I hated the Depo shot. Absolutely hated it. I used it for a year and in that year I was on my period for 9 out of 12 months. Not 9 months in a row, but my period came and went. At one time I had a 21 day period, then was off it for 4 days and then had an 18 day period. Doc said it was just the shot affecting my cycle, but come on! I was bleeding a total of 9 months over the entire year!! That's ridiculous! I'm going to be going to mirena, as I don't plan on having anymore kids for a while and it has been known to lessen periods. I'm very surprised your Doctor let you stay on Depo for so long. My doc told me that he only recommended it for a year, and at most two years because it cause the calcium in your bones to wear down over extended use.
I would like to say that my doctor actually went to a seminar regarding depo and calcium loss and their is no substantial evidence that state this is true. I've been on depo for nearly 10 years straight with no calcium loss.
I actually quit depo because of that rumor, and I gravely regret that. After visiting my doctor, he found this seminar and went just to learn more about my inquiry of the long term effects. He came back saying that this doctor had been studying it, and found no proof that there is a correlation to calcium loss and depo provera use. I got back on depo in January. I've now had my period pretty bad for about 10 days. Two months ago, I had it for 29 days. This isn't normal for me either. I've never had this. I'm getting annoyed. Ruined underthings because I have no clue when it will happen.
I wish there was something out there that you could take. The last time I complained about the bleeding my old doctor told me he could do a D&C... I about went off on him, because my mom did that to quit bleeding, and she never had a period again. Meaning, no more children.
I take it because it's the only thing that helps my endometriosis pain. So I guess it's the price I pay for no pain??