Irregular and heavy periods after Depo injections

Patient

Q: I was on the depo shot from ages 15-22. I never came on my cycle during this time. I am now 25 and, I cycle has been awkard since. I sometimes go without a cycle for week, even months. The longest would be 3months. When i finally would come back on it would last for about 3months and would be so heavy which affected my daily life. I have been hospitalized twice have fainted 3 times, seen 4 different doctors and nobody can give me any answers they just keep putting me on more birth control which i stopped. I wonted too know could this be caused by the depo shot ( wasn't every sexually active before, during, and after)?

Doctor

A:   Depo-Provera can change a woman's periods when she starts receiving shots, though this should only last till the time the shots are given.  There are other causes of menstrual irregularities, and you should have a pelvic exam, pelvic ultrasound, thyroid and hormonal studies to rule out possibilities of polycystic ovarian syndrome, imbalance of hormones due to stress and thyroid issues.

Comments / Follow Ups

Guest: It only started happening when I got the depo shot.
Guest: I'm 40 had depo injection 3wks ago and have bled heavily for last 12 I've tried getting a answer from this site but can't view my reply. Reading your answer has been some help

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