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Is it okay to have a period for longer than a month while taking the depo-provera birth control shot? i got my shot on the 14th of october i started my period that night and my period is still, going my period goes from heavy to just spotting to nothing m

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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 21 years experience
It : It is normal to have prolonged bleeding (a continuous period) and spotting in the first few months you are on the depo-provera shot. However, if you feel like your bleeding is excessive or if you are concerned you should contact your doctor. Below, i've linked to a website that can give you more in-depth information on the Depo-Provera shot.
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Ask your doctor: Many options will make it more likely not to have bleeding, but most take time to work, and aren't guaranteed--often women have irregular unpredictable bleeding for awhile--often the first 1-6 months: the shot--depo provera--50% no periods after a year; take a multi-vitamin with iron, and chart your bleeding. Talk with your doctor if the bleeding continues.
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Another trick of the trade for Depo Provera transitional bleeding would be to take Advil 200-400mg twice daily as well as Vitamin C 500mg twice daily. These are anti-inflammatory and tissue-building meds that may give you some control of irregular bleeding.
Feb 27, 2013

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