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I had regular periods. But I was put on depo. Is there achance that I would have pcos because of it?

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Dr. Khurram Rehman
Fertility Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Did you gain weight?

Depo-provera does not in itself cause pcos but it can be 6 months to 18 months or longer before your period returns after stopping it.
You should go back to being regular after this delay though. Pcos can show up later in life, and if you have a genetic tendency towards pcos and gained weight while you were on the depo the weight gain could make you more irregular.

In brief: Did you gain weight?

Depo-provera does not in itself cause pcos but it can be 6 months to 18 months or longer before your period returns after stopping it.
You should go back to being regular after this delay though. Pcos can show up later in life, and if you have a genetic tendency towards pcos and gained weight while you were on the depo the weight gain could make you more irregular.
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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) does not cause pcos.
It does cause irregular periods, in fact it usually will stop your period while you are on it, and it can take 6 months or sometimes more for your periods to get back to normal once you stop getting shots. That said, it is possible you have pcos (though not likely since you had normal periods before depo), but the Depo-Provera didn't cause it.

In brief: No

Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) does not cause pcos.
It does cause irregular periods, in fact it usually will stop your period while you are on it, and it can take 6 months or sometimes more for your periods to get back to normal once you stop getting shots. That said, it is possible you have pcos (though not likely since you had normal periods before depo), but the Depo-Provera didn't cause it.
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Dr. Frank Yelian
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

It has no evidence that depo-provera causes pcos.
As you may know that women who are taking depo usually do not have period. But it does not mean they have pcos. The diagnosis of pcos, in addition to irregular period, patient also has an increase male hormone, and more than normal number of follicles in the ovaries.

In brief: No

It has no evidence that depo-provera causes pcos.
As you may know that women who are taking depo usually do not have period. But it does not mean they have pcos. The diagnosis of pcos, in addition to irregular period, patient also has an increase male hormone, and more than normal number of follicles in the ovaries.
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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not really

Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) doesn't cause pcos.
However, females with a predisposition towards pcos may find that Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) increases their risk of manifesting the symptoms, particularly as they may gain weight. The hormone component of this injection may also be converted into some of the hormones which cause the pcos problems in those already susceptible.

In brief: Not really

Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) doesn't cause pcos.
However, females with a predisposition towards pcos may find that Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) increases their risk of manifesting the symptoms, particularly as they may gain weight. The hormone component of this injection may also be converted into some of the hormones which cause the pcos problems in those already susceptible.
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