Depression and the Depo Provera birth control shot

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Domino2012
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   Posted 6/19/2017 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi peeps, I read an old thread on the subject but it was locked and i couldn't post on it, so i decided to start a new one as I am really worried and in a bad state at the moment.
Back in March i had my first shot of the contraception shot.
Since then I started having what I now recognize as side effects just a few days later, but I didn't know that they had anything to do with the shot at that time. A few days after the shot I started to snap at my boyfriend about anything and everything. I cried myself to sleep 3 nights in a row because I was paranoid that our (very healthy) relationship was suddenly falling apart. I became constantly anxious anytime I was apart from him, fearing that he would suddenly decide to leave me for no reason. He would reassure me that he would never just leave me for no reason, but grew frustrated that I couldn't trust him. Since that I have had several episodes of getting incredibly angry at him for no reason or for little things that should have caused only a small argument. And when we have these fights where I blow up I eventually dissolve into tears, thinking I've ruined our relationship, and he never thinks that these issues are as serious as I seem to make them. I was never this irrational or quick to anger before getting this shot.

Besides the emotional side effects, I have developed acne on my chin, I have almost constant blurred vision and a feeling of being detached from the world around me (I have found that consuming large amounts of caffeine is the only thing that helps with this), nightly headaches, unquenchable thirst, and occasional periods of insomnia. My anxiety is keeping me from doing much of anything besides going to work and riding my bike or running. I am isolating myself from most of the people in my life because I don't know how to manage interacting right now

I certainly do not plan on getting the Depo Provera shot ever again, and will probably avoid any type of hormonal birth control after this. I would rather have my long-lasting and miserable period back than the emotional/psychological side effects of Depo Provera. Physical pain is nothing compared to feeling crazy, which I do pretty much all the time now. I also fear that my relationship is going to fall apart before the Depo Provera clears out of my system.

Thank you to all who have taken the time to read this. I have read that a few people on here have tried types of herbal/natural supplements and remedies to combat the Depo side effects. Does anyone have any specific suggestions along these lines? Or any other recommendations on what could help while I wait for this stuff to clear out of my body?

I read loads in the previous thread but what was lacking is information on how if at all people who stopped it recovered from it. How lomg did it take to get back to normal? Is it possible at all? Anything specific that helped in particular?

Any suggestions and tips from anyone who has been here before would be so appreciated. It is nice to know that I am not alone.

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   Posted 6/19/2017 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes when people start feeling better they stop posting. This may have happened with the other thread. But I thought I read somewhere that somebody did get better.

I suggest you talk with your doctor and maybe they can prescribe you something temporarily.

I have seen a lot of posts of people getting depressed after getting the shot. I really wish that the doctors would forewarn their patients.

I hope you feel better soon. See your doctor and let them know what is going on.

Welcome to the forum Domino2012,

Hugs, Karen...
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Domino2012
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   Posted 6/20/2017 12:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Karen, thanks for your reply.

I think i will definitely speak to my GP as a part of me fears that it might not be the shot and I might be having depression and anxiety that won't simply go away.

I have felt extremely lost and anxious and so unhappy for no apparent reason.

I read so much on the shot topic and it gave me some hope that this is what has caused it and it will go away. But there's a grain of fear that it won't.

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   Posted 6/20/2017 2:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Medication or therapy can help you. You will be depressed for a while from the shot. Medication can reverse that. And once you start feeling better you can always go off.

I am sorry for what you are going through. I hope that you feel better soon.

Hugs, Karen...
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pitmom
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   Posted 6/20/2017 5:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Just wondering if you had your boyfriend read the old thread...might give him hope to ride out this storm with you.
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Domino2012
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   Posted 6/20/2017 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi pitmom,
I shared with him my thoughts that this shot might be the cause of the struggles in the relationship. He is standing right behind me and is supportive of me going through the journey. However I know that if I constantly keep bringing up problems that don't exist that will drive him away so my goal for the moment is to just try and spend joyful time together without arguments.
We both just hope that this is what has amplified and intensfied the way our relationship is because this means it will get back to normal at some point. I have never been in such a bad state while in a relationship. I hope it is not a permanent situation!

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   Posted 6/20/2017 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I suggest you have a talk with either you GP or your GYN.

They would be aware of the side effects and what can be done about.

You may considered a therapist to talk about the event.

Peace
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LifesPeachy
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   Posted 8/11/2017 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I just want to offer my encouragement and hugs. I also had my one and only ever Depo shot March of this year and it has made my life really horrible since then.

Here's the backstory- I was so excited to start my first job since having two babies and staying home for 7 years so the last thing I wanted was to get pregnant. I was due to for a tubal in exactly three months so I thought I'd get the depo shot to tide me over till then.

I started working and it was horrible. Not the job, which I loved, but my emotions. I felt like I had just had a baby again and was going through the baby blues all over again. Crying for no reason, missing my daughters like crazy when I was at work, like way more than was normal. This was something I worked towards for so long! We even got an Au pair who was lovely and sweet but I had so much anger and resentment towards her which is not like me at all!! We really thought all these decisions through and "courted" this Au Pair for a long time before we settled on her (meaning lots of Skype chats and emails!). So there was no reason to hate her?! I was anxious all the time too and just so depressed. So I quit my job and the au pair had to find a new family (which she was excited for her new location so at least there was that).

I'm still pretty emotional but starting to get better. I've only had one period since March when i started (end of June). I started therapy and went back on anxiety meds which I have been on in the past, completely unrelated to BC since I wasn't on any. I was on them for a year and self weaned because I felt so fab. And felt fab starting work too, things were looking so up! I loved that job so much but my emotions were making me crazy.

The only positive thing that's come out of this is I treasure my kids way more now because I'm constantly in tears about them growing up and not being cute and little and sweet anymore. I'm sure my husband is sick of hearing me say through tears that I want everyone to stay just the way they are. I felt this exact same way the 12 weeks after giving birth all three times so I'm certain it's all hormonal and from the Depo. I treasured them before but now I'm more patient and give them more of myself which probably isn't healthy because I need to be taking care of myself right now too! Im anxious all the time that one of my kids will get gravely injured or sick.

I'm so over this and feeling sad, anxious, depressed. I don't think my meds have helped me yet but last time I was on them, it took two months to kick in and then suddenly I felt fantastic. However this time I'm on a new med because I told my provider I was afraid of the Zoloft taking too long to kick in so she gave me Wellbutrin which she says would work faster. If my hormones are really or of whack and that's the cause of this, will anti anxiety meds even work?
I don't know if I should stay on these meds or try something new. The only thing that really helps is Ativan if I'm having a really bad day! I'm not sitting around depressed in bed all day, but I definitely should be happier, I want to feel like my old self. I never used to get sentimental over Things like a pair of well loved pajamas no longer fitting my youngest daughter but now that's something that can send me into tears for days. My friends would ask me if sorting out old clothes made me sad and I'd smugly think "no good riddance old holey clothes!", I want to go back to that!

I know this medication destroyed my shot at a career and has ruined me emotionally for half a year now. I would so love to start a class action lawsuit against this company!

I would love to share my story more with you which is pretty similar and compare notes about how you're doing now, mid-August, since we both got a shot in March. I don't mind putting my email here, I am really bad at forum stuff!

I removed your email because it isn't safe on an open forum. You could get tons of spam.

Post Edited By Moderator (getting by) : 8/12/2017 4:54:22 AM (GMT-6)


getting by
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   Posted 8/12/2017 4:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

I removed your email address because of it being an open forum, you could get tons of spam. If your address is in your profile they can get it there. Only members...

Hugs, Karen

Thanks for sharing...
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