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  • #11163
    BauerPower
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    I have been on the depo shot for years now, and my mom keeps warning me that she doesn’t think this crap is safe and that it is not normal to not have a period for years at a time. I am sort of going by process of elimination to better understand this overwhelming fatigue I have and I have landed on depo. How bad could depo screw me up? Time to get off?

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    #11219
    Hannah Ransom
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    Yeah depo isn’t great, especially long term. Other than all the normal hormonal stuff, it’s super bad for bone density.

    I would definitely definitely get off the depo. That’s probably the first thing I would do when I was going through the process of elimination. It may take a while to re-regulate, but just make sure things are going well with your diet and lifestyle and hopefully it will pass soon and you will feel better than you have in a while.

    http://holistichormonalhealth.com/coming-off-of-hormonal-contraceptives/

    http://holistichormonalhealth.com/tips-for-a-healthy-balanced-endocrine-system/

    #11227
    The Real Amy
    Moderator

    As Hannah noted, be prepared for some upheaval when you come off. It has taken me more than 2 years to re-balance from coming off the pill (which I was on for more than 15 years), and I needed some extra help from homeopathy ultimately. I didn’t really do the process right, and came off the pill into a summer of extreme stress, and I think my body couldn’t take the combo. So, my best advice is be really good about stress control, diet, exercise, etc. Be super gentle with yourself and understand the change that is happening.

    The great news is, you will probably see some positive changes in things like libido and surprisingly even personality. That one blew me away. I felt like myself more than ever, and hadn’t even known what was missing.

    #11229
    BauerPower
    Participant

    Thanks gals. I just got my shot but I think this will be the last one. I heard that heavy bleeding will be an effect..not very excited about that one. I do need to be on some sort of birth control, well I would really prefer to be, any bc that is the least damaging?

    #11311
    crinkly
    Participant

    I have heard that depo is the worst one from lots of my friends who have had it so I think you are making a wise decision.

    I really think the best contraception is to work out your own rhythm. It worked for me for two years then decided to have a child and got pregnant straight away. You will find that risky, however, because your cycle is probably altered from the hormones. You could try a hormone- free IUD until you balance out again. Beware, though many coils also contain hormones fro some mad reason, but you can get a non-hormone version. good luck

    #11328
    The Real Amy
    Moderator

    Yeah, although I’m no fan of hormonal stuff, I think even regular BC pills would be comparatively better than depo. You could always transition to them if really necessary.

    You might get lucky with your cycle. I got my period right back on a regular cycle after going off the pill. But if not and you can’t do family planning, then there are plenty of other methods like barrier methods or the aforementioned copper IUD. I used cycle tracking + barrier + withdrawl for more than a year with no issues.

    #11353
    Hannah Ransom
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    If it works for you in every other way, I suggest fertility awareness. If not, barriers, barriers + withdrawal, or copper IUD if you aren’t too worried about those side effects.

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