i got on the birth control shot, depo provera in october 2011. I was horrible at remembering the pill and after talking to my doctor we decided it was the best route to go.
by march 2012, my hair was falling out. literally, chunks of hair would be laying on the shower floor when i washed my hair. i had balled spots. i started breaking out pretty bad, something i havent dealt with since i was a teen. my mood swings were worse than a pregnant woman.
i also started having bad back pains. never thought it had anything to do with my depo. the pain continued to get worse, and in june 2012 i completely thru my back out. i could not walk. i was hunched over, in tears. i called my df and begged him to come home so i could go to the er. he came home and stayed with the kids and i drove myself to the er in tears, luckily it was only 2 blocks away. they rushed me back when they saw how much pain i was in, quickly did an xray and told me i had developed something called spinal stenosis, which is the narrowing of your spinal canal, and i had four bulging discs in my lower back. i was given steroids, strong pain meds and muscle relaxers. none of it helped. i began physical therapy, and it relieved the pain. about once a month tho, this happens all over again.
after talking to my doctor and doing some research online, we came to the conclusion that my DEPO caused the weakening of my bones, leading to spinal stenosis and then the bulging discs. spinal stenosis is a degenerative disease common in older people in their 60's. im freaking 25 years old. i will deal with this for the rest of my life.
since then, i have switched back to the pill. my hair has stopped falling out and i have gone pretty much back to normal, other than my back pain.
i also saw my doctor in september because i wasnt feeling well. tests results showed that I had developed hypothyroidism. while we cant prove it for sure, we suspest my depo also caused a hormonal imbalance which led to the hypothyroidism. again, something i will deal with for life.
this birth control has caused so much damage to my body. i know there are plenty of people who do fine with it. but i want people to know what the potential risks are. I'm not the only person this has happened to. it is scary!
what are your depo horror stories? or do you have a positive experience?