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Doctor insights on: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome And Depo Provera

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How to tell if I have an ovarian cyst or just side effects from Depo-Provera shot?

How to tell if I have an ovarian cyst or just side effects from Depo-Provera shot?

Discuss with doc: It is normal for a small cyst to develop on the ovaries from time to time. Ovarian cysts are quite common in women during their reproductive years and may be a single cyst or many cysts. Most cysts are benign and only require monitoring. Most are cysts which develops from tissue that changes in the normal process of ovulation. They usually disappear within 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Definition)

Pcos is a metabolic disorder affecting 8-10% of women that may cause irregular periods, acne or increased hair growth, infertility or subfertility, and increases the risk of diabetes. To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular or no periods 2. Acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones (androgens) 3. Ultrasound showing large ovaries ...Read more


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Should I have bilateral ovarian follicles while on Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone)?

Should I have bilateral ovarian follicles while on Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone)?

Yes: Even though Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) prevents ovulation, your ovaries will still produce follicles that can be seen on u/s. But these follicles will not release an egg. ...Read more

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Does depo-provera shrink or get rid of ovarian cysts?

Does depo-provera shrink or get rid of ovarian cysts?

Not really: The depoprovera shot will not really shrink or get rid of cyst. Most ovarian cysts simply resolve on their own within 6-8 weeks. The shot may help prevent other cysts from forming though by essentially turning the ovaries off during the 3 months that it works. ...Read more

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Hi. I have been bleeding almost every day for a few months. I have an ovarian cyst and been off Depo-Provera shot since march. Could this be reason for bleed?

Hi. I have been bleeding almost every day for a few months. I have an ovarian cyst and been off Depo-Provera shot since march. Could this be reason for bleed?

Need pelvic exam: Need to see your primary care physician or OB-Gyn for a pelvic exam to check for other reasons like polyps and infections. At this late date, it is doubtful that past depo-provera use is the cause of your continued bleeding for months. Fibroids can cause irregular bleeding symptoms as well as hormonal shifts. Need to see dr. ...Read more

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Does the Depo-Provera shot cause early menopause or ovarian damage?

Does the Depo-Provera shot cause early menopause or ovarian damage?

Usually not: Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) causes ovarian suppression and ovulation. It can cause you not to have a cycle and experience symptoms similar to menopause. Depo does not cause actual menopause or ovarian damage. ...Read more

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Dx: PCOS. Multiple bilateral ovarian cysts 30yr old nulligravida on Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) for 5+yrs. How will cysts impact trying to conceive?

Dx: PCOS. Multiple bilateral ovarian cysts 30yr old nulligravida on Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) for 5+yrs. How will cysts impact trying to conceive?

Ovulation: The issue with PCOS is that some women will not ovulate. The ovarian cysts are not the direct cause. They are a symptom of the hormonal imbalance present in PCOS patients. ...Read more

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I'm having a clear boogery discharge & wondering if its normal when im 20 days w/o my p. Last period was 6/03/13, last Depo-Provera shot 12/2012, curious now?

I'm having a clear boogery discharge & wondering if its normal when im 20 days w/o my p. Last period was 6/03/13, last Depo-Provera shot 12/2012, curious now?

Take pregnancy test: Your clear discharge may or may not be normal. However, if you've been engaging in unprotected sex off Depo-Provera and you're more than 4 weeks past your last period, it's time time to take a home pregnancy test. Some women will experience some vaginal discharge during pregnancy. If your hpt is negative & you want to get pregnant, keep having unprotected sex. But if u don't want to get pregnant, see doc. ...Read more

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When will the Depo-Provera shot wear off?

When will the Depo-Provera shot wear off?

3 months: Depo provides effective birth control for three months. After the three months, it is no longer an effective form of birth control, but some side effects, such as irregular periods, can last another six months. ...Read more

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When does the Depo-Provera shot wear off?

When does the Depo-Provera shot wear off?

Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone): It must be given every 12 weeks to insure protection. ...Read more

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Will the Depo-Provera shot help me gain weight?

It may make you gain: Weight but not the best way. Eating more esp protein will do the trick. Check your ideal weight online. ...Read more

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I'm getting the Depo-Provera shot. Will I gain weight?

Some women do: Gain weight on Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone). Can not state if you will be one of those women or not. ...Read more

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Does it take 3 weeks for the Depo-Provera shot to work?

Not if given @menses: The depoprovera shot will work immediately if given at or within 5 days of your menstrual flow. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been on Depo-Provera for over 3 years?

What to do if I have been on Depo-Provera for over 3 years?

Continue: Other than trying to become pregnant or other adverse health effects there is no reason to stop depotprovera after three years. ...Read more

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Will my appetite decease after 3 month of Depo-Provera shot?

Will my appetite decease after 3 month of Depo-Provera shot?

Probably not: I don't think there is a decrease in appetite after being on Depo-Provera for a while. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you cancel out your Depo-Provera shot in any way possible?

Can you cancel out your Depo-Provera shot in any way possible?

Maybe: You can't take away the medication in the depot shot once it's been given. Some women, however, have break through bleeding on the shot and those women can benefit from taking birth control on top of the shot. But, no, there's no way to remove the progesterone in the depot shot once it's been given. Only to counter some of its effects with estrogen in birth control pill. ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the Depo-Provera shot stay in my body?

