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Spotting for two months
Lcornwell89 posted:
I started depo provera in may of 2012 I had two shots all together and was supposed to go for my last on in late November but didn't. When I was on depo I never had a regular period only brownish colored spotting. Around the time my last shot was due I experienced what I thought was a regular period which lasted about a week and since it stopped I've been spotting red and sometimes brown for almost 2 months now and don't know why? Any suggestions?
David K Walmer, MD, PhD responded:
It can be a challenge to figure out what is going on after you take depoprovera. DepoP can clear from some women's bodies in the normal 3 month window and hang around for a long time in others. Progesterone-only therapy like DepoP or Norplant are associated with breakthrough bleeding much more often than hormonal contraceptives that contain estrogen, like birth control pills. The estrogen tends to stabilize the uterine lining. What your doctor does for you will depend on your goals (not bleeding, trying to get pregnant, etc.).