Are you now or have you ever been on Depo Provera for birth control?
I have used Depo Provera (two shots) after the birth of my first child. My weight gain came way before my first pregnancy and before the shots. I have not taken a shot in 5 years and I only had two shots. I didn't like them. I have not taken any birth control for 3 years now.
Thanks for your reply. I am investigating links between hypothyroid and depo use, and have looked at adrenal fatigue myself as a possible explanation for my symptoms. Many of your symptoms sound so much like depo-related side effects that I just had to ask.
Good luck. I hope you find answers and relief!
hi, what you are describing sounds a lot like my situation. i'm 31. i have been on depo on and off since i was 19. the first time i went off, i should have stayed off. i had no difficulties then. i got back on and since then i can never seem to stay off it for long. what's worse is that each time i go off the worse the symtoms get worse. i feel absolutely fine when i'm on it, though i do exercise like a maniac and stay consistently at the same weight. if i did not work out, i'm convinced that i would be obese. then when i do go off, i immediately start bleeding and then go on to spend about 1/2 of every month pms'ing-- little energy and endurance when it comes to maintaining my exercise regime, breakouts, bloating, weight gain. i also get more irritable (irrationally, it seems) with people at work, which worries me greatly. it feels like my body is completely out of my control. then i get my period. 5 days of feeling absolutely wonderful and on top of the world... then the dive back into pms starts. i have had 2 shots since the last time i quit. i am coming due for my 3rd. i'm thinking of trying to stop again and was researching to figure out an alternative birth control that might ease my transition this time. was thinking maybe a reduced placebo interval version of the pill but am not sure this would do the trick... all i know is that i'm addicted to the stuff and it has to stop somehow. i fear that it may be a long road. i'm really curious to know if anyone else has been in the same situation and whether they have quit the stuff and emerged successfully to the "other side." i'm really scared of what the transition could do to my career... i'm not trying to get pregnant, so there is not a lot of incentive to quit.
There's another thread on this site.... LOTS of us are questioning the links between Depo and apparent hypothyroidism (and for me, other endocrine dysfunction - liver, pancreas, adrenal, pituitary - I'm collecting the full set of issues, it seems LOL)
See this discussion thread....