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Should I stop Depo-Provera injections at age 53? #167/8
I had my tubes tied 25 years ago and also found out I have emdometriosis. I started Depo injections for PMS and it worked well, after 19 years of the shot my doctor want me to stop them.

I started to get hot flashes and very emotional. What will happen to me if I stop the Depo and do you think I should do some other hormone replacement?

Thanks for your help.

After having had your tubes tied 25 years ago, you started receiving Depo injections for PMS and it worked well. Why does your doctor want you to stop receiving Depo? 

If you stop the Depo injections your PMS symptoms may return and this may suggest to you and your doctor that you would be smart to start back on Depo-Provera.

Yours is a complex history and you and your physician are going to have to make this decision together.

Her reply on 2-4:
“I will be 53 in June.  The doctor thinks it is time to change to estrogen because I’m getting hot flashes and sometimes become emotional.  I started taking Phytoestrogen and it makes a big difference.  Do you think I should stop the injections?”

If phytoestrogens are working, you and your physician may decide that no Depo injections and no estrogen make sense.



Key Words:  sterilization, endometriosis, Depo-Provera injections, stop shots, hot flashes, emotional, hormone replacement, Phytoestrogen, estrogen


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

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