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I have very irregular periods after discontinuing Depo-Provera - what should I do?
Hello, I have a question, I don't know if it's an emergency or not, but I need to talk to someone about the Depo-Provera shot. I have taken it for 2 years, and received my last shot five months ago. I have had irregular bleeding but it still continues for some time, I have periods 2 times a month for 2 weeks at a time, the shortest so far was the past 2 days and ended last night over stress. Today at work around noon it had come back. I feel that after 5 months of not taking the Depo I should have a better period time then I did starting out. Please e-mail me a.s.a.p and tell me what I need to do... at this point I have no health insurance. Please e-mail me back or call me.
~Worried One~

I tried to call you yesterday, and gave the person who answered the phone my phone number. Please do call.

Depo-Provera can change a woman's periods when she starts receiving shots, throughout the time she receives shos, and after stopping shots. If your menstrual irregularities are due to Depo-Provera, they do NOT have any serious implications to you.

The average woman does not ovulate until about 10 months after the last Depo-Provera injection. Women who are not ovulating regularly will continue to experience menstrual irregularities. Ovulation does not return for a good bit longer than 10 months in some women.

There are other causes of menstrual irregularities, and you should go and have a pelvic exam to rule out these possibilities. If finances are a difficulty for you, you can go to a clinic that will charge you little or nothing. Your local health department family planning clinic, your municipal hospital or a Planned Parenthood clinic are possibilities. I will help you find a clinic. Give me a call at 706-782-6038 or at 404-616-3709.

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Robert A. Hatcher MD, MPH
Emeritus Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

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