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I started taking Depo-Provera for a heavy period it sucks I've been on my period since sep 9 I got my 3 shot and still bleeding help please?

I started taking Depo-Provera for a heavy period it sucks I've been on my period since sep 9 I got my 3 shot and still bleeding help please?

Difficult: I'm so sorry you are going through this. It is a known side effect of the shot, and I hope your health care provider mentioned that. The best solution is to take a low-dose combined birth control pill in addition to help stop the bleeding. Depot can cause lining of uterus to thin and then small capillaries bleed. Best of luck. You can also sign up for healthtap and obgyn on this site can prescrib ...Read more

Hypermenorrhea (Definition)

Hypermenorrhea is menstrual flow that is heavy. About 1 in 20 women have heavy flow. If you need to change a pad or tampon every 2 hours or more or have gushing or soak into your clothes frequently you have hypermenorrhea. See a doctor. ...Read more


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I had a Depo-Provera shot one and a half months ago and now have had a heavy period everyday for 2 1/2 weeks. Is this normal?

I had a Depo-Provera shot one and a half months ago and now have had a heavy period everyday for 2 1/2 weeks. Is this normal?

Sort of: The most common side effect of Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is irregular bleeding. This is especially true after your first two injections. The good news, though, is that at one year, around 45% of women have no periods at all. After another year up to 75% of women have no periods. The first 6 months can be rough but it gets better after that. Consider a home pregnancy test as a precaution. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Off Depo-Provera 1 yr & 6months. Period since stopping 3mo ago& bled for 2 weeks HEAVY then again the next month. Now its regular but still no baby. Normal?

Off Depo-Provera 1 yr & 6months. Period since stopping 3mo ago& bled for 2 weeks HEAVY then again the next month. Now its regular but still no baby. Normal?

Get help: 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 problem you should be evaluated. Infections ; hormonal changes can cause spotting. If you are trying to get pregnant and are not successful then consider scheduling a visit with fertility doctor for evaluation ...Read more

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I just got off the Depo-Provera shot and my period is very very heavy and has lasted for two weeks. How can I stop it? Is this normal?

I just got off the Depo-Provera shot and my period is very very heavy and has lasted for two weeks. How can I stop it? Is this normal?

Side effet: Unfortunately, heavy bleeding is a side effect of the Depo-Provera progesterone injection. Usually, these symptoms will disappear over the next 3-4 months; however, heavy bleeding is an expected and usual side effect. Please consult your GYN if this does not disappear in the next 4-8 weeks. ...Read more

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I'm having heavy today bleeding after cyrotherapt three weeks ago. I'm on the Depo-Provera shot and haven't had a period in almost a year.

I'm having heavy today bleeding after cyrotherapt three weeks ago. I'm on the Depo-Provera shot and haven't had a period in almost a year.

Depends: It's common to have discharge after cryotherapy, but, that said, it's unusual to have delayed heavy bleeding like you describe. Cryotherapy shouldn't mess up your hormones. Perhaps there was a scab or clot that just got dislodged. If the bleeding lasts more than 48 hours, especially if it continues to be heavy, you should contact your gyno. ...Read more

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Since I started taking the Depo-Provera shot back in october I have not gotten my period until last week nd it is heavy nd has clouts. Is this normal?

Since I started taking the Depo-Provera shot back in october I have not gotten my period until last week nd it is heavy nd has clouts. Is this normal?

It happens: It is most likely breakthrough bleeding due to the effects of the Depo-Provera on the linig of the uterus. Irregular bleeding is common on the Depo-Provera shots, but the pattern you have experienced is a little less common. You need to see your gyn about it. You may need to have a sonogram done to evaluate how thick the lining of your uterus is, look for ovarian cysts or other potential causes, & try to fix i. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a full period with bad cramps and heavier flow when your on Depo-Provera shot and didn't get a period for months what could be wrong?

Is it normal to have a full period with bad cramps and heavier flow when your on Depo-Provera shot and didn't get a period for months what could be wrong?

