 31, 2008 at 6:28 am
(200) clare says:

Hey guys,

im 24 and have been on the injection for 2 years came off in april 2008, im really worried i wont be able to concieve. i have all the signs of pregnancy but im too scared to take a test as it might come back negative!! i would never have gone on the injection if i knew that this could happen, i wish i had reserch it before i had seen the doctor, i will never go on it again!!

July 31, 2008 at 2:43 pm
(201) Trying To Get Pregnant In IL says:

Hey guys!
Okay so I was on the shot for about 3 years and got off the shot back in November of 2007 in hopes that my husband and I could have our first child together. Im 26 and my husband will be 28 in a month. We dont want to have our kids at a late age but we waited until I was done with college to start trying to get pregnant. Let me tell you, it’s been a horrible 8 months. I have only had one period and that was in March of 2008 and have had nothing since then. Every month Im going out and buying pregnancy tests in hopes that it will come out positive but still NOTHING! I’ve been on every website imaginable trying to find some kind of “miracle drug” or techniques to help us conceive. If I would have known that being on the shot would affect my body so much I would have never gone on it and just stuck to good old fashioned condoms. Before being on the shot I was always and I mean always regular and as soon as I got the shot my periods stopped and like I said above, I’ve been off the shot for 8 months now and have gotten my period only once so I can’t even track my ovulation cycles, it’s horrible. If anyone knows of any “miracle techniques and or pills” please let me know. Im going to see my doctor next week to find out what is going on with my body. Take care and God bless all of you!

August 1, 2008 at 2:29 am
(202) Kristiana says:

Hi, everyone. I was put on the depo shot at age thirteen by my mother and doctor because I had periods that lasted three out of four weeks of the month. I started my period at age 11 with the same issues, but used the pill at first…however, what eleven-year-old is good at taking pills if their parents aren’t always on them to do so? And mine weren’t. So anyway, I was on the shot for seven years, and then off for one. About a year and a month after I went off the shot, my husband and I were pregnant. We weren’t actively trying, but as my mother says, we weren’t not trying either.
I think the biggest problem is that often we aren’t updated on the information there is on the medications we take regularly for long periods. My doctors never took me off of the shot to ensure bone health. Thirteen year olds rarely get the whole “ability to have children speech” so I knew very little. I did get back on the shot, and now my daughter is two, we haven’t gone back to the shot after April 08 injection. The possiblity of another coming in the next year is not high, so I am hoping to get pregnant within the next fifteen months.
I know most of us trust our doctors to do what’s best for us, but depo hasn’t been aroung forever, so they’re still finding out new things about it, like the bone density issue. Remember as well, that the more stressed you are, the less regular your cycle is. Like one of you said, if you adopt you’ll probably get pregnant right away with triplets. That’s probably not far off. Once that stress is released, it makes the body far more capable of doing what it’s meant, and pregnancy is more possible. Just go with the flow, and appreciate what God gives you. You’re blessed everyday you breathe. My cousin had a baby that was stillborn; he died at eight months along. She is now pregnant two years later, and every day until this child is born is hell for her, praying this baby stays alive to be born. Be thankful for every moment we have, with those we love and enjoying trying to create more to love. I’ll keep you all in my prayers. Depo is a great way to not become pregnant, and now we all know that one needs to prepare way in advance in order to become pregnant. It puts a whole new level in family planning. It does work well, maybe a little too well. I doubt I’ll use it again, but I am satisfied with what it did for me previously. Unfortunately, depo was a decision made for me at a young age, and I didn’t follow up correctly, not knowing it had been a newer drug when I started. Only time will tell if drugs work well or don’t…time has told for each of us on this one.
But keep your head up and be thankful you learned something new and are able to let others know what’s happened to you.

August 7, 2008 at 2:58 am
(203) Brittany says:

I got on the shot in December 2004 and was suppose to get my last shot in October 2006 however I didn’t because I heard about everything that can come from being on the shot for long periods of time. It messed me up very bad, I went down to 92 pounds at one point due to the shot. Because of my experience with it I have been afraid to use any birth control at all. November 2007 I finally started bleeding again however it would last 2 weeks and came back after 2 week, this has been going on untill now, I havent had a period or anything. I am only 20 years old and getting married next month so I plan on having kids whenever it happens, I took a pregnancy test and it was negative so Im not sure if itested to early or if my period is messed up again, my last one was in late June. I already have a son and would love to have another baby, I just hope my body is not messed up. However I understand that everyone is different for example I know someone that was on the shot for 9 years got off October 07 and is now pregnant so just keep that in mind.

August 7, 2008 at 1:15 pm
(204) Nikki says:

i am also having trouble conceiving baby number 2, i hd my last depo injection in october 2006, my periods are now regular has clockwork but still can’t seem to get pregnant!!! we have already got a gorgeous little boy who we are thankful for of course, but another baby would just make our family complete!!

August 9, 2008 at 5:37 pm
(205) Rayann says:

I got my first shot july 2008 and already i wish i never got it because i get horrible mood swings and my sex drive isnt like it used to be. i want a child but now im afraid its gonna take as long as my boyfriend wants to wait. i would not recommend it for anybody even if u dont want kids. it has too many bad side effects. im not using this again.

August 11, 2008 at 5:58 pm
(206) Trying says:

I started taking the shot July 2005, I stopped taking it August 2006. Since, I have had 3 periods (not together spread out). It’s been 5 months since my last period right now. I would like to get pregnant and can’t. All my doctor tells me is to wait it out. After 2 years, I am getting down about it. I don’t know what else to do.

August 13, 2008 at 11:32 am
(207) Angel says:

Well, I started Depo June of 07. I got my last shot on March 27th. Here lately I’ve been thinking about having children one day so i got on here and read all these comments people are leaving saying how horrible the shot is and not to get it b/c they’ve either had miscarriges or havent gotten pregnant for a few years. I got really depressed and talked to my Husband about it and he told me to think about this.. The people who have had normal pregnancies and normal births after the depo shot arent going to go looking for this kind of stuff. they assume that what’s happening to them is normal. Actually, they probably didnt think twice about it. but the people who’ve had bad things happen to them, get on here to find out whats wrong with them. So, I’m asking every woman to think about that and not to get discouraged like I did. I’m still worried but It doesnt bother me AS much. I want children more than anything in the world and so does my Husband. So when you get on here and read all these horrible comments, Please dont feel like I did. Think about it first. there are only 205 comments on here.. How many people in the world are on depo? if that happened to everyone, dont you think there would be alot more comments than 205??

August 14, 2008 at 1:29 am
(208) Cassie says:

I had my first and last 3 month shot last year in october and had the worst side effects so i stoped. Since then my periods are lasting ten days at a time and me and my husband are trying for our secound child and even thou i only had one 3 month shot it has stoped us from having another baby, the dissapointment each month is taking its tole on the both of us i wish i had never taken it THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE THIS SHOT SHOULD TAKE IT OFF THE SHELF!!

August 14, 2008 at 6:25 pm
(209) Amy says:

I went on the shot about 1 1/2 to 2 years ago and took my last shot in January 08. I got my first period last month (July 08) but still am not ovulating. I am beyond frustrated and hurt because I had NO trouble conceiving twice before, but now that I’m actually planing I can’t. I feel so helpless. I agree that they should tell you this when and/or before you take the shot. I was told that I could not go on estrogen BCP because of my migraines. SO NOT TRUE!!!! It is a RELATIVE contraindication, not absolute. Not only can I not ovulate, I gained 80 lbs, was depressed, and had NO libido whatsoever! I was told that depo was my only option…I feel like I was lied to and now I cannot get pregnant. I do know it takes 1-2 years, typically, to conceive after depo, so I’ll continue to be patient. However, I feel women should be told straight up “You may not be able to conceive after doing this,” and see how many women still think it’s a good idea. Thanks for letting me vent…God bless and good luck to those of you who share in my desire. Amy

August 15, 2008 at 12:27 am
(210) DD says:

I was on depo for almost 7 yrs. I have been off for a yr and still no baby. I got my period back Jan 08, but still no baby. DEPO SUCKS. I’m 29 my clock is ticking so freakin loud its driving me crazy. Good luck to everyone on here. I will say a prayer for all of. Hope our depo nightmares end soon.

August 15, 2008 at 5:30 am
(211) Jess says:

Well I also was on depo from the time I was 18. My last shot was March 08 and I just turned 26! So on and off for 8 years mostly on. I do have one child that was conceived prior to depo. She is now 8 years old. My husband and I are trying for number 2. I have had some blood work done and will find out wendnesday what the results of those are.I am hoping to be one of the lucky ones that conceives and carries to term a healthy baby shortly after stopping depo. Good luck to all of you.

August 15, 2008 at 10:14 pm
(212) Leesa says:

I started my first depo shot 6 weeks after my daughter was born in March of 2001.I was 15 when I had her. I stayed on the shot for 1 year. After that, My periods were anything but normal.I would go months without having a period. I was young and careless about having more children.When I was about 19(2004), I started taking another round of shots. In febuary 2005, I received my last Depo shot. May 2005 the shot was no longer effective. To this day (8/15/2008) I still have not had regular periods. I have been monitoring them with my doctor. I would bleed for 3 days and stop or I would go 4 or 5 months without having them at all. My husband and I have been trying for 2 years to have a baby and NOTHING. I’m hoping there’s something the Doctors can do. Please Help!!

NEVER TAKE THE DEPO SHOT!
I wish someone would have warned me!!

August 16, 2008 at 7:34 pm
(213) Yolanda says:

Good luck to all. I have been on the shot for over 8 years and we decided to have another baby and 3 months after stopping the shot I got pregnant. Faith and prayer and keeping God close. My little girl is now 1 year old. Good luck and God Bless each of you.

August 17, 2008 at 8:11 pm
(214) Valerie says:

I am not here to leave a negative comment about depo. I was on depo from Nov 2002 – Jan 2008. I did experience weight gain, and stopped taking depo only because my Dr. told me I had too, and that she would no longer give me the shot, because you are only supposed to be on it 2 yrs now. I have already been on depo over 5 yrs. If it was not for my Dr. not giving it to me, I would still be on it. I too would like to conceive, but when God says it is time, it will be time. I will repost if pregnancy occurs.

August 18, 2008 at 10:27 pm
(215) Valerie says:

It is me again, I just left the post above yesterday. I also want to mention that I have not started my period yet either. Last shot was 01/08. It is now 08/08. I’m not complaining though. That was the best benefit of the shot. I wish everyone luck that is trying to get pregnant. When the time is right, it will happen.

August 19, 2008 at 3:25 pm
(216) Trisha says:

I was on depo for almost a year. My periods always are messed up. I got off it in june ’07. I became pregnant and had a miscarrige at 12 weeks. I will never go back on it again!

August 20, 2008 at 8:42 pm
(217) Shardai says:

Hi to all! After reading all of the comments, I have to say that majority of us all had the same affect after getting off the depo shot. I received my last shot in July of 2005 and became pregnant. I found out that I was 3 months pregnant in December of 2005 at the same time that I was having a miscarriage. I lost that baby and turned around after having a d&c 2 weeks before found out that I was pregnant again! So it seems that after using depo for the last time, with the first pregnancy, a woman loses the child. I didn’t have any cycles while on the depo shot, but still had the symptoms of a menstrual cycle. I have to say that I have experiences some side effects as far as insomnia among other things! Good luck to everyone who is trying to conceive a child!

August 21, 2008 at 8:40 am
(218) Jamie says:

I had my first child on October 31, 2007. After having her my husband and I decided that I should go on the Depo thinking it was the right choice. I was on the shot for about six months. Now it is September of 2008 and I am still not regular on my period…meaning I haven’t stopped since June! Everyday since then I have bled heavily until now. It has slacked down a little only this week. We really want to have our second baby because now is the perfect time while I am in school, but it doesn’t look like that will be happening. I do not recommend the Depo shot to anyone wishing to have future children.

August 21, 2008 at 9:37 pm
(219) April says:

I have been off the shot since Dec. 07 and still no period and not pregnant. It is devastating to my husband and I. I will never EVER use the Depo again after the year of hell this has been. Before the Depo, I had 4 children, all very easily..the first month we tried. Now after a few years of Depo, my system is completely whacked. Ugh!

August 23, 2008 at 5:47 am
(220) amanda says:

I could totally use some advice….. I was 21 when I began using DEPO, my family begged me to go on the shot so of course I gave in, well, I wasn’t even on the shot for a whole year…. while on the shot i did not have a cycle, once off of the shot i still did not get a cycle for a whole year so i was then put on a hormone pill for 10 days, did not help out much but it did help some…. years had passed, still not normal so i was then put on a basic birth control pill for 3 months… helped some but not much…. i then did my research and found an herbal vitamin called Vitex, that helped a great deal but i was still not normal but i deffientaly began having cycles but they were sketchy, they were heavy and i also began to pass clots…. with time the clots finally began to go away:)
well i am now 30 years old and have been happily married for 5 years now…. I finally recently within the past year began to have actual normal cycles and actual breaks in between till here recently……we fell that i may finally be pregnant after so long of trying, but right now i am very doubtful…. i spotted pink in the month of june, July and the first part of August,,,,,well right now all of a sudden the spotting began to be more than spotting but yet here lately my appetite has majorly decreased, my nipples stay hard more often than usual, my nipples and areaolas are pretty dark and at times i mean pretty dark, i have noticed little bumps around the areaolas, a lot of things i eat or drink lately have been making me feel naucious, but i fell that i am trying to get a period but with periods for me i have never gone thru what i am going thru right now… HOW CAN I POSSABLY BE PREGNANT!!!! i have had one to many negative test results and i can fell my heart breaking yet once again…. will i ever get to be a mother…. i have never experienced these symptoms before when on my period or during all those times we thought that i might be pregnant… oh, i have also oticed the veins in my breasts especially around the areaolas are a bit darker than usual and my breasts have become a bit bigger lately……. i am trying to hold my head up high and keep possitive but right now its hard…….. what sould i do????

August 23, 2008 at 5:50 am
(221) amanda says:

its me again, who all who has been on the Depo shot finally became pregnant????
what all symptoms did you experience during your pregnancy from after using Depo???? please help……

thanks to all who can help

August 23, 2008 at 5:10 pm
(222) Dawn says:

Though I sympathize with everyone trying to get pregant and are having trouble after Depo, my question is why did you not do any research on it before taking it? I have found many blogs complaining and blaming but there are many people who have trouble getting pregnant and have never been on the shot. There could be many reasons for not getting pregnant, as I am sure there are many people who got pregnant shortly after stopping Depo. Now I am in no way suggesting that it couldn’t be the Depo, but are you working with your doctor, have you ruled out all the other reasons for not getting pregnant? Just wondering?

I have always told others I would not recommend it for younger women due to the fact that it can take so long to get pregnant. But all the warnings are well published, at least I had no trouble finding them and made an informed choice to take Depo.

I am 38 years old, I have been on it for around 7 years, started sometime after the birth of my son and am crazed that they want to take me off of it because of the new bone loss studies. I have no desire to have any more children, so obviously it is perfect for me. I have loved the fact of not having a period for many years.

Just this week I was 4 days late for my shot and now I have to go through 2 pregnancy tests before they will give it to me again. They are sure I can get pregnant a day past my time frame, so maybe they need to talk to some of you.

And if you haven’t heard they now are recommending not being on the shot for more than 2 years due to bone loss issues, so start taking your calcium. Again, this is well published and I am making an informed choice to stay on it as long as they will let me.

Advice for the future, research any and all medications and treatments and make an informed decision. It is your body and your health and ultimately your responsibility, don’t expect anyone including doctors to tell you the full story.

Best wishes to all who are trying to conceive.

August 24, 2008 at 1:37 am
(223) Ashley says:

When I was 12 my mother and my Gyn decided to put me on Depo because my cycle was very bad since I was 10. I stopped taking the shot when I was about 13 or 14 because I experienced many of the scary side effects that we did not research. I am now married and my husband and I are trying to concieve but so far no luck. It worries me that two years of this shot has made me infertile. I really don’t know what to do but I know it breaks my heart each month even with missing periods that I am still not pregnant.

August 25, 2008 at 6:17 pm
(224) Lacey says:

I was on the depo for at least a year. I got off of it and a few months later i was pregnant. I had no complications at all.

August 26, 2008 at 3:00 pm
(225) Prettydarnupset says:

Hello Everyone,
I am 25 years old, started the shot at 24. Its very sad to read everyone’s complaint about the depo shot. If I have read the blogs prior and have done research as well. I wouldn’t be so darn upset like you all. I have started the depo shot in Dec of 2007. Have been on it for 6 months, and have seen no period. I have recently discontinued taking it in June of 2008. I can not wait to be normal again, I have experienced a brownish period that lasted for a week. Cramps the next month and no period. “Not to mention 15 lbs added, and depression”. I am pretty darn upset for even getting on the shot, and I blame my doc for promoting it, as if it is something so great. Especially, after I had two miscarriages last year. He said it will help me in the long run. Yeah, me to never get prego again. Just like you all, I am in desperate want of a child. I do regret taking it and I don’t recommend it to anyone. “SAVE URSELF”…

August 26, 2008 at 11:22 pm
(226) kk says:

ok, I was just recently married and have had what I have decided to be my last shot as, we are thinking about becoming pregnant in the next year. I have talked with my Dr. and he has assured my that as long as my cycles were normal and regular before the shot, then I should have no problems but if a person had irregular/incosistant periods before the shot then he would adivise going off the shot up to 2 years before hoping to concieve. So my question is. Have you all had reguler periods before Depo?????? I also cant help but question the accuracy of these post as I notice that about 4 or so posts or so back, you state that it is Sept 2008 and you are still not pregnant well it is not yet even sept 08 and you cant honestly tell me that you expect to be garenteed to be prego less than a year after your last child was born.. I mean come on we are not all so lucky. Please someone try and help me feel a little more postive as these posts have seriously freaked me out!!!!

August 27, 2008 at 11:17 am
(227) SANDRA says:

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August 27, 2008 at 4:05 pm
(228) rhonda says:

i was on the shot for 3yrs and finally got off in june of 06 and i had a period in jan 07 and i got pregnant august of 08 and had a misscarriage in october of 07 and i got back on the shot in nov and only took it for dat month i got off had regular n irregular periods and i got back on again in june of 08 and now i wsnt to become pregnant and its august of 08 the shot hasnt wear off yet but im waiting

August 27, 2008 at 4:05 pm
(229) Jessica says:

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO HAVE KIDS IN THE FUTURE, NEVER NEVER NEVER TAKE THE SHOT.THIS SHOT SHOULD BE TAKEN OFF OF THE MARKET!!!!
DOCTORS SHOULD WARN PEOPLE ABOUT THIS SHOT

August 28, 2008 at 5:05 pm
(230) Lezlee says:

I am concerned….. I am not having the no period problem that most have. I am haing a period every other week!!! My shot was schedualed July 16 2008 and my husband and I decided that I shouldn’t take it anymore, well since then I’ll get my period for a week then off a week then on a agin for a week up until the present time!!! Not sure if thats normal. Does anyone know? Or if it is normal when should I go back to a normal once a month period? U think I’d have no blood left LOL! Help please.

August 28, 2008 at 7:12 pm
(231) danielle says:

I started depo in nov of 2002 my last shot was taken june 2005 I was on it for 3 years. I was told by my Dr to wait a year and your period should come back… a year past 2006 no period so she put me on birth control pills tells me to take them for 3 months and that should regulate my period. My period came back within a month but has been all over the place ever since. just this year I have been trying to get pregnant with out any luck, I would have all the symptoms and would bet my life on it that I’m pregnant but test after test read negative. just this monday I had a miscarriage I was really hoping this time would be successful but I would not recommand depo to any one. best of luck to everyone I have been praying and Gods going to work everything out everything happens for a reason just believe and have faith

August 31, 2008 at 2:35 pm
(232) Laura says:

This is a message back to Dawn…
Well, when you go to your doctor looking for advice, you would think they are most knowledable on birth control or any medications they might give you. True, each person should take it upon themselves to do their own research before taking anything. But, how many people out there actually read up on something before their own trusted doctor prescribes something to them? You need a pain pill and your doctor prescribes it, do you not just take it? Or do you go and look up on ever med that your doctor prescribes on the internet before taking it? I went to my O.B. for this shot. I had gotten pregnant on the pill years ago but it was not a successful pregnancy. I had an alergic reaction to the norplant so they had to be taken out. The shot was my only hope to keep from getting pregnant until i was ready. I understand there are warnings to all drugs, but come on, out of how many thousands of women on this durg have actually gotten pregnant between 1-4 years after taking this depo shot? We trust our doctors and what they give us. I am finally getting periods after being off the drug for almost 3.5 years now. Still not ovulating though. (age 37)

September 1, 2008 at 3:11 pm
(233) mehala says:

i want to get pregnant but because i have harmone problems i cant what can i do ? I have seen my doctor and he gave me provera but all it do is make me feel Nauseous i stop taking them after my first pack what can i do get pregnant?

September 1, 2008 at 8:01 pm
(234) SARA says:

We are all personally responsible for what we put into our bodies. No “professional” knows my body better than myself. When chemical drugs are involved, the utmost research should should be done. My friend committed suicide soon after her doctor switched her anti-depressants – in combination with birth control pills and her age there was a high risk of suicide. Do you think her doctor seriously discussed this with her? ABSOLUTELY DO RESEARCH BEFORE PUTTING ANY CHEMICAL INTO YOUR BODY! (read Anna’s blog 03/08)
Back to Depo: I have been off and on the shot for about 10 years. I remember being told the drug stays in your body for half as long as you’ve been getting the hormone shot. I had my last shot 08/07 and (as warned) my body is definitely not back to “normal”. But as Kaitlyn pointed out in her 11/07 blog, what was normal at 20 is not going to be the same at age 30. Here’s my whole experience with the drug, from the first shot to the residual still in my body:
From the first shot I remember having very irregular periods for 6 months, then another 6 months of regular (non-stop) spotting. After that first year I stopped and tried BCPs but they made me SOOOO sick and viscous (even on the lowest dose) after 2 months my husband and I decided I should go back on Depo. Another 6 months of irregular bleeding and I finally stopped having my period. Occasionally if I went a few days over the next scheduled shot I would have a light, short period (and my nurse INSISTED there was the possibility I could get pregnant 2 or 3 days after the date…).
I finally stopped Depo last year when I gained 15 pounds in a year and a half. I soon found I had thyroid nodules but all the blood tests on function came back within “normal” ranges. I have had major stomach and digestion issues for the past 4-5 years and hope to find a connection to Depo and my thyroid. My doctor has been DISCOURAGING and even threatening to me at times – we all need to take our health into our hands and do our own research and networking – and GET A NEW DOCTOR if you need to (and can). My period (like many others’) started a month or two after the last shot wore down, lasting 4 or 5 days, stopped for a week then stared again (for about 3 months). I was regular for 2 months then I had a HEAVY period with clots. Again currently my period stops for only a week to ten days and then I start bleeding again. I feel like I ovulated the last 2 months and what I could have experienced was a early term miscarriage. We are trying to get pregnant, knowing the risks that come with taking Depo for so long. It’s scary to think at my age the chemicals that my eggs have been exposed to. But I believe exercise, eating right, pre-natal vitamins and no coffee will help in ridding my body of the drug and preparing it for carrying a child. I will keep you informed…

We all need to share our experiences to know what is to be expected of this drug. How can your male doctor have ANY idea of what you’re feeling? Let alone try to figure out WHY? The drug companies do research, but is it timely? I had taken Depo for 3 years before there were any warnings about bone calcium loss. I don’t know what not taking a break every 2 years has done to my bones – until I take a test at my doctor’s office.
Please ladies let’s share side-affects of Depo to benefit our health and not blame anyone else for the well being of our bodies!

September 2, 2008 at 8:38 am
(235) ash says:

I have been on depo now for seven years, i suffer from Ulcerative colitis and the swelling from a period severely affected my health( the runs up to 18 toilet visits a day!!! lost my job!) i got engaged 6 months ago now Mar ’08 and havent had a shot since dec’07… no period not even a hint!!! i fear that i wont ever get one! having a baby is going to be a risk for me as it is with my illness, the longer i wiat the worse it will get! the doctors all spoke a croc of shit! while i was Gi tract was healthy my reproductive system is totally messed up! NEVER EVER GO ON THIS INJECTION…. rather have the runs that you think you’re dying! especially if you think you may even just maybe want a baby!

September 7, 2008 at 12:14 am
(236) Krist y says:

Hello Ladies. I would love to get pregnant after the Depo as well. I think it takes about 13-24 months to have a baby after being on the depo. I have the reg periods now. after 7 months, and still not pregnant. My son is going to be 3 next this month. I wanted another one in 3 years. I think it messed up my family planning. So i don’t think that any woman should get on the depo.

September 8, 2008 at 4:29 pm
(237) Ashley says:

Ok, I have been on the shot for about 6 years now, and I plan on having a child within the next 3-4 years. After reading you alls posts I think I would skip my shot next month, so my cycle can get back to normal. Usually when I miss the shot I bleed heavily for a whole month, none stop. So like I said I think I am going to stop for now, and try to get my flow back together. I am not having sex until I get married, so I don’t have to worry about getting pregnant now, but I do want to get pregnant the same month I get married (June 2010) because I want to have my first child in March.

September 9, 2008 at 5:25 am
(238) Amy R says:

First and for most good Luck and bless all. I know how your felling and am in the same boat we will get though this ladies just have faith..

Second I am sick and tired of you ladies that are like….it’s your fault you should have done your homework read up on everything before you use it…..
For most of us when we started the shot it was brand new…there were no warnings and the broadcasted minimal side effects. I remember them saying no periods and weight gain….THAT WAS IT.
I had just turned 16 when I started getting the shot. I’m now turning 27 in a week. Therefore I was on and off the shot for about 10 years or so because my last shot was jan 08

As time went on new side effects arose, possible mood swings, depression, libido loss, reaccuring yeast infections…etc. etc
NONE of these we broadcast until the last couple years. Now the bone density side effect.

I am so sick and tired of the holier the thau attitude.

It happens with a lot of meds anymore and yes it sucks. The meds come out and ALL the resouces say how great it is and how well it works and blah blah blah, and then two or so years later they start publishing the side effects, sometimes it is a small oops and other time it something like “may cause death” well damn it was the mircale drug two years ago and now there are class action suits. IT HAPPENS MORE THEN YOU THINK !!!!!!
So stop it with the “you should have known better” attitude. It happened it sucks that we are having this prblem, for most they hate depo and will never use it again. BUT the last thing these women and me want to see it your know it all posting of you should have known better. It is hard enough with out your negative comments.

September 11, 2008 at 4:10 am
(239) STACEY says:

hi ladies i am 29yrs old i was put on the depo by by gp for heavy periods when i was 18, all i was ever told was i had to go back every 12 wks for another shot(nothink more). i wasnt having any periods whilst on the depo but was suffering with sever period pains when they were due,i also gained a hell of alot of weight i went from a size 12 to a size 18 i have been off the depo now for nearly 18months i have had regular periods up to about 3months ago when they went to every 2 weeks then one that lasted only 2 days i have now 2 weeks late with this period but not pregnant so hopefully my cycle is back on track and i will fall pregnant any time now. if i was told all the problems i would have on the depo at the time i would have never taken it as i never had any breaks whilst on it and my partner and i would love a child so for now its just a waiting game love to all take care and keep positive xx

September 11, 2008 at 2:49 pm
(240) Kiki says:

I got this from a website http://www.americanpregnancy.org/preventingpregnancy/depoprovera.html

Is Depo-Provera reversible?

Yes. However it may take several months before your cycle returns to normal. Ovulation usually returns within three to six months for most women; however it is possible that you may not have your cycle for 12 to 18 months after discontinuing the injections.

Pregnancy is possible when you stop using the birth control injections, but it may be delayed. This method of birth control is not recommended for someone who wants to get pregnant quickly after discontinuing use.

September 12, 2008 at 1:55 am
(241) Tyandia says:

I am only 21 and I was on the depo shot for 4 years. And I have been off of it for the last 4 years and decided to just stay off all birth control products!! And still after 4 years and not being on any type of birth control, I still cannot get pregnant, not even have a False Alarm!! If i could go back in time, I would of never let my mother and doctor talk me into taking this drug! And I do not recommend it to anyone!
Now i will never be able to have children and that makes me more depressed day by day.

September 14, 2008 at 11:35 am
(242) keyleigh says:

hello all, after reading all your comments i am now slightly worried as me and my partner are thing of starting to try for a baby next year so i was going to have my last injection in january. we are going on holiday in may so i would be covered up till then but now im very worried and thinking maybe i wont have my next one next month. i had no idea that woman had so much trouble conceiving after the depo i was never made aware of this just that it can take up to a year.i really feel for you all and hope that everything eventually works out i know that if it takes me as long as it has you ladies i would be so upset. best wishes xx

September 15, 2008 at 3:19 am
(243) cutiepie says:

Hello all, after reading all these comments I started to cry thinking about the possibility of none of us ever being able to have a baby. My mother put me on Depo at age 14 and I am now 22 and stopped. My last shot was due August 9th. I havent had a period yet and my breast are hurting like crazy!! I have been light headed and eating alot but I dont think I’m pregnant. This is crazy and I wish someone would have explained this to all of us then maybe we would have took the pill. I really want children and me and my husband decided to get off the shot now because of rumors it may take a year or two to get pregnant. I have been hearing alot about detoxing to get the shot out of our systems. Someone please come with some good news because I am really starting to get depressed.

September 16, 2008 at 10:50 am
(244) danielle says:

has anyone ever only had the shot just once and haven’t been able to get preggers?

September 16, 2008 at 2:33 pm
(245) Mercedes says:

Hey everyone. I’m 17 and my mom wants to put me on the depo and she made an appointment for me to get the shot on the 18th. thats in a couple of days. Me and my boyfriend of 3 years dont want the shot. I have been reading all of your stories and they scare me. I have always wanted kids and i plan on that to. I really dont want the shot because i dont want to miss out on the possibilities of not being able to get pregnant. Does anyone have any advice to me such as to not take the shot? Please help me…

September 17, 2008 at 2:36 pm
(246) Holly says:

Getting pregnant after depo is very, very possible. I was on depo for one cycle, came off and I am pregnant 4 months later! The thing people need to realize is that EVERYONE’S body is different and that things happen in their own time. Alot of women who have such issues after depo are the ones who had an underlying issue they never knew about until they were on depo or coming off. It is so much easier to have something to blame when horrible things happen in our lives. It makes it alot easier to deal with to be able to say that “I am infertile and DEPO is the reason why.” However that person may have had issue with or without depo. I feel for all of the women trying to hard to have a baby. It has got to be a horrible feeling to not be able to have a child when you so badly want one and my prayers are with you. However I wish we wouldn’t be so doom and gloom about other people’s situations when we have to remember that each women and her body is unique and because of that different things will affect each woman in a different way.

September 17, 2008 at 8:37 pm
(247) Amanda says:

I been on depo for a year, i was supposed to get my shot in june of 2008, but i didn’t go and it is now september and i just found out that i am pregnant, so don’t believe everything you read!!!

September 20, 2008 at 9:49 am
(248) hope says:

hi i was on the depo all toghether about two years the first time i got off of it i had my periods back regularly after two months. i didnt have a boyfriend at the time so i didnt have sex. i got back on it in april of 07 and was due for my next shot on tuesday but i did my research and saw how many problems women were having getting prego and i called planned parenthood and told them that i wasnt coming in for my appointment. i have had severe headaches and tiredness and moodiness all throughout the shot but i didnt know the shot was to blame my sex drive went way down which made my bf unhappy. i also read that in a two year period of depo you should only gain about 13 pounds total. i weighed 150 in april 07 and in about 6 months i weighed 217!!! i do not recommend the shot. im waiting for my period this is my first skipped shot so im hoping everything goes back to normal. i do want to start to try for a baby within the next couple of years. good luck to all and thank god there are more people having these problems… its not a good thing but i felt so alone……ill keep everyone posted.

September 21, 2008 at 9:19 am
(249) babygrl92795 says:

Hi Ladies! I am here to try to give you hope. I was on Depo for 3 yrs. My last Depo injection was Nov of 2004. I got my period back fairly quickly-textbook 28 day cycles, but still could not get pregnant. KEEP TRYING! Wait it out. I am finally pregnant! It took 3 1/2 yrs, but I am. Once the depo is in your system, all you can do is wait it out, but it will go away! Good luck to everyone!

September 22, 2008 at 4:27 pm
(250) emma says:

Hi There,

i have been on the Depo for 6 years now after unsucessfully trying every kind of contreceptive ever. up till recentley i was never bothered about kids but after listening to some of your stories im getting concerned that when i do want to have kids i could be waiting years not months, i know 21 is young but if i dont come off depo now ill be getting towards late 20′s/early 30s before even getting there. im so confused i dont really know what to do for the best

hope some one can help!

Emma x

September 22, 2008 at 6:09 pm
(251) ali says:

Hi, I started depo in oct’05 and had last one july’07. Had a small pathetic bleed in jan then one in june – ten days ago my breasts realy hurt for 3 days as if i were about 2 have a period but nothing happened. Im so worried i’ll not be able to become pregnant, I’ve been trying for a few months but fear i’m not even ovulating. Would NEVER reccommend this drug to anyone – did my research but all far worse than anticipated – finally lost 11 of the 15 pounds i gained in a year……………

September 22, 2008 at 6:45 pm
(252) Tammie says:

I was on depo for 9 months, my last shot was in march 2006, It has been over 2 years and I still don’t have reg periods. my first period was in feb 2007 and it lasted until may 2007 non stop!!! in the past 2 years I have only had 7 periods. my ob/gyn told me my body was going through the motions but not actually functioning properly so all the periods I thought I was having was just bleeding no ovulation…I was told by a friend to go on the pill for a few months and it would help me become reg again but my ob/gyn told me that it really doesn’t help…after reading a few of these stories I think he was wrong! I will ask for the pill once again… I have learned that Depo is not for everyone some people have no problems like my friend she was on the shot for a few years and when she decided to start trying her Dr. took her off the shot and told her it would be at least 3 months before she could get pregnant and what do ya know 3 months to the day she was prego!!! Although depo doesn’t effect eveyone I do see that it causes more problems than anything else!! I wish you all good luck and thank you for all your input!

September 22, 2008 at 10:45 pm
(253) Lea says:

Hi, our first baby was born about 10 months after the wedding. After the baby was born, I was on depo vera for about two years and had a constant headache, but didn’t have problem with my weight and stayed slim. I stopped using depovera after 2 years using it, and tried to get pregnant again. The doctor told us that it might take a year or so, for the depo vera to be really out of my system. My periods become regular after probably about 6-8 months, I honestly don’t remember. One thing that I noticed, my period become a lot less since then. We tried harder after that one year period ended, but nothing happened. On 2000, 2 years after I was off depo vera, we went to a fertility doctor. The doctor was very positive because I got pregnant very easily with one, and we were still young. I was 28 and my husband almost 30. My test came perfect, nothing blocking my tube and my husband sperm count was great. I was on clomed for a while and they told us when to try. We tried that for few months and I didn’t get pregnant. The next step was to try IUI (artifical insemination).
We did the IUI 2 times and still nothing happened. At last our doctor suggested infitro. We decided not go forward with that. I am a petite woman, stand about 5′ and weight about 90-95lbs, I don’t think my baby can handle more than one baby at the same time. We also don’t believe in abortion and don’t want to have to terminate some of the baby if my body can not handle it. We decided to let it happend naturally, after all our doctor told us nothing wrong with us. We’ve been having unprotected sex for over 10 years and still nothing happend. Now, I am 36 and my husband soon to be 38. The long to have another one is still there. We are thinking to try the infitro now. With the new technology our doctor told us he can put one good embryo back inside me so I won’t have to worry about having twin unless that one egg splits. With God’s will I hope I can get pregnant again before I reach 40. If not, adoption is always an option. As far as what causes the problem, I guess it will remains mystery. Our doctor couldn’f find anything wrong with us. I am not sure if depovera had anything to do with it. I learned to accept it.

September 23, 2008 at 3:59 pm
(254) Anita says:

I was on the shot from September 2002 and my last shot was November 2006. I went on the Yasmin pill in February 2007 when I was due for the shot. I just stopped taking the pill in May 2008 and still nothing in September 2008. Mind you I am currently 2 weeks late with my period but I have taken 4 home tests and they are all negative. Not sure what to think :(

September 25, 2008 at 12:41 pm
(255) laura says:

hey ladies,
i just wanted to say that i have been on the shot for close to 8 years total. when i decided to go off the shot in 2003 after the doctor said it would take a few months to get pregnant and guess what he was right. i has my son in 2004 and immediately went back on the shot. keep hope alive and it will happen when you let your guard down. i went back on the shot for a few more years and when i stopped i got preg again. i have three boys and very happy.

September 25, 2008 at 7:28 pm
(256) Rachel says:

I was 21 when i got preggo with my son, and only one week after i quit taking the pill i got pregnant.I was on the Depo shot for one year, and then i got on the pill for about 6 monthes, i have been off the pill now for 6 monthes, having normal periods but i don’t know why i am not getting pregnant!
I am regretting getting the shot! I know it will happen when it is suppose to, but it is SOOOO frusterating!!

September 26, 2008 at 2:53 pm
(257) Renae says:

I’ve read each and every comment that was posted…and suddenly found myself extremely depressed and worried…I myself have been on the shot but i stopped after the first shot because i didn’t like the effects it had on my body. Now I’m afraid i would never get pregnant, I’ve had three miscarriages in the past year and a half, and i really want to have a baby. Have any one had any miscarriages before going on the shot and successfully conceived after????

September 26, 2008 at 3:08 pm
(258) Mahogany says:

I had been on depo since August of 2005. I just recently missed my shot scheduled in May 2008. I’ve been trying to get pregnant ever since. My period has not been regulated yet and I just want to know how long is it going to take for me to get pregnant….

September 28, 2008 at 12:03 pm
(259) hazel says:

i was on the injection before my 2nd child,i was on the injection for nearly 2 years it taken me 3 months to fall pregnant i would have a very light period every month, we are now trying for our 3rd baby and i have only just had my period after 4 months, i was only on the injection for 9 months,after i had my period last week i have started bleeding this week it seems to be taking longer than last time it is a shame when iam only 22 and feel as if something is wrong when iam young and still cant get pregnant.

September 28, 2008 at 7:24 pm
(260) savannah says:

Hello,
I was on the Depo shot from july of ’07 to april or may of ’08.I have still not been able to get my period. I am only 18 nad i am very worried after reading some of these comments that i will not become pregnant anytime soon or at all. I realize that i am very very young to have a baby right now but i would love 2 have one befor i reach 25. I have always just wanted one baby,but my fiancee is goin to be 25 in oct of ’08 and he is more then ready to have one and i feel so depressed because he is ready and i’m still not. But i know god will see me through it and i will just keep trying

September 29, 2008 at 8:33 am
(261) Tasha says:

I started the Depo shots when I was 18 years old,I am now 24 I was on the shot for 2 year stop taking once me and my boyfriend moved in together it took me five years to get pregnant.I just had my first baby in Aug.2008 I recommend that no one takes the shot I also gained so much weight while on the shot.Before I got preg.I asked the Dr. could the shot be the reason i’m not getting pregnant she told me the shot has nothing to do with the fact that i’m not getting pregnant she lied.I will never take the shot again and I recommend that anyone who want to have kids do not take it as well.

September 29, 2008 at 3:35 pm
(262) AshleyP says:

I am 24 years old. I have 2 beautiful children my little boy who is 7 and my little girl who is 5. My husband and I recently decided to have another child since I was so young when I was pregnant with my first 2 (16 & 18) I feel that I am now old enough and mature enough to enjoy it more. I started the Depo shot after I had my little girl in 2003. My last shot was this past May 2008. I would like to have my next child pretty soon but I am definitely willing to wait as along as it takes. I am currently 2 months past the due date for my last shot and the only thing I have experienced is breast tenderness. I went to the GYN and she said that was normal. I am no longer going to take the Depo in hopes to conceive within the next 2 years. I have been warned that it may take up to that long for it to happen.

My prayers are with all of the women that are trying to have a child or more children of their own. My kids were the best thing that has ever happened to me and I hope that everyone in life that wants to become a mother and feel that unconditional love has the oppurtunity. But I have read in some of the other emails and agreee……….WHEN IT IS TIME AND ONLY WHEN IT IS TIME WILL IT HAPPEN. Hold your head up! Eliminate any kind of stress in your life that is possible!!! and PRAY! GOD will do what is best for you and your family.

September 29, 2008 at 6:13 pm
(263) kristin says:

i was on the depo prevera shot for two years. i have been off it for 6 months. my husband and i are trying to get pregnant and it kills me that i spent so much time not wanting to be pregnant on the shot that now i would just about die to see a positive sign on a pregnancy test. i have heard it could take up to two years. It is not worth not knowing what is going on in your body this far out from being on the shot that i cant get pregnant. Anyone who is thinking of using it should use that as a template, who knows how long it will take for my husband and i to be able to share the joys of being pregnant. like i said two years. thats a long time not to mention a lot of stress wondering why your body is not taking to something that is so natural.

September 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm
(264) Cosette says:

i was on the depo for just under a year my fiance and i want to have a kid and have been trying. im not sure when im going to be fertile i started my time of the month 4 months after the last injection and then the next month i didn’t have one so i dont know whats going on can someone help me

October 5, 2008 at 7:11 pm
(265) Kathleen says:

this is all VERY interesting.. I took the shots for about 10 years and never was told that it could cause me to not get PG when I was ready. I am 47 and now trying to do artificial insemination.. the problem is this, my hormone levels are great, which the doctor was surprised as I am not in pre menopause, however I am not ovulating thus not able to get pregant due to not having an egg. I have been testing for 7 months now and nothing. I have been off the shots for 10 years!! I am going back to the doctor in a couple weeks as I have heard there is a new test that they can do which will tell them if you have any eggs left. Seems that I would have plenty due to my body not using them for 10 years. That may not be the case.. will be interesting to see what they tell me

October 6, 2008 at 11:53 am
(266) nutty says:

hi been on depo for 5 years now was convinced into taking it by a midwife quite slyly 2 days after giving birth at time when u dont want to even think about another child after all that pain.
during the last 5 years it has been hell and i wouldnt recommend it.
i have just recently come off depo about 3 weeks now and i am getting sharp pains in my head and as of last night leg cramping so havent had alot of sleep so excuse any spelling mistakes!
i also noticed within that time that i am starting to lose weight .
i had very bad mood swings when on the depo depressed total lack of energy and hated any male even touching me , even if my 4 yr old came to hug me i would push him away , i thought somthing was wrong with me maybe even mentally until i discovered when searching on line that depo is used on pedophiles to repress there sexual urges towards children ” i was horrified”
i am thinking about having more children soonand am quite concerned about the other threads on this page. i am praying that my period will return soon and that it is regular but will keep u posted on my progress.XXXX

October 7, 2008 at 3:41 pm
(267) Krissy says:

I am the proud parent of 3 beautiful girls, and after a little more than a year, we went off of the depo shot to try for one more. My first pregnancy was conceived the first month off of the pill, my second, the second month. My two oldest are 16 monthes apart. My third pregnancy took 1 1/2 years after being off of the pill. It is important for everyone to know that even in normal, healthy couples, it takes around a year to get pregnant. Worrying about it to the point of obsession will only make it worse. I was breastfeeding when I had to choose a birth control, so depo was pretty much the only choice (other than the mini pill, which has a lower effective rate, or an IUD, which did not go over well with my hubby). I hated being on the shot, because I had breakthrough bleeding the whole time. My last shot was due in August. We are wanting to add to our family, and are very well aware that it will take time. RELAX. For every one of these posts, there are many more who have gotten pregnant after depo. : )

October 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm
(268) Candy says:

I’m speachless and terrified. I have read every single comment. I was put on the shot by mom. I was on it a little over a year, i was due for my last one Febuary of this year. I Got marrried in march. We have been trying ever since then. I would say this is my 5th month of a regular period and still nothing. 8 months of trying and nothing. My heart is broken for all of you that have been trying longer thatn us God bless you all. Im really scared and was only informed the minimum about this shot. Like alot of you my breasts hurt so bad sometimes it hurts to walk down stairs, they increased tremendously in size too. If any one can ring hope to us please please do. This is a scary situation for us. Moms beleive me seeing grandchildren is better than not seing any dont do this to your children dont!! Thank you And good luck and God Bless to all of you!!

October 8, 2008 at 12:24 am
(269) clara says:

I HAVE BEEN ON DEPO FOR ABOUT 12 YEARS OFF AND ON … I WOULD GO OFF AND GET MY PERIODS BACK NORMAL . THEN GO BACK ON DEPO … BUT NOW I HAVE BEEN OFF FOR ALMOST A YEAR NOW. NO PERIOD . MY GYO HAS GIVIN ME HORMONES BUT STLL NOTHING. I WANT TO GET PREGANT BUT IT LOOKS LIKE THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN ANYTIME SOON… ANY ADVISE…. MY GYO WANT TO DO A DNC AND START PROGESTORN ( DIDNT SPELL IT RIGHT BUT YOU GET MY GIST) I AM AFRAID.. JUST NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO MY HUBBY DONT UNDERSTAND. I THINK SOMETIMES I AM PREGANT BUT I TAKE A TEST AND ALWAY NEG. THEN I GET SO DOWN HEARTED. THANK FOR LISTENING

October 8, 2008 at 6:37 am
(270) becky says:

hello,i have read all the comments on here,i was looking because,i had my last depo injection in march 08 and was due june 08 but didnt go,this wasnt because of trying for baby it was because of other side effects,ie migraines,weight gain,mood swings.since i started on the depo when my youngest son was 3 weeks old(he is now 2 n half)i have never had a perid apart from at first.i ocassionally got spoting but only the first few times before my next injection was due.i dont understand why they say it takes so long to get pregnant as i was 2 weeks late for my injection in jan 08,and they made m take 2 pregnancy tests,1 there and then,n i had 2 go back 2 weeks later for another before they wud give me the injection,why? thats what i asked the reply off the nurse was if you have unprotected sex after the date ur injection is due you can get pregnant.i think one person says 1 thing 1 says another.it took a friend of mine 18 months to get pregnant after stopping the depo,her first period she got.to all that are finding it difficult,just remember every1 is different.just cus it takes 1 person 4 years doesnt mean it will you.if a nurse told me i had to do a test after being 2 weeks late for injection,surely this means there is hope it could happen imeditaltly.i have been off for 4 months now and still havnt had period,i would like another child so when it happens it happens.to all who are trying 2 get preg afta comin off injection,hope this gives you hope.

October 8, 2008 at 10:11 am
(271) louise says:

hey,i am in the same situation as most of o here but the only problem wit me is that i have only bin on the depo shot for 3months which to me isnt a long time.I have now bin off the shot for 14weeks now and still had no period, i am currently trying for a baby with my fiance of 7yrs and still nothing has happened, i really need a period and nothing is happeneing, has anybody eles bin through wat i have if so please give me some advice thanx x
p.s gd luck everybody:D

October 10, 2008 at 11:14 am
(272) jaybee says:

I am going on my 7thyear of the depo shot. I beleive my next shot is in November. I want to get pregnant next summer. I am reading through these posts, I am truly terrified. I think I am going to skip my next shot. Basically, I will leave the outcome in God’s hands. My sister was on the depo shot for for 14 years. She decided to get off the shot. Her husband was getting a vasectomy. She gotten pregnant 1 month after not taking the shot. I m not sure I’ll be that lucky.

October 14, 2008 at 4:31 pm
(273) Kaye says:

I went on the depo because nothing else has worked for me. I have been off of the shot for seven months after taking it for four years. I never had a period while on it. My husband and I would like another baby. However after reading all of these I have serious doubts. If I had known this before I went on i probably would never have taken it. I seriously hope doctors and nurses try to educate women a little better about the side effects of this shot.

October 15, 2008 at 1:46 pm
(274) laken says:

ok i took the depo shot and im 1 16 turning 17. i took it only one time on july 7 and it ended september 25. ok.. ive been on my period for like a month now and i dont no if im pregnant or not. ive been looking for answers all over the enternet. this morning october 15 i threw up and felt like crap but only in the morning i dont no if its a sign or what. but i really want to no more about this. will i have a miscarrage if i get pregnant or can i not have kids. i have been sexually active even though ive been on my period. but its only been spotting. and gets heavy every now and then. if anyone gots any answers to this please tell me. i would really love it. oh and i broke out on my face and gained like 15 pounds and ive been a real bitchy… i dont no what to do..

if you have any answers for me send me a message at lakenn_booo@yahoo.com

October 15, 2008 at 1:48 pm
(275) lakenn says:

ok i took the depo shot and im 1 16 turning 17. i took it only one time on july 7 and it ended september 25. ok.. ive been on my period for like a month now and i dont no if im pregnant or not. ive been looking for answers all over the enternet. this morning october 15 i threw up and felt like crap but only in the morning i dont no if its a sign or what. but i really want to no more about this. will i have a miscarrage if i get pregnant or can i not have kids. i have been sexually active even though ive been on my period. but its only been spotting. and gets heavy every now and then. if anyone gots any answers to this please tell me. i would really love it. oh and i broke out on my face and gained like 15 pounds and ive been a real bitchy… i dont no what to do..

if you have any answers for me send me a message at lakendarling@aol.com

October 15, 2008 at 2:52 pm
(276) Kate says:

I thought this site needed a few more hopefull comments left to give women out there hope!
I was on depo for over 4 years, and came off in 2004, I then had to go onto the pill for a while as as soon as I stopped the injection and my periods returned I kept getting thrush due to the hormonal imbalance, so my dr gave me the pill fo a while, which i took for about a year till I decided I was ready to have a child. It took roughly 7 months after stopping the pill for me to become pregnant, and I now have a beautifull 20 month old little boy.
Basically ladies have hope it can happen, I was sure that the shot would have long term repercussions for me, although I definatly believe that going onto the pill for a short spell to encourage your cycle to be more regular helps. Also the moment I relaxed about getting pregnant and started reminding myself it will happen when it happens, it did. I also went back onto the shot for 6 months this year and its very scarey when you read all the comments so please be hopefull all!
oh and I’m not a feminist or anything but why are all you ladies blaming yourselves? maybe its not all the ladies with the problem?xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

October 15, 2008 at 11:01 pm
(277) Whitney says:

Hello to all of you trying to conceive!
I started the Depo shot in Feb. of this year (6 weeks after my 1st child), and also one dose in May.

I decided not to go back for the 3rd dose, as my hair had started falling out to where I had bald spots, my period lasted for 4 weeks, I was moody, etc.

My midwife put me on the pill to regulate my periods again, and we have decided to start trying for another baby.I got off of it last month, and just started my period today.

Hopefully, once it’s over and we continue trying, this month it’s positive.

I would suggest that anyone trying to conceive after the shot try a low-dose pill to get your periods back on track.

Good luck to everyone!

You can find me on MySpace under SweetPeazy05

October 19, 2008 at 3:31 pm
(278) Anne says:

Wow, this has been an interesting hour-long read! I have been on Depo for 12 years now because I’m a “planner”…big time. At 34 I now have a solid career and the best husband ever so I won’t be getting my next shot in December and I can absolutely wait a few more years to become pregnant.
Doing exactly what it says it does, I believe Depo has prevented thousands if not millions of unwanted pregnancies, saving many children from lives of poverty or neglect (or worse) with unprepared parents.
But what I really want to convey with this post is the fallability of physicians and to send a message to young girls considering Depo who are reading this.
Here in Canada, we have arguably the most practical health care in the world, but it is not at all the best.
Here in a big city in Ontario, my current doctor is a complete moron. He took over the practice from a very smart lady I was lucky to get in with, only because she’s a friend of my aunt’s and boy do I miss her. This idiot is laughable really, I swear to god, I know more about women’s health than he does, me with by degree in French Studies! He’s just happy with his 300K/year and doesn’t give a crap about me or my health. Every three months I go in and have to remind him of the fact that I have Celiac Disease – In four years, never has he even asked if I’m gluten-free, ever. Luckily, I know everything there is to know on the subject. He also doesn’t seem to care that I’m a vegetarian. He’s not even curious if I get any protein at all. Once again, I was well-researched on the subject before I even stopped eating meat so thanks for nothing Doc. And never has he questioned me about the link between Celiac and vegetarianism and Depo and that I should be taking supplements. Kind of an important thing, my muscles and my bones…irreversible damage could be being done and he doesn’t even care. Again, I luckily know everything on the subject and take excellent care of myself. Not a single doctor here is taking new patients. I’d dump this loser in a heartbeat if I could.
My major point here is: do not trust anyone with your health, even doctors. Don’t ever assume they are smarter or know more about anything that you do. Even back in the early 90s when I first researched Depo, the Internet was an excellent resource. Pros and Cons were and are all over the place and it’s up to us to research and make the best decisions for ourselves. There are side effects to every single medication on the market but because Depo involves our reproductive health, these side effects go beyond bodily functions into the realm of what many of us want most in the world, a family of our own. It’s absolutely understandable that our emotions can cloud our judgement. My concern is for those girls out there who will read these posts and NOT make a decision for themselves, that reading some of these posts will make their decisions for them.
Girls, here’s what was important to me: With Depo, there is very little chance of “oops”. If it’s right for you, get the shot and get on with your life. Go to school, make something of yourself and never, ever depend on a man or your parents to support you. Then plan your pregnancy according to your life circumstances, in order for your child to have the best possible chance in life. Whether you’re single or married, a loved and most importantly, a wanted child, has the best chance of all.
I purposely put it off this long and would whole-heartedly embrace adoption if it came right down to it, because there are way too many unwanted children in this world already. I’ve always known adoption might be my path. And because I took the time to get an education and a good-paying job, even without my husband, I can actually afford it.
So please ladies…look out for yourselves and plan, plan, plan!!!!

October 21, 2008 at 1:00 am
(279) maria says:

Hi my name is maria
I thought I’d add two cents as well
i feel that all of you who are talking about not being able to be pregnant because the depo should have done way more research than the occasional questions you ask your doctor
also you must understand we are all women and that our bodies all react differently
from reading this you can come to this conclusion
the depo
had you receieved the right information is birth controlx10
it’s not for women hoping to become pregnant in the next three to four years even six
like the woman above me you must plan these things out
depo changes the lining in the cervix to a much thick paste so that it is much harder for sperm to get to your uterus
so when you’re body has gone through all the trouble to change this it takes a while to get back to your homeostasis
I’m a med student and when I started depo I dd it at age 17 because I’d rather be safe than sorry
wwithout it I could of become pregnant too early and not be where I am today
depo also can make you more at risk for osteoporosis so if you are having trouble getting pregnant and have been taking it for moree than 3-5 years I would go have a bone density test
also you cannot be the one putting your life in a doctor’s hands
it is your responsibility when considering any shot, vaccinaton, or any other medical procedure to do research and learn what you’re getting into
like the polio vaccine there was a virus in it that is been proven to cause cancer and millions were taking their kids to get it and not even thinking twice or asking questions look up the Virus and the Vaccine it can shed a lot of life onto the risks in putting your life in the hands of any doctor
you have to remember they are just as money hungry as people at a retail store
our health care turns people away every year simply because their procedure costs too much and the people who sends those letters out get more pay raises and promotions for the more they turn away
your doctors are no different
luckily my doctor gave me a lot of info on the depo
but I also looked a lot up online
depo also leaves less at risk for many cervical cancers
but I’ll bring this to a close
look up online about what’s going on
ask question
do research
also give it time
you have changed you body comp and you must wait for it to come back to normal
and being women and older women at that it’ll take longer than if you were a teenager or whathaveyou
thanks for reading
Maria

October 21, 2008 at 2:05 pm
(280) Erin says:

Hi Ladies,
I just wanted to let you ladies know that not everyone has problems getting pregnant. My shot “ran out” at the end of November and we were pregnant by the end of December that yeat. I haven’t had any problems and would totally recommend it. Just another perspective!

October 24, 2008 at 5:18 am
(281) Jessica says:

I started Depo when I was 14, and continued for 2 years, when I was 16 I switched to the pill because the Depo was causing severe migraines and mood swings. I went off of all birth control methods when I was 18 because I became engaged, and my husband and I have been trying to have a baby for 3 years now. I have been off of Depo for 5 years, and still nothing. And by the way, I did do my research on Depo Provera, I read all of the information that was available to me, and drilled my doctors to the point of tears. Even when I was younger I knew I eventually wanted children. The only thing that was EVER mentioned about pregnancy or fertility is that 1.You wont get pregnant when your taking it, and 2.You should be able to become pregnant 6 months to a year after the Depo is out of your system. Well it has been 5 years (I was never great at taking my pill every day) and I was with 2 other guys before I met the man who is now my husband, and we had unprotected sex with no pregnancy (not even scares!!) So We know it may not be him. I am starting to lose hope that I will ever get pregnant or have kids of my own. Any advice?

October 24, 2008 at 5:30 am
(282) Jessica says:

I did some research and even now, 5 years later this is the information that is available about long term fertility and Depo:

What are other medical drawbacks and risks?

Delay in ability to become pregnant
After the last injection of Depo-Provera, it takes an average of 9 to 12 months to become pregnant:

68% of women conceive within 12 months.
83% of women conceive within 15 months.

93% of women conceive within 18 months.
These rates are not related to the length of time you were taking Depo-Provera.

Like I said before, I have been off the shot for 5 years and trying to have a baby for three, the longest it says it takes to concieve is 18 months. I am at month 62. So whats up???

October 24, 2008 at 9:54 pm
(283) Heather says:

I think it’s really laughable for people to say “Don’t just trust what your doctor says, do your own RESEARCH!” Well, let’s say I were to research different Depo Provera reference works, read medical journals, et cetera. Who do you suppose writes and conducts such research? Hmmmm…DOCTORS, possibly? Whether you ask your personal doctor or do personal research it should all be coming from the same source…So if we can’t trust our doctors, then we can’t trust the “research” done by research doctors either, right? Be logical. Doctors swear to a Hippocratic oath. What is shocking to me, is that when I got my Depo Provera shot at 18 I was given NO information at all. There wasn’t even any information displayed for you to pick up either. After two shots I wised up and did research (written by those doctors I’m supposedly not supposed to trust) and found out about the bone density issue. I asked the nurse at my next shot, and she was sort of like “Oh yeah, you should take a multi-vitamin.” A multi-vitamin will give you about 20-30 percent of your daily value of calcium. That means you’ll need to make sure you’re eating or drinking 70-80% of your calcium to get the recommended 100%. But that’s when you’re NOT taking depo. Depo depletes calcium. When I asked them how much more than my 100% daily value I should take to make up for the Depo deletion, they didn’t have an answer. The problem is if the one dishing out Depo aren’t informed, where are people going to get information? Not everyone has internet access. If there is no pamphlet info at the clinics and the nurses don’t know and doctors aren’t straight up, HOW ARE PEOPLE GOING TO GET INFORMATION? For some, their doctors are their only source. I’m not saying that Depo is to blame for all of these womens reproductive dilemmas. But don’t be insensitive to those trying to conceive. (And another thing about some of the posts here that disturbed me…If you’re posting a comment here to tell us you’ve conceived soon after Depo,I think it’s disrespectful and insensitive to tell these woman “Yeah, I got pregnant right after Depo…but got an abortion.” Do you know how devastating that is for women to hear who are desperately trying to conceive a child…I’m not telling you whether or not you should or shouldn’t get an abortion…but use your common sense…it’s not appropriate to talk about your abortion here…just leave that comment out…)
Maybe I’m just overly emotional…or having a Depo mood swing. LOL You girls surely understand. My last shot was supposed to be Tuesday (10-21-08) I decided not to get it because we’re going for baby number 2! Sorry for my mini-meltdown….but I sure feel better! I’ll let you know in a year…or two…or three (sigh) if I get pregnant. Best wishes to you all.

October 27, 2008 at 4:16 am
(284) Taya (Very Hopeful) says:

Hey everyone! I was on Depo from 2004 to 2006. I got off it to take a break. Then I got back on it in Feb 2008. I only received one shot. In May I had a light bleeding day. Then Oct 15 I got my period. It lasted 3 days which is the length of all of my normal periods. I am very confident that I will get pregnant when my boyfriend and I start trying in November. I think that if you were on it for a very long time or had serious side effects while you were on it, that delays you from getting pregnant a little longer. Constantly bleeding after you get off depo is not a normal thing and some of the post say thats what they experienced. Also I think you should not be on a birth controlthat doesnt let you regain fertility right away(like depo)for 3 or more years. Thats just crazy! Anyways I have had friend that got pregnant right away after getting of the shot and friends that got pregnant while they were on it. IT ALL DEPENDS ON YOUR BODY!!!

October 28, 2008 at 1:23 am
(285) Sam says:

Hi, I have been on depo now since oct 2003, on reccomendation of my gp at my 6 week check up after birth. I was due 4 days ago for my last shot but have decided against it. I first spotted in jan 04 through to may04 then again this year in july 08 but heavily. Went to c gp she said hormonal imbalance, all natural unless u bleed heavy for more then 10 days straight we will give you nothing, so of course i bled 8 days at a time. I assumed I would be spotting by now, but um er no show. 5 years is a long time but I am prepared. I plan on taking magnesium ( which helps regulate u after birth control, prosthetic hormones strip this from your body and bones) as well as my multi vitamin daily. I am taking 5 mins out of my meditation just to think of my body and feel it as I used to, try to listen to it along with affirmations to reprogramme my brain into bringing my body back into it’s natural cycle. All I can do is try, as soon as I have a regular period I will consider a low dosage pill to regulate my period, so then i will know my ovualtion and we can begin to try all over again. I dunno if I will do the depo thing again, it’s been a gr8 contraceptive and I hope I will be preggers this time next year, will let you know. Good luck to all who are trying, and godbless you and your bodies xx

October 28, 2008 at 6:15 pm
(286) Marsha says:

Hi, I understand what everyone is going through, the best thing is rid your body from the toxins that are left in your body from depo. I have been on depo for almost a month now. I’m about to use YERBA PRIMA WOMEN’S RENEW INTERNAL CLEANSE KIT and EVENING PRIMROSE. Depo stop the fertility mucus. Evening primrose helps to produce the fertility mucas. Try going to steams rooms, drink about 8 glasses of purify water per day to help get rid of the toxins. These are the methods I’m going to try, hopefully it works. I wish everyone good luck.

October 29, 2008 at 4:07 pm
(287) Amy says:

I was on the birth control shot for many years I would say from 15 years old to 23. So about 8 years. Never once had a period the entire time. I started to hear many rumors about the long term effects depo had. So I decided to switch to the pill to give me a break. I started my period the last Thursday of my pill pack, right on schedule. I’m not sure if the cramping was so sever because I haven’t had a period in so long or just because I didn’t remember what it felt like. Anyway I was on the pill

October 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm
(288) Amy says:

I was on the birth control shot for many years I would say from 15 years old to 23. So about 8 years. Never once had a period the entire time. I started to hear many rumors about the long term effects depo had. So I decided to switch to the pill to give me a break. I started my period the last Thursday of my pill pack, right on schedule. I’m not sure if the cramping was so sever because I haven’t had a period in so long or just because I didn’t remember what it felt like. Anyway I was on the pill for about 4-5 months and started to forget to take it and I would double up… etc. One morning I woke up sick, throwing up and I was having a really wacky bleeding spells which I thought was a period. So I took a pregancy test it said negative but I still felt weird. I went to the doctor and they took a blood test to find out that I had what is a called a chemical pregancy (like a miscarrige but less than 4 weeks). Even though I had no intentions of getting preg. my fiancee and I deceided that I would re-start my birth control and wait. Because I was having a hard time taking the pill I got back on the shot. But this time I gained like 20 pounds and it was making me sick, so once again after being on the shot for 3 months I switched back to pills to control my periods. Started my period on time with the pills, only took the pill pack for the one month once I knew my period was back to normal, ovulated weeks after my period and I just found out I was PREGNANT!

October 29, 2008 at 4:17 pm
(289) Kelly says:

All I have to say is that it depends on your body because I got prego with my son while on the depo!

October 30, 2008 at 10:58 pm
(290) Emz says:

Reading your comments has been helpful. I was on depo for 18 months and thaught everything was fine. After not long I completely lost my sex drive and a few months before I came off it I had this strange feeling that it was harming my body. The doctor said I should stay on it but after I came off it in August 08 I felt better and my sex drive went back to normal staight away. I believe that depo affected the feeling of sex also because things with my partner whome I love improved immeadiatly.

I’m still waiting for my period to come. Iv’e been having period like pains since I came of Depo and it feels like things down there are working really hard to return back to normal. I’m just so glad I stopped it at 20, I will never go back on Depo and until I want to have children I am going to thourouly research every means of contraception before I pick one.

Question for anyone who got pregnant immeadiatly after stopping Depo:
Did pregnancy tests work? I feel pregnant but two tests have said I am not.

October 31, 2008 at 5:39 pm
(291) Aurora says:

I was on Depo for 7 months after the birth of my second child. I just stopped it in september , since my husband is being deployed, he came home for a surprise visit 3 weeks ago and now I really feel pregnant. I didn’t have my period the entire 7 months, but I was also nursing. My doctor told me that after the shot it would take over a year to get pregnant if I ever wanted to try again. I also had zero sex drive on the shot, and was the same when I started the patch 4 years ago. I think birth control is just plain bad, and am waiting for my husband to get a vasectomy when he gets back from his tour. Hope this helps someone!

November 2, 2008 at 8:23 am
(292) kay says:

well i won’t be taking it again and i certainly don’t recommend it if you think you might want a child in the near future.
i, like other people here, was only drilled about the fact you won’t get pregnant whilst on it and you’ll be able to start trying again 6months after
i’ve had 2 shots.. one after i miscarried last october. i now know that i totally wasn’t in the right frame of mind so it was a mistake on my behalf. i knew i wanted kids pretty soon.. next 2 years or so but after that i was all over the place, so had it, which made me even worse because since then i’ve wanted a baby more than anything. i went back for my second shot in the decemeber because my boyfriend didn’t want a child yet.. understandable, and i thought i was just a mess from the miscarriage so i was happy to go for it.. then i didn’t go back. i knew it was what i wanted more than anything, so it’s now november a year later.. and nothing. i’ve not used any form of contraception with him but the amount my cycle is messed up i’m pretty sure it would’t matter.
i had nothing on the depo (no spotting or anything) until i started getting what i can only describe as the end of a period, from june-september this year.. then it stopped + i thought had started to go back to normal.. now i get bleeds ever 3 weeks or so, but still nothing as regualr as i was before
my doctors seem useless in actually helping me in my quest for getting pregnant, i’ve been given the mini pill but not taken any as i don’t want to risk being on it the time where i might actually ovulate, i’ve tried the fertility sticks but i’m pretty sure that because my bleeding is so messed up i’m not even gonna ovulate any time soon
any advice would be amazing.
this is all pretty much taken over my life and i actually feel like such a bad person because i can’t even talk to my best friend (she has a 2yr old daughter + i was there through everything with her, she knows everything thats happened to me and yet everytime i see her she’s always moaning about how hard everything is for her, but she’s the lucky one if you ask me.. she has her baby.. i don’t
i hope everything works out for all you women too
(kinks_d@hotmail.com)

November 2, 2008 at 12:02 pm
(293) stephanie trask says:

you have a very small chance to fall pregnant i was on the depo for years and it took me a whole year to get my period back. I was having unprotected sex all the time and didn’t fall pregnant, i’m not saying it can’t happen but it’s a very low chance. My periods are still not regular.

November 2, 2008 at 2:50 pm
(294) Lisa says:

I was on depo for about 2 years (1996-late 1998). Came off it because of weight gain. Wasn’t trying to get pregnant but didn’t use any method of bc apart from “withdrawal”. After losing 2 1/2 stone by May 1999 I was pregnant. So it only took about 6/9 months to conceive.

Been on depo now for 18 months and last depo due end of September. Hoping my fertility can return as quickly even though I’m now 40.

Been on depo twice and thought is was quite good – no periods fantastic.

November 4, 2008 at 9:46 am
(295) Mary says:

Dear ladies, I got a shot last in june 2007 and it was the first one. I have been trying to get pregnant since Sept when the 3 months were over and guess what, to date, I am trying to conceive. I used to have periods everyweek for 4 good months until my doctor had to give me some other family planning pills for 21 days to reverse the effect. After using them for 21 days, my periods got back to a normal cycle of 28 days but my dear, nothing……..I sometimes fantasise having a baby! If you have not used it, never try, I wish I hadn’t.

November 5, 2008 at 10:07 am
(296) Taya (Very Hopeful) says:

I’m back. My boyfriend and I have started trying to have a baby. We started on the November 2. I’m not going to take a pregnancy test until I miss mt period which starts on the 15-19th. I am very hopeful. I pray and ask God to help. I hope I am pregnant because my boyfriend is very excited. So Ill write back after the 19th! TTYL!!!

November 5, 2008 at 11:06 am
(297) kay says:

fingers crossed taya, it’ll give us all some hope then
x

November 5, 2008 at 1:26 pm
(298) Sam says:

I only got the shot one time and that was Dec. 21, 2007 and I never got one after that. It has almost been a year since then my fiance and I have been trying since then and no luck. I have not had a period since then. I have gianed 15 pounds since then as well. Only one dose has done this to my body how crazy is that?

November 6, 2008 at 12:30 am
(299) Aimee says:

i’ve taken the depo a couple of times and my doctor has always warned me it takes a year after going off to get pregnant. that’s a year after the last 3 months of the shot to wear off. i got pregnant immediately after my year was up. i got 2 shots this last time and it took me 6 months to get my first period. it never took that long before. we have just started trying to get pregnant again and i’m hoping i don’t have to wait another year this time around but i do expect it as this is the way the drug works. the depo is a good thing to have but you must know before hand it takes a year after when your last shot wears off to get pregnant. i hope this is helpful and anyone who’s gotten pregnant before the year run up please let me know if you did anything to increase your chances as i really want another baby now and don’t want to wait another 6 months to get pregnant.

November 9, 2008 at 5:28 am
(300) Kristen says:

I took depo for 2 years after my daughter was born. My last shot was due March 2008 and I did not get it because we decided we want another child. Similar to most cases, we were not warned about the time it would take to regulate my cycle. I have had two regular periods (August and September 2008) and then just spotting in October for a day as well as one day the first of November. I feel all the symptoms of pregnancy and have taken at least 15 tests the past two months (if not more). All have been negative. I am currently waiting on blood test results, but feel extremely discouraged. Hopefully there are more positive stories about the aftermath of depo out there. Fingers crossed my blood test comes back positive, but I will give an update

November 11, 2008 at 2:33 am
(301) Kami says:

I’ve read all the comments and even when I started on the depo shot back when I was 14 (October 1993) I was educated about it. The information I was given and everywhere you read is that it takes up to 2 years to get pregnant after last injection. Well my last injection was June 2005 and I’m still not pregnant. I’m not sure how long its going to really take. I have VERY regular periods, I know I ovulate because I get the slimy discharge every month. Everything is quite normal and has been since 6 months after my last injections. My doctor tells me that I should be a healthy woman since I have regular periods and should have no problems getting pregnant. We have tried on and off but now that I’m 29 this thing is getting serious and I can’t get pregnant after 3.5 years off the shot. I don’t know what’s up!

November 13, 2008 at 3:06 am
(302) Chelsea Lynn says:

Hi again everyone. It has been quite some time since I left a msg on here. I was on depo for 6 years (aged 18-24) My last shot was in Oct 2006 when my fiance (of those 6 years)and I decided we were ready to start trying, and got regular periods back immediatly. Have been taking folic acid (5mg because I am also diabetic) and a prenatal viti because my iron was a bit low. Not pregnant yet, but I feel healthier than I ever have!We recently bought a house and moved to a new city. And we are getting married next summer, and I have also gone back to school so I figure Its better to happen a little later anyways. We have a lot going on in our lives right now and when the time is right (once everything settles down) it will happen. We did ask the doc about our options and for the time being, his only orders were “have more sex!”. So there you go..lol. He said to come back in another year if we were concerned. Try to stay light about it guys, dont let it get you down. As soon as you stop worrying/thinking about it your chances will get better :)
All the best to everyone who is ready for that big step!! Take care.

