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Is it normal to have irregular spotting while on the Depo-Provera shot?

Is it normal to have irregular spotting while on the Depo-Provera shot?

Yes: Irregular spotting is very common on Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) especially the first 3 months of use. ...Read more

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Spotting (Definition)

Spotting (vaginal spotting) is a symptom in which a woman has light bleeding from the vagina between menstrual cycles. Spotting is usually very light and may be just a ...Read more


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I'm at the end of my first Depo shot. Is it normal to have heavier spotting than I did towards the beginning of it?

Not unusual: Sometimes it takes a while for the depo shots to stop your flow completely. Make sure you get your next one on time and get a pregnancy test as well before your next shot. ...Read more

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I just started my Depo shot a month & a half or so ago & I started spotting just a little over two weeks ago. It still hasn't stopped. Is this normal?

Yes: The most frequently reported side effects of Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) are: weight gain, spotting and irregular or heavy menstrual periods, decreased sex drive, depression, headache, nervousness and anemia (low blood count). There is no antidote that reverses the effects of Depo-Provera. You will have to wait until the effects of the drug wears off. ...Read more

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I had a baby may 1st and got the depo shot on May 31st. I'm still spotting is that normal ?

Yes: Breakthrough bleeding, as it's referred to. Essentially, progesterone, which is the dominant hormone in Depo-Provera, exerts a continual thinning out effect on the uterine lining, which results in this type/pattern of bleeding. ...Read more

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Is it normal to start spotting 2 months after getting the Depo-Provera shot for the first time?

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Is it normal to start spotting 2 months after getting the Depo-Provera shot for the first time?

Yes.: One of the side effects of Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is irregular or unscheduled bleeding. If the problem persists, worsens, or interferes with your daily activities, consult your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm having some light pink spotting on the Depo-Provera shot, I know it's common, but I'm on my 3rd shot, is the color "pink" normal? What does it mean?

I'm having some light pink spotting on the Depo-Provera shot, I know it's common, but I'm on my 3rd shot, is the color "pink" normal? What does it mean?

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. ...Read more

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I've been spotting since I received my last Depo-Provera shot almost 3 months ago.I've been on the shot for almost three years..is this normal?

I've been spotting since I received my last Depo-Provera shot almost 3 months ago.I've been on the shot for almost three years..is this normal?

Common side effect: One of the most common side effects we see from Depo injections is irregular periods, which can range from varying cycle lengths, to very heavy or very light periods, random spotting, or no bleeding at all. Depo is an effective contraceptive but there is still a chance for pregnancy. I would rule that out. Also, with your long term use, be aware your bone mineral density can decrease drastically. ...Read more

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I been spotting/bleeding for over six weeks now I'm on the Depo-Provera shot is it normal?

I been spotting/bleeding for over six weeks now I'm on the Depo-Provera shot is it normal?

Common: Irregular bleeding is common with Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) injections. It is one of the most common reasons for discontinuation of the medication. ...Read more

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I've had 2 Depo-Provera shots and now I've been spotting brownish blood for a week is this normal?

I've had 2 Depo-Provera shots and now I've been spotting brownish blood for a week is this normal?

Unpredictable: The bleeding patterns with depoprovera are unpredictable. For some in takes the period away. For others it causes irregular bleeding. There is no "normal" for Depo-Provera users. The longer you are on it the higher the chance of no periods. Brown is simply old blood coming out. Annoying but not dangerous. ...Read more

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I been on the Depo-Provera shot since mid oct and I been spotting for over a month every single day is if normal ?

I been on the Depo-Provera shot since mid oct and I been spotting for over a month every single day is if normal ?

Yes: Irregular bleeding is the most common side-effect after th first Depo shot. This should be better after the next shot and gone by the 3rd. However, a small % of women do continue to have the spotting and bleeding.Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Hi, i've had 2 Depo-Provera shots so far, not had any spotting except this week, today its been really dark brown clots the size of a pea when i wipe, normal?

Depo effect: 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. ...Read more

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Im on the Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) shot. Normally, I don't have bleeding until 10-15 days before I get the next shot and it's light. Is random spotting normal?

Im on the Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) shot.  Normally, I don't have bleeding until 10-15 days before I get the next shot and it's light.  Is random spotting normal?

Yes, usually normal: DepoProvera is a single hormone, Progesterone, as opposed to Oral Contraceptives which usually are a combination of Progesterone and Estrogen, in a variety of combinations. As a single hormone,sometimes it can be associated with what is called breakthru bleeding. If persistent and heavy, check with your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner. Never hesitate to check with your healthcare Provider. ...Read more

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I started the depo shot 2 months ago ,I started seeing spotting of blood but it's never been enough to fill up or wear a pad just when I pee. Is this normal ? I'm beginning to become scared .

I started the depo shot 2 months ago ,I started seeing spotting of blood but it's never been enough to fill up or wear a pad just when I pee. Is this normal ? I'm beginning to become scared .

Not Uncommon: Having no period or having slight spotting with DepoProvera between injections is not unusual.

By your explanation I assume the blood is vaginal and no concern of urinary tract blood that might possibly indicate a urinary tract infection or some other problem. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have your period for over 2 weeks after stopping the Depo-Provera shot?And is it also normal to be spotting reddish brown ?

Is it normal to have your period for over 2 weeks after stopping the Depo-Provera shot?And is it also normal to be spotting reddish brown ?

Yes: It may take several months for period to return to normal after being on depo-provera. If you are having heavy bleeding be sure to take supplemental iron and eat iron rich food. Eat healthy unprocessed food, be sure vit d level is normal, get a good night sleep, and move through the day, manage stress well (see kelly mcgonigal the will power instinct) and your hormones will stabilize. ...Read more

Dr. Cynthia Palabrica
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Depo Provera (Definition)

Depo-Provera is a progestin-based agent which is a kind of women's ...Read more