See answer: The most common side effect of depo-provera are irregular menstrual periods. Birth control is not an exact science and it depends on your body and your hormones. Almost all women experience changes in their periods when using depo- Provera (medroxyprogesterone) such as: longer periods, heavier periods, spotting between periods (sometimes daily), or no periods at all. ...Read more

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How long after not taking the Depo-Provera shot do you get back your normal period each month I quit depot made me gain weight?

How long after not taking the Depo-Provera shot do you get back your normal period each month I quit depot made me gain weight?

Variable: Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is a strong hormone for contraception which frequently stops women from menstruating. The drug is usually out of your body 100 days after the last injection. Menstrual period usually resume within six months. If not, an evaluation is indicated. ...Read more

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Been off Depo-Provera for over a year and having period every two weeks sometimes lite sometimes heavy? Trying to conceive. Help!

Been off Depo-Provera for over a year and having period every two weeks sometimes lite sometimes heavy? Trying to conceive. Help!

See a doctor: You need to see your OB gyn or a fertility specialist for evaluation as this is not normal to bleed every two weeks. Hopefully when this is fixed you will conceive quickly. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a full period that's heavy with cramps for over a week. When you haven't had a period for months because your on the Depo-Provera shot?

Is it normal to have a full period that's heavy with cramps for over a week. When you haven't had a period for months because your on the Depo-Provera shot?

Yes: One of the consequences of being on Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is irregular periods. The longer a woman takes it the further apart her periods are. If you are close to when the next injection is due or are late you are more likely to bleed. If the bleeding doesn't stop check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have been on my period for over a month now, some days heavy some light but it is so frustrating. I have been on the Depo-Provera shot almost two years now?

Depo side effects: Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon side effect of the depo- progesterone injections. Certainly speak to your GYN and advise re: bleeding, since this could possibly be due to other causes; however, side effect of the injections seems to be most common. ...Read more

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I'm on the depo provera (medroxyprogesterone) shot and I have been on my period for two weeks now. It is really heavy and I want it to stop so u can continue my daily activi?

I'm on the depo provera (medroxyprogesterone) shot and I have been on my period for two weeks now. It is really heavy and I want it to stop so u can continue my daily activi?

Annoying bleeding: Annoying bleeding is a common side-effect of Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone). Since it is heavy, you may want to see your doc about this. He/she can help your bleeding to stop by giving you hormones and can make sure that nothing else is going on. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I have been on the Depo-Provera shot for 4-6 months. Last month I didn't get my period at all. Yesterday I noticed light spotting. Today it's heavier. Normal?

I have been on the Depo-Provera shot for 4-6 months. Last month I didn't get my period at all. Yesterday I noticed light spotting. Today it's heavier. Normal?

Yes: Most women using Depo-Provera will not have a regular period. Many will experience unpredictable spotting and bleeding. If this becomes problematic then see your OB because it can be treated. ...Read more

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Hello I had my tube ties and burnt to they said and tht been 7yrs ago. And my period been heavy some months and I stay on 8days, can I take Depo-Provera shots?

Hello I had my tube ties and burnt to they said and tht been 7yrs ago. And my period been heavy some months and I stay on 8days, can I take Depo-Provera shots?

Yes: You can use the depo, oral contraceptives, or a Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD just for control of your period. Endometrial ablation would also be an option. Talk with your doctor about what is right for you. ...Read more

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Why is my vagina bleeding? Just got off Depo-Provera ran out and period came on in been bleeding very heavy then ever?

Why is my vagina bleeding? Just got off Depo-Provera ran out and period came on in been bleeding very heavy then ever?

It may be from depo: It may be related to Depo-Provera shots and can happen when you get off it. You should consult your gynecologist for it. ...Read more

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I've been on Depo-Provera for a year now and I haven't had a period until now and it's been kind of heavy and I have a brown discharge. Could I be pregnant?

Depo-provera: When in doubt, take a pregnancy test. If you are having a period, however, you probably are not pregnant. Irregular bleeding is not unusual with depo. ...Read more

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Ok my period was heavy for about 5day thenstop then they did utralsound and found I had a fiber tumor so now she use Depo-Provera and premairn will that stop?