November 13, 2008 at 5:12 pm
(303) Susan says:

Hello everyone .. I been in this shot since January of 2008. i miss one of my shots on thsi year and i got my period right away. my next shot is due nov 25. I’m trying to have baby #2 with my husband hopefully when i missed my shot my period returns.. and we can try it.. i call my a nurse she said it all depends on your body. everyone is different. just relax take a regular vitamin.. and wait until your body goes back to normal.. Good luck everyone. :)

November 16, 2008 at 7:56 pm
(304) Nicole says:

My sister was on the depo shot from Feb 2001 until April 2006, and my nephew was born March 3, 2007, he was premature, born two months early, so its still possible.. i more like everybody else i have been off since november 2007 and still havent been pregnant. but im still trying!!!!

November 16, 2008 at 9:19 pm
(305) Lisa says:

Hello eveeyone. I just wanted to say something. I have had 5 pregnancies, 1 miscarriage. I have never had any problem getting pregnant in the past. My last son was born in Aug, 07. In Feb 08 I got the shot. My last shot was May 08 and was due for another in Aug 08 but decided not to for some reason or another. Now, in either late August or early September my husband and I made love and now I think I am pregnant. I have not had a period since I took the shot. I have all the pregnancy symptoms but I have taken 2 pregnancy tests in the last 2 weeks and they both came up negative. But I still think I am pregnant. If I was pregnant I would be at least 10-12 weeks, and it should show up by now on a pregnancy test. I knew that it could take a while to get pregnant. We really want another child, and it would be our last, but I am so scared that it will take me forever, or never again.

November 17, 2008 at 10:58 pm
(306) Nicole says:

it took me 2 yrs…wasn’t trying with my 1st…so technically could’ve of happened sooner if i wanted maybe…and exactly 12 months to the day from my last injection for #2…7 weeks pregnant, and this time we were trying for what seemed like forever…8 months

November 18, 2008 at 2:44 am
(307) Taya(Still Very Hopeful) says:

Hey Guys. My pregnancy test came back negative but my doctor said he thinks I took it too early. You guys know how it is when you wanna know, YOU WANNA KNOW!!! I couldnt wait. So yeah it came back negative but my period hasnt come on. So I don’t know if the depo is causing this (because my period came on last month) or I’m actually pregnant. I have my fingers and toes crossed! TTYL! I’ll write back in a week!

November 18, 2008 at 7:36 pm
(308) Lisa says:

I have only had 3 shots. You dont think it would take that long to get pregnant do you? Another thing I was wondering, if it takes so long to get pregnant after the shot, why do they tell you to wear protection if a shot is missed? I dont understand that. Also, another question…i have heard different things about this… does depo prevent one from ovulating, and can you still ovulate even tho you dont have a period? I am having pregnancy symptoms, but 2 pregnancy tests have come up negative…can that be a result from the depo?

November 20, 2008 at 11:22 am
(309) Cmommy says:

I had used the patch for 5 years and it was excellent. I got pregnant and delivered I healthy baby in late 2006. Used the minipill while nursing and then I got the Depro shot once in Feb.2008, a week after, I started bleeding, non-stop until June. In May when it was time for my second shot i didn’t want it bc of all the bleeding it caused, anyway in June my doctor gave me regular pills, I took the pills from June to September and had regular periods. Have been off any birth control for almost three months now and I’m trying to get pregnant but so far no luck. I’ve missed my period this month but pregnancy test are negative. Very discouraged by all the comments here, I really hope it doesn’t take me too long so my first child can have a sibling that’s about 3 years younger, not 4 or 5 or more :(
This shot sucks.

November 20, 2008 at 5:51 pm
(310) Crystal says:

hi everyone, i got on the depo shot in 2004 (like feb or march) and got my last shot end of may last year, i was suppose to go back begining of aug 2007 and didn’t because i had decided i wanted a baby, i didn’t know it was going to take this long to even get my period back, i didn’t even start spotting until a year after my last shot, and haven’t bled for more than 3 days (mine were 7 before birth control) and only 2 months (july and aug) i actually thought i had my period, sept i spotted a few days but none consecutive, oct barely anything, and now nov is almost over and i spotted only one day! i’m so confused, i’ve done so many pregnancy tests just to be sure, my mom didn’t have morning sickness so there’s a chance i won’t either if i get pregnant, i’m afriad if i do i’m not going to know, i’ve been completely exhaused and just plain achy but i can’t go out and buy another pregnancy test, they get expensive after the 10th one ya know, is there any other symptoms of being pregnant? i know the smell thing, but with the cold weather my nose has been kinda stuffy, let me know if there is something else. . .

November 20, 2008 at 11:47 pm
(311) Chelsey L. says:

hey, i need some help.. its a long story .. but i dont care.. i’m open mind and i’m deaf. anyways.. i tried to get pregnant with my boyfriend when i was a senior but i never got pregnant.. it was a flase alarm when i thought i was.. then my mom put me on depo on jan 19, 2008.. and still on it.. it drives me crazy.. my period being on and off and im reading all of these comments.. i’m scared.. my boyfriend and i want get pregnant when i’m done with college.. (i have like bit over a year left) i’m 18 right now (turned 18 in sept, 2008) my mom said that the reason why she put me on depo.. was because i’m sexual active.. uhmm… i was sexual active when i was 15.. my boyfriend is my 3rd person and still have for over a year.. need some opionions.. suggestions.. please!!!

:( scared that i might not get pregnant?

November 21, 2008 at 2:01 pm
(312) Rachel.B says:

Hi. I am 19 years old. i was on depo provera from the time i was 14 til i was 16, then i didn’t get it for awhile because they had black boxed it due to the calcium problems.. I got pregnant not long after, and mis-carried at 14 weeks. I then was put back on depo-provera and took it from June 2006-August 2007. I never went back that November for my shot, and haven’t taken any birth control since, it is now November of 2008. and I have been married since July, and we have been trying Since February to get pregnant.. still nothing. I have only had 3 periods in the last year and 3 months.. and they have only started in the last 5 months. i hadn’t had a period since Feb. 06 . . I’m pretty scared and wondering what i could do to get back on cycles without taking birth control pills!

November 21, 2008 at 11:19 pm
(313) Allie says:

In regards to EBONY’s comments…..girl you make me sick. Talking about your abortion, acting like it’s no big deal, get pregnant again, let me guess, have another abortion? You sounded happy too, and that’s wrong. Stop having sex, or at least stay on the damn shot, YOU should NOT be having babies. YOu sound like a damn loser who spreads her legs too much! All of us women who want babies so bad, then there’s YOU, getting pregnant just like that, and not a big deal to you. Give the baby up for adoption, there will be someone who will take wonderful care of it. Every baby deserves to live.

November 25, 2008 at 8:57 pm
(314) Lisa says:

Hey everyone! Still trying for that baby too. Of course this would be my 5th baby. I have never had a problem with my period or even getting pregnant for that matter. I was wanting to have a little girl, since I have given birth to 4 boys, but at this point I just want another baby, whether it is a girl or boy, as long as it is healthy. Anyways I plan on talking to my doctor about my shot and the effects it has had on me. I hve only had 3 shots, I never thought,and was never told it would mess up my period, or even prevent me from getting pregnant even after the shot. I have a whole list of questions to ask the doc, even some I got from some of you other ladies, so when I get the answers, I will fill everyone in.

November 26, 2008 at 5:57 am
(315) Amy says:

Well ladies another update….. I still haven’t gotten my cycle. I have been off the shot since May 08 (that is when i was due for the next one) This month it looked like I was going to start a little spotting but it lasted only a coulpe hours and then disappeared. When I thought I was getting my cycle and not just spotting i had to chuckle because never in my life did i think I would be happy to see old mother nature…lol

I’ll keep you posted well see what happens next month

November 26, 2008 at 10:29 pm
(316) edith says:

hi my name is edith, i’m very confused right now.. i was one the depo for 6 months, is been almost four months sense i been off the depo,my boyfriend and i want to have a baby. between july and nov, i been having heavy periods,how long can it be until i can get baby??

November 27, 2008 at 8:23 pm
(317) Cecilia says:

..Yeah i have been off the Shot for 2 years and 2 months now.. im 17 years old and i got my piriod after like a year for like 2 months.. and then it went away. and i havn’t had a piriod since, my bf and i where thinking of getting pregnant in afew years. and i heard that there is a chance that u cant get pregnant after u use the Depo shot. but its like a 7% chance.. im 17.. i want to have children, i was Adopted when i was young and i never met my mother or father, so to me having a child is a really big deal, i was only 3 months old when i was taken from my mother, and i didn’t have parents till i was 4, and I dont want to miss out on being a mom. and i feel really depressed because i was hoping that i wouldn’t become infurtile. i feel like iv lost all hope. if i do get my piriods or become pregnant then all u Ladies will be able to. i hope u all the best and i will be for sure posting Soon.

November 27, 2008 at 9:25 pm
(318) Lisa says:

You know…all of us women who want to have children and are having a hard time because of this shot. I think we should fight to get it off the market. Who knows how many women are out there who are dealing with effects of this shot, and how it can really put a damper on relationships ( that may be putting it lightly). But I know that I love children, ( I have 3 boys) and I want more. I know I have only been off the shot since May.(May was my last shot, thank God). But it has been hard for me to hear a lot of you women talk about this subject and I dont know about you, but it has made me depressed thinking that I may never be able to have kids, or that it could possibly take years. Something needs to be done about it.

November 28, 2008 at 11:42 pm
(319) Bee says:

Ladies I to have been on the Depo for quite some time myself (8 years)to be exact, but I’m not worried because I have FAITH that GOD hears your prayers and your heart. God knows the Prayers you pray in secret and just like Sara who thought she was Barren! GOD still blessed with a child. And Ladies don’t think I got it all together, I’m standing in Faith just like you. I was om the shot for 8 years got off on june08,came on my period sept08 (regular cycle) and I believe God that I will be confirming pregnancy real soon in JESUS NAME the name ABOVE every name. I with the Authority that the name of JESUS gives me COMMAND SATAN to FLEE and the BLOOD of JESUS be at work for every BELIEVER that reads this because God’s word saids THERE IS NOTHING TO HARD FOR GOD. NOTHING. I reverse anything the DEPO VERA caused in JESUS name and in JESUS name be HEALED. I love you my sisters. JUST let go and let GOD. AND DON”T STOP BELIEVING, BECAUSE WITHOUT IT IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM

November 30, 2008 at 4:08 pm
(320) brittany says:

i got on the shot in january 06 never had any kind of spotting are period i went get my last shot in april 08 missed my june appointment its now november 28, 2008 i just got back my period will it be hard to get pregnant?

December 1, 2008 at 10:45 am
(321) barbie says:

ok i got pregnate for mii first son back in 05… in 06 i got the depo…byejune of 07 i was off the depo and have bean trying to get pregnate ever sceance……. its bean 1 year and 5-6 months already and still nothing…. but i mean for the past week i have bean feeling sick and bean haveing realy bad paind in the bottom of mii stomic area…… is this a chance that i coulde pe pregnate….

December 2, 2008 at 6:02 am
(322) alicia says:

HI LADIES I GOT ON THE SHOT IN DEC’04 AND IVE BEEN OFF IT SINCE AUG’08.WE REALLY WANT ANOTHER BABY HOPEFULLY GOD WANTS US TO ALSO

December 2, 2008 at 5:45 pm
(323) Rachelle says:

I was on Depo for five years and recently stopped the use of depo. My last shot was due on November 19, 2008 and today is December 2. I stopped the use of Depo because I have been diagnosed with Osteopenia. It is a condition of thinning bones. Basically, it’s what happens before you are diagnosed with Osteoporosis. Ladies, I am 21 years old.

The doctor that put me on Depo never told me that I was at risk for bone loss, however, as I got older, my own research told me so. I moved to a different state and went to a new doctor and he scheduled me a bone density test because I had been on Depo for so long. The results came back and he was very worried because I was so young and I already had this condition. I now have to take 1200mg of Calcium supplements as well as a multi-vitamin, and have a large amount a calcium and Vitamin D in my diet. Hopefully this damage to my bones can be reversed.

I feel like I was betrayed by my doctor. This to me is malpractice. I would not suggest this form of birth control to anyone. I have yet to get a period. It has only been a couple of weeks. But I am quite nervous. Very thankful I moved and went to a new doctor. Good luck to all of you.

December 2, 2008 at 9:02 pm
(324) stacy says:

date: 12/2/08

Hello everyone.

I would like to say thanks for all the comments everyone has posted.

My boyfriend and I decided this pass summer to get pregnant, and then we started actually trying in September. After the first two months with no luck, my boyfriend suggested that maybe the depo shots I previously had was affecting our ability to get pregnant. Worried, I started researching online and found this little site. Everything I read helped a lot in understanding about depo and how it’s affected so many lives.

Depo is the only birth control I’ve been on. I got two shots, one in June ’06 and again in Sept ’06. I stopped after that because of all the spotting and it all just felt unnatural. I’m really glad is stopped after the second shot. I never missed a period and my cycle remained normal. I read stories of not having your period for a long time, and that never happened to me. It was sad and scary to hear about other women’s cycles, but at the same time very informative because I then knew how depo can affect someone.

So my bf and I kept trying and only lucky try #3, we got pregnant! I’m about 6 weeks now and praying for a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. I just wanted to give some happy news in this comment section.

I wanna say good luck to all you ladies who are wanting and trying to have babies. It’ll happen for you!

Stacy

December 3, 2008 at 1:24 am
(325) Tosha says:

Hello Ladies,
I was on the shot for Five years and I was due to receive my last shot July 29 to Aug 19. I decided not to get it because i want another baby. My cycle started like clock work like it had never missed a beat. Here it is Dec 2,2008 and nothing NO BABY…. I was hoping that once my cylce came back the ovulation would return also… How long will I be baby-less?

December 3, 2008 at 4:08 am
(326) Sara says:

My last shot was july 08. i was due for the next one on October 15th. My hubby and I decided we want to start trying for a baby so I didnt go in. I was expecting exactly what all of you are saying. I was on the shot for 3 years, 8 months, so i though it would be atleast a year before i got preg. Halloween day I got my period. It’s December 3rd, and the doc told me this morning I am 3 weeks pregnant!

December 3, 2008 at 6:23 pm
(327) Seana says:

I was on the shot for 8 years. I got off of it do to side affects such as hot flashes, mood swings, hair growth in places where it shouldnt be on a women. I have been off the shot for 3 years now…and since then being treated for hormone inbalance. I switched Doc. and found a wonderful OBGYN and since seeing her realized that the shot was making me go through early menopause. Her and I have been working very hard to get my hormones balanced out and have found it very difficult to do so after so many years of being on the shot. Since then I have had problems such as reaccuring vaginal infections, and tract infections. I have not tried to get pregnant but also am not on the pill either. Since being treated for hormone inbalance. All these things she says she believes are due to being on the shot and is an OBGYN that is firmly against the use of the shot. Where was she 11 years ago?? I do NOT reccomend the shot to any women however, it is your body and can do as you choose. I can only offer my experiences with as a side note for women considering it. I am 31 now and hope that someday I will have children. I also know that because of the shot….it is a real possiblity….that may never happen for me. :(

December 4, 2008 at 1:00 pm
(328) Nicole says:

To Sara:
First of all, Congrats! =) I too was on the depo for almost 4 years. I was also scheduled to go back in for a shot in the begining of October. However, I have had NO period. I have had other symptoms popping up for the past few weeks, ie: nausea, cramping, fatigue & depression. Did you have any of these symptoms coming off of the shot? I am goin nuts NOT knowing what are causing these symptoms. I took a hpt on the 1st and it came up negative. I do not have health insurance so I’m unable to seek professional help at this point. I’ve also searched the internet over for what to expect after stopping the shot but I’ve come up empty handed. Any help would be appreciated! =)

December 4, 2008 at 9:04 pm
(329) kay says:

congrats sara and stacy, fingers crossed for both of you and i hope it all goes well
still no luck over here, it’s now a year since the last shot but i’m keeping my fingers crossed.. all i can do
x

December 6, 2008 at 5:35 pm
(330) Rebecca says:

I’ve been sitting here for about an hour taking time to read all these comments. It’s really emotional and almost brought me to tears to know that so many people are frustrated trying for a baby.
I took my first shot in oct immediately after an abortion and i’m half way through it as it expires on dec 31st and I can say I really regret it!! The injection was my only option as the pill would only increase the risk of blood clot by 20% (due to family history of DVT-Deep Vein Thrombosis). I’m really hoping it will come out of my system quick as we’re planning to have a baby in january after this injection. I read that going to the sauna and drinking plenty of juices & water and also eating lots of fruits will help get the injection out of your system.
I’ll keep you posted & best of luck 2 all of you trying – never give up!

December 7, 2008 at 8:37 pm
(331) Cammie says:

I started on the shot at 16. It seemed the easiest of 2 choices 1. Remember a pill everyday or 2. Get a shot and your done for 3 months. I was on it for a year even though after 6 months i wanted off. My parents and boyfriend pretty much rallied against me and i was kept on for a year. I completely regret it. We ended up getting married and were not able to conceive. I started seeing a doctor at 19. He put me on clomid and we conceived that 1st time. Almost 15 weeks in i miscarried. Completely devastated i left the hospital knowing that there wasn’t going to be a daughter in 6 months. We waited 3 months then tried again. Again i conceived but on the 5th week i miscarried again. Of course they can’t “officially” say what caused them but after talking with a specialist he said being on the depo shot had really messed up my body and he wasn’t sure if i’d be able to carry to term. 2 years later here i am, with a new guy and soon i’ll be seeing a doctor in our new town and hopefully this time i’ll be able to hold my little one.

December 9, 2008 at 9:52 am
(332) davina says:

i agree wiyh lisa i ti am having problems due to the depo shot it should be taken off the market .

December 9, 2008 at 6:36 pm
(333) maria hernanderz says:

i was on depo may 29 2008 had a second dose on aug 26 2008 and i didnt went for a 3rd dose any ways i had a period on june and that was the last one i was sopuse to get a 3rd dose on november but didnt went to get one anyways i got my periond on november 13 and i been feeling so sick to my stomach and verry moody i was reading some place that there is a way to get the effect of the shot out of your sitem go to a herbal store and ask about something to get the shot effect out i havent try that but i wonder if is true

December 10, 2008 at 5:59 pm
(334) Shirley says:

Hi , ladies, I was due for my 4th shot on Dec 3,2008, bu I told my husband that I was not going to get it because it took my hair out, it also took away my sex drive completely. My husband and I haave 1 child togeher, born Aug. 2007, but this is my 5th child. If I have another child it will be next year, the I will have a tubal, because I will be 40 next Dec.

December 10, 2008 at 7:44 pm
(335) PastDepressed says:

Hi i started depo back in sept. of 05 my last shot was feb 07 it has been 2years since my last depo shot and still no pregnancy i think its the worst form of bc that anyone could ever invent. Its so stressing im starting to think that depo has messed me up for life and that i will never have kids and im still young early 20s and DH really wants a Jr.

December 11, 2008 at 6:54 pm
(336) Christina says:

I have been on and off the Depo shot for 5 years. But I have NEVER had withdrawal symptoms EVER from being off the shot like I have now. It is now Dec. ’08 and my last shot was in July ’08. I did have a normal period in Sept. but now my breasts are so tender and sore, I am tired all the time, MAJOR migrains, more vaginal discharge than normal and nausea. I thought I was pregnant even though I knew there could be no way that I was. Or maybe that my period was coming soon but it has yet to come. I am 31 and already have 2 kids, ages 14 and 9. I am currently not trying to get pregnant but maybe before I am 35, I would like to have another one. Looks like I got off the shot just in time to do that since it looks like it might take forever to be even able to. I am glad I have found this site and some others out there like this. I don’t have insurance and didn’t want to get a PG test if I wasn’t but didn’t know what else to do. Although I am sorry that we are all going thru this, I am glad that I am not losing my mind and there is an answer to these symptoms.

December 12, 2008 at 12:28 pm
(337) Krystina says:

I started Depo in 2006 and my last shot was August 2007. Just two months ago, my periods became regular. I find myself having panic attacks when I get nervous about things I normally would not make such a big deal. I read in the side effects that there is a case of nervousness but I did not think it was so severe. I am also in a relationship of five years and still nothing has happened. Sometimes I feel that I may not be able to get pregnant deep down in my gut. However, I will talk to a doctor about that. But as everyone else on here I WOULDN”T RECCOMMEND USING DEOP PRO VERA!!!!!!!

December 12, 2008 at 5:37 pm
(338) Kuch says:

From 1995 until March 2008, I was off and on depo, mostly on. Never had any issues with the shot. Periods went away. Many times I’d be due for another shot, but since I wasn’t in a sexual relationship, I’d go months before I’d get my next shot, right up until my period started then I’d hurry up and get it again.
March of 2008, I got my last shot. When May rolled around, my husband and I decided we wouldn’t get the shot again, and start working on our family next year. I knew years ago how long it usually takes to get pregnant. I was actually quite surprised when in July, only four months after my last shot, I got my first period. I’ve gotten a period regularly now since then, ranging from starting at 30 days-36 days.
I know how you ladies feel. When I don’t start magically on day 28 I start to wonder if I might be pregant. Now, I know the chances are slim, but it still makes me wonder. It’s not been nearly ten months since my last shot, and my husband hope each time I don’t start exactly on time, this will be the time. Hopefully sometime next year we become pregnant.
I’m 32 right now, and 33 is only a few months around the corner. I figure I’ll give it until the 18 month mark…and if I’m not pregant by then I’ll go see the Dr. to make sure things are working the way they are supposed to.
To all you other women… I’m with you. I hope we all get pregnant soon.

December 14, 2008 at 5:30 pm
(339) Rebecca says:

any good news from Taya??

December 14, 2008 at 5:30 pm
(340) Rebecca says:

any good news from Taya??

December 15, 2008 at 4:58 pm
(341) Shelley says:

Started the Depo Inj aged 17 back in 1993, came of the jab in late 2002 (age 26) on the doctors advice (giving my body a break) put on the pill as a substitute. Wasn’r trying but got pregnant in Mar 2003. Daughter is now 5. At my six week check up requested to be put back on the depo and have been on it ever since. Just only last week had my last jab but won’t be going for the next one as DH & I have decided to try for a 2nd chd.

I am now worried, age 34 how long/if we are able to conceive. I guess time will tell, it obviously wasn’t a problem for us first time around but apart from the short break when pg with our dd I have been on the jab for 17 years and started to think about biological clock/effects of depo etc. I guess time will tell!!! xx

December 16, 2008 at 10:54 pm
(342) Brittany says:

I got my first shot of Depo in Sept. 2007, and I had my shot on time with my last one being in March of 2008. So, that was only three shots. I had my peiods the entire time. I still do, but the cycle has changed. I used to have them timed down perfectly, and it started on the same day every month, now it’s shrinking. When my husband and I got together, he read into the shot and saw all of the negative effects, like how you can’t just stop and start trying to conceive if you want to. He’s a soldier, and you never know when he might go overseas. And, planning is really important to us, and I hate that this shot has ruined that. It’s been 9 months, and we’ve been having unprotected sex on a daily basis, and guess what.. nothing. I know it can be up to a year, but what if he isn’t here then? This is really important to him, maybe even more than it is to me. I just wish there was some way we could all rid this poison from our bodies. Hopefully I’ll be able to make him a father one day…

December 17, 2008 at 5:48 pm
(343) autumn says:

im so mad that none of our dodctors had told us about the side effects..other than the wieght gain light bleeding blah blah blah…if i would have known the depo would mess me up so bad i would have never gotten it. i had my first shot 2 weeks after my son was born my husband and i wanted to wait til he was one my son is now 18 months old and we have been trying to get pregnant for 6 months now!!!!! nothing! i have only had 2 periods since my last shot wore off in april 08…hoping to have 2nd baby by next Christmas.

December 17, 2008 at 6:10 pm
(344) Lisa says:

Hello all, you might have noticed that I have posted on here a few times. Last time I was on I said I would let you all know what my doc told me. Wells she said the same thing most of your docs told you…that it takes 12-18months for it to wear off. To those who dont know my story let me fill you in. I had my last son in Aug ’07. I got on the shot Feb ’08. Last shot in May ’08. I am just starting to get my period back. I have noticed light spotting that would only last a day. monday Dec. 15 ’08 I started a period but it is very abnormal. Discoloration etc. I figure it is because my period is just now starting to come back and it will take a while to get normal again. But I am tihnking about doing something about this. And I am serious so if there are any other women serious about this too please post on here and let me know. If there are enough women who think so then I will start doing some reasearch and finding out how we can get this off the market. I will look back here again in a week.Good luck to all who are expecting and congrats…to those who are still strying…well you know the right thing to do.

December 18, 2008 at 11:41 am
(345) Elaine says:

I’m with you Lisa, my family on both sides are quite fertile. I’m the only one that’s taken Depo, and I’m the only one with no kids. I was on the shot for almost 4 years, and have been trying to get pregnant for 5 years with no luck.

December 20, 2008 at 1:32 am
(346) Trace says:

Hi Guys, I just wanted to let you all know that I have used Depo for 4 years now. Since the birth of my 1st child (I didnt leave hospital when I gave birth until I had been given the injection)I had the injection for another 1.5 years after my sons birth. When I knew that we would like to have another child I went off the injections knowing that the injection takes 12 to 18 months to wear off. I understand how upsetting it can be just waiting for the next month to come around to see if this is the month but you really do need to think about it being 12 to 18 months for it to wear off and then the time it takes to fall pregant when everything is going well. Do you get the little brochure in the injection box that explains everything about the injection? because it does explain in this that it takes this long to wear off. I was also told by my doctor that it can also make your bone density weaker. Something else to keep in mind. I wish you all the best and hope that you have happy news soon.

December 21, 2008 at 7:12 am
(347) janell says:

I was on depo for over 3 years. My mother was always worried that I’d never have kids because I never had a period. She thought depo was going to ruin that for me. So I decided to go off it, get a period and go back on it. well my last was in March 04. I got pregnant (not planned) around the 1st of July…. I proved my mom wrong and my doctor that said it wasn’t possible for 9 months wrong.

December 21, 2008 at 4:17 pm
(348) Tammy says:

I received my first shot on Nov. 21. The doctor didn’t say anything about needing to be on your period for your first injection. I have missed my period this month, but did take a pregnancy test. It was negative. I wonder if my body is messed up since I got the shot without being on my period. I am very scared after reading some of these comments. I wonder if I made the wrong choice. I can’t be on pills since I am on seizure meds. I refuse the IUD since the last time I had one, it perferated my uterus, and I had to have an emergency laperoscopy surgery. I felt the shot was my only reliable option. I guess I should brace myself for never having any more kids.

December 22, 2008 at 1:41 am
(349) Amy says:

UPDATE : I assure some of you ladies there is hope. I was on the shot for 10 years. During those ten years i never had a period. I was off the shot for 10 months before my cycle came back, and let me tell you it was 10 months of hell. Every month you wait and then nothing….Warning though when my cycle did come back I had the sorest nipples, it was REALLY heavy, my cramps where almost cripling at times. I spent the entire first weekend sitting in a hot bath tub taking 800mg motren…lol. Good luck girls. We are planning to try for baby in Feb I’ll keep you posted

December 22, 2008 at 1:56 am
(350) Maegan says:

Hey Y’all…. All of your stories have been so helpful.. yet heart wrenching. I started the Depo shot due to reoccuring cysts on my ovaries. My OBGYN told me “I want your ovaries to sleep” Well that’s all fine and dandy but after two shots and over a year later I’m ready for them to WAKE UP!!!!Its so depressing reading all of the stories… I just broke down crying… wondering if it will take me a few years to get back to normal and conceive. My husband and I have a 6 year old. He is 35 and I am 26… He doesnt want to be old and feeble chasing around a toddler.I also noticed my sex drive dissolved when I started the shot. Gained weight like 30 lbs. It was convienent not having a period because mine are terribly painful, but also its sad because you want another child so bad and don’t know if it will happen.Here in the past few months my body is trying to have a period.. but it never happens. just a little spotting and severe back pain to where its hard to even walk when you wake up in the morning. The shot isnt worth all that…. id rather have a period everyday of my life …. than let that shot control my fate of bearing children.I didnt take the thang for birth control… it was for health issues… next time I have cysts… all i can say is let them come back over and over again… and blow up the size of a football… noone and nothing will control my fate or destiny ever AGAIN… shame on the doctor for not being truthful with me about the who depo ordeal. good luck to everyone and BELIEVE…. It will happen for you all sooner or later… hopefully sooner than later!

December 22, 2008 at 6:31 pm
(351) Teresa says:

was on the shot back in december of 2003 went off of it in april of 2006 got pregnant in march of 2007 misscarried right away then got pregnant again in october of 2007 misscarried in november 2007 went back on the shot i am going off of it again, to see if my husband and i can get pregnant again. it took me almost a year to get pregnant, so it might take me a year or longer to get pregnant i just hope i can carry a baby to term this time. my husband i really want a baby together. so ladies pray for me and my husband and i will pray for you

December 23, 2008 at 7:05 am
(352) xmas goodies says:

hi evry1 i’ve come off depo 8 months ago n gt my periods regular but still nt pg i’d advise any1 nt to have the depo shot if they re plannng a family in the future i developed a phantom pregnancy whilst on the depo and now feel as if its nt guna happen for me again i already have 2 beautiful boys but me and my husband are really longing for a girl. has anyone got any tips on how to help me get pg .

December 25, 2008 at 11:19 pm
(353) alejandra says:

depo should be taken off the market untill it is fully explained to women, i got on it when i was 16. now i have been off it for a year and still no baby. thinking about using depo? THINK AGAIN!

December 29, 2008 at 12:32 pm
(354) nicole says:

I was on the shot from may of 04 until january 05. I stopped taking the shot cuz it got to expensive due to a change in my insurance. i got pregnant in november 06. although i was only having sex likeonce a month maybe twice a month those months before nov 06. in oct nov we had sex every weekend like three times .
i have a healthy beautiful 16 month old it is now dec 08 .

December 29, 2008 at 1:53 pm
(355) Amy says:

Holy cow! This cannot be a fluke! So many women having the exact same problem with this crap! How have they not taken it off the market by now?! How do doctors keep saying it’s okay with good conscience?!

I’m so angry! I’ve been trying to get pregnant since February of 2007 (my “wear off date) and still, nothing! That’s almost 2 years people. TWO FREAKIN YEARS! I will never take Depo again.

I hope the creators of the stuff burn! Too bad there isn’t some cause for a BIG FAT CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT!

December 29, 2008 at 1:58 pm
(356) Amy says:

And Lisa…I’ll help you. Let me know and I’m there. This stuff IS horrible. It shouldn’t be available to the masses.

December 29, 2008 at 4:10 pm
(357) Mayra says:

I had 3 shots after my baby was born and we want another baby I have 8 months without the shot and a regular period but no baby yet and I really want to know how long after the Depo can I get pregnate?

December 30, 2008 at 9:38 am
(358) Britt says:

I had been reading a bunch of posts like this all over the internet and it freaked me out so I’m going to add a little positive to it. I was due for my last depo shot the beginning of October 2008 I skipped it thinking it would be awhile before I could get pregnant. I am already pregnant and going to my first appt tomorrow so it is possible ladies

December 30, 2008 at 1:26 pm
(359) tyiesha says:

I was on depo for a long time. started August 2002 and stopped November 2006. By March 2007 I was pregnant and decided not to keep it. Then was pregnant again 2 months later. if you are having problems you should talk to your doctor.

December 30, 2008 at 8:43 pm
(360) Ashley says:

Im in desperate need of advice and help.
i have been taking the depo shot for almost two years. But i stopped it almost 10 months ago. My boyfriend was getting nervous, so he bought me an e.p.t pregnancy test. The box came with two of them. I took them both today and they came up positive. I have no signs of being pregnant, although the shot made me gain ALOT of weight. Thats it. But we also read on the box that anything injected into you for birth control, has something in it that can affect the results. I am very scared as neither of us want a kid right now. Im going to planned parenthood tuesday to see if i really am. but right now im so nervous! My poor boyfriend has been puking non stop since the results. And reading these comments, im hopeing im not, and its a fluke in the test, but i also noticed women saying it is possible.

January 1, 2009 at 6:08 am
(361) Tami says:

Thanks so much everyone for your comments. I am deliriously happy to have found this site and hear how it has been for others. I am 36 years old and started taking Depo over 8 years ago when I was 28. It was WONDERFUL. My period stopped completely and I didn’t gain weight. Before that I had the worst PMS. Basically life was total hell one week out of every month. Last February 08, 3 weeks before my shot was due I started having extreme systems of PMS. My doctor thought I was having a reaction to the Depo and told me to get off it. For five months, I had symptoms of extreme PMS – moody, very swollen brests that felt like they were on fire and tired. In June 08, I had my first period and have been on a regular 27 day cycle as of August. The periods are lighter than before but quite regular. I am now trying to get pregnant and worried. I was told it could take at least a year to pregnant after Depo but none of the doctors I consulted told me it could cause infertility or that you should not be on it for more than 2 consecutive years. That really scares me. I wish I would have known. Also, I find it very interesting that some of you say you lost your sex drive. If Depo can cause this that explains a lot. The last 7 years my sex drive has been 10% of what it was before. I thought it was due to my stressful career (which certainly is part of it) but I wonder if Depo is also part of it. It’s hard to say what to think of Depo. It made my life so good for 7 years. I have to say it has been a shock to have PMS back in my life. I was never ready for children before and did not want to have one just because you “should” and all of a sudden this year I desperately want them and have a wonderful husband who will make a great father. Good luck to everyone and stay positive. I’ll let you know what happens.

January 1, 2009 at 9:16 pm
(362) Tiara says:

I was on Depo for four years. I was scheduled for my next shot in November 2006 but discontinued use of the drug. My fiance & I had sex unprotected, sometimes like rabbits and I didnt become pregnant until February 2008.

January 2, 2009 at 9:09 pm
(363) Janene says:

I was on the depo for just over a year in 2005/2006 last shot due feb 06 but never got it as broke up with partner, found a new man in july 06 and pregnant straight away have a healthy boy. then i went on depo again for the second time in march/april 07 and had non stop spotting on and off every second day, once i went off the depo finally in june 07 i didnt spot or have period in dec 07 have first regular period, i wouldnt recommend depo either, first time no problems apart from the weight gain second time i had headaches non stop felt ill and moody also low sex drive, i wasnt interested in it any longer.

January 3, 2009 at 2:16 pm
(364) Amy says:

Hi there…I went on this site in August and left comment #209…I was upset, frustrated, hurt, and disappointed when I left that message. Reading about those women who have been off Depo for years and never gotten pregnant, I felt sad for them and very hopeless for myself. I was overjoyed to find out almost 2 months later that I was pregnant! I was one month pregnant when I left that last comment and didn’t know it because my periods were nonexistent since I got of the shot in January. I am expecting my first son (I have a 7 y/o daughter) in May. I wanted to put hope with those feeling hopeless. Please don’t give up on your dream, and I wish all women well and luck in conceiving. God Bless!

January 3, 2009 at 4:01 pm
(365) lisa says:

Anyone who thinks thiss shot should be taken off the market…email me.
natensammy@yahoo.com
We should do sometihng about this. My period is just now starting to come back…and I have it everyweek. I am getting severe dizzy spells and sick (neausa vomiting) all the time. I am not pregnant so I know I am not sick because of that. Sometihng should be done about this. Amy email me if your for real. Everyone email me if you think this should be a lawsuit. If not then thats fine. It is so aggrivating that so many women have the same problems because of this. And no one was told about the side effects… I will be doiong research…so if anyone thinks this has gone too far email and we can figure out a way to do something about this.

January 5, 2009 at 11:40 pm
(366) Daisy says:

Hi I am 23 my husband and I have a 2year old I took the depo right after I had my son. I took my last shoot in April 2007. My period just became regular June of 2008 we really want another baby. It has been almost 2years since I stopped taking the shoot I get sick throwing up and dizzy sometimes just before I get my period I get excited take a pregnancy test and it’s negative.  I hate depo if you want children DON’T TAKE IT.

January 6, 2009 at 3:38 am
(367) Keila says:

Hi. I just turned 18 the end of September. I have met the most amazing man and we decided bout a month or month and a half ago to actually try for a baby. I started taking the Depo shots around the end of 2006. I think I went for like 4 or 5 shots all together. Right after we started trying to become pregnant I missed my period and we got our hopes up because I was sick and stayed tired but when I took the test it was negative. My boyfriend was heartbroken. He was ready to say forget it but I explained to him that it may take a lil bit cuz of the shots. Well once again I missed my period this month but my test is negative. My period were regular up til that first one I missed. I am scared that I am going to have a hard time becoming pregnant now because of being on the shot. I wouldnt tell anyone to get this type of birth control even if you never want kids simply because of the horrible side effects I had the entire time I was on it. Please if anyone has any advice or words of encouragement let me know. and good luck to all the women who are trying. I guess it will happen when it’s suppose to happen.

January 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm
(368) JenS says:

I read this page in Aug 08. I have been a Depo user for as long as i can remember, and I LOVE IT!! My last shot expired end of April 08. after reading this i was very upset and i almost lost hope, until i got my period back in Sept 08, and i was using ovulation tests the whole 9 yrds. after 2 months of doing that i decided to give up, if it happens it happens sort of thing. Well i’m happy to say i am now 9wks pregnant. I urge u ladies to just keep trying. I don’t blame the Depo shot. I would even go back on it again. i hate to say it but maybe there are other things wrong. I read that there is only a 20% chance to get pregnant when your ovulating. so don’t give up. there is still hope. Good luck ladies

January 7, 2009 at 7:57 pm
(369) Heather says:

I feel the same way about the depo shot. My stepmother made me take the shot when I was 16 and I was on it for a year and a half. I took my last shot in October of 2006 and now I am happily married and my husband and I really want a baby. I haven’t had a regular period since I’ve been off the shot. I sometimes go 4 months at a time without having one. We have been trying for almost a year now and still no baby. Good luck to everyone. I to think that it should be taken off the market. Especially for young girls who are forced to take it by their parents.

January 8, 2009 at 1:01 am
(370) babymama4 says:

Hey ladies I’m 23 and I have 3 beautiful children that god gave me. My heart goes out to all you women who feel hopeless you are in my prayers always. one because I believe that every woman should experience motherhood 2 cause I’ve been right where your sitting and I’m sitting with you now it’ll be okay. I’ve been on the shot off n on since I was 15 .when I first got it it stopped my period all together than I went off at 17 it took me (I’ve had the same boyfriend since 15 he is my husband now) 2 years exactly to have my first son. I got the shot right after delevery it didn’t stop my period the second time. anyway I got it in mar it ran out in june I only got it one time because no insurance I knew I had a little time before I got pregnant again because of the first go round. I was pregnant again by feburary due oct. But miscarried immediatly then I was pregnant again by april then I had a baby in dec. I took the shot again right after delievery I only took it one time because I got married n wanted to have a baby in wedlock my shot ran out in march I was pregnant by dec. I took one in the begining of august it ran out in nov now I’m sitting and waiting with all you beautiful women I mean in spirit of coarse but still beautiful well get through this somehow. Oh sorry dnt mean to back track but the last two shots I had regular periods around the same time every month I’m waiting for my period this month haven’t missed it yet but nausea dizzyness breast aching urinating a lot I can’t say I’m preggo I dnt think so kinda scared probabably coming off da shot so 4 now I’m waiting and praying praying mostly for all of us will keep you posted remember always keep my daughters name faith. And if your wondering y so many cause love kids!

January 8, 2009 at 4:06 am
(371) Amy says:

I KNOW THIS SUCKS TO READY BUT I WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU LADIES WHAT MY LOCAL BIRTHING CENTER HAD POSTED ABOUT DEPO. I USED DEPO TOO.
Commonly known as “the shot,” Depo-Provera, a long acting progestin hormone, is injected into a woman’s muscle every three months. It works by decreasing ovulation, by inhibiting sperm transport and by changing the lining of a woman’s uterus. Norplant is another progestin in silastic (rubber-like) tubes that are placed under her skin, and left there for up to five years.

Ethical concerns: By changing the lining of the uterus, Norplant and Depo-Provera both can cause an early abortion when conception does occur. Women who use Norplant will probably experience more than one such abortion each year since the average woman ovulates in more than 40% of her cycles while using Norplant.9 Depo-Provera may theoretically cause just as many abortions as Norplant since it is also a type of progestin.

Medical side effects: The results of two major world studies have shown that women who take Depo-Provera for two years or more before age 25 have at least a 190% increased risk of developing breast cancer.10 In addition, Depo-Provera may reduce a woman’s bone density, and worsen her cholesterol level. One study found that women who had received injectable progestins (i.e., usually Depo-Provera or norethisterone enanthate) for at least five years suffered a 430% increased risk of developing cervical cancer.11 Several studies have shown that women who receive injectable progestins have a much higher rate of contracting the AIDS virus if their partner is infected, with one study showing a 240% increased risk.12 Norplant, which was developed later than Depo-Provera, has received less scrutiny, but may carry just as high a risk as Depo-Provera. Over 50,000 women have participated in law suits against the manufacturer of Norplant, citing complaints of irregular bleeding, scarring, muscle pain, and headaches.13

January 11, 2009 at 6:30 am
(372) rachel says:

hi im needin sme help i was due 4 my second depo 9days ago but had unprotected sex las nite do i need 2 wait 2 weeks b4 i can have anythin else.

January 11, 2009 at 4:25 pm
(373) Special K says:

Well, I am 25yrs African American female I got on the shot when I was 19 and, so that is six years. I was having terrible moods swings and experiencing really bad depression and aggressive like feelings. I was supposed to get my last shot Nov. 17 2008, but I was advised not too because of my symptoms and mood swings. I am ready for another baby sometime this year. I am crossing my fingers. Hopefully the end of the year. Good luck ladies and No I do not recommend this to anyone unless you are a teenager.

January 12, 2009 at 3:20 pm
(374) melissa says:

I was on the shot for over 4 years. When I got engaged we decided to get off the shot because it took my sister-in-law 3 years to get pregnant after getting off the shot. I was due for my shot in May 2006. I had my period within a month. it was a little off whack but pretty much regular. I found out I was pregnant in Sept 06. We were completely shocked. We thought we were going to have to wait a few years before a baby. We had to change our wedding plans and things were crazy. So, I just wanted to post this to let everyone know that not everyone has trouble getting pregnant after the shot. I actually got right back on the shot after i had my daughter. We finally got married in Aug 08 and thats when i was due for my next shot and we decided not to take it. it’s now Jan 09 and I just got my pregnant. however, I don’t completely blame the shot. I had a lot of trouble losing the baby weight and when i finally changed my diet I got my period back ASAP. I’m hoping if all goes well we will be pregnant with our second by summer time. Good luck everyone.

January 13, 2009 at 10:20 am
(375) CHRIS KAY says:

HELLO LADIES MY STORY IS ALITTLE BIT OFF THE WALL. I STARTED THE DEPO WHEN I WAS 16 DUE TO HEART PROBLEMS. DIDNT GET MY PERIOD, DIDNT GAIN WEIGHT, I FELT GREAT. I WAS ON IT FOR ALMOST 4 YEARS. WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF GOING OFF OF IT I GOT MY PERIOD EVERY 29 DAYS. TEN MONTHS LATER I WAS PREGNANT. SO IT TOOK 16 MONTHS FOR ME TO GET PREGNANT. HAD MY SON OCT OF 99 WENT ON THE SHOT AGAIN RIGHT AFTER HE WAS BORN. WAS ON IT FOR 9 1/2 YEARS WENT OFF OF IT MAR 08 GOT MY PERIOD 5 MONTHS LATER AND NOW ITS JAN 09 MY CYCLE IS EVERY 29 DAYS AGAIN. IM TRYIN TO HAVE ANOTHER BABY, MY DOCTORS SAY MY HEALTH IS GOOD. I HAVE HAD SOME CLOSE CALLS. EVERY TEST I TOOK CAME OUT POSITIVE BECAUSE OF THE MEDICATION IM ON FOR MY HEART. SO I RECOMMEND HAVING A BLOOD TEST. WELL IM LATE FOR MY PERIOD SO I WILL GIVE IT A WEEK OR TWO, SEE WHAT HAPPENS. I HAVE BEEN OFF THE SHOT FOR TEN MONTHS NOW. IM 30 YEARS OLD AND I WILL HAVE ANOTHER BABY BEFORE ITS TO LATE. JUST WANTED TO SAY GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU. I WILL KEEP YOU POSTED.

January 13, 2009 at 11:06 am
(376) Tee says:

Well i first started taking the shot after having my first child in 2/98, i was 23 yrs. old. I stayed on the shot for about 3 yrs and then my husband and i decided to try for another baby so i stopped taking the shot. I got pregnant a year later with our 2nd child. After having my 2nd child, i got back on the shot and continued taking the shot for the next 7 years. I am now 33 yrs old and want another baby. I last took the shot in Feb. 2008. I rarely had a men. cycle at first. I would probably have a very light period for a couple of days and that was that. But since Dec 08 up until now i have been having a very, very heavy flow.I have been having a cycle now for almost 2 weeks!! I also had complications while on the depo with my bones. It was difficult for me to yawn with my mouth open becasue my jaw bone would pop and hurt like hell!! Also sometimnes while walking i could literrally hear my right hip joint bone pop as i walk!! My doctor told me that this was becasue my bones were deteriating because of the shot and that i should take 500mg of calcium daily. Well since i have stopped taking the shot i no longer have those problems with my bones. I will tell any and everyone to be very, very cautios about taking the depo!

January 14, 2009 at 3:03 am
(377) SOPHIA says:

HELLO LADIES!!

THANKS TO YOUR WEB POSTS, I’M DEFINITELY NOT GOING IN FOR MY NEXT DEPO SHOT WHICH WAS SUPPOSED TO BE TOMORROW!!! NOW THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL THAT I WOULD EVER TAKE IT AGAIN FOR I WANT TO HAVE MORE CHILDREN IN THE NEAR FUTURE AND I DON’T WANT TO WAIT YEARS TO HAVE THEM!!

BUT I HOPE YOU JOIN LISA IN DOING SOMETHING TO GET THIS BLOODY PRODUCT OFF THE BLOODY MARKET!! SO GOOD LUCK!!

January 14, 2009 at 5:35 pm
(378) MJR says:

I got on birth control pills when I was 15 but switched to the shot when I was 16 because I kept forgetting to take the pills. At the time I liked not having any period but now me and my husband want to have a baby. My last shot was supposed to be Mar/07 but i didnt do it. I have not a a period since. I’ve been off the shot for 10 months and I’m worried that it affected my ability to get pregnant. I have done everything to increase my fertility. I am taking vitamins, folic acid, eating heathier, and staying away from caffeine but still nothing. I just want my period back!!!!!!!!!Does anyone know anything helpful?

January 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm
(379) Jessica says:

im 19 years old. 4 years ago when i was 15 i gave birth to a baby boy. Immidiately after i had my son i got on depo, because i was so young and ofcourse i didnt want another baby any time soon. I was on that stupid shot for 2 years (2005-2007) 5 moths after i had gotten off of it i met my boyfriend i dint get pregnant right away after our first time but it didnt worry me because i thought to myself i didnt want more kids at the moment anyway…. We got married in Dec, 2008
and my husband and I really want a baby. We had unprotected sex the whole time we were only bf & gf, ITS BEEN 16 MONTHS NOW AND STILL NO BABY :( IM VERY WORRIED THAT THE DEPO MESSED UP MY FERTILITY AND I AM SCARED I MAY NEVER BE MOTHER AGAIN, I REGRET VERY VERY MUCH EVER GOIN ON THE SHOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 15, 2009 at 12:00 am
(380) Nicole says:

Dear: (378) MJR: I was due to take my last shot 10/08 and still do not have my period. Everything I’ve read states that there is no telling as to when a woman will begin her period again. There have been cases where women have gotten pregnant within weeks of stopping the depo and cases where it’s taken years! The doctors have no way of knowing when our periods will return. They say that USUALLY 3 months after you’ve stopped the shot most of the hormones should be worn off – however, most of the ladies who have posted here will tell you otherwise! As far as helping your body rid these hormones, theres no proven way… as the famous saying goes: Time heals all. However, here is some info I’ve gathered thus far from:
http://www.fwhc.org/birth-control/bcdepo.htm:

“You might try cleansing techniques to detox or eliminate the synthetic hormone from where it is stored in your body’s tissues: drink lots of water every day, eat lots of fresh raw organic vegetables, drink raw vegetable juice, sweat in a steam room or sauna, get lots of exercise and fresh air. You can also ask at a health food store about herbal formulas or teas that help detoxify your body or that balance female hormones, or talk with a naturopathic physician or herbalist.”

I have yet to make it to the local holistic store but I did start on BCpills on the first. I was told by a friend that this helped her to regain her period quicker. Coincidence? Maybe.. but it can’t hurt me, right?! :\

January 15, 2009 at 2:00 pm
(381) Michelle says:

hi. i too was took the depo shot and have had a horrible experience. my doctor talked me into it in august 2008 to supress my ovaries due to ovarian cysts and emdometrosis. i fianlly reluctantly agreed. i was engaged at the time and i have a 7 year old daughter. in september i began bleeding everyday. also came along, night sweats, dizziness, very bad mood swings, vaginal dryness, tired, loss of sex drive….it was awful. i was due for my second shot the end of november and i did not get it. i got married nov 8th 2008. it is now january 2009 and I AM STILL BLEEDING!!! i feel weak all the time, and my doctor says it is normal…blah blah blah this shot is horrible! anyone considering it, please do not take it! it made me so emoitional i did not want anyone around me, i was depressed, and hated life. and that is soooo not me! and this bleeding since septmeber has got to STOP. my husband and i want a child now, but he wants to wait until i stop bleeding and all the effects of the shot are gone so that there are no effects on the baby. and who knows if i will ever be able to carry the baby now that i know there are risks if that. i had no idea was was severely misinformed! any advice?

January 16, 2009 at 12:56 pm
(382) crystal says:

I was on the depo for three years and when my shot was up in December of 2006, I got pregnant in January of 2007. I think it just varies with each person. Drink a lot of orange juice for your folic acid and try some detox tea. That’s what I did and now I have another beautiful little girl. Good luck to you!

January 16, 2009 at 3:23 pm
(383) brittany says:

I got on the shot after I had a termination in 2004 2 months past then I had a cycle I have been having regulas cycles since but have not become pregnant. I don’t have any children and me and my husband would love to but will I ever have a child. A word of advise don’t take the shot if you are planing a family

January 19, 2009 at 6:53 pm
(384) jessica says:

I have been on depo on and off for 5 years since my daughter was born. We are trying to get ready to have another baby and my genius OB told me to get off the depo and when it expires go directly on a low dose birth control pill. it will bring your cycle back quicker also start taking the prenatal vitamens to prepare your uterus and make it healthy for the pregnancy. I wish you all luck and hope and pray to god that this will work and I will be able to get pregnant in a few months.

January 20, 2009 at 10:15 pm
(385) ashley says:

hello my name is ashley and i was on depo for 2 years and i stopped in 05 and not even 2months after i got pregnant with my lovely daughter so i really dont believe that depo makes u infertile for a year but it may also have to do with a womens age and body and the chemicals. i wish for the best for u guys

January 21, 2009 at 1:42 am
(386) Julie says:

COMMENT: I live in a small city in california. I know close to everyone. Here in our city we have had tons of women get pregant while on the depo shot. Its shocking because these are girls of different ages. after reading most of your comments I am shocked. all these girls in my area who after having kids are on welfare and wic(which i know they need but many abuse) neglet these unexpected children. I am on the depo myself and hope to have a family when my life comes together-hopefully soon. Just being on this site makes me wonder how come every one on this site cant get pregant when every one in my town is, regardless of the shot affecting them. I have deep simithy for you but personally i dont understand it. could there be something in our water or by chance has anyone gotten pregant on this shot who has been on this site?
sincerly confused and concerned Julie

January 21, 2009 at 3:29 am
(387) summer says:

hi.. i was on depo from 1994 to 2000 got off it because ididn’t have insurance, i would have my period once a year for anywhere from 21-46 days. i did gain alot of weight. i had my 1st child in 2004, my second in 2005 and my 3rd in 2007. i went back on depo after #3. now we want to have #4 so my last shot will be in february… i am not worried about how the depo has affected my body… sometimes you have to decide what is more important at that time, and just what is right for you. i am not good at remembering to take a pill every day let alone at the exact same time everyday,LOL. IMO all meds have side effects, some very serious, and you have to make as educated a guess as you can,i am completely confident that i will have my fourth sometime in 2010!!!good luck and god bless you all.

January 21, 2009 at 4:26 pm
(388) Emily says:

I was never informed by my doctor that the shot would cause bone loss. Also that it would take months for me to get my period back let alone months or years to have children. I had my last shot in sept of 08 and wish i had never had it. Me and my husband want to have a child so bad and its killing us that we have to wait because our doctor didn’t inform us of this. If we would of known I wouldn’t have gotten it I would have went with a pill or just used condoms. Doctors need to inform their patients about this its their jobs to do so!

January 22, 2009 at 3:38 pm
(389) shanita says:

i was also on the shot my daughter is 7 and my son is 12 i received the shot after my daughter i was always having mood swings and wondering why i feel so drained i did not gain a lot of weight like most people says you do i want to have another chld my period is just now getting regular after a year i didn’t know that so many woman were experiencing the same problems i felt myself needing to clense my body being with out a period for years at first it was cool oh no period no mess then it started making sense my body has no way of cleaning itself every month. i was totally aware of the side effects of the depo but didn’t beleive it could happen to me ow at 30 and wanting another chiild it might be difficult

January 23, 2009 at 5:23 am
(390) Stacey says:

I’ve been reading all these posts and no one mentioned their age… can this also have an effect getting pregnant after depo provera?
I’m 21 and I’ve been on it for almost 2yrs. I have decided to stop taking it now and switch to Implanton, I am not wishing to have children at the moment but would like to have the option there if my boyfriend and I decide to in the future.

January 28, 2009 at 10:43 am
(391) Anika says:

Pregnancy after leupon depot shots, just finish three month course.

January 28, 2009 at 11:23 am
(392) Simona says:

Hi, i took the depo shot in October of 08 the first and the last shot. I did a detox cleanse and now the bleeding seems to slow down. At nights i sweat on my vagina and it smells awful even when i bleed. I used YERMA PRIMA INTERNAL CLEANSE, it also helps to balance your hormones and rid ur body of toxins. i hope it works.

Good luck to all.

Does anyone have those funny smell as well?

January 28, 2009 at 12:31 pm
(393) heather says:

hello my name is heather and ive been on depo for about a year and half but i stopped takin it cause i wasnt getting my period at all i recently stopped taking it in november 08 and im afraid i might be pregnant is this even possible? and i also keep getting wicked bad stomach cramps and feeling sick, what are your thoughts?

January 28, 2009 at 2:55 pm
(394) Simona says:

Hi heather, just take a pregnancy test.

January 30, 2009 at 3:54 am
(395) IN HIM I TRUST says:

HELLO LADIES (listen)!!!!!! IN 2001 FIRST CHILD. 2002,2003,2004,BIRTH CONTROL DEPO!!!! 2002(RELATIONSHIP)2006,MARRIAGE!!! MY CHILD WILL BE 8 THIS YEAR 2009… 2009 NO BABY,NO LUCK! DOCTORS SAY YEAH SURE YOUR FINE!!! FERTILITY CLINIC… BEEN THERE DONE THAT,2MUCH MONEY I’M IN MY MID 20′S AND STILL MARRIED!! ME AND MY HUSBAND LOVES GOD VERY MUCH AND DECIDED TO PUT IT IN HIS HANDS. OVER 9 PREGNANCY TEST OVER 4 YEARS. NO LUCK……. OF COURSE MY HUSBAND LOVES ME AND HE SAID HE’S NOT GOING ANY WHERE. LADIES DON’T WORRY YOURSELVES JUST HAVE FAITH AND BELIEVE IN HIM UP ABOVE. IM LATE THIS MONTH AND THIS TIME IS STRONGER THAN OTHERS. BUT WHO KNOWS ALL I KNOW IS THAT IT WILL HAPPEN ONE DAY. IF NOT NOW. I’LL HAVE THE PLEASURES OF BEING UNEXPECTEDLY SURPRISED. PLEASE JUST DON’T STRESS YOURSELF OUT ABOUT THIS BECAUSE I’VE BEEN THERE DONE THAT,FOUR YEARS IN THE RUNNING AND IT WOULD CHEW UP AND SPIT LOVE OUT. DON’T HAVE SO MUCH HATE TOWARDS IT JUST WARN OTHERS! LADIES HAVE COURAGE,STRENGHT,AND A WHOLE HEEP OF FAITH AND YOU SHALL LIVE IN THE HOUSE OF ABUNDANCE.THANK EVERYONE FOR YOUR TIME GOD BLESS AND WE ALL SHALL PROSPER!!!! AND FOR THE ONES WHO WERE BLESSED WITH 1(PLEASE SHOW THAT ONE JUST AS MUCH LOVE AND AFFECTION. BECAUSE ALL THE LOVE YOUR PUTTING TOWARDS A NEW ONE,THE ONE YOU ALREADY HAVE NEEDS JUST AS MUCH LOVE P.S. WE ARE NOT ALONE*******************

January 30, 2009 at 4:36 pm
(396) Amanda says:

i started taking depo at 16. i couldnt handle the symptoms of my period and stress of high school drama. my doctor suggested it. it was never intended to be birth control. after being on it for a year and graduating, i stopped. i wanted to be regular and normal again. i took a year long break. never had my period once since i started taking it. my friends say that it must be nice. but i really worry somethings wrong. i had another dose in october. this time for birth control. im due for another shot tomorrow, but im really not sure if i want to keep up with it. im getting married in september and we would like to have children soon after. its my job as a woman to carry babies and im afraid that getting pregnant may be difficult. it never would have been an issue if i didnt try the depo. its a whole different world when you want to get pregnant and cant, especially with all the young 15 year olds getting knocked up. it makes you angry and upset.

January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm
(397) Vicx says:

I’m 22 and went on the depo aug08 and was due for my third shot at the beginning of the month but my partner and i would like to have another child.
My reasons for going on the shot were that since the birth of my son jan07 my periods had been extremely heavy, extremely painful and my mood swings were beginning to get out of control. Throw in the fact that i was on the pill when i got pregnant with my son and that i’m allergic to condoms and well i thought it was a good idea. So i did my research asked a few friends who were already on it and booked myself in for my shot.
Well i only stopped bleeding on the 20th jan 09 after having bled since aug08 had 4 days blood free 3 days of light bleeding 3 days of nothing and today have started to have what feels and looks like a normal period (fingers crossed).
I started to detox my body at the beginning of dec08 so i dont know if this has had any effect but i only experienced 10days of ‘withdrawal symptoms’ after my shot was due. These included tender breasts, nausia, headaches, dizzyness, backache, fatigue,cramping, loss of apitite, weight gain(5kg in 3 weeks), loss of hair and my nails have been peeling, snapping and chipping like buggers.
I would also like to include that since i started the jab i have been constantly ill with various virus’s, infections and sicknesses which i wasnt prior to use.
I shall keep u informed as to my progress and if i experience any other nasties but recommend detoxing ur bodies especially ur liver and kidneys and dont forget to drink 8-10 glasses of water, thats the equivalent to 4-5 pints

February 1, 2009 at 3:38 pm
(398) Diana says:

Hello Ladies… I am 23 years old and I had 6 rounds of depo over the past year and a half. My last depo shot was in June 2008. During my time on the shot I gained over 40 pounds and had some hair loss. I also have to mention the mood swings were ridiculous. The only good thing about depo was not having a period. But, when you think about it… how healthy can it possibly be??? Personally, I don’t think there is anything good about depo at all. Ugh…

Anyway… In June, after my last shot, I went to a health food store and bought a 2 week total body cleanse, started drinking lots of water (I thought my kidneys were going to float away), taking long walks outside and taking 800mcgs of folic acid along with a multi vitamin, fish oil, magnesium, iron and calcium everyday.

I started bleeding in late November, about 3 months after receiving my last shot and bled heavily for 3 days, then spotted for 12 days, then bled heavily for 4 days, then spotted for 11 days, then bled heavily for 6 days. It finally stopped for 14 days and then I had what appeared to be a normal period.

Phew… I’m really hoping to conceive and have a baby soon. My husband and I are getting anxious.

Baby dust to all of you!

February 1, 2009 at 3:50 pm
(399) alicia says:

i have been on and off of the shot for 2 yrs now and everytime i am due for another shot i wait until i bleed to do so bcuz its important to allow your body to have somewhat of 3 cycles each yr so anyone that would be looking to concieve rite after depo should try this bcuz if u continuely recieve the shot and dont bleed in between then u most likey will have trouble getting pregnant for a yr.

February 1, 2009 at 6:37 pm
(400) Becky says:

Hello ladies. My name is Becky. I am going to be 23 years old on the 25th of this month. I read ALL the stories and i am scared. I had a baby in May of 2005. After having my beautiful daughter Alizah…i then got put on depo. I have been getting it off and on since then. And i read the stories of people having got pregnant on depo..and just a couple months ago i had A LOT of bleeding, bad cramps, mood swings, and it hurt having sex, especially afterwards. But i just got my shot about a week ago n now again i am bleeding and it hurts when i pee. But im not sure if this is from having sex a lot the other day or if its from taking penecillin. I would go to the doctor but…they dont tell you the full truth n will try to scare you. I am very depressed cuz me and my boyfriend just broke up on Thursday. And He moved to New York just last night while im in Central, WI. Im just confused…Does any1 thing its possible that maybe i infact could have had a miscarrage a couple months ago.???? A baby probably would have saved my relationship…my boyfriend wanted to have a baby. I met him over the computer (myspace). We talked on the phone n net before actually meeting. And I just met him in Aug. 2008. And already he was talking about babies. I thought it was all “running game and talking just to make me feel good” Im so depressed all I do is cry. I miss him and i know that a baby could have saved our relationship bcuz he said that i stopped showing how much i love him n care bout him. I just didnt want the only reason for him to stay with me is cuz i was pregnant. That would be wrong. Please any1 any advice is helpful. Thank you so much. Goodluck to all of you, and healthy relationships.

P.S. Always show your love to your boyfriend or husband….cuz 1 day they could leave you n believe me it hurts SO SO SO bad.

February 2, 2009 at 3:11 pm
(401) Kristin says:

I took the shot in highschool and didn’t like it too much cause my periods were messed up but it did what it said it did. Then after I had my daughter in June 06 I got on it again and then I missed the next cycle so I just stopped it and got my period back to normal. Then in August 08 I got it again for a new partner. It completely stopped my period. I got on on Thanksgiving and none since then. My husband and I would like to have a second baby but I am worried about how long it will take if it will even happen at all. Im only 25. It’s sad to hear about people who don’t have any kids and can’t get pregnant. I definately think this should be taken off the market or only used by people who know for a fact they dont want kids.

February 3, 2009 at 12:59 pm
(402) aiesha says:

I was taken the shot as well and I got pregnant during the time i was taken the shot. I went to the doc not knowing i was pregnant they gave me the shot with no pregnancy test and therefore i miscarried. Now ive been told by doc. that i can no longer have kids.

February 3, 2009 at 9:34 pm
(403) Diana says:

Hi… It’s Diana from post #398 again. I went to a new gynecologist yesterday and she gave me some hope. She said that your body stores depo in your muscle and fat cells so it usually takes a full year from your last shot to get out of your system and for your periods to return back to normal. She said to keep drinking lots of water, exercise enough to work up a good sweat for 30-45 minutes a day, take walks in the fresh air and eat a well balanced diet that includes lots of fruits and veggies: either organic or thoroughly washed. All of this helps your body to naturally detox and flush the depo from your system. She also said that over 90% of her patients conceive after being off depo for 2 years. Those women who didn’t conceive after 2 years were eventually diagnosed with an underlying fertility issue OR it didnt turn out to be the woman at all… IT WAS THE MANS FAULT! Yes Ladies… If a man doesn’t have strong swimmers then that could be the root of the problem.

To all you ladies who are TTC, I wish you all the luck and send you baby dust! I’ll let you know if anything positive happens…

KEEP THE FAITH!

February 4, 2009 at 2:21 am
(404) lora says:

i was on the depo shot for a bit over 2 years now. on november 26, 2008 i stopped getting the shot because were ready for a family. is there anything i should worry about?

February 4, 2009 at 11:43 am
(405) Sara says:

I started Depo in Apr 2008 and had my shots on schedule. I was due for a shot jan 19 2009 and i never went in. I was starting to worrying about not having a period for so long. I started spotting today (feb 5 2009) is this normal to go back to having a period so fast? how soon can i get pregnant after stopping depo? i asked the dr but she told me it can be anywhere from how ever long you were on the shot up to 2 years. Is this true? I am not trying to get knocked up tomorrow but i definatly want another baby sooner than 2 yrs. Any advice?

February 5, 2009 at 7:17 am
(406) Amy says:

Ladies, please please cross your fingers and pray for me. I had a normal cycle in Dec and Jan, so I tracked my fertile days and we gave it a try…lol. Anyway…I can take a test come Feb 14th (I know how fitting right) And I really pray and hope that I’m pregant. My fingers, toes, and arms are crossed (not my legs though!) Ha ha

February 5, 2009 at 8:55 am
(407) Jennifer says:

Hello,

I’ve noticed everyone is leaving negative comments about depo, wel I ‘m going to change that.. I was 16yrs old when I 1st got on depo..While on it I didnt get my period which to me was wonderful, but I noticed a slight bit of weight gain. So after 4yrs I decided to get off and see if I can loos some weight I’ve been off for about 6 months NOT trying to get pregnant anytime soon but I don’t see anything abnormal about my period once I came off I got my period at the time it was supposed to come and it has been here once a month for 5 days fathfully, I do not have any complaints about getting on depo, I;m actually thinking about going back on it because I haven’t seen any weight loss I just think I need to control me eating habits and excercise more often and I’ll be fine.. Still unsure if I’m going to go back on it actually have an appointment with my doctor today to get the shot again.. I am actully ok with getting my period all over again.. I juts enjoy my summers without the pain and other stuff.. Lol.. So I personally will recomend depo to anyone.. It worked for me. See if it can work for you.. I know alot of people it didnt work for but it has for me.. :-D

February 5, 2009 at 10:13 am
(408) Amanda says:

I was on depo for 9 months…I went off in September of ’08…I had a short period for only one day in October and have had nothing since…All pregnancy tests are negative…I’m just so scared that the depo has messed up my fertility…My son is almost 20 months old and I was wanting to try for another child…I’m only 22 years old I just hope it hasn’t messed me up permanently.

February 5, 2009 at 6:20 pm
(409) Lisa (UK) says:

Hi there….. Firstly Diana Post #403 thank you! very informative comments there :)

MY STATS:
AGE almost 30!
DEPO USER for 10 years!
CHILDREN none
LAST INJECTION Oct 08

I’ve been on depo for 10 years with 1 break in between – during that break i waited for 13 months for a period and when it came, BOY DID IT COME, i was on every 2 weeks for 2 weeks – very heavy! i hated it so much i went back on the depo after a few months of pure hellish periods! On a positive note however can i just say DEPO is the most amazing contraceptive for stopping periods (not in all people but in some!) i was one of those lucky one’s, and i have to thank it for 10 years almost of blissful peace and quiet ‘down there’ However i’ve arrived at an age now (i’m almost 30) where i believe its time to give the depo the elbow (my shot was due jan 11th and i haven’t been back for it) and look forward to the possibility of becoming pregnant in the near(ish!) future (me and my partner want children). I am well aware that if my last break was anything to go by i may well be waiting over a year for a period, and even then its unlikely i’ll be ovulating if i have the constant bleeds again however fear not, i think a little positivity is required. I therefore proclaim to follow some of your good leads posted (drink lots of water/cut out the coffee/become more active etc etc) Change my life for the better!!!!!!! pregnant or not :) I feel i must also add that i know someone who was blessed with a children conceived only 6 months after last shot so there is hope people!

So really there is no point in my story other than i just wanted to share my experiences with you all on the depo. This page has been very informative for me personally and helped me to decide that now is as good a time as any to start my depo free days!!! Reading all of your experiences has been inspiring/sad/heart wrenching/very information and i thank you for sharing those.

I’m off to the docs tomorrow to get his take on ttc post depo, and should he offer any positive info i will be sure to post it for you ladies.

The very best of luck to you all and your tummy’s! *********BABY DUST**********

February 8, 2009 at 2:54 pm
(410) sha'raex says:

I got on the depo in march 07 also stopped jan 08 still no baby i need help wat drug for fertility or anything i am desprate at this point help me

February 8, 2009 at 7:28 pm
(411) Krystal says:

My experience sounds like the opposite of most people on here. I only had one shot in March 08 and never got another one. Everyones period generally goes away–nope not me! I had my period for about 4 months straight which was really really annoying. Now I am wanting to have a baby with my husband and I am so scared I won’t be able to because of the depo shot.

February 9, 2009 at 9:06 pm
(412) tia says:

I been on depo for a month now
the only she said was gain wait,and headachs.
I WILL LIKE TO HAVE ANOTHER BABY IN THE NEXT 2 YEARS,THE NEXT VIST WHICH IS 4-21-08,SHOULD I SWICH TO THE PILL?

February 10, 2009 at 1:04 am
(413) kenna says:

I went on the depo back in 07 here its 09 and my ovulation still isnt right.. I think the Dr’s who give this shot to any woman of any age the risks and over all cons of this drug. I have been trying to conceive since last year. I do not remember the exact date but I know that I WILL NEVER DO DEPO AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!! I have had one miscarriage since trying to conceive and with any luck I just might get pregnant soon but the way things look I’m going to fall victim to being a Depo Provera Statistic. Good luck to those of us who are trying to conceive after the depo.. WISHING US ALL SPEEDING OVULATION!!!! LOL

February 12, 2009 at 1:53 am
(414) Kiesha says:

Hey Ladies,
I’ve been on the shot for 3 years now and am trying desperatly to have another baby… I wasn’t suppose to have children as it is due to pcos. And my husband had a visectamy 10 years prior to me marrying him… I have two beautiful little girls, my doctor was shocked when I went in the first time to tell him I was Pregnant, his only answer was that two negatives make a possitive… Not only did I have one miracle baby, I was able to have another one 10 1/2 months later. This month I have two 3 year old girls. I started depo for fear my body would not be able to handle having another baby so close together, i have a lot of medical history with weak immune systems and ovarian tilting. Not to meantion off the wall cycles once every 4-6 months and only 2 days at a time. I’ve been off the shot a month and my hormones are off the wall, i haven’t had a period, but while I was on the shot I did however spot once every 3-4 months. I know in my heart that I am suppost to have another baby and my little girls bring up the fact that I am going to have twins… (my oldest guessed about her sister and I had no clue I was pregnant with my second until 8 months along… I stopped lacktating milk so I saw a doctor) I don;t know if her assumptions are right but my husband is getting up in years and we’d like to have another baby before he gets to old and not be able to see “them” grow up… I am planning on talking to my doctor and see what he recommends on a personal level, I’ll try to see if I can get a fast responce since patients is not one of my fine points.

February 12, 2009 at 12:04 pm
(415) jaymee says:

hi ive been reading thru all the coments and it seems like all of us woman have the same problems from being on depo. well me and my boyfriend have been together for 3 yrs and ive been on depo since febuary 08 and now were suppost to be getting married soon and we have been wanting kids but im worried its not gna happen as soon as i want or not even happen at all im thinken is should stop depo and see what happens

February 12, 2009 at 12:23 pm
(416) marsha says:

Hi,
I had a miscarriage October,08 went on depo same day. Spotted for 3months, during that 3 months i was detoxing. I used WOMEN’S RENEW INTERNAL CLEANSING for about 1week and a half, i was still spotting. On January 30, i started bleeding until Febuary 6th, and it was red instead of brownish. Started to detox again for 2days from the feb 3 to the feb 5.

