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depo provera and menopause
helenkermit posted:
I went on the depo provera shot when I was about 31 and I am 50 now. My primary care doctor took me off of it for a short time when I was about 43 he thought it made me gain weight. I went off started getting hormonal migraines went back on and was fine. I feel better since i have been on the shot. I have more energy. I am not anemic. I dont get yeast unless i take strong antibiotics. i wondered how is the shot goin to affect menopause and how will i know when i am in it enough to where my periods will not come back.
Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
Dear Helenkermit,
You're asking a very good question. While you are on the repo, it will be impossible to tell when you are menopausal. What you'll need to do is to be off the shot for at least a few months to figure it out (and depo can last around the body for a while, like several months). As far as when to start investigating-that's the question. Average age at menopause in the US is about 51 and a half. Family history is relevant. So if all the women in your family became menopausal very early (like in their 40's) it might be worthwhile to have you stop the shot now. If all the women in your family were late, I'd be inclined to wait a while before stopping the injections to see where you are.
Good luck,
Mary Jane

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