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    An_247450 posted:
    I took the depo shot and I have had nonstop bleeding since, [blood is sometimes brown and black> is that normal? Also have severe abdominal pain, blood clots often, I bleed thru a tampon and pad? what is the cause?
    IM 15, 5*9, 135lbs.
    I have Von Willebrands and iron defiecincy...
    If you can please reply.


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    Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP responded:
    Dear An: Alas, some women do have erratic and/or prolonged bleeding with DepoProvera. In your specific case you have the important factor of the Von Willebrand's which can also increase menstrual bleeding.

    The abdominal pain is not normal for Depo. That needs to be evaluated by your GYN. If the pain is from the uterus it MIGHT be linked to the contraction of the uterus to pass the large blood clots. Other causes have to be ruled out as well.

    The only thing which would be considered OK would be the dark browish black color of the flow. This color tends to be present when the flow is more scant. A slower flow has longer time to be exposed to oxygen--which turns it brown.

    The most important thing is to call your GYN promptly about the prolonged and heavy bleeding. I suspect Depo was chosen for you in the hope that it would reduce menstrual bleeding. Your GYN needs to know that there is still heavy bleeding. They may want to reconsider your treatment options.


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