After feb 6th, i stopped bleeding. I started eating organic vegetables and fruits.. drink lots of water. My next step is buying ovulation tests and evening primrose.

Evening Primrose Oil or EPO helps women to produce more fertile quality cervical fluid also known as “egg white cervical mucus”. This type of cervical fluid is fertile, thin, watery, clear and “stretchy” and easily aids the sperm to swim through the uterus and into the fallopian tube, and to the egg. Also, this type of fluid helps the sperm to stay alive for up to five days inside the fallopian tube, thus enabling conception to happen even if you don’t have intercourse again by the time ovulation occurs.

I hope its works. GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!!!

February 13, 2009 at 6:10 pm
(417) Sheri says:

WOW! This is great I need a support group for the long-term negative impact depo shot has on women trying to concieve. I had my child at 17 then got on depo for two years with no period. I used birth control pills for about 10 years. Birth Control pills made me swell up so I tried depo again at July 08 at 35 years old and was bleeding daily even up to January 09. These experiences are upseting me because Im 35 now and want another child because Im recently married and my husband has no children.

February 14, 2009 at 1:47 am
(418) Sandy says:

I had my son at a very young age so my Dr. suggested that I get on the depo shot. I was on the shot for about 5yrs. It’s now been another five yrs. with absolutely no birth control. We didn’t actually try to get pregnant until maybe this last yr. and 1/2 I’ve seen different Dr.’s and all say it has nothing to do with the depo shot. Any suggestions?…………

February 14, 2009 at 7:35 pm
(419) KIM says:

I had the depo shot in 1999 and didn’t like it because I was having too many periods. I didn’t have my next shot and I carried on having too many periods. Four months later I was pregnant with my first son. I read somewhere at the time that 85% of people get pregnant within five months of stopping taking it. I tried the depo again about a year later and loved it as it stopped my cravings for chocolate and sugar, I lost weight and didn’t have mood swings.
I thought i’d try the implant as a friend of mine told me it was the same only it would last three years insted of going to the doctors every 12 weeks. The implant was weird, I would get period pains and no period and then suddenly a period without any warning. I had it for aboiut a year, had it taken out and got pregnant 5 weeks later. I’m now back on the depo but wonder wether it will take me longer to get pregnant as im now 30.

February 16, 2009 at 7:23 am
(420) Amber says:

I just wanted to tell all the women that had abortions before depo that you should be ashamed of yourself. you come online and cry about not being able to get pregnant, but already got rid of your baby you did conceive. so why don’t you just save some space for those of us who really want a baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 16, 2009 at 4:25 pm
(421) Marsha says:

To amber at (420)

Did you ever wonder why some people have abortions.

I got raped, weeks later found out i was pregnant so i had an abortion then i went on depo. Five years later got pregnant ended up having a miscarriage, still trying to concieve.

Then you came along and said we should be ashamed of ourselves. That’s just hurtful.

Everyone comes on this site to talk about depo not about being ashamed for having an abortion.

February 16, 2009 at 6:35 pm
(422) Alicia says:

I just wanted to let everyone know that it’s not necessarily the depo shot that is causing your problems although I’m not a doctor so I’m not ruling it out.

However, I was on the depo shot for a little over 11 years before I decided to stop taking it because I was planning on getting married and thus wanted to plan ahead. I switched to birth control pills in November 2006 when I was due for my shot. So my last shot was August 2006. I stopped taking the pills at the end of January 2007 and got pregnant with spontaneous identical twins in June 2007. Since birth I have went back on the shot but plan to discontinue and try getting pregnant again.

February 16, 2009 at 8:13 pm
(423) Tia says:

I Started the Depo Nov 07 n decided after only a few months to stop taking it in Feb 08. I Havent had my period since then Nov 07 & im becoming more and more nervous about it. Would Going on the Pill help me get a cycle going again? thnx

February 16, 2009 at 9:27 pm
(424) amber says:

to Marsha (421)
I just wanted to let you know that I did not intend to be hurtful to anyone on this site. but if you stop just for a minute and read all of these blogs, there are so many women that want to have a baby and they are having such a hard time doing so. I am sure someone out there would have been really happy to adopt your baby if you would have gave birth. I am sorry that someone raped you but it was not the babies fault either.
I got very frustrated when I read several blogs where woman are despirate to have a baby and then you get to a few that say ” I had an abortion some time ago and now I cannot get pregnant. Maybe your case is different but everyone who chooses abortion did not get raped. and like I said before there is a family that would have loved to raise your baby. (a couple that cannot conceive). sorry, but very strongly against abortion when so many couples want children and cannot have em.
I to was on depo for 12 years. my mom made me get on it when I was 15. neither of us knew what kind of effects it would have. now I am happily married and want a child, and so far no luck. I have been off depo since April 2008. but I will wait for a year and a half before I panic since all the doctors say it could take that long for the drug and get completely out of my system. good luck to all of you.

February 17, 2009 at 2:24 am
(425) Nevada says:

DEPO IS AN AWFUL FORM OF BIRTH CONTROL….I went on Depo for less than a year and had never been on any other type of birth control..I trusted my doctor that there would little to no side effects after I questioned him if there would be..I only had 3 shots and decided to go off Depo after I gained a bunch of weight and i no longer had control of my moods which was not me my fiancee now husband and i were also hopeing to try to get pregnant after we were married ..while on Depo I continued to get my periods though after going off it my cycles would be eratict and I would some times bleed for 14+ days (which was really anoying)It took us nearly 4 years to get pregnant and though we finally got our beautiful little girl… I began to think there was something wrong with me since i was only in my twenty’s at the time …. my new doctor couldn’t believe that my doctor didn’t explain all the side effects that can occur with depo ..When I went to him and told him how long we had been trying to get pregnant he told me to be paitient after being on depo it can take a long time for the body to recover from depo (sometimes never)..now I’m sure most women don’t get all the symptoms but I sure did and I really don’t think Depo should be taken unless you don’t want kids anytime soon if ever! my doctor knew I was getting married soon and that we were going to start trying to concieve after we were married ..and said nothing of the fact that it can take up to 3 years to get pregnant after being on Depo!!! but normaly a year..also it can change your moods radically and you can start to feel depressed and gain a weight at an alarming rate most the friends and family I have spoken to after I had been on depo had many of the symptons I did like wieght gain and radical mood swings..though none wanted to get pregant after going off depo..anyway sorry I guess I needed to vent hope all works out for you!

February 17, 2009 at 4:34 am
(426) Nina says:

Ok I have sat here and read all of your comments and it makes me really sad that I didn’t read this before deciding to take Depo! It too has done a bunch of awful things to me like gaining 50lbs !!! I changed nothing in my diet or work load but the weight kept coming ..I too did my home work and questioned the hell out of my doctor but decided to take Depo as all of the side affects didn’t sound so bad from what the doctor told me..MY doctor told me I might gain 5lbs and that there were no emotional side effects!! ya right I am genuinly a very sensible calm person ..it was like living on a rollar coster while on depo..5lbs try 50lbs as for getting preggers that took nearly 4yrs I was only on it for less then a year( I had never been on any BC before this)….(and I never stopped getting my period!!)…not the 6 to 12 months that I was told….but yes ladies there is hope…now I have also read the comments from women regarding the fact that they got preggers while on it or right after they went off it but do you really think that you are the norm …I mean really?…cause I’ll tell you someting your not after the first doctor told me it couldn’t be the depo doing all these things ..Ya right buddy!!..its just coincidence that I go on depo and put on 50lbs as well as go crazy!! so I went to other doctors til I found the doctor I have now …Now the difference between this doctor and all the others is this ..He believes you as a person have the right to know what your putting into your body and what the effects will be..He told me this though many use Depo He feels with all the other forms of BC on the market Depo should only be used as a last resort and only if you do not want kids in the near future if ever!!! these are his words not mine he also told me that though many doctors will tell you its 6-12months after going of Depo your body should be back to normal and you will be albe to get preggers however it is typical that it can be up to 3 yrs or more…weight gain is typical (15+lbs) …so is depression and a varity of mood swings..along with bone loss and it raisess cancer risks!!! when I asked him if I would ever return to normal his words to me were it could take 2to 3yrs for my body to return to normal if ever and my weight may never return to normal…as you can imagen I wanted to cry…especialy when my husband and I had tried since before we were married to get preggers ..but my doctor was right…my body finally sorted it’s self out and we got pregnant! Now after I had my baby the weight seems to be falling off! so I suppose I have my daughter to thank for that..I feel like my self again and that’s good …what makes me angry is that why do the doctors recomend this to women of any age!!! …yes I realize there are women that don’t want children and that’s fine but I do know that I would never recommend this to anyone who does or thinks they might want children on day!..there are to many other forms of BC out there my husband and I don’t use any form other than condoms so when we decided to have another there should be no problems ….as for the women who wrote that it might be other things and not the Depo that is affecting these women who are trying to conceive and are not able to ..let me say this I and my husband after the 3rd year both had fertility test and if you go by that then I should have 6 kids by now! also I too know when I should be ovulating and all the signs were there! but nothing my doctor would say be paietient ..however after reading how some women went on and of birthcontrol of a different method and got preggers maybe thats the way to jog your system …Ok I suppose there has been enough comments about this however those of you who are saying well gee I went off Depo and I got preggers like poof! and then cause Gee it just didn’t fit into my life plan I had an abortion well do really think that this is the place to be commenting on things like that when there are women here who would have given anything to get preggers poof like that..as for the woman or women who was raped ..that’s really awful ..and I hope that bastard was caught.. unfortuantley the law is not tough enough on these scum bags …but if you read what I read these women were not raped from what I read there were just being stupid silly little girls and spredding thier legs when they should have been keeping them crossed!… anyhow to all trying to get preggers for the first time there’s hope but be relentless on your doctor do not let them tell you there’s nothing they can do that’s BS! and I know how hard it is when all you want is a baby! Around were I live its like the men just look at their wives and Wham ! they are preggers most women around here have 4 minimum for children and all I wanted was to have at least one some have 6+ … so I really know what its like when it seems like everyones preggers but you just keep trying and remember not to get stressed out..I know its hard but try..for those of you trying for your secound third fourth or more! wish me luck I am hoping things will be litte quicker this time as we have decided to try agian!!to all my best wishes!!

February 17, 2009 at 12:50 pm
(427) Sumner says:

Hi. I was reading your comments on the depo shot. I haven’t had a period since 2006. I have a few reasons for this. I got pregnant and had my little boy in August of 07. I lost him to SIDS(sudden Infant Death Syndrome) in November of 07. then I went on to the birth control pill. I am not very good at taking it so I found out that I was pregnant because I was having a miscarriage within three months of losing my son. So I went on to the depo shot. I got it twice, and I will never get it again. It screwed up my hormones, I still had my periods, and I was depressed, and gained weight. I should have gotten it again on August of 08 but I’m letting it out of my system. We want another baby eventually. When I got off the shot I had bits and pieces of a period. I weould cramp on one, and bleed on another, and then just have PMS constatntly. I constantly thought I might have been pregnant and so on. Now I am in February 09 and I started bleeding right before this month for three days. Now I am bleeding again. It started on the 12 and I am still bleeding. At first the cramping was so bad I thought I might have been having another miscarriage. So that’s my story. One of my friends was on the depo shot for six months like me, and she didn’t get pregnant for three years having unprotected sex the whole time. She has a healthy baby boy. How long does this stupid shot take. I want it out!

February 17, 2009 at 11:29 pm
(428) Dani says:

Hiya people well im almost gutted at some of these comments :( .. i have been on the depo 6 years from 14 to 20 and i no im young but i really want a baby!!. I cant believe im going to have to w8 that long to fall pregnant :( . My next shot is april 2009 and i can assure u i wont be going!!!!. I dont blame anyone but my self i should of looked into it more but i was young and the thoughtof children scared me plus not having a period was fantastic. But i can feel that somethings not right and i dont like it one bit. I cant wait to start all over again. Bur for the record ladys i think it might depend on you’re body because my friend went on it wen she was 15 and its took her till 19 to fall pregnant now im not being mean but she had alot of unprotected sex with many people and not one scare until now.. so all the best to her and i hope just like you all we have our babys soon and healthy. :( .

February 18, 2009 at 2:50 pm
(429) Syndie says:

About gaining weight on depo.. i have actually lost weight… i started in jan and i knew the effect like gaining weight but decided to better my health by excersising and that helped me keep my normal weight and then some. You have to remember that the shot is not for everyone because not everyone is made the same but they make the shot so universal. I think the problem is having the shot longer then a year. since ive only had one shot i plan on taking my next 3 but changing it up.. just incase i ever decided to have a babie … if not then adoption is always an option. the world is overpopulated as it is right?!

February 18, 2009 at 3:48 pm
(430) sara says:

ugh all these comments are soo sad! im so freaked out. my doctor never told me about not being about to have a baby. my last shot was in JAN and the next one is in march and im mnot going to go back bc my guy and i want to have a baby… i am actually on my period now. believe it or not. the shot never took them away for me except maybe 3 months out of a year..but just came back.. so i dont know if this gives me a better chance of getting pregnant or not… does anyone know?

February 18, 2009 at 8:40 pm
(431) Brenda says:

I had been on the depo for on and off 5 years. I got my period every couple of months but after a couple of years my body started giving the signs of going and getting your shot early. I went to the doctor and all she said was that my body is adapting or something like that and that I would need to get the shot a couple of weeks early for it to be effective. So, I did that for at least a year. I eventually gave that up and went on the patch for a couple of months, but that was just painful. Every period hurt like hell and made me dizzy so I got off that. I then got the shot once more and haven’t really been on anything since. That was September of 2006. I am still not pregnant. It has been almost 2 and a half years. I would suggest not taking the shot. Good luck to everyone

February 19, 2009 at 10:12 am
(432) Please help me says:

HI I STARTED THE DEPO MARCH OF 07 AND DISCONTINUED IT IN LATE JAN 09 IT WAS DUE AGAIN IN MARCH I DIDNT GO I HAD GAINED 75-100 POUNDS IN 3 MONTHS MY PERIOD WASNT NORMAL JUST A FEW MONTH BACK IT STARTED 2 BE REGULAR AGAIN I WANT TO BE PREGNANT AND FAST CAN ANYONE HELP ME PILLS IM WHILING TO TAKE , OILS WHAT EVER SOMEONE HELP ME!!!!

February 20, 2009 at 10:06 pm
(433) Nicky says:

I was first put on the shot when I was 14(I am now 21).I recieved the shot for 2 years straight and then transferred to the patch and then pills,and finally back to depo.My last shot was due in august of 2006,which I did not go in for.I became pregnant in june of 2007 and never had one SINGLE period between the time I started the shot and became pregnant.My son is now 1 year old and is the single smartest and healthiest baby boy ever.It takes time everyone.I have been on the shot since my sons birth and am not going to get the next(due early March 09)So good luck to all of you soon to be or 2nd,3rd time mommas.It will all work out.Best of luck(wish me luck)

February 23, 2009 at 8:10 pm
(434) LaShonda says:

I was on birth control when I was 15 I stopped taking the shot when I was 17, now I’m 19 about to be 20 and I want to have a baby by my finacee’… but I can’t get pregnant… I have a normal cycle but I don’t know what to do… Could anyone give me some advice please. My Email is lashonda18@hotmail.com… please help me out.

February 24, 2009 at 3:45 am
(435) La Alvarado says:

Hey…
I’ve only taken 2 series of the STUPID Depo-Shot. Every other method of BC I’ve taken makes me sick. So my mom forced me to get on depo, Well Im due for another shot in a month, and IM QUITTING The Shot, Well Me and My Boyfriend Are trying to have a baby, but im worried about how long it will take to even GET Pregnant??!! I Still kinda have my period (on And Off) I’m gunna Straight up tell my doctor F the shot. Pray4Me

February 25, 2009 at 11:25 am
(436) Buddy says:

Just wanted to say that the depo shot is a great form of birth control. I know it might take some females longer to actually get their menstrual cycle back after they stop recieving the depo shot but hang in there because it will return, it just happens quicker for some women. I was on the shot for over two years when my fiancee and I decided that we wanted to start our family so the last time I had my shot was in August 2008, I was supposed to go back in November 2008 for the next shot but we decided not to so I could start to rid my body of the shot. I started spotting (for about a week) in January then the following week I had my period. It was a light period but a period. We’re hoping to get pregnant sometime this year but we’re not going to drive our selves nuts over it. :O) So to all the women who “hate” the shot and were supposedly not told about the after effects I think you should except most of the blame because, well who doesn’t look into these kind of things before they take any medication? I think all women should educated themselves about any medication before actually taking it. To all the women who are trying to get pregnant: Good Luck and don’t give up.

February 27, 2009 at 5:22 am
(437) Nina says:

Hey Buddy ( and to those like Buddy)I did all the research that a normal person does however when I took the shot I did not have the internet as I do now …I asked my doctor out right what types of side effects there would be as in weight gain, mood swings , would I have trouble getting pregnant after I went off it and how long it would take…he told me there would be no more the 5lbs wieght gain , that there should be no mood swings, he certainly didn’t tell me that it’s been linked to depression, and he said that it would take no longer than a year to get pregnant , now as a doctor he should have told me the truth of what I was putting into my body not false hoods , also he never mentioned anything about increased risk of cancer and bone loss!!!!! just knowing that I would never ever have used Depo , as I have cancer risk’s due to genetic’s , and whats worse is that he knew that….now what I researched about Depo I did so at the library and got from my doctor none of what I researched stated any of this at the time who know’s about that now as it has been 6 yrs since I have been off depo and I and my husband have been haveing alot of unprotected sex this whole time we only have one child and are now trying for a 2nd . I refuse to put any of the BC crap into my body ever agian! but I can honestly say that the doctor whom I see now says Depo is archic and should only be used by those who have no desire to have children ever considering all the side effects. I never stopped getting my period while on depo and got all the fun side effects and though I do know some who have been on it and never gained weight but actually lose wieght and found that they never had a mood swing while on it ..they are the exception and not the rule I have found more often then not that those who I met that where on Depo gained alot of wieght while they changed nothing about there normal routine, they had serious mood swing which they never did before and some had serious cases of depression.. I for one do not think it’s fair to say well you are to blame you didn’t do your research you trusted your doctor …hell he was my doctor since I was 10 of course I trusted him he was also a family friend and the doctor to most of my family …and what about the women who were put on Depo by there mothers and doctors at 15 and are they to blame….I personally don’t think you should be having sex at 15 or any teen years but that’s just me as the resposibility is so great ….I’m not judging by the way most of my friends did while growing up …to each there own ….I think saying such things like your to blame is not only horrible but incredibly arrogant. What are you going to say if years go by and you too are still with out a child ..it’s easy to say right now that it’s no biggy but what about when years go by and it begins to be somthing that you really want in life not somthing you just decided…having my child was the most amazing experince in my life and I couldn’t imagine my life without Her. So I for one Know how many of these women feel when years go by and there’s still no baby, I can sympathize with these ladies . I certainly don’t think it’s any of there faults for trusting there doctors with there health!!! after all its what a person goes to a doctor for to get a professional’s opion on there health.

February 27, 2009 at 1:58 pm
(438) Buddy says:

Nina, I apologize if it sounded like I was blaming you for not doing your research but I was just trying to state my opinion on the matter because it seems to me that every single person out there is blaming someone else when I think it’s a persons responsibility to research anything they are going to take whatever it may be. And I don’t mean find a few pages on it in one sitting then take whatever it is your researching and come to blame someone else for your mistake. I feel for those women out there as well who are having a difficult time getting pregnant due to the shot but I think they should take some responsilbility for it and not blame it on their doctor (who, well lets be honest only wants to do what they need to do and get paid and send you on your way). So I’m sorry if I upset you with my previous email. I wish you and your husband the best of luck on having your second child and to all the other women out there that are having a difficult time getting pregnant, I wish you the best of luck as well.

March 5, 2009 at 3:58 pm
(439) Terry says:

I have posted here along time ago. I just wanted to tell everyone that there is a pill you can take for 10 which makes you have a period. This is what the fertility specialist said to me. I had to take bloodwork first. I hope this helps someone!

March 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm
(440) Marsha says:

Hi,
I went on depo in october,08. Started detox in january, for about a week and a half i was still spotting. Started bleeding 30/1/09 until 8/2/09. I started bleeding on the 8/3/09, so i counted the days from the 8/2/09, i counted the days because i know my cycle is 28days. I got my period on 8/3/09, finally. I’m just happy to get my period back.

Good luck to all!!

March 9, 2009 at 8:14 pm
(441) kristen says:

i was a foster kid a couple years back…and the state forced me to get on the depo shot…if i had known that it would cause me to have thin bones and start to thin out my muscles after only 9 months on it i would have shown them that it was harmful…i have been off it for a few months now but get migranes followed by seziors now because of this shot…i am thinking about trying to have a baby but dont know if i can and if i can if it will do more harm to me than this shot already has…this shot shouldnt be on the shelves because the side effects outweigh the benefits…if you arent on the shot please dont get on it…and if you are on it…get off…this shot has almost killed me more than once and i have been off of it and will not go back to it

March 10, 2009 at 4:36 am
(442) Leisa says:

Hello ladies, I am a 23 yr. old mother of 3. After the birth of my last child which was May of 2007, I got the depo shot about a month afterward. I was due for my next shot sometime in September, but I never went back for the second dose because I was regretting that I even got the shot. It took about 9- 10 months for my periods to return and they were regulated also. I am just now getting pregnant again(a couple of weeks). My husband and I always had unprotected sex and I am very fertile and it still took me a while to get pregnant. Keep in mind ladies, the pamphlet they give you after your depo shot tells you it could take up to 18 months after your last dose to become pregnant, also when you are fertile again there is only a 20% chance you will get pregnant(that part doesn’t have anything to do with the shot)So ladies give your bodies some time and just pray about it. Good luck to all of you :)

March 10, 2009 at 7:59 am
(443) lilly says:

Hi ladies, been reading through all your posts and thought i should also say something. i was on the depo shot for three years before getting married to my husband.. stopped the shot in January 2003 and witched to bc pills for a month and two months later conceived my son who is now 4 yrs. Went back on the shot for close to three years and got off to try for my #2 and now its been 17 months since and nothing we are still trying our lack and just hope than one day God will belss us with a child. I cincerely pray for everyone who has not been able to get a child to be blessed with one.

March 11, 2009 at 1:42 pm
(444) cathy says:

I’ve been reading all these horror stories and trust me I know how you feel, but there’s something I need to add. Sure – I heard about the side affects – weight gain, bone density loss, loss of period – I considered them, and decided to take the shot. I was on it for 4 years, didn’t have a period, didn’t gain any weight and thought it was perfect for me. That all changed in the last 6 months I was on it. That’s when I started to gain weight, I developed anxiety, acne, constant heart palpitations, head aches, and neck pain. What I didn’t know before is that THOSE things were also side affects, I learnt that after.
I had my last shot July 31, 2008. And since then…well, my husband describes it as me being on the ‘horomonal tilt-a-whirl’. Everyone around me is getting pregnant, what I get is that I’ve felt sick for 8 months. I haven’t felt like myself for a long time. The anxiety has started to fade, the heart palpitations have faded, the neck pain is gone – now I have migraines, nausea, big tender breasts, low blood pressure and at one point (this one was great) leakage from one of my breasts. Fun.
I’ve been seeing my family doctor regularly, seeing a naturopath, getting lots of exercise and fresh air, taking a detox supplement and thanking my husband for being understanding.
I thought taking depo was the right thing for me at the time – but what it’s done to my body and my overall heath is scary – I’m trying to be patient – but this crap needs to get gone.

March 11, 2009 at 4:40 pm
(445) Nikka says:

I went depo in the end of july of 07 and was suppose to take it again in sept but i didnt take it again and i didnt have a peroid for 4months and jan 08 i got my peroid they been iiregular and me and my boyfriend want 2 have a baby and we been trying and not trying and i havent got pg im neaver taken the depo shot again the gurls dat want 2 have kids n the feauter or soon they shouldnt get on depo i was only on it for 3 months and now its 09 and i still havent gotten pg and its making really sad i hope i get pg soon!

March 13, 2009 at 3:48 am
(446) p27hhh says:

Hi, I had Depot at 17 when I did not have the iinternet to research. I only had it once and I did not have a period again for 1 1/2 years. When I did I had excruciating pains in my ovaries. Pains which I have had (although now better) for 12 years. I have not used any contraception in the last 12 years but have only recently started actively trying for a baby only to find out that I am not ovulating (despite having a period). I probably never have ovulated since receiving the injection which makes me angry and the family planning clinic that gave it to me so young. I was very nieve and did not think it would affect me how it has.

March 15, 2009 at 3:28 am
(447) Brandy says:

I got pregnant with my first child when i was 22 and had her when i was 23. When she was 6 weeks old My doctor put me on birth control pills. After i tried the birth control pills when it came time for my period i would bleed heavily for a month and wouldn’t stop bleeding until i stopped taking the birth control pills. Then the Dr switched me to the chewable birth control pills. That made it worse. I started hemerging to birth control pills so i had to stop taking them. Them my mom suggested i get on depo and the Dr wanted me to try it. I had 3 shots of depo and when i was on it i would bleed for months so i stopped taking it. I blead for 9 months straight. Then i stopped bleeding and haven’t had a period now for a year and the Dr thinks maybe i blead all the blood from my lining and theres no more blood in my lining so im due to go back to the doctors in 2 months for them to start me on pills to try to get me to bleed/have a period again. I can honestly say I will NEVER do depo again. Yeah its great when you dont have a period but then it sucks to bleed for months literally every day straight then ….to go to not have a period at all for a year. My body is so messed up from depo now. I would never recommend any one to get depo at all. Also they say its a great birth control method and u cant get preg on it. thats also bullsh*t . my cousin has 4 kids so she started depo. she also had 3 shots of depo. when she went back to the doctor for her 4th depo she told them that she thinks shes preg and they told her that its impossible 4 her to be because shes on depo. she told them to do a preg test so they did. the preg test came up negative. she told them to do a blood test and that came up neg. she then demanded that they do a ultrasound because she told them she didnt believe them that she wanted to see proof on ultrasound that there was nothing there. They did an ultrasound and the doctors eyes got really big. come to find out she was 6 months preg on the ultrasound. So dont be fooled when they also say that u can’t get preg. no birth control is 100%. I just wanted 2 share my story with everyone because i wish i would have looked this up and seen everyones story before doing that shot. Like i said if your doing research and come across this page of everyones stories… Don’t do it!! just use condoms if u can!! Thanks.

March 15, 2009 at 8:50 am
(448) Jennifer says:

I was an Depo for 2+ years and decided not to get the shot in January. Just found out I was prego,conception date of Jan 25. The only problem is that I keep having brown discharge, but I don’t know if the discharge is due to the hormonal change from depo to prego!

March 15, 2009 at 4:53 pm
(449) Toni says:

out of all the birth controls i have tried i think the pills are least harmful if any of them where the cause of having two misscarreges. ive had two healthy babies in between those. first pregnancy i was on that once a month shot i think it was called lunelle. i bled 3 months strait after that, was pregnant for about 9 weeks and lost it. the baby did not develope right. i had 2 babies between coming off from either the patch or the pill. last years i was on depo, yeah the freedom is nice, but what comes when you want off it is never pleasant. it was like the opposite for 4 or 5 mo. i would bleed 3 wks the be off 1 wk. i had 2 normal cycles and got pregnant and only a few weeks after finding out i lost it. i did have blood clots but i didnt bleed more then a normal period. same thing though the baby didnt develope right. i would highly recomend a nice strech of normal periods before getting pregnant. even though it seems like it takes forever. better safe then sorry. im never taking prescription contraceptives again. i will just use over the counter(they have a few options). im never taking that harmful crap agian i will have my babies until i feel thats enough and get fixed. this is real things we all our going through and PEOPLE AND DEPO PREVERA NEEDS TO KNOW!!!!

March 15, 2009 at 10:36 pm
(450) Brittany says:

I got put on depo 10 days before my twelth birthday in 03. I stopped going for my shot March 21 2007. My periods went wack, they came when they wanted and still do. It took 3months to even get my period back. My fiance and I have been trying to get pregnant for two years and nothing………..

March 17, 2009 at 1:34 pm
(451) Buddy says:

Okay so I’m back and I want to apologize to all the women out there who are having a difficult time getting pregnant after being on the depo shot. After reading through some of these posts I need to apologize again to all the women out there that have read my previous posts. I still think depo is a great method of birth control if it’s your only option and don’t plan on starting a family. I would have to agree that I had a difficult time remembering to take the pill and after having a bad reaction to the IUD I decided the shot was worth it. Only to realize that may have been a mistake. I only hope that my periods will get back on track and that I don’t have a difficult time getting pregnant.

March 19, 2009 at 12:47 am
(452) Melissa says:

I took depo provera injections for over two years and got my last shot in August 2008. I decided not to get my shot in November because I wanted to get pregnant. I read the posts here and got very afraid. It is now March 2009 and I am pregnant. So it didn’t take too long for me. I promised I would come back and post when I got pregnant because I think most people don’t. The only people posting here are those who have problems. People who have no problems getting pregnant after depo I wouldn’t think generally post. Good luck to all of you.

March 19, 2009 at 10:58 am
(453) Buddy says:

To Melissa- Thank you for your post. I think it really does give the rest of us some a little bit of hope.

March 21, 2009 at 10:06 pm
(454) julia says:

hi, I started the Depo in Sep.08 had my second shot in Dec.08 but I didnt go back for my thrid shot in March.09 because i started having problems.. Im jus not trying to get pregnant i have no kids and this is my frist time being on any birth control. I jus want to know if any one could answer me? how long do you think it could take me to get pregnant? well good luck to the ones that are trying to get pregnant and never give up because it will happen. god bless all of you

March 21, 2009 at 10:17 pm
(455) felicity says:

This is crazy. I was not warned about how terrible this stuff is when I was put on itand i was put on it about a year and a half-2 years ago. we should really do something about this. i was supposed to have my shot in January 09 but i was having bad side effects so stopped and it is now march 09 i still have not begun bleeding and was scared i may have been pregnant but now seeing all these stories i see im just messed up from that stuff like everyone else. but this is crazy is there no way we can let people know before they wreck their bodies what it does to you?

March 22, 2009 at 7:55 am
(456) Terry says:

I just wanted to update on my last post. The prometrium medicine ( 200mg) did finally make me have a period. You take it for 10 days then you should get it by the 7th day after it is all gone. The fer. specialist said that just because you have a period doesn’t mean you are ovulating! There is nore medicine to help with that just you risk having twins. So I probably will just wait it out. I will keep you guys filled in to what the doctor is doing to me! I hope this helps someone.

March 23, 2009 at 9:01 am
(457) Diana says:

Hello ladies… This is Diana from post # 398 and 403 again. I just wanted to let every one know that my periods have returned to normal. Just to recap. My last injection was June 2008, I finally got my period back on December 1, 2008 and bled until January 2nd, 2009. It finally stopped for 2 weeks then came back for 5 days and my periods have been like clock work ever since. I have never had a “perfect” period before. :) My husband and I are TTC and we are just playing the waiting game now.

I thought I would write an article and share with everyone what I did to get my periods back to normal.

http://www.ehow.com/how_4858885_detox-depo-provera-body.html

I tried a combination of different detox methods and it worked well. I got my last injection in June, started detoxing in September (because there is no use in trying to detox in the 3 month term after the shot) and my period returned 3 months later in December.

I hope this helps. It worked for me!

Baby Dust To All Of You!

Diana

March 24, 2009 at 5:09 pm
(458) Marsha says:

To Diana at 457. I took ur advice and did a detox. thanks alot diana for your information. It worked for me.

I got my shot my first shot in October 08, never went for the second one. In january i started to detox for about a month. Got my period in febuary 09, for 5days. On March 8th 09, got my period for 5 days again. I’m happy to have a normal cycle again. Now i only eat organic fruits and vegetables.

To detox i used Yerba prima woman’s renew cleanse kit, it also helps balance hormones.

Thanks again diana.

March 25, 2009 at 12:36 am
(459) Diana says:

Hello! It’s Diana from post #398, 403 and 457.

Marsha, I’m glad to hear your detox worked. It made my day :)

I used the Enzymatic Therapy Whole Body Cleanse. Don’t be confused by the “Whole Body,” it still has the same ingredients as most detox/colon cleanse formulas. It was a 2 week formula and it came with a diet plan also. I followed the directions exactly.

As for the fruits and veggies. I try to eat as much organic produce as possible but the toxic produce looks much more appealing and lasts longer. I minimize my non-organic intake, but if I do eat it I wash it thoroughly.

I hope my advice works for more women. I’m very interested to hear other women stories. Hmmmm… Maybe I should start my own blog/support page. Women need to be there for each other, especially those who are experiencing the same problems.

Baby dust to all of you!

Diana :)

March 25, 2009 at 4:43 pm
(460) heather says:

my depo shot just ran out and i was hoping to find a way to get pregnant easily after getiing off of the depo shot but after reading these comments it has really crushed my dreams and left me crying i don’t know what to think know. the dr told me it could take 4 months to 2 years to get pregnant but now i am starting to worry that i may never have another child i have a 17 month old son and me and my spouse want to have a child together because he doesn’t have any of his own if anyone finds a solution PLEASE let me kno

March 26, 2009 at 9:53 am
(461) tara says:

Hi my name is Tara and I had 3 depo shots. I was due for my 4th in february but decided not to go back because my partner and I decided we wanted children. I have a 19 month old son and we really want another baby. I began spotting in january and I’m still spotting to this day. Did anybody else have this? Ive also been having bad headaches, chronic back pain to the point I can’t get up off the floor after changing my son’s nappy!! I’ve also been getting some bad stomach cramps these last few days, I’m also going tothe loo a lot more often than I normally do in a day. Ive been terribly emotional the last few days, I just cry for no reason what so ever. Can you get pregnant while spotting? Im so confused at the moment. Any of this sound normal to anybody? Any advice is greatfully recived. Thanks guys.

March 27, 2009 at 5:50 am
(462) vicx says:

Hi vicx from post #397 well after i had my five days of bleeding at end of jan i had 3 lots of 13 day cycles am now on day 31 of current cycle and have all symptoms of being pregnant except so far have had 2 negs, havent got a clue wot is going on but am gettin pretty damn fed up of bein sick at random intervals in the day

March 31, 2009 at 11:00 am
(463) Vicx says:

Ok i’ve been doing some major research into this, cos i dont know about u guys but i am sick to death of feeling like crap.

Anyway heres wot i found, the symptoms we seem to be experiencing ladies are to do with natural progesterone deficiency. Basically when we get the depo it suspends our natural porduction of progesterone.

The depo will leave our bodies after about 16 weeks and after that we will experience a major hormonal inbalance. Great huh. Well theres a few things we can do. I myself am opting for the natural way, in other words i am uppin my intake of nuts, seeds, oily fish, olive oil, honey, ginger, garlic etc, well anything that contains magnesium, zinc, vit B6, selenium.

If this doesnt work then i will be hitting the supplements. Lutein, siberian ginseng, agnus castus, black cohosh, dong quai, vitex, tang kuei, magnesium (citrate, asperate, acetate, taurate) zinc, vits A,B6,C,E, selenium. and if this doesnt work i will be getting myself a great big tube of natural progsterone cream (must contain 400mg progeterone per ounce) and rubbin it into my thighs and that will definatelt work, also prevents miscarriage.

April 1, 2009 at 1:59 pm
(464) K.@ 2005 says:

Hi Everyone I was on Depo for about 3 1/2 years n was due for my injection in Feb. but I decided not to go…I was worried about my period not returning but I started bleeding very lightly yesterday March 31, 2009….Me n My fiance would finally like to try for a baby after 6 years n Im very worried…but I plan to start some detoxing methods.. I’ve read about so many people not getting their periods back as soon do anyone know if thats means I’ll conceive any quicker??

April 2, 2009 at 12:27 am
(465) Krista says:

Wow I am glad this is here, its been up and getting comments for 4 yrs? I was really worried because my shot ran out 2 months ago and no sign of ANYTHING! My aunt got pregnant less than a month after she got off the shot, so I was thinking along the same lines… I am not trying for a baby but I am really surprised. My doctor made me read over the materials and research the shot before I took it. What surprises me is all the women who took it so long, I am pretty sure it says not to take it more than 3 yrs and my doctor said not more than 18 months… and then it takes a year give or take to get back a regular cycle. I knew that beforehand but its a little unsettling.

April 3, 2009 at 2:00 am
(466) Nina says:

reading this really scared me ive been on depo for the last 6 months the 1st shot i ended up getting pregnant like a week later but had a miscarriage of course…my last shot ended in feb. i really hope that it doesnt take tht long for me to have baby because i am extremely ready to have one

April 3, 2009 at 7:03 am
(467) Josie says:

I was on Depo for 5 years on and off.Have not had an injection for 2 1/2 years now and still cant seem to get pregnant.My partner and i desperately want a baby.So guess we;ll keep trying.Good luck to everyone………….

April 5, 2009 at 2:21 pm
(468) Ashley says:

My daughter was born June of `08. i had my first Depo shot Sept `08. I then had my second shot Dec `08. I wanted another baby, but thought it was selfish of me to take the time away from my daughter. so my husband and I decided on the Depo. I was supposed to have my 3rd shot two weeks ago. but we had decided against it because it scared me of how long it can take to get pregnant again. The whole time I’ve been on the shot I’ve had light periods lasting about a week, around the same time every month. And as of right now I haven’t had my period yet. Which I’m due for it. I’ve had extreme fatigued and past couple days nausea. I think I’m might be pregnant, but after reading the stories I’m more scarred that I might never get pregnant. I really didn’t like the shot. but I didn’t like the idea of shoving a ring inside me and pulling it out every 3 weeks either. And I am horrible at remembering to take a pill. This seemed easy enough. right??? Wrong?? I’m more worried about not being able to have another baby then to have one. I realize it take time to wear off, but I should get a period. I did while I was on it, Why not when I’m off?
SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE ME HOPE!!!

April 5, 2009 at 2:48 pm
(469) Crystal says:

I was on the shot for a year, no periods, no probs at all. Got off the shot had a period for a year every single day, heavy bleeding. Drs just kept telling me oh it will stop soon. Almost a year to the date It stopped, Went thru a party/drinking stage then found out I was 5 months pregnant. Luckily my son was born perfect. Got on the pill after I had my son 8 weeks after having him was pregnant again. Had my daughter and got back on the shot. Had hell with the shot this time. Was on it for 3 years. Gained atleast 10 pounds with every shot, headaches, mood swings, it was horrible. Had finally decided to get off the shot, 3 days after my shot was due I started dating someone so went ahead and got the shot in August, found out in January had cervical cancer shot was due 3 weeks before my hysterectomy was scheduled so didnt get it. Have already lost 12 pounds since I have been off it. I highly recommend you think twice about getting on this. Yes its great to not have those pain in the butt periods and cramps but is it really worth it in the long run? I gained 60 pounds with both kids and left the hospital in my normal clothes, I am not heavier than I was when I gave birth. I know condoms suck, but they dont cause any side effects or cancer. I would stick with those if given the chance to do it over again.

April 5, 2009 at 2:52 pm
(470) Crystal says:

that was suppose to be I am now heavier than I was when I was pregnant

April 5, 2009 at 7:24 pm
(471) Teresa says:

I haven’t gotten the depo shot since April of ’08. Assuming it worked until July of that same year… I haven’t had any periods yet. I was thinking of going back on the pill hoping that maybe that would straighten things out. Is that possible?

April 6, 2009 at 2:07 pm
(472) Sarah says:

I’m 21 years old, and I got on the shot October of 2008, I’ve never used birth-control before. I lost my period right away, and I never got back on it. I was due for my shot in January, but I didn’t like the side-effects, I gained 10 lbs in 3 months. It is now April, and I haven’t received my period. I’m nervous. How long does it usually take? I do still have sexual intercourse but we use condoms. Not that it really works 100% or anything. I was just curious.

April 8, 2009 at 6:09 pm
(473) ready4ababy says:

Hi, I got my first shot january 15th 2009 and am due for another April 15th ,me and my soon to be husband are ready to start a family, I’ve started take

N prenatal pills, how long should it take me to conceive. I’m hoping to very soon

April 8, 2009 at 10:59 pm
(474) shanna says:

I was on depo for 8 years. I just came off of it 4 months ago, but started on the pill to get a regular cycle. I stopped taking the pill and it has been 4 weeks and no period. I disagree with taking it off the market. You should always ask your doctor what you are taking and also check up yourself to make sure it is something you want to do. I was taking it for medical reasons and was glad that they found something that could help me. I was in pain everyday and couldn’t even button my pants it hurt so bad. This shot helped me.

April 9, 2009 at 9:53 pm
(475) kim says:

I have been on depo for 15 months. Everyone told me about slight weight gain and all that but they didn’t proper me for the problems with my heart. I am forced to stop depo because it is destroying the valves in my heart. I have to go to the doctor every three months to get the blood drained from around my heart, because I am bleeding from almost every valve in my heart. I am also wanting another child but the shot might have made my heart so bad that I can’t have another one. I will never suggest depo to any one.

April 10, 2009 at 5:40 am
(476) Paula says:

I was on depo for 12 years and was due my last shot in Dec 08. I didnt get this as we decided we were ready to start a family. I got a period in Jan 09 and another one 28 days later in Feb 09. I thought everything was going to plan but I have had nothing since. I am slightly paniking now after reading all these notes.
My doctor told me I could be pregnant after 12 weeks. I am willing to start taking a supplement if it would help my cycle get back on track. Can anyone advise on a fertility treatment / supplement I could take. Have turned 34 so I dont have time on my side

April 10, 2009 at 10:30 am
(477) Ashley Sovie says:

Let me just politely say to everyone out there that it’s a lot easier to find negative comments about the depo shot than positives.It’s like that with anything, I think it’s human nature. However, I started the depo shot after I had my daughter in Aug. of 2007. I was aware there would be side effects but everything has side effects. I wasn’t planning on having a child for another two years or so. I think it’s the right thing to do to let your baby be a baby for a while. I didn’t have a period while on the shot, and loved that! I hadn’t gained any weight. The shot worked out perfectly for me. My last shot was due 3/2/09 and since my husband and I are thinking of having another child and knew how long it COULD take, we opted to change to the pill. I was told it would help to regulate my period and would keep us safe until we are sure we’re ready. I didn’t realize it could take 6-12 months, however, I’m fine with that. I feel like when it happens, it happens. Getting pregnant is nothing to be rushed. My daughter will be two in August and we would like the baby to be born around the time she would turn 3, so we have time. It’s been a month, and no sign of a period but again, we’re not stressing. I will add though, that since being on the pill I have gained weight. I’m always been fairly small though, so again, it’s fine with me. These posts had me so worried until I talked to my doctor who is wonderful by the way. I’m convinced he wouldn’t have suggested the shot if it would put me in any danger. Some people get pregnant within two months of coming off the shot, so girls calm down. Talk to your doctors, and take your time. Don’t pay so much attention to all of the negative, that’s what people focus on.

April 12, 2009 at 11:26 am
(478) Nene says:

I had the shot after i had my son in 2007.
I only had one shot, and i’ve been trying for another baby ever since and still no results.
I dont recommend it.

April 14, 2009 at 10:48 am
(479) Diana says:

Hello Ladies!

It’s Diana again from post # 398, 403, 457 and 459. I just wanted to let everyone know I’M PREGNANT! I am almost 5 weeks along and I give all the credit to my Depo Detox. Pregnancy after Depo is possible!

Check out my article!

http://www.ehow.com/how_4858885_detox-depo-provera-body.html

Baby Dust To You All!

Diana :)

April 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm
(480) Sheree says:

I had been on Depo for 10 years, it has done exactly what i needed it to do, have had no periods at all and had last shot in Dec08, am a little concerned by all the bad stuff written my Dr said that each body and system is different i guess that why i stayed on it for so long, we are trying now for family but am concerned with not having a period in 10 years also with the fact that i am 27 years old

April 15, 2009 at 3:08 pm
(481) Marsha says:

To diana at 479

Congrats, I,m so happy to hear that. I wanted to know if u did all the steps in the detox plan?
I’m buying some ovulation test kit.

I have so many questions for u,
did ur period always came on time?
U should really start a blog.

I tried step 1,3,5,7 and 9.

please let me know.

and again congrats. hearing this got me all excited.

marsha

April 15, 2009 at 6:46 pm
(482) mayra puktianie says:

hello!
i cannot believe im now posting a messege.
i fist found this webpage when i was researching how soon i could become pregnant after stopping the shot.when i read everyones comments i got really scared and sad.
As it turns out my last shot was in november 2008.i was supposed to take the next one in January, but decided not too.initially i planned to try to get pregnant in december of this year(2009. well plans kinda changed. i decided i wanted to get pregnant sooner…so i never used protection…i figured it might take many months.
well as it turn out On April 13…i was a day late,i didnt make much of it but my husband insisted we buy a pregnancy test,i didnt think it was necessary but i agreed.in a way i felt different,its hard to explain and ofcourse i wanted to be. Well…guess what? i took four test.All positive. Today is April 15 and still no period. i also had tingly nipples yesterday…sooo i figured i have to be pregnant.
My fear now is that i might have a miscarriage or that my baby will be born sick.
o hope not.
im so happy and excited…pray for me….good luck to everyone

April 16, 2009 at 4:14 am
(483) paula says:

Hi, This is Paula from 476. I have been watching what I eat and drinking loads of water etc since December 09. Last weekend I decided to do everything I shouldnt. I went out on Saturday nite, ate as much pizza as I could, had a good few drinks and totally chilled out. I hadnt done this since before christmas.
Low and behold, my period arrived on Monday!!!
I think I just needed to take my mind of it for a few days. I dont know if it is a coincidence but I was never so happy to have a period!
I am now taking a much cooler approach to getting pregnant as I think stressing out doesnt help.
Best wishes to everyone!

April 16, 2009 at 9:42 pm
(484) Ginger says:

I was on depo for 9 months. I stopped taking the shot because of the horrible affects. I got pregnant within the first month of not having the shot. I didn’t think that it was possible to get pregnant that soon, since the medicine is so strong, but here I am 5 months pregnant with a healthy baby girl :) Good luck!

April 17, 2009 at 11:04 am
(485) vicx says:

Hi its Vicx from posts #397 and 463, just an update really have been throwing up since 5.30am today so did a HPT and got a BFP!!! looks like i’m about 7 wks

it does happen ladies and all i did was take lots of vit B tablets and drank green tea and lots of water, my last shot was 19 oct 2008

hope everyone else who wants a baby gets one

baby dust to you all

April 17, 2009 at 6:34 pm
(486) Nicole says:

Hi everyone,

I am 19 years old with a 1 year old baby. I have been on the depo for almost a year. My Bf and I are wanting another child in about a year. Do yall think i need to stop depo to be able to have another baby by that time..

April 20, 2009 at 4:31 pm
(487) Tonja says:

i was on depo for a year before i had my 1st chid in ’03 and 3 years later I got pregnant again then last year of ’08 i had a Molar Pregnancy and not thinking straight i choose the Depo and i only took the 1st shot and never went back b/c I was having chest pains, headachs,and lets not mention all the 20 lbs I put on just in that 3 month time period. Here it is April ’09 and my period is trying to get back right and NO i have not got pregnant yet. And YES I am trying!

April 22, 2009 at 7:38 am
(488) christina says:

hi everybody well i was on the depo for 3 years and i got off of it because i gained 30 pounds from it and then decided to have another baby been off it for 1 1/2 and got pregnant and got so happy because i have been trying for a year and then lost the baby at 8 weeks and then got pregnant again month and half later and lost that baby at 5 weeks so i would say it is the depo and they should tell people that it does that to them or could do that to them no women should have to go through that at all because it is very emotional and hurts u alot and u will never get over it specailly if you cant have any more babys i know it is the depo because i got pregnant with my dauhter just fine and had a good pregnancy no promblems so i do not recommend any body to take the depo trust us it is no good.

April 22, 2009 at 1:47 pm
(489) Sarah says:

I posted early this month (April) because I haven’t received my period since I got off the shot in Jan. I only did one shot, I never went back. So I assumed I wouldn’t have to wait very long to get my period. I drink lots of water, cause I don’t drink pop. I’ve had a few symptoms of pregnancy since I got off. I use condoms with my partner but they can break and all that. my breast have been sore and fuller, constipation, and lately nasal congestion. When I was a senior in high school I had a skin irritation and when they drew blood my pregnancy levels were high, but I wasn’t pregnant, actually was on my period. But the skin condition has came back, and I’m not on my period. I’m not sure why. I just want some anwers, but I don’t have health insurance, someone please put some input in!?

April 23, 2009 at 11:11 am
(490) Katrina says:

I been on the depo since November of 2007..And i been tryin to get pregnant! But i believe its impossible! My last shot ends in May of this year..

April 23, 2009 at 8:20 pm
(491) estelle says:

I only had they depo shot once back in July 2009, i was supposed to go back and never did. i had really bad chest pains, weight gain, and my skin started breaking out more frequently. at first i didnt have a period at all for about 5 months i havent had a normal period yet and its the end of april 2009. i would have this dark brown discharge sometimes it would seem like it was getting to be normal then it would just go away. in january feb and march i had the discharge every other to every few weeks. last month i had it twice. this month, i havent had it at all and have had some really bad cramping and dizziness for the last week which almost seems like i should be getting my period. ive taken prego tests all negative. i do not want to have any children right now and i hope that i am not pregnant…im very nervous about this…anyone with similar situations…please help.

April 23, 2009 at 9:46 pm
(492) Diana says:

Hello Marsha from post #481. Sorry it took me so long to reply. But I did do all of the steps on my detox plan but not at the same time. I started eating healthy and drinking lots of water and exercising first. Then, 3 months after my last shot I did the total body cleanse. After that I added the detox teas (1-3 cups a day), sauna and detox bath 1-2 times a week and probiotics. I have to admit, I never tried acupuncture but I heard GREAT things about it.

If anyone has any questions I am available by e-mail. dianamlastra@gmail.com

Thank you!

Diana – 6 weeks pregnant, 9 months after my last Depo shot :)

April 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm
(493) Diana says:

Marsha, I forgot… Before I started the depo shots I was on the birth control patch and before the patch I was on the pill. Before I started using chemicals to regulate my period it was not normal. About 5 1/2 months after my last depo shot I bled for over a month straight then it was like clock work every 28 days after.

Also, blog is in the making!

Thank you for your encouragement. :)

Diana :)

April 23, 2009 at 10:36 pm
(494) jenn says:

i was on depo for 6 months.i had to qo back march 4 to the 18.i had sex on march 7 un protective i had a pregancy test done on the 19 came out negative than march 26 i had my period till april 7. im super scared to be pregant and i dont think come april 26 ill get my period.can someone please help!

April 25, 2009 at 7:16 pm
(495) Lisa (UK) post 409 says:

Hi ladies, i try to pop back every now and again to see how everyone is getting on…

Well what a nice surprise! 3 successes…firstly BIG congrats to Diana (479) Mayra (482) and Vix (485) on you pregnancies! great news i’m really pleased for you all x x x And yes Diana i’d be interested in your blog so get writing lol :-)

Just a follow up from my post 409… (to recap – on depo for 10 yrs, last shot oct 08, and no period so visited doc early feb 09 who advised a contraceptive pill to bump start a cycle of some description), well i’m nearing the end of my third pack (they prescribed it for 3 months) and still no sign of a period! I’m not devastated as i didnt get my hopes up of resuming my cycle so its hardly suprising theres been nothing, especially after my last experience… So as from Monday i’m contraceptive free and will just allow nature to take its course and find my period for me lol

Will post again when my periods resume… which may be a while lol in the meantime wishing you all health and happiness and lots of baby dust x x x

April 25, 2009 at 8:42 pm
(496) Kristin says:

I have been on DEPO for only 3 months. I have never been so miserable. I swear I have exoerinced 99 percent of side effects. I went on it only because my OBGYN was insistant due to me having Ovarian Cysts. Although she exolained a few side effects she failed to get into my Main question “how will this effect me in the future … kids…? Well now I am wanting to get pregnant and am not happy that I even listened to her about going on DEPO… My body doe snot feel normal and I am due for my next shot in 2 weeks.. I think I am not going to do so again, my mind wonders.. can I get preganant within the next few months? This is simething I want and I fell like now this has been taken away from me. So if I were you and have not started DEPO and have plans of starting of BIRTH CONTROL, I suggest the Pill..

April 25, 2009 at 9:58 pm
(497) Sarah says:

I posted a comment twice already this month. My last one I beleive earlier this week. but today I got a really thick brown/bloody discharge, I’m cramping as if my period. But I’ve never had brown discharge.The last time I had sexual intercourse was Easter with condoms, and I haven’t gotten my period since I got off the shot in January. I’m rather confused and worried. anyone have suggestions on what this may be? PLEASE HELP!!

April 28, 2009 at 4:50 pm
(498) Breezy39 says:

Sarah-
Your body is most likely just getting rid of the depo shot. My last shot was in August 2008 & my period has just started being normal again. Hope this helps calm you down a bit. :O)

April 28, 2009 at 6:00 pm
(499) Lauren says:

Im 18 years old. Yes i know im young but i want to have kids with my soon to be Hubby. I went on depo because im mom told me it was okay for me and i told her that some day i would like to have kids. I went on my first Depo shot in December of 07, then decided without my mom knowing to go off december 08. i have been off the shot for 4 months. i knew about the side affects and the weight gain, my doctor even said my periods wouldn’t the same coming off.

In the 4 months i have been off the shot, i have been way more stressed, moody, tired, my boobs are very sore, my periods are basically hell, and i have been constipated. I haven’t been myself since i went on the depo and i still haven’t since i have been off. I just want to get prego, and have a beautiful baby with my boyfriend, but we are both so afraid that we will never have kids.

I know my story isn’t as sad as some of your stories, but i decided to add my story to tell you. I wish all of you best of luck.

IM NEVER GOING ON DEPO AGAIN! It’s not worth it at all.

Lauren

April 28, 2009 at 6:38 pm
(500) Lauren(post 499) says:

Sarah-
I have had brown discharge before, and i was wondering the same thing because i never had that either till i was off the short for the first month. I asked my doctor and she said it is totally normal, it just needs your body is trying to get rid of the depo. It’s nothing to really stress over.

I hope you best of luck.

Lauren L.

April 29, 2009 at 1:16 am
(501) Yasmin says:

I used the depo shot before getting pregnant with 2 of my 3 kids. It took me 14 months to get pregnant with my middle child.After his birth I got on the depo for 2 more years and got off to get pregnant again. My cycle returned quickly. I got my first period 2 months after the 3 month effective timeframe of the depo. On my third menstrual cycle I got pregnant. Had a miscarriage at almost 8 weeks. Got pregnant again 3 months later and eventually delivered another healthy baby boy. Currently got off depo for baby #4. Did not go for last shot on Feb.23. Two months since that and still no period. Hope this helps.

April 29, 2009 at 11:49 am
(502) Shonna K says:

Hi, I’ve been reading this for a while but never commented. I was on depo for about 3 1/2 years I had my last shot in November 2008 I didnt return for the next injection in Feb. Feb. 15th I spotted once and on March 31st My period returned it lasted for about 3 to 4 days kind of light the last 2 days. Then again on April 11, It came it was a normal heavier flow and it stopped 3 days later. Hopefully it will return in May ..I am 22 years old and my fiance and I would love to have a child after 6
years I think its time.

Yasmine (509) you gave me hope maybe it doesnt take everyone A year or more..Hopefully im one of those people.

April 29, 2009 at 11:51 am
(503) Shonna K says:

I meant Yasmine (501)

April 30, 2009 at 3:45 pm
(504) Terry says:

hi ladies. i have posted here a few times. I just wanted to let you guys know what I am have been doing. I was due for my shot in August of 2007, I didn’t take it. So, I have been going to an infertility specialist and they are giving me medicine to jump start my period. It is called Prometrium. You take this pill for 10 days at night it is suppose to give you a period. Well on the 4th day after the pills were gone it worked. SO this time I use it the doctor also gave me Clomid. This helps you ovulate. My husbands sperm were also tested. This came back fine!! So I will just cross my fingers that all this medicine works. I will keep everyone posted if and when I get pregnant.

April 30, 2009 at 4:43 pm
(505) Amy says:

I’ve been on depo since my son was 2 months old, he’ll be 12 in June. I have always felt like the spokeswoman. I have loved this form of birth control. No ill effects. No weight gain, no sex drive problems, no period. My doctor now wants me to switch from depo to Mirena but I’m unsure as my hubby and I are trying to decide if we want to have another child. (I’ll be 33) These posts are scaring me a bit. I hope I haven’t hurt my chances of another child. I researched and asked a million questions and was NEVER told about trouble conceiving after. In fact I was told just today when I got what may be my last depo shot that I “could get pregnant the month I don’t continue my shot”. I pray this is the case for us and I pray for all of you who are struggling.

May 1, 2009 at 2:15 pm
(506) Donisha says:

Hello all well I had the Norplant for a year and that whole year all i did was bleed and I was 14. My grandma felt that I should get off depo and get the norplane because it was going to be free at the clinic for us so i did very baby idea. So after that year I went back on Depo and I ahve been off the shot sine I was 24 I am 31 now and i haven’t got pregnat at all and I want kids so bad I have talk to all doc and yes U understand that deal with putting you back on a birth control but why do we have to get off one to get on another too control what this has cause that was not told to use when we got the Shot. you know and yes the bleeding still is so scary I will bleed for 3 months. YES!! 3 and it was no cool…So I pray that no women gets on any birth control just let you body do its job. I was it because i got rape at 12 and I got pregnat and my family made me well you know ABORT. Mothers listen to your little girls if they tell you that they dont want BC. The things that they know now I wish I knew that and they have more of a voice now so please listen.and if anyone has a doc. that I can talk about my problem I moved back to Aurora,CO 720-327-6026 give me a call cuz I want kids just dont ko=now if I have any.I will be married in 2 yrs so YEAH!! God Bless

May 4, 2009 at 1:43 am
(507) sadness says:

I was on the shot 2 years when i got off i was pregnant 3 months after after having my son i got back on the shot not giving it a thought now i am trying to get pregnant again and so i stoped the shot a year and a half ago i just got my first period a 2 months ago and i would tell anyone who is thinking about birthcontrol dont get the shot it just messes with your body …. i hope to have another baby soon being 24 i feel time is going so fast

May 7, 2009 at 6:51 pm
(508) samantha says:

I was on the shot from the time I was 13 to 16 I got off the shot because it gave me very bad acne,started my period almost right away and then got on the pill,even while on the pill got pregnant just 4 months later and had a beautiful healthly baby girl.Everthing that happends is met to whatever time that may be and I wish u all the best of luck.
although i do i have my own question i did get back on the shot after i had my daughter and after 2 years i made the same choice to get off due to the side effects,i was due to have the shot on april 3rd and still have not had a period but 2 days after i was due to have it,its kind of hard to get out of your old routines and accidients happen.I felt like i was going to start my period that day it never came though.Now im really having pregnancy symptoms .I took a test only a week later of course it said negative,but do u think it could even be a possibility for me to be pregnant?

May 9, 2009 at 11:07 am
(509) amanda says:

I have just been reading all your post and im am quite worried im 24 and have been on depo for arond 7 years I have been with my partner for 5 years and would like to have a baby sometime in the future, but am now worried that it may not happen, i feel stuck because I dont want a baby just yet but do I come of the depo and risk it or do i stay on or risk no having a baby in the future. Its so hard to decied what to do also i have gained at least a stone a year while being on the depo and i eat healty and am on the go all the time so whats that all about.
im so confused about what to do the last time i came off the depo i had a 36 day bleed and it drove me nuts so i went back on it…….
confused.

May 10, 2009 at 2:09 am
(510) Bec says:

I have had the depo injection since i was 15 years old, I turned 29 on the 29th of march 2009. I had my last depo injection in december 2008 was due for one in March 2009 but as I was on holiday driving across Australia i couldn’t have it on the correct day. I got a period on the 23rd march 2009 just days after I was due to have my depo injection and today the 10th May 2009 I am 6/7 weeks pregnant. It was a complete accident as I never thought it would be possible to get pregnant after having the depo for 14yrs and no period for the same time but it just goes to show that it can happen even though my doctor says he hasnt ever seen it happen bfore I am proof that it can indeed happen.

May 10, 2009 at 9:59 am
(511) kv says:

Given my age and that I want to get pregnant asap, was this the correct regimen? Should I have got something other than depo provera?
And now that the depo provera is already in my system, what can I do to get it off? Is there any way to speed up getting my periods/ovulation?

please help! Thanks

May 10, 2009 at 5:31 pm
(512) Ellie says:

I am 25 and have been on depo for about five years. My next shot is due in a couple of days but now I am not so sure. I really want to have children in a few years time and have now decided (after reading these posts) that I wont be getting it again. The depo has made me put on quite alot of weight and I get awful mood swings towards the end of the three months. I’m not sure wether I will go on the pill or just start using good old condoms with my partner? I was on the pill in my teens, but I had really tantrums on them!

Good luck to all trying for a child. Hope it all works out!

May 11, 2009 at 12:07 pm
(513) Nikki says:

I’ve been on depo for about 7 years. I haven’t had any periods in that time. I’m getting ready to turn 30 so I figured I’d better start thinking about kids. I don’t want it to take several years to get pregnant. I’ve also had trouble with weight gain. I am due for my depo today, but I decided not to go. Fingers crossed my body gets back to normal. :)

May 12, 2009 at 12:49 am
(514) Shannon says:

i only had ONE dose of depo. they told me it would only last 3 months and it was no big deal. well that was in march or 08. its may 09 and i still havent had a period. my fiance and i are wanting to have a baby but the dr’s are telling me it could take another 2 or more years for the shot to get out of my system, after only ONE dose. i think anyone even thinking about taking the depo shot, that wants kids. should seriously re think the decision. it has caused me more pain and chaos than anything.

May 12, 2009 at 9:12 pm
(515) Robyn says:

I have been off the shot since Dec. of 2002 thats about 7 years i have been off it now …and i still don’t get “normal” menstrual cycles and i have been trying to get pregnant for the past 2 years and nothing. It is very depressing i have one child but i would like to have another but nothing seems to happen.

May 14, 2009 at 4:21 am
(516) Fayth says:

Reading all of these is making me cry. I’m 18 years old and I want to start trying for a baby in late november of this year. I got my depo shot today and now I’m terrified that I wont be able to have a baby when I want to. I started taking it two weeks after our first son was born in MAY 2007. ( I was 16) I really would like to have a baby in August 2010. I started taking it and was bleeding almost the whole 3 months. they put me on the pills with the depo and it stopped the bleeding but recently in the last 6 months I’ve been having the worst mood swings in the world. I feel like crap reading these and I’m not going to be taking my next one for sure. I want to get pregnant in November so badly… Is there anything I can do?
HELP ME! faith_f_star@hotmail.com

May 14, 2009 at 4:24 am
(517) Fayth says:

I meant start trying to CONCEIVE in Late November of this year

May 14, 2009 at 4:25 am
(518) Fayth F says:

I meant trying to CONCEIVE in late November of this year

May 14, 2009 at 12:40 pm
(519) tammy says:

I have read so many of these stories and alot of them scare the crap out of me. I’m 25 years old, started taking Depo in January 2007. I had my last shot in February 2008 and am supposed to go back next week for my next week. My boyfriend and I have decided to try and have a baby. I’m scared to see whats gonna happen when I don’t get this next shot. I’m sure I’m gonna bleed alot. I just hope that everything goes back to normal in a timely manner. I do realize it may take some time to get pregnant, I’m scared I may have a miscarriage or 2 before carrying full term. While on Depo I have gained 30lbs, my sex drive is completely gone, and my mood swings are outrageous. If anyone can give me any other helpful info thats not listed here as far as if i need to expect a possible miscarriage, or how long I might bleed for, it would be greatly appreciated. To all you ladies that have conceived after Depo, Congrats to you, and good luck.
Brycensmomma06@yahoo.com

Tammy

May 14, 2009 at 6:30 pm
(520) Terry says:

hi ladies. I have posted several times here. Just to recap I have been off the shot since August of 2007. I have been going to an infertility specialist. They gave me some medicine to start my period. Well that worked. I took it again this month and never got a period. Well I went for some blood work today and the pregnancy test came back negative positive. So I have to retake in on Monday. I have been reading books and it says most likely I am pregnant. I will let you guys know next week when I find out for sure. If you would like to email me to get some information on the medicines they have been giving me you can email me at terry323212yahoo.com. I will be back early next week and will keep you all posted cross your fingers for me!

May 16, 2009 at 10:24 pm
(521) jessica says:

I was on the depo for 1 yr I got off nov.04 And 1 yr later in nov 05 I got pregnant i wasnt trying but it happened … it is possible

May 18, 2009 at 2:37 pm
(522) Ashley From Virginia says:

Hello Everyone. I have sat and read just about every comment left on here looking for answers myself. A little about me, I have a 3 and a half year old healthy boy. I began taking the depo shot about a year and a half after he was born because at the time my boyfriend and I were in no situation to have another baby. I took the shot for 18 months and when I was due to go back and get another shot in January 2009 I did not go. I declined to continue the shot because of the weight gain and because I wanted another child before my son got too old. My periods instantly returned to normal and regular. It is now May 18 and I am due for a period May 24. I am wanting another baby so bad! My 3 year old is growing up so fast and we talk about him having a baby brother or sister all the time. Please wish me luck and I will update next week!

May 18, 2009 at 3:06 pm
(523) Terry says:

hi! I just wanted to tell all you ladies that I am 8 and a half weeks pregnant! I took this medicine called Prometrium. You take it for 10 days and it gives you your period. This doesn’t always make you ovulate but, it worked for me. I wish all you the best luck! I will be checking in here every so often. If you have any questions for me you can email me at terry32321@yahoo.com

May 23, 2009 at 8:07 am
(524) sarah says:

Hi Ladies. I am a bit concerned at what i have been reading. I have been on the depo for 8 years, I am 26 and me and my partner have decided to start and try for a family. My injection was due Monday. I was told by the doctor up to 6 months to conceive although reading these postings i am not to sure. I wasnt told either about having trouble conceiving…. Ive got my fingers crossed i am one of the lucky ones….

May 25, 2009 at 1:15 pm
(525) Kiki says:

I debated about leaving this comment because I don’t want to make anyone feel bad about the situation. But maybe it will give hope to those trying to conceive. I got my first depo shot after my daughter was born 7 years ago. I took it until she was 1 in OCt of that year and stopped due to weight gain. Found out Feb 5 months later I was pregnant with my son. Then in 2005 we decided to try again. Last shot was Sept of 05. Got pregnant in Nov of 05 two months later. Now we are going in one more time before we call it quits. Shot runs out 6/18/09 so I’ll update if anyone cares how it turns out. But all that was just to say that it is possible and don’t give up hope. And to everybody who’s been trying so long. I’m sorry it’s turned out this way and I hope you get your baby blessings really soon.

May 27, 2009 at 9:47 am
(526) Lisa says:

I am very upset having checked out several websites relating to pregnancy after depo.
Having been offered the depo at 17, and had it on and off for 7 years, I am saddened that none of the three doctors I have seen in this time have advised of the delay in pregnancy, despite me asking the nurse outright.
Only 1 out of twenty comments I have read said anything positive. What a let-down after all the excitment :-( Good luck ladies.

May 28, 2009 at 5:49 pm
(527) Jessica says:

Hey I only took the shot twice. When my period came it took me a year and a half to get pregnant. Now after my son was born I got back on Depo, I took it only once cuz my body didn’t feel right being on it. I didn’t go back to take it and I had a nomal period after that, but now my body hurts more now than ever. But just hang in there and a baby will come soon. Cuz I think im pregnant now!

June 2, 2009 at 6:32 pm
(528) janny says:

hi,

there are so many comments on here that are making me nervous. i took the depo once in january. i didnt bleed while i was on it however as soon as april hit i bleed everyday since. i want to get pregnant n ive been trying. i jus hope it doesnt take long.

June 3, 2009 at 1:23 am
(529) Ang says:

Hello. Just wanted to put my situation out there. My last shot was in 2005 i think. I haven’t had a period yet! At least without help. I took a pill to make me have a pariod to start pill. I had regular period for a year and a half because of pill. I’ve been off pill for almost a year and I still have no periods. I’m not sure if infertility is what has happened to me (along with other side effects like weight gain, some facial hair growth, higher testosterone levels…..) but I think that its weird to not get pregnant in all this time.

June 3, 2009 at 2:32 pm
(530) angelplyr says:

I was on depo for four years took the last shot in may 2008 did not have a period after doc gave me several different med to bring it on but it never came its now June 2009 and i just found out i am six weeks pregnant good luck to all you girl out there

June 4, 2009 at 11:39 am
(531) Jessica says:

I was on Depo for 8 years and went off of it in 2004 due to some irregular paps, my doc reccommended it. About a year later I was concerned because my cycle had not come back. I asked my OBGYN about it at an appointment in Oct. of ’05 and she said I was just not ovulating yet, that it takes time. Turns out I was about a week pregnant at that time. I went back on depo after giving birth and just recently went off to try for another baby. I just want all of you to not give up hope, everyones body reacts differently, but it could happen just when you think it won’t! Good luck to everyone!

June 4, 2009 at 11:39 am
(532) Jessica says:

I was on Depo for 8 years and went off of it in 2004 due to some irregular paps, my doc reccommended it. About a year later I was concerned because my cycle had not come back. I asked my OBGYN about it at an appointment in Oct. of ’05 and she said I was just not ovulating yet, that it takes time. Turns out I was about a week pregnant at that time. I went back on depo after giving birth and just recently went off to try for another baby. I just want all of you to not give up hope, everyones body reacts differently, but it could happen just when you think it won’t! Good luck to everyone!

June 5, 2009 at 7:36 pm
(533) Jamie says:

i just had a baby in april 2009 and got on the depo last month, i thought i was sure i was pregnant after having my baby, the test said negative so i got on the shot, i still have a feeling of pegnancy, is it possible i could be, and if so what will that do to the baby and will the test say negative due to the shot?

June 6, 2009 at 12:50 am
(534) kv911 says:

I had a chocolate cyst removed from left ovary last nov08 and in order to prevent reoccurence of the cyst, had to take depo provera shot-one a month, for 3 months.

My last shot was in Jan 09 and I still havent got my periods back. Actually for almost a month now I have been spotting every single day, does that mean my periods are coming back?

I am desperate to get pregnant, please tell me what I should do to get my periods back..Thanks…

June 7, 2009 at 7:58 pm
(535) Jessica salas says:

I only took depo once in october 2008. I went on it to gain weight and several times before thought i was pregnant, i was tired thinking i was since me and my husband wanted a baby so went on depo. It really messed up my cycle i wouold be spotting for 2 – 3 months. So i never went back on it because it was awful! I was never told how bad this birth control is! Until doing my own research on the enternet but after I had took it! I was due to get another shot in January and didn’t and knew I would get pregnant but not for after a year ( thats what the enternet said) but in May i took a test and it was positive! Only having my regular period once! I am now 2 and a half months!

June 9, 2009 at 7:36 pm
(536) rachel says:

Hi, I was on Depo from November 2003 – November 2008. I was due for a needle in Nov 08 but didn’t get it as we got married in October and wanted to started trying after the wedding. It is now June 2009 and have not had a period yet, have had so many symptoms, and only 2 days of spotting recently. I’m just about to try TCM to try and regulate my body to ovulate and have periods, I will come back and update when it works. It has only been 7 months since being off Depo but hopefully it doesn’t take too much longer!

