2 doctors weighed in:

How long can you be on depoprovera before you have to worry about thinning of the bones. I have been on it for 11+yrs?

2 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Fein
Preventive Medicine

In brief: Not sure

There is no black and white answer concerning osteoporosis (thinning bones) and the use of depo-provera -- but since the fda placed a "black box warning" on depo-provera about it's link to osteoporosis, most physicians now limit it's use to 2 years, unless there are very extenuating circumstances.

In brief: Not sure

There is no black and white answer concerning osteoporosis (thinning bones) and the use of depo-provera -- but since the fda placed a "black box warning" on depo-provera about it's link to osteoporosis, most physicians now limit it's use to 2 years, unless there are very extenuating circumstances.
Dr. David Fein
Dr. David Fein
Thank
Dr. Thomas Rohde
General Practice

In brief: Yikes!

The lack of cyclical bleeding really affects bone health as appropriate estrogen and Progesterone balance are what keeps your bones healthy.
Since depo is a synthetic progestin it interferes with this balance. After 11 years you might consider having a bone density study to check, and i'd give strong consideration to a non-hormonal bc option. Have hormones tested and restored to heal bones.

In brief: Yikes!

The lack of cyclical bleeding really affects bone health as appropriate estrogen and Progesterone balance are what keeps your bones healthy.
Since depo is a synthetic progestin it interferes with this balance. After 11 years you might consider having a bone density study to check, and i'd give strong consideration to a non-hormonal bc option. Have hormones tested and restored to heal bones.
Dr. Thomas Rohde
Dr. Thomas Rohde
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Adam Levy
Board Certified, Obstetrics & Gynecology
33 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors