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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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I have been on Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) for 2 1/2 years and was told dec 12 I have a bunch of small ovarian cysts will the shot affect them in anyway?

I have been on Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) for 2 1/2 years and was told dec 12 I have a bunch of small ovarian cysts will the shot affect them in anyway?

Ovarian cysts: In general, no. Birth control shots decreases the chances of you developing physiologic cysts but it does not eliminate either the cysts or the chances of developing cysts. 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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I have been on the Depo-Provera shot for 5 years and haven't had a period for 3. I randomly get severe sharp pains then tight and odd ovarian pressure. Why?

I have been on the Depo-Provera shot for 5 years and haven't had a period for 3. I randomly get severe sharp pains then tight and odd ovarian pressure. Why?

Evaluation: See your doctor for evaluation. Discuss the possibility of discontinuing Depo-Provera as prolonged use (>2) can be associated with bone density loss. 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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