June 11, 2009 at 10:00 pm
(537) Response to Rachel says:

I was also due for a shot in November 2008 – November 5, 2008 to be exact. (I was on it for approximately 8 years.) It is now June 11, 2009 (just over 7 months). I haven’t had any spotting and no periods at all. I have been using an ovulation test every day since February 09. So far, I have not ovulated once according to the tests. I have also been tracking my temp daily. Originally it was very high – every day – 98.5 or higher. In April my temp reduced to the 97.4 – 97.7 range needed for ovulation, but thus far it hasn’t went back up to indicate ovulation has occurred. I’m not too concerned at this point. I feel like the temperature decrease indicates progress. Also, my doctors (I’ve had many over the 8 years) and everything I’ve read about it clearly states that this is normal for coming off of the shot. If nothing happens by Sept/Oct 2009, I plan to go on the pill to kick start my periods. About 10 years ago I was on the shot and went directly onto the pill. I immediately had regular periods. I hated having a period though, so I went back on the shot. It has been great for me – no weight gain, no periods.

June 14, 2009 at 10:06 pm
(538) Dana says:

I went on the Depo shot at 18 (1997) and went off Nov 2001. I took birth control pills for about two weeks to get my cycle back due to my MDs encouragement. I became pregnant in May 2002, only six months after my last shot. My son was born with no problems. I used an IUD after his birth. I had it removed a little over a year ago, after a month I went on birth control pills, then I got the Depo shot. I used the shot twice, the second shot wore off about Christman 2008. I bleed for two months straight and then my period became normal. I have used no other protection since my last shot and have not become pregnant. I am disappointed but cannot blame the shot. I used it for 5 years before my son and only six months this time and I am having a harder time getting pregnant now than before. Oh well, just wanted to share some good news (I got pregnant with my son pretty quick the first time).

June 17, 2009 at 8:57 pm
(539) KRYSTAL says:

HI, I’M 18 AND I HAVE BEEN ON DEPO FOR ABOUT TWO YRS. I HAD MY 1ST CHILD AT 16, AND I DIDNT WANT ANY MORE KIDS SO I TURNED TO DEPO. I HAVE GAINED SO MUCH WEIGHT AND I’M VERY MOODY. I HAVE BEEN READING ALL OF THESE COMMENTS AND I’M WORRIED. I DO PLAN ON HAVING AT LEAST ONE MORE BABY WHEN I GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE. BUT I’M SCARED THAT THE SHOT WILL MAKE ME INFERTILE…. I’M THINKING ABOUT TRYING ANOTHER BIRTH CONTROL METHOD, BUT THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT DEPO IS I HAVEN’T HAD A PERIOD AT ALL….ANY SUGGESTIONS??..IM REALLY NERVOUS

June 19, 2009 at 1:47 am
(540) Angie says:

Hello.. i was on the depo for about 1 1/2 yrs. As soon as i was due for my last shot i got regular periods. it’s been alittle over a year now and just started trying to concieve. Many say that you get pregnant when you least expect it.. so relax and it will happen. Have faith** :-)

June 22, 2009 at 2:28 pm
(541) Lacole says:

after reading all of this it making scared and most of all worried and I’m due for my next shot in three weeks and I feel like I’m pregnant and the tests says negative and I was off for one month and had intercourse and I’m afraid after all I’m 18.(I forgot to mention the condom broke)

June 22, 2009 at 4:42 pm
(542) grace says:

Hi everybody,I have found all of your comments helpful in a way,I mean it’s nice to know I’m not the only one having these issues because of the evil depo shot.I was on the shot for 1 1/2 yrs.My last shot was Oct.26,2008 to be exact,it is today June 22,2009 and I still havent had a period,my gyno put me on provera for 10 days to make it come down,but nothing,I’m now engaged and i finish school in Aug of 2010.I would like to be or start trying to become pregnant before I finish school but all the things I’ve heard about the Depo are scary,I’m at the stage in my life where i really wanna have a baby.Right now I’m not on any form of birth control,i want my body to detox from the depo and just do it’s job naturally,I test my self once a month just in case(I don’t want to do anything to possibly harm my baby if i was pregnant,drinkin,smoking,ect.)Hopefully in a few months i’ll have a surprise,but it might take a while from what I’ve heard…We’ll see…And girls…Keep your hopes up,It’ll come to us…good luck 2 u all :)

June 23, 2009 at 5:48 pm
(543) Camille says:

I’ve been reading the other comment and i havent found one like mine.

I was on the shot for almost 6 years. I had a period for the all of the 6 years. I went off the shot july of 2007 and then went on the pill. I then went off the pill in nov 2007. For this 1 1/2 my periods are in between 25 days to 30 days. i have taken a at home ovulation test and it says i ovulate. But still not pregnant. Its getting depressing every month hoping for it and nothing. I’ve read up on it and everything. But i’d advise everyone if they want kids dont get on this.

June 23, 2009 at 9:01 pm
(544) rebecca says:

I have only just come off the depo as me and my other half are trying for a baby, been on it for three years and after reading some of these stories im not very keen on going back on it. I have had no side affects from being on the depo. I fell pregnant twice on the pill as im very fertile. I have a friend who took 12 months to fall preggers after the depo, so i guess for me it will happen when it happens, we are in no rush so if its sooner then later we will be very grateful.

June 26, 2009 at 12:52 pm
(545) Chalatavia says:

Im dealing with knowing if Im aving a baby or not! Like I want a baby, but then agaian Im to young to be having kids! So if I am Im ready! If Im not Im just deal with it

June 28, 2009 at 2:23 am
(546) Amberdove822 says:

let me say this thread has made me cry for two days, for all of you and for my family, alot knew, alot didn’t, alot had everything perfect until they decided to get preg, alot had horrible problems, my story, i have had 5 pregnancies and two children, i am 29, and got married at 21 had my first daughter at 21(2nd preg, 1st one got preg on BC and miscarried at 41/2 months) then a year l8r i got preg again with my youngest daughter had her when i was 23, after that went on dif BC pills finding they all made my migraines worse(chronic migraine for 8 years) in jan 06 my husband and i decided to stop using anything and at 6 weeks preg in june i had miscarriage, then…he and i divorced, i always wanted more kids i love children, i have been divorced for some time now, and the man i had been dating for a long time “up and decided” to propose (lol) may 9 of this year wedding is 8-22-09, now depo…. august of 08 dr put me on depo AFTER ME ASKING OVER AND OVER ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS IF I WOULD STILL BE ABLE TO GET PREGNANT, he assured me many times over that i would still be able to. i did not get it for BC it was another trial to try to figure out my headaches, only took one shot, it was horrible, headaches 10x worse, moody just a bitch! my man even broke up with me(but he came back:)now i am getting married again and we want more kids always, my daughters are the greatest gift in the world, having more would only bring us more presents everyday:)now we have only been not using BC for 3 months but off depo for 9, i am a clock work girl with periods always, on depo bled the whole time, after depo got period back exactly to the day! i should have, but every month have preg symptoms but no preg, because of my age (29) i was worried b4, i got on here to do research now i am so afraid that we will never suceed! my fiance is 23, and marrying an old woman lol on top of the fact this stupid shot could have made me never have kids again, i hope so its always in my prayers, may you be blessed, and girls those of you having abortions think of all these women b4 you have another please
Thanks Amberdove

June 29, 2009 at 8:15 am
(547) rachel says:

Hi, i posted a couple of weeks ago (536), and just wanted to let you all know that I started Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) on the 12th June, and after 2 weeks of taking it my period has come back! So it is definitely worth a try if you are open to different things. I am still on it to regulate my body, it is supposed to help alot so fingers crossed for a BFP soon!

June 29, 2009 at 4:45 pm
(548) caroline says:

Hi everyone, ive been reading the comments on this sight for a while now but never left a comment, now i though i would.
i started on depo after having my daughter on nov 04, we decided to have another baby october 07 when i was due to have my depo, i never got it so ma last shot was july 07, my cycle returned in june 08 which was regular although nothing was happening.
Then on the 26th of april 09 i found out i was pregnant, took almost 2 years, im nearly 3 months now and all is going well, so i though i would come back on and leave a comment to let you knw my storie, all the best and good luck x

June 30, 2009 at 9:30 am
(549) Tara says:

Hi, Ive been reading a lot of these posts an thought id leave 1 here. i have been on the depo for 4 years. i was due for 1 on the 11th of may me and my partner have decided to try for a baby so i didn’t have it. Ive had cramps an really bad head aches since i came off the injection even sickness. no period as yet. any 1 no any thing i can try to bring on my periods ? xx

July 3, 2009 at 6:24 am
(550) becki says:

could anyone give me any advice, im trying for a child and came of the depo about a week ago but i want it so bad to the point that people are getting pregnant around me and i feel really jelous, can anything help to get pregnant

July 5, 2009 at 9:59 pm
(551) Nic says:

Hi everyone, I thought I’d throw in my 2 cents worth – the biggest piece of advice I have for everyone is STOP STRESSING!
I have been with the same guy for the past 9 years, and got the depo injection that entire time. No period for 9 years (yay!). We got married 3 months ago and are now trying for kids. I had my last injection September 08 hoping to get pregnant soon after the wedding…..but June 09 and still no period.
I decided to google it and found this site which completely freaked me out. I started to get depressed and sad that it might take years to get pregnant.
My body has also been doing crazy things – I swear my boobs increased by two sizes overnight and were so painful every day for 2 months straight!!
Then I decided that stressing wasn’t going to help anything, and certainly wasn’t going to get me pregnant, so I just relaxed. I decided that if it was meant to be it would be in due course, and for now I would just enjoy spending time with my new husband and being able to do things that are a bit harder with kids – travel, nights out etc etc.
And low and behold now that I’ve stopped stressing things are returning to normal. It is taking it’s time, but my boobs are no longer sore and are returning to normal size, my period has returned (not regular yet but at least it’s making an appearance!) and the tiredness and nausea is going away. It’s not going to happen overnight, but I’m sure I will get pregnant one day, when the time is right. And when I do it will be so exciting because I will have waited so long for it.

So the moral of my story – don’t worry about it, just enjoy life. Most of the posts on this site are negative and can be disheartening, but that is because the people who don’t have any problems don’t have any reason to be searching the net or leaving posts. Yes it is going to take time for things to return to normal, but of course that’s the case – it’s a pretty strong chemical we’ve been putting in our body for various amounts of time – but think of all the good that came from it too – I know I certainly benefited from not having a period or worrying about getting pregnant for the past 9 years!

I can’t wait to get pregnant, but for now I’m just going to live life to the full and enjoy as much baby making practise as I can get with my husband!

Good luck to everyone, and don’t worry – it will happen when the time is right!

July 6, 2009 at 4:57 pm
(552) Neida says:

Was on Depo for 3 years had my last shot in November of 2008. Found out i’m pregnant with twins in April of 2009. I have my babies in December of 2009.

July 7, 2009 at 2:43 pm
(553) Katie says:

Some of you have said in quite a few of the posts that your doctors never warned you about temporary infertility after coming off the depo shot. My doctor did not tell me face to face about the long term effects but he did give me a pamphlet with FAQs on Depo plus I researched the drug myself BEFORE I let them inject it into my body. I think it’s our personal responsibilities to really know what we’re putting in our bodies. You should not be blaming your doctor or the drug but yourself rather. When you get off depo (depending on the amount of time you were on it) it could take at least 9 to 18 months to conceive but even after that I believe it’s a good rule of thumb to consistently try for 6 months and if you still cannot get pregnant then you need to see a fertility specialist because maybe you were either A) On it too long (typical amount of time to be on depo and still be able to have children later on is maximum 2 years = about 8 shots) or B) something else internally may be preventing you from conceiving. For instance, stress. A lot of you seem very stressed and I can relate, however, like Nic says you need to relax and if it’s meant to be then it’s meant to be. If not? There are many children out there who don’t have families that need good homes.

July 8, 2009 at 12:44 am
(554) Maggie says:

My last shot was November 5, 2008. I was on the shot for about 8 years. I officially got my 1st period today – July 7, 2009 – about 8 months and 2 days after my last shot. My experience with the shot seems to be exactly what the makers of the shot expect. I had no weight gain and no periods. It was great. Now my period has returned after 8 months. My experience with the shot has been pretty positive and so far it has been exactly what I expected.

July 10, 2009 at 5:48 pm
(555) stephanie says:

Im pregnant yea i am so excited i was on depo for 4 years and got off of it in june 09 and yesterday i took 5 test all pos so my advice is dont worry it will happen i was scard after i read most of the posts on here but now it has happen for me and it will for u 2

July 10, 2009 at 9:56 pm
(556) charity says:

I was on the depo for 10 years and tried for two years to get pregnant finally got pregnant then had a miscarriage! Then got pregnant after that two years. Thought wow I never want to be pregnant again…I got back on the shot for one three month cycle and didnt get pregnant for four years later!

July 11, 2009 at 12:22 am
(557) Dani says:

I was on Depo for 7 yrs and it messed my body up big time. Periods were irregular, loss of vit d and even bone density b/c of the shot. i recently became pregnant ( I was so excited) and unfortuantely I had an etopic pregnancy and it was twins. I believe Depo is to blame for all of it. I was fine for my 1st pregnancy and then this happened to me.

July 11, 2009 at 5:58 pm
(558) tara2 says:

Hi, I just thought I’d leave a comment too.. I was on depo for 8 years and no period! It suited me perfectly! My Dr in Oz was the exact opposite of what you are all describing. He gave me the warnings every three months about infertility, bone density, cervical cancer the whole lot.. At the time I thought I would never want children so it suited me.. I met my hubby early 2005 and knew someday I would want kids with him. We married Oct 07 and that’s when we decided to come off the depo. I went and saw my dr and he said it would take 2 years if not more because I am a plus size. I was due for the next shot in Jan 08 and never went for it… never got a period either… In April when we got back from an overseas holiday I was utterly buggered for serveral days and just put it down to all the partying and travelling.. never once thought of being pregnant.. but took a test and it was positive! 8 months later and we have a beautiful healthy boy! So have hope ladies, as an overweight, depo user of 8 years.. I was pregant within three months of the shot being due.. However.. after reading all of the earlier posts.. I may not use it again.

July 14, 2009 at 5:29 pm
(559) emrysgwen says:

Hi all, just thought i would post to say that after 6 years i hve come off depo provera injections. I should have had the last shot mid june but me and the hubby have decided to ttc after my sister had her beautiful daughter i may. Too early to say whats happening with my body, however before my period i would normally feel as though i was getting a cold, and would get quite ratty! lol.
Well today i feel as though im getting a cold, and as my husband said earlier, “uh oh, now i realise how much easier you are to live with when your on ur shots!”.
So i must be ratty.

I had no problems with taking depo, no i have had no periods, but i have had no wieght gain, moods, or depression!

Fingers crossed for everyone ttc, Ill keep you posted with our progress.!

TC ALL! GOOD LUCK!

July 15, 2009 at 1:59 am
(560) Lisa Hope says:

Wow, after reading many of these posts, it seems that there is a common thread with this form of birth control. I’m not trying to get pregnant but went off the shot almost two years ago just before I turned 40 and have not had any kind of cycle since. I wonder if it put me straight into an early menopause which feels very strange it just seems way too soon. I had an exam with my doctor almost a year after and she said it wasn’t peri menopause and it can take up to a year to get your cycle back. I’m not convinced. I was never warned of possible fertility or hormonal abnormalities and it sounds like most of you can say the same. What a shame. Good luck to all of you trying to conceive. As a birth doula, I know what a great journey this should be. Blessings to all.
Lisa

July 15, 2009 at 4:57 pm
(561) Heather says:

Has anyone ever thought that maybe the Depo works for a year instead of the three months the doc says it works for? Maybe that is why everyone that takes it and gets off it in hopes to get preggers, doesn’t get preggers until about a year later. I mean no period means no babies right? Unless you are already preggers.. or unless your body THINKS you’re preggers – which is what the Depo tricks your body into being…. . . . I am scared too that I will not have another baby after taking the Depo because of everything I read about it and all the testimonies.  OR I have read a lot that if you are fortunate enough to get pregger after taking the Depo its about a year later, and mostly a miscarriage. Well that scares that living hell outta me for sure. sigh. . . .

July 16, 2009 at 12:08 pm
(562) jo says:

have any of you ever tried vitex also known as agus castus ,monks pepper it can speed things along for those who have yet to have a period after comming of depo.

July 17, 2009 at 5:51 am
(563) jo says:

Sorry last post was a little brieth,i was on depo after i had my first child,after stopping depo i didnt get a period ,a friend told me about vitex (which is 100% natural and can be brought at health stores)I decided to give it ago after taking 1000mg a day for just 4 weeks my periods returned and i fell pregnant 2 months later, i then chose to go back on depo and again when i was ready to have another child came off and took vitex and fell pregnant 4 months later!!dont give up hope it will happen!!I told a friend of mine to try vitex as she had been of depo for over 12 months and was not ovulating she took it for 3 months and is now expecting a baby boy!!! just thought id share my story, good luck every 1 !!

July 17, 2009 at 11:22 am
(564) Lau says:

Hi all…I have been on Depo for about 2 years and a little. My last shot would have been in January 09 but i missed my appointment and since i didn’t have n e periods while on the depo i decided to let my period put in a few appearances. I spotted in May and had a real period in June and in July. Had a few scares when i thought i was preggie but it was false. I will just wait and see if any ovulation happens.

July 20, 2009 at 2:26 pm
(565) louise says:

hi all wanted share my story and see if any1 can give me any advice!!! i didnt have my last injection which was due just over 3 months ago as we wanted to try for a baby in a years time as i knew it would take me a least a year to get my periods back. for the past 3 weeks i have been sick any time of the day, gone off food, had stomach cramps very sore breasts and over the weekend started going to the toilet more frequently. ive had 4 pregnacy tests all coming back negative! ive now come to the conclusion that my hormones are in overtime due to coming off the depo! the other day however one of my nipples started to hurt (like a burning sensation) i looked at it and when i touch it a cloudly almost milky liquid came out of them, this is now happening to both of them, im so confused!!! is this a common sign of coming off the depo?! im waiting for my blood result to come back from the doctors but i just wanted to see if any1 else has experienced these symtoms after coming off the depo? i will never have this form off contraception again and now putting any1 off who wants it!!!!
please help!!!

July 23, 2009 at 1:14 pm
(566) Mirror says:

Hello I have been reading for the past half hour or so and I have been on the shot for almost 2 year i decide to get off of it because they said that it is not good to be on it for more then 2 years i was planning on having a baby in the next year or two but reading these comments got me alittle worried I talked to my doctor about the shot before i got it read the papers they gave me and even went online but I never expected to bleed for 3 weeks after stopping the shot or to feel like i am pregnant only to take a pregnacy tests to find out that i am not(not that i am in a hurry) I have 2 children and would like one more but i feel like there is no hope

July 23, 2009 at 4:03 pm
(567) Claud says:

I have been reading these posts for a while and found some common elements in women who are having a hard time conceiving after the depo. Seems to me women over 30, possibly overweight, some with previous pregnancies, irregular periods in the past, are having the hardest time conceiving after the depo?

I was very worried after reading all these posts since I had been on the depo for many years before getting off of it in June 2009.

Background about me: 28, never been pregnant, always had regular periods before going on depo, athletic, and had a great time on the depo, never bled, no weight gain, it was perfect.

I just got married in Feb.09, my last depo was March 09. I had been on it since I was maybe 17 or 18 years old (now 28) so it had been a LONG time, over 11 years.

My next depo was due June 19thish 2009. I didn’t get the shot and started testing for ovulation about 2 weeks later. I never tested positive for ovulation, now today July 23, 2009 almost exactly a month after being off the depo, and after not having my period in MANY years I got my period. So I must have ovulated immediately after getting off the depo? and the tests didn’t catch it, or this might be just some weird bleeding and not exactly a period. Either way I’m confident that this means that my body is going to start ovulating right away in between future periods.

So I’ll keep everyone posted but not EVERYONE out there has a horrible experience with depo, and I hope to be one of the ones who had a great depo. experience! Good luck everyone out there!

Also regular exercise and eating healthy and not “stressing” seems to help! (At least that’s what my dr. says too).

July 25, 2009 at 7:44 am
(568) kelly says:

i was on the depo for 12 years had no periods for most of that time, my depo was due nov 08 which i didn,t have, got my period back 4 months later which was march and fell pregnant in the july so it took me 8 months to conceive and i am 35 years old, hope this helps xx

July 27, 2009 at 3:49 am
(569) Stacie says:

i was on the depo for 4 years as a lot of my friends were going out getting pregnant and realized it was not for me! i came off the injection January 09 and had my first period April 09 i have had some irregular periods but i am pretty confident that i will be one of the lucky ones as you need a period to ovulate and a large majority of the comments above are that women have not had a period. Hopefully i will ovulate soon so my partner and i can start having a baby!!!!

i have taken some advice form a lady above to use vitex i have researched it and i think that if you are wanting children you should try things to help you conceive.

Good Luck!!!

July 27, 2009 at 3:31 pm
(570) nikki says:

I was on the depo for 6 to 7 years. When i got married at 22 we decided that we wanted to have children so i got off. when i got my first shot ALL they told me was that i could gain some weight, and have some spotting. well i am now 24, still not pregnant. i got preg in april and it ended in a miscarraige. I really wish that they would of told me all the problems that come along with this horrible shot. after starting the pill i didnt have a period the WHOLE time i was on it. spotted when i would get my shot and my teeth started to fall apart. my dentist said it was due to the hormones in the depo. all i want is a baby. and i am scared that i will never have one. I PRAY FOR ALL WOMEN THAT ARE ON IT: GET OFF NOW AND SAVE YOUR SELF SOME GRIEF.

July 27, 2009 at 3:51 pm
(571) Chris says:

I was on Depo for a year and its been a year since I stoped and have not had my period back. Drs should give us the information to take home and then come back for the shot with a nurse, so we haev the time to make an informed desicion on getting into this birth control method.
The only side efect my Dr told me was that it would take me at least 3 months (average) after stoping to Depo to haev my period and get pregnat agian. When I decided to stop and went for my annual check-up I complained about acne and lack of sexual desire and the dr said “yes, becasue the depo causes a chemical menopause, dont worry is normal”. I did got mad, I think that that information is needed to make a desition since you get into the birth control for a reason, and if the sexual desires goes, why sould we bother in using one?
Any way will see how much time will take to have period back. The good news is that after stoping depo acne got a little better and sexual desire came back after 3 months.

July 27, 2009 at 8:14 pm
(572) Krista says:

I’m 18 had the depo shot once, will never go on it again, but I’m bleeding like crazy, does anyone think its really possible to get pregnant at least 3 months after the shot?

July 29, 2009 at 7:50 am
(573) Jaclynn says:

I had my son april 2006 I started the depo shot nov2006 and was on it up until dec 2008 ,not once in the time I was on it did I have a period. I stop taking it in dec 2008 by the end of Jan2009 I started my first period,it was very dark blood but light bleeding and it only lasted about 3 days out of a week and then then next week another 3day,but with no cramping. Now it is July 29th and I have not had another one. Me and my boyfriend are talking about wanting another child and I am worried that the shot has messed me up for life. I have turned to the dr that gave it to me and asking them to give me the “medroxyprogesterrone” It helps you bleed but they seem not to care. I have asked them to call it in and even if I have to make an appt. to be able to have it. But still no help. I have been really upset,depressed and very moody. Just as you would when you are pregnant. But I have done the test and still nothing. If there is anyone that could help or have anything that could clear my mind a lil please contact me at my email address @ yahoo.com ( thomas.jaclynn@yahoo.com ) thank you again

July 29, 2009 at 9:59 am
(574) logan says:

I started the shot right after i had my daughter in sep of 07. After 3 months i decided it was just best to use condoms. Besides the 3 week period once the shot wore off. everything went back to normal. In January of 09 i decided to go back on depo to make life a little easier and one less worry. I had the shot twice. So it lasted 6 months. My husband and i decided that it was time to have another child and have been off the shot for nearly a month and no period yet. Taken one pregnancy test and came up negative. But my question is does age and the amount of time i had the shot effect this. Im 21 and was basically fine after my first time using the shot. is my try for more kids going to be extensive? My daughter is almost 2 now and we didnt want to seperate our childrens ages so much.

the fact that i was never told about this issue with depo is extreamly frustrating! No where have i ever heard of this side effect!!! Aren’t doctors required to tell us this information!!!

July 29, 2009 at 5:34 pm
(575) Tracy says:

I have been on Depo for around 7 years, in all that time I have had no periods which suited just fine. My boyfriend and I decided it was time for me to come off it in the hope of getting pregnant. My last shot was Nov 2008 and last week I got my first period. In the past 2 months I have had pregnancy symptoms including very sore breasts and nipples, slights weight gain and some nausea but 3 pregnancy tests wer negative. Its sounds like it can take some time to become pregnant after taking depo. Ive also heard that when people on Depo for a long time have a higher chance of carrying twins?

July 30, 2009 at 7:32 am
(576) Vicky says:

I was on depo for about 6 years. Came off it 18 months ago to start trying for a baby. I am 29 next month. My periods returned after 6 months of coming off. I am so depressed about not being pregnant. I know you shouldn’t compare, but it feels like all the friends who spoke of having a baby 2 years ago, all have been pregnant, and are now having their 1 year olds parties, and on 2nd pregnancies! Its very hard to deal with. My husband is great, but i think it’s upsetting him too now. I am asking my doctor to let me have some scans to check everything looks normal! Girls, I feel for you all, I know how you all feel. I hope you all get what you want very soon xxxx

August 3, 2009 at 2:17 pm
(577) Renee says:

After my son was born in Nov. 2005 I took the Depo shot from Dec. 2005-Dec. 2006 and stopped due to all the negative side effects (weight gain, depression, loss of sex drive, pregnancy symtoms, etc). Then I tried all types of pills, herbs, and cleansers to rid my body of the Depo, but nothing worked. It took about 1.5 years to get my period back but it was very light and irregular. It took about 2 years before it became more normal. Now it’s been over 2.5 years and I’ve had to take Femara to induce ovulation and have had 2 chemical pregnancies (very early miscarriages) since then. My doctor thinks I have low progesterone that is making my body miscarry, but I never had this problem before the Depo. I think this drug really messed up my body and I wish the doctors would have told me about this stuff before. Now, I’m not sure if I’ll ever get pregnant again. If anyone has any advice please email me at Renee_Mosley@hotmail.com. Thanks and good luck to you all!

August 4, 2009 at 2:46 am
(578) Christina says:

I was on the depo shot for a year. I quit taking the shot in August of 2007. I had no period for a long time until I went to the doctor in Feb of 2008. She put me on these kind of pills. And the next two weeks I started my period. That march I had my regular period. And then In April that same year I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend and I got pregnant. Maybe I was just the lucky ones. I know God had a major role in this. So dont give up. Keep you head up high and pray to God (I dont mean to offend anyone if not religious.

August 4, 2009 at 7:57 pm
(579) Brenda says:

My son was born in Feb 03 and i went on depo shortly after I have been on it for most of the last 6 and a half years. My next shot is due in September and I dont plan on getting it. Im hoping it doesnt take me to long to get pregnant.

I am w/in 5 pounds of my prepregnancy weight. I have had bad headaches but I blame them more on work than on depo. I changed posisions at work over 2 months ago and instead of 2 or 3 severe headaches a week, I only got 2 or 3 slight headaches over the last 2 months.

My sister went off of depo because of health problems. SEVERE HEAVY BLEEDING WHEN SHE WENT OFF DEPO. She bled threw a tampon and a pad at work. She had an appointment to get her tubes tied but had to postpone it because she changed jobs and didnt have insurance. A month after that she found out she was pregnant. Would have been pregnant when she went in for her original appointment to get her tubes tied. I believe that was w/in 9 months of going off depo.

August 6, 2009 at 10:52 pm
(580) Alyson says:

Hi my names alyson i am on the depo shot and have had 3 injections soo far. i think that most of the problems with the depo shot have to do with what the person who is on it is doing,because most of these comments that i have read women are saying that they have been on the depo shot for like 7 years 4 years and some have been on it for 2 years taken a break and then got back on it. i am not an expert on the depo provera shot but to my knowledge i know that women should not be on depo for more than 2 years becuz it CAN cause problems and also i do not think it is wise to be on depo for a year and then decide to take a break becuz that break will mess up your whole system. if you don’t under stand what i mean here’s an example…. if you have a kitten and you have it for like a year and then you give that kitten away to a friend you let her keep it for like 2 years then you come back and you want the kitten back. soo your friend brings you the kitten but it’s no longer the kitten you knew it grew into a cat so now you are stuck with a cat that you never saw grow up. so the meaning behind my story is you shouldn’t stop somthing that changes your body the minute it’s in you and not expect that when you start it back up it’s not going to change your body again.

August 8, 2009 at 12:18 am
(581) AmyV says:

Alyson, I understand that everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I think it’s completely inappropriate to come on a website where women are physically and emotionally hurting because they feel their chances for ever having children are gone, and insult them. In their defense, the consequences of a woman being on Depo for more than 2 years is still being revealed, so to call these women ignorant for being on it for longer, is in itself, ignorant. There are many doctors who won’t take a woman off of the shot after two years because they feel that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And if a woman can’t trust her doctor, who can she trust?? Also, there are many women on this site, myself included, who were only on the shot for 2-3 cycles (6-9 months) and had irreversible damage. It’s been almost 2 years since I had a shot and I’m still trying to LOSE the 90 lbs I GAINED and the REGAIN the period I LOST while on the shot for only 9 months! I sympathize, respect, and care for these women in their quest to have a child, and think some people’s opinions, like yours, although free to say…should be kept quiet.

August 10, 2009 at 4:51 pm
(582) Nicola says:

I had depo as an 18/19 yr old(for circa 18 months I think). I got pregnant at 24 after 6 months of ‘trying’ (simply using no contraception – we didn’t calculate ovulation dates etc). It will happen for those of you trying to conceive – try and relax (I know it’s hard) you haven’t caused permanant damage to your fertility. My Dr advised me it can take on average 1 yr for fertility to return, however this varies from person to person. Getting pregnant isn’t easy so it may be that the reasons you aren’t conceiving are the same reasons as women who’ve never used depo. Please stay positive!

August 11, 2009 at 11:39 am
(583) Helen says:

Hi all

Having read through all the comments, I was starting to feel a bit stressed about not conceiving. However, there are positive stories on here too and the important thing is not to get too stressed with it all.

I am 29 and was on Depo for 7 years. We got married last October and decided that we wanted to try for a baby, so I didn’t get my last shot which was due in December. I originally went on Depo due to really heavy bleeding and no oral contraceptives helped. I wasn’t told any of the side effects when I got my first shot or how long it would take me to get pregnant when I came off it. However, I did realise that it would probably cause me problems with conceiving. I hardly bled at all whilst on Depo. However I did gain weight and have really bad migraines. My periods returned in Jan this year – heavy at first but have since settled down to a 32 day cycle. I have been taking vitamins to help with conceiving and have also tried ovulation testing kits. However when I have worked out when I should be ovulating, the tests are saying I’m not. Someone said to me that after being on birth control, that your ovaries can be suppressed and take time to return to normal. Has anyone else heard this? I am keeping my fingers crossed that I get pregnant soon as am really excited about having children. Suppose I have to remain positive and not lose hope. Wishing you all lots of luck x

August 12, 2009 at 10:56 am
(584) Ana says:

I was on Depo for 4 years and off it for 3 months when I got pregnant. My little guy is now 9 months old. My regular cycle started immediately

August 13, 2009 at 12:59 pm
(585) Shannon says:

I was on Depo for about 3 1/2 years my next shot was due January 2009 I decided not to get it. My cycle started back lightly in March and came pretty often spotting. By May I was completely normal.I was going to wait at least a year to start trying for my baby but Im thinking we should start tryin maybe I’ll be lucky. While on the shot I experienced many side affects including hair loss, tender brest and extreme head aches. When I got off I had so many false pregnacy symptoms and my Breast were extremely sore for a while.

August 13, 2009 at 3:24 pm
(586) TAMMY says:

my daughter missed her shot july 17 09.and been haveing unprocted sex.how long does the shot stay in ur system.she cant get another shot until she starts her period.

August 14, 2009 at 11:36 am
(587) Patti says:

ok here is my story, I am 27 years old. Average weight. I have a 10 year old son and a 9 year old daughter. After the birth of my daughter i started the depo. Was on it for 9 continuos years. Had a bout of pre cervical cancer last year while still on depo. My fiancee(he has no children) and I have decided we would like to have a child together. So i took my last injection on February 3 2009. In June 2009 i had my period and have been regular since. The dr. did tell me about the delay being up to 2 years after getting off. My cousin got pregnant last year after 3 years on the depo. It only took her 3 months to become pregnant.I am hoping to become pregnant before January. The dr. has told me that most woman become pregnant 6 months to 2 years after coming off the shot. I have not been taking anything since coming off depo. My dr. has suggested using condoms for the first 6 months. Apparently chance of misscarriage is greater within the first six months coming off depo. I never had a period on depo and was always regular before and in the 3 months coming off i have been regular. Hope this helps guys. Will post again if and when i do become pregnant. I think eating properly is really important too. Not just for the woman either! Remeber half of becoming pregnant comes from the man as well!

August 16, 2009 at 12:27 pm
(588) Katie-Lynn says:

I was on the depo shot for 8 months and my last shot was April 15th 2008. I talked to my doctor about when I could get pregnant, and he told me that it should take a year… Well it has been over a year now, and I still haven’t conceived. I gave up on trying, although still worried that I’ll never be able to conceive in the future. I wonder if there is anything I can do to help myself to conceive. Its driving me nuts! Never again will I go on Depo and I would never trust the doctor to put my children on it if I ever had children.. The doctor told me that the shot wouldn’t be harmful to the reproductive system. Pisses me off so much!

August 16, 2009 at 3:17 pm
(589) Mandy0312 says:

ok..i have spent the last hour or so reading thru the comments posted on this site, and i am amazed. There are so many similarities in the stories these ladies tell and my own. I am 33 yrs old and i received my last shot in Mar09. I first started the depo shot after having my first son at the age of 25 (i had been on the pill before -since age 15). I was receiving my family planning care from the local health dept. and the depo sounded like a great option to me. (I had been having trouble remembering to take the pill after i got married and consequently got pregnant 6 months later, which was ok by me). The ladies at the health department told me to come back for me 2nd shot the week of such-and-such date. When i showed up on the thursday of that week they told me i should have been there before tuesday and i would need to wait 2 weeks, take a pregnancy test and then i could get my next shot. When i went back in two weeks to take my test, it came back positive. I had my second son 15months after my first. *THIS IS APPARENTLY UNUSUAL FOR THE MAJORITY OF LADIES ON THIS SITE. I RECENTLY SPOKE WITH MY REGULAR DOCTOR AND SHE SAID THAT WHILE MOST DOCTORS RECOMMEND YOU GET YOUR SHOT EVERY 12 WEEKS, THE MANUFACTURER ACTUALLY SAYS IT WORKS FOR 14.* i guess i conceived in those last two weeks of my shot. So, after my 2nd child i used the depo again (he is almost 7 years old now). In those years i enjoyed the shot! i did have the brownish discharge that lasted about 10 at the end of every 3rd month, and i did not like that. So, about 2 years ago(after my divorce) i tried the nuva-ring for a year, and it was ok – but then the health dept quit offering it – so i went back to the depo for the last year. I am in a new relationship with a wonderful man who has no children of his own. Since recently getting health insurance i had a conversation with my physician’s assistant about my stopping the depo. She told me that i would be able to get pregnant right away. We would like to conceive soon, since we are not getting any younger. I had expected my period to return immediately, (i don’t recall any doctor ever describing that side effect to me) and when it didnt, i made an appointment with my doctor to find out why. A different physician’s assistant in the same office told me that it could take up to a year after my last shot for my period to return, but that i would be fertile and ovulating during that time – just not bleeding. So….now it has been 3 months since i was due to get my shot, 6 months since i have had one. I would have preferred to pregnant quicker than what i have read is common on this site. I am sad that so many women were not given the complete information on the shot. I think that doctors form their own prejudices for and against certain medications and treatments and the advice they give is skewed to fit those prejudices. I would have happy to weigh the full facts and be given the opportunity to make an informed decision. I didnt feel like i could read all these stories and not make a comment of my own. I dont know if the shot should be banned or the makers sued – but it would be better if women were given ALL of the CORRECT information before making the decision to take the shot. Thank you all for sharing your stories…I wish you all the best of luck in conceiving. And in life.

August 16, 2009 at 10:27 pm
(590) Cara says:

I guess I just need a little encouragement. I was on the shot for a year. I was due for it at the beginning of June. I didn’t get it because we want to try and conceive. I got my period right after, thinking awesome, that’s a sign I’m on the right track! The next month I had bled for a day :( no actual period. Nothing this month. All pregnancy tests have been negative. Any words of advice or encouragement?

August 18, 2009 at 5:44 am
(591) Di says:

I am 30 and was on the depo for about 10 years, I came off it April 2008 and had a period within 3 months and have been regular ever since, however, it has now been 16 months and I am still not ovulating (I know very confusing!). My husband and I are getting rather low now. I am looking into trying acupuncture as I have heard it is very good for infertility. Good luck everyone!

August 18, 2009 at 11:43 pm
(592) Heather says:

Holy cow.
I spent quite a bit of time reading through all of this, but this is my storie. I am 23. I had my first child at 14. Between the time I was 14 and 20 I had the depo once. I had one month of it and hated it. Then in Augs. ’06 I got back on Depo. Me and my Husband of 3 years decided in June ’07 NOT to get the depo shot again due to my side affects of the shot and we wanted to have a baby. I had a period soon after discontinuing the shot, but then nothing till Dec. ’07 I had spotting for a day or two. then in Jan ’07 we found out we were pregnant!! We were sooo excited. But soon found out that I was carring twins and I was miscarring. That was very tramatic for us. So off to try again. Now it being Aug. ’09 we are extremly discuraged cause we have not become pregnant again!!! We have both been to the Dr. and we both were told that it will happen and we are fine physically.
I am very sad because I feel like after 2 YEARS!! of not having the shot I would have had a sucessfull pregnancy, but that has not been the case. I am TRUELY sorry for all of you having the same problem!!! It is sooo amazingly upseting!!

August 20, 2009 at 12:10 am
(593) jessics says:

it seems as if we have the same problem. I’ve been off the depo for almost a year and just got my period back. Im trying to have another baby but nothing is working. I just want to know if any of our doctors told us this would happen before they suggested this damn shot? and is there anything we can do about this?

August 25, 2009 at 4:26 am
(594) jennyH says:

I started the shot in early 2005 when I was 18. I’m now 22 and it’s been great so far. I’m due for a shot next month and won’t be taking it because of all the stories I’ve heard. Thanks for being the warning that I never got from the doctors/nurses.

When I went to get the shot for the first time, I was never given any manufacturer’s pamphlet, just the clinic’s version of it, which was very short, and it was AFTER I was given the shot. I specifically remember it saying “Depo-Provera does NOT cause infertility.” So being 18 and just thinking I didn’t want my period and I didn’t want to get pregnant yet, I accepted it. I’m not complaining, but I think that since I was just 18, the nurse practitioner took it a little too lightly. I WAS told that it wasn’t recommended to stay on the shot for more than 2 years because it may cause osteoporosis. When I asked about that after about 3 years, the nurse just asked “well are you having any problems?” and I said no, she just said “then there’s nothing to worry about.”

Now I don’t understand why some few women are getting pissy and calling people ignorant for not doing a full complete research on depo. Yea we should read up on it, but that’s why we go to doctors to help us out. They’re the ones that went to medical school, then specialized in gynecology. They should know what can mess a woman up and they should be warning up about it. Since I was never given any real pamphlet, I should’ve been given the thorough pros and cons of it from their mouths.

Anyway for those who are thinking about getting depo and are worried about their sex drive, I have a feeling it’s case by case because I’m completely opposite of the women complaining about it here. My boyfriend actually complains about the fact that I’m way too horny. A 23 year old guy, complaining about his girlfried being horny all the time! when does that ever happen?

Good luck to everyone trying to get preggo..and i guess to those who aren’t as well!

August 25, 2009 at 9:46 am
(595) Maggie says:

I was on the shot for about 10 years. I loved it! No weight gain and no periods for me. I received my last shot on November 5, 2008. I had my first period (no spotting in between) on July 7, 2009. I used an OPK and detected my first ovulation on July 21, 2009. I took a pregnancy test 2 weeks later and it was positive. I am now 7 weeks pregnant. My doctor always told me that it would take about 9 – 10 months after the shot for me to get pregnant. We started trying during that time frame and it worked like clockwork. Not that everyone will have this experience, but for me the shot worked perfectly – no periods and a delay of fertility for about 9 – 10 months – excactly what all of the medical advice says. I hope that if you are reading this you have a similar experience.

August 25, 2009 at 4:28 pm
(596) Diana 1969 says:

Hi Ladies! I too feel as though I have fallen victim to Depo. I was on it for 4yrs. I had a lot of spotting throughout and sometimes nothing for 3months. I was due to take my last shot Jan 09, and I didn’t. I wanted another baby. I spotted in Jan, bled like crazy in Feb and Mar. My breasts were extremely sore and the cramps were crazy. My periods were back on cycle by Apr, and I have taken ovulation tests and I am ovulating. I have had unprotected sex and nothing. I thought for sure I was prego this month. I had all the symptoms. It was negative and I got my period. I am a little sad, but I do believe that God has all the power and if I am meant to conceive then it will happen. I pray for all of us women and God Bless us all with beautiful healthy babies. Congrats to all the women who finally got prego. Hopefully next time I come back I will have good news.

August 25, 2009 at 8:54 pm
(597) Johanna says:

omg! Im so nervous now. Im 24yrs old. never had a baby. I was on depo for about 5yrs and i finally stoped on December 08. I being getting this 2 o 3 days menstrual”periods”(i dont think they normal) but whatever. Im trying to get pregnant but nothing.I want to have a baby now and i cant :( . Im not sure what to do. Please help!!!

August 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm
(598) Missy says:

LOOK! every birth control has its side effects, be smart. Its something you are putting into your body, chemicals, and its messing with your system and doing something unnatural. So odd results and problems are bound to happen! DUH! I have been on depo for 6 years, and between those years i have also tried out many other birth controls as well.. DONT be blaming it on your doctor for not telling you the facts, yes its there job, but its your too, do some research!.. Be Smart!.. All birth control leaves you with some difficulties with getting pregnant after.. and everyones body is different. Sometimes it may take up to 2 years for your body to get “back to normal” .. NOW>> Becuase you couldnt get pregnant right away after doesnt meen its from Depo.. Use your brain! everyones body is different, getting pregnant can be a very difficult thing. My parents spend 5 years trying to concieve me. Yet my aunt shot out 6 kids within 8 years.. DONT BLAME DEPO!!! Pregnancy is a difficult thing.. and it is pretty often that women have miscareges, ( i have a very close friend who has 2 kids, and also had 2 miscarages never using Birth Control) it happens! ALL BIRTH CONTROL has its side effects and can cuase problems after.. use your brain, its common sense!!!!

August 27, 2009 at 5:54 pm
(599) Amanda says:

I was on the Depo shot for only one cycle. It has been 4 months since I’ve been off the shot. I am currently trying to get pregnant but it has become very difficult. I have only had one period last month and I bleed for a day this month. I have no signs or symptoms of pregnancy and still no period! Never will I EVER do depo again!

August 27, 2009 at 9:25 pm
(600) lisa says:

im having my depo injection in a week but i want a baby insted is it possible to get pregnant now and will it take longer then a week or will it come quick ?

August 31, 2009 at 3:52 am
(601) Marie says:

Hello ladies. I started depo at 17my dad put me on it till I was 18 I stoped taking it and had a beautiful daughter me and my husband wanted to wait a while to get preg. It took me 16 months and dec 09 I had a tubel then got preg again and lost the second baby! Then took the shot again at the end of march 09 and we want to try again I’m am really scare that me taking the shot for the third time might have messed me up Pray for me I am going to the doc. To see what we can do to try again!! My advise is to never ever take depo!!!

August 31, 2009 at 10:48 pm
(602) Paige says:

I am 18 years old and have been on the DEPO shot for about a year and a half now. I have had no periods and no side effects. I am in college and don’t want a child until after but my boyfriend of 2 years and I plan on getting married and starting a family right after college. Should I get off the shot now so I have a better shot of getting pregnant. All I have ever wanted is to be a mom.

September 1, 2009 at 5:35 am
(603) Mandilynn says:

I am about to turn 21 and am now scared out of my mind. I am tripping out now! There are a bunch of blogs written by women on MULTIPLE websites who took depo that aren’t getting pregnant. After one year- it’s taken many of them1-2 years to even get a regular period again!!! :( (( I’ve just caused myself to be infertile for over 2 years. Not that it’s bad to be right now….. But what if it’s permanent?????! I am freaking OUT!!!!! :( (( I want to be able to have a kid when I’m 25!!!! The only information I recieved from My doctor was a pamphlet stating it could take 6-18 months to regain fertility (at the latest). They failed now to mention u get your cycle and not your fertility at the beginning. Is it possible to become infertile permanently from
This?? :( ((( and why are doctors/health practitioners not filling us in on ALL of the dirty about depo!!!

God bless all of you currently trying to get pregnant. I hope you stay strong and may you have the joy of a child soon.

September 2, 2009 at 10:45 am
(604) Ruth says:

I have been on depo for 18 months my last one was on 14th February 2009. In July my DR advised me to take BC Pills for two months which iam still doing. He said i will conceive afterwards. I menstruate the last day of my first pack i dont know whether it work but i have very big faith in God and what the Dr advised me. but i still need your help.

September 2, 2009 at 7:48 pm
(605) nicki says:

Hi all. well im 22 years old. i got put on depo when i was 18. i met my bf and we wanted to have a baby. i stopped getting my shot jun. 08 and my period started in aug. 08. I found out i was pregnant march. 09, but sadly i lost the baby. im really hoping that i can get pregnant and that this shot hasnt messed up my chances of having my family.

September 5, 2009 at 3:33 am
(606) Tiffany says:

I was on Depo for 6 years after my first son was born. Read up on it a little and saw that it could up to a year to become normal with cycles again and to become pregnant. I ended the depo in march of 06. Bec ame pregnant in Feb of 07 and now have a beautiful 2 year boy. There is hope after Depo! Don’t get discouraged.

September 5, 2009 at 4:47 pm
(607) Sarah says:

I posted my last comment in April of 2009, I only went for one shot in October of 2008, was due for my 2nd shot January of 2009. never went for it. I got my period in April and have had it ever since. I had unprotected sex three times in July, and in August I never got a period. I’m to scared to take a pregnancy test, was hoping I’d get it this month. I have had some symptoms of pregnancy, headaches, backaches, increase in vaginal discharge, full feeling, loss of appetite, and fatiuge. Could I be pregnant?

September 7, 2009 at 9:48 am
(608) amanda says:

I was on Depo about 11 years ago now, was NOT even on the shot for a year….I used to be normal b4 i began Depo… I was finally getting normal, well as normal as could be from after using Depo so many years ago, was not around the same time each month but was getting a normal atcing cycle each month finally this year, minus the occacional clooting i kept on getting…. well i have been married 4 six years now, we have been trying to get pregnant, i have even been talking to my body every day…. i did not get my cycle in July or in August, i mean i have gone a month,(give or take) in the past b4, last month some pink but no bleeding…. thought our wish was finally comming true till yesterday, began cramping in lower back, then this morning I wiped red, not heavy not dark but more than just spooting….. I normally go thru major PMS b4 I start and during but not this time, have been happier more than usual, one friend said i was glowing, hungry more often and i never am when about to start or on my period, so what is going on???? 2 months late and a few days into this month, no PMS symptoms really, u know not cranky, hungry more often, but am now cramping in lower back, and have had sensitive nipples….. can some one PLEASE help me?????????????
thnks in advanced to anyone willing to help or who can answer my questions

September 7, 2009 at 12:52 pm
(609) maryanne says:

i had the depo shot before both of my children and it took me 2 years both times after i stopped the shot hope this is of some help but everybody is different

September 8, 2009 at 8:06 am
(610) jennifer says:

I wanted 2 know something? Anyone please answer me and tell me. Well i got ma first shot on june 22 2009 and now i need to get the new one between august 29 2009 till september 9 2009 i wanted 2 know if i can get pregnant as soon as possbile if i dont go on the shot anymore like how long its gonna be i dont even know why i went on the shot i guess because u dont get as much ur period but now i want to have my second baby and i really want 2 get pregnant soon how long does it take to get pregnant?

September 8, 2009 at 8:50 am
(611) Patti says:

You can get pregnant right away after but most woman it takes up to 2 years. I was on depo for 9 years and starting getting my periods back the month I came off depo. I have a relative who got pregnant within 2 months of coming off depo ( she was on it for 3 years). I’ ve been off the depo 3 months now and my dr. told me last month that I am ovulating. We hope to concieve soon. I will re-post when and if I do concieve. and to amanada it is possible that you were pregnant and had a miscarriage. That can cause the symtoms you were talking about. Only dr. can really tell you though.

September 8, 2009 at 3:29 pm
(612) Breezy39 says:

Hi everyone! It’s been a while but I wanted to stop by and say that it’s happened! I’m pregnant. I know there are alot of women out there who think Depo is evil etc etc etc but I really liked Depo Provera and have nothing bad to say about it because it was the only form of birth control for me. Even though in the long run I had a few periods that were heavy in the beginning, I was able to contact my gyn who put me on Femcon Fe for 3 months, she said that’s all I would need to be on bc for and then we would be able to get pregnant anytime after that (last day of bc pill was August 1st 2009). My last period was August 3rd 2009 and to my surprise my period was late for this month so I took two tests (one last night and one this morning-just to confirm) and both came back positive! I am about 5 weeks along and have my 1st prenatal visit in October. So to all you women out there that were or are on Depo and are worried about your chances well I’m here to say DON”T WORRY! Take it one day at a time, see the doctor to make sure you don’t need to be on anything to correct your menstrual cycle and well you know the rest…..lots of couple time and it will happen if it’s meant to happen. God only gives you as much as you can handle so remember that. Good luck to all of you!

September 9, 2009 at 5:02 pm
(613) Tammy says:

Hi ladies, it’s me tammy from post 519. Well it is now September and it has been 7 months since my last shot. Still no sign of my period. I actually though I had gotten pregnant so I have taken about 3 pregnancy test in the past 2 months, all of them negative. I have had no signs of a period, no spotting, cramping or anything. I can say that my breast have gone up about 2 cup sizes since I have gotten off the shot. Weather or not that has any thing to do with the effects of Depo, I have no idea. My breast hurt all the time and are sore to the touch. I still haven’t lost any weight since being off the shot. But me and my boyfriend are still hoping we have a chance to conceive. I worry all the time that I may have become sterile in some sort of way from the shot. My mood swings are still present, and my bones and muscles hurt all the time. I regret ever taking Depo for birth control. I know I should have patience on getting pregnant, it’s just me and my boyfriend want a baby so bad and it seems like it’s never gonna happen. I do wanna say Congrats again to the ladies who have gotten pregnant since getting off Depo!!! Hopefully my time will come soon!

September 13, 2009 at 12:23 am
(614) Sarah-Rose says:

I was on Depo for 6 months and on the pill (Yasmin) for 2 years prior. I bled the whole time through my course on depo, it was horrible. Ever since coming off Depo 16 months ago, I am still bleeding every 2 weeks. And have not gotten pregnant. Is my reproductive system stuffed? What can I do to stop this bleeding? Im only 19, and am planning to have children in the next 5 years. Will I need to go on any medication to be able to get pregnant?

September 14, 2009 at 12:33 pm
(615) Anastassiya says:

Hiya everyone, i’m 25 now i have little girl 3 years old, when she was about 7 month old (dec 2006) i started on depo, we’re planning to have another child now and i was due a shot on 31st dec of 2008 but i didn’t have it, i had my first period back 4 month later (april this year) since then i had period once a month but very strangly way…one day or just spotting or really heavy bleeding…..my last priod was for 3 weeks…and i went to see GP she gave me norethisterone to stop bleeding for 10 days….then it came back when i finished them, then it stopped now waiting for the next one(period) if they’re normal she said…means my cycle is back to normal and i’m ready to concieve, so hopefully it’s gonna be ok this time, cos really wanna little boy.

now wondering how do i check ovulation cos never checked before.

September 19, 2009 at 1:00 am
(616) Miriam says:

I took my depo shot the hospital after giving birth. i never whent bak to get my shot i have had sex but i hvnt gotten my period…i have take 4 pregnacy tests n they r negative?? whats goin on…last date gat da shot march 25 2009…period en june 25 n had sex dat day!!!

September 21, 2009 at 5:34 pm
(617) Tracy says:

Hi, I just thought I would post an update. I had been on the depo for approx 6 years and got my last shot in Nov 08. I got my first period in June this year and since then almost every 2 weeks. I visited the doctor today to get a better, professional view of depo and she told me that because of the length of time I was on it, it of course will take my body some time to know what its normal cycle / routine is. She has told me to come back on the 9th Oct for Anaemia tests, ovulation tests and bloods to check all is well. She said I shouldnt worry too much as its normal for all womens bodies to act differently when there is a change in hormone (ie coming off contraceptive injection or pill). I suppose it makes sense but I will update you all in the next couple of weeks.

September 21, 2009 at 6:28 pm
(618) alli says:

I had the depo once and didn’t get it again when I was due…. It has now been almost three months after I was due for another shot and no period…. I don’t think its healthy….

September 22, 2009 at 3:27 am
(619) patricia says:

wow this really scares me i wish i would have found this site befor i had gotten my depo shot i just had an ectopic so i got the shot i have been off of it for about 6mon and i was bleeding the whole time i was on the shot for about 3months now that i did not get my 2nd shot and i have not been bleeding at all and all of a sudden i start having a borwnish discharge

September 22, 2009 at 10:34 am
(620) Rachael says:

This birth control is poison. My husband and I thought it would be great b/c I wouldn’t get my period. My advice: don’t mess up what God made to happen. I was on the depo shot for 2 and a half years. My last injection was November 2006. I didn’t get my period until September of 2007. It has now been 2 years and six months since we’ve started trying. Depo has felt like a curse on my body. Please don’t EVER let anyone you know take this birth control. To those ladies on here that are currently on it….be careful. It can mess up your system so much, and the future can be terribly painful.

September 22, 2009 at 3:33 pm
(621) Cstar says:

I have been on and off depo since 1995. When I went off of it 2 years ago to get pregnant I had no problem. I didn’t get my shot in April – had a normal period in May and June and got pregnant in July. Normal pregnancy – healthy boy – no problems.
I just went off again in August so we can try for our 3rd and final baby! Waiting to see how this goes!

September 23, 2009 at 11:38 pm
(622) vonchunk says:

argh

September 24, 2009 at 6:38 pm
(623) Abbie says:

Hi everyone, I really liked the shot and it served it’s purpose when I wanted it to. No periods,that was cool. But….now I am suffering the consequences! I would like to have another child but it is taking forever to get my system back to normal. Like most of the women on here it took a long time to even get my period after I stopped the shot. Now I have mega period!!!! Heavy bleeding that as of now has lastest for a month! Doctor gave me birth control pills and it made it lighter but never stopped it?!

September 26, 2009 at 1:18 pm
(624) Michelle says:

I was on depo for 7 years and i decided to get off of it. I got pregnant within 2 months of being off of it. It is different for everyone. There is no need to tell people to never use it because everyone has a different experience with every drug. I want to have a second child and it may be more difficult the second time around, we’ll see. I still would recommend the shot because it is very affective.

September 29, 2009 at 2:38 pm
(625) Kristi says:

My first child was conceived by taking clomid 13 years ago. My daughter who is now 10 was not. After she was born I began taking depo. I was on it for 10 years. Before depo my period was very irregular. I loved being on depo. i got remarried and my husband asked me to go off it. He thinks I should not be putting that in my body, plus wanted to have a baby of our own. February 09 I was suposed to get my shot and decided not too. I had seen several websites like this, read many horror stories and was terrified that I would probably never be able to conceive again after being on depo for so many years. I began taking some herbal pills I had read that would help regulate your cycle,like Primrose oil,Vitez, and Dong Quai. Well in May I started my period. This week I found out I am pregnant. So, it can happen, and obviously pretty quickly. Everyone is different. I understand how frustrating it is, but dont give up.

September 29, 2009 at 3:56 pm
(626) arlene says:

i was on depo for a year decided to come of try for a baby i got my last jag ran out in oct and by feb i was celebrating falling pregnant again

September 29, 2009 at 6:55 pm
(627) Tia says:

I was on depo for almost 4 years. I quit getting the shot November 2008. Then, my boyfriend/ my son’s father of 7 years and I married May 2009, and we decided it was time for our second child. Well, I wasn’t on any birth control since that November, so we were basically trying since then. It was difficult, I kept giving up hope, but I prayed and prayed and kept up with my cycles and ovulation. So nine months later, August 2009 I became pregnant. I am now 7 weeks pregnant. Patience and prayer is the key

September 29, 2009 at 11:24 pm
(628) Hoping says:

I’ve been reading the many posts on this issue and feel that i should add my story. I got married in Dec 2004 and at that time i started using oral contraceptives. I used the pill for a few months before i got married then tried noristerat and finally took Depo. I had about 3 shots the last one in June 2006. My doctor advised me to try to get pregnant and so my husband and i have been trying since Nov 2007. It is now Sept 2009 and still no baby. What bothers me is that the month after we started trying i started getting severe cramps in the lower right side of my abdomen. There have been times that i was so sure that i was pregnant and the fact that my periods were delayed made me feel convinced but after 5 or 6 days it would come. I am feeling very frustrated because my Doctor doesn’t seem to think that there is a problem. I use pregnacare, tried detoxing, dieting, timing but still nothing. the only thing i have left is hope. I don’t know that i should blame depo as i used more than one type of injection. Just the same i don’t ever want to use any birth control pills or injectibles because the side effects were terrible: blood clot, lump in breast, hair loss etc. Every woman’s body is different but my experience has left me with much regret. I so desperately need answers.

September 30, 2009 at 12:43 am
(629) Mariah says:

I got my first shot feb 07 then recieved my second shot the beginning of June. I was supposed to go back for my third shot in September 07 but chose not to. It’s been about 2 years since and have been trying to get pregnant with no luck…I dont know what to think about it. My fiance is starting to doubt the fact that we might not get that chance to become parents. Im glad I have people to relate to.

September 30, 2009 at 1:17 am
(630) Oshay Foster says:

Hi galz, i got the shot once a year ago, after the 3 months i got my normal period and have had it ever since. Been trying to get pregnant for about 6 months, nothing yet but everything has been normal with my period??? Any advise???

September 30, 2009 at 1:24 pm
(631) Michelle says:

hey all, I was on the shot for four and half yrs after my second child was born. My last shot was Feb of 09 because my husband and I would like another child. I signs that I was pregnant took a pregnantcy test at home, it had come out postive so I called my dr he sent me for blook work. Well it turns out that I am not pregnant. An at home pregnancy test is about 97% accurant but hardly ever get a false postive. So if you take an at home test and its positive please get blood work before getting your hopes up like we did.

October 3, 2009 at 8:13 am
(632) Beverley says:

Ive been having Depo injections for the last 3 years. My last injection was the end of March so it was due the end of June but I didnt have it as me and my husband want to try and have a baby soon.
Ive been worrying that it would take years to concieve after reading through this site, but i started my period the other day so hopefully things will turn back to normal soon! Good luck everyone!

October 4, 2009 at 8:42 pm
(633) Amber says:

I first posted on this sight in February of 2009. Since then I have been pregnant twice and miscarried both times. Since my husband and I have taken a two month break and started using condoms. We are going to try again soon. I was on depo for 12 years. I also do not have any children yet. Hopefully third time will produce a healthy baby. I know that all the problems everyone is having is related to the depo shot. If you are skeptical, read all of the blogs beginning in 2006. Good luck to everyone and hopefully time will bring us the answers we are searching for. And by the way, if you have only been off depo for 6 months or so, don’t panic yet. It can take 12-18 months for depo to get completely out of your system.

October 7, 2009 at 1:46 pm
(634) carly says:

i was on the depo shot in 10th grade about 16 years old. i was on the depo for about a year. i am almost 23 years old and still have maybe 2 periods per year naturally. i tried birth control pills for about 5 months but as soon as i stopped the pills to see if it would continue… no period. i think about having our first child every minute of everyday. when i see a pregnant women i feel sick to my stomach. every time i feel sick in the morning i hope “maybe this is morning sickness” only to get my hopes up and become metally miserable in the illusion i am prego. whoever put this shot on the market needs to be shot and sliced up by all who it has robbed of motherhood. cant even try fertility drugs if you dont have a period. maybe adoption but its not the same

October 7, 2009 at 4:28 pm
(635) girlygirl3 says:

i have been taking the depo provera shot for 5 years now and the Dr. says that after so many years its good to change becuase it makes your bones dence and it affects your liver(what b.c doesnt) any ways i stoped having periods about 2 years into taking the shot. i now want to get off of the shot and start something else because i do want to have children in the future.. but i read all of this and it scares me because it seems as tho it does make you infertile. i am still at a young age and not ready for children but would it be save now to stop it and take a different meathod? my boyfriend wont have sex with me unless i am on some kind of contraceptive…. so help me ..
also i am very sorry for all of you who havent been able to get pregnant i wish you luck and hope mother nature takes her toll and does her business right :)

October 7, 2009 at 4:47 pm
(636) Tracy says:

Hi everyone, I posted a few months ago and still no change. I had my last injection in Dec 2008 – I eventually got my periods back in July 2009 which seemed reasonably normal at first but now very eratic – sometimes every 2 weeks! I spoke with my GP last week and she has booked me in for blood tests and an ovulation test, beacuse of the frequency of period she fears I may become anaemic! I told her about my fears from being on Depo for alomost 7 years but she assured me if a perfectly safe contraceptive method and like everthing else has its risks. She also told me that I cannot compare myself or my body to other people! Getting my bloods and tests next week – fingers x

October 8, 2009 at 9:21 am
(637) mum of one boy says:

I am a depo victim please for those who postedd here l;ong time ago please can you up date us so that we have atleast postive hopes.

October 8, 2009 at 9:24 am
(638) ruth h says:

May those who posted here some time ago please up date us on your current status

October 8, 2009 at 11:40 am
(639) lauren says:

I am a 22yr old i started getting the shot about six months ago,i was due for my next one on 09/30/2009, i didn’t take it cause now i would like to have another baby. 3 weeks into September i was bleeding like crazy my doctor thought i might be having a miscarriage, so before my boyfriend and i started talking about having another baby i was not going to take the shot anymore. Now we are on our 2nd week of trying, hope all ends well for us and all the others.

October 8, 2009 at 6:28 pm
(640) Amanda says:

I used the shot for about a year and it has been five years now that I have been off of the shot and I still have not become pregnant.

October 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm
(641) Marie says:

Hello ladies. I’ve just recently got off the shot. I only had two shots and had a period 3 months after my first injection. I was due for my shot on the 6th of this month and decided not to get it, because my husband and I are soon going to try to become pregnant. I am trying the vitex pills to see if i can get my periods to return to normal. Will update when i can.

October 9, 2009 at 9:53 pm
(642) Q says:

I have been on the shot since dec 2003, a have started and stopped a couple of times. This last time I had a shot in sept 2008, didnot go back in in dec 2008, started bleeding in July 2009, bleed in August 2009, didnot bleed in Sept 2009, but as of Wed October 8, 2009, I started bleeding. What could be the cause of that? Need answers.

October 10, 2009 at 3:44 am
(643) unexpectedtime says:

I was on Depo for almost 10 years I took my last shot in October of a certain year and by March the following year I was ppregnant 10weeks. For those of you whom haven’t gotten pregnant so quick consider its not the shot, but you or your partner/source. My pregnancy happened w/out trying so yours can too. Stay positive or just have fun and ignore the situation and I gurantee you will get pregnant. This is how it happened to everyone I know and everyone in my family! Good luck, don’t stress, make sex fun…it will happen!

October 10, 2009 at 6:51 pm
(644) Cara says:

I left a comment (#590) I finally got my period at the end of September! Hopefully I am now on track to conceive! It has been long and frustrating :( Hopefully soon I will have a posting that I’ll be pregnant! I’ll keep you updated!

October 12, 2009 at 11:23 pm
(645) kesh says:

WELL.. only been on the shoot for 1year an have had soooo my problems.has any one eals had busted veans in there legs from this?the last shot i got had me in pain in my back an could not put any wight my leg for days! was not planimg on haveing another baby for couple of years but after reading all this i need to start trying now.Some one needs to take this off market.i regret every min of the day that i was pushed in to taken it.to me the doc are only covering the buts wen they say that the shot does not do any of this problems.If you have not had it DO NOT TAKE IT!!!!!……

October 13, 2009 at 1:43 am
(646) Danielle says:

Ive been off the depo for 4 months and still have not had a period my fiance and i are trying for our first child, i was on the depo for 5 months is it true it could have turned me infertal…that it might have messed my reproductive system up, i am really hoping to get pregnant soon but i haven’t even had a period yet and took a test last week and it was negative, can someone please give me advice!

October 13, 2009 at 6:52 am
(647) Emily says:

Hi Danelle, I’m in the same boat as you been off it for 4 months (last shot due 9th june did not have) although I was on it for 5 years. I have not seen a period yet, but it DOES take time to get out your system. There are plenty of positive posts here to prove it does’nt make you infertile. I’m trying not to think about having a period, these things happen when you least expect them. Im a pharmacy technician and dispense loads of depo’s to clinics everyday- its perfectly safe!!! Will keep you posted if anything happens x

October 13, 2009 at 2:30 pm
(648) Valerie says:

I was on Depo for almost 6 years when I went off of it. My shot expired at the end of Feb. 09 and I was pregnant by May 09. My little girl is almost 8 months old. Good Luck!

October 13, 2009 at 4:50 pm
(649) Cherika says:

I was on the shot 2007.. got off in jan 2008 got knocked up oct30, 2008 … if your trying to have a baby it wnt happen …… let it happen on its own… trust me i never thought i would be with a child a year later.. i was not ready

October 13, 2009 at 11:06 pm
(650) keke says:

I have have been on the shot since 2007 and my last shot was dec 08.Now i been having on and off spotting.I want to have another baby.I know it takes about a year to wear off…hopefully we become pregnant soon!!

October 15, 2009 at 9:06 am
(651) Tee says:

It varies from woman to woman…I was on depo for 7 1/2 yrs..last shot was Feb 07 got pregnant Sept 07 and had a healthy baby boy in May 08..got back on depo and just got off it again Jun 09 but it’s different this time…still have not gotten a cycle so it’s just a waiting game as of now.

October 15, 2009 at 2:55 pm
(652) lee says:

I was on shot when i was 19, only got 2 or 3 shots and went off. Took a little while before my periods returned but they did (first 1 or 2 was light then as regular as ever). I went back on the shot when i was 24 1/2 and am now 27 and been on them consistantly. Am planning on staying on them for maybe 2 more years and will go off during my last year of nursing school so that I can give my body time to adjust because I want to become pregnant sometime within the first year after I graduate college (i’ll be 30 then). Would love to have a child now but with school & lack of money it’s just not possible and I don’t want to live off welfare (if i can help it). But good luck to all and i hope I will get preggers in 2012-2013.

October 15, 2009 at 7:46 pm
(653) Jaleesa says:

Hi after reading all the comments I wish I should have never taking this shot. I only took the shot 1 time of April 8 2009. I got off it July 9 2009. I only seen my period one time that was in May 2009. I haven’t seen my period since and me and my boyfriend trying to have a baby I took a pregnancy test it was negative. By breasts ached all the time and I caramp alot but still haven’t seen my period… I HATE DEPO!!!!

October 16, 2009 at 1:04 am
(654) imwithdude says:

I was on depo for about 6 1/2 years. I was supposed to get a shot in May 2008, but I didnt. My period didnt return until Feb 2009, after my GYN gave me some hormones to stimulate my cycle, and after that it was pretty regular. Im happy to report that it is Oct 2009, and Im almost 14 weeks pregnant!!!
my advice is to find a GYN that you are comfortable with and ask lots of questions!! Good Luck and stay positive!!

October 16, 2009 at 7:33 am
(655) Julie says:

I am 21 and have been on the depo injection on and off for the past 3 years and did not have any periods. I decided to come off it last December as i had read about it causing fertility problems but did a pregnancy test in February which was positive!now 35 weeks pregnant, wont be going back onto depo, just because of the worry i had before.

October 20, 2009 at 11:34 am
(656) lisa says:

im worried ,ive been on the injection for 5 yrs. i was meant to go back for one july 20th but soo glad i havnt continued , we would love to have anouther baby but didnt realise any of this. my boobs are soo soar and swollen and been thinkin i was pregnant but now reading on the internet realised that everyone is experiencing it. still no period only spotting a couple of weeks ago. i am 29 and hope things get better soon. best of luck to everyone.

October 20, 2009 at 12:07 pm
(657) lisa says:

its promising to hear some of the good news on here thank goodness.

October 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm
(658) susan says:

I am in the same boat as most of you–just hoping I’m still fertile after Depo. Have been off Depo since early April, and no periods or anything…and just hoping to get pregnant sometime soon. I know you probably don’t care to hear the dates and details, but it feels good to tell someone b/c I am not telling anyone I am trying…cause I just don’t know how long it may take. So, my friends/family do not know of my nervousness on this issue. It is nice to read all of the people with the same feelings as me…And even nicer to read the posts about women who did successfully get pregnant after depo. Thanks, everyone, for your posts. Good luck and take care!

October 21, 2009 at 11:57 am
(659) Krystan says:

I’m 22 and was only on the depo for 3 months. I didn’t go for my second shot when in the middle of the 3 months, I bled constantly. I’ve been off the shot for 2 months now and been bleeding the entire time. My boyfriend and I dint want to get pregnant at the moment, but if it happens, it happens. I’m so scared the depo shot has messed up my future chances of getting pregnant and I can no longer be an egg donor. It breaks my heart and all these stories have made me cry for all the misfortune. My hopes and thoughts are with you all and I wish you all luck!

October 22, 2009 at 6:08 pm
(660) Nesha says:

I was on depo since Aug 16th 2004…i Finally got off Depo in July 2008 its now been 15 months and im still not pregnant..even though my period has been normal for over a year. I Regret ever using Depo

October 22, 2009 at 6:46 pm
(661) amanda says:

If you OPEN the pamphlet that comes with your shot it will tell you that most women take anywhere from 9 months to a year and a half after ending the shot. While I feel for them, I am also a little appalled by all these commenting that it’s been a year and no pregnancy. That information was available every single time you got the shot in the package it came in.

October 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm
(662) Sarah says:

I’m not sure about all the other women, but I never a got a pamphlet. I got the shot at my doctor’s office every time and they just came in and gave me the shot. My doctor told me that after three months of being off the shot I could get pregnant. Based on this information I had my last shot in April. I still have not had a period. I thought I might be pregnant but the tests are negative. My husband and I have an 8yr old son with CP so we waited to have another child until he was able to do somethings for himself. I was originally on the pill but switched to the shot on my doctor’s suggestion. If I had known that it would make it harder for me to conceive I would never have taken it.

October 25, 2009 at 2:42 am
(663) Di says:

Hi all,

I posted to the wall back in August, at that time I had been off the injection well over a year (was on it for over 10 years!) and had been ttc for a fair few months. Now finally this weekend I have found out that I am pregnant! I am only about 4 weeks along but I am hopeful and have everything crossed.