Normally, how long would the Depo-Provera shot stay in my body?

12+ weeks: The depo-shot is usually given every 12 weeks for it to be effective. It actually lasts a little bit longer than this, and even after the 12 weeks, your cycles might be a bit irregular for a little while. If your goal is to get pregnant, understand that fertility rates are a little lower than normal during the first year because of this cycle irregularity caused by the depo-shot. ...Read more

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How soon after the injection is the depo-provera shot effective?

With your period: If you get your injection when your period starts it will be effective right away. If you for some reason get it at a different time in your cycle you should use back up contraception until your period comes. It will also be effective right away if received within 6 weeks of a pregnancy. ...Read more

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If you gain weight from the Depo-Provera shot, can you lose the weight?

If you gain weight from the Depo-Provera shot, can you lose the weight?

Yes: To lose weight insure that calories burned > calories consumed. Drink at least 8 - 8 oz glasses of water per day. Aim for at least 5 servings of vegetables ; 4 servings of fruit per day. Use whole grain when possible. Avoid sodas, alcohol ; junk carbohydrates. Get in a good mix of aerobic ; weight lifting exercises. It is a challenge to lose weight on Depo-Provera but can be done. ...Read more

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When you smoke and you're on the Depo-Provera shot, why is it even worse?

When you smoke and you're on the Depo-Provera shot, why is it even worse?

What is worse?: Do you mean that there are some side effects that are worse in smokers who use depo-provera? I'm not aware of this. Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) does cause a decrease in bone density, though there is research to show that this decline in bone density resolves when people go off the medication. Smoking also is related to loss of bone density and the two together are worse than either alone. ...Read more

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I took only 1 Depo-Provera shot and 10 months later, only now I'm beginning to have normal cycles, is that normal? Or did tge shot wreck havock on me?

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The Depo -Provera injection works by interfering with ovulation and therefore menstruation etc. When you disturb this very complex and sensitive system, it may take some time for the cycle to return pre-Depo injection. Be patient it seems that all is returning to normal. ...Read more

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What is the side effect if I use Depo-Provera?

What is the side effect if I use Depo-Provera?

Usually none: "depo" is effective birth control and side effects are uncommon. Irregular bleeding is common initially but is usually light and tends to get better with time, missing a period for an extended time often occurs after several months but is not a medical problem. Weight gain is sometimes a concern and may require careful food control and regular excercise. ...Read more

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Can I be on paragard and Depo-Provera at the same time?

Yes: Paraguard is a non hormonal method and depo-provera is a hormonal method of contraception, they can be used at the same time. The paraguard can cause heavy menstrual flow, and the depo-provera tends to cause decreased menstrual flow over time. You might use both at the same time for a short time to control bleeding problems. ...Read more

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I'm bleeding on Depo-Provera why and when will it stop?

I'm bleeding on Depo-Provera why and when will it stop?

Common side efect: This is a very common side-effect. Usually stops within 3 months, but I have known patients who have bled a lot longer even after stopping the depot. Even though pregnancy is rare whilst on depot, this should be ruled out. ...Read more

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I'm bleeding on the Depo-Provera shot will it ever stop?

I'm bleeding on the Depo-Provera shot will it ever stop?

Eventually: It may last up to 1.5 years after your last shot. A real down side of that medicine. So you will likely need to wait and see what happens. But you may need other treatment in the meantime if the bleeding is a problem. ...Read more

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Can I take jolessa while on Depo-Provera to stop spotting?

Can I take jolessa while on Depo-Provera to stop spotting?

Birth control pill: Jolessa is a combination birth control pill that has ethyinyl estradiol as the potent estrogen and levonorgestrel as the progestin in it. Depotprovera is medroxyprogesterone, a progestin only. Estrogens promote blood clotting more so than progestins. Giving a birth control pill to alleviate breakthroughbleeding on depot provera needs to be very carefully weighed for its risks and benefits. ...Read more

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I'm feeling sick during Depo-Provera shot. Is that normal?

I'm feeling sick during Depo-Provera shot. Is that normal?

It is possible: Possible side effects include (but aren’t limited to): ^ weight, irregular periods & breakthrough bleeding, v libido, dizziness, headaches, acne, abdominal pain, breast soreness, depression, v bone density, anxiety, depression, fatigue, heavy bleeding, blood clot & stroke. ...Read more

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Will minocycline effect my Depo-Provera shot effectiveness?

Will minocycline effect my Depo-Provera shot effectiveness?

Not listed: Minocycline or tetracycline not listed as a drug that interacts with Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone). Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Can you tell me which are the side effects of depo-provera?

Can you tell me which are the side effects of depo-provera?

Varies: The most common side effects with Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) include irregular, frequent bleeding and also weight gain. While these are the most common possible side effects, they do not happen to everyone. ...Read more

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What are possible side effects of taking Depo-Provera shots?

No periods +: Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) can cause a cessation of menstruation, mood alterations such as depression and in patients weighing more than 220+ lbs a shortening of its effectiveness to less than the 3 months as indicated by the package insert from the manufacturer. ...Read more

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