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A 28-year-old female asked:

Why spotting on depo-provera shot after being on it w no problems for 2 years? also, why menstrual cramps after spotting has stopped? pregnancy test neg.

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Depo bleeding: Bleeding on depoprovera is highly variable. There is no normal time for your period on this birth control method. Most have no periods. Some have irregular bleeding. Irregular bleeding can be annoying but it does not mean that the method is not working. This side effect is very typical of Progesterone only birth control methods.
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Iam on the Depo-Provera shot but I'm experiencing pregnancy like symptoms such as frequent urinating, cramps, headaches, little movement ,and heavy breasts.
Dr. Roy Arnold
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
It's possible: that you are pregnant. The failure rate of DepoProvera is 0.5%. Check a home pregnancy to be certain. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!
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A 25-year-old female asked:
I was having menstrual like cramps lastnite i spotted for a day and a half and stopped i only got one dose of my Depo-Provera in august what do that mean?
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Common problem : Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
1 Depo-Provera shot(feb2013) and stopped after that. No period since but pink spotting most days + mega emotional. Preg test neg when will i be normal again?
Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology 37 years experience
Probably normal: Irregular bleeding with depoprovera is seen in approximately 20% of women so this type of spotting is probably normal. It can take up to 9 months for ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
I've been on Depo-Provera about a month I'm having signs of pregnancy and I'm having cramps for the psst 2 weeks and was suppose to start a week ago am I preg?
Dr. Robert Grindstaff
Addiction Medicine 40 years experience
The depo: may be responsible for many of your symptoms. If worried check a pregnancy test but the Depo frequently causes irregular periods and symptom like pre... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
I've been on Depo-Provera for 5 1/2 months now and lately i've been feeling bloated and cramps with spotting and a somewhat a big belly is that normal?
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Bleeding on Depoprovera is highly variable.: There is no normal time for your period on this birth control  method. Most have no periods. Some have irregular bleeding. Irregular bleeding can be a... Read More
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Last updated Jun 30, 2014

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