Good luck to you all, it will happen, it just takes a long while for some x

October 25, 2009 at 5:50 pm
(664) teresa says:

i have been on the depo injection on and off for 10yrs and now me and my partner have decided to try for a baby. i was due my injection august 09 but didnt go for it. after reading some posts im slighty worried that i cant give my partner his 1st child

October 27, 2009 at 9:46 am
(665) shemia says:

im 21 years old licensed cosmetologist. when i was 18 i found out i had a small fibroid. my doc suggested depo because it will shrink to fibroid and ease the symptoms. I thought great. after the first shot i bleed for about 3 weeks straight. i went back to my doc and he said thats normal it will stop by the next shot went for two more doses regularly and the bleeding did not stop plus it came with constant yeast infections. i switched to the pill finally because i was always wearing a pad and just hated it. all in all i stopped bc until February of this year I started nuvaring didnt feel comf with it so i tried depo again. after reading all these forums once I got the shot i got scared and just stopped bc completely i got the shot in march and didnt stat a period until september 16th i was so happy to start my period. i thought when i was ready to get pregnant in a couple years it wouldnt happen i did however tried nuvaring again to jumpstart my cycle for september that was idea and it came 1 week after i took it out. i missed my period this month and thought oh its just my cycle trying to get regular after feeling like my period was going to start and it didnt i began to wonder. i didnt have any huge pregnancy symptoms they were minimal but i just couldnt get it out of my head this morning i got up and took a test mind you its been 2 weeks since i missed my period and you guys are the first to know that im pregnant!!!!!!!! im glad to not have the symptoms tho. i have minor morning sickness i do have mild cramping down there and as of two days ago have been crazy tired. i would stay up 8 hours a day and even then im fighting it. i did have problems sleeping because i just felt different and sick not knwing that its my little one growing in there. ladies please stay positive and pray. even though i didnt plan this pregnancy im thrilled that it happened and im thanking god as we speak. oh and geritol not only helps to get pregnant so ive heard
but it boost your body up after depo. stop stressing some and just relax it will happen you guys and im throwing baby dust and my prayers to you all. let me know when you conceive !!!!

October 29, 2009 at 1:47 am
(666) NLuv22 says:

Hi yaul-

I have read alot of yauls posting. It is nice to know that I am not the only one that agrees on not taking depo. Its been almost 4yrs that I have not been on the shot. I only took the shot 3times(so i guess that is a yr. i really hate remembering when I did that). I only took it b/c i was in a abusive relationship and he was trying to get me prego and the pills he would find and i would get beat. I have a 7yr old son b4 i took the depo i was on the pill. Now I am with my middle school love and we are trying to create a family. Its 2yrs and nothing. I am taking ferti-pills, tea, doing conv.yoga, trying not to stess, working out. Im not going to give up and neither should either of yaul. I read a young ladys comment (missy) she was a lil harsh. But i do agree. a better way of saying what she said. All womens bodys are not buiit the same. b4 i read this website i was told alot of women were able to get prego after the shot. it just takes longer and u have to make sure ya man is doing what he is suppose to do as well. No drinking, smoking, no stress, work out (even a walk), relax mommies. If GOD wants you to have one than it will happen. sometimes what we want and need can confuse us. Think about your life style b4 u want to bring someone else in it. n if your life style is fine then read more aboutwhat u want. and BREATH. I want a nother child 6 more!! lol But it takes time and i am willing to wait. B/c i want it to b perfect.
GOD BLESS and GOOD LUCK and thank u for reading what i had to say . I want a child 2!! Just stay postive! it is hard but just think tha min u think neg. ur takin away a min u could be thinkin positive and creating lyfe!!!

October 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm
(667) sue says:

Sorry that so many of you are unhappy, but you make me thankful for my wonderful OB-GYN. He told me from the start (12 years ago) that I should only go on depo if I was absolutely sure I was done having kids. This was way back in 1997. I only happened to check out this website because I made the mistake of missing a shot, and have to go in for a pregnancy test before getting the next shot. If you don’t want any more kids, and if you enjoy the freedom of not having a period, I consider depo to be God’s gift to women! Yeah, the first six months were hard (I had a period every two weeks), but I have had no regrets during the last 11 and a half years. Don’t blame depo…your doctor should’ve known better. So any of you checking out this website to decide if you want to start depo or not, don’t be swayed by all the negative feelings about the medicine…just be sure you don’t want any more kids!

October 30, 2009 at 11:00 pm
(668) WILLIAMS says:

HI LADIES BACK IN JULY I GOT THE DEPO SHOT ONCE. ITS OCT NOW AND I DID NOT HAVE AN CYCLE IN AUG OR SEPT BUT I DID HAVE ONE THIS MONTH AND I JUS WANT TO KNO COULD IT BE POSSIBLE FOR ME AND MY HUSBAND TO CONCEIVE IN DECEMBER WHEN HE IS HOME ON HIS RR AND SINCE I AM 19 WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF BECOMING FERTILE AGAIN PLEASE EMAIL ME @ SHANEIKA_L_DAVIS@YAHOO.COM

November 2, 2009 at 11:45 pm
(669) Roses says:

Ladies – i was on depo for almost 14 years…it was a blessing because of excruiatingly painful periods. I did not have a period while on the shot which worked for me. I had no weight gain and actually stayed on the shot past the 12 year max recommended. I drank a lot of milk to counter the calcium loss that I was warned about. My doctor made it very clear even back then that pregnancy could take anywhere for 12 – 24 months after getting off of the shot. I have had friends who were able to get pregnant after the shot on an average of 18 months. I got married last year and my husband and I are going to try for a baby. While I am in no rush – my ob/gyn says that if i wanted to speed up the return of my period she would prescribe “Prometrium”. She also offered “Clomid” to aid with ovulation and chances of pregnancy. She did this after doing a complete physical as well as an ultrasound of my uetrus to make sure I still had viable follicles and that the lining of my uterus was thick enough for a viable pregnancy.
I know I have time before I start to worry as I just got off the shot – but if not pregnant in about a year or so – I will look into the options she offered. Ask your doctors if her suggestions may work for you and your situations.
I had a wonderful experience with Depo so I am not complaining – best of luck to all of you. and Relax……the stress and worry about getting pregnant works against the body – even for women who have not been on Dpo. take a deep breath, pray and trust God

November 3, 2009 at 12:11 pm
(670) stacey says:

hi im 21 and had 6 shots of depo im off it a year and im scared after reading all your comments iv been tryin since i came off d depo to conceive an have had no luck :( i have a 2yr old girl an my doctor has told me im to young to want another baby and wont advice me im not goin to stop trying and id say it to all ye ladies not to give up either good luck xxxx

November 3, 2009 at 3:03 pm
(671) elisa says:

I was on the depo for 3 yrs the first time I took it & got pregnant within 6 months of stopping. I had a normal pregnancy & a health baby girl who is now 10 yrs old. The 2nd time I was on Depo for about 2 yrs & once again got pregnant within 6 months of stopping. I had another healthy pregnancy & my 2nd daughter is now 5yrs old. I went on the depo again in march of 09 & took only 2 shots before I stopped. Something wasn’t right, I was spotting everyday from March to September. I was due for my last shot on August 21 but decided not to take it because my boyfriend & I are trying to conceive. I’m hoping it’ll be like the first 2 pregnancies & I can conceive by the end of the year. Depo worked really well for me the first 2 times I took it. I think maybe because I’m older now, my body reacted differently but I am hopeful. Just trust that if you are meant to get pregnant, you will. Depo was a great form of BC for me but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who wants to get pregant in the near future. You don’t know how long it will take your body to start ovulating regularly.

November 3, 2009 at 8:21 pm
(672) Olygirl says:

Ok I have a different questions then the rest of you and I wish all of you who are trying to conceive much success.
my question is that I have been on the shot for a year now and other then the weight gain very happy, I am almost 40 & have 4 wonderful kids and am ready for when my 10yr old is ready to leave the nest in 8 years (hopefully lol)
I have been seeing a man for awhile now and I am very firm on NOT having another baby, my biological clock has ticked and broke. That said I was sick two months ago with a fever and a little diahrea I had had my shot on time and have never missed it. I am wonding if it is like the pill though where when you are sick (Throwing up or diahrea)you are suppose to use other protection. A few wierd sign have made me wonder if i am pregnate.

November 4, 2009 at 7:02 am
(673) Rachel says:

Hi everyone, I started depo feb of this year (09) and only ended up havin 2 shots coz i hated being on it. i had bad bloating and spotting the entire time and i was insane! so emotional and judgmental i would just snap!
im much calmer and happier since coming off it. my next shot was due 28th of july but i decided to go back on pill instead (why oh why did i not just take the pill the whole time???? id never had a problem with it i just thort depo would be more convenient)anyway 10 days into taking the pill i decided i hated bein on contraception fullstop. didnt wanna pump body full of hormones anymore.
had a period bout 2 weeks after that. then another two weeks after that. the time time however, i just started spotting again and it hasnt let up for 8 weeks…. my husband and i want to start TTC next year but now im pretty sure its gonna take quite awhile. not too worried as we’re only 21 but i just really wish id never gone on depo. SO MUCH MORE TROUBLE THAN ITS WORTH.
i just wanna stop spotting!!

November 4, 2009 at 1:57 pm
(674) Destiny says:

I was on the shot for about 2 years and recently my boyfriend and i have decided that we would like to try for a second baby. My last shot was mid july/09 and i have only had one small period that lasted only a day, after reading all of your comments I’m really starting to freak out because my daughter is almost 4 and i’m worried that my children (if i ever have any other ones) wont be able to play and relate together. I really miss the whole having a new baby feeling. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see… GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL!!!!

November 4, 2009 at 6:11 pm
(675) emily198 says:

hi everyone, ive been checking this forum for sometime hoping someone will prove us wrong and get pregnant after this god awful injection and congratulations! but im at the moment worried. my last injection was due two months ago but i didnt go after reading this. now if ive missed it by just a week before(was on it for a year) then i got a period right away but nothing in the last two months. everytime i have that injection i always lash out with mood swings, eat loads, and get very tired. the last two months ive been the same but been even more tired, back ache, weird feelings in my stomach and very achey, headaches etc…. i have a 14 month old daughter and am not looking to get pregnant again just yet but i was looking for advice on what to use instead of the depo in the mean time that wouldnt ruin my chances of a brother or sister to Summer. any advice would be brilliant x

November 5, 2009 at 5:56 pm
(676) joanna says:

i had 1 depo shot last year it ended on the 16th dec 08 `

November 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm
(677) joanna says:

i had 1 shot of the depo and it ended on the 16th of december 08 i have been trying for a baby ever since then, i always had my periods and after the shot ran out i had them they would come and go as they please sometimes every week or every 6 weeks im really sad about this because i really want another baby i feel like i took the depo shot and its ruined my life ive got 3 children and conceived them pretty quick all i want is for the depo to be out of my systerm so i can have my own body back and have a baby…. i nned some advice please

November 6, 2009 at 5:50 am
(678) renea says:

i just want to say thankyou to all the ladies who have shared their stories i hope ur advice will help me to fall. i will let you know how i go

November 6, 2009 at 9:20 pm
(679) Chelsie says:

I’m 21 yrs old i was on the depo back in august 2006 i only took the shot twice. Its been over three years and im still not pregnant. I wish i could be pregnant for the first time i wish i never took the depo shot. Over 3 and 1/2 years later im still waiting to get pregnant i havent used protection the whole time i dont understand. My periods have been normal ever since i got on it does anyone have any ideas. I get pap smears and they all come back normal. I hope and pray that me and my husband can have kids.

November 7, 2009 at 5:06 am
(680) lisa says:

hiya, i wrote on here in october very worried. can i just say i never ever got a leaflet it was just a case of in an out the docters . yes i should have looked more into it , i just thought it was the same as the pill. anyway just to say that thankfully things have gone back to normal with mounthly cycle, well i think , i hope it carrys on. but its lookin good this month. just thought id write a bit of positive coz im so relieved , good luck to everyone :)

November 7, 2009 at 6:43 pm
(681) beckyO says:

I JUST WANT TO SAY LADIES EVEN THOUGH WE ARE ALL SUFFERING FROM WANTING TO GET PREGNANT AND CANT THERE IS HOPE AND ANYWAY WE ALL WENT ON DEPO FOR A REASON EITHER WE JUST HAD A KID AND WASNT READY FOR A KID WE WERE TOO YOUNG OR JUST WANT DECIDED YET BUT DEPO WAS THERE FOR US WHEN WE NEEDED IT BUT NOW THAT WE DONT IT DOESNT WANT TO GO AWAY BUT THERE IS SUCCESS STORIES AS YOU MAY SEE PEOPLE DO GET PREGNANT FAST AND SOME DONT IT COULD BE THE MAN TOO SO JUST KEEP YOUR ALLS HEAD UP HIGH AND JUST HOPE YOULL GET PREGO CUZ NOW THAT YOU WANT TO GET PREGNANT YOU WILL BE READY FOR IT AND IT WONT BE AN UNEXPECTED PREGNANCY I WANT ANOTHER ONE I WAS ON DEPO ALMOST FOUR YEARS I GOT IT IN JAN OF 2005 AND DIDNT GO BACK FOR MY LAST ONE IN JUNE OF 2009 AFTER THREE MONTHS I HAD MY FIRST PERIOD AND IT WAS REALLY HEAVY BUT THEN AROUND THE 28 DAYS I HAD ANOTHER ONE AND JUST GOT OFF OF IT SO EVERYBODYS BODY IS DIFFERENT SO I AM TRYING TO GET PREGNANT I KNOW IT WILL TAKE A WHILE BUT WHEN IT HAPPENS I WILL BE READY YOU CANT TRY EVERYDAY CUZ THE MANS SPERM HAS TO BUILD COUNT GET HIM TO WAIT 11 DAYS FROM THE FIRST DAY OF YOUR PERIOD AND THAT IS WHEN YOU SHOULD BE OVULATING AND HIS SPERM WILL BE BUILT UP AND THEN JUST MAYBE YOU HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF GETTING PREGNANT I REALLY WANT ANOTHER ONE BUT IM GOING TO BE PATIENT AND LET IT COME TO ME WHEN ITS READY DONT GIVE UP HOPE THERE WERE A FEW SUCCESSFUL STORIES!

November 9, 2009 at 4:56 am
(682) Ask A Doctor says:

it takes at least one and half years before the effect of Depo Provera shots declines. Sometimes it can last for more than 5 years and will take a few more years until the normal cycles resumes. So don’t ever loose hope and ask a doctor for any queries.

November 10, 2009 at 7:34 pm
(683) Ashlei says:

Hi ladies, i had my daughter in 2005 then got on the shot ive been on it for about 3 1/2 yrs. my last shot was due june 09 and i didnt get it. my husband and i are trying to have another baby, since june it took me 4 mths to get a period and its been on and off since oct 09, i dnt know how lng its going to take but im getting impatient im takin prenatal vitamins and no luck so far!

November 11, 2009 at 9:28 am
(684) Chantelle H says:

had my last shot in sept 08.. decided i wasnt having anymore and missed the next one with was for early december….

still had a very messed up period on the depo … such as bleeding for 3 weeks stopping for a few days then bleeding for a week then stopping for 2 weeks then bleeding for 3 days and stopping for a day and bleeding again … and so on…

after i came of the depo, this carried on until late jan when i then was on a period for 8 months straight! …

seen dr’s/gyno’s n iv had to have hormone replacement therapy… i now have had two 23-26 days normal cycles and periods but i am still not ovulating! even tho i get ewcm! …

worst thing you could ever take!!!

& worse of all the dr’s does not explain this before you have it properly!!

November 11, 2009 at 11:54 am
(685) Romayne says:

Hi All,

I started taking Depo back in 2006 because I was experiencing terrible monthly cramps for most of my menstrual years. Initially I thought it was the best thing that could ever happen because it was the only thing that ever took the pain away. Not only did it take the pain away but it took my periods away too, which made a very naive me happy at the time. In October 2008, I decided not to take it anymore. I didn’t start having a regular flow again until Jan 2009. Since then, I’ve taken the pills to get by cycke back on track. In August 2009, I decided to start trying to get pregnant. It’s now November and still nothing. I’m very young and really excited about starting a family and having a great life but this has caused such a damper on my spirits. I’m going to consult with my doctors to see what’s happening and how they can help. Had I known this would happen, I wouldv’e NEVER taken Depo.:(

November 11, 2009 at 12:19 pm
(686) Patricia says:

well I posted a little while ago here is my story again had 2 kids that are now almost 10 and 11 years old. went on depo was on depo for 9 years straight. took last needle on Feb 3rd 2009. Well today is November 11 2009 and i am pregnant. Had regular periods first month i came off depo and regular right up to becoming pregnant.

November 11, 2009 at 12:28 pm
(687) Chantelle H says:

oh and proof that im not O = i used clearblue fert monitor and i use test strips every month!

November 11, 2009 at 9:14 pm
(688) cait says:

i thought id shed a bit of hope… my last injection wore off at the beginning of september i had my period on the 22nd of september and found out a week ago that i am now pregnant :) good luck to all

November 14, 2009 at 1:06 am
(689) Vanessa.V says:

i GOT ON THE DEPO SHOT FOR THE FIRST TIME ON OCTOBER 1, AND AM BLEEDING FOR 2WEEKS ALREADY. DOES THIS LESSON MY CHANCES ON HAVING A BABY ONCE THE DEPO SHOT IS OUT OF MY SYSTOM? IT WORRIES ME BECAUSE I WANT KIDS AND I LOVE THEM..;(

November 14, 2009 at 1:19 am
(690) Courtney says:

After reading through almost all of these comments I thought I’ld just get my story out in case it helps someone;
My husband and I had our first child on February 14, 2009. I was twenty and my husband 21. Durring that pregnancy my doctor’s asked what kind of birth control I was thinking of using. I asked him about the depo shot because I knew I didn’t want pills, a patch, or a long term birth control like mireena. The only thing the doctor mentioned at that time was the fact that it could take up to a year after to get pregnant and that I could loose my periods durring the time on the shot and for some time after. We really didn’t discuss it much further so I went home and googled depo privera. Most of what I got was just the same info; loss of mentral cycle, while on the shot, up to a year to get pregnant after, headaches or nauseusnous. I also found comments from women who loved it because they had no side effects except for no period. I also had a cousin who had it after her daughter was born durring this time and she raved about it.
So I decided to go for it after also reading a pamplet in the hospital with nothing else but also that it could cause mucle soreness and headaches as well. (This was in a military naval hospital). I got the shot February 15, 2009. My husband and I weren’t planning on having another for at least two years, but I decided to only get one injection because we were talking about having another and, of course had been told it could take up to a year.
Two months after I had been off the shot I found out my cousin had gotten pregnant and miscarried. I didn’t think anything of it then. My husband was getting ready to deploy and we thought it would be really nice if I could get pregnant again just before he left. To our suprise I conceived in September and found out for sure the first of October I was pregnant. I couldn’t get an ultrasound or OB appointment for another month but I anxiosly awaited Nov. 4th. My husband deployed the week before.
On Nov. 4th I had my first ultrasound. Everything seemed fine except I was only measuring about five weeks. So I had blood work done and an appointment scheduled the following week for another ultrasound.
Two days later I freaked out when I started bleeding for no obviouse reason. I went to the emergency room to find out I was miscarrying. I was devastated because I was healthy, my husband was healthy and my first pregnancy was fine. They said the only possible reason they could say was probably stress.
I didn’t feel stressed at all. Especially compared to my first pregnancy. I didn’t have a family history of miscarriages eigther. I was shocked to say the least.
Looking back the only women in my family to have miscarriages were my cousin and I who both had the depo shot. I only had one shot but I’m afraid it cost me this pregnancy or more. I had never even been told about the bone loss or any other of the major symptoms and until I googled miscarriage and depo privera, I had gotten no information that was this negative. The hardest part is not being able to try again for five months because my husband is still deployed. I sympathize with all the women who commented and haven’t been able to concieve or have miscarried.

November 14, 2009 at 1:22 am
(691) Courtney says:

I also want to note that I didn’t have a period while on the shot but immediatly had normal periods while off. My periods were also regular before the shots. The only other symptoms I had was a sore back and a few headaches.

November 14, 2009 at 8:47 pm
(692) amy berrett says:

i was on depo injection from the age of 17 in 2007 and in 2008 early january me and my partner decided to start a family so i stopped the injections. A year as and half and i’ve just started to bleed a liltle firstly started off a light pinky colour and the next month it has recently changed to a dark red colour in small amounts. I’m really worried thing won’t work out for us…. but i pray that it works out for you…. my advice for you ladies is a KEEP YOUR HEAD HIGH AND THINK POSSIVE THINGS WILL WORK OUT, JUST TAKES TIME TO DO SO…. maybe this year it happen for me aswell as you!

November 15, 2009 at 12:11 pm
(693) kimberley hudson says:

I have been tryin to get pg for 4-5 months now and i have been off depo for 6months and i am not pg i’m worried that i want get pg any time soon and me and my husband want one sooooooooo bad. he lost his little jan13 2009 and we want one so bad but i worrired that the depo made it to where i want have another baby i have 2 now i was on the depo for 1 year and 3 months

November 17, 2009 at 3:21 pm
(694) Michelle says:

I have never taken the shot has a form of birth control, but I was on the pill. When I went to get on birth control I did some research and found out that after taking the shot there is a chance you may never get pregnant.

I am only 16 so you may think I have no clue what I am talking about, but as you know us teens know how to do research. The pill worked for me just fine up until April. I found out I was pregnant, I know 16 and pregnant. I am engaged to the father and we have been engaged for over six months. I am currently 29 weeks pregnant with a little boy.

I was still on the pill for the first few months and didnt realize I was pregnant because I was still getting my period. Now, I am having a healthy pregnancy and have talked to my doctor about birth control after I have my baby.

He actually recommended I take the pill that gives you your period every three weeks, because it keeps your body and pretty much the same schedule as before you were on it.

I wish the best of luck to you all, I cant wait till I have my lil Levi and Hope all of you get to experience it.

November 18, 2009 at 8:02 am
(695) worried says:

Guys if i say i am upset with depo i mean it. 6 months now without period since depo expired. What can i to get period back. I am helpless. i didnt know that depo is too bad for young women though am 30

November 19, 2009 at 2:39 pm
(696) CD says:

Everyone is different. Detox your body. Drink lots and lots of water. Eat right, exercise and give your body time to detox.
I was on the depo for almost 11 years, I did not have one period. I was scheduled for my last shot in September and decided to go off of it to plan for a baby. I got a period 5 weeks later. 26 days after that I got another period.
I’ve tracked ovulation and have also checked my FSH level and all is well!
Drink lots of water!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 23, 2009 at 10:24 am
(697) Kassia says:

Ok ladies, after reading all of your horror stories I had many doubts when I decided to get off of depo. However, I received my last shot in May 09 and I am now pregnant! Everyone’s bodies are different…some take a bit longer for a medicine to wean off, others not so long. Just wait.

November 25, 2009 at 10:03 am
(698) Paula says:

I had my last injection in October 08. I got my period in May 09. These have been regular give or take a day. I have been using ovulation tests since June but havent had a positive one yet. Has anyone any advice on stimulating ovulation or is it a waiting game? I have had the progesterone blood test and it was normal.

November 30, 2009 at 11:06 am
(699) nicole says:

i only took 2 depo shots its been 20months since my last shot.me and my husband have been tryin to have a baby since then and still no positive pregnancy test i feel so :( because he doesn’t have any children and iam trying to give him his first child and it seems that it will not happen. SO alil advice dont ever take depo (because i never will aGAIN!!!!

November 30, 2009 at 1:22 pm
(700) Meekia says:

I was due for my shot today, But choose not to get it anymore. I been doing alot of research on the side effects. I should have stop taking the shot a couple of years ago. I really want a baby now, I just hope i get my wish.

December 1, 2009 at 3:59 pm
(701) Ginney says:

Hello, ladie

I have been reading all of your comment for the past one year now. I thanks your guys for some positive and nagative comment your guys wrote both helped me throw my thought time,in November 2003, 4 months after I had my son I toke one depo shot.A toke me 6 years for to get pregnant, no period for all those years.in October 7, 2009 one locky period get me pregnant now I am 8 weeks prego.

December 1, 2009 at 4:29 pm
(702) kelsi says:

hi im 16 years old i just got on the shot a few months ago i definitely do NOT want a baby anytime soon, but maybe in the futture. any advice ?

December 2, 2009 at 11:26 am
(703) Shelby says:

Hi all, I’ve been on the depo shot for 2 years straight and just took my last shot in August 2009. I was due for another shot a couple weeks ago…well November 13th 2009 to be exact. It got to where I would only have a period every like 7 months or so sometimes a little closer together but always spotting and sort-of irregular. I’d like to get pregnant as soon as possible but still have not started my period. Any advice for how to get pregnant immediately?? sounds a little antsy but i definetely am.

December 8, 2009 at 2:59 pm
(704) mj says:

Hey ladies i’ve been reading all your comments….. If you do research for getting pregnant after the shot you will see that the shot stays in your system for up to 6 months and there are ways to get it out. Detox your body with fresh veggies and even detox teas. Drink lots of water. it’s what i did and it worked for me. I did a detox and two months after i stopped taking the shot (i was on the shot for a year) I am now pregnant. i might be crazy fertile who knows….. i think detoxing helped me get pregnant so fast.

December 8, 2009 at 4:46 pm
(705) Becky says:

well i was on the depo from january 2006 until june 2009 thinking after i read all of this that i would never get pregnant well im pregnant and about 4-5 weeks so just to let everyone know everybodys body is different so just dont give your hopes up cuz it had only been less than three months of me trying to have one that i got pregnant so good luck gals

December 8, 2009 at 5:06 pm
(706) Ciera says:

Well my last shot was july of 2006 and i missed my next appointment which was in October of 2006, i had 1 regular cycle then i was pregnant da next month. I had a healthy pregnacy and a healthy baby.

December 8, 2009 at 9:59 pm
(707) Liz says:

I am totally scared about going off of Depo after reading all of your posts! I have been on it for 2 years now and am do for a shot next week. I’m not sure if I want another baby (well actually I AM sure I want one but financially I’m not sure my husband and I can swing it!) This post crushes my hopes. My mother in law runs the free clinic in my area and would bring the depo shot home and give it to me every three months. I never really wanted it but she doesnt think my husband and I should have anymore (we have 3 between us) I took it just so I wouldn’t have to hear her complain. I regret it sooooo much. My DR told me about the wt gain and not having a period but never mentioned the other side effects! Right now I couldn’t care less if I EVER have sex again…it killed my sex drive completly! As you can imagine it has really hurt my marraige. Now I’m faced with the possibility of not being able to have another baby! What a horrible drug! Not to mention the bone loss we all face! A prayer goes out to all of those who are wishing for a baby after coming off Depo!

December 10, 2009 at 4:13 pm
(708) Kama From NZ says:

Hi all! i was well aware of the length of time it may take to fall pregnant after coming off the depo. I must say i will never go back on it tho. I only had it twice. The first few weeks were great i lost weight and had no bleeding.. then the bleeding started. 24/7! i went back 2-3 weeks early of my next jab date as i was told double dosing would stop my bleeding. so instantly as i got the jab it stoped. however 3-4 days later the bleeding started again. after having enough of bleeding i was put on a pill called provera. it stoped the bleeding but sure as hell made me loose any intrest in sex!
its now been around 1 month since i was due to renew my jab (renewal date was 12.11.09) and i started back on just the normal monofem pill 10days ago. i no there is a really low chance of falling pregant in such a short time in coming off the jab but as of today im going to the doctors in a few hours to have a preg test done via stick and blood as ive got the most sorest tits! and have been up since 3am with very bad nasuisa. have woken around the same time in past 2 days while same thing. feeling bloated and peeing a lot. could just be my period trying to do its thing and a build up of stress from work but who knows!!!!!!

if by some random chance i am pregnant i will post back

oh im 22, turning 23 in jan and am sexual active atleast every week with my partner.

December 13, 2009 at 10:59 pm
(709) Nancy says:

Hi, I have been on the shot for 2 years and one month. I have been debating if I want to get off the shot for a while now. After reading these comments I will not take my next shot due on 1/14/10. I am 28 years old and I want to have another child in the future. But if its going take a long time to get pregnant after getting off the shot. I prefer to get off it now. My next birth control will probably be the “pills”. Good luck to all you ladies who want to get pregnant.

December 17, 2009 at 2:15 am
(710) tina says:

hi my name is tina i have been on the depo for just about a year after having mine 2nd child by c section just wondering when the best time to get off it

December 19, 2009 at 7:58 pm
(711) Jill says:

I had my first shot in January 07 and my second shot April 07…I had a period almost the whole time i was on it…my doc just told me that it would get better with the next shot (i decided not to get it)…along with that i had severe back pain (some days it was so bad i had to leave work)…and for a while when i wasnt on my period i bled after intercorse…my best friend was on depo for a year when she was 19 years old and didnt have a child until she was 23…its been 18 months for me (the supposed max wear off date) and still no baby…and my periods are still not regular…my doctor didnt tell me any of this would happen…i WOULD NOT recomend depo to anyone…even if they never want to have kids

December 19, 2009 at 10:01 pm
(712) JoAnn says:

I got on the depo shot in july of ’08. Then got engaged to my boyfriend the next month. i was due for my shot on dec. 5th. it is now dec. 19th and i am already bleeding. BAD. i have been bleeding for exactly 10 days now. and it keeps getting worse. it started and is still really heavy. me and my partner decided that we want to start a family. i am only 16 years old. but i have been told by many people that due to this shot, i may never have kids. any advice?

December 20, 2009 at 6:50 pm
(713) Lovely says:

Hello everyone. Like a lot of the other posts, I would have NEVER gotten on depo if my doctor had given me ALL the effects. I was only told that the shot could increase the chances of getting osteoperosis, so I should take calcium pills. I was on the shot for about two and one half years. I discontinued the shot about six months ago and my cycle still has not returned. I did not consult with my doctor before I discontinued. I read in some of the other posts that their doctors gave them birth control to regulate their cycles. Any advice on that? Also, I got on depo at a very young age (15). Does anyone know if that plays a roll in having trouble conceiving? Depo is horrible and I would never reccommend it. I hope it gets taken off the market. God bless and you are all in my prayers.

December 21, 2009 at 5:37 am
(714) Sarah says:

i had the shot for just over a year when i had my daughter as i fell pregnant on the pill and didnt want another one too close, i came off depo in aug 08 its now dec 09 my periods came back regular right away but still no baby, im beginning to get really down with it as i would love to have another baby as my little girl is nearly 3 now. i want to go to the dr. to check i can have more kids but scared that something may come back that i cant because of the shot. i will never go on this again

December 21, 2009 at 9:30 pm
(715) d says:

Ladies dont worry its not all bad. I was on depo from 16 and decided i wanted a baby at 23. went on pill for 3 months straight after coming off shot. pregnant in 4 months 2 weeks with no contraception. A wee while but i managed. then went back on after birth of my beautiful baby girl Lea for 18 months, came off as wanted to try for another baby. i did not go on the pill but started excercising often and swam a lot and hello 13 weeks after coming off shot I fell pregnant. So keep trying ladies you will get there In your bodies own time. There is hope!

December 22, 2009 at 1:03 am
(716) kara says:

it took me about 6 months to get a period after the depo, and although i wasnt trying, as soon as i did try 14 months after the “wear off date” i got pregnant. 14 weeks now :)

December 30, 2009 at 10:47 am
(717) frann2010 says:

Like you all have said, everyone’s body is different…for those who have been off depo for 3 months or less, and have been having regular periods…just wait, there’s still a chance for you. If your periods have been irregular after depo, talk to your doctor quick, your fertility is most defientely at stake, but he may get you something that can regulate it, and get you back on track..from there, it’ll just be a matter of time before you get pregnant, unless he says otherwise

January 5, 2010 at 9:48 am
(718) Bombshell says:

I was on the depo for 5 1/2 yrs after having my daughter. My last shot was in June of 2009. In sept of 09 I started birth control pills. I took them for a month. I got my period in oct. 09. I had a reg period in oct and nov, but I had 3 periods in dec. I have been taking prenatal vitamins and drinking tea. My boyfriend and I really want a baby, but it will happen when it happens. I was just shocked I got my period back so soon. I’ll keep you guys posted.

January 5, 2010 at 4:33 pm
(719) Kerry says:

I was on depo for 7 years. I have been off it for 29mths and I do not have a period! The Gynecologist told me it would take 3mths to get it back, then 6mths, then 8mths and then a year. 12mths after being off it it I was told I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I KNEW that i did not so I went for a 2nd opinion to the Fertility Doctor who told me I had Amenorrhea. My body fat was over 18% when I was told that so I knew that diagnosis was wrong …but I listened anyways and stopped working out completely. 5mths later … blood tests came back AGAIN with my FSH level >1. The doctor told me that I would have to start taking fertility drugs if I wanted to get pregnant. I told her that I wanted to know what was wrong with my body first so she sent me to the Endocrinologist. I have been seeing him for over a year and my FSH level is still >1. He has given me Provera to take ever other month to kick start my period but my body will not do it on its own. 5 weeks ago I started doing acupuncture and the Dr is convinced that my body is screwed up b/c of Depo-Provera. I’ve know in my gut all along that the drug is to blame for this madness! I’ve been married for 7.5yrs and my husband and I want to have a baby. I am no longer taking the Provera … clearly that method is not working! I am just putting more drugs into my body. I am going the natural route … and praying that it works. Any advice???

January 5, 2010 at 11:58 pm
(720) Worried_New_Wife says:

Hey!! After reading these positive and negative posts I am really worried. Me and my husband have been through so much over the years. We have been off and on for ( years due to him being in the Air Force…being over seas and stuff. He is finally stateside and we finally got married in Sept. I got off my depo shot in July 09, since I got off the shot there are only about 7 days total out of the month that I am not bleeding….but i always have nausea, lightheadedness, my breasts are very sore and huge….I also have gained alot of weight but still haven’t had any positive tests….is there anything that helped any of you that could possible help me???? We really want a baby….I would be really thankful for any advice…..

January 6, 2010 at 12:06 pm
(721) Claire Worth says:

Hi ladies,
I have read a lot of your comments and agree with a lot of them.
My husband and i already have a four year old daughter, and he was adament he didn’t want anymore children, so i went straight back on the pill.
I had problems with spotting and irregular bleeding, so in march 2009 i decided to try the Depo injection.
On our honeymoon in may 2009 we decided to try for another baby, so we decided i wouldnt have my next injection which was due in early june.
Every month after that, i was buying pregnancy tests and was devasted when i was getting negative after negative, i even had a false positive which was horrible to be sooooo happy and then shot down afterwards.
I have always wanted children, and had been very upset when my husband decided he didn’t ever want anymore.
He hasn’t been very supportive of my upset at these past few months, and says it will happen eventually.
I have been to see my GP numerous times and had blood tests to check hormone levels, and it was found that i am not ovulating at all.
That was back in October 2009, now january 2010 i have made another appoinment to see my GP next week, to take him up on his offer of hormone treatment.
If anybody has had this after Depo, please email me with any information, success stories, bad side affects etc of this treatment.

Thanks

Claire

clairecollier@hotmail.com

January 8, 2010 at 10:01 am
(722) Raquel says:

I am currently on depo, i got my shot Dec.18 09′ so this is my first and last time on the shot, i got it because i had a miscariage on the 15th of dec. 09′ and i wanted to let my body heal and get back to normal after haveing a D&C, my shot runs out March 12 10′ but ive been bleading every other day on the dot since i got the shot, so hopefully it wont take to long for my periods to go back to normal so we can start trying again for our baby.

Wishing luck to everyone trying for a baby! <3

January 11, 2010 at 11:54 pm
(723) Kat says:

I am so glad I found this page, I thought I was just going crazy! I have been off Depo since Aug 09 and have yet to see a period except for some light spotting in Nov. I thought possibly I was pregnant because I have had every symptom however, the test was negative. I thought it definately had to be wrong. But I starting to believe Depo did more damage than I thought, I got off of it because I was having severe muscle aches and spasms. I was never told that when I started it, funny how that gets left out. I will never go on Depo again and wouldn’t reccomend it to anyone. I knew that I didn’t want more kids for a while but if I would have known what I know now I would have stayed on the pill. Will I ever get pregnant again I wonder? How long will this last? I feel for everyone having difficulties after this stupid shot but on the other hand I am relieved knowing that I’m not the only experiencing these things. Good luck to everyone I wish you all the best.

January 13, 2010 at 6:38 pm
(724) Denise says:

I have been off the shot for almost month now. I have been having cramps, back aches, nausea, and breast tenderness for about two weeks now. Still haven’t seen a period. The last time I got off for about two months I did not experience any of these things, and never when I was on a normal period. I did not get pregnant in that time. Could I be pregnant without ever seeing a period this time?

January 17, 2010 at 10:55 pm
(725) Lacy says:

Hey all, I was on the shot since January of 2001. I decided not to take it since March 2009. My husband and I got married in June and just recently have decided to have a baby. Well all they symptoms have hit me of being pregnant but nothing. All the test came out negative. I really want to have another baby. I have twin boys who are 9, and really don’t want to wait any longer. Should I go in to the doctor to see whats up? I am so confused.

January 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm
(726) alley says:

ok, so i was on depo to for a little bit. feb 08-aug.08, not long. the mood swings sucked, but it could have also been cuz of the dick head of a boyfriend i had. i’ve always had short periods, like 3-4 days long. when i got the shot, they stopped, and i lost like, 25lbs in the first 3 months. so, i stopped the shot in aug.08, and didnt have a period untill christmas(that sucked!) and it lasted like a month!-that sucked to. before i was on it, i cramped really bad before a period cuz of cysts on my ovaries. my stuff got regular the following month and were the same-3-4days as before, and the cramps were not bad at all. then in sept. 09, i got pregnant-(drinking with new b\f) im still pregnant-4months- so, i dont know why all of yall have had so many problems with the shot, i had it, LOVED IT, and would take it again….maybe i wasnt on it long enough to mess me up, maybe i got lucky….who knows?

January 18, 2010 at 7:04 pm
(727) erica says:

Hi ladies,
I am writing this to offer you all hope. I too went on depo from feb 08-aug o8. My mother gave me a herbal tea that she found at a chinese medicine shop and my period became regular right away without the heavy long period. My husband and I starting TTC right away but it did not happen as fast as we wanted it to but today I finally got a BFP, which happens to be 16 months from the wear off date. So ladies don’t lose hope because although it may not happen right away it will happen if it is GOD’s will. Just because your period comes on does not mean that your body is ready to support a pregnancy. It takes time for your body to regulates itself and the hormones. BTW after the depo it is normal to have pregnancy symptoms. I know because I took countless pregnancy tests after coming off the shot.
So ladies best wishes and may God bless you all

January 19, 2010 at 9:57 am
(728) Shelby says:

Hi, my name is Shelby and im eighteen years old. my mother passed away when i was 15 and every since i have been on my own and doing as much right for myself as possible, but recently have ran into some issues and was hoping for answers.

After miscarrying at sixteen i had myself put on the depo. i felt i may not remember the pill and didnt want long term birth control due to stories i had heard. I was on it up until october of 09 because i did not return due to uncomfortable feelings on not having a period. It is now January of 2010 and i have not had period, i am not on my pill yet because my doctor said i must wait til after my first period.

recently i have been feeling pregnant. Morning sickness, bloated lower abs, fatigue, aches, and extremely tender breasts with erect nipples. I wake up everyday religiously at two am to eat. I have taken two pregnancy test which both said negative.

I go to the doctor tomorrow but it does not seem soon enough. Im extremely stressed out and worried. i just graduated highschool in december and i am living with my uncle until i begin school again.

Someone please give me some words of advice. I just want a normal, none pregnant body???? Can you even get pregnant without a period?? Are these really just casual symptoms??

January 19, 2010 at 1:58 pm
(729) Shannon says:

Hi Ladies,

I read the posts on this site last month. I was really worried as after being on the shot for 3 years (since my last child). I decided not to get it when it was due in October 2009 because my husband and I decided to have one more. While on the shot I never saw my period, but was extremely moody and had almost lost my sex drive. At the beginning of this month I had a normal five day period and am hoping it means that everything is back to normal.

Perhaps the effects vary from case to case but I don’t think I will ever go back on the shot. Blessings to all you ladies who are experiencing difficulties

January 19, 2010 at 4:46 pm
(730) Shonna K says:

Hi ladies this is Shonna K from post (502)

I havent been on here for a while but I’ve come today to let all you ladies know there is hope after depo!! As I stated in my earlier post I stopped the shot Feb. 15th My period was a bit abnormal at first but it eventually became almost normal. After we decided to stop trying and I stopped worrying in Oct. I discovered that I was pregnant and had concieved in Aug. I am now 5 months pregnant with a healthy baby boy..I’ll just keep praying that this pregnacy goes well. But it took me less than six months to become pregnant. We had decided to wait because the misscarriage rate is high for mothers who were on depovera and we thought we were being safe. But it happened and I couldnt be happier. I may have even concieved earlier if we tried. So all results are not the same. Everyone is different it is not a written law that it takes a year or more. Everyone’s bodies are different!! So don’t give up hope!

January 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm
(731) Maggie says:

My fiance and me have been trying to get pregnant. I only had 1 depo shot in September of 09 still no period just weird brown discharge. I have always wanted children and me and my fiance are finally ready. I have no clue what to do. Nobody warned me of side effects or anything.

January 19, 2010 at 11:54 pm
(732) Kaylie says:

hello girls,
in may 2009, when i 16, i went on depo provera for 6 months (a total of 2 shots)..i spotted the whole time during the first shot, until i got the second one and it stopped completely. when i was supposed to go in for my 3rd shot, my mom found out and she told me not to because it totally screws with your system. right when i went off of it, i started spotting/having a light period, and it’s been going on for about a month and a half. i had sex afew days ago and now it’s slowing down, almost completely stopped….does this mean i could be pregnant?? i took the morning after pill 2 1/2 days after just to be sure..but it’s been a day now and it’s pretty much stopped..i’m probably just being worried as normal, but i just want to be sure. from reading the other posts most women had troubles getting pregnant after the depo, but most of them didn’t have a period at all for a while… please help!

January 21, 2010 at 2:43 am
(733) holly says:

Ok so I got on the shot in December and wouldnt you know it I was already pregnant. It was such a recent pregnancy that the test they gave me came up negative. Two weeks later I got another test and it came up to be positive. I was told there is nothing anyone can do. I have done a lot of research and I am pretty much counting on a low birth weight. I am terrified however that there may be birth defects. I am very happy that I am pregnant because I am in love and I dont think anyone is truly ever prepared to get pregnant. I just want to give my child a fair chance and I cant stand the thought that I may have caused him or her some terrible obsticles. Does anyone have any information on birth defects and Depo?

January 21, 2010 at 3:45 pm
(734) teresa says:

since my last comment (664) i still havent had a period but have had a browish discharge tho for all of 24hrs but nothing else and im now wishing they would just hurry up and start. i have felt pregnant the last couple of weeks wiv needing the loo more aften,flutters in my stomach and 2 days of feeling sick and now very sore nipples :( i have done 3 tests and the 1st sed positive followed by 2 negatives. off to see the doctor tomorrow, well hopefully if i can get in that is. be fun to see what he says.
i think the depo should be banned or the doctors should have the decency to let us all know all about the pros and cons because im sure if we all knew about the cons we wouldnt have gone on it.
good luck to you all

January 23, 2010 at 5:51 pm
(735) AliciaM says:

i was on the depo shot for 3 years My last shot was November of 03. I gaining 90 pounds in the time I was taking the depo shot, I had an irregular period the whole time I was taking the shot. When I stopped taking depo it took about 3 yrs for me to have a regular period. I was never informed by my doctor that the shot would cause bone loss. Also that it would take yrs for me to get my period back let alone almost 7 years to have children. Here I am 2010 & still not pregnant, me & my husband have been trying everything for the past 2 yr to get pregnant. Before that we just thought we would let fate happen… Nothing!!!! We are so discouraged at this point I am being to believe we will never have a baby. So as I can see it our only next step is to see a Dr/Gyno about some kind of Hormone replacement.. i think the depo should be banned or the doctors should have the decency to let us all know all about the pros and cons because I’m sure if we all knew about the cons we wouldn’t have gone on it. I have begun to believe I may never have a baby & it’s all because of that shot!

January 24, 2010 at 5:06 am
(736) sarah says:

Hi There,
I have been reading everyone’s comments and a bit confused about the whole thing.
I have only ever had 2 shots and they last one ran our 1/12/09… I decided that I wouldn’t get another one because my partner and I would like another baby.
I think alot of how you feel about getting pregnant is psycological.
For the whole of dec and beginning of jan I have been praying for a period to get back to normal. Dec 31st I had pregancy symptoms and had still no period so I did a test – Negative. I visited the dr on wednesday just gone and explained the worry and she did another test – negative! I explained I worried about not having a period and wanting to concieve again and she said you need to be patient and relax and it will come. After going home and relaxing a little about it! Yesterday morning I come on! needless to say I wish I wasn’t only because of the heavy flow and pains but still hopefully I am nearing to being back to normal and hopefully nearing to have another baby. I doubt I would ever have this control again and not being able to control when I can concieve as easy as pill etc. Fingers crossed for you all and for me! hang in there! relax and try not to think about that period and it will come! Eat lots of healthy food and drink plenty of water and excersise. It helps your body to detox and flush then depo out of you!

January 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm
(737) Court says:

I have been on depo sense i was 15 due to ovarian cysts i am now 19 and have not had a period in almost 4 years its just been an uneasy feeling that its not a natural thing for your body to not experience periods ive been very upset coming from a big family that i will nevr be able to have a family of my own tho my doctor says its ok i got my last shot the end of december and do not plan on getting another ever again! if this effects my future of having a family i def think legal action needs to be taken for all the women in our position its not right that they can just rob us of the option to have our own children

January 24, 2010 at 11:35 pm
(738) Melissa says:

I have been off of depo shot since Oct 01. I am on my second marriage now of five years. Still nothing. Not even a miscariage. I was 15 when put on depo. When I was 17 I had a bad pap, so they did a bio of my cervix, it came back abnormal so they froze my cervix. Doe’s that have anything to do with not being able to get pregnant?

January 25, 2010 at 12:14 am
(739) Kristal says:

So i have been on depo for about a 1yr 1/2 as soon as being put on it my periods stopped…..havnt had one since just recently gettting off depo i have had alot of discarge that is brownish but no period been off for about 4 month feb.13th i have not had a child yet and upset of the results of this because why would they put me on something that could effect me having a child. if anyone has any coment or helpful hints let me know please….

January 25, 2010 at 8:01 am
(740) Nikola says:

Hi ladies … i’ve sat now for over and hour reading through a lot of these comments and stories. I’m truly truly saddened. I’m 23 and due my next injection tomorrow. I’ve been on depo for exactly 2 years. My boyfriend (of 7 years) and I have decided that we’re ready to try for a baby. I’m totally baffled. I was prepared and I accept that it can take a while for periods to return but like most of you I can’t wait!! I’m really pleased that I decided to search for sites like this as I’ve got a real insight in to what to expect.

I have some hope though, a close friend of mine got her period only 2 weeks after coming off in Sept 09 and was regular for 2 following months. She’s now 7 weeks pregnant. I only hope that I’m as lucky as her.

Like I say I’m due my next injection tomorrow and I’m suffering cramp and headaches. Call me a wishful thinker but could this be a sign of an upcoming bleed? I feel exactly the same as I did when I had regular periods before depo (… surely my imagination isn’t in overdrive that much?!).

I was so pleased to read the odd story of fast returning periods and quick pregnancies, THERE IS HOPE!!! I think it’s different from woman to woman, obviously everyone is different, it’s just so unfair.

Can anyone advise me on what’s best to do? I’ll keep in touch and check regularly … best of luck ladies!!
x

January 25, 2010 at 4:14 pm
(741) worried says:

hi
I had the depo shot in may 09 but decided not to go back for the 2nd shot as it made me really ill. My periods stopped completely while the shot lasted and returned within a month of the 2nd shot being due.

January 25, 2010 at 7:46 pm
(742) Jessica says:

I started the Shot in Feb 2006 right after having my daughter in August 2006. I stayed on for almost 2 yrs. The doctor schedueled a bone density test for me and told me I would have to start taking calcium suppliments because there are higher chances of getting Osteopherosis after being on the shot for 2 years. I discontinued in December 2008. My first period came almost right away in the first week of Jan 2009. It lasted for a week, and was the worst one I have ever had. The period showed up again in Feb but a week later than the last one, Same thing in March, April, May, June, July, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER. I was timing my periods and they were always about 40-43 days apart. My husband and I have never used any other form of protection ie condoms. In October 2009 I got it early and every month since then Nov, Dec & now Jan they have been lighter and on the same day every month. We are trying for a baby and Im hopeful. I would also not recommend the Depo shot to anyone and am sad that the doctors dont tell you all of the side effects like how it is hard to become pregnant after. I am a little scared after reading that alot of these pregnancies after depo result in miscarriage. Would it be better to hold off getting pregnant for longer or do the miscarriages always occur after the shot? HELP!

January 27, 2010 at 2:10 am
(743) MrsJnVA says:

Hello All,

I have been up for a while reading comments from 06 to present and I am in shock with some of the stories that I have seen. I had my 1st child n 01 got on Depo for 4 years got off n 05, a year or so later I got pregnant, didn’t have the baby (by choice) got back on the shot in May of 07 and my last shot was Feb of 09 sooo, I’m hoping that it will only take a year again, but we will see. I saw a few one year stories, I do agree that it is not good to be on Depo, that another route.

January 28, 2010 at 11:40 pm
(744) Sarah says:

Hi
I posted a while ago (662). I got my last shot in July 09. I got 2 periods in December and spotting at the beginning of January. I started feeling sick and thought I might be pregnant. I took a test and it was negative. I thought it might be too early so I waited a few weeks and took another test. Negative again. I started bleeding today but just for a few hours. My husband and I really want another baby. To make matters worse our families are waiting for us to get pregnant. If I have to hear one more time “are you pregnant yet” I just might scream. My family has always been so fertile. I am one of 7 and my dad is one of nine. It took no time for me to get pregnant with my son. I wish that I had never got the shot.

January 31, 2010 at 5:25 pm
(745) Heather says:

I was on depo for five years- i got my last shot last January and I am not pregnant yet however my period returned in September- I wish that more people would comment on here the positive things, I feel for you who wrote that your family is bugging you cause mine is too not to mention my friends- wish it would happen sooner. Anyone have anything positive?

January 31, 2010 at 7:53 pm
(746) liz says:

I was on the depo shot for 12 years and got off 5 months ago. I am now 4 weeks pregnant. So it can happen to you also! Do not give up!! :) Oh, and start taking prenatal vitamins so it can speed up the process!!

February 1, 2010 at 6:00 am
(747) Claire Worth says:

Hi,

i posted earlier last month…
since then i have been to see my doctor for more advice and he refered me to a fertility clinic as all the tests he had done had showed that i wasn’t ovulating.
but over the last few days i have done three ovulation tests and all seem to show that i am now ovulating! so now i have an appointment at the clinic on the 17th and dont know whether to go or not?

February 1, 2010 at 8:42 am
(748) Ethel says:

Hi,
i had 2 shots the next one was surpose to be i Sept 08 so idecided nt to take it since i wanted another kid my 5th Child since i have 4.I was havig my normal periods even when i was on the shot up to 2de its now 16 months and not pregnant.My advise to evry 1 is never take Depo it sucks you never no what else it distroys.Put every thing in gods hands and ask for forgiveness since he does nt allow as to put medicine in our bodies.Goodluck.

February 1, 2010 at 10:42 am
(749) Mallory says:

I hope this helps someone. I have been told over and over how people have been on the pill and just BOOM, got pregnant. The pill… it makes you more fertile… Depo…it kills your ovaries and makes your uterus shut down. I can not believe the FDA approved such a shot! I had been on the Depo for 9months…came off shot Aug 2009, had 1st period after 9mos ( an aquaintance from hell) in Dec 2009… it is now Feb2010. My body does not know what is going on. My bones and muscles ache and hurt – ALL THE TIME ( I use to never have issues with that – and I was very athletic- can not do one push up now w/o fear of my bones cracking!)… I have gained 55lbs on Depo…It exploded after I came off the shot. I use to be 130lbs… Now I am 185lbs. I have stretchmarks surrounding my stomach. I am huge. I have went through a depression and worrying I will never have children… First moment I get some money saved… I do not know about you all… but I am suing the maker of Depo! I am suing them and fighting for them to only administer it to women who have absolutely no means of having children… and want to go through complete HELL if they take it… So if you are wondering if you should get on this shot…. DONT! If I knew what I knew now I would have looked that nurse in the eye and said” HELL NO!”… Gain crap ton of weight… Moody… Cramps,aches, infertile…c’mon! People have got to be crazy to like the shot. I can feel my mistake to get on it throughout my whole body…. Hope I can get pregnant soon… thats all my husband and I want… but I also want my health back!

February 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm
(750) Cassie says:

Hey, i had one shot of the depo in march 09′ after a miscarriage. i didnt really wanna do it but she said i should cause if i got pregnant again right away that it could harm me and the baby so she said only one shot and i could try again and i would be okay. well we decided to try again it is now feb 10′ and still nothing, i have been trying for almost a year off of one shot, my periods have been regular since july 09′ its very depressing and frusterating! i guess we all just need to keep trying and maybe eventually we will get a baby! :(

February 1, 2010 at 10:32 pm
(751) Amanda says:

I had ONE depo 104 sub Q shot In Jan. 2009…my husband and I wanted to wait a few months before trying for a baby…well, its been ONE YEAR…and still nothing. Went to my OB/GYN who prescribed it to me and he just told me to “get healthy”–I gained a lot of weight after the Depo and had fatigue, hair loss, acne…after my regular MD did bloodwork to rule out any thyroid issues–everything was normal…so basically it was the Depo. I went to a D.O. recently (GYN) who ran tests and everything was within normal limits–EXCEPT my progesterone was LOW 7 days post ovulation…too low to have been able to sustain a pregnancy…soO0o0o0, can depo make your progesterone levels drop off? UGH…I wish I never wouldve gotten Depo…I will NEVER GET DEPO EVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 2, 2010 at 2:12 pm
(752) paty says:

Im 20 Ive only had 3 shots and my bf and i are thinking bout getting pregnant but now that im reading all of the other posts im soo scared that i wont be able to or that it will take forever, and we really want a baby! Im mos def not going for my next shot idk how long its going to take i ve never been pregnant or had a miscarriage bt before the depo i was on pills for 1 yr and never had a pregnancy either, is there nething to do to speed up gettin pregnant or getting the depo outa your system? =(

February 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm
(753) LADY S.27 says:

HELLO LADIES, I read so many of the stories and i was able to relate to so many,I started the depo APRIL 2008 and my last shot was Dec.2009 but i didn’t get it because i could no longer use my health insurance. and i was kind of glad i took that as a sign because that day of my appt. i was going to discontinue the shot anyway. I had terrible headaches and i had a pain in my neck so bad that the pain was in my left shoulder and my left arm.It still aches now sometimes i can hardly sit up w/o my neck aching and it only feels better when I’m laying down.I’m 27yrs.old I’m married with 2kids & my Husband wants 1more and I dont’t think It’s gonna happen right now. GOOD LUCK & GOD BLESS EVERYONE.

February 3, 2010 at 11:30 pm
(754) Sara J. says:

Hi, I just got off Depo in June 09 and I just had my second period. I do know that you should never stay on the shot over 2 years it can be dangerous! And I suggest going on the pill afterwards so regulate your cycle. My doctor told me YAZ dosen’t take away any estrogen so its the best to regulate your cycle.

February 4, 2010 at 9:07 pm
(755) Taneika says:

i had my depo shot in oct and didnt have my next one till this january. in jan i had a period when i was supposed to of had the shot(was supposed to have it on dec 15) i have now got heart burn, tiredness,constipation, most the time a full feeling if not its nausia or i feel ravishingly hungry, im peeing more often and im having flutters/ small cramps in my pelvis area. i know a home test wont give me a correct answer as im on the depo but i did do one today and it said negative

has anyone had simillar symptoms and ended up being pregnant

February 5, 2010 at 1:37 pm
(756) Tessa says:

As I was reading these posts I became more & more sadden & concerned. I was 15 when I started taking the depo provera method after having my bby boy. I stopped taking the shot after 10 yrs at age 25 in Dec of 2007. Throughout the 10 yrs I didn’t get my period or have any spotting, at the time thinking “wow this is GREAT”. I am now 28 & my husband & I have been waiting anxiously to have another child for the past 2 yrs. My periods where irregular for the first yr and after became some what regular maybe skipping a month twice a yr. When I initated this method of birth control I was informed of heavy, light or no periods at all, weight gain, mood swings and so forth but not of the difficulties of becoming pregnant after the fact. If I too would have known about this obstacle for us women and even for our husbands/significant others I wouldn’t have chosen depo provera. I may have had my bby young but I did and still do want more children now. It makes my husband and myself extremely sad, frustrated, depressed at times and very upset. It’s a waiting game for my family and I now.

February 6, 2010 at 1:09 pm
(757) Carissa says:

i read like all these comments and have never been so discouraged in my life!! I have been on the depo for 2+ years and am definatly going to stop.. my next shot is due 3/5/10 but forget that mess. I don’t want to have to wait forever to have a baby..that will just make me more depressed and make it harder!

February 7, 2010 at 1:55 pm
(758) Kerry says:

I have had two hsots of Depo and wanted to maybe see about conceiving but now i am soooo scared of what has happened to my body in the past sixmonths! I had miscarried twins three eyars ago then managed to conceive after 18 months. That was without Depo killing my ovaries! I am so scared now it is going to take forever!!!! Can noone give me any hope x x

February 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm
(759) Sarah says:

Hi all,
I have been posting and reading for a few months now. My husband and I are trying to have another child but nothing yet. I want to know if anyone else is having problems with iron deficiency. I didn’t have a period for two years while on the shot and just started to have one. My iron levels have dropped and I am tired all the time. Is this a normal side effect?

February 9, 2010 at 6:44 pm
(760) sam says:

I am 19 and have been off the shot for more than a month. Although the doctor subtly mentioned that the effects of the shot don’t usually wear off until about a year after you stop taking it, she never mentioned the extreme cases I’ve read on this thread. I was only on the shot for 9 months and am approx. 100 lbs so the doctor told me it wouldn’t take long because of the short duration I was on it and my weight. Right now, I am nauseated all the time and having sever headaches considering I never get headaches at all. I can barely eat and that results in me getting even sicker at the stomach. I was on the shot because I have ovarian cysts but I was told I could still get pregnant, no problem. My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex two weeks ago so it’s too early for an accurate reading from a test so I will take on again in two weeks; I will re-post my results, I know for a lot of the women on this post it would be a great sign of hope if I’m pregnant. I’m young and determined and have always wanted children so of course I’m open to life. I am also pro-life so there’s no question there. May God’s plan fit mine, I’ll write soon! Good luck to all, btw i HATE depo with a passion. It is the shot’s fault and not women who believe their health providers.

February 10, 2010 at 6:19 pm
(761) Lisa-Marie says:

I just finished reading most of the comments posted on here.
I was on Depo for approx a year and a half. Afterwards I was not on any other form of birth control.
I noticed the weight gain, and headaches from the shot. Also, it stopped my period completely. After I had stopped taking my Depo, I had periods lasting for 2, 3 and even 4 weeks at a time. It was horrible. The pain from the menstral cramps were as if freddy cruger was in my uterus clawing his way out. It was the worst pain I have endured in my life. I had started seeing my doctor about the cramps and the massive amount of bleeding. He said it would possibly be a side effect from the Depo shot.
Now after over 5 years of being off the shot, I have One 10 month old son, and another son on the way. This also being after being assessed as not being able to have any children. The tests that were taken, were inconclusive weather it was the depo that had caused it. After more testing within the last 3 years they had told me that the depo took about 5 years to leave my system.
This would explain my copious amounts of unprotected sex, and why I did not get pregnant once.
shortly after knowing the depo was out of my system, I had gotten myself an IUD, a little while after that July 09 I got the news that I was pregnant.
I personally will not advocate for this form of birth control. I believe that it harms your body, and ruins you for a long time. I believe all of us on here should take our tests and results, also our comments and get this crap shut down.
Makes me think that maybe it was put out for population control and not as a conterceptive.

February 10, 2010 at 9:35 pm
(762) Kat:) says:

I just wanted to let every one know that I have had a similar problem. My last shot was July of 09 and I had gotten my period in October when the shot wore off. I got another period in November on time and then December on time. January I completely missed my period with 2 negative blood tests. My OBGYN told me that this was a side effect of DEPO and I probably wont ovulate for another year. When I asked why they even perscribe this poison they said its good at population control. I was never told the side effects. Doctors told me that after the shot wears off in the three months your body goes right back to normal which I thought it did. But apparently not. But now I got my period on time in Feb. also. I think that for those of you who now cannot concieve after Depo should hold the doctors who perscribed us it responsible because they were completely aware of the side effects.

February 10, 2010 at 9:59 pm
(763) Kat:) says:

I forgot to mention I only had 2 depo shots and I am 100lbs also and I’m turning 20 next month. I read on the DEPO website that they do not lower the dosage for weight or height ratio and that 66% of women become pregnant within 1 year depo, 88% after 15 months, and 93% after 18 months. They never said what happened to the other 7% of women. That is almost 10% which is basically 1 in 10 women will not become pregnant! This is wrong!! We should be informed of these statistics!!

February 14, 2010 at 12:18 pm
(764) Louise says:

My Husband and I want to start a family and having been on depo for two years decided not to renew it in Dec 09, I bled for a week at the beginning of Jan 10 but nothing since, so not sure what that was!
I also whilst on the depo lost my sex drive, and since being coming off, it has returned, so this is a side effect they don’t tell you about! Doctors should emphasise that it reduces fertility afterwards, I never got told!

February 14, 2010 at 11:03 pm
(765) Raegan says:

Hi! I am 21 years old and have been on depo since I was 14 years old… I came off of it in DEC. of 09 and have had one period since. I am hoping that They will stay normal and I will be able to conceive but I had all kinds of complications with being on the shot for so long. I had problems with my teeth after so long because depo causes bone loss, every time my shot came due I was sick for up to two weeks before the shot and a week after, I didn’t have a period the entire time, my sex drive was nonexistent, I weighed 126 pounds when I started the shot and now i weigh 190. If I had known that all of those were symptoms and that I would have issues conceiving with that shot I would have never taken it. Yes it was the simplest form of birth control, and yes no period was a plus at the time, but neither I nor my mother would have agreed to it had we known at the time that I may have issues conceiving. I won’t ever get the shot again and I would not recommend it to anyone that has hopes of more children and I sure as hell would not give it to children or anyone under 21!

February 15, 2010 at 10:10 am
(766) sheila says:

wow!! i can not believe this!! heres my story. when i was like 19 or what not. i was on and off the shot here and there. taken it like for 6 mos here and 9 mos there. i have 2 children, 5 and 3. but my pregnancies came only after about 5-6 mos with no period and getting my period on its own. but i just recently went off the shot in sept. after 2 straight yrs. my dr has put me on medroxyprogestorone twice!! i still have nothing from the second round of it!! that stuff is supposed to make you bleed. and im not. my fiance and i want to try for a baby. and after reading all of this!! im so terrified im never going to be able to have any more children. oh. the dr did blood work and an ultrasound . everything came out fine. but geesh!! why are they not telling anyone who is wanting the shot that this is what it does to our bodies!!??!! WTF!! dont get me wrong, when i was on the shot i loved it. i didnt have any probs really. i didnt gain weight. nor did my sex drive dissapear. i dont remember any major headaches. but golly gee wiz. i cant believe all of this. its fricken terrible!! i even did an ovulation test thing and it had a faint line that i was ovulating. but idk now. this sucks . and its very depressing!! i wish all of us the best of luck to our future pregnancies!! i hope we can get this crap off the market!!

February 15, 2010 at 10:17 am
(767) Trish says:

I had been on the depo for 17 years and had my last one in July 2007 and was due again in october 2007 which i didnt have..my periods returned to normal within a month and by april 2008 i was pregnant and had a little boy in january 2009..not bad for a 42 year old..my advice is not to give up hope on getting pregnant as each persons body and cycle is different to everyone elses just give it time and im sure you wont be disappointed..good luck!!

February 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm
(768) Nina says:

So, I have been really upset after reading a lot of things online about Depo and not being able to get pregnant! I started Depo in March of 2008 I got my last shot in October of 2009, so it hadn’t been 2 years… my husband and I are the kind of people that believe when it’s meant to happen it will. It kind of stinks considering my daughter will be two in 2 days and I we are hoping to be pregnant around her 3rd birthday. I am currently on nothing! No contraceptive whatsoever! I tried to take one low dose pill after and for whatever reason it made me sick for like three days! I just want to know if anyone else success stories, I’ve seen like 3. I just want everyone to know one thing: It will happen when it is meant to! God only gives you what you can handle. While I believe this a success story might set my mind a little more at ease. God Bless everyone and I wish you all the best of luck on having babies. Depo is great when you don’t want to have babies but otherwise just try a low dose pill. I think the warnings should be more obvious with Depo…

February 15, 2010 at 11:48 pm
(769) Fayth says:

Hello this is Fayth from post (516) well I found out yesterday that I’m PREGNANT! only 7 months after my last depo shot. I’m so excited! I hope this gives everyone some hope.

*baby dust*

Fayth

February 17, 2010 at 3:22 am
(770) Heather says:

Hi Everyone. I wanted to get some input on this issue. My last depo shot was November 07. My husband and I have been trying for a baby since then with no luck. I have even been on Clomid for the past two months with no results. Has anyone had any luck getting pregnant after depo? I am starting to get SO discouraged…. Does anyone know the average time it takes for depo to clear your system?

February 17, 2010 at 8:12 am
(771) Mary says:

I have used Depo and it was great! well I had all ready had 3 kids so,, but I went off it for 5 yrs and used other methods then while not trying became Preg at 39,, what a blessing, but I went back on depo thinking it might help with menopause and it did, well as far as periods after about 4 months they stopped, I went off it 6 months ago and still no period so I’M happy about that; but now that im 46 I can’t tell if its menopause or still the shot in my system.

February 18, 2010 at 11:26 am
(772) Kate says:

I was on Depo for 7 years and then decided to start trying to have a baby. It took about 18 months to get pregnant. Then I went back on the shot from July 2005 to February 2006. We decided to start trying again thinking it would take another 18 months to get pregnant, well it only took 3 months! My daughter was born the next January! I went back on the shot and decided not to get it again this month. We’ll see how long it takes this time…. I agree the mood swings, hot and cold spurts and lack of sex drive should be reasons enough not to get on the shot. I just like not having a period… LOL :)

February 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm
(773) Leslie says:

I started the depo in april 2008 and had my last shot in may 2009. I still havent had a period spotted a couple time in november and december. I take a test every month to make sure im not pregnant. Dr took me off depo due to health reasons. Well i took my test this past weekend and it was positive along with 2more. So it took us around 5 months to get pregnant again. Never will i go on depo again!

February 19, 2010 at 1:16 pm
(774) babii says:

i have been on the depo for nearlly two years… i am only 20 but reading other peoples comments have scared me. my doctor never informed me about anything like that…. am due my depo again in 2 weeks… should i continue with it…

February 20, 2010 at 11:27 am
(775) Kayleigh says:

Hi guys, ive sat and read of all the comments about the depo injection, and thought id share my views and ask advice from the few success stories,

Ive been on the injection for nearly two years now, and decided to discontinue the use in december 09, i wasnt happy with the way things were changing, it started to scare me with the side affects i was experiencing,
I started to experience Depo-Depression, constant mood swings, crying and complete dis-interest in my social life, so i was told it would be better to stop having the injections, its been just over three months now since my last injection, and have been told that it could take a long time for things to go back to normal

Me and my partner are planning on starting a family as soon as possible, but im terrified it could of affected my fertility, i know it could take as long as a year or more, but my doctor never told me about this when i first started the depo injections,
ive been on contraception since the age of 14, to help with cramping and mood swings, and never had a break from it, and now im worried that things arent going to go back to normal,
im hoping that alot of you have had success since stopping the injection, and hope the same will happen with me,
if my doctor had told me about the side affects and downsides to the injection, i would never have started it, im keeping my fingers crossed that it hasnt done any lasting damage

Good Luck Girls

February 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm
(776) JLW says:

I can’t believe doctors are still giving Depo shots and not telling about the possible side effects. I was given the shot in 1993 after the birth of the first son. I was told it was recently approved in the US and had been used overseas for years with no problems. I immediately stopped losing pregnancy weight and started gaining weight. I couldn’t sleep and was an emotional mess. I was told every symptom was just a problem handling a new baby. I was also breast feeding and my son was always jittery and never slept well until I quit breastfeeding him at 18 mos. I was told it didn’t pass into the breast milk but I think that’s nonsense. I still worry about the effects, even though my son is healthy. I took the shot for 3 years because I believed the doctors and thought everything was my fault and maybe I was just handling motherhood badly. It took almost a year for me to get pregnant after quitting the shot and it was a difficult pregnancy. I had low thyroid which the doctors argued about and never treated. My son was full term but not very healthy. He has been a sickly child his whole life and is now 13. I’ll always wonder if it’s because my body was so depleted and unhealthy from the Depo. I don’t believe doctors about anything anymore. I won’t take any medicine or give my family any medicine without researching it myself first. Thank God for the internet! Stay away from Depo Provera.

February 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm
(777) sally says:

hey, im 17 , almost 18 and began takin the shot right after i turned 17, (in may) . i took the shot twice and havent taken it since it was due on december 4. Lately my husband and I have both been having nausea symptoms and he has even vomited. However, i took a pregnancy test recently this week and it came out negative. I wanna go to college this summer and get a good future. I know life will get alot harder with a child right now and I also want to enjoy my husband alot more right now. Should I take another shot??? Any Suggestions??

February 24, 2010 at 6:42 am
(778) Jay1987 says:

I’m so glad I found this website. I’ve been on the depo for 5 years (since I was 17). Last injection was due jan 22 2010 which i didn’t have. No signs of periods yet but I keep getting stomach cramps and feeling sick. Has anyone else experienced this after stopping depo? I was regular before i started it, every 28 days exactly. So was wondering if this could be my body regulating itself?

February 24, 2010 at 4:38 pm
(779) sally says:

jay im having the same stomach cramps too and like dizzines/nausea. Im guessing its side effects of depo.

February 25, 2010 at 11:19 am
(780) Sara says:

I was in the Depo shot for 2 years. I gained alot of weight and my periods completely stopped.I took the shot starting in 2004 and stopped in 2006. I have been off the shot for almost 4 years now and just last month I started having my period. It lasted like 8 or 9 days. After I stopped it was like 2 weeks later I started again and it was extrelemly heavy. Anyways, my husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for 3 years now and there has been no luck yet. I thought it may have had something to do with my weight so I started losing it a little at a time but, nothing yet. I am so scared that I may have messed up my chances of getting pregnant again. My son is 6 years old now and is really wanting a brother or sister. Am I just out of luck of getting pregnant or what? I WOULD NEVER SUGGEST THE DEPO SHOT TO ANYONE!!!! IT WILL RUIN YOUR BODY.

February 26, 2010 at 1:25 am
(781) Erin says:

I was put on Depo right after the birth of our son. I got the shot Jan 1,2009 and last shot was August 2009. I have yet to have a period. My fianace are extremely active, eat healthy, and I gained 70 pounds. I lost the 40 I gained from pregnancy within a week and a half. The depo is a horrible form of birth control. We have been TTC since September, I’ve been taking prenatals and working out and trying to lose all the weight. The doctors ran test to see why I’d gained so much weight and it was from the Depo, they said I had a severe reaction to it. I have taken test twice because I felt pregnant and had all the signs and symptoms, but the test were negative. It’s heartbreaking seeing that negative sign. I haven’t had a period since March 2008, so I believe something is wrong and they haven’t found out what it is yet. I have been getting cramps that are excruciating and double me over and have been extremely nauseous. I’m only 22 and I am praying that we are able to have more kids. We were blessed with one healthy, happy, and gorgeous baby boy. But like everyone else we want to extend our family.

I would not recommend the Depo shot to anyone. I will never go back on it. It’s been rough. The doctor said I may not lose any of the weight until the shot is completely out of my system. The Depo has done a lot of damage to my body.

I hate it.