Ok my period was heavy for about 5day thenstop then they did utralsound and found I had a fiber tumor so now she use Depo-Provera and premairn will that stop?

Fibroids: Sometimes the Depo-Provera is enough to stop the bleeding. If that doesn't work consider using a Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud. It has a small amount of Progesterone and has been shown to help people with heavy bleeding and cramping even when it is from fibroids. Good luck. ...Read more

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Problems with period? I am 25 but have always had problems with my period. When I get them they are very heavy but I used to skip them for months at a time. Last year in may I had to get the depo-provera shot before I could get the essure procedure done.

Problems with period? I am 25 but have always had problems with my period. When I get them they are very heavy but I used to skip them for months at a time. Last year in may I had to get the depo-provera shot before I could get the essure procedure done.

The: The depo-provera effects on ovulation are gone after 6 months so that is probably not it. Coagulation problems are a possibility and easy to check, but unlikely if you never had these issues before. It is likely you are experiencing problems with irregular ovulation (anovulation), so an evaluation would be advisable for hormonal causes (thyroid, prolactin levels, etc.) or anatomical causes (polyps, fibroid, etc.). If everything fails or the evaluation is negative you may want to consider going on the pill for 3-6 mo to regulate you back again. ...Read more

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Preg test faint + 3 days later heavy bleeding 2 days 1 spotting period 15 days late could I be preg and Depo-Provera shot still making me bleed?

Preg test faint + 3 days later heavy bleeding 2 days 1 spotting period 15 days late could I be preg and Depo-Provera shot still making me bleed?

Pregnancy: Bleeding when pregnant could be a normal, or could be a sign of miscarriage. The risk of miscarriage is highest in your first trimester, and complicated by being on repo. I suggest you see a doctor as soon as possible to determine whether the fetus is healthy and what your next step should be. ...Read more

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First dose of Depo-Provera shot, in jan. Missed period that month been heavily bleeding since then, is it abnormal or typical for a first dose?

First dose of Depo-Provera shot, in jan. Missed period that month been heavily bleeding since then, is it abnormal or typical for a first dose?

Family practice: Unfortunately this is a common side effect and common reason why women don't continue with it. If you are able to bare it it usually gets better. ...Read more

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Was on Depo-Provera. 2 years had ultra sound and was normal but recent says got pcos. Not period. Stopped shot in 23/10/11. Gained weight now 76, 5kgs.?

Was on Depo-Provera. 2 years had ultra sound and was normal but recent says got pcos. Not period. Stopped shot in 23/10/11. Gained weight now 76, 5kgs.?

Endocrinologist: The ultrasound isn't enough of a work up. For amenorrhea and severe weight gain, a comprehensive metabolic and hormonal work up is essential to determine the cause and potential complications you may have from this. Pcos is not the only diagnosis to be considered. Ovarian cysts are also seen in women for other reasons. Please start with your primary doc, but you should see an endocrinologist also. ...Read more

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I am using the Depo-Provera shot for birthcontrol and I have had my period alot. Sometimes a instant heavy flow others spotty what does this mean?

Breakthrough bleedin: The depot Provera (medroxyprogesterone) shot thins the lining of the uterus and sometimes causes breakthrough bleeding. It is not dangerous, but can be annoying. If it continues, you should see your doctor to make sure it is not an anatomical problem like a fibroid or polyp. You may also want to check a urine pregnancy test. ...Read more

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I'm on the Depo-Provera prevera shot and I haven't had a period and am having symtoms of pregnancy including weight gain I took a test n it showed faint line?

I'm on the Depo-Provera prevera shot and I haven't had a period and am having symtoms of pregnancy including weight gain I took a test n it showed faint line?

Repeat: Depo-provera is one of the most effective options. It can fail but failures are rare. If you're having symptoms then there shouldn't be a faint line. Try repeating the test tomorrow. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a period for a month or longer while taking the Depo-Provera birth control shot? My period goes from heavy to spotting this brown colored blood to nothing. This is my second birth control shot.

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. ...Read more

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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

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

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. ...Read more

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