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Doctor insights on: Is It Normal To Have Irregular Spotting While On The Depo Provera Shot

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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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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