March 4, 2010 at 10:25 am
(782) Janine says:

Hi, Would just like to share this information with all who have used depo and are now trying for a baby, me and my partner decided last may to start trying for a baby, my last depo injection was due in june 2009 that i didn’t receive, following this, it was early september before i’d even seen a sign of anything which was simply just a spot, literally! Following this i went a further 5 weeks with nothing, i then had an extremely light 3 day period, adn thats were the fun began, i started having off with a 21 day cycle then i had and 18 day cycle then for about 4 months i was on 12 day cycles! I went to the docs who simply said that i was not producing any eggs yet due to the depo and suggested that i go on the pill to regulate my periods. I decided that this was totally contadicting what we were aiming to achieve so i searched the internet and found Maca- Active! This is 100% natural and seems to have the same benefits as the pill minus the contraceptive side of things! The tablets arrived 5 days before I was due on day12, I started taking immediately and never seen on day 12 and continued that way until day 29 when i came on first thing in the morning, i’ve never been so excited to have my first proper period in 9 1/2 years!

March 6, 2010 at 4:20 am
(783) want a baby one day says:

are there any birth control that dont make you infertile?
a friend of mine ,her aunt went through menopause at 28! the doc told her it was because of her birth control pills!!! now she cant have children. i was on the pill for about a year but suffered from painful intercourse so ive now come off i was thinking of going on the injection but now after reading all this i dont know if i should. having kigs means the world to me, im 18 so i dont want them just yet but one day……
Ive decided after reading this when im older after having my own children im going to be surigate mother fro woman who cant get pregnant!!!!!
good luck to everybody trying dont give up!

March 8, 2010 at 2:30 pm
(784) Becky says:

Hi after reading for over 3 months about how bad the depo injection was i thought i would never get pregnant. I came off the depo in aug 2009 and i had my 1st period september but after that no positive results and a normal regular period however. I was due my period on saturday and its been 6 months and i have a positive result and i cant believe it. Im just thought i would give you all a little bit of positive news to help you to stayn positive. I think it helped that my boyfriend brought me a puppy and took my mind off the baby stuff and wham!

Please stay positive i know how horrible it is to see them negative results x fingers crossed i dont eat my words x

March 8, 2010 at 11:02 pm
(785) Christine says:

I was depo for about a year. My periods did come b ack over time and I had two children. There is hope so good luck to all of you!

March 10, 2010 at 5:03 am
(786) Paula says:

Hi this is Paula from 476,483,689. I just want to give an update on my situation. i had my last depo in Oct 08, got my period in April 09. Had been using ovulation kits from June till October 09. All negative. Went to my GP for blood test which all came back fine except for the 21 day test where my progesterone was very low. I have been back for another set of tests, and am starting clomid today.
There was a huge sense of relief when I visited my doctor as I felt I was doing something to help. My husband has also been signed up for a sperm analysis. These are all things that can help, so if you have your period back – go and see your doctor and get the ball rolling!

Best of luck to everyone xx

March 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm
(787) tiffany(no tiffy jnr) says:

i have been on the “shot” for around 2yrs, well i had one and then didnt go back and had really weird discharge, so i went bk on the shot when i got with my current partner i have had it twice more and i am not having it again hoping to fall pregnant and have babies but after reading all this i am doubting that i will ever get the chance to have a baby i am only 20. and doctors also didnt tell me that it is hard to fall pregnant after the shots and if it was why give it to me and such a young age!! adleast say its for people who mite not want any children!!!!! sooo fingers crossed i will be one of the lucky ones and will have a mini lil tiffy x x

March 10, 2010 at 8:51 pm
(788) steph says:

Hi I had one shot of the depo injection in Oct 08 then me and my boyfriend decided to try for a baby so I didnt go back for my next shot which was due in Jan 09. I had not seen a bleed up untill dec 09. Even then my period lasted 3 days and have had nothin again since. I am really worried that I cannot conceive and it is somethin I want more than anything now. I am 21 years old and worried that it will take a lot more years for me to conceive. Has anybody been in the same situation as me? If so have you had a successful pregnancy? Is it still possible to get pregnant without regular periods as i havn’t really seen one yet.

Thankyou for your time xx

March 11, 2010 at 7:12 am
(789) Hanna says:

i need some help…
im 19, and have had the injection twice, im due for my 3rd one in about a week. but i want to get pregnant. so im not going to have my next injection.
how long do you reckon it will take for me to become pregnant?
after reading this im really scared and upset i wont be able to.

many thanks.
would be nice to hear some feedback and what you all think
xxx

March 11, 2010 at 7:16 am
(790) hannah says:

heya, im 19 and have had the injection twice. im due for my next injection in the next 2 weeks. but im not going to go for it as i want to try for a baby. after reading comments i am really scared im not going to be able to concive. anyone have any idea how long it could take me only having 2 shots? or if theres anything i can do to speed it up. im scared and upset i wont be able to get pregnant.
x

March 12, 2010 at 6:12 pm
(791) GRI says:

i was on the depo for 6 months i stoped using it on january 20 2010 i had a little spot bleeding nd now its march its been almost a month and a half i havent had no period how would i know if am pregnant if i dont get no period .

March 14, 2010 at 5:48 am
(792) rhi says:

hi ive got the same prob as you lot. i got with my fiance in april 08 i went on depro straight away. i had my next shot in july 08, i was due for my next one in oct 08 but didnt have it. i think it took about a year for my periods to come back, ive had my periods on time every month so far and still no baby. we are so desperate for our little one and as my fiance is 35 and im 21 im scared we might not ever have our little bunle of joy. it was a big mistake goin on depro and i will never go on it again, how can they prescribe something that can destoy our lives its an awful thing any one wanting a baby do not go on depro.

March 15, 2010 at 8:19 am
(793) kirt says:

i was on depo for 7 years and stopped getting my shot when i got married. Thought the shot was great while having it and wasn’t told it could take a long time to concieve i started the shot at 16 so they didn’t bother to tell me. It took almost 12 monthe to the day for AF to return. It was all over the place so i seen a natuopath because my doctor wouldn’t do any investigating until 12 months of AF return. 2yrs after my last shot it was still pretty crazy so seen a specialist who after some tests decided to start me on fertility treatment (hubby has problems too) Had to wait for next complete cycle before i could start it and have been waiting for ages so decided to go back to specialist as was not getting anywhere waiting for AF . have skipped months before so he nor i was worried but decided he better do a test before starting me on something to make me bleed. Don’t know who was more surprised him or me at the fact i was pregnant and scan showed that i was almost 4 months without any symptoms!!! All i can say is get yourself checked out if you are still having problems after 12 months by a gyn/obgyn because just knowing what was going on made me feel heaps better and less depressed and worried.

March 15, 2010 at 2:18 pm
(794) tati says:

Is it possible to get pregnant while being on depo.? If yes, does your baby comes out with special needs or anthing wrong with them.? Please contact me at my email tatizworld or facebook which is the same email used.

March 19, 2010 at 7:54 am
(795) Joanne says:

I started taking depo as i had my first baby @ 18 1/2 and could not take mini pill then 20 months later after first baby i had my 2nd baby so i went on needle not long after givng birth. One side effect is losing my breast milk i was on the needle for 7 – 7 1/2 years went off the needle and feel pregnant around 1 – 1/2 months . baby was small and i had 26 weeks of morning sickness this could have something to do with needle as only was sick 5 times all up with 1st two pregnancys ok good luck all
ps i worked out hard at gym oone month before fallingg this in ment to lift fertility

March 21, 2010 at 2:35 am
(796) Heather says:

Hey everyone. Wanting to get a little feedback, I am getting super down about trying to get pregnant after this shot from hell. My last shot was in November 2008. We have been actively trying to get pregnant since November 09. I have been using Clomid, and am now up to 150mg daily, and STILL not ovulating. Is anyone else having this much trouble? It has been 16 months since my last shot, and I am SO worried that I will never get pregnant. My doc is wanting to do in-vitro in August if I am not pregnant by then. He thinks my trouble is from the depo though. How long does it normally take? I am so frustrated. :-(

March 21, 2010 at 12:54 pm
(797) lacy says:

i’ve been on depo since August 2005 my husband and i are thinking about having a baby and like most of you my doc didn’t tell me in the begining its was going to take at least a year after you stop depo to get pregnant. I’ve come to terms with that, but my question is. Has any one heard or had problems with miscarriage or birth defects after taking depo. I got third party information that people have had miscarriages long after being off depo and children born with medical problems (heart). I know there risk in any pregnancy, but dose depo cause more risk? Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t care if my child had problems I would love them anyway because its my child, but I would like to be prepared if there is a higher risk from being on depo. My doc says there no proven information, but I still wounder.

March 22, 2010 at 1:52 pm
(798) jess says:

hi everyone..just thought i’d drop some info about my expierences on depo provera.i have been on depo 2 seperate times in my life..the first time was july of 2003 after the birth of our son..i was on it until my last shot in july of 2004..i remember it took a really long time to start my regular cycles..they didnt really regulate until november of 2005..i took lots of epts and the first response ovulation sticks..i had asked my doctor about concieving after depo and he told me it usually takes any where from 18-22 months to conceive after having 4 or more injections…still had regular periods from nov. 2005 until may 2006 when i found out i was pregnant with our youngest daughter born in dec, 2006..well unfortunatly in dec 2008 i had a miscarriage at 5 weeks and at that time i was very emotional and decided to go back on depo temporarily until i felt i was emotionally ready to try again..the 1st shot that time was jan 15 2009..then i took one more on april 16th 2009….had long period in feb 2009 like for 2 weeks then no periods until june 2009 decided not to get the 3rd shot in july 2009 and i had spotting every 28 days starting in sept.2009 ..on nov 21 2009 i had a reg.period..then again on dec.6th 2009..(2 weeks later)and then nothing in jan.2010….had very swollen and sore boobs it was awful for 10 days..any way.. i finally had another period in feb..from 2-8-10 until 3-2-10 ..then another period on 3-7-10..luckily it only lasted for 5 days this time…depo does really mess up your cycle but luckily i knew that already from the last time and from additional research..the side effects can last for awhile for… i wouldn’t waste alot of money on tests until after at least 10 months since your last injection..your body needs time to heal..i do not plan to use depo again because of the withdrawl side effects mostly..good luck to you all and i hope you can find this post useful

March 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm
(799) jennifer says:

I was on Depo for about 10 years. My shot wore off November 08 and my daughter was born November 09. I had irregular spotting in december 08, an irregular period Jan 09 and a regular period Feb 09. Now Im trying for a second child. Best of luck to those trying to concieve!

March 26, 2010 at 6:30 pm
(800) jennifer says:

I should also add to my prior post that Im 34 years old and I had a very easy pregnancy. My daughter is a complication free baby born at 42 weeks 8lbs plus and developing normally. We actually though we would have longer to prepare for the baby thinking it would be at least 6-18 months before I could concieve. She is a blessing!

March 29, 2010 at 5:39 pm
(801) TSharpe says:

I was on the depo for a year a two months. Its been two months and i have only received one period. I am trying to get pregnant but after reading everyones post i don’t think it will be possible any time soon. If anyone has any tips please let me know. And to those curious about getting the depo, i would not recomend it.

March 30, 2010 at 11:29 pm
(802) Hannah says:

Hello All….I started Depo Provera October 6Th 2006 (After the birth of my husband an I’s second child) When I talked to my OB-GYN about getting on some kind of Birth Control She recommended Depo. I had already told her that when our son was one we wanted to try to conceive our third child. We wanted our kids to be right at 2 years apart. Give or take a few months for conception. My last Injection was April 14Th 2008. Not until after I was off it did I truly understand the ramifications of my actions. The pamphlet didn’t indicate that It would take so long to become regular again. The first period I had though was horrible. It lasted over a month.Then didn’t have one for months. I had always had regular periods that were moderate. Only now almost 2 years after the last shot am I some-what regular. But they are still terribly painful. I am having a hard time coming to terms with why my doctor would tell me that I could take Depo an have no problem conceiving. I agree with a previous post. You should be able to trust your doctor. When you can’t, that makes not being able to get pregnant that much harder. I don’t know if it would be any easier if I had been forewarned. But I feel like it would. It is nice to be able to talk to other people about this. It lets me know I’m not alone. And to get insight on what to maybe expect. Seeing as how I’m still not pregnant. I obviously wouldn’t recommend Depo Provera to anyone, weather you want kids anytime soon or ever at all. There are other birth control options I would say chose those. My husband an I aren’t using any kind of BC an still haven’t been able to conceive.

March 30, 2010 at 11:43 pm
(803) Hannah says:

I also forgot to put that for the month an a half after I had my second child I lost about 20 lbs. Eating right and Exercising. But once I got on the Depo it didn’t seem to matter what I did I gained an gained. Ended up putting on about 60-80 lbs. I know alot had to do with the fact that I got discouraged after the first 30 lbs. And didn’t bother to try any more. I put on more weight after I went off Depo an couldn’t get pregnant. But thats my fault. I have always ate the some though. And I think that Depo had alot to do with the weight for the first while.

April 1, 2010 at 12:24 am
(804) jane says:

I feel terribbly sorry for all of u women who r tryin to get pregnant and cant.. i have had quite the oppisite experience tho.. i have been on depo for 9 months no period and this is my second time using this form of birthcontrol.. i was due to get my shot feb 1st.. i had light bleedin at this time for about 4 days.. unprotected sex on feb 16..and a jaw dropping positive pregnancy test march 1st..

April 2, 2010 at 1:34 pm
(805) Hayley says:

Had 2 shot’s so only on the depo for 6months.I was ment to go back for my last shot on Feb 1st, but I didn’t as I want another baby. Its April 2nd …no period. But was told it takes 14weeks for your periods to return, so i’m expecting them back May 10th! I only started to read up about this to see if it’s happend to anyone else and how long it took for there periods to return, and I’m so shocked and scared of all the comments iv’e read. I just pray they come back and I can still concive. I was never made aware of any of this so I’m requesting a copy of my consent form and belive me i’ll be taking serious action if it affect’s my fertility. What a joke! :(

April 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm
(806) Robyn says:

I was on Depo for 1 year that was in 2002 and stopped it in 2003 and now 8 years later Today April 2,2010 i still DO NOT get my period and have been trying for second baby for 2 years and NOTHING it is so very depressing i am 24 years old and would like another baby before i am 30 but i don’t think that will happen and it bothers me muchly. If anyone can help with this please e-mail me at angeleyez850@yahoo.com thank you much

April 4, 2010 at 12:39 pm
(807) Brittany says:

After reading these posts I am becoming more and more concerned about conceiving. This is my second time on the Depo needle the first time I was on it I went off after being on it for just under a year, four months after going off the needle I became pregnant with our daughter. My husband and I have now come to the decision to start trying to have our second child I am due for my needle in may and have decided not to get it. I thought it was going to be just like the first time that I will be able to get pregnant after four months but now I am concerned this time I have been on the needle for a little over two years, now I wonder how long will it be until we are able to have our next baby.

April 5, 2010 at 2:57 pm
(808) Nik says:

Hi to you all, I really sympathise with all of you trying to conceive. I’m going through hell at the moment!I came off the depo april 09 for the second time. I originally went on the depo april 06 and came off jan 08 as we felt ready for our second child.I became pregnant in the july, only to go through a painful miscarriage for the second time in my life!!!I then went back on it as i didnt feel emotionally ready (worst thing i could ever have done!)I came back off it April 09, started with regular periods dec 09 but im now not ovulating.My son is desperate for a brother or sister and I just feel useless!
I’m at the lowest point ever!Sadly amongst all these posts are very little success stories, I wish everyone trying to conceive all the best.
I just wish the professionals had warned me of all the long term effects, I would never have had it!!!!:(

April 7, 2010 at 5:17 am
(809) lisa says:

Hi,it took me 13mnth from june 1999 until july 2000 to get pregnant with my daughter and thats after only ever taking the pill for 2 mnths prior to this and 2 lots of the morning after pill,after my daughter was born i started taking the pill again and only took me 4 mnth to get pregnant with my son after coming off,since then ive had the depo jab since feb 2004,i didnt go for my last one in dec 2009,its now apr 2010 and my periods have now returned after 4 mnth and are trying for a baby,hopefully i have luck!

April 7, 2010 at 10:39 am
(810) janiya price says:

Well i have been on the depo for about 7 yrs and at first i didnt have a period but then i started have periods while on the depo and then in December of 2008 that was my last shot I was due for a shot in March of 2009 but didnt go because me and my finance wanted to have a baby I already have two but he has none so I really would like to have a baby for him Its been really hard trying to conceive at moments I feel myself feeling very depress so I just wanted to know any helpful tips I can get to help conceive faster

April 13, 2010 at 11:17 pm
(811) Patricia says:

I was on the Depo shot for a little over two years. My last shot was due at the end of January ’10 but i never went back to take it. My first regular 5-day period came at beginning of Feb and then again a month later in March. In April my period didnt make it because I am now 5 1/2 weeks pregnant! Throughout the two years I was on Depo I did have light periods every three months so I think thats why my period returned regularly after Depo. G

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(812) Shy says:

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April 20, 2010 at 7:07 am
(814) Nikilee76 says:

Hi Ladies, I started the Depo Provera on 3rd June 2009, then got other one on 26th August, periods stopped straight away after having irregular ones while on the mini-pill. Due next injection 18th Nov 2009, but decided to not get that one, as had terrible mood swings. Felt really blotted and tired all the time, also felt I was pregnant, sore breasts and a sick feeling most days. Never got period until 30th March, only lasted 3 days, it was old blood, then on 10th April, I feel I got a proper period, as it was fresh blood, it only lasted 4 days. I’m hoping that things are OK now and that I will be able to conceive now. I had my Son when I was 25, he was born at 26weeks, wieghing 1lb, 12oz, it was a hard time, but everything is well with him, so now I would like another baby, at 34 I feel time is ticking, so fingers crossed I manage to conceive.

Hope everyone gets their bodies back to normal and get everything they wish for. Good Luck everyone.xx

April 20, 2010 at 8:38 am
(815) Tammy says:

RE – FEB. 24 2008 (conceived and had a baby after 2yrs)

HI ALL,
i posted my story in feb 24 2008. i just want to encourage everyone that is ttc not to panic. it will happen at the right time. we were in a waiting list for ivf when i realised i was 4 weeks pregnant (natural conception).

i just want to say all the post here would be from people that are TTC, people with good stories have no course to search online for problems. i will encourage all no to give up.

i important thing – if you have add a lot or a bit of weight during depo, loosing that weight would help, if possible try to weigh less than you were before going on depo as it worked for me. i was 65kg before depo, 70plus kg during depo and i did try to loose it to 60kg and it helped with conception.

to all ttc good luck, it will happen only that it will take time as told before going on the injection. mine took from may 07 last shot to may 09 to conceive, had my baby feb 2010.

April 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm
(816) jessica r says:

hi my name is jessica and i have been on the depo shot for almost 2 years now i was suppose to go back for my next dose this april of 2010 , i missed my dose by accident and its almost a month since i missed and i have been feeling all the pregnancy symtoms and its only been a month since i ve been off the depo shot, ill be going to the dr in the next 10 days to see if i test positive. but to tell you the truth i almost know that im pregnant,but i will post my results and good luck to the rest of you, ill pray for you.

April 29, 2010 at 11:24 am
(817) Katie says:

Hi there I was on deop prevera for over a year and it ran out on Monday 19th of March 2010 just 2 weeks ago and I am now wanting to get pregnant again, although wee have made love twice in the past week without my period coming back is there any chance I could be pregnant??

May 1, 2010 at 9:21 pm
(818) Mistie says:

Hello. Wanted to let you know I have been on the shot for many many years. After seven years of marriage, my husband and I decided we were ready to start a family. As some others have mentioned, my doctor put me on birth control pills for a few months to regulate my period. I was pregnant within a few months. I am ready to have another child, and have not been on the shot for six months. I have had no period. Sounds like I should do what I did the first time. I think I will go back to my doctor. I hear of many women having trouble getting pregnant the second time around. I do not think it is the shot, just the way things happen. Good luck to everyone!

May 5, 2010 at 3:10 pm
(819) ladidennis says:

hey ive been reading ur stories… i am so sorry for many of u or should i say us? I first got on depo at sixteen i stayed on it for two years I never had a period. i was off of it for about a year and four months before i got pregnant with my first son. Then i got on the shot right after him in mar then i didnt get a second shot…..so i got pregnant with my second son eleven months LATER…THEN I GOT ANOTHER SHOT i did two cycles then i didnt go back then i found out i was pregnant in dec so i guess about eleven months too. So the last time i had my baby in july i got he shot in august 08 and i just started having regular periods in march so ive been trying for a couple of months. we tried last month nothing we tried this month and i dont feel pregnant so not this month either im scared of going to the doctor because they might say i cant have babies any more… its so hard watching everybody around is having babies it hurts so bad.. but i just keep the faith n say maybe next month!im takin prenatal vitamins maybe i should start drinking tea.i just got married an i want to give my husband a seed of his own but this is begining to depress me im glad i found this page cause at least i can talk about it now just praying in angel goodluck out there.

May 6, 2010 at 2:22 pm
(820) Mara says:

My fiance and I are getting married in July and plan on starting a family immediately. After reading these posts I was rather concerned. I was due for a shot in April (last month) and expressed my concerns with my doctor. She recommended going on the pill for the next three months to introduce a shot of estrogen into my system and start regulating things. She said after the 3 months I could start trying right away and shouldn’t have any issues. I was told not to be surprised if I didn’t get my period the first month since I had been on the shot for a year or more. However, my period came this morning. I’m going to take this as a positive sign, and will update after July when we start trying. My best word of advice is to talk to your doctor. This pill thing seems to be helping!

May 6, 2010 at 8:18 pm
(821) Kara says:

I thought i would put in y 2 cents worth, i think more to express frustration. I am 25 i have a 2yr ld daughter, i ell pregnant with her straight away first go. I decided to go on depo so i could space our children out a little. I had 3 shots between may and nov 2009. I was due in late jan 2010 but i missed it so we could ttc. I had spotting and cramping for the first month after being o it, i also felt pregnant, had hot flushes etc which my doctor told me was a withdrawal to the depo shot! I have been taking pregnancy vitamins to help, i also have being doing ovulation tests everyday that there is no spotting or bleeding with no positive yet. I have had 2 periods of 7-8 days which were 3weeks apart, so i igure that my body is getting back to normal slowly. However my doctor never told me that i would have to wait to try to fall pregnant and if i had known i would not have taken it, he also told me that i should wait 12 months from the wear of date of the last injection before he wuld look into it further – i am very angry considering i told him i would like to be pregnant before my babys second birthday and he said i would have no trouble because i am young and pretty fertile. Is it too much too ask or some blood tests to check my oestrogen levels to see if i a going to be trying for the next 9 months with no positive! I wish doctors gave you the full run down on depo so you can make an inormed decision. Good luck to all o you ttc, it is very frustrating to see how many are afected by this injection…..

May 7, 2010 at 2:23 am
(822) Kari says:

Hi…I am reading your stories and I have been on depo for either 8 or 9 years. I loved the shot and tried to stay on it but the dr. said I had been on it long enough. I just got married last June and am just in my first month on the pill. I am 27 and not looking to have kids any time soon……but the transition has been awful….In two weeks I have gained weight, woke up with horrible morning sickness, my boobies are on and off again really tender, sore and painful, and horrible headaches where i cant stand up and when i do all i want to do is throw up. The headaches have lasted 4 days now always on the same side in the same spot and I never ever have headaches. I keep calling the dr. office and they keep saying its normal but seriously its awful has anyone else had this experience transitioning off depo?

May 7, 2010 at 7:59 pm
(823) Kara says:

Hi Kari,
All of my symptoms were very similar to yours coming off the depo shot, i was only on it for 9 months but it was an awful experience, my syptoms went on and off for 2 months till i got my first proper period, the doctor just told me to drink lots of water and take nurofen only when i really needed it. I think it is your body trying to adjust back to ‘normal’, it feels like your having pregnancy symptoms but much worse. i hope you start to feel better soon and it doesnt go on much longer for you, i think once your body clears most o it out you will feel much better.

May 9, 2010 at 11:01 pm
(824) Tiffany says:

I was on the depo shot for 5 years…when i came off it, it took me a year and a half to get my period back and it came back with vengance. When my husband came home from the Navy we decided to start our family, but three years after ending the depo shot still no luck…I don’t know what to do or who to go to…I hate the thought of thinking I will never have kids and at the age of only 22…someone help me…

May 12, 2010 at 10:27 am
(825) Jess says:

Has anyone thought of suing their doctors for lack of information?
I am angry I was never told about the side effects of the shot. They gave it to me when I was waking up from anesthesia from an abortion. I had no info on it. It has been month and i cannot stop crying over the shot

May 15, 2010 at 3:10 am
(826) Kara says:

Hi Jess,
I have expressed my anger and frustration with ur docotr about he depo shot, basically he says when you use contraception regardless of what it is you are taking a risk anyways, they never tell you what will happen. However i feel they fail to give you as much information as they can so you can have an informed desicion. If only i knew about the wear of period, the long list o side efects and the rates of infertility i may have done hings differantly. Fair enough i didnt want to fall pregnant at the time but i assumed that i could fall pregnant when i was ready ie within the firs cycle of my injection wearing off. There seems to be alot of stories on here of problems with depo but i don’t know how many people would take up suing doctors for lack of information…..it would be good if something could be done though.

May 15, 2010 at 6:58 am
(827) paula says:

Hi, This is Paula from 786. I completed my first month of clomid with no success. I went on to take it for another month. Both months I had no side effects. I went to the doctor 1 week ago with a kidney infection, and he insisted on a pregnancy test before prescribing medication. I couldnt believe it when he said it was possitive!! Im due in early January! So here is a brief of my experience with Depo Provera.
1. was on it for 12 years.
2. Last injection October 08.
3. Period returned April 09.
4. Went to my doctor in October 09.
5. Did all kinds of blood tests
6. Started clomid March 10th 2010.
7. Unsuccessful first time so took it again April 2010.
8. May 6th positive pregnanct test!

I was so upset when I read all these post for the last year. I thought I would never get pregnant as I am 35. My husband and I were starting to look into adoption. Everyone needs to keep positive, I know its hard, but if I can get pregnant, So can you! I wish everyone the very best of luck and it WILL happen in due course.

Best Wishes xx

May 18, 2010 at 3:52 pm
(828) Amanda says:

I was on the depo shot for about 2 1/2 years after the birth of my son. I have been off of it since Jan.2010, still no period and after reading all these stories I’m afaid I will not be able to get pregnant again. I’m in total baby mode and wanting another one soon. Hopefully it will happen soon. Good luck to all the ladies who are trying. And yes our drs. should have told us this horrible side effect. If I would have known this I would have never gotten on it.

May 23, 2010 at 9:13 am
(829) De says:

Hello Everyone. I took only one depo shot and I am hoping that I will be able to get pregnant soon. I have awful headaches, my stomach is constantly upset and I have been very moody. I would definitely not recommend it to anyone. Anyways, I was doing some search and found out about ” FERTILAID”, Has anyone one heard of it? To many of you that haven’t got your period yet> FertilAid is designed to promote regular ovulation and female hormonal balance and enhance fertility as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

I am supposed to get my next depo shot on June 14th, but I will not be getting it because my husband and I would like to have our first child. On June 14th, I am going to start taking FERTILAID. Do some research about it and you will see how much it has helped women to get pregnant as soon as one month after start taking it.

Good luck to all of us.

May 26, 2010 at 7:07 pm
(830) Michelle says:

To Paula (comment 827). ~Thank you so much for the hope. I would love to post a success story such as your own in the future~

I have been on depo for many years now…about 9 years total with a 2 year break in-between. April’09 was my last shot so I never returned for my July’09 shot. We have been trying ever since. Worried that getting pregnant will never happen for us like many of the girls here. Unlike many of the posts though, I knew the side effects with Depo. With any drug that I take, I take the time to do the on-line research and ask my doctor questions after. I have a hard time trusting doctors because of my line of business, I know that each doctor has their own opinion and that’s just what your diagnosis’ is….their opinion.
Anyway, in my case, Depo served its purpose and prevented unwanted pregnancy when we were not ready. I am over all happy with my decision, even if I am frustrated now that I am not pregnant as of just yet. I did know that it may take longer to get pregnant after the Depo but in my eyes it was better that it took me longer to get pregnant then to have an unplanned pregnancy. I do have hope and faith that one day it will happen for me and I am doing whatever I can to help it along. I have started the clomid as instructed by my doctor (next month will be month 3). I also have monthly blood work to see if my ovaries are producing follicles (eggs). As of today, my ovaries have not yet produced any follicles but my numbers are improving every month and it shows that my ovaries are warming up.

There is hope for all of us. I just know it. We just need to have patience……which is something that we will all need in the long run anyway.

May 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm
(831) ashley says:

I was on the depo shot for two years, i have been OFF of the shot for almost three years, i have been trying to get pregnant ever sinc, my soon to be husband is very concerne, we have been together for over two years and have been trying to have a baby! I have no luck, i will get very excited and think i am and then the depression comes in when i feel myself cramping. I hate the depo shot. I hate my doctor for recommending it! i think something should be done about this…. i came to this sight and seen all of these comments hoping i was crazy, but every comment i read pushes me future into this depression i cant get out off. I want to be a mother, i want to have a child more than anything….. my finace and i have been trying for so long,we have just given up. After the depo i bleed for almost 10 months straight, i spotted and would be off for a day and start again. I went on different birth controls and hormone medication, i then have a d&c and still nothing, i am still not regulated and have a lot of resentment built up inside for the makers of the depo shot. Please god give me some hope …. if i only get one happiness of life it would be to have a child.

May 28, 2010 at 11:36 pm
(832) Therese says:

so i was on the depo not long about 4-5 shots and stopped them before i got married in aug of 07 and its may of 10 and we just found out that i am pregnant and im 7 weeks along so dont give up everyone is different

May 30, 2010 at 4:50 am
(833) renea says:

hi there i made comeent few months (678). just wanted to give you all some hope i was ment to go for shoot in augs 2009 didnt go my periods come back about feb and got them every 26 days iam now 4 weeks pregant. so it took 9 months to fall. so good luck to you all

June 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm
(834) sophie says:

i was on the injection for about 5 years and had my last one in july 09. i was due the next one in oct 09 but decided not to have it because me and by partner wanted to try for a baby and i had read it can take a while. had a period in feb 10, for bout 6 weeks, not very heavy, then nothing for a week then on again for a week. (at begining of april) havent had anything since but have done a test that was negative i dont think im pregnant but just so annoyed and upset that its taking so long. its been 6 mths now.

Good luck to you all

June 2, 2010 at 11:33 pm
(835) Heather says:

I left a comment here in October of 2008. My last shot was due 10-21-08, but I never got it because we decided to try for our second child. I didn’t get a period until December of 2009. Happily, I became pregnant at the end of February 2010 after three normal periods. So it is possible! Don’t be discouraged. Also, I heard that whatever period of time you’re on the depo shot, it can take at least that long to become pregnant. Best Wishes!

June 4, 2010 at 8:28 pm
(836) Heather says:

i wish i never would have takin the depo shot i was on it for 3 years and now i want a baby and want to get pregnant but its jus not happening i have had my period since the last time it “wore off” but still no baby i would not reccommened the shot

June 4, 2010 at 9:58 pm
(837) Angela says:

Hello Ladies. Reading these posts has given me some hope. I was only on the shot for 6 months. I got my last shot in July 09 and was due for another shot in Oct 09. I decided not to get it because my fiance nd I decided to start trying. I had 1 period in Nov, but then I didn’t have anything for Dec, Jan, or Feb. So I went to my doctors and she put me on birth control pills to help regulate my periods. I was on the for 3 months and each month I had a period. I got married in April and I finished my pills in the same month I got my period on May 22nd 2010. The bleeding hasn’t stopped and It’s been two weeks. It’s heavy some days and light others. Has anyone ever experienced this? My husband and I are anxious to start a family. He has to girls but I don’t have any children and I’m so ready to become a mother.

June 4, 2010 at 11:53 pm
(838) Purnama says:

Hey everyone,
I went on Depo december of 2007. My childhood doctor had recommended it as I am lousy at taking pills, and said it would be an easier option.

I gained 10kgs during the 2 years I was on it, I had aggressive acne, and last year began to have leg cramps, breast tenderness, bone aches, severe migraines, a loss in libido, mood swings, fatigue and fevers. My immune system suffered, and I was prone to every little cold, tummy bug etc.

I thought I was going insane, doctors suggested I had post viral fatigue, and I had many negative blood tests.

It wasn’t until I checked forums like this one in Feb of this year, that I realised what was wrong with me. Everything made sense, thanks to brave women who posted their experiences.

I did not go back for my next injection, so far I have been off the depo for 7 months. I get what feels like menstral cramps, but I have not yet had a period.

My husband and I would like children in the next two years, so I do hope it happens.

I now have a new doctor who took me seriously and she has been a great help in helping me understand what is going on in my body.

Thank you to everyone who has posted, if women like you had not posted your stories, I’d still be on the depo today.

Thank you

June 5, 2010 at 2:21 pm
(839) kendra selmon says:

i have been on the depo shot for 6 years and i have now come to a conclusions that i want kids and that i want to settle down , although alot of my conclusions are simliar to some of yours with the sides effects its rediculous what i can expect to come in contact with i havent exactally been off the depo shot my shot is due this month and i have canceled my appt . im not ready for no side effects all i want to do is give my boyfriend a baby.

June 8, 2010 at 9:07 am
(840) JessicaLynn says:

I’m 20 and I have been on the shot for 4 years now. I thought the depo was great. My fiance is being deployed for the second time in 2012. I know it can take a while to get pregnant, so I’m planning on stopping it and hoping to start my family by the time i’m 22. I know some of you may think we’re too young, but we’ve been together for 5 years, we have our own house and financially stable. I’m hoping to be pregnant by the time he has to be deeployed, if something happens to him I want to carry on his name and have something of “him”. If I’m not pregnant by that time, we plan on freezing his sperm, in case something happens. I wish everyone luck. I agree, this shot should not be legal!

June 8, 2010 at 10:10 am
(841) nat says:

Hi,
I i had my first shot in oct 08 and my last was nov 09. I was due to have my shot in Jan 10 but decided not to as my hubby and i want to try for our 2nd.
I got my first period bk in march then again in april and since april ive been on and off! i dont know from week to week where im at :(
Ive not been to the doctors yet cos im scared they’ll tell me im damaged for life.
Im going to start folic acid tabs today and wait a bit longer.
Im keeping my spirits up i guess!!

June 8, 2010 at 8:53 pm
(842) Gaz says:

Hi, i’ve read through alot of these to see if anyone is having the same thing happen that my fiancee and i are going through now trying to see if its this shot that is causing the problem.

My fiancee was on the injection for a year, that was 4 years ago, it took around 6 months for her to return to her normal cycle, but no luck in getting pregnant untill earlier this year, sadly she miscarried very early on, and in this past few weeks we found out she was pregnant again, but she has sadly had another miscarriage.

Now our concern is, before she was put on the injection at the advice of her gp she had been examined and was told not only is she perfectly healthy and should have no problem carrying but she also over ovulates so she would get pregnant very easily too, of which both statements have been proved wrong. Now she is blaming herself for all of it and i’m just trying to find some way of proving to her that it isn’t her fault so if anyone has had any similar experiences or knows of anything like this can you please share it with me.

Also her GP did not tell her much about the injection before hand and she found out most of the side effects afterwards and was eventually taken off of it because it was causing her problems, She trusted the GP fully because he was the family doctor who had treated her since she was born.
Thank you.

June 9, 2010 at 2:04 am
(843) april says:

I have read almost all the comments for the last 3 years but I would like to share my story and actually give some hope to others reading because not all stories are bad.

I got on the depo when I was 16 in 1998…in 2000 I missed my 2 week window by a day and they gave me a Test SURPRISE I was already 6 months pregnant… May of 2001 I got back on the shot but in June of 2002 I stopped taking it because of insurance and couldn’t pay for it Surprise 2 months later another baby… In 2003 I after my daughter I got back on the shot because me and my Husband were not ready for any more children…. In 2007 when we decided we were ready to have another one I got of the shot after 4 years because they told me it could take along time before I could get pregnant again…SURPRISE again less then a month later I was pregnant with our son… in Jan 2009 I got back on the shot right after he was born… In July of 2009 I had a surprise miscarriage didn’t even know I was pregnant…Still on the depo In Feb of this year I got of because we want one more before I turn 30 and I only have 2 years left..Now it’s June and I have not started my period and am already worried I am pregnant again.. The test keep saying no but I am having to many symptoms.

Maybe I or my husband is just way to fertile but I don’t want people to loss hope that It could happen maybe I am just an odd ball but I would hope this this gives others just a little bit of hope… I also believe that God has had a hand it in all.

June 9, 2010 at 1:21 pm
(844) martha says:

I WAS IN THE DEPO SINCE 2008 AND STOPPED IN APRIL 2009 AND SINCE THEN I GOT MY PERIOD NORMAL BUT I STILL HAVENT GOTTAN PREGNANT I AM SO SCARED I FEEL LIKE GIVING UP LIKE I WILL NEVER HAVE CHILD AGAIN I AM NEVER TRYING DEPO UNLESS I DONT WANT NO MORE CHILDREN

June 10, 2010 at 2:56 pm
(845) Me says:

I was on depo for 6 years then switched to pills for almost a year. After I stopped the depo I got my period right away. I have been off all birth control now for a year. My husband and I have been trying so hard to get pregnant and nothing yet. I feel like it won’t happen for me and that I messed up my body so bad with taking the shots.

June 11, 2010 at 4:19 pm
(846) Lisa says:

see comment 294. last shot June 2008. started periods again Sept 2009. now 6 weeks pregnant at 42. hope for all.

June 11, 2010 at 10:07 pm
(847) Summer says:

I’ve only had two depo shots ever and after reading all these comments i will never take another one! I can’t believe my doctor never told me about the side effects or even worse the after effect of the shot. Ridiculous. I’m not really sure whether i should be mad at the shot or at my doctor. I recently got married and i would love to get pregnant in the near future so i stopped the depo shot. I’ve only been off for a week and i’ve been spotting and i feel really sick like i’m pregnant, for a while i thought i was but still no luck. I feel major migrains and i always feel like vomiting. Im never hungry anymore because i get sick right after i eat. No one should have to go through this due to the side effects of a birth control medication. This should be taken off the market all together. And my doctor will definitly hear about this. I’m headed to the doctors tomorrow to see if there’s anything i can do about getting my body back to normal faster. And i will make sure no one i know ever takes this shot.

Good luck everyone!

June 14, 2010 at 9:42 am
(848) jay1987 says:

I was on the depo shot for nearly 6 years when I didn’t go back for my last shot in January 2010. It took until march before i had any spotting (very light 2 days) exactly 28 days later i started spotting again (very light 2 days) then 34 days later started spotting again (very light 2 days) however since the end of may I have been spotting every 5-9 days each time lasting roughly 2-3 days. Any advice? It is riving me and my partner crazy.

June 16, 2010 at 5:05 am
(849) SmudgeSmokey says:

I’m 23. after having an abortion @ 17 and wanting to further my career, i have finally settled down with a good steady job and partner. We cannot wait to have children.
September 2009 was my last depo shot.
Now June 2010 – 10 months later i cannot fall pregnant.
it’s heartbreaking and destressing i would never ever recommend the depo to anyone.
Using the clearblue digital ovulation testing kit, and still havent even come accross a positive day!
my periods came back after 6 months although they are not regular so very hard to work out.

any advise on speeding up this process would be great.

x

June 16, 2010 at 5:10 am
(850) emma says:

been off injection for 10 months, still cannot concieve use a clearblue fetility digital testing and not even come accross an ovulating day

andy advice on speeding up the process?

June 16, 2010 at 2:04 pm
(851) Alexis says:

I have been off depo for 2 years in september now and i have my period regular every month. . . still havent been able to get pregnant.Does anyone know if there are things to help get rid of the depo still in your system??

June 16, 2010 at 6:54 pm
(852) Blkberri says:

Hi all… I was on depo back in 2003 i got off to have my son.. had him in 2004 and started back on depo… I discontinued depo around 2007…. Me and my husband has been trying to conceive for over 2 years now… STILL NO LUCK… I am having regular periods but dates vary each month…. I only can keep praying and keep my fingers crossed…. GOOD LUCK ALL IN MY BOAT!!!!

June 17, 2010 at 3:59 am
(853) smudgesmokey06 says:

Bilkberri, thats terrible. so the first time it took you a year, and then the 2nd time its been 3 years :(

does anyone know if there is anything that can be given from the doctor to speed this up abit.

June 18, 2010 at 1:28 am
(854) Teeny says:

I have been on Depo for around 4 years, originally stopped because I’d heard all these urban myths (not so much myths now however, reading this!) about how it takes you as long as you’ve BEEN on the shot to get fertile again so came off it and tried to go back on the pill – I had a regular period 3 months after coming off the shot but my hormones were so out of control I went back on it (and am due for another one next week actually!). Husband and I not planning to have children for another couple of years at least, but I’ll also be 31 by then too.

Bit scary to consider I am speeding my already slowing-down ‘Biological Clock’ up with Depo, but I did experience a completely regular cycle a short time after coming off it the first time so not *too* concerned… yet…

June 18, 2010 at 9:53 am
(855) smudgesmokey06 says:

Teeny – if your thinking of having children in the near future i would strongly suggest coming off the depot NOW!…….in some cases it can make women infertile too, you are much better off with a coil, or another method..

It is a myth that it takes as long as you’ve been on the shot to become fertile again…some people are on it for 6 months and have taken them 3/4 years to conceive!!!

-Get checked by a doctor- Make sure u r ovulating

-Know your cycle- your first day of heavy flow is day 1 and most women ovulate between days 12 and 16.
-Have sex every other day, religiously!! Sperm can live up to 72 hours, but take over 2 months to mature, so don’t have sex too often and not too infrequently. If a man doesn’t ejaculate for 7 days, it can hurt his sperm count. If you have sex too often the sperm coming out are too immature to fertalize the egg. Every other day is the way to go!

-If you know you are ovulating, this trick is helpful. Get the product “instead”. It will be by the tampons and maxi pads in the store, and is generally used “instead” of tampons or pads during your period. It is a small, rubber disk that is shaped like a shallow cup, which normally holds the blood in during your period, and doesn’t let it leak out. You insert it vaginally, similar to a tampon. This product is helpful if trying to concieve because it can hold the sperm in and not let it out! My friend did this and got pregnant with TRIPLETS!!!! That may seem a little scarry but it works!

-After having sex, insert your “instead”, prop your hips up on a pillow, and sleep that way. Let gravity go to work!

-Have sex in the missionary position (man on top) so gravity can do its job.

June 18, 2010 at 9:56 am
(856) smudgesmokey06 says:

Sorry Teeny, that whole e-mail wasn’t for you, they are the tips i have been given to help me conceive and i have been trying for 12 months now :(

So Frustrating, i urge all women not to use DEPO!!!

June 20, 2010 at 5:23 pm
(857) jasmine says:

hi my name is jasmine i been on the depo shot 4 1year nd 10 month nd my shot is up on th 18 of june im tryin 2 get pregnant but i feel pregnant rite know wat can be goin on should i keep on wiff the depo shot or take the pills

June 20, 2010 at 6:07 pm
(858) Teeny says:

@ smudgesmokey06 – thank you very much; very helpful tips, particularly the sperm life part!

June 21, 2010 at 6:39 am
(859) smudgesmokey06 says:

No problem Teeny, not sure if they work but worth a shot when you do start trying!!

Jasmine, your e-mail is a little confusing.

Have you been off the injection since 18th June? If so it will take most women around 6+ months to even getting periods back and up2 18+ months to concieve.

Good Luck, it’s taken me 12 months & still no sign on conveiving….x

June 22, 2010 at 11:01 am
(860) Debora says:

smudgesmokey06,

Have you heard of fertilaid? I have been on depo for only three months ( took only one shot). And as soon as I was due to take the second, I started taking fertilaid. I have been taking it for a little over a week. I have read wonderful things about it. So I am hoping since I wasn’t on depo for very long that I will get my period soon and I will be able to conceive within 3 to 4 month from now.

I have read great things about Vitex as well. Just something for you all to think about it. Fertilaid and Vitex are all natural fertility enhancers. It helps balance your hormones.

I hope it helps.

June 23, 2010 at 3:45 am
(861) smudgesmokey06 says:

fertilaid? no i havent heard of it, but i just googled it and will be ordering some! Thank You!

Thank you so much Debora, i take folic acid daily and i have a spreadsheet recording my periods & ovulation test every day!

Not stressing too much, i know it’s the depo thats prolonged it….but thank you x

Emma x

June 23, 2010 at 9:33 am
(862) Debora says:

smudgesmokey06,

You’re welcome. Please let me know if works for you. I have been taking fertilaid for 10 days now, and I feel like period is going to come. I ordered mine at http://www.babyhopes.com , but they sell it on amazon, fertilaid website and believe it or not CVS pharmacy sells it too. At least they have it online, I don’t know for sure if they have it in store.

Also, make sure you buy the fertile cm as well. It helps with the cervical mucus, allowing the sperm to live longer.

So far I love this product. Before I started taking it, I had awful headaches from the depo shot, and my stomach was always upset, now, I feel great. It is amazing.

I read that since fertilaid is not as strong as prescription med. it takes a little longer to work, but some women become pregnant after taking it for only one month.

I hope it helps.

June 24, 2010 at 6:27 am
(863) smudgesmokey06 says:

Debra, that’s great info….nice to get some positive helpful information that will speeden this process up.

Thanks again, & good luck

Emma x

June 29, 2010 at 8:41 am
(864) Jessica says:

Depra provera = worsed contraceptive i have ever taken, never again would i take it, and never will i ever advise anyone to take it.

June 29, 2010 at 4:27 pm
(865) jessica says:

it seems that most of yall having problems have been on depo for years some as much as 12 + thats more then recommended and I cant believe your doctors let you take it that long I am a registered nurse and depo is perfectly fine to take …there are risks to eerything and yes there is a delay to fertility in some women as with any birth control you can regulate your cycle with oral pills to help as needed however some you older women need to understand that bein on depo for so long will screw your cycle completely up and yes you will no be able to get pregnant a reasonable amount of time to be on depo is anywhere from 1-3 years after there your playing with fire…I am on depo myself just started i have a blood clotting condition and depo is considered safer and also does not interfere with my seizure medication…however my plan is to be on depo for 6 months to a yr tops then stop have a second child then be done with my children and be off birth control permanently…. you all knew the risk with infertiliy…..keep trying and talk to your doctors…do not blame depo…. the FDA makes those leaflets for a reason if you have been on depo for a prolonged period of time you will need time and you younger girls talking about having babies come on…..stop it seriously you will be able to once you stop depo do not continue on depo for years like some of these women have

June 29, 2010 at 4:53 pm
(866) Camila says:

Jessica,

I have to agree with you. Not to be mean, but many of this women didn’t want to have a child for a long time, ( took depo for almost 10 years) and now want to get pregnant after stopping the depo shot. I have taken only one shot and I am 26 years old. ( though it was only one shot, I still haven’t got my period back). I know it is different for every one and it is frustrating when you want to get pregnant and you just don’t get because you made “stupid” decisions in the past, but all you can do now, is to have patience. Think of all the years you didn’t want to have a child…. do your research …before getting on anything

June 30, 2010 at 3:50 am
(867) Kara says:

Hi all,
Kara from 823
So i have been off depo for 5 months, i was due jan 27th 2010. I have had 4 regular periods of about 28-29 days. I have been doing and ovulation test every day that i have not had bleeding or spotting. On the 10th of june i swear i had a faint positive on my ovulation test, but my period came on the 25th of june 2010. I am so frustrated as i am 25 and desperate to have a sibling for our daughter. When i talk to my doctor he tells me to wait a little longer. I am wondering what anyone has done about getting help from there doctor? I am willing to wait till the end of july 2010, which is 6 months from the last due date of depo but i am sick of waiting, i don’t know how others have waited longer than me to concieve it just does not seem fair……….

July 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm
(868) jessica says:

camilla,
guess, i should have mentioned that i am only 22,yes i agree you should do you’re research before getting on anything I was on birth control pills when I was very young and did know the risks until it was too late that is how I found out I had a blood clotting problem …..some women experience a rapid return to ovulation and others do not, have you talked to your gyno to make sure they have ruled out other causes of infertility first? and maybe try clomid as well, if you did not experience a return of ovulation after a year surely they should have been looking for options to help with….maybe going back on the pill could help restart your cycle …sometimes any form hormone can send your cycle into haywire mode causing any kind of underlying problem to rear its ugly head….

July 2, 2010 at 9:21 am
(869) claire says:

i went on depo injection on 19th january 2010 and only had one injection. i should of had another one on 19th april but didnt go as me and my partner said we would try for a baby. after reading the comments on websites about people trying to get pregnant after it seemed impossible and we were concerned that it would take a while to conceive. ? I had no monthly contraceptive to help my hormones start again but kept feeling sicky for about 3-4 weeks done 1 test which came back negative and done another one a lil time after which i am surprised to say came back positive which we are both happy about so girls dont give up it proves that it can happen god luck

July 3, 2010 at 8:35 am
(870) Fe says:

Claire,

Your comment makes me soooo happy. I have taken only one Depo as well. I have been off of it for about 2 weeks now. I am getting so discouraged from readying what everyone one was saying till I read your comment. Since I have been on Depo only once, I am hoping I will get pregnant soon too. I wish you the best.

July 3, 2010 at 8:38 am
(871) camila says:

Hi Jessica,

Thanks for your advices. I will go see my doctor, but I want to wait another month to see what happens first. Clomid sounds like a good idea, but I will only start on it after trying for at least 6 month… it is so frustrating, but I know that eventually it will happen. Baby dust to you

July 3, 2010 at 8:43 am
(872) Fe says:

TO Claire,

Have you had your period while on the depo shot? also, have you had a period after coming off of it before you found out you were pregnant? Did you do anything that helped you conceive?

Sorry for bothering you, but thanks!

July 3, 2010 at 11:51 pm
(873) Kara Chaseling says:

Hi everyone,
Kara from 867.
I have spoken to a natropath about everything going on, she has recommended trying a product call vitex agnus-castus, or the the blackmores product vitex 1000.
I am starting 1 tablet in morning befre breakfast. It is suppose to be a natural method of helping with menstruation and ovulation. I have been reading up on it, so here goes!

July 4, 2010 at 2:38 pm
(874) conrolling says:

I have been on depo for the past 4 yrs and my mom put me on it when i was a kid to not get pregnant, she had no right too and think of sueing her cause obviously she didnt think bout my future and no my bones get weak fast and im sexually active alot now..all i can say is i would have not been on it and when i have my first kid if it ever happens i will not introduce it to her for her judgment. She thinks I’m a phycho and don’t care bout my health and that she put me on it!

July 5, 2010 at 7:14 pm
(875) Veronica says:

My name is Veronica, I’m 21 and have 2.5 year old twin boys. Right before I left the hospital after giving birth in March of 08′, I got my first shot. I have been on it ever since with a small break from Sept 09-December 09 without any bleeding, and proceeded to go back on it. I would like to have another baby REAL soon. My shot was up on the 1st of this month (July 10′) and while patience is a virtue, I am ttc soon..! I have lost so much faith after reading sooo many of these posts! =/

July 6, 2010 at 5:06 pm
(876) clare says:

i went on the depo 7yr ago after having my daughter. i stopped having it sept 09 so we could have another child. i thought i would get pregnant straight away how wrong was i!!!! i never knew about any of these problems was not told any of this by my doctor. my periods have still not returned, and im now doubtful it will ever happen. me and my partner are gutted.

July 9, 2010 at 6:36 am
(877) MA girl. says:

I’ve read a few of these comments, and it has made me really discouraged. I was supposed to get my shot at the beginning of this month, but I didnt want to. Its almost like a moral issue more than anything. I started 06/09 after my boyfriend and I decided it was best not to have children right away and I am terrible at remembering to take pills. So depo was our best option. I bled for the first 2 months on it, then only “spotted” occasionally. This is where my moral delema came in. This shot actually CAUSES abortions…so even if you do become pregnant while on it, which IS possible…it can kill off the fetus/prevent implantation. This idea kills me as I had a miscarriage at the age of 18. I dont necessarily want to become pregnant right now, but I would like the option!!! If I had known it would be so hard to become pregnant after being on this I would have never taken it. I’ve recently had nausea, stomach bloating, mood swings like you wouldnt believe! So I thought I was pregnant, and took 2 tests, and both came up negative. I know Im not ready for a child at the moment, but it is God’s greatest gift, and I hope to one day be a mother. Good luck to all, and I will keep you updated with my progress. <3 <3

July 9, 2010 at 12:01 pm
(878) Rudie Young says:

I was off depo for 14 months b4 we found out I was pregnant. We found out when I was 5wk’s, and now I’m 14wk’s. I thought that I could’nt get pregnant for at least 2yr’s after coming off depo, but I was wrong. I have never had a normal period since I came off the shot. They would last for 2 day’s and that was it, so I did’nt think that i could get pregnant. I was surprized!! Because of all the storys I was told… I did’nt think I could ever get pregnant again. If your try’n to get pregnant, dont think about it…. cause if you do, it wont happen.

July 9, 2010 at 1:39 pm
(879) raelyn says:

i have been on the depo shot for two years. me and my husband decided we wanted to start a family. i got my last shot in Jan. 2010. its now july and i still havent even had a period, let alone any spotting. i liked being on it because it works well. but the time it takes for the body to detox is outrageous! they say it will help you get pregnant to track your menstral cycle so you know when your ovulating but if you cant get a period how can you track?? hopefully things change soon. good luck to all you other woman who are also trying after being on this shot.

July 9, 2010 at 9:56 pm
(880) Shalane says:

I had been on the depo shot for about 2 1/2 years and had my last shot Dec. of 2009. I was due sometime in March and had decided that I’d like to get ready to start a family. 4 or 5 weeks after my wear off date I started my period and bled for 3 weeks, starting off rusty colored and then brightly colored, then back to rusty. I have had one regular period since then and am hoping that my cycle is nearly back to normal.

July 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm
(881) Ali says:

I took the depo shot once, when i was 20, and it completely messed me up real good. It took almost a year for my periods to come regular and now 10 years later, i’m still not able to get pregnant. The shot made me very sick all the time and it did weird things to my body, completely messed up my hormones…I DO NOT RECOMMEND THE DEPO SHOT AT ALL! I’m almost 31 and would like to have kids one day before i really can’t.

July 11, 2010 at 1:58 am
(882) Jacki says:

I was on the depo shot for approximately a year when other things like the nuva ring were making me sick and liked it at first – then for awhile I had bad mood swings around the time I had to get my new shot, and thought about going off the shot, then realized I was quickly gaining weight – I ended up gaining 40 pounds. When I realized the amount of weight and put together all the other side effects, I didn’t want to continue that way – I have been off of the depo shot for almost 2 months, and taking ortho tricyclin lo- but still no period – I am thinking about having another baby soon – so I hope that I can regulate soon and go from there
wish me luck

July 12, 2010 at 2:02 pm
(883) sexygirl09 says:

i have been off depo since april and i want to know if im pregnant or not

July 12, 2010 at 7:47 pm
(884) ashleenicole says:

I have only taken one shot on May 25, 2010. Me and my fiancee would like to have a baby, but after reading all the posts I’m scared I’ll never have one… I am NOT taking the shot again and maybe I’ll get lucky:)

July 13, 2010 at 10:58 am
(885) Trying says:

I was on the shot for almost 3 years and it has worked great however I agree when everyone says that we are not warned about this kind of side effect. Sure they tell us about the weight gain, mood swings, etc but I think most of us would agree that our minds would have changed had we known it could take years to get pregnant after getting off the shot. I just stopped my shot 2 months ago and have started taking the necessary steps towards getting pregnant. I’ve had an exam, found a good OBGYN, started prenatal vitamins, eating healthy, no drinking and staying away from the smokers. I was getting very excited about the idea of being a mom until I started reading all the articles and blogs about getting pregnant after being on depo. Most of the stories I’m seeing are not happy ones. Although everyone is different, it appears most people have trouble getting pregnant after. I cant seem to understand why when given the 1 week window to get your next shot, if I received the shot late in that week I would start bleeding again but now my last shot was 5 months ago and I still havent seen any signs of my period returning. My OBGYN didnt seem to be concerned. She said it can take months. She also suggested using condoms until I have gotten my cycle back at least twice because it is possible to get pregnant before seeing your period again but the lining of the uterus may be too thin and may not be able to carry an egg properly resulting in miscarriage. A friend of mine was on the depo for a little over a year after having her first baby. After stopping the shot she also had not gotten her period back yet after 2 months. Her doctor put her on hormones and 2 months later, still never seeing her period, was pregnant again. She has had issues with scaring on her uterus and was always told getting pregnant could be risky. Her first pregnancy was perfect however this time she is showing signs of the placenta possibly detaching. It puts her at risk for bleeding out and the baby at risk if they cannot get to him/her on time or if he/she comes too early. No one is sure if this is because of her history or because of the depo causing the uterus to thin out. This scares me. They really should give more detail about depo before injecting anyone with it! If I dont get my period back within the next month I am going to look into the hormone option however I think I will take the doctors advice to use condoms and avoid the risk of getting pregnant before my body is ready. Good luck everyone!

July 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm
(886) Nicole says:

I got pregnant when I was 21, had my daughter, was on the shot for 2 years, about 6 months after my last shot, I got pregnant again and had my second daughter. I am currently on the shot now and have no belief that the shot is the reason I wouldn’t get pregnant. It does exactly what it says it does, you DON’T get pregnant. Everyone’s body is different, I wouldn’t suggest the shot for couples trying to conceive because it is no guarantee it will happen right away, shot or not. I wish everyone the best with getting pregnant but like I said the shot does what it’s supposed to, and that is prevent pregnancies. I’ve seen too many of my friends get pregnant by taking the pill but no one with the shot.

July 14, 2010 at 10:09 pm
(887) Janie says:

I was on Depo for 5 yrs didn’t have a period the whole time I was on it and was due for an injection in Oct ’05 I didnt get it…didn’t have a normal period and found out I was pregnant in March ’06. My son was born in November ’06. I did some reading when I was coming off my Depo and there is some things that do help…try looking up Dong Quia and Evening Primrose Oil, Red Clover and I have heard baby aspirin will help your ovaries to release eggs. I was taking these herbs when I got pregnant so Im not sure if they helped but I got pregnant really fast considering I was pregnant within 6 months. I also think stressing over trying so hard and worrying does not help just relax and dont try so hard and it might happen faster. I went back on Depo after I had my son and have been on it another 3 yrs and was suppose to get my shot in May but me and my husband decided to have baby so Im starting all over again. Good luck to all of you and I hope this information helps.

July 17, 2010 at 9:51 am
(888) carina says:

Please try : FERTILAID .

it will help balance your hormones and help with ovulation as well.

July 19, 2010 at 1:56 pm
(889) Alex says:

I was on the shot for only 3months, which is just one shot. &Now I’m off of it because it made me have a period for four whole weeks. &Now I’m off of it, I’m going to try the pill hopefully it works better?? &I do want to have a baby soon hopefully depo didn’t mess that up for me.

July 20, 2010 at 6:47 pm
(890) Crystal says:

First of all doctors recommend that you get off depo after 3 years, second maybe you all should talk to your doctor. Depo is only in your system up to a year. After 2 years or maybe earlier and you have not conceived you need to speak to a doctor as you probably have probems with fertility. My doctor had a girl get pregnant her first month ovulating after being on depo. Another friend still got pregnant on depo. I’ve been on depo for about 5 years on and off and never had a problem. Birth control acts differently with everyones body no matter what type of birth control so maybe you should stop blaming the drug and get checked out.

July 22, 2010 at 2:00 pm
(891) Meaghan says:

I am desperate to get pregnant because I am in my PRIME of my life, I have been on it for 2 years, worst decision ever! I have been off of it for about 3 months, got my period for 2 months straight! Ugh! I went through so many tampons! I want a healthy baby. Im scared if I am going to get pregnant in the near future or not. My man has a high amount of FISHIES! but still nothing, I am not sure how I am going to. Best thing for every woman is not go on it and stick with PILLS! :(

July 24, 2010 at 1:18 am
(892) Kara says:

Kara from 873.
So for the last 6 days i have had this weird cramping and tingling on the right side of my abdomen. Assuming i might finally be pregnant after depo i told myself to wait to test, then this morning i woke up with a brown-red discharge that is much lighter than my normal period but still enough to wear a pad/liner. I am still having the pain in the one side and have not had my normal period pain or pms symptoms. I am wondering if anyone lese has experienced this sort f thing going on? Maybe my mind is playing with me but i honestly thuoght i could be pregnant this time!

July 26, 2010 at 6:10 pm
(893) Angela says:

Angela from 837…

My period ended up lasting from May 22 to June 7, then it showed up again June 18th and only lasted four days. This month its been going strong for about 14 days now. I have been taking a prenatal and a vitex pill every morning and then a folic acid and another vitex pill at night. I’m trying my hardest to stay optimistic. I have been taking a ovulation test everyday since July 18th and no positive yet. Hoping the small amount of time I was on the shot didn’t ruin my chances of becoming a mother. I guess I should be happy that my periods have shown up every month. My husband keeps telling my to keep my head up it will happen, but some times I just think he doesn’t get how it feels. Good luck to all of you! I hope your wishes are granted!

July 27, 2010 at 5:33 am
(894) Kara says:

Went to the doctor last night with painful cramp on my right side, in fr bloods and an ultrasound today to discover i have 2 cysts on my right ovary that are causing me pain! Never had cysts prior to this, the gyno said they have probably come about when my body has started trying to ovulate again and i don’t have enough progesterne for it to follow through. Off to regular doctor tommorow in the hpe he will follow through with some more bloods and ultrasounds to monitor progress. here’s hoping they are not bad cysts and will go away in their own time! So damn frustrating i feel like i have just taken 10 steps back!

July 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm
(895) Debora says:

Hi Kara,

I am sorry to hear that you have cysts. I am too trying to get pregnant after been on Depo for just 3 months ( One depo shot). I haven’t even got my period yet. Haven’t had one since I took the depo. I have been having some cramps some times and for the past 5 days, my nipples are very sore. I have no idea what is going on right now.
Keep us posted. I had a friend that had a cysts and still got pregnant, so don’t give up.

Baby dust to you

July 29, 2010 at 3:27 am
(896) Kara says:

Hi Debora,
Thanks very much.
I went to my GP yesterday, he has reassured me not to stress at this stage that cysts are comon in women during child bearing years. Sometimes they cause problems but lots go un-noticed without problems, mine was just painful due to a cyst bursting. He has asked me to do BBT charting for 2 cycles and if i am not pregnant he will look into more bloods and ultrasounds. So here is hoping the next cycle or 2 we get lucky. I have just passed my 6 months since my last depo would have been due and i have had 4 normal cycles but not sure whether i am ovulating so heres hoping i get smething. baby dust to everyne and damn you Depo!

August 1, 2010 at 10:56 pm
(897) laura says:

Ovarian cysts are normal, and do indeed go unnoticed.. depo actually helps keep them reduced in size. i unfortunately had 13cm and 11cm dermoid cysts when i was 20.. that would have been larger if not for the depo. always if you get to that point have a laproscopic surgery.. i had a butcher of a doc and had a full bellie to hairline scar..

as far as pregancy and depo– i have been on depo since i was 14 due to cysts…15 years later (i am now 29) i am now planing to become a mother. i read up on depo from the start, i knew it will take 12 months to even start ovulating again, and the possibility of pregnancy isn’t until 24 months. yes, it makes my hubby and i sad– because once you decide to start a family, you want it now. but due to the decisions made when going back every 3 months to get the depo.. we forget that the information was indeed available and our obligation as those receiving the drug to fully be informed.. and more than likely it was mentioned by the doctor. every 3 months when i had the shot i was given the required information, risks, etc…

i plan on having a family in the next 24 months. bitching and moaning about not taking the time to inform myself on my birth control choice isn’t going to make the wait any less.. so go out and live life until that bundle of joy arrives!!!

August 3, 2010 at 2:12 pm
(898) Ty says:

I have used the depo shot on and off for 7yrs. and once I came to the decision that I wanted a child. I decided not to go back and get another one in ’09 and still haven’t had any luck with conceiving yet. I would advise anyone that’s looking forward for a family in the future to use this type of birth control.

August 3, 2010 at 6:08 pm
(899) LG says:

Read a few comments and they all seem to be negative. My experience however was fine. I was on the depo for 3years, went off and took about 5 months to get period back. Periods were fine and regular. Got pregnant after 2 cycles. I then went back on depo for 5years and am now trying to get pregnant again. I have only been off it for 2weeks, and will post again with this next experience.

August 4, 2010 at 5:04 pm
(900) AMS says:

I am starting to really worry, i was on the Depo shot for just under a year (4 shots), it took 3 months to get my periods back on track (still not great range between 26-28 days)and have been trying to get pregnant for nearly 12months, as you all know it is heart breaking when you come on again. I find it incredible that the health services are that despirate to stop unwanted pregnancies, that they neglect to inform people of the full picture when offering this drug out. I will never recommend depo to anyone. On a good note though, i have a colleague at work who missed her one week window and found out she was pregnant, after reading some of these posts i am so happy that she didn’t go in and get the shot before doing a test…
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE, KEEP TRYING!!!

August 5, 2010 at 3:34 pm
(901) Debora says:

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to tell you about my experience with Depo. I have taken only one shot. Never had a period while on it, and I am still waiting for a period. after a few months waiting, I decided to go talk to a different Ob/Gyn. First thing he did was to order me some lab test. He called me back a day later and said that the only abnormal thing was with my prolactin. It was 36 and the normal range would be 15 to 25 something like that. He then referred me to see an endocrinologist.

What I am trying to tell is : PLEASE go talk to your doctor and ask he or she do blood test to check the level of your hormones. My doctor said that when Prolactin is high, women tend to have irregular cycles or not have it at all. He also said that when you have high prolactin you don’t ovulate, which means it is almost impossible for one to become pregnant.

I will be seeing the endocrinologist on Monday. I will let you know what he said or prescribed.

I hope it helps.

Don’t give up. Also, don’t just sit and wait for your cycles to get normal. Get checked and find out why you are not ovulating.

August 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm
(902) Crystal says:

Once again ladies you must read about birth control before starting it as well as talk to your doctor. Once your off depo you usually do not ovulate for 4 MONTHS, and may be in your system for 12. At the most depo can influence baby making up to TWO YEARS the max BUT if your having troubles after a year you are to see a doctor as you may not be able to conceive. You need to stop blaming Depo for issues that may be your own. I know MANY girls who have gotten pregnant after 6 months of being off depo.
Why not go see a doctor and find out how fertile you really are as doctors can tell you this. Why not try taking pregnancy vitamins to help speed up the process? If your having problems getting pregnant do something about it instead of finding something to blame.

August 12, 2010 at 5:43 pm
(903) Sharnee liggins says:

ok so i started my depo shot if im not mistaken it was april 3rd 08 and stopped taking it in november (11/18/09). I have not taken it since then and is now trying to concieve a child with my fiance but still have not got pregnant. I wanted to know for a long time how long is it suppose to stay in your system after taking it? And being that i stopped taking it in november does that mean i will be able to get pregnant in november of 2010? Because i heard that will last in your system for about a year after you stopped. I will have to agree of not ever taking the depo shot again!

August 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm
(904) Mz_ B says:

I just got on depo may2010, and was due for my next shot aug2010 , but didnt get it, i have been actively having sex from the time of the shot… in between the weeks of bleeding,(which at times was alot) due Aug 2 for the shot i havent had bleeding for the past 10days or so , but cant get pregnant until my cycle is back to norm right ?? Beside hot flashes at night , i feel great ….attitude has changed , but sleeping alot ….So pretty much bleed …for May (got shot ) June and July …Aug due for shot and no period….what do you think…and having sex with future husband who got me pregnant within a months time of trying …super sperm and me being told im beyond fertile wonder how long it will take ???

August 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm
(905) Mz_B says:

also alot of women are taking about how they have been on depo for years and no period …..but i believe 1 shot , your body should nt be that far out of wack …..i actually was on the shot before march 09 -june09 didnt get second shot ….and started a normal period in August …..didnt take long …..

August 17, 2010 at 1:24 am
(906) Jaimee says:

Hello Everyone!
I have spent some time reading through all the comments left on here. I am 24 years old, Never been pregnant! I have been off of depo for 7 months with only one full period, I have been trying to get pregnant. And have all the signs sore breasts,tired, nausea etc. But all pregnancy tests say negative….What can I do? I desperatly want to be a mother and my husband wants to be a father. I feel very angry and frustrated at myself for being on the “shot” for almost 8 years!! Any suggestions on what I can do to hopefully help my chances of being able to start a family with my husband as we both dream to do?

August 17, 2010 at 2:41 pm
(907) SHANRAE says:

Hi all I am a mother of two a 5 and 9 year old me and my hisband recently decided to have another child I have been on the depo since the delivery of of 5 year old (Jan 18, 2005) I had my last shot in April 2010 and am waiting to see what happens… I will keep you guys posted on my sucess

August 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm
(908) courtney says:

i was on depo for about 3 years and got off. after 14 months i got prego but had a miscariage. i went back on the shot for about 6 years. i have been off for over a year and a half now and have still not had a regular menstrual cycle. i spot for a day or two every couple of months. my husband and i are tring to get prego again, and are not having any luck. the dr says its normal… ugh. just a little frustrated he didnt tell me about this after i had my miscariage!

August 17, 2010 at 11:30 pm
(909) Lauren says:

I was on the shot for just over 4 years. It took me exactly one year from my last shot to get my period. For the next full year my period was on schedule (28-30days) but I had spotting every cycle for about 4-5 days in the middle. My husband and I had been trying to conceive, but with no luck due to my spotting (hormone imbalance). I finally decided that something needed to be done, so I tried acupuncture and chinease medicine. I had 5 weeks of acupunctre (once a week) and 3 weeks of chinese medicine…. I am now 7 weeks pregnant! Please, if you are stressed about not being able to get pregnant, don’t delay, try acupuncture!! If nothing else, it is so relaxing! I thought it would never happen, so forget all the horror stories you have read, and believe that there is hope for you too!! But don’t wait around for something to change on it’s own, take a step. It will work for you too!!

August 19, 2010 at 7:35 am
(910) Christina says:

I first started Depo when I was sixteen and then after four yrs I got off it…About two to three months I was put on the pill for having heavy bleeding. However I was off of BC for at least a yr if not over a yr. I went and had my anual and the dr said that I needed the BC since I had more than one partner for sex. So I chose the shot. I was on that for a year which I had a bunch of bleeding during that time and it was longer than a normal period and I never spotted… Now i’m off of it and I’ve been off since May third and I am wondering how long I have to wait to become pregnant?

Having a baby is important to me and my husband…

August 23, 2010 at 10:29 am
(911) graciel says:

hi I had only ONE shot a year and a half ago. previously I been i normal pill(one a day for 28 days) for ten years. at now I not pregnant i been tring since then so UNHAPPY. I regreted many times its couse me depresion and put me on weight. I do NOT recomend any one.

August 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm
(912) Jade says:

HI, im 15 Soon To Be 16 In Ten Days, Iv Had Depo Injection For 1 Year, i came off It Due To Me And My Boyfriend Want to Have a baby,
I Came Off Depo 3 Months Ago i Bleed Non Stop, Then it Stoped For 3 weeks Now iv Just Had My Period :D
im Very Happy Bout This, so this shows depo affects everyone in diffrent ways,
so now im using ovulation tests so hopefully soon i should be pregnant :D

Good Look To You All Out There
BABY DUST! <3*

August 29, 2010 at 11:54 am
(913) Kim says:

I was on Depo for 10 years and just decided with my husband to start a family. I was very concerned about my chances of getting pregnant after being on Depo for so long. My OB/GYN told me that there was no reason for concern but I would have to be patient for my body to re-adjust back to normal cycles. He told me that it could take 6 months to a year to get back on track. I had my last injection in January and would have been due for the next in April. Its now August and I was surpised and delighted that I just got my period! I never though after 10 years that it would have happened so quickly but I am thrilled. Obviously this is only the begninng and there is a long road ahead to conceiving but I am so happy its now a possibility. I have been reading this site for some time and was a little disheartened by alot of the stories, so I felt that if I left mine that it would help give some positive encouragement to any frustrated women out there. Depo is not the enemy! Just be patient, keep your stress levels low, and stay healthy. Good luck to you all and I hope to be posting again in the near future with baby news! :)

August 29, 2010 at 7:10 pm
(914) Shandrae says:

Hi aLL
My previous post was 907 I just got my period YAAAAAA
I will let u know when their is a bun in the oven. It does not take long for everyone body tooo go back to normal have faith that the shot only did was its suppose to

August 29, 2010 at 7:34 pm
(915) Julia says:

I used depo provera for 2 1/2 years and I sart the shot on Sept. 2003. I get pregnant on sept. 2005. My son is a 4 years old. I used depo provera again and I have my last shot in april 2010. I been having mu period every month since last june 2010. I’m trying to get pregnant again. I’m 35 years old and I want to have 3 more kids. I think I won’t have enough time to have them in the apropiate time because of my age. I wish I can have triples.

August 30, 2010 at 4:18 am
(916) ZAMS says:

DO NOT TAKE DEPO!!!!
I took Depo for 4 years during college (1994-1998.) I had most of the symptoms: no period, weight gain, hair loss, sore breast etc. It took over a year for me to get a period and that was after my gyn prescribed progesterone. Due to the weight gain (and genetics) I developed Type 2 Diabetes. Got pregnant 6 months later but miscarried. It has now been 12 years since my last depo shot and I still have irregular periods. Due to my reading online, I insisted that my gyn test my hormone levels. After 2 years of suggestion and one office visit where I refused to leave he agreed to test my hormones. I found out that while my testosterone level was on the high side it was still normal BUT the free testosterone in my body was extremely high. Also my insulin levels were high in my body. My gyn then prescribed me birth control pills for 3 months to regulate my hormones. After just 3 months my levels have all decreased. All but my insulin levels are normal now but I am diabetic. I am upset that it took my own research and me refusing to leave his office to discover the problem. Also, that the solution was something as simple as a 3 month supply of BC pills (of which doctors get free samples all the time). I suggest getting your hormone levels checked, because it was still effecting me after 12 YEARS. I am hoping that my infertility will now end.

August 30, 2010 at 10:41 pm
(917) martha says:

i was in depo provera for like a year since 2007 and stopped using it in april of 2009 and after klike a month or so my cycle got normal every month it would last for 7 days and so but since then till now i havent gottan pregnant my son is 3years old already and i want to have another baby i am so scared tht i am never taking it again i dnt recommend to know one un less u are planing on never having kids.:(

August 31, 2010 at 4:32 pm
(918) Ashes says:

Hey everyone,
I’ve been on the shot approx 3 1/2 yrs after having a daughter and now being 28 yrs old my husband and i wanted to try again and so i did some research and found this site…sigh>>> i was heart broken expecially when i realised that everyone well almost, was hurting…
I was however encouraged by a few ladies who advised not to give up hope.

Anyhow after reading- i stopped taking the shot and now after 3 1/2 months i’ve started seeing my period and this started from the Aug20- to this date. I’m not too worried about the ongoing period because of the stories i’ve heard but i’m gonna check it out… I was really worried that it wouldn’t come but its here and all i can do now is to try and wait!

Like everyone said our bodies are different so lets do all the necessary things including visiting your doctor, researching, pray and have faith…i know i am and i wish everyone the best of luck!

thanks for your stories ladies…will keep in touch with results!

August 31, 2010 at 8:35 pm
(919) tiJane says:

Hey im only 20 and ive gotten 2 depo shots spaced out.. the first one nov 2009-jan 2010 and the second may 2010-aug 2010… i have been having unprotected sex since march and now want to have a baby…. i pray that God will bless me with another child being that i have already had 2 abortions… plz pray for me and i will do the same.. i reaallllyyy want a child

September 1, 2010 at 2:47 pm
(920) Angela says:

Angela from 893…

My period ended up lasting for 22 days. So naturally I had to go to the doctors. My doctor prescribed me provera pill to stop my period. I took the pills for 21 days and it did the job. My periods stopped for the duration that I was taking the pills. When I stopped taking them I got my period…and to my surprise it was normal!! I was so excited I just hope the ones to come are normal as well. Still trying to be optimistic and I am now charting my BBT and taking ovulation tests daily. Keeping my fingers crossed! Baby dust to all!!

September 2, 2010 at 5:51 pm
(921) felisha says:

i have been on the depo shot for 1 yr 1/2 i believe im on my fifth month without the shot and i just stopped bleeding me and my boyfriend are trying to have a child name ROMELO :-) im praying to get pregnant by my 20th bday which is on jan 19 wish me luck ladies dont lose faith

September 3, 2010 at 9:34 am
(922) SAZZLE says:

I was on the shot for 5yrs came off it last Nov (2009) went on the pill for 7months in which my cycle returned and decided to have one shot of depo may-aug 2010, it ran out 2wks ago i have been spotting for the past week nothing major is this normal? Is this my cycle returning? I am TTC i’m 29 with a 9yr old…

September 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm
(923) gemma says:

o.m.g i cnt believe all tht i have jst sat n red,,ive bn off the depo 4 2year now ive jst started havein perods about 5month ago i was havein 2 a month bt now im only havein 1,,im really wantin a bby im scared its guna take years im 26 in a few weeks and im so ready,,jst have 2 keep my fingers crossed it wil happen soon,,good luck 2 all yous who r tryin.xxx

September 8, 2010 at 7:53 pm
(924) letty says:

i have been on depo since december of 2008 when our last son was born,i went off it in december 2009 since then it has been almost 10 mths already and no pregnancy,i hate this that doctors love leaving the part out about how hard it can be sometimes after depo,id like to have my last babie before i get to old yes my husband and me are very blessed and thankfull to god for our 7 other children but they have been asking us for a new babie sister or brother,and our last babie is already 2 prob is geting lonely since all his other brothers and sister all go to school,i recomend that if you r a woman not wanting any kids any time soon take it but if you really want to get prego,real quick dont go on the depo,good luck and god bless everybody,who is trying to concieve.

September 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm
(925) Lisa says:

posts 294 and 846. Now 19 weeks pregnant and all fine. Took 1 year for periods to return and then 7 months after I conceived. Not bad for a 42 year old. Hope for all you ladies x

September 10, 2010 at 10:03 am
(926) heather says:

im on the depo shot now ive been on it for over a year. My husband and I wasnt one more kid (we already have 2) I just picked up my shot for septemeber at the pharmacy but now im not sure if i should take it or not. My youngest child will be 2 in october and I would like another one when she like 3/3 and a half but everyone says it takes so long to get pregnant. Should i stop taking it now?

September 11, 2010 at 7:23 pm
(927) Darcy says:

Was on the depo shot for about 5 years, wear off date of my last shot was August 2009, Dr. started me on bc pills to “jump start my period” nothing happened for 3-4 months so I stopped taking the pill December 2009 and had one really bad period. Then no period agian for months. Finally, March 2010 Dr. started me on progesterone and estrogen to make me start. First month didn’t work but then for 3 months had normal periods with the hormones, now off of the hormones periods back all over the place with really long cycles. Been over a year and still not pg. Depressed and getting discouraged wanting a baby soon. I will never take depo agian!

September 12, 2010 at 12:53 am
(928) Amanda says:

OMG! after reading these posts…i dont know wat to say. I first got on the shot Jan this year and took my second one in march….I spotted all throughout the first 3 months and i HATED it.but i have YET to have a period SINCE APRIL.I never wanted kids but now im dealing with a guy who i sooo trying to get preggo by. This information sucks!!! I’m gonna pray that i have hope considering i only had 2 shots….suppose ill grab those ovulation tests as well…..WOW!!! i will never reccommend this shot to neone now after reading these stories!! WISH I CAME HERE FIRST!!!!

**ill keep ya updated on my menstrual and in a month if im preggo *crosses fingers

September 14, 2010 at 12:14 am
(929) Melody says:

I got pregnant exactly 1 year after the shot ended its cycle in me. Depo is so effective it can actually make you go INfertile, and I had read that it can still take up to a year (with how long I was on it) til your body is back in its pre-depo program and have a regular cycle again. It was exactly one year (and a couple weeks) that i got pregnant, and I am 4.5 months along right now! Everything has been perfect!

September 15, 2010 at 12:54 pm
(930) jay says:

So my mother and doctor put me on depo when I was a freshman in high school. I never thought to question them or do research because i trusted that they new what was best for me. I have been on depo for 5 years up until this past July of 2010 where I decided not to go get the injection. I decided that I wanted to have my periods back and begin ovulating again. I’m not trying to have a baby right now, (I’m still in college and I’m turning 20 next month) but I want to have that option when I’m ready. I’m glad I decided to research this on my own so now I can take control of my own body and as soon as the depo wears off I’ll be the one to decide when I get pregnant. It’s been only two months and no sign of a period yet, but I know it is still early. I hate that all of this happened to us and I wish I would have known that my fertility was at risk, but now I know so all I can do is wait. Good luck to everyone. Just be patient. I will update later.

September 15, 2010 at 6:57 pm
(931) rachael says:

Hey everyone this is seriously probably the most depressing thing in my life. i was on depo for anout 2 years and was due jan 09 2010 for my shot never went so me and my husband have been trying for our first baby for 8 months now i have had a period every month since feb 4 2010 so my periods came back really quick they have been a little irregular about 33 days it really sucks ive been to dr many times they never do anything but tell me to wait and go on a diet and I DONT WANT TO WAIT lol they also say my periods can just be caused by to much estrogen but they have never checked i just really dont know what to do anymore how can i have 7 periods all pretty normal and nothing still its so drepressing help anyone????

September 17, 2010 at 4:31 am
(932) Angie says:

I was on the shot about 4 years and was supposed to get my shot in July of this yr but I didn’t and still no period or pregnancy…Never again will that happen Im 25 yrs old with one child (6yrs old) and me and husband ready now but hoping I’m still able to produce.

September 17, 2010 at 6:01 pm
(933) samantha says:

Hello all, my sister was on depo for about a year when she decided she didnt want to take it because of the heavy periods she was maintaining. She had her period for about 3 months straight until she decided to get off the shot and had them for about a year and 3 months afte.r the doctors said nothing was wrong with her. Finally she has regular periods so look up… they will stop eventually. But I also had a concern…

September 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm
(934) krys says:

Hey yall,

I was on depo for 1 1/2 early twenties, it was a good thing for me at the time due to the fact i was deployed in Iraq, i never had a period and it was great…than i got back and decided to get off, i been off now since Aug 08 n my fiancee and i want a baby and tryin to get pregnant…but soo far nothing…..im iregular soo i dont know how to make my calender….anyone can help me wit that?

September 19, 2010 at 11:49 pm
(935) Donell says:

I was on the depo in 2000 for about a yr, it had stopped my period all together. Here we are in 2010 and still my period is not regular, no kids and no pregnancies… Would not recommend anyone taking the Depo shot. I am 25 so I am hoping that we can have kids here soon!!

September 20, 2010 at 4:55 am
(936) Di says:

Hello everybody!

Had my last shot last February 2010 and after three months i got my period (in may) since then. It’s regular and normal. But i always experience pregnancy symptoms which resulted in 2 negative results :( . I am 36 and had 2 kids already. Been in Depo for almost 4 years. I still want to have another baby that’s why i stopped Depo. Now, every month before i get my period, these pregnancy symptoms are driving me crazy. I know i’m not young anymore but i’m still hoping. Will post again if something positive happens!
Goodluck to us all!

September 20, 2010 at 11:51 am
(937) Georgina says:

Hiya everyone!!

Firstyly I would like to say sorry to everyone experiencing trouble in becoming pregnant, I understand that it is disheartening and that it feels like it is never going to happen but the best thing you can do is stay positive, be patient and keep trying, maintain a healthy lifestyle and hope for the best.

I started having the depo when I was 15, my mother pretty much forced me to get it done and I was too young and naive to argue or understand what effects it would have on me in years to come. I am now 21 and am due for my next injection on October the 12th, I have never been aware of any of the side effects as my weight tends to fluptuate regardless of having the depo or not. Although now that my last injection is wearing off I have been suffering from terrible nausea, extreme fatigue and my breasts are killing me, I can’t eat foods that I usually love and I keep going to the toilet much more regularly than normal. I have been advised by a doctor to take a pregnancy test although she reckons it very unlikely that I am pregnant and I haven’t had a period. At first I thought I have been suffering from anxiety and never gave pregnancy a second thought. My fiancée and I would love to have a baby and whether or not now is the right time doesn’t matter to me as long as I know I am able to concieve, I would never terminate my child. I has a test before my last injection which tested negative.

I will update with the results of my test, until then I wish you all the best if luck!

September 21, 2010 at 12:14 am
(938) Krysti says:

Im sorry for everyone on this website and pray for everyone to have a child. For us women never knew how hard it was going to be to ever get pregnant. I stoped taking the depo shot about 8 months ago hoping to get pregnant and still no luck. I don’t recommend this type of birth control to anyone. I also had very bad side effects that caused me to miss two weeks of work… that no doctor could explain. I felt like i was having a withdraw from the medication… but was causing sharp shoting pains on my overies and cervix. Spent thousands of dollars to find out what was wrong with me and having sharp pains that wouldn’t go away unless on pain killers that just mild the pain. Then just went away after starting on new type of birthcontrol to regulate my period back to normal. I have been off the another type of birth control for 6 months now and still no luck of having a child. Im back on a regular schedule… And praying for it not to take 18month – two years…. like all i have been reading to happen to most people. If i could say anything to anyone dont take this type of birthcontrol…. it is poison to the womens body… thank you

September 22, 2010 at 6:16 am
(939) lakey dema says:

i had 3 shots of dopo and i get off from depo for more than 2 years and i am still not pregnant. i think i will not have the baby in the future. is it ture that, it is hard to have baby after depo?

September 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm
(940) Georgina says:

Hi everyone me again!

If you scroll up you will see my previous post #937

I have taken 2 pregnancy tests today, one this morning and one about 20 minutes ago, both are positive ..

I am over the moon but also in disbelief as my depo still hasn’t run out, I was due to have my next one on October the 12th.

It can happen!

September 24, 2010 at 10:04 am
(941) jess [from post 798] says:

Hi,this is Jessica from post 798..I was gonna update on my current status..I was on depo the last time from Jan.’09-April’09[so 6 months or 2 shots]I got my period in feb.’10[lasted about 3 weeks]then again on March 7th 2010,then on April 6th,then on May 8th,then on June 3rd,THEN AGAIN on June 21st,THEN ONLY ONCE IN JULY[21ST],then on August 1st and also on AUGUST 16th,Finally just one period on September 17th..as you all can see VERY irregular cycles..I had the AWFUL withdrawl symptoms [extemely tender breast and headaches and nausea]until the last period in AUGUST [16TH]so HOPEFULLY I am starting to get back to normal.only took 2 shots and it really messed up my flow..it took 9 months to start periods again and 15 months past the wear off date of June 2009 to start to feel normal..this past period in September, I actually shedded some uterine lining..the first time since I came off depo..I heard that once you start to shed the uterus lining then that’s actually a NORMAL and PROPER period..I will update you all again if anything changes..Just wanted to show you how crazy MY cycles have been incase anyone else had been going thru the same thing and wondering if was ok..In my experience it is ok..It mimicks the same CRAZY patterns as when I came off depo the first time a few years ago which resulted in a sucessful pregnancy of our daughter approximately 18 months past THATwear off date..GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL..I HOPE THIS HELPS SOMEONE ELSE!!!!

September 27, 2010 at 1:37 am
(942) jen! says:

hi. was on it for 6months and i stop cause me and my husband would love another child . with in a week i started bleeding so hopefully i can get pregrent cause my 18months old needs a play mate! :)

September 27, 2010 at 5:53 pm
(943) Shandrea says:

Hi all my previous post were 907 and 914
I am now pregant soo don’t believe you can’t get pregnant. When I got off the shot I started taking rite aid brand prenantal pills with the folic acid and I am not sure if that helped me get pregnant fast or what But I am soo keep faith that it can happen and it will…..

September 28, 2010 at 12:52 pm
(944) nina says:

hi.
iam only 16 and reading all theese comments of all the women that have not been able to get pregnant after this stupid ‘shot’ is sad.. i only had one ‘shot’ but was on my piriod throughout it and iam seriosly conserned now that i might never have kids :( i rely do wish the best for you all and i hope it is just a waiting game and not something more serios x

September 30, 2010 at 1:42 pm
(945) Kim says:

Kim (post 913)- So, no pregnancy news yet but I wanted to share some info that I think will help everyone. A friend of mine suggested a book that I read in order to help me get pregnant. The book is called “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” and I swear it is the best book you will ever read. It has made me so open and understanding to what is going on with my body right now as it continues coming off of Depo, and exactly the signs and symptoms to look for for the exact days you can get pregnant. I am no longer stressed about figuring out if I am ovulating yet because it teaches you how to chart your temperature and look for trends. I am currently not at the point that I am ovulating yet but I have peace of mind knowing not to get stressed over it. Please do yourself a favor and get this book (I got it from Amazon.com for $15). I hope this advice will help :) Good luck to all of you!

October 6, 2010 at 2:25 pm
(946) April says:

So I am 36yrs old and had been on the Depo for over 20yrs. I started getting it from the Navy Medical before it was even available at Planned Parenthood when I was still a dependent of my Dads.

I loved the Depo while I was on it. No peroids seemed great! I switch to the pill about 10yrs ago but only for 1 month when I got my peroid and said forget this I’m going back on the shot.

Now, I got married about 1.5yrs ago and finally decided its time for a baby. I got my last shot in April 2010 its now Oct 2010 and still no peroid. But I do remember the doctors always telling me not only about the issue of osteoporosis and the 12-24 months it will take to get pregnant since its stays in your muscles for about a year which is why I started using it to begin with and I was young. I did go through all of the withdrawal symptoms the nausea, aches, mood swings/meltdowns. Thank god I have a saint for a husband. I do take pregnancy tests every so often like this morning which came back as negative but that’s ok. I have felt like I have butterflies in my stomach and have never been pregnant so just hoped that maybe…..

I have read a lot of the posts the good news and the bad news and gotten some really good information about the book and vitamins which I will look into more and I will also keep you posted.

October 7, 2010 at 12:58 am
(947) Kara says:

Hi All,
I have posted on here previously stressing about the depo injection. I myself was on it for 9 months may 09- jan 10.
I have a 2.5 year old and depo seemed like a good option as i was forgeting the pill, when i started to read up on it i decided not to go back for it in jan and we would ttc #2. 8 months on and i am finally 6.5 weeks pregnant! After stopping depo i started taking pregnancy multivitamins, and only 3-4 months ago i stated taking vitex 1000 once a day as i had spoken to a natropath about having trouble concieving, i have only just turned 26 and didn’t think it would be so hard to have another baby. My periods returned in a month of being of it but i had terrible symptoms for about6 weeks. I even wasted money on ovulation kits every month, but i can recommend taking your multivitamins, trying vitex and just bunking down at the right time without thinking to much, it seems like when i gave up trying it happened, so maybe it might for some off you.
xoxo

October 7, 2010 at 11:56 am
(948) Rebecca says:

I went to get The depo injection in october 2007 not knowing what it could do to your body, my sexual health nurse didnt explain any of it to me when i went to get it done, so i just had it done and that was it i didnt think anything of it!
I had been on the depo shot for 2 Years. me and my boyfriend decided we were going to start trying for a baby so i had my last shot in october 2009 and it should of ran out in january 2010.
I have now been trying for a baby for 10 months and its been the longest and hardest 10 months of my life!
i got my periods back in June and august both at different dates of the month.
Ive not yet had a period in September and still waiting at the begging of october to come on my periods being 35 days late on my period isnt good!
Taking a pregnancy test on sunday so fingers crossed. we havent decided to take a pregnancy test yet because everytime i do it distroys me seeing that one red line not two, so try to put it off a long as we can!

i would advise anyone NOT to go on the depo!
good luck to anyone whos trying for a baby after this injection!

October 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm
(949) Rebecca says:

I wrote yesterday.. the last comment

decided to take the pregnancy test early on the friday insted of the sunday was far to curious!
3 pregnancy tests later and………. im pregnant.

i dont know how far, got my appointment next friday so hopefully they will have a rough idea!
fingers crossed no misscarage. im proof after the depo you can get pregnant….eventually after 10 months of trying!

October 9, 2010 at 3:46 pm
(950) molly says:

Well iv been on the shot sence march 2010 after i had misscarage…i took my last shot in june and still havnt got my period and im really worried because i would like to try for another child. i have two now but would like one more….ever sence ii started taking the depo i felt like my body was all fooled up i would never get back on the depo and i wouldnt sagest anyone elce to ither

October 9, 2010 at 11:25 pm
(951) Meghan says:

I was on the Depo shot for almost 2 years, then got off of it because i didnt like that i never got a period, i didnt feel right. My doctor put me on the pill, but i would always forget to take them. I ended up just stopping everything FEB. 2010 to try to see if my body would regulate itself. After 7 months (SEPT. 2010) my period is back to 26 day cycle. My husband and i are not using protection and havnt been since Feb. 2010, and nothing.. I dont know what is going on..i have been in for normal exams and doc says everything checks out good.. I guess were just going to keep our fingers crossed.. :[]

October 10, 2010 at 3:18 am
(952) Taylor says:

Hello ladies..

I’ve been reading all of these comments and its sad. Mostly everyone is saying that they couldnt get pregnant and they been having serious problems. It seems that most of the women who are complaning the most are 28+ or been on depo 5 years plus. If you do research it says that you shouldnt be on the depo shot for more than 3 years.

anyways…

Im 22 yrs and i have a 3 year old son. Ive been on the depo since August of 2007 and me and my boyfriend want to have another child. My shot was due between 9/18-9/30. I took some birth controll pills at the begining of september to stop some spotting. I after that I had a regular 5 day period like i use to have before i started depo which was funny to me because i never had a period since i been on it. So me and my boyfriend started trying right away. I’ve been having hot flashes and dizziness. Im just waiting and praying to see what happend.

We want this badly. Please wish us the best of luck

October 11, 2010 at 4:17 pm
(953) Karla says:

i took only one depo shot. i didnt like the side effect. well my shot was due nov and i got pregnant january i had a misscarrige at 6 weeks up till this day i havent gotten pregnant. i did have a little bleeding only one time when i whipped so im hopping its implantation bleeding. how long after IB can i take a test?

October 11, 2010 at 4:39 pm
(954) lisa says:

I was on Depo for two and a half years and it took a year for me to get pregnant with my second child. We were trying to use the “pull out” method because I just wanted to give my body a rest from Depo! I think it depends on how truely fertile you are on how long it will take …Ive been told by my OB/GYN that I am very fertile. GOOD LUCK to all those who want to become pregnant. It will come when you least expected!

October 11, 2010 at 4:58 pm
(955) yareli says:

I been taking depo for almost a year, started on Nov, and have stop on Oct. 06. Im 18 and would like to be a mom soon. i already had my period, how many months should i wait to be a mom?

October 12, 2010 at 8:08 am
(956) Jane says:

Hi All,

I took one depo shot and deceided to come off it as we want to to start a family….i just wanted to let you guys know taht its not all doom and gloom. My period came back exactly a month to the date taht i stopped and now 2 weeks later i am ovualting….so please do not give up hope. Every women is different. Another top tip i received was use Pre-seed!!! Try it you never know. I will be back with good news in a few weeks!

Sending baby dust your way :o )

October 12, 2010 at 2:05 pm
(957) Brittany Fitzgerald says:

I was on depo for 3 and a half years and was due for my last shot on July 12th and recently on Sept 28th had my first sign of a period it only lasted 3 days tho and now two weeks later i got my period again Im worried this isnt normal. Im 20 years old and I would like to know if anyone has any advice for me. I am not taking any other form of birth control and am looking forward to getting pregnant Im just worried on how long it might take..:(

October 15, 2010 at 1:51 pm
(958) Tina says:

I’m sad to read all the comments. I told my doctor after I had my son 10/8/09 that I wanted to have another child within a year I would like to be pregnant again and she said the depo was ok and to stop it a few months before I was ready to start trying. Had my last shot in april 2010 and still haven’t had any bleeding. Had some pregnancy like symptoms recently but took 2 tests a week apart and both were negative. After reading all the comments I think I’m going to call my dr and get checked and see what she recommends to get my cycle started again. Hopefully I can get pregnant by feb I wouldb like another fall baby and we don’t want them to be more than a couple years apart. Wish me luck and good luck to all of you going through the same. I will definetely not recommend the depo to anyone!

October 15, 2010 at 11:29 pm
(959) Kimberly90 says:

Hey ladies,

I was on depo for 3 years. I got my last shot in Nov 09′ & have not went back every since then. I recently became pregnant 2 months afterward with no problems.

So ladies there is HOPE!

I will continue to pray for everyone of you.

October 16, 2010 at 2:23 pm
(960) Camille says:

Hello everyone,

I was depo for 3 years also. I was due back for my last shot in November, I proceeded with the shot and then decided that my spouse & I want to TTC, I didn’t return every since. I’ve been off depo for 11 months now & I have my regular periods every month but still NO sign of pregnancy. I take pregnancy very often & I continue to get disappointed so NOW I don’t really know what to do anymore. What should I do more of?

Thanks!

October 18, 2010 at 8:51 am
(961) meghan says:

hey ladies. i am 19 yrs old and after i had my son (at 18) they put me on the iud which made me bleed nonstop and im now anemic so they took that out and put me on the depo. i have had one shot so far and im not going back to get the next one. i stopped my period for about a month and now i have been bleeding everyday for 2 weeks and i went to the er and they ran tests on me and the depo is eating my uterus away fast. its showing the effect of being on it for 5 years and ive only had one shot. i dont recommend this to any one.. and i dont recommend the iud either.. and i had the copper one which is suppose to not cause problems. be careful ladies

October 18, 2010 at 11:39 am
(962) sara says:

I’m 28yrs old with a 8yr-old daughter, i went on the depo when my daughter was 1yr old after suffering a miscarriage. I was on it for nearly 6yrs, then on the pill for 6months then had one last injection which ran out mid august. Haven’t hada period just spotting, is this normal? Been ttc since depo stopped. Any tips on how to help my cycle return? and how long until i visit my doctor?

October 19, 2010 at 8:27 am
(963) louise wright says:

i had the depo to and haveing the same problems so would not recommend it to any1 and it shud be taken of the market i am 23 i cant get pregant its shocking is causing problems between me and my partner now

October 19, 2010 at 10:28 am
(964) Susan says:

I received the depo shot from 1994 to February of this year. I started to experience a weight gain of a few lbs. until around 2006. However, this year alone I have gained about 20 lbs. I am done with this shot. I constantly suffer with the symptoms of PMS, yet I have not returned to a normal menstrual cycle. I got desperate for relief went to an herbalist. She recommended an all cell detox, liver cleanse, and female balance. These items are to help the body remove the toxins of the shot. Also, the help balance the hormones and support the reproductive organs. The all cell detox did bring my periods back, but they went back to being very light/spotting/irregular after completion of the detox. I’m still experimenting with it and will try to post comments as I learn. The all cell detox definitely helped me, I believe. Not to mention the research I did seems to support my belief. Ladies please research a follow-up plan to help your body recover from the DRAMA this shot can cause. I hope my comment can help someone out there. Stay safe. God bless you all….

October 19, 2010 at 10:41 am
(965) Susan says:

I just stumbled onto this website http://www.beyondfertility.com/art214.htm. It mentions at the end a few natural ways to possibly increase fertitlity as well as a link at the bottom about the depo shot (haven’t read it yet). Just thought this may be helpful to those of us affected by the shot and trying to get our bodies back to great health. As well as those trying to conceive. Ladies, please keep me posted…

October 20, 2010 at 10:52 am
(966) ruth h says:

Ladies i wanted to post a good news after being off depo for 17 months but every day is depression day for me as i can’t conceive. However, i still have some hope that one day i will post a good news here. For my depo history see No 604. I just pray to GOD that he should hear our cries and prayer. I have even stopped complaining to my friends i think this is the only site i can pour out my worries over depo. People continue to ask me when is the next kid. I answer them as if all is well but deep down iam torn apart.

October 20, 2010 at 5:26 pm
(967) Jen says:

I was on Depo for about 3 years. My last shot was in October 2008, meaning the 3 months ending in January 2009. I got pregnant in August 2009. I delivered my baby boy in May 2010…healthy, cute and without any health problems!
After my pregnancy I went to Evra patches, which caused me numerous problems. I am back on Depo shots with no problems! (Packing does state that it can take about a year for your cycle to regulate after stopping Depo. As I’m Canadian, my doctor informed me of all the pros and cons. I did my own research, and found more pros for MYSELF.) People vary, so therefore no review will ever be accurate for everyone!!!

October 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm
(968) Lola says:

Hi, I thought you all needed some good news as you all seem so down. My first pregnancy came after 7 years on depo, came off it in February, went onto pill until August and was pregnant by September. After pregnancy went back on depo for 2 years, then had a year break and been back on it 1 year. Injection was due 2nd September but I didn’t have it and I am pretty sure I am pregnant again. Will find out next week.
Good luck to you all, and remember to remain positive. The more you worry and get stressed about it the less likely it is to happen.

October 23, 2010 at 1:33 pm
(969) Sarah says:

Hi all,
I first posted over a year ago (662). My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant since June 09. We just found out that we are pregnant. We are so excited and wanted to share our good news. Good luck to everyone who is trying.

October 26, 2010 at 12:25 am
(970) Audrey says:

After reading all of the comments I have now started to worry! I took the depo shot march 2010, it’s October I have a regular cycle and everything seems fine but now that my husband and I are trying to concieve it seems that we cannot. I don’t recommend the depo shot to anyone that may want kids. For some woman great thing happen but more times than non the woman have a hard time trying! But I will continue to have faith in the fact that I believe when it’s the right time it will happen, and if not there are a million kids out there with no family…..

October 26, 2010 at 5:48 pm
(971) Annie says:

Just thought I’d add my story. Was on depo for 2 1/2 years after my first son then came off it to try for my second. It took me 5 months to get my periods back then 3 months later I became pregnant, so 8 months from shot running out. I then went back on the shot after having my second son as I didn’t plan on having anymore children. We have now decided to try for our third and final child. Last shot ran out in May 2010. Had some spotting at the beginning of September but nothing in October although I did have some cramps around day 34. Pregnancy test was negative so not sure where I am now and whether I am actually ovulating. Fingers crossed it won’t take to long or at least that I get another period soon so I know where I am.

Good luck to everyone

October 30, 2010 at 4:27 pm
(972) tierra says:

Hey ladys i was on the depo shot for two years and i just got my period and its been on for 3 week going on 4. its driving me crazy me and my boyfriend wants to try and have a baby and i have been off of the shot for a year and am just getting my period. i hate the shot i wish i never got it.

November 2, 2010 at 7:28 am
(973) clare says:

hi i previously made a comment about the problems we were having trying to have a baby after the depo. well i am now pregnant and would just like to share hope with you all. i was on the depo just over 7 yr i had my last shot sep 09. my periods never really returned properly i just had a few slight bleeds in aug 10 and the beginning of sept 10. but i am now 6 weeks pregnant and very happy!! i would just like to advise you all not to panic the first thing i did when i read all these comments was worry that it wouldnt happen. i now believe it is just a case of time!! my doctor told me the depo usually takes a yr to a yr and a half to get fully out of your system. well in my case it was less, its taken 9 months for me to concieve. anyway just thought i would try and add a positive note to this and give those of u trying hope. like i say just give it time x

November 3, 2010 at 6:49 am
(974) jo says:

hiya, i went on the depo in january 2006 had my last shot in january 2007 so it was for just one year ive been trying to have a baby now for three years and ten months ive been and had all the fertility test done and found out that my ovaries are very poor quality my doctor said that it was not the depo that caused this but he would say that wouldn’t he ive got three children which i got pregnant with very easily so my opinion is that the depo caused this damage and i can never have another child my only hope is ivf. people should be warned about the side effect of this poison its unfair

November 5, 2010 at 8:06 pm
(975) nikki says:

hello evry one i am 21 i have 2 beautiful babys youngest is 14 months i when on depo 2 months after haveing him and stayed on it for 3 jabs 9 months i had my last one april of 2010 because i wanted my period back to feel normal it took me 6 months to get my period back and was light and went for 2 days then stoped for one day then came back for another 2 days then stoped for 1 day then came back for one day lol that was about 3 weeks ago now and i feel preg i havent taken a preg test im just gonna see if i get my next period good luck ladiys i wish u all the best i wouldent recommend the jab to anyone tho my docter just told me it will be taken off the market very soon as it is given woman very high chances of civcal cancer hope this helps

November 7, 2010 at 9:59 pm
(976) shrain holmes says:

HEY my name is brandy in im 20years i have been on thedepo shoot for bout a year in .I had went to get my shoot dis year in july in i havent went back . in im ready to become a mother .but i have been bleeding for 4months and i dont kno what to do to pregnant . what shall i do?

November 8, 2010 at 7:36 am
(977) Claire says:

I went on depo in April of 2006, I was young and I went to planned parenthood and they didn’t really explain any of the future consequences. I got married in July of 2007 and I stopped getting the shot the month before. It took over two years after that for me to get a period but it is still not regular to this day. I have been married for over three years now and have not used any kind of birth control & I am still not pregnant. My doctor said that I should have been informed that going on depo when you have not had any children can cause fertility problems. I regret not being well informed before I went on this shot over four years ago. I fear that I will never become pregnant. Wish me luck!

November 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm
(978) Brenda says:

I got my 1st shot Aug 12th 2010. I am suppose to go get my 2nd one in 4 days Nov 12th 2010. But, Im not. We wanna try and have another baby. But looks like that wont be happening soon. I was hoping me only being on it for 3 months would make the infertility not so bad since I wasnt on it long, but who knows. I have bled non stop since I got on it [3 months]. Hate it! Never again. I was hoping Id gain some weight on it but I wasnt lucky enough, lol. [90lbs] So I guess im going to get on the pill to try and regulate my cycle and hope we get pregnant soon.

November 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm
(979) kathy says:

hii my name it kathy and i hate depo too i got my depo on june 04 2009 and tham i gat my sec 1 in sept 04 2009and than i dint do it a agin my peried whent crzy i want to have baby but my doctor said that i have to wait 18 moth to have a baby now it been a year and two moth since my last depo and still wait to be came a mother i hope GOD help me and i can be mother soon i… cuz i just use depo 2 time i dont think it ganna take sooo long to have a baby well i hope not and good luck to every wamen who wanna to became a mother!!! if i became pregnant i will tell you:)

November 10, 2010 at 2:11 pm
(980) Shay says:

I was on Depo all of 2006. I recieved my last shot that October. I was prescribed Ortho tricyclen lo to battle the heavy bleeding asscoiated with coming off of depo. It was a rough couple of months, but my cycles went back to normal. I stopped taking the pill in March of 07. My husband and I concieved my daughter in December of 07. I wasn’t trying to have a baby at the time and I hadn’t expected to concieve. I knew when I first started depo that there was a possible delay in conception once I stopped getting it. She was/is perfectly healthy, and I had no problems during pregnancy.

Now, after a rough 6 months with Mirena and no luck with BCP’s, I am back on Depo. My doctor went over every possible side effect extensively with me, and I also had to sign a consent form saying I understood the negative side effects in choosing this birth control option. It wouldn’t have been needed though. I already knew the pros and cons of Depo. I think it is important that every woman inform herself when it comes to putting something into their bodies, particularly hormones. Ask every question you can think of prior to agreeing with suggestions from your doctor, friends, etc.

I plan on trying to concieve again in 2012. I will only remain on depo for a year, and switch back to a BCP. My doctor recommends no one stay on Depo longer than two years. Not for fertility purposes however, but due to the possible bone density loss.

Depo was and is perfect for me. I wish you ladies the best of luck, and hopefully gave those who are looking for it: hope.

November 11, 2010 at 11:51 am
(981) Bobbi says:

Honestly I’m so disappointed in so many of these comments. Getting prenant is quite a miracle. If you did any research whatsoever you’d know that it CAN take up to 18 months for you to OVULATE…even if you get your period it does not mean that you are ovulating. Once you are ovulating you are back to normal but still within the confines of being a human being. We don’t just get pregnant as soon as we ovulate. It can take weeks, months, years….and your age is a huge factor. So is it obscene that it’s been 2 years and aren’t pregnant yet? NO! It’s completely normal and it’s not because of DEPO that you aren’t pregnant. I can’t stand when people are ignorant and uninformed and start scarring the hell out off all these other women who rely on what they read in blogs to live their lives by. Educate yourself, be a strong woman in mind and body. Don’t make us all look like bimbos…You’ll get pregnant…probably a lot sooner if you quit reading these stupid blogs and stressing yourself out…

November 12, 2010 at 2:48 pm
(982) Theresa says:

I was on Depo for about 8 years then decided to discontinue to open up the possibility of pregnancy. It took over 3 years, but we have a baby now who is 18 months old and now we have #2 on the way. I am now age 41. It will happen ladies. Oh, and we became pregnant with our first during an excessively stressful time so don’t worry about that either. Just make sure all your parts are working (we did) and give it time.
Good luck ladi

November 12, 2010 at 3:26 pm
(983) HEATHER says:

I WAS ON THE DEPO SHOT FOR 4 YEARS AND GOT OFF OF IT IN SEPT ’08. I WAS PREGNANT JAN OF ’09 AND MISCARRIED IN FEB OF ’09 AT 7 WEEKS PREGNANT. I THEN GOT PREGNANT IN MAY OF ’09 AND HAD A HEALTHY BABY BOY IN FEB OF ’10. I AM ON THE SHOT NOW AND HAVE NOT BLED A SPOT SINCE DELIVERY.

November 13, 2010 at 11:41 am
(984) Precious72 says:

Iam 38 years of age and the mother of an 11 year old son. When he was 3 months old the midwife gave me an injection of Depo and I had a repeat injection 4 months later, as I had been hopsitalised. I fell pregnant a month later, but misscarried at 6 weeks 4 days.

I have been diagnosed with 6 fibroids on the outside of my uterus and one large one (size of a honey dew melon) on the inside of the womb. My gynae prescribed a depo injection and it was carried out in June, I had spotting for 10 days after and no period at all afterwards.

Iam in a relationship and practised safe sex using a condom. In October we had sex once while very drunk and the condom split.I decided not to get a morning after pill as I had not had a period since June. How could I get pregnant???

Just over a week later I started spotting brown mucus blood and pink watery blood for two days. I have gained a few pounds, my breasts are huge and tender, feel sick, plus slight cramping and watery discharge.

On Thursday morning I took test and there was a faint positive. I was excited , but worried. I had an appointment at the hospital in afternoon to see my gynae re: Fibroids for a Hysteroscopy. I took the test and showed her the test. She agreed it was a clear result, examined me and sent me for a blood test. I was to phone nextday for result. And have another blood test on Saturday and an early pregnancy scan on Monday.

I telephoned and was told the result was negative.

How can it be negative with all these symptoms and a positive HPT.

I am now very confused!!!My breasts are still tender, I have dull cramps and was sick last night..

I am going to wait another week to see if I bleed..Then go to my local doctor.

November 13, 2010 at 12:33 pm
(985) jennifer says:

i was on the depo back in 2002 to 2003 soo only one year i was 17 i got off when i was 18 well i was not on any thing else .In 2005 i met some one and little over two year later we got married well its been 5 year not and we still have not been able to have kids. It worrys me because we both want some kids and i am not getting any yonger. If i was told that it would take this long to have kids i would have never got the shot pluse the place i went to said i could not take the pill because i was over weight. Well i went back to the place and told the lady that me and my hubby want some kids and if she know what i could take to help well she told me that she was not going to help me because my weigh is still bad soo i left there really up set. Well there for a year we were just like lest see what happens u never know if we will get pg or not well i am now 25 and still no baby i will be going to the doctor this new year to see what i can do to get pg thanks for all your comments it makes me feel like i am not the only one i would not tell any one i know to take the depo shot

November 15, 2010 at 9:24 am
(986) on and off says:

Ok, so i have been on and off the depo since i was 16 years old i am now 25 years old… i have been on the depo straight for around 2 years, last month i suddenly got my period, it lasted for the normal time. now i had not had my period for years !! does anyone know why it would be that i would suddenly get my period after so long? i am due to get the next injection in two weeks… me and my husband want to start trying for children, do u think that because i have got my period last month it might be easier for me? i have read what everyone has wrote and most of them say they have not had there period for a long time, i would have been in the same boat but like i said i got it last month?

i would love to know ur oppinions on this and has anyone else had the same thing happen ?
Thanks

November 17, 2010 at 3:58 am
(987) Brittany says:

Hey ladies;
I was on depo for about 4-5 years and had my last shot over a year ago now. I decided to get off of it so my husband and I could start trying to have a baby, and for about 6-7 MONTHS after I stopped the depo i had CONSTANT BLEEDING. My doctor assured me that it was okay and even though it wasn’t normal I didn’t become anemic. It was honestly the worst months of my life. It would give up for a day or two and then come back. It seemed like there really was never going to be an end to it. It finally stopped and I got my regular period back like clockwork around month 8 of being off depo but the cramping was worse than I remember to the point where I have to stay in one position the first two days of my period and I bleed through a super plus tampon every HOUR. My doctor still says there is nothing wrong.

So, my husband and I have been trying to conceive for about 5 months now and still no results. We have done everything, changed our diets, used fertility calendars, tracked cervical mucus and basal body temp. and still absolutely no results. We know he is fertile but I’m scared that because of the depo I’m not.

I would not recommend depo to anyone who plans on having kids or who is too young to know if they do or not. It’s great if you already have a family and don’t want anymore kids but even then I would recommend an IUD first.

Please do not go on depo before you have a family. It’s really heartbreaking to not be able to conceive, and it’s not something that anyone should have to go through.

Although BC is great and can really help regulate your period, I don’t think a shot full of hormones that completely stops your period is any good, and as proven by so many women it really messes with your fertility even after you stop.

November 17, 2010 at 6:32 pm
(988) Georgina says:

After reading most of these messages i think alot of people have been harsh and insensitive, what is wrong with people being worried that they still havent fallen pregnant. As for women on here moaning that they havent fallen pregnant yet but have had 2 abortions before hand maybe you are no longer trusted with carrying a child for the fear of you aborting yet another. There are women that are desperate and there you are rubbing salt into their wounds. I have decided to not have my next injection so we can have a second baby but i expect a long wait if im lucky to fall pregnant soon that would be great but the trick is to not try as soon as your mind is on something else you fall pregnant look at all those teenage pregnancies they were just having a good time,unaware of getting pregnant and they fall in months. So dont worry and concentrate on getting your bodies ready to carry and support a healthy baby. Good luck

November 18, 2010 at 10:21 am
(989) chelsea says:

When animals are given the depo shot they are never able to procreate again!!! (Animals that have the same genetic make up as us!) What are these doctors doing to us? BASTARDS!

November 20, 2010 at 8:18 pm
(990) Alex says:

My name is Alex, and I have been off the shot for about 6 months & i’m trying to get pregnant i took a test and it said positive. But i am bleeding, which makes me think I’m going to have a miscariage. I hope not!
By the way, This shot sucks ass. My periods arn’t normal at all!
Good luck eveyone!

November 22, 2010 at 2:33 pm
(991) Ashley says:

I was on depo when i was 16 i got off at age 18 i am going on 25 and it feels like it is impossible for me to get pregnant i would not recommend depo run the other way as fast as you can depo destroys your body im fighting tears back because of the thought of not being able to get pregnant.

November 23, 2010 at 1:43 pm
(992) Kaitoybri says:

I only took the depo shot once that was in april of this year right after i ha my second child. I was scheduled to go back in august but i did not due to i had my period from may up until july of this year i did not want to go through that again. I am now scared that i am again pregnant but am not really sure i never had a regular period going to the doctor to see wat the deal is!

November 23, 2010 at 9:51 pm
(993) Miss T says:

I have been off depo now for about 6 months after being on it for several years. I made the choice to go off it as I felt it effecting my body in other ways. My doctor insisted that it wasn’t that and I could have it for 10 years and not have any long term effects. I went against his advice and stopped it immediately. I still haven’t got my period after 6 months and my partner and I want to have a baby in the near future and by the sounds of it with all your stories we might be in for a long wait. I went on depo because I felt I had no other option at the time but now I am possibly regreting that decision. I hope that it hasn’t effected my body to point where it may effect the developement of my future baby. Good luck to all of you. :)

November 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm
(994) cait says:

hey, I am 18, and have had 4 shots of depo, i have been off for a month . I got my period a week after stopping depo, and have had unprotected a couple of times since, i am not scedualed to have me period for a couple more days, but i am wondering is it possible i be pregnant. I was spotting for months, and weeks, while having depo, and thinking maybe my body didnt react as supposed too.. If anyone can help my abnormalness, please help, i am scared to dealth… And i really want a baby!

December 1, 2010 at 11:15 pm
(995) Tasha says:

hello everyone… well, i am 24 years old now and i have two daughters. after my first born in 02′ i decided to get on depo and 05′ i decided i wanted another baby and it took me a month of missing the shot to get preg…. i have had healthy babies and carried them full term.. but i decided to get back on depo again after my second daughter and now i would like a third and stopped taking depo in may of this year and still haven’t got preg… i am worried that i may not be able to have another child and concerned as to why this time it is taking me longer to get preg….i hate it soo much… scared, worried, and praying…. good luck to all of you… and i will not use depo again… also i haven’t seen my cycle after getting off the depo. only once since may i had 2 small spotting in sept and oct. hummm… i think i need to go see the doctor…

December 3, 2010 at 12:26 am
(996) Laura says:

To Comment (981) Bobbi! You are obviously searching something to be here in this forum! and not everyone has informant doctors or computers to do reasearch and THE DEPO CAN CAUSE YOU NOT TO GET PREGNANT! DO YOUR RESEARCH!!! as for calling some of these girls in here ignorant you are a selfish B and you are the bimbo that had to say something rude! Obviously you have no reason to comment in this area so back the f off!!! THIS IS FOR ALL THE WOMAN WHO FOUND THAT POST OFFENSIVE!! I was here doing reasearch for a friend when i can across this and was like wtf! HOW RUDE!

December 3, 2010 at 4:23 am
(997) LOVENTA says:

HI EVERYONE
been on the depo shots for 1and half years why? because i liked and trusted it but its the side effects that really brought me down,i bled like every three weeks of the month at which i went too the doc and all he had got ta say is dat ma body was getting used to it an’ i will soon adapt. So with this its really brought alot of worries as i fear coz ever ave been feeling so weak and scared dat i might be anaemic coz since then ave left the shots its been like 5 months and See my cycle like twice in a month ever month so with depo No!

December 6, 2010 at 3:02 pm
(998) Mariela says:

I’ve been reading some of the post on here. I started my depo shot after having my first son Dec. 2000. I received my last shot Feb 2006 so I was covered for the next three months. The depo shot was up in April were I was no longer under any protection. I started my period a month after the depo wore off so started my period in May. It was very irregular, constant bleeding for 3 weeks and then relief for a week and then start back up. I found out I was pregnant in September 2006 so I conceived in August 2006. Had my daughter in May 2007. Got back on the shot after my daughter was born. I have been on the shot up till now. I’m supposed to get it next week, but my boyfriend and I have decided to try to have a baby. That means I will not be protected starting December 20th 2010, but I’m sure the depo is still in your system a few days after the date your supposed to get it. We’ll see how long it takes for me. It didn’t take long for me the first time and I was on it for 6 yrs and got pregnant in 4 months or so. I believe everyone is just different. Also I think if all you do is stress and overthink about trying to get pregnant it doesn’t happen. I was doing that alot. but once I kind of stopped, I found out I was pregnant. Everyone keep the faith. Everyone’s body is just different. I wish the best to everyone and including myself, since now I will be off the shot trying to get pregnant like all of you guys. :0)

December 7, 2010 at 6:32 am
(999) Kimberly says:

I started depo august 2008 stopped March 2010. I had my period like the books say 3 months after ur next dose. & keep in mind ur period stays abnormal approximately 3-9 months after. Ive been trying to get pregnant & am now worried after reading this. But ladies depo can cause ectopic pregnancy. So be worried when ur having symptoms & the tests are still negative always discuss this at your appts. & gewd luck hope that helps. ps my sis was on the depo for 2 yrs took her less than 1 yr to get pregnant no miscarriage =)

December 8, 2010 at 1:58 am
(1000) Jamie says:

I have 4 kids.. was on depo and I hope this eases some minds…i was on it after my first and Dr.said it woudl take a year after stopping to get preg agian and it took me almost exactly a year to have another…. but every person is diferent. I was on the shot for the others….thought we were done. My husband and I wanna have our 5th and I am on the shot…our little one is almost 2. next shot is in January 2010 so I hope it works out the same and we can get preg in the next year…i think it depends on the person too. Good luck to all…just remember everyone is different! If you have questions i hope I can help!

December 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm
(1001) Renee says:

Hi Everyone,

I thought that I would shed a little bit of light for everyone.
I started taking the Depot injection when I was 16, I had a few bleeding problems for the first 3 months then I did not get my period again. I was on the depot for about 2 yrs after which I decided to go off it because I knew I wanted to have children in the future and I was aware that it could take some time for you body to go back to normal. My period I might add was never regular before I started the depot and they were extremely heavy and painful. Being on the depot stopped these horrible periods and the pain, so I found it to be a really great contraceptive option for me. Anyway, once I stopped taking the injection, I can’t remeber how long it took for my period to come back, but I do remember that it took a while before they came back properly. I didn’t use contraception at all for almost 2 years before I got pregnant. I honestly started to think that I wasn’t able to have children. I was really happy and relieved when I did though. I now have a beautiful 20mnth old baby. I started taking the Depot again after my son was about 6mnths old as I wanted to have a few years between children. I have now been on it for just over a year. I have decided not to go back for my next shot which is due now because I plan to have children in the next 3 years. So I am hoping that if I stop now, I may be able to have children in a couple of years.
Good Luck to everyone who is trying. Don’t give up hope. It just takes time for your body to ovulate again sometimes. That’s why I am trying to plan ahead. lol.
Merry Xmas to Everyone : )

December 9, 2010 at 12:17 pm
(1002) Cassandra says:

Hello ladies, I am so sorry to hear the trials you are suffering with Depo. I went on in ’99 got off in 2002 and was pregnant right away. I went back on when my son was 6 months old and was on until July 2009 and was pregnant within 2 months. I got back on the depo when my son was 2 months old. Wew want another child next year but have not had any problems getting oregnant. This has been a very effective form of birth control for me without the negative side effects. I do know that it doesn’t work for everyone and wish you good luck getting pregnant and finding a method that works for you. I think each person just needs to keep trying things to see what is effective for them. I will continue the depo because it is what works for me.

December 10, 2010 at 8:10 am
(1003) ruth h says:

My fellow ladies am from comment 604. i have been checking this site for a long time. Today i have come with a good news. I am finally pregnant after being off depo for 18 months. You can imagine how devastated i have been all these months. If i can tell you that dont be stressed out if u are TTC then am lying. I have lived a very stressful life since my depo expired and after realising that i couldnt get pregnant as soon as planned. I tell you, Just have faith in GOD. I was praying everyday.

December 12, 2010 at 8:28 pm
(1004) turtle says:

i came off the depo sept 08 and fell pregnant in june 09, my son was born march 10 through an an excellent natural birth following a perfect pregnancy. when he was approx 2 months old i got another depo shot to ensure i didnt fall pregnant again when my son was still so young, but only had the one, i have now been off it for approx 4 months and have been having periods fortnightly, unsure when i am able to get pregnant but not too worried just anxious now we really want another baby. although anxious now, in the 8 years i have been having the depo on and off i havent had any problems and my beautiful son is healthy and the pregnancy and birth didnt put me off another! i just think gp’s need to explain fully to women hping to get pregnant that it could take some time, although possibly not a bad thing, giving couples plenty of time to ensure they are ready for a child or more children?

December 14, 2010 at 9:55 am
(1005) SAZZLE says:

I have been off depo since august, ttc since then. i had spotting a couple of weeks after my injection and since then nothing, no period. i have had blood tests which have all come back normal, pregnancy test about a month ago came back negative, has anybody conceived before having a period? please help! thanks

December 15, 2010 at 12:21 pm
(1006) Jenie says:

Ladies,
I had Depo Provera shot once only for 3months, after i had my daughter in July 2010. My life has never been so miserable, during the 3 months I bled everyday,my sexlife almost came to a stand still.frequent headaches….. My nxt shot was Nov11 but never went back. I had afew spotting but since then I have’nt had my periods yet. Is there anything that can be done to bring back my periods to normal?? Am so dissappoited! I will never ever use Depo shot again!!!!!!!!!!

December 16, 2010 at 8:26 am
(1007) Chelsea says:

ive been on the needle for more then 2 years and im 19 i have a 2 year old and i accidently missed my shot. my very last shot was in august and i was suppose to go the 2nd week of nov and it is now the 3rd week of dec when i wanted to get my shot they said i should take a pregnancy test first just in case and i was going crazy becuz my bf and i have been like rabbits in the past month not to mention the last couple days and its driving me crazy so can someone please asnswer this question IF YOUR ON THIS NEEDLE BUT DONT KNOW YOUR PREGNANT IS THE FETUS AT RISK??? id really like to know if all these other woman say they cant then maybe ill have to switch to the pill becuz i love babies!!!

December 17, 2010 at 10:35 pm
(1008) Brea says:

CAN SOMEONE PLEASE ANSWER THIS??? I got off the Depo shot on May 20th and today is Dec. 17th so it’s soon to be 7 Months after being off the depo shot. Well, the past 2 or 3 months I was Spotting A LOT but nothing compared to a period…. and this happened every month. But this month is different, I have not had ANY spotting at all not even a little sign of it. I have had headaches, backaches and bloating & some cramping for the signs of a period but have not had anything! Plus I have been trying to get pregnant now for about 5 months. Could I be pregnant, or is this something that’s “normal” or what not!????

Thanks :)

P.S– Please reply, I would love to hear feedback it would be VERY appreciated!!!!!

Xoxoxoxoxoxxo

Best of wishes to those trying, the time will come.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
<3

December 19, 2010 at 8:21 pm
(1009) Lacy says:

I have been on the depo shot for three years and decided to not get another one nov 2010 and I started my period almost instantly. It’s now dec 2010 and I got a positive pregnancy test. I think it has alot to do with age.

December 20, 2010 at 7:42 pm
(1010) jennifer says:

I was on the depo provera shot for three years I been off the shot for twelve years still trying. To have a second baby I had one when I was 16 and after the baby was born I started getting the depo provera shot and since I been off it I been trying to have a baby and cant. The doctor told me I can’t have kids because my hormone level is not high enough and not ovulating correctly I have taken hormone pills and the hormone shots as well as a hole list of things. I wish all of u ladies the best of luck and god bless!

December 21, 2010 at 8:48 am
(1011) LAUREN says:

i have been using depo for the past 16 and 1/2 years now. I was suppose to have my next shot 3 Dec 2010, but thought i was only due on the 23 Dec 2010. I realised on the 19 Dec that i was late. I had intercourse on the Friday 17 Dec. What are the chances of me falling preganant. I really DO NOT want to be preganant?

December 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm
(1012) TIRED OF DEPO says:

I started depo after having my daughter in ’09 and can’t remember having a real period since then. I’ve skipped a few shots during the time I was taking the shot and never got pregnant. My last dose was in March ’10 and I have yet to get a period. I was prepared for not getting a period because a friend of mine had the same issue but what I was not prepared for was the loss of my sex drive. Since I stopped taking the shot, I haven’t been back to normal sexually but I’m starting to get feeling back & can tolerate having sex. Compared to how I was before, it kills me that I’m “tolerating” sex!

I was going to wait and let my body get back to normal naturally but after reading all the posts and thinking about what my friend had to go through to get a period, I think I’ll make that appointment with the doc to get my periods back!

Everybody is different but I would not recommend the shot to anyone that would consider having a baby in the near future.

December 24, 2010 at 6:29 pm
(1013) simone says:

Not to worry ladies!! Pregnancy after Depo is possible and it doesn’t take as long as people think…I was on the shot 2 years then hubby and I decided to start trying. missed last shot by 8 days and got pregnant.

December 31, 2010 at 5:46 am
(1014) Ethel says:

Hi left my comment on 748 i wud like to share the gud news with u am nw 1 month pregnant after 2 yrs and 3months since i stopted using depo was not using any vitamins was just going to the gym and driking 8 glasses of water everyday for the past 2yrs. so put everything in Gods hands and it will happen i waited for all these 2yrs and finally…..Good luck to u all.

January 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm
(1015) jessica says:

I have been on the shot seince nov.2002 and was supossed to get my last shot on dec.2010 has been on it for 8 years. I am hoping to have a baby soon i read all these and get very said i hope there is hope for me. My son just turned 8 and wanna have another baby soon.

January 4, 2011 at 7:09 pm
(1016) Kim says:

I have been on the shot for 6 years and my Husband and I decited to have one more baby! I was due for it in November. I started my period seven weeks later on Christmas morning and I was so excited. I am hoping that since I got my period back so fast that it will not take me as long to get pregnant again. We already have two amazing boys, but really want to try for that little girl! Wish me luck ;-)

January 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm
(1017) lauren says:

I am so appreciative of all the comments over the years here…good bad and in between. I have been on the depo the majority of my adult life (from 17 until now at 27) with a few breaks in between to try alternate birth control methods. I tried the pill, the patch, and the ring (awful!) and always went back to the depo shot. I am with my husband and we both are ready to have a child, so I got off depo end of October 2010…it is now January 2011 and i have had mostly normal periods since-a little sketchy, not too heavy, but fairly normal. But I have noticed my boobs are SO SORE! I hate it. I am going for a gyno appt. Monday to make sure everything is ok physically, but I am aware of all the concerns and think you all should be also. I LOVED being on the shot, no periods, no worry but I also knew it may take 2 years to get pregnant afterwards so I got off with that in mind. Good luck to everyone…hopefully I can have a normal pregnancy before too long also!!

January 4, 2011 at 11:05 pm
(1018) Gabby says:

I was on the depo shot for 4yrs after getting off it i havent gotten a period its been almost a year now. My bf and i are trying to concieve and no luck yet, althought i do feel pregnancy symptoms at times all test results are negative. i wish i would have never gone on the shot. im praying i will be able to have a baby really soon, but doesnt look very promising. Good luck to all of u.

January 5, 2011 at 3:54 pm
(1019) crystal says:

I am very thankful for all the comments on this site as only through here do I feel somewhat normal. I was on the shot for 3 1/2 years and decided not to get my last shot in April 2010. This was something I knew I should do as I’d like to have a baby one day, and my sex drive was pretty much depleted (as a newlywed this was terrible to think about). I got my first sign of a period in September then another two weeks later. And now I am regular! I’m not ready to concieve at the moment, but I am hoping in another two years we will have a success story like others on this site! I will never recommend the shot to anyone.

January 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm
(1020) Miss_J says:

Hello. I first took the shot in April 2010. I was due to go back for a second shot in the end of July, but I declined because of the side effects. The first month was normal, but after the first period the bleeding didn’t stop! I was severely depressed, mood swings, about 30lbs weight gain, headaches, and of course non-stop bleeding for months.

At the end of the 3 month shot I went immediately to Planned Parenthood (I will not go back to the place that gave me the shot in the first place) to ask what I could do. They put me on birth control (Ortho Tri Cyclen Low) and said to do that for 1 year and then try to conceive. Well, the pills make me crazy and irritable so I only took them for 1 1/2 months and they did help to stop the bleeding and get my period normally, but right after stopping the pills in September 2010 the bleeding came back. I would bleed for like 10 days, then stop for 3. Then bleed for a week, then stop for a week.

It has now been 3 weeks since I’ve had a period and my nipples have changed in size, color, and they hurt so badly. My boobs hurt too and I’ve gained 5lbs so hoping I’m pregnant, but not hoping too hard because of all the stories here.

I can’t take the weight I’ve gained off no matter what I do.

I have to majorly DISAGREE with those of you who call us “naive” or “ignorant” because we took this shot without knowing about the side effects. The photocopy paper they gave me said it might cause mood swings, headaches, or no periods which I was told ALL birth control cause (and the bone density thing only if you take it for years).

I SPECIFICALLY told the nurse I was getting married and we wanted to conceive within the next 6 months, but that I was forgetting to take my pill and she told me Depo would be perfect for me. The nurses and doctors DO NOT disclose the other side effects we are all experiencing now. 100% blame to the doctors.

January 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm
(1021) Tiffany says:

I decided to get off of the depo shot Oct/03/2010 which was my last due date for my shot, and I decided not to get it. I experienced bloating, lack of sex drive, and weight gain (which I didn’t mind)….The doctors never disclosed how hard it would be to get pregnant, and after reading all of the complaints from everyone, I’ve decided to never get on it again, not to mention I did NOT LIKE the way the shot made me feel. Not to mention i haven’t had a period since I can remember and I was only on the shot for about a year and 6 months…This is crazy, and i’m really scared. I want to be able to decied when I want to start a family…I don’t want the shot dictating anything for me…..I’ll never get on it again…

January 9, 2011 at 11:09 pm
(1022) Louisianalovechild says:

Wow after reading these comments im scared I’ll never have w baby!! I was on the depo shot 5 years, finally in April 2010 I decided not to take the shot anymore.. Me & all my friends were on it one was on it for as long as me.. I am the only one who hasn’t seen a period since I’ve been off it.. I’m getting married in September of this year and I would really love to start my family. I’ve taken tons of test because I’ve had symptoms they all came back negative.. I’m not even sure I can get pregnant without seeing a period.. I hate that I got on the shot even though it was good not having a period.. But now I regret it..

January 10, 2011 at 11:33 am
(1023) SAZZLE says:

I posted 1005 and would just like to update my period returned NYE (great..but didn’t mind under the circumstances)it lasted the average 5days but wasn’t very heavy. I am now waiting to see if I am ovulating this week fingers crossed. So up to now it took 4 and half months for period to return.

January 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm
(1024) Bobbi says:

I an very happy to say I went on depo after having all three of my children usually for an average of one year and with in 6 months of getting off have gotten pregnant with no help. After having our fourth “surprise”2 months after depo we have decided it is time for hubby to get vasectomy. There is hope girls dont give up yet.

January 17, 2011 at 12:04 am
(1025) Miss_J says:

I am finally starting to get a normal period 6 months after the shot ran out. Time between period was 32 days, but I’m hoping next month it will come on time again. I’m trying not to feel anxious or desperate, but it’s hard to wait when you want to conceive.

January 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm
(1026) Martha says:

Im just trying to get off the shot .i
Only had it for 3 months and realized it’s not for me.and now Im planning on having kids .does anyone know how long it would take i
Was only on it for 3 months .

January 23, 2011 at 9:10 pm
(1027) petra says:

my last shot was due Dec 12 2010 and its barely 01/24/2011 and still HAVE NOT had a period and want to concieve. is there any reason why i havent had a period yet? i never had one anyways when i was on the shot will it always be this way? i really really want a ababy pray for me guys =(

January 24, 2011 at 12:15 am
(1028) Miss_J says:

Petra– how long were you on the shot for?

I only took it for 3 months (1 shot) and I bled the whole time and then for months after. It’s funny I wanted the blood to stop and you want it to start.

January 25, 2011 at 2:52 pm
(1029) cotton says:

I have been on the depo for 8 years came off of it four months ago now and am in misery. I have had a period almost the hole time with a day or two between I am in pain all the time and i feel almost suicidal. which is not a normal feeling for me. I was a big supporter of the shot weight gain and all but I would not wish this on my worst enemy (WOMEN BEWARE)

January 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm
(1030) Andrea says:

I was on depo back in 2003, I only took 6 months of it….. I was off of it for 4 years while taking birth control in the mean time I got pregnant again in 2006. I am doing it again in a few days, going on Depo, but I read all the fine print…… after 1 shot (3months) 54% of woman can get pregnant after 6 months, 70% of woman can get pregnant in 12 months, and 96% of woman get pregnant in 24 months…. I hope everyone has been reading the fine print. My husband and I are going to try later this year after I finish the shot in April this year (2011). The longer you are on it, it will become difficult to get pregnant, but although some women are different than others. It takes time, patients is a virtue….

January 26, 2011 at 12:13 am
(1031) Miss_J says:

This is taken directly from the website.

“Based on the results from a large study done in the United States, of those women who stop using
DEPO-PROVERA Contraceptive Injection in order to become pregnant, about half of those who become pregnant do so in about 10 months after their last injection; about two-thirds of those who become pregnant do so in about 12 months, about 83% of those who become pregnant do so in about 15 months, and about 93% of those who become pregnant do so in about 18 months after their last injection. The length of time you use DEPO-PROVERA Contraceptive Injection has no effect on how long it takes you to become pregnant after you stop using it.”

Kind of depressing to think about.

January 26, 2011 at 12:17 am
(1032) Miss_J says:

Cotton–

Pls don’t act on your suicidal feelings. It’s just a phase that will pass. It is EXTREMELY depressing to be on this shot, it totally increased my feelings of depression too. I bled for like 4 months straight; I felt lifeless at some points thinking it would never end. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s been 5 1/2 months since the shot ran out and life is finally looking up again.

January 29, 2011 at 7:15 pm
(1033) MC says:

Depo has been actively ruining my life since Day 1. I had my first injection in December of ’09. My doctor recommended it to me and said that there were very few serious side effects. After the first shot, I bled constantly for 3 months. I alerted the doctor, she said this was normal for the first 3-6 months. I got the second shot in March ’10 (right on schedule) and bled for another 3 months. I had completely lost by libido, my mood swings were uncontrollable, and the stress on my relationship was pulling me in to a deep dark depression. I decided not to get the next shot and continued to bleed for a full 6 months after the last shot. It has been almost a year since that last shot. My periods have since returned to normal (it took 8 months), my libido is back, I am happy again, and my relationship is stronger than ever. We have been trying to conceive for about 4 months now but haven’t had any luck. This drug has ruined the last year of my life and will continue to do so until I regain my fertility. If I knew then what I know now, I would have never let someone inject this poison into my body.

February 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm
(1034) char says:

Please help me….
I started the depo December 09. I had heavy bleeding but then my period went away all together before next shot in February. I took last shot in may 2010 and quit because I was severely depressed and read all these horrible stories about infertility. I too was never told how hard it was to conceive after stopping. I want kids sooner than later. Anyways here it is Feb 2011 and I have no period. I am having pregnancy symptoms. Could I be pregnant or are these symptoms of being off depo? I don’t know and am so confused. If anyone has any suggestions or has been through this please email me at fnew2az@yahoo.com I’m so lost. Thank you. And good luck to everyone trying to conceive. My fingers and toes are crossed for you. :)

February 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm
(1035) gerry19 says:

hey everyone
i have currently recieved two depo shots my last one being on the 16/11/10, my next shot is due this month but i have chosen to stay it now and not take the due shot. It has caused me alot distress and irregular bleeding. Me and my partner now feel ready to start a family but im worried that that its going to take longer than usual to go back to normal only after having two shots. I would like to know roughly how long it could take for me to get a normaol period back.

Some stories i have read have been very upsetting and some have been reasuring but all have helped in many ways.

I wish all women trying for a lil one the best of luck and i must say the depo injection should not really be an option for those wanting children in thier futrure’s. I will not going back on the depo!

February 10, 2011 at 1:10 am
(1036) Kari says:

I was on the depo for 8years when I was told I needed to get off it in August of 2009 due to bone density issues. I talked to my OB after reading all the nightmares of women trying to get pregnant she told me it could take about 14months. She was dead on, I’m now 12weeks along and the baby is doing great. So I wish you all luck and if your having trouble check with your OB there may be something else going on. Or your trying to hard, my husband and I weren’t trying at all :)

February 10, 2011 at 1:47 am
(1037) tina says:

i was on the depo for for almost 2 years i came off of it in septmber and it is feb and i just got my period which is normal for me. i been on the shot once before this when i was younger and stayed on it for almost 3 years. i got pregnant on the shot which was my first shot i ever took in my life. then i deiced to try it one more time and it was good. once i came off of it in dec of 06 and got my period 3 months latter then got pregant right away. i really say its really depends on the persons body.

February 11, 2011 at 9:28 pm
(1038) gerry19 says:

hello again ladies

my last injection was due 8/2/10 n jus a few days before i had light bleeding which then became what i think was a period it was ligher than usual but im sure it was a period! It ended on the 10th feb which seemed rather short but i feel a little more relieved and confident. Me and my partner will begin trying again next week, maybe valz day will spinkle a bit of luck for us!

I will keep you guys updated but i hope im not just being abit too xcited because it will reli upset me :(

All the best ladies. X

February 12, 2011 at 10:38 pm
(1039) Brielle says:

Hi Ladies: I was on depo for prob 12 years. My last injection was December 2009. It is now February 2011 and I still have not had a period. I was on a 10 day course of provera in October 2010, it did nothing but make me feel hormonal. My OB thought that this would start my period. The depo website says it does not matter how long you have been on depo in regards to your cycle returning. I am not sure that I believe this based on my experience. I welcome any suggestions as my husband and I want to get pregnant. Good luck to everyone else trying too!

February 13, 2011 at 3:53 am
(1040) Emily says:

Hello ladies! I was on the depo for about 3-3 and a half years, went off it and went on the b/c pill for 4 months, went back on the depo for 3 months, went back on the pill for 2 and a half months. Went of the pill last week, a day later got my period. So fingers crossed its easy to get pregnant! Dont give up hope. Fingers crossed for all you ladies out there trying!!!

February 16, 2011 at 2:19 am
(1041) Miss_J says:

Hello!!

Just when I thought my period was back on track, it wasn’t!! The day of my last post (Jan 26) I got my period again!! I thought I was regulated and I got it twice last month!! I was so depressed *again* so I went to the gyno. She told me that I had a regular period 1/12-1/18 and then the bleeding (which included lining BTW) from 1/26-1/31 was irregular bleeding from the Depo. So now I’m on BC pills for the next 3 months and she said to start trying for a baby after that. I don’t even know when to expect my period again, if it will come on the 18th or the 31st…now I am just completely lost.

I’ve started to take prenatal vitamins, I go to the gym now, I drink extra water…just trying to get into the best shape…and then after that, just enjoy having sex and be happy when a baby finally comes :D

Lots of baby dust to those who are trying!

February 19, 2011 at 11:43 am
(1042) SCARED STIFF!!! says:

AFTER READING A FEW OF THE STORIES HERE, I’M REALLY SCARED OF BECOMING PREGNANT, NOW. I STARTED ON DEPO ON JUNE, 2006 & TOOK MY LAST SHOT IN JUNE, 2010, IN HOPES OF GETTING PREGNANT, AGAIN. HERE WE ARE IN FEBRUARY 2011, & I’M FINALLY SHOWING SIGNS OF POSSIBLY BEING PREGNANT. I’VE ALREADY HAD 3 MISCARRIAGES BEFORE MY KIDS (ages 15 & 7) WERE BORN, & I NEVER EVER WANT TO EXPERIENCE THAT TRAUMA EVER AGAIN. I’M STILL DEALING WITH THE MENTAL & EMOTIONAL ISSUES OF LOSING 3 BABIES. SINCE STOPPING DEPO, I’VE HAD AT LEAST 8 or 10 FALSE ALARMS, WITH PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS ONLY TO LEARN THAT I WASN’T. THIS HAS BEEN SUCH AN EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER, & I JUST WANT TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A NORMAL, HEALTHY PREGNANCY, WHICH ALMOST SEEMS (since depo) LIKE THAT’S ASKING TOO MUCH.

February 20, 2011 at 8:37 pm
(1043) Tina says:

I just thought I would add a little bit on this subject. A birth control regardless of what kind always has side effects and effects everybody differently. I was on depo for 2 1/2 years and got off of it to have my first child. I was pregnant within a month of missing getting my shot. My suggestion is if you are going to get on ANY kind of birth control you should do your research first. And I do not mean to ask someone who got it because oppinions are like ass holes almost everyone has one. Look for the facts and make your judgement. There is one thing I am also seeing most of you have in common if you had done your research ahead of time you would see that it is recommended that you do not stay on the depo shot for more than 2 years at a time. Secondly something for the rest of you to think about is do some research on getting pregnant. You typically wont get pregnant if youre not ovulating and if you miss your ovulation it can be hard. There are ways of increasing your chances of a pregnancy taking. Also for those of you who dont know for every miscarriage you have your chances of having another miscarriage increase. So if you have had them previously it may just be your body causing you to miscarry not the shot.

February 22, 2011 at 8:49 pm
(1044) gsd mammy says:

wow…so many posts…so many women…i’m 20, was on the shot since i was 16 til 18….i’m off the shot nearly 2 years,my periods are alot heavier than they used to be. every other moth i get pregnancy syptoms but it always ends in dissappointment….

best of luck to all the women out there, yor not alone!

February 24, 2011 at 6:11 pm
(1045) Miss_J says:

I got my results back from bloodwork I had to check my hormone levels. I am slightly anemic (first time in my life) from all the blood loss during the Depo! Non-stop bleeding for 6 months, it has ruined the last 8 months of my life!!

February 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm
(1046) Alicia says:

I began taking ortho tri-cyclen in ’04 and switched to depo Aug 08 thinking this would stop my periods as they have always been really heavy and painful. It didn’t. I took it for 2 1/2 years and my periods never stopped as is the case with a lot of posts i have read and they always came every three months, usually a few weeks before i got my shot. My fiance(31) and I(26) have decided to TTC later this year so i decided not to get my next shot which was due Feb ’11. I received my last depo shot Oct ’10. I had my period 12/27/10-01/03/11. I informed my doctor of our decision to have kids and she gave me the pill to keep me from getting prego now(gotta fit into my wedding dress in june!) and allow the depo to leave my system and she also told me to take prenatal vitamins to get my body into babymaking condition. I began taking the pill on 02/02/11, which is when my next shot was due, and had a period from 02/06/11-02/13/11. I did have some of the prego symptoms i read about when i switched bc i.e. nausea, tender breast/nipples, migraines, fatigue which have now subsided. Now I am waiting to see if my periods are normal or not. I am worried because i had the LEEP procedure done in ’09 for Cervical Dysplesia and they said this could cause complications with pregnancy and labor and im also worried I may be having a period but not ovulating but I wont know until we actually begin TTC.

Good Luck and Baby Dust to all who are TTC! I will post an update when new results are in.

February 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm
(1047) amy says:

i had my lost shot in may 10 and staarted bleeding in oct 2010 very light and not often but january and feb what i think aremore like periods have came almost a month apart so hoping that is good news i would like a baby very soon but reading these posts not sure about that :( ive been using ovualtion calender online and apparently ive fertilie today and tomor so fingers crossed x

February 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm
(1048) Caroline says:

The date for the last shot I had was June 2010.I have been having unprotected sex since then until now Feb.2011.I still have not gotten pregnant.

March 3, 2011 at 10:46 am
(1049) sarah says:

hey ladies i also have been on the shot. i was not aware that it would take so long to conceive! i was on the shot for 1 month and my husband and i decided to have a baby i never went back for a 2nd time it took 6 months after the first shot for my cycle to return. since then my cycle has been regular and took 4 months for me to become pregnant i am now 5 weeks and so excited! keep positve thought and dont stop trying each and every women is different so just because it takes years for one women doesnt mean it will take that long for you hope i helped =)

March 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm
(1050) Laura says:

Hey, my mum “made” me go on depo when i was 14 and i was on it till i was 17. i switched to the implant but got it taken out early due to my body reversing itself! I was lucky to have a whole week without a period! After I came off the implant i decided to go on the normal pill for a little while then got switched to mini pill (cerazette) due to migraines. I came off the mini pill Aug 2009 and went back on the Jag till September last year. I got married in October. I’m really worried that we wont be able to have our baby soon! Is it worthwhile trying now – our original plan was to wait till our wedding anniversary then start trying. Another thing is all the woman in my family have been able to get pregnant straight away but I’m really worried it won’t happen for us! Hopefully we’ll get pregnant soon! Good luck to all you ladies out there – hope everything works out well for you all!!

March 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm
(1051) Hazel says:

I’ve been off the depo for 2 yrs now, was on it for 18 months, luckily my period came back after just 3 months but in that time my partner and i have been trying for a baby, had all the tests going and there no medical problem, after reading up on the depo and the comments on here i can only presume that it is down to the depo. I feel very angry towards my doctor for just giving it to me without telling me the possible fertility problems. It should be banned altogether.

March 8, 2011 at 7:49 am
(1052) rebecca says:

oh dear…reading all these comments has made me a little worried but im hopeful. i was on the depo when i was 18 but only had 2 injections (last one was due end of DEC 2006 but didn’t go) and I fell pregnant by April 2007 so it still took me quite a while. i went bk on the depo last year and was on it for about 20 months my last injection was due on the 16th feb 2011 but as me and my partner are trying for another baby i didn’t go to get it done. i know you should only be on it a maximum of 2 years before giving your body a break so hopefully we wont have to wait to many months before we have some luck. good luck to you all.x

March 10, 2011 at 7:03 am
(1053) BFLO says:

I’ve been on depo since 98-03 ever since then irregular periods…damn if i only knew the side effects on long term. Me and my Fiance are trying to concieve since 2007 and yet no false pregnancies or nothing. Ive been on provera, birth control pills and still nothing and lost weight eating right still nothing wondering if i will ever become a mommy? This is a truly sad thing for women. This is putting strain in our relationship. I would never recommend depo vera. I’am 34y/o and i want at least 3 children. What a woman to do?

March 14, 2011 at 3:38 pm
(1054) Ava says:

I was on the depo shot from when I was 15 until about December. I am now 19 and I have stopped taking depo because I am trying to go awhile without any kind of medication/hormones in my body. My last shot was supposed to be in December, but I never went in to get it. I have always had a regular and precisely dated period so when I went off I got my period around the time I missed my shot. I had unprotected sex in January, irresponsible, I know, and I haven’t gotten my period since the first one I got after being off the shot. Does anyone think there is a high chance I could be pregnant?

March 16, 2011 at 8:43 pm
(1055) Taina says:

im 17 years old & when i was 16 i qot on the depo shot because my parents were tellinq me to qet on birthcontrol..i took the pills but after a week or two on it stopped because of complications..i got on the depo, and only got one injection now 7 months later im still on my period..although im not planninq on havinq kids any time soon, im pretty nervous about not being able to have kids in the future..my doctor didnt tell me about this complications only that i may not have a period..apparently thats not my concern.. 7 months with a period…the worse.. whats wronq with me

March 17, 2011 at 6:58 am
(1056) marinewife says:

I started depo in jan of 08 and ended it in sep. 09. After a year and 8 months to decided to end it. Noone told me the side effects. Or the difficulty of trying to go back to normal. It is.now march 2011 and I am still not pregnant. I did get my period a month after, but it is so irregular and early that its more of a pain than it being a sign of hope. Very depressed a a out
About not being pregnant. My mother told me its a god thug but I fear it is the depo. STAY AWAY FROM IT… I took it to be ok I. Active duty for work purposes. I am out now and depressed all the time.now. your words make it easier to cope.tho guys. Good luck to all of u…

March 17, 2011 at 7:11 am
(1057) marinewife says:

Ps on phone sorry about the typos. This loads slowly. I said I was active duty and took it for work purposes… and god thing not thug. Good luck ladies. I know the pain of constantly looking down upon a negative pregnancy test

March 17, 2011 at 8:20 pm
(1058) Louisianalovechild says:

Hi girls still no good news only thing different that happened was I finally got a period on 3/5/2011-3/16/2011 it wasn’t heavy at all I didn’t have any pain just migraines and they were the worst!!!! Still trying to concieve wish me luck hopefully I get pregnant I wish we all get pregnant!! That shot should be taken off the market!! I was so young when I got on it and the thing that sold me on it was no period now I’m wishing I had my baby!! 

March 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm
(1059) Teresa says:

I feel bad reading all the comments about you ladies being upset and disappointed in the shot, coming off it, and not being able to get pregnant. I came in here to see what the chances of becoming pregnant were if you were late getting the next shot. I have been on the shot, off and on, for over 15 years. This last time I got on it was the first time I have ever had a Dr strongly try and discourage me from getting back on it, because if the bones loss that can occur and had probably already occured. I am all for the depo shot, but I am also not in the market of having any more children. I have no side effects, no period. I can always tell when I am coming due for another one, because I will break out slightly, but that is it. I think now a days doctors are a lot more aware of the side effects and willing to educate. I hope everyone here has since found themselves with cute little bundles of joy. xo

March 22, 2011 at 8:06 pm
(1060) tracy says:

im 19 years of age and i hav been trying 2 hav a bby wit my boyfriend..iv been off depo since febraury…since my second shot,i havnt seen any period.im off depo now n my boyfriend realli wnts me 2 hav a bby.he doesnt understand all this and im scared because if i dnt hav his bby h wil leav me n i luv him soo much n i wanna hav his bby.my gp nevr told me dat i wud lose fertility.dis is jus insane all2gthr…i feel as if im pregnant buh im nt…i havnt even seen a period yet.i wish i nevr went on dis depo anyways.it was my mum dat forced me.il jus pray 2 God cz he is d onli 1 dat cn help at dis stage..dis is realli insane.whoever inventd it shud b slaughted alive!!!!!

March 23, 2011 at 12:20 am
(1061) Jan says:

I was on the shot for 5 years. My last shot was April 2010. Next month will make a year that I have been off the shot. I took medroxyprogesterone back in October 2010 and it didnt help. I had a light period last month (Feb 2010) and an extremely light one this month. I used to be regular, so it looks like my period is trying to come every month again. I have been fairly patient this past year and i’m trying to stay calm. I’m 20 so I feel like I have time and it will happen when it’s supposed to happen. I just dont want to find out that i’m infertile because it would break my heart… I’m thinking about taking folic acid vitamins and hopefully it will increase my chances of conceiving. Just be patient ladies. It will happen. Don’t spend your time being mad at Depo, just live your life and let it happen in it’s own time.

March 24, 2011 at 10:46 am
(1062) CC says:

I’ve only had 1 shot it ran out 17th march 2011, do you advise me to take microgyn pills? i’ve been taking folic acid. Does anyone know how long it may take to become pregnant?

April 6, 2011 at 12:25 am
(1063) jbrux says:

I’m surprised about what I’ve seen on this forum, to be honest. I’ve been on depo for 6 years now and am not quite ready to go off of it yet, so I can’t speak from personal experience but I can speak from the info I’ve gotten from my sister who is a maternity nurse. She constantly calls to tell me about the ‘depo babies’ she’s just delivered. The time it takes to get pregnant after going off of depo depends on each, individual woman.
My sister helps deliver babies that have been concieved after years of depo, months of depo and DURING depo. Don’t be discouraged- instead of blaming the shot, explore what else might be going on. Infertility/problems conceiving are VERY common- just not discussed often.
Make an appointment with your doctor and discuss a good plan of action. Legally, doctors must disclose all side effects and concerns with any drug they administer.
Good luck everyone!!

April 6, 2011 at 12:38 am
(1064) jbrux says:

I have been on depo for 6 years and have no plans of going off of it just yet, so I can’t speak from personal experience, but my sister is a maternity nurse. I can’t tell you how many times she has called to tell me she just helped deliver a ‘depo baby’. These babies are conceived after years, months and even during Depo injections. The amount of time it takes to get pregnant after going off of depo is different to every woman.
Infertility/problems getting pregnant are such common issuea. Before blaming birth control, I would suggest consulting with your doctor about any tests, etc. that might be done to determine the hold-up. I trust a doctor who has had years upon years of training over a forum of blaming and speculation. Legally, all doctors must disclose any side effects, etc. when administering a drug.
Good luck to those looking to get pregnant- praying that you have some success soon!

April 8, 2011 at 6:51 pm
(1065) Jan says:

Hi everyone (again) i’m Jan from post 1071 and I got a much heavier period today. This is the 3rd month in a row and this month marks my year from my last shot which was in april of 2010. i was thinking about detoxing and taking folic acid, but i decided against it. it feels like mother nature in doing her job and doesnt need my help. i’m getting excited bc i think my time to conceive is coming… please cross your fingers for me ladies bc my fingers are crossed for you. I just wanted to say something positive. And remember to BE PATIENT!! It seems to be working for me… :)

April 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm
(1066) WendyCity says:

Please keep us posted ladies. My last shot was May of 2010, I received my period about 6 months later. I have been trying to conceive since. I experienced the depression, mood swings, decreased sex drive. Hell, I experienced all the side effects at least once. thought something was wrong with me. I ‘am so pissed off with my OB/GYN for not telling me these adverse side effects. They say “oh you rarely get these side effects” Really? Can I get a Amen to at 85% of the women on here experienced every damn side effect on the label. Any who, my husband and I are trying to conceive. I’m putting my faith in God as always. Everything happens for a reason. SO FAR ITS BEEN 11 MONTHS SINCE THE LAST SHOT. NO BABY YET. :( i’M IN MY EARLY TWENTIES. I’ll keep you posted.

April 12, 2011 at 6:06 am
(1067) Cora says:

I haven been on the shot for 2 yrs my daughter is 2, but me and my boy friend want to have a baby within the next few months I have a shot but im not going to get it I was of it for like a month or two last year i really hate it because of the weight gain i hope it doesnt take long for me to conceive i think im going to start doing things to get my body back on track. wish me luck I love all of the feedbacks on depo.

April 14, 2011 at 12:15 pm
(1068) kellie says:

I have been off the shot since October of 2008 and have not been able to get pregnant, my cycles are still abnormal i will have them 5 months and then got months and months without one… I have been trying to have a baby and am getting really frustrated i dont recommend this shot to anyone!

April 19, 2011 at 2:25 pm
(1069) liteds says:

Thanks to all of you for sharing your comments. I JUST canceled my Depo appointment. Bless all of you and good luck.

April 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm
(1070) Shell34 says:

Well I am 34 and I have two beautiful children aged 6&7 both conceived very quickly after having my IUD removed.. My husb and I decided we were deffinatley finished having children so I had one shot of depo nov 2010… I immediately regregretted it and now would like to have a third and last baby… I feel guilty for having the depo, I have had two irregular periods and feel lime my body clock is ticking/booming in my head.. I know I did this to myself but I would highly recommend a Mirena IUD over the depo any day… Even if you think you are finished you never know.. Good luck girls, I will keep u posted xx

April 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm
(1071) Kerry says:

I had 4 shots alltogether, i had no idea about any of the side effects or how hard it would be to concieve i knew i wanted a baby but i didnt think my partner was ready, when it came to getting my last shot we talked about it and he too had wanted a baby. So i didnt go for my injection, my last would have been August 3 2010, its nearly been 9 months since coming off the depo, ive not had any period as of yet, however i have had spotting but very little of it, only that is giving me hope that i am actually ovulating. I am trying to track it but its so hard, im worrying all the time, and the horror stories ive been reading is absolutely devastating, i am fairly young so i know i can leave my body to rest, i havent gave it anything it wasnt supose to have, im exercising more, and just staying more healthy in hope that i actually do see a positive on a test, theres been so many negatives i just dont think i could cope with another. I just feel so frustarted with myself putting this thing in my body especially knowing that i didnt even need it. Its such a hard time, my oldest sister is pregnant with her 6th child, and my middle sister is too trying for a baby, i know her positive will come soon, she tracks her ovulation and has never used any form of contraceptives, i feel happy for them, but then i feel so jealous, i feel so very bad, i just wish it was my time. I dont even know if anyones going to read this post, i just feel a little bit better knowing i’ve eventually got this off my chest. Sending babydust to us all ttc after this horrible drug

April 27, 2011 at 10:37 am
(1072) wendycity says:

Kerry I feel your pain my best friend is pregnant. I want to be happy for her but its really hard. I feel like less of a woman somewhat, you know. I pray for my angel to grow in me soon. I’ll keep you all in my prayers. Baby dust to all. I’m reading all posts hoping to hear good news and be able to share my good news. Hopefully it will be very soon.

April 27, 2011 at 5:18 pm
(1073) Crystal says:

Hi my name is Crystal I have been on depo off and on for ten years. My oldest daugther is turning ten this year. I got on depo six weeks after my daugther was born, in 2001. I got off it Dec 2006. I start my period Jan 2007 with no problems. I was pregnant again May 2007 had another baby girl Feb 2008. I got back on depo six weeks after her as well. I am ready for that boy. So I stopped again back in Oct 2010. I started my period Dec 2010. I just started this month trying to get pregnant again. I beleive it will happen like it did the last time. What I am saying is every women body is different no one is the same. Do your research first, there are so many ways to get pregnant if you do your research. Please don’t read comments and think your body is the same as the next. The only thing you can do is let go and let God. I will be praying for you all.

April 30, 2011 at 8:04 am
(1074) Rebecca says:

Hi all i decided to get the depo after the birth of my daughter in july 2004 all went well and had no periods whatsoever which was fab but the decided to come off the depo in august 2009 as my husband and i wanted to try for another child got my periods back the same month and, after nearly 19 months of trying nothing has happened yet so i decided to go and talk to my doctor who told me to get a 21 day progesterone test which came back as no ovulation detected, i then got a 28 day progesterone test and got a progesterone level of 42.9 which mean i am ovulating YAY, i still have to see my gp on the 10th may to discuss why i havent become pregnant yet but i am hoping it will be soon.
Baby dust to all xx

May 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm
(1075) Tayla says:

I was on the depo shot for 2 years. I got off of it in February 2009. I got my period back in June and then got pregnant in July. I now have a beautiful 1 year old girl. I got back on the shot after having her. I’ve just stopped last month again so we’ll see if I can get pregnant again that easily.

May 5, 2011 at 7:27 am
(1076) ash says:

my names ashlie, im 17 and i was on depo for a year, i went off to get a different contraceptive and didnt get anything. Im engaged and am hoping to have children in the future. I decided to stay off the shot due to a friend telling me she had been on it and is never able to have children. It scares me to read all of these comments. I hope everyone including myself will have the best of luck when they want to concieve. I wouldnt the depo shot to anyone who still wants to have children in their future. Another side effect i have is now that i am off of this, i bleed extreemly heavy and freequently, sometimes two weeks at a time. Its horrible. Dont get depo.

May 5, 2011 at 2:46 pm
(1077) Dianne says:

I have been on depo shot since october 2007 and i’m due again this month (may7-28)ish but plan not be on birthcontrol because of so much weight gain and depression. I want to see if i can get pregnant by next may 2012, if my husband wants, then again i know it might take longer for it to happen.

May 7, 2011 at 3:29 am
(1078) Nicole says:

I stared the depo shot in Oct 09′ till Jan 11′. Never had a period with the shot but a month after i got off the shot and started the pill i started it 2 weeks after being off. That period l almost 2 months they keep telling me its normal but i didn’t think it was. I have heard horror stories of miscarriages, birth defects and mental problems with the baby. My husband and i started in March trying to have a baby and nothing yet. Can the shot make you infertile?

May 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm
(1079) J says:

Hi ladies I just wanted to shed abit if hope, I was on the depo for 2 1/2 years solid. I decided in November 2010 that I no longer wanted to be on the injection after a came across all these horror stories. I started to research these stories after feeling depressed and unlike the social butterfly I usually am I started to make excuses to all my friends and never wanted to go out the house. So on Jan 4th 2011 I did not go back for my next depo injection. I started my first period in feb which lasted for 5 days then came on again 2 weeks later heavy for five day then I had a 28 day cycle then a weird period for 3 days which day one was heavy then last to days brownish colour and now I am pregnant! There is hope ladies! Baby dust to you all xxxxxx

May 23, 2011 at 1:12 am
(1080) jackie says:

i was on depo for 3 months and got off it in sep 2010 and its now may 2011, my periods have always been normal each month and they last 4 to 5 days like normal even when i was on depo, why cant i get pregnant?

May 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm
(1081) J says:

Hey Jackie, well when I was researching I found out that the depo injection acts as a contraceptive by “freezing” your ovaries to stop them producing an egg, just because your period is still there dosen’t necessarily mean an egg is being released each month. The depo may still be in your system so technically still “freezing” your eggs. Maybe you should see your doctor and ask them to do a test to find out if your ovulating, but hey you still have you periods that’s a good start!! Alot of women it takes months for their periods to come back let alone ovulate so I would say your lucky! I hope this had helped a little. Baby dust to you and I hope your hopes and dreams come true xxx

May 24, 2011 at 11:01 am
(1082) Angela says:

i went on depo in nov 10 i was supposed to get another shoot in feb…i havent gotten my period yet and i would like to have a child now…….does anyone know any herbs that will make me fertile or should i try birth control pills? i thought the depo would have worn off by now

May 30, 2011 at 9:06 am
(1083) Amy says:

hey ladies. i have been on depo provera and have probably had about four shots. the last shot i had was in december, so it wore off march. after hearing all the horror stories of the shot, i decided to get off of it, because i want to have more kids one day ( i have a 4 year old daughter ) as of today, may 30th, i took a pregnancy test and it is positive. ( we weren’t trying to get pregnant but it happened!) i haven’t went to the doctor to confirm yet, and will have to wait until tomorrow bc it’s memorial day. i just wanted to give hope to some women who are having trouble getting pregnant after having the shot. after the appt i will let you know for sure!

May 31, 2011 at 9:34 pm
(1084) Jaidensmomma says:

Unable to conceive after several years, I was elated to find that I was pregnant with my son. After giving birth to him in September of last year, his father and I decided that I should try the depo shot. I began the shot in November and received it again in February. As recommended, I asked numerous questions and did online research. Despite these efforts, nothing could prepare me for the mood swings, weight gain and suicidal thoughts/feelings. I was due for another shot in mid May, but decided against it for the obvious reasons. I am longing to find myself again, as my confidence and self esteem have rapidly declined. I just want to feel normal again so that I can enjoy being a mom.

June 1, 2011 at 3:38 am
(1085) Alussa says:

Was on depo for a year, so had 4 shots total. Last shot was due in February of ’10. I went on Lybrel (pill) from March to May and after I got engaged my fiancé and I decided to stop birth control. I had break through bleeding in June and July so I thought all was well and I would get my cycles back. (I had no periods on the shot.) Well, it has now been 16 months off depo and I got my period at the end of May! I am so excited considering my last period was in December. Fingers crossed it doesn’t disappear for another 5 months but I’m trying to stay p

June 1, 2011 at 3:43 am
(1086) Alussa says:

Was on depo for a year, so had 4 shots total. Last shot was due in February of ’10. I went on Lybrel (pill) from March to May and after I got engaged my fiancé and I decided to stop birth control. I had break through bleeding in June and July so I thought all was well and I would get my cycles back. (I had no periods on the shot.) Well, it has now been 16 months off depo and I got my period at the end of May! I am so excited considering my last period was in December. Fingers crossed it doesn’t disappear for another 5 months but I’m trying to stay positive. All blood work from my doctor has been normal, even pelvic ultrasounds. My wedding is 15 months away and I would like to fit in my dress but no more birth control for me! With my luck I’ll get pregnant just long enough before the wedding so I’ll be big and uncomfortable, but I dream of the day I will get my first positive pregnancy test that will lead to a beautiful and healthy baby. It may take some time, but we can all do this ladies!

June 3, 2011 at 5:09 pm
(1087) Ashley says:

I got on the Depo shot in November 2010. I only took one shot and it wore off at the end of January 2011. It took me until June 2011 to get first period. I spotted for a day and then the next morning I had my first period. I am hoping to start trying for a baby now. We’ll see how long it takes to get pregnant now. hood luck to all of you who are trying.

June 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm
(1088) Z says:

I was on the depo less than a year, i had my first shot July 2010, well me and my husband decided to try for baby #3, so I didnt go for my shot that was due April 2011, i started my cycle a week later, and have been consistent with the dates since April, so now its just a waiting game, still not pregnant, and before depo i was never on any birth control, i pray it happens soon, good luck to everyone trying….

June 14, 2011 at 6:38 am
(1089) shannon says:

Reading all this horrifies me. I am probably the oldest woman on this board who is interested in having another baby and who has probably been a victim of Depo Provera. Fortunately, I only did three cycles of the drug and stopped because I experienced irregular periods, which put a real damper on my sex life, as well as hair loss, fatigue, weight gain, some depression and my skin began to feel bumpy and dry on my cheeks. My last shot was back in August of 2009. My partner and I have been actively trying since may of 2011. I have had one period come since we have been avoiding the pull out method and condoms. I am worried that a combination of my age (36) and having used this drug has ruined or lessened my chances. I had my first child at 19 and had two abortions after her. I have always been a little leery of the idea of BC but my doctor would always suggest it using it’s convenience as a selling point. I would not suggest this form of BC. Condoms or the old skool rhythm method would be my two choices if I could do it over.

June 15, 2011 at 7:07 pm
(1090) latice monks says:

I was on depo shot in sept 2004 and went in june of 2005… my period didnt come back for at least 6 months then i tried to have a baby the natural way and no way didnt work so m doctor prescribed me clomid which work the 1st time my daughter was born in dec 07 and here it is 2011 n still havent had no pregnancies been having unprotected sex and nothing but also glad wanna start plannin a baby for next year but idk if i can have kids the natural way all because of that damn depo shot.. i wish i have never taken it i would never recommend this to no one matter fact i wouldnt recommend any birth control to ne one the old fashion way works better ne ways

June 24, 2011 at 8:10 pm
(1091) July 26 says:

Hi. I used depo for about three years. I stopped taking it for a year and decided i still wasn’t ready for a child. I decided to take a shot. i took my last shot Aug 2008. It took me two years before i discovered i was pregnant. I suffered a devastating miscarriage two weeks later. Two months later i found out i was pregnant again. Just trying to give a little hope if its meant to happen it will. Don’t give up.

June 25, 2011 at 5:51 pm
(1092) katherine r says:

i have been on depro 10 yrs on and off ,now trying, worried now after reading these comments as im 32 and just dicided i want a baby

June 27, 2011 at 6:42 am
(1093) lyndsay says:

hi, i went on the depo injection in jan 2005 and was on it for 4 and half years, in may 2009 my husband and i decided that i would not go for my next injection in august, i have been off the depo nealy 2 years now and i just cant seem to get pregnant, starting to worry there is summat wrong with me……i really dont no what to do

June 29, 2011 at 4:58 pm
(1094) Jackie says:

I went on depo in June 2003 and stopped in June 2010, got my periods back in September 2010 and am now 5 weeks pregnant so it took less then a year!!!

June 29, 2011 at 5:22 pm
(1095) WendyCity says:

Still waiting.. I’am ovulating..actually having ovulation pain… Last month my period was very light and brown..this month it was only 3 days(suppose to be 5) and I have been experiencing cramps/sharp pain in lower stomach.. I think my bodies gearing up… It’s like turning on a generator or something..things are starting to wake up and get moving..

I would like to hear some success stories..

This is the info I found on depo website (Pfizer)

Return of Fertility
Return to ovulation and fertility is likely to be delayed after stopping Depo-Provera CI. In a large US study
of women who discontinued use of Depo-Provera CI to become pregnant, data are available for 61% of
them. Of the 188 women who discontinued the study to become pregnant, 114 became pregnant. Based on
Life-Table analysis of these data, it is expected that 68% of women who do become pregnant may conceive
within 12 months, 83% may conceive within 15 months, and 93% may conceive within 18 months from the
last injection. The median time to conception for those who do conceive is 10 months following the last
injection with a range of 4 to 31 months, and is unrelated to the duration of use. No data are available for
39% of the patients who discontinued Depo-Provera CI to become pregnant and who were lost to follow-up

I’m on my 12th month which means I’m in the 68 percentile… I will keep you ladies updated…

Praying for a miracle..

June 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm
(1096) Amy says:

I was on depo for five years, until I was 18. My cycle returned to normal after about one year and yet I have still not conceived. I am beginning to wonder if I ever will. I am now 28 years old with a fairly active sex life. I have been in the same relationship for almost six years now, with no protection used, I am wondering why I cannot get pregnant. I have never had an unusual pap and my cycle, all be it painful, has been regular for about nine years now.

July 1, 2011 at 1:11 am
(1097) Danielle says:

Hey ladies… So I found this site a few days ago because I was wondering when my period would return… I read all of the comments and I’d like to shed a little hope…

I first went on depo from dec 05 to Jan of 07… Shortly after that my period returned I’d say in may… I didn’t get on any birth control after that because I felt no need to…

I then joined the navy active duty… When inwent to boot camp I went on the shot again… That was sept of 09… I did it regularly up until this past march… I was suppose to go get my shot in may which I didn’t because my boyfriend was coming home from deployment and we want to have kids.. it’s now then end of June and I to had pregnancy symptoms such as the tender breast/nipples, sore lower back, tiredness, and fatigue.. I went and got a home pregnancy test and that came up negative, so then to double check I went and got blood drawn for a blood test…. That came up negative as well… yesterday I started having these horrible cramps so I went to the er to figure out what was going on… they did all sorts of blood test and a pelvic examine to make sure everything was fine… It was, she said I was feeling those symptoms because my hormones were all out of sorts and it’s just them trying to get back into order…

But what I’m trying to get at is I got my period back and so far it’s been regular and it’s only been a month since it wore off… So there is hope… As stated before every woman is different and her body is different… So I’m hoping I can get pregnant within the next six months.. I’ll keep y’all updated…

Good luck to everyone and I hope y’all get what you want and deserve out of life…

July 1, 2011 at 11:20 am
(1098) janice says:

I have just had my first injection in april ’11′ if i dont have my next one in august do you think i will have to wait years for my period like everyone else or will it be different cause i have only had one injection??

July 7, 2011 at 12:04 am
(1099) WendyCity says:

Amy: It may be time for you to see your OB/GYN about some fertility drugs to get your body going being you will be 30 soon. I was told just because you have a period does NOT mean your ovulating. Clomid is very popular in getting your body ovulating. I would see my OB/GYN immediately if I were you.

Danielle: Good Luck. I experienced these symptoms too when I received my period. I believe its our bodies getting back to normal. I was told it is very possible to have “false” pregnancy symptoms. And beware of something called a chemical pregnancy.

Janice: It doesn’t matter how long you’re on the shot. I only had one in June of last year(I thought May) but my Doc confirmed June. I was suppose to go back August of 2010. I did not. I received my period seven months later in Jan. 2011. Here it is July and I’am still trying to conceive. Everyone is different. Some get pregnant in 3 months. Some may take 18 months.

Depo website says after 18 months from your last shot a womans ability to get pregnant is the same as a woman who was never on depo. If this is not the case for you, I advise you to see a doctor. Dont give up until they give you answers!

*My Update* Ladies I had a chemical miscarriage in May. The sperm reached the egg but the egg did not implant.

Did you know Depo is so effective because it prevents an egg from being released AND things your uterine lining so if a egg was fertilized it could not implant.

I was disgusted when I read these facts. Makes me so sad I did that to my body. I will keep you updated. Good Luck and God Bless.

July 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm
(1100) Ratoyia says:

i was on the depo for 8 yrs and got off in 2002. i have been married twice now and still have not gotten pregnant. when i first got off i lost some hair. i got back on and it grew back. when i finally got off for good i lost hair again in the same spot. i just waited it out and it grew back. take the pill if you can but never try the depo shot.

July 8, 2011 at 1:50 am
(1101) teresa says:

well last posted on here august 2009. was on the depo on and off for 10yrs and since coming off the depo my periods are still all over the place :( who would think trying for a baby would be so hard after being on the horrible depo.

July 9, 2011 at 6:50 pm
(1102) WendyCity says:

*Update* Well ladies I took a pregnancy test today and it was POSITIVE!! I really hope this is not a cruel joke. I will keep you updated…

July 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm
(1103) Mandimoo says:

Congratulations wendy :)

I was on the depo for exactly 6 months Its been a month and abit since I had my last shot. Iv experienced some of the worst mood swings possible, and the worst stomach cramps ever. I find myself tired all the time, My legs ache and Im having bad headaches I was wondering could this be the start of my period returning?

July 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm
(1104) WendyCity says:

I went to the doctor and its confirmed I’m 4 weeks PREGNANT!!! Ladies I’m so scared I pray my womb is strong enough to hold my baby.

Ladies this is what I did. I tracked my period and ovulation for the past three months very carefully. I knew when I was ovulating because I felt it.(About two weeks after my period)

Also the following month I took mucinex three times a day around ovulation time. Look this up ladies I’m not sure if this is a coincidence but I’m pregnant now! A lot of women have become pregnant off mucinex!!

I also use the website babycenter.com. and the app mydays… that app is amazing ladies if you have a smart phone download this app it is very accurate in determining your cycle.

I’m sharing this information because I have been blessed and would like others to be also. I know how hard it is ladies I had been trying for about a year.

Good Luck and God Bless!

July 11, 2011 at 3:42 pm
(1105) WendyCity says:

*Thanks Mandimoo*..

@Mandimoo-This could very well be your cycle coming back. Remember when you get your cycle it still takes a bit for your body to get back to normal. Good Luck sweetheart.

July 13, 2011 at 9:49 am
(1106) Kellie says:

Hello ladies! I originally got on the depo shot when I was 16, because I couldn’t handle the cramps & I was always forgetting to take the pill..so my doctor suggested the shot & probably like most of you, I was like “No periods? Sign me up!” I never had any problems due to the shot, as soon as I started it, my periods and cramps were gone. As I got older, I started reading more into it, and every year when I went to my OB Appt, I would ask my doctor if this is healthy or not and her response always was “Take vitamins (for the bone loss) and as long as its working for you, their is no reason to get off it. I still had my doubts so I finally made the decision to get off the shot..me and my fiance are wanting to hopefully get pregnant within the 18 months it tells you…I got my last shot April 2011. It was due this month, so I starting taking Yaz the sunday before my shot was due to help regulate me and get me back to normal..I plan on staying on the pill until my periods start and then stopping everything. :) Hopefully it won’t be long, but I am not going to keep my fingers crossed. If I would have known then, what I know now..I would have NEVER considered the shot. But I can’t go back now..just gotta stay strong & hope for the best…whats meant to be will be. Good luck to you all! :)

July 16, 2011 at 2:53 am
(1107) Elizabeth says:

I was on the depo shot for almost 2 years. Stopped taking it in Sept and got pregnant end of Nov the same year. So I think it all depends on how fertile your body is.

July 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm
(1108) DepoHater90 says:

I’v recently come off the depo after 5 years as it has caused me to develop osteopaenia in my hip. i am only 21 years old and so am angry that this has happened. My last shot which i didnt attend for was due about 5 weeks ago now. i have had no period or spotting but have sore breasts which have become noticabley larger, have gained 1 stone in weight in the past two weeks, going from 7 stone to 8. Also getting bad heartburn and sudden unexpected nausea. Could I be pregnant? although i know this is unlikely from what I have been reading. Did a test the week before last but it was negative. Someone help lol.

July 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm
(1109) Sunshine says:

I’ve been reading some of your comments & I know how you all are feeling. It is very frustrating that the doctors don’t tell you ALL of the side effects of the depo shot. I took depo for approx 5 years and got my last shot in October 1999 (NO other birth control has been used since) and here it is July 2011 and I still can’t get pregnant. I was with my now ex-husband for 14 yrs & was off depo the last 5 yrs of our relationship and never even had a “scare”. Plus not 1 “scare” since my divorce. The only consolation in all this is I already have 2 kids but I have always wanted more. My partner is 38, he has never had children so now I have been trying again, to no avail. I have NOT been on any kind of birth control after I stopped the shots 1999 & the reason I stopped the shot was because the NURSE at the health department was the one that told me about the possible fertility problems from the depo shot.

I DO NOT recommend that anyone get these shots if they want to have children.

If anyone has any ideas to help us I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks ladies and I wish you all luck in having your families expanded.

July 22, 2011 at 10:44 pm
(1110) Youre Not Helping says:

It really pisses me off when some get on here and say hey I got pregnant right away! And blah blah blah… Newsflash! YOU’RE NOT HELPING poor gal has been trying for 12 years she doesn’t want to hear your story of “oh it depends on how “fertile” you are” way to kill ones dream.. any who ladies try Mucinex and I even heard of baby asprin.. do some research and see what works for you! God Bless..

July 23, 2011 at 4:13 pm
(1111) alyson1222 says:

TO EVERYONE:
Seeing all of your comments really concerns me. My Husband I just got marry and I have been on the Depo shot for 5 month(2 injections). I am soo scared that we will not be able to get pregnant by the beginning of 2014. Some one please give me some hope…

tell me ways to get this out of my system faster and help. It upsets me to see all of the stress and complications you have experienced. I pray for all of you.

July 26, 2011 at 7:25 pm
(1112) Karina says:

I’ve been on the depo shot for exactly 2 years. Today I was supposed to go back for another shot, but since I didn’t want to risk taking it more than 2 years because of it causing infertility problems, I decided to reschedule my appointment and I’m going to try to switch to nuva ring. The depo shot has honestly been the most convenient form of birth control for me… for the fact that I haven’t gotten pregnant, I only had to take it every 3 months, and there was no “forgetting”. The bad part about the depo shot for me was that for the entire last month of each shot before it was time for me to get another one – I would have my period. I’m not trying to get pregnant anytime soon (I just turned 19 and even though I’ve been with my boyfriend for almost two and a half years, I’m not planning to get married for at least a few more years… and I’m waiting until after marriage to have kids). I’m actually also considering getting Mirena – but I’ve heard that it can grow into your skin and you’d have to get surgery to have it taken out… and since I’ve had bad luck with piercings rejecting and stuff, I’m a little nervous about trying it.

Best wishes to all of you ladies trying to get pregnant, and congratulations to those of you who already are! From everything I read, I’d suggest getting off the depo shot at least a year before trying to have a kid (and using an alternate method in between). That’s what I’m doing, and years from now when I’m ready to have kids, I’ll try to remember to come back to this forum and let everyone know how it goes! :)

July 26, 2011 at 9:07 pm
(1113) Cassie says:

I was on the depo from november of 2007. I stopped the shots in august of 2010. while on the depo, i became pregnant once. i was 4 1/2 months along then miscarried. the doctors couldnt find a reason of why i miscarried besides the fact that i had gotten my shot a month and a half before conception. Now i have not had the shot for almost a year and i have not had a period or any sign that i am fertile. I have wanted to get pregnant for a while now with no luck. I am going to try fertility pills and/or birth control pills to get a period back. My doctor told me that there is a 100% garuntee that i will be fertile after because i am extrememly fertile to begin with. I know all your pain and frustration with the shot and if i ever get pregnant i know that i will not be putting my daughter on this method of birth control. I have high hope for all you ladies having troubles like me and i pray for your help.

August 1, 2011 at 8:05 pm
(1114) Wendy says:

I was on the Depo shot for 6 years. I have two children and never had any problems getting pregnant with either of them. It took me several months of trying to get pregnant again and after only 5 weeks I had a miscarriage. I would NEVER take the shot again and will tell all my friends about it. It was nice not having a period all those years and great birth control but now I am afraid I will never have a third child.

August 2, 2011 at 6:01 pm
(1115) Vaurissa says:

I was on DEPO for 7 years. I was off for 8 months without a period. I took BCP’s to jump start my period in March (period started on April 6th) and confirmed pregnant on July 31st.

I encourage BCP’s and maybe it won’t take a year or two to conceive! Unfortunately for some though, everybody is different. I believe it’s worth a shot though.

August 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm
(1116) rachel says:

I hve been on the depo for 2 years my last shot was due on dec 30th didnt take it its now aug 3rd i havent had no period no nothing for two weeks i did have cramping back pain lowser abdomin pain bood sore but nothing i just got married we are really wanting a kid we are trying and we have our hopes u but im worried im 18 years old i want to have me a baby start a family and i hope this depo did not mess with me iidk if i should wait and see wht my body does or call a doc i just dont know what to do afrraid if i wait it will just keep taking longer for my body to go back to normal I ish i would of never got on that stupid shot

August 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm
(1117) Stacie says:

Hello all ladies, I can not tell you how relieved I am to read all of these other comments. I thought for a long time that I was the only one (as I am sure you all did too)…your not alone. I had my son very young and went on depo right after he was born. He is now 11 yrs old and I am now 30. Have decided almost 2 years ago that it was past time to have another and we were ready. :) so I stopped the depo in May 2009 and took the pill until Nov 2009 and decided to stop everything and take my chances. I was on the depo for almost 10 years and was told by the dr’s as a result of a not so good bone scan that I had to quit. I had no idea of all these troubles or I would have stopped a long time ago!!! Anyway, I thought that as soon as I stopped the pill in Nov 2009 that I would get pregnant right away but I was not so lucky. It took at least a year for me to even get a period and even still now (Aug 2011) I still am not “regular” and not pregnant. I was beginning to wonder if it was too late for me and that I had messed everything up. I am glad to hear that there is still a possible chance hopefully in the next year or so. I too am not a big doctor goer and was trying to just let things happen naturally. Anyway, I just wanted to share my experience and gratitude to you all for posting your stories. It has given me a little bit of hope and also dont feel so alone on the subject! Good luck to you all!!!

August 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm
(1118) bea says:

hello ladies,,
i stopped my shot in march 2010, it took 7 or 8 mnts for my peroid to regulate. before my periods returned, every month i was experincing pregnency syptoms but the side effects off coming off depo are very simular to that of pregnancy!!!
It’s now been a total of 17months and i’m still not pregnant…. but i’m not giving up, lots of positive thoughts to u’s all and good luck !!

August 5, 2011 at 12:40 am
(1119) trustin GOD says:

I’ve been on depo for four years I stopped taking the shout. my periods have been weird. One month I didn’t get it at all, but June 1st it came. Me and my boyfriend been gettin it in ever since WITHOU A CONDOM!!!!!!!!!!!whats up why haven’t I gotten pergo

August 6, 2011 at 8:16 pm
(1120) Krystle says:

Hi all… after reading so many comments and all being so sad, i was actually glad to read some about getting pregnant. As with all medications and anything ingestable, IT DEPENDS ON YOUR BODY as everyone is different! if you think u need help, go to a dr or specialist. i hope to get pregnant soon after being on the shot for just over a year. but this is a blog, not a medical advisory site!!!

August 8, 2011 at 1:00 am
(1121) jan says:

I was on for 5 years… i have been off for 16 months now. (i’m 20 years old turning 21 in october) It took exactly 12 months for my cycle to come back and it comes faithfully every month now. I think I am ovulating. (thats what those pains are before my period right??) I have just decided that i want to seriously try to conceive.. I got some folic acid pills today so hopefully i’m taking the right steps to doing this right. I’m scared to go to a doctor right now bc i want to do it on my own… so many girls my age get prego so easily… if i dont get prego in the next 2 or 3 months i will go see my doctor about it and discuss clomid or something i guess. i’m trying not to obsess over it and i want to come back and share good news with you girls so please keep your fingers crossed for me:) good luck everyone!

August 11, 2011 at 11:36 am
(1122) Trina says:

I have been on the shot for 6 yrs and my busband and i want to get pregnant im due for my shot next month and im not getting it after reading all these comments im very scared now i cant take birth control pills because they make me sick thats why i turned to the shot cuz i have a very sensitive stomach every pill i have tried made me sick…. i even get nautious spells from the shot so any suggestions would be helpful cuz i have not had my period for the past 6 yrs but we arent in any rush to get pregnant right away either

August 12, 2011 at 6:27 am
(1123) Sara says:

Hi everyone, my posts are 962 and 1005. I had my last depo shot May 2010 so was due again August 2010 but me and my partner had decided to try for a baby. my cycles started December 2010 but have been very irregular (14days, 37days, 53days etc). All my blood work and hormone blood tests came back fine, had an internal scan which showed the lining of my womb was a little thin but that I had ovulated.
This week I have taken 3 pregnancy tests of different brands and they all came back POSITIVE! I’m just preying for a healthy pregnancy. I was really panicking that I’d never get pregnant but all in all it took 11months after the depo wore off to conceive, I’m estimating I’m around 6-7wks pregnant so fingers crossed everything goes well and good luck to you all!

August 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm
(1124) Nina Martinez says:

All of you women who are complaining about Depo Provera happen to have been on it for quite sometime. It seems to me that your body isn’t use to having A period because you’ve been on the Depo shot for quite sometime such as years! I just recently got my first shot on July 26, I really don’t plan on being on it very long because i have been having severe depression ….. So hopefully when i’m off i wont have so much problems getting prego like you guys :)

August 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm
(1125) Lena says:

I was on depo for a year. after i finished the shot i went to sprintec- a pill form of contraception for about 3 months. Then i quit that. I have a regular period every month, but how do i know if i am still unfertile from the shot? ive heard it takes a long while to wear off. id like to concieve within the next year. and am worried that the shot will have affected me as bad as it has everyone else.

August 16, 2011 at 1:01 am
(1126) Imp says:

I was reading some of the comments here and i cant help but add my own two cents. I was only on the depo shot for 6 months (2 shots) and shortly after my second shot, this dark discharge started. Then the cramps, the back pain, i was really moody and depressed. I talked to my GYN and she told me that this was all normal, and if i thought the discharge was an issue she recommended me having the shot twice a month rather then once every 3 months. I have NEVER heard of this shot being given so frequently. i do work at a hospital so i asked an OB his thoughts on this. His thoughts were all against this shot, he dosent even prescribe this to his patients. With all the long term damage that it does, i dont think its worth it. Espically if you would like to have children in the near future. He said that they play the good points to get the womans attention because no woman wants to be in pain. But, they ignore the long term effects and keep them from the patient because every time a Dr. prescribes this med, they make money. and that is what most dr’s are looking for. MORE MONEY..

Please, I beg you. If you are even thinking of taking this shot. Please take into account every testimony from the women who have posted here. It WILL reek havoc on your entire body. Not just the reproductive part. Please do all the research you can before you get the shot.

August 17, 2011 at 1:53 am
(1127) aly says:

i think a depo shot should be mandatory for every woman. morbid, but true. maybe its not so bad if bitches are incapable of conceiving? i see so many young girls having babies and woman on welfare that keep having kids on money they didn’t earn and they see no problem with it. often these woman are highly uneducated which is more depressing than someone not being able to have a second child. i was on the depo for 1 year and 8 months, received my last shot last august and i am hoping that i will be able to conceive in 5 years but if not, there are more children to be adopted than had. don’t be selfish and feel sorry for yourselves. go to college or something there’s more to life than popping out babies.

August 17, 2011 at 1:55 am
(1128) alyh0ney says:

i think a depo shot should be mandatory for every woman. morbid, but true. maybe its not so bad if bitches are incapable of conceiving? i see so many young girls having babies and woman on welfare that keep having kids on money they didn’t earn and they see no problem with it. often these woman are highly uneducated which is more depressing than someone not being able to have a second child. i was on the depo for 1 year and 8 months, received my last shot last august and i am hoping that i will be able to conceive in 5 years but if not, there are more children to be adopted than had. don’t be selfish and feel sorry for yourselves. i noticed most of the comments have major grammatical errors, go to college (or graduate high school) there’s more to life than popping out babies.

August 18, 2011 at 7:20 pm
(1129) Clover says:

Hey I just turned 28, I have been off of depo since February 2009 and I still have not gotten pregnant. I have been trying with out trying to hard. I have not seen a doctor for this yet, but I am very worried that depo may have played a role in this. It could be other problems, I just cant help but think that after being on depo for 6 years. I do not recommend depo to anyone, it is not good for the body.

To Aly, I used to feel the same way. I thought that after a girl has her first period she should have to be put on birth control. I do not think babies should be allowed to have babies. I wish it was against the law. But that would be a horrible law, to force young women into putting bad drugs into their bodies. But as adults we should be able to make that decision for our selfs. Agreed having babies is selfish, we want one just like wanting a puppy or a car. And how messed up it is to bring a child into this messed up world we live in. But I fell in love with my best friend, and I want a product of the two of us, a family. So yes I agree, it is selfish when there are so many unwanted children out there. But you cant blame someone for wanting to have one of their own.

I hope to have one of my own and adopt one. And if I cant ever have one of my own, I will adopt!! :)

August 23, 2011 at 9:53 pm
(1130) Kristy says:

Hello Everybody,

I have just spent the last (at least) 2 plus hours going through all the comments left on this page about life after Depo !! And all i can say is WOW. I have just turned 30, and i have been on the Depo injection for the last 10 years. Which has been great – no complaints, in fact it works too well!! My last injection was just before my 29th birthday. So for me its been 1 year since the last injection. I/we have purposely waited till after 30 to start trying for children, before this point let me tell you, we were not mentally or fiancially ready!!! For the last 3 months, like clockwork, which lasts about 3 – 5 days, i have been having extreme cramps – so bad that i want to go back on Depo!! But no signs of a normal period, nothing!!

I’m not in a rush to get pregnant, but at the same time, the lack of anything happening does play on the back of my mind. I am overweight, but not by a considerable amount. I need to lose 10-15kg (which lets be honest i cannot blame Depo for!), so for starters that is what i am focusing on. I have been to the doctors and she wanted to start me on the pill, but at this point i declined! I am considering weight loss pills, but how harmful or detrimental will they be if i was to fall pregnant while taking them ? I am about to start the detox program and have recruited friends for exercise moral support. And today i have just started taking Conceive Well Gold Multi Vitamins – Well you never know !!

Good Luck Everyone, ill keep ya posted on my progress – if any !!! Other than that I’m going to get on with everyday life, smile and laugh, enjoy my husband – have lots of sex, and just see how it goes !!! XOX

Look after yourselves, don’t stress, enjoy life. What will be will be !!!! Take your husband out for a date night, tell him how much you love him, and enjoy each others company. (cause i bet he’s stressed out to the max too!! )

August 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm
(1131) ashes says:

Hello Ladies
Its me again please see #918.

To pick up where i left off- after 31/2 months i started seeing my period again, the 1st lasted for 11days but that didn’t alarm me based on this post. My husband and i tried shortly after but nothing and i was frustrated so we both decided to pray and live outlives and it will come when God says yes…

Anyhow after trying from Sept 2010, we got pregnant:) in July 2011– a little over a year… now i’m 7weeks pregnant and i just hope that everything will work out as planned.

P.S. The only thing i took was Materna during the year of waiting and trying.

Lets continue to have faith and pray for one another…it can happen…

September 3, 2011 at 12:35 pm
(1132) Catherine09 says:

I had my first and last shot of depo last April 20, 2011. My period came back last August 4, 2011 but lasted only for two days. Do you think I have a high chance of getting pregnant? I hope not. I don’t even know now what birth control method to follow. I am so sick of taking the daily birth control pills for a year that’s why I tried depo. But my husband was scared by the fact that I haven’t had my period for 3 straight months so he told me to stop from taking depo shots.

September 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm
(1133) Dena says:

After reading all of the posts. I felt that I should try to give everyone some hope when it comes to the depo shot. Do i like it. NO! but it was the only thing that would work for me. If I didn’t take it I would have had to have a hysterectomy. I had to take it so i wouldn’t bleed for months. I like everyone else went on forever before I had my period. My last shot was August of 2008, I didnt have have a period until October of 2009. When I finally did have a period I would have one every other week for 6 months. Then on one of those weeks I wasnt bleeding I GOT PREGNANT. I now have a beautiful 9 month old son. I was told by 3 different dr’s I couldnt have kids and have had multiple miscarriages before I ever took the shot. After I had my baby I got back on the depo. took it twice and am praying that i will have one more baby. Does the shot have side affects that are crazy. YEAH! But it is not as bad as everyone says.

September 7, 2011 at 12:19 am
(1134) alissa says:

I was on depo shot fo 1yr n a half,,i qot off of it 3 mnths aqo nd wen i first qot off i had a period but i havnt spottd or nothin sence den…n i qot off it cuz i qaind weiqht every summer n i hate it,,idk wen i ovulate n i need 2 kno bc i dnt wanna have kids bc im still n skool n i want mi periods bakk so dat i kno wen i ovulate…so sumbody qive me an answer bakk plz…

Thanx!

September 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm
(1135) Kierstyn says:

I was on the shot for a year and 3 months and stopped taking it beacuse I was having so many issues with mood swings and being so emotional over everything. the whole time i was on the shot I never had a period but had the worse cramps ever. Ive stopped taking the shot as of Nov or 09 and havent been on anything for 2 years and just now getting somewhat periods again for the last 2 months but they last well over 2 weeks. Were trying to have our first child and nothings happening. We both are 23 so its not like we are in any rush but this is getting pretty rediculous.

September 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm
(1136) Agi says:

It’s time for me to share my story – Was on depo from 0ct 2005 till Oct 2009; after then desperately looking to conceive without success. Came across it that FERMPRIN vitex supplement can help regulate ovulation. Tried it and after 1 month got pregnant. I’m on 18th week now and ALL GOOD. Thanks to God. So hope for everyone. Cheers.

September 13, 2011 at 12:38 am
(1137) Sarah says:

Well I have been on Depo for 3 years and before i got my first shot the Dr told me that if i wanted to get Pregnant in the future i have to quit taking it for 18 Months then i can try to get pregnant, so i guess it depends on if the Dr knows how long But they said typically it takes 18Months to try to conceive

September 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm
(1138) heather says:

I’ve been on depo for the last 11 years. My last injection was in Feb. 2011. Still no period, still no pregnancy. I’m 33 and my husband is 39. I am hoping that we will be able to have children.

September 14, 2011 at 8:46 pm
(1139) Danielle says:

i’ve been on the depo shot for almost a year now, i was due for my last shot on august 25th 2011, it’s only been a few weeks but after reading all these posts i’m getting nervous about being fertile still. I don’t want to have to wait two or three years to conceive! I’m done taking the shot definitely and I will never recommend it to anyone! My doc never told me anything about the affects after taking the shot. Praying and hoping I can still get pregnant sometime soon!

September 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm
(1140) Susan says:

What a find! I’ve been on Depo since the early 1990s (almost 20 years!) and have finally decided to start planning for a family. (Yes, I’m late; just turned 40.) Was going to stay on Depo until after the wedding, but reading many of your messages has got me planning to talk to my doctor about going on the pill before hand, just to try to get back to regular periods. I haven’t had once since 1993. (And have loved every minute of no pads, tampons, cramps, or bitchiness!)

I’m so sorry many people have had such difficulty with Depo; I’ve truly found it to be such a blessing, as I can’t remember to take daily pills, getting ashot 4x a year was wonderful!

Curious – if there’s weight gain after many years of being ON Depo, does that mean the weight will fall off when I STOP taking it? ;-)

Best wishes to all, and thanks again for sharing your stories!

September 17, 2011 at 11:15 am
(1141) Louisianalovechild says:

I was on depo for 5 years straight didn’t miss one shot!! Ok so I’ve been off depo for 1 year and a few months in march I got my period back and had unprotected sex I had all the symptoms of being pregnant sore breasts, implantation bleeding, vomiting, headaches.. I took 10 preg test all came back negative.. So maybe 2 weeks later I started bleeding and I bled for 28 days straight finally I went to the dr only to find I had a miscarriage.. I was upset and disappointed.. So I just gave up on trying bc we had been ttc since I got my period back even before then.. So last month we decided to give it one more try we had unprotected sex on the days when I was due to ovulate.. So that when the waiting game begin, around the 12th of September my period was due to come I had all the signs head aches cramps.. But nothing happened I work at a dr office so I went in the restroom and took a pregnancy test it came back positive.. So I took three more all positive.. I got home and I still couldn’t believe it cause the whole time I was thinking that shot messed me up.. So I took 2 digital ones they all read pregnant !! So dont give up hope pregnancy is possible after depo I am currently 4 weeks and 3 days I’m hoping for the best!!

September 18, 2011 at 1:35 am
(1142) Ames2010 says:

Some of your stories, scare me to death, I am only 24 with a 16month old i was on depo from Nov to Now I was due for my shot sept 6th, I decided not to get it hoping tc, before xmas time, but some of your stories are very scary, I was on the pill before my daughter and it was only 1 month after being off that we got pregnant with her, so I am hoping and prayin its not months and years, I did research the shot, and my friends have been on it, I just never knew it could take years to get pregnant again, good luck to all those who are trying

September 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm
(1143) Melany says:

Iv only had the shot once (1), last may,16,2011,… shot ran out August,16,2011,(did not have a period the whole 3 months)
and up till today still no sign of a period not even the spotting, Im sooo depressed, I feel so menopaused,
… been counting days like if it was my birthday, I regret every day, that I took that shot, I thought the idea of not
having a period was good, I thought wrong, now I want to try for baby #2 and its not happening. Im still young (27)
Is there anything we can do to flush the depo out of the body?! I hope I still have a chance :-( I will never recommend
that shot to anyone,.. Good Luck to everyone !

September 18, 2011 at 7:16 pm
(1144) melody says:

Hello everyone just thought that I would leave my opinion on this matter. I have gotten the depo shot 2 times since my last baby. It is due to run out end of Sept 2011. I am not sure if I am getting it again. I have gained weight and I have had bleeding everyday for the whole 6 months that I have been on the shot, I feel physically and emotionally drained and every bone and joint in my body hurts. My doctor says that it is not from the shot but I never had any of these problems before. Best of luck to all of you!

September 21, 2011 at 12:01 am
(1145) Anna says:

I started depo in april 08 due to having problems with the pill. my next shot was due in aug 10 and I didnt take it due to getting married and was ready to have a baby. I got pregnant in Nov’ 2010 and miscarried in dec. Then in feb started having severe stomach pain and found out that my gallbladder isnt functioning. and that this is a side effect of depo. which all i was told about was weight gain, no periods and possible mood swings. so i research and found out that this shot is pure poison! It can cause your gallbladder, pancreas, and liver to fail. and it can take forever to get pregnant. i had my period return to normal with in a couple of month from the “wear off” of the shot. I have been off the shot for 13 months and finally just have started to get my libido back which before the shot was extremely high. not to mention did anyone else have problems with vaginal dryness? this was never an issue before the shot and since august hasnt been an issue. please wish me luck with ttc and best of luck to everyone else trying!

September 21, 2011 at 10:55 am
(1146) teresa says:

well my 1st post on here was oct 09(664) and yes im still not pregnant. this is starting to get me down now and i feel for all of you that are in the same boat as me. who would ever think that this drug could cause us women so much pain and heartache. still gonna be positive though as one day our dreams will come true.

September 24, 2011 at 10:58 am
(1147) alisha says:

Hey Ladies

I have been a silent reader of these comments for about a year now………

Just want to shed some hope…..

I had 1 depo injection in Jan 2010 which wore off April 2010, after that I was away from my husband until July 2011, it is Sept 2011 now & I am pregnant……….

Just wanted to shed some hope….

Good luck

September 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm
(1148) Melody says:

I was on the Depo shot for 5 years. I was 17 and just had a set of twins. The doctors told me that there was a good chance of having twins again and since I was breast feeding the Depo shot was a good option. I did some research on it and at the time it seemed like the best option. My husband and I decided that we didn’t want to have anymore kids till we were older and at a better place to take care of another child. I was 23 and he was 25 our twins were five so we thought it would be a good time to have another child. My last injection was on January 2009. And in that time I have had 2 Miscarriages. I got pregnant on Thanksgiving 2010 and Miscarried on Dec 22 2010. I got pregnant June of this year and Miscarried August 12 2011. They have done test and can’t figure out why this is happening. I was told that it wouldn’t take more than a year after getting off the depo for me to get pregnant and have a healthy baby. I have started reading different threads and it seems there is a lot of women going through the same thing once they have gotten off the depo. I wish I would have never gone on the shot in the first place. I would say if anyone wants to have a baby in the future that this is not a good option. I have read about people who are not really effected by the depo and have healthy babies so there is hope out there. I just hope that some day I will be able to stay pregnant.

September 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm
(1149) Angela says:

Hey Ladies is Angela for comments 837,893, and 920.

Well it took 15 months after my wear off date, but I finally got pregnant!! I’m due in 11 days with a little girl! So keep you heads up ladies!! IT CAN HAPPEN!!

Best wishes and good luck!

September 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm
(1150) Trice says:

Hmmm, well I have been off of the shots for 1 year and 9 months. My husband and I have been trying, but no cigars. We already have a child so we know it can happen, but my periods are irregular. I just don’t know when it’s coming. I had all the horrible side effects that came with taking Depo, if it was on the list-I had it. I WILL NEVER TAKE DEPO AGAIN!!!!!

September 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm
(1151) Michelle says:

Wow! ..I am speechless. I stumbled across this website in attempts to learn the after math of Depo. I have been on it for over five years and after turning 30 decided to stop. I worry about bone loss (did anyone tell you it can cause increased bone loss after five years of use?) and not having a period for such a long time. Something in my gutt was saying to stop.

My Husband supports my choice even though we are not planning to have children any time soon (thank goodness, apparantly). We will use other birth control methods.

I work at a pharmacy and urge anyone interested in using this method to have a BMD (bone mineral density) test before starting the shots and then annually to ensure there aren’t changes. I also reccommend the BMD test to all of you who are off it now. In the case your BMD score is low you can talk to your doctor about steps to take to avoid osteoporosis.

After reading the difficulties many have had trying to become pregnant, my heart goes out to all of you. I hope there is a happy ending to all of your stories. It reminds me that our instincts are always best. I knew I shouldnt be on it and found it a mental struggle to get it each time. I felt better instantly just knowing I am doing my body a favor. I cannot imagine stopping in time for family planning only to learn that I wouldnt be able to get pregnant. Incredibly heart breaking.

I do not reccomend this form of birth control.

October 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm
(1152) Latricia says:

I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND DEPO TO ANYONE! I first took the shot April ’09 & have recently decided that I’d like to have another child. I skipped my shot June 3rd, 2011…menstrual cycle return like normal but I’m still having a hard time conceiving. I had no idea all of the long term effects that the shot has on our bodies. No physician warned me of them nor did they tell me that it’s actually a long-term birth control method for those who choose to NOT have any more kids! NEVER AGAIN WILL I TAKE THAT TYPE OF BIRTH CONTROL!

October 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm
(1153) Mary says:

Well, I just read over half of these comments and I am in the same boat! I got put on Depo when I was 15 because I always had horrible periods where I got really sick and I never had a regular period. I tried all the other forms of birth control and my dr said they didn’t know why I was in so much pain or how to fix it, so they put me on depo so that my periods would be less frequent. I was on the shot for almost 7 years. now that I am graduating college and turning 22 in a few months, my husband and I want to start planning for a child. My last shot was in mid-March 2011, and I have not had a normal period yet. The shot should have wore off around mid-June. Since then, I have had a period every week and I am still getting very sick and I am going to be making a dr appt soon. My period never stopped the whole 7 years I was on depo, like the dr said it would.

I really hope that depo hasn’t affected my ability to have children. And I have hope for all you ladies too :) good luck!

October 18, 2011 at 9:25 pm
(1154) SS says:

I’ve been on the depo jab only twice. When I went for the original shots I wasn’t warned of long term fertility side effects. I’m starting to feel really misled. I have one daughter already and would like to try again next year I’m nearly in tears reading this worrying I won’t get pregnant again. Never again will I take any form of birth control.

October 20, 2011 at 10:18 pm
(1155) RamJam says:

I was on depo for about 10 years. I went off it, with the hopes to become pregnant the next year ( i had heard it could take at least a year) I think I had 1 period within a month from being off it, and then ended up pregnant… My son is 2 next month. My next shot is due nov 1. I am not getting as we are hoping to have another baby.. I hope we have the same kind of luck getting pregnant as we did the first time. In response to others issues with pregnancy,I also lucked out and had a trouble free pregnancy, had to be induced because after 8 days, baby was not coming…. I had an easy labor ( i say easy because I was induced and had the epidural, so due to the induction meds he was born 7 hours later) There is hope ladies!!

October 21, 2011 at 3:03 am
(1156) Mayra says:

These are my experianse with depo:
•first shot June 2010
• shot n last September 2010
•side effects
*no periods
*spotting the whole six months
* weight gain
*acne
*mood swings
Got my period back six months later
This june 2011 after the shot and I’m regular 31day cycle… Why can I get pregnant?

October 23, 2011 at 9:53 pm
(1157) MU says:

Can anyone tell me more about the pregnancy symptoms, mainly nausea, that come after stopping the depo? Mine started yesterday, 5 months after the last injection. I’m also really dizzy. It feels like I’m pregnant although I’m not. Any information is most appreciated! Also, has anyone experienced feeling really foggy, disoriented, while on the depo? I am hoping this fuzzy state will eventually fade away. I’m so lethargic…

October 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm
(1158) V says:

After reading SO many of these comments it makes me wonder, do ANY of you actually read the information before taking it or just go on what the Dr says? No matter what the Dr says the product you are taking comes with information and it states CLEARLY that it can take up to 18 months to get your period back, and up to 24 to get pregnant, yet all I see is people WORRYING and getting extremely depressed after what, 6 months odd of deciding to get off depo….

People have a hard enough time sometimes getting pregnant without having this still in their system so please READ stuff before taking it and plan WELL in advance before trying for a kid, just use some common sense and it will solve 99.99% of ALL the above problems people have pasted and getting SO worked up about.

October 30, 2011 at 9:23 pm
(1159) Arianna Lee says:

Depo is used for population control! It is terrible.

November 1, 2011 at 11:03 am
(1160) jessica says:

Has anyone NOT had a bad experience with the depo shot?

November 1, 2011 at 10:22 pm
(1161) Louisianalovechild says:

Hey it’s me again from comment 1141 just here to update u ladies that I am now currently 11 weeks and 4 days 199 more days to go hopefully the rest of yu ladies don’t give up hope and see that it may take a while to get preggo but if u wait and have faith it will happen for u!! TO ALL THE NEGATIVE PPL U DO NOT HAVE TO BE ON THIS SITE so plz excuse urself some of us are trying to vent and read about what others are going through!! I’ll keep y’all posted!! Until next time GOOD LUCK && LOTS OF BABY DUST!!

November 2, 2011 at 1:58 pm
(1162) Charise says:

I’ve been a silent reader for a year now and I want to share my story and let you guys know there is hope after depo…

I went on the shot when I was 21 and was on it for 2 ½ years. Before going on the shot I did some research and was aware of the side effects and my doctor also informed me as well. To me the thought of having no period was like heaven on earth so I went with it. The shot was wonderful for the most part; I didn’t have to worry about taking a pill everyday or getting pregnant. My only complaints were that I did gain nearly 40 pounds, had abnormal pap smears (not sure if this is because of depo or not). During my last year on the shot I experienced a loss in libido, crazy mood swings and hair loss. At first, I got my period every three months but as time went on I stopped having a period all together. I was due for my last shot Nov 2010 but decided I would try the pill for a few months because I was informed depo affected your bone density after two years and I wanted to regulate my periods in order to start ttc. In December I got my period twice, January I didn’t have one at all and after that my periods were fairly regular. I was using OPK’s but still wasn’t getting pregnant and I just got frustrated and just gave up. Fwd to June, my hubby had kidney stones and was in and out of the hospital so needless to say we were barely intimate. I was under the impression that it would take a little more time for the depo to leave my system and I wasn’t going to conceive any time soon. I was so caught up with taking care of him that I began missing my pills and that turned into not refilling for the month of July. August 2nd I realized my period was late and I got a dollar store pregnancy test. It was positive! We are expecting a boy in March. Ladies there is hope after the shot. Depo effects everyone of us differently so please don’t get discouraged if you don’t get pregnant as soon as your shot wears off.

November 5, 2011 at 7:21 pm
(1163) a3792795 says:

I’ve said that least 3792795 times. The problem this like that is they are just too compilcated for the average bird, if you know what I mean

November 7, 2011 at 12:11 am
(1164) Lee says:

I am 28 years old and have also just stopped taking the depo about a month ago. I have been on it for about 7 years. My partner and i decided to start trying for baby. We are in no hurry and will let nature take its course (we both not getting any younger). After reading most of the comments it is not like there are any positive posts apart from the odd one here and there. For me i think it’s the miscarriage that scares me more than the time it takes to conceive.
I will be making an appointment to get myself checked out as even though we are in no hurry reading the comments will give me sleepless nights.

I understand that these things take time and i just hope i have not ruined our chances to be parents as having a baby will complete us.

November 9, 2011 at 11:45 am
(1165) sandy says:

I was on the depo shot for 3 years and i stoped taking the shot and one month later i became pregnant with my oldest son. However now my son is 9 years old and has some mental issues and i was wondering if the depo could be the reason he is having these issues. I took my vitamins and went to the Dr as schedule and yet i feel as though i did something wrong. Im confused and i lost on what happened to my son. There is no family history of mental illinesses so this is the only thing i can think of. Can someon shed some light on my situation plz. Thanks, A very concerned mother!

November 15, 2011 at 5:20 am
(1166) Bowiem says:

Hi just thought I’d leave a comment also I was on the depro shot for 3 years and my partner and I decided that we wanted to start having children, I came off the shot in Aug 09 my periods started about 6months later but have never lasted more than a day :-( it’s been 2years and 3 months since my last injection I’ve begun to lose hope of falling pregnant natural I’m now approaching 31 and am thinking of IVF. My advice is DO NOT use it if u plan of having kids within 2-3 years.

November 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm
(1167) marteen says:

im still trying to get pregnant after been on the shot for five years. ive been off since 2005 and still cant conceive i need help my son is 9 and want a brother or sister.i have been trying for five years im fine and so is hubby. what am i doing wrong.

November 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm
(1168) Tia says:

I was on depo for 9 years. Took my last shot March 2010, so 20 months ago. Still not pregnant and we have been trying every month for 20 months and still nothing. We have both been checked by our Dr.’s and said to be ok. I’m starting to get really depressed when my period comes every month. I just don’t know how long we have to wait. We are in our early 30′s and not getting any younger. Not sure when to take the next step and face the fact that we may not be able to conceive.

November 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm
(1169) Chris Sel says:

I only took the Depo shot once! It expired the first week of September. I did not want to go retake it because of the weight gain and becuase of the extensive research I did AFTER already had gotten the shot and gained weight and found out how long it might take to be able to get pregnant. I’ve yet to get my period :( I hope i get it soon because now my partner and I are very looking forward to being parents soon. i dont want to wait a year for my body to go back to normal just because of ONE shot!

November 23, 2011 at 11:35 pm
(1170) Whitney says:

Hello ladies, like the majority of you are saying that you have been off depo and are trying to get pregnant. I too, are in the same boat. I got off the shot Aug 2011, right after Ive had regular periods. With that, Ive been feeling nauseous, had swollen tender breasts, cramps, and an appetite that keeps changing everyday. Personally I think that this is all due to the shot still kind of lingering in your system and might even be withdrawl symptoms. Either way, I cannot wait for it to all be over and I can get pregnant again. Good luck to all you ladies out there trying for a baby, and thank you so much for sharing your stories. I just wanted to let you all know that you are not alone… as you can see, I think we are all in the same boat!

November 28, 2011 at 5:38 am
(1171) Jessica says:

Some of these comments are making me worry, but I understand everyone is different and depo effects people differently.

I started depo march 2010 when I got with my boyfriend (now husband) thinking it was way easier then the pill. I had my last shot dec 2010, in march 2011 I was put on ortho-tricylin and took it until august 2011. When on depo I had depression/weight gain/decreased sex drive. I also would get very bad pains in my ovaries, I still managed to have a period about every 2 months on depo.

After quitting ortho tricylin I had a bad bleed out (didnt finish my pack like I should have) and surprisingly I got pregnant in September (I tested early) and confirmed by blood-test — I was so excited and shocked but I ended up miscarring around the time I was due for a period (I was 3 1/2 weeks, miscarried at 4 weeks) so I assumed it was a chemical pregnancy.

I did not conceive in October, but in November I was tracking my cycle and used an OPK, i was indeed ovulating and this time waited until I was 4weeks before testing, I was a day late, tested and sure enough positive. But before I could get a blood test confirmation I miscarried 3 days later.

I am now worried about my hormones being messed up, my periods came back quickly, although I was always regular before birth control. I know i am ovulating but I guess maybe my uterine lining is still too thin or my progesterone is too low? Anyways, I am hoping for some answers, going into the doctors soon.

I am 23 and my husband is 27, we are both healthy as far as we know, taking prenatal vitamins and doing all the things they recommend you to do preconception.I haven’t had any children yet, really hope one day I will :(

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