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Depo injection side effects - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi my question is if I am taking the depo shot are any of the side effects of the shot breast milk?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me understand your question
User :   Hello
Doctor :   Do you mean the Depo shot you had taken has any effect on the breast milk?
User :   No since last week I started producing breast milk but I'm in the depo shot
Doctor :   The Depo shot stimulate the overactivity of the breast
Doctor :   Breast swelling and tenderness are common side effects
Doctor :   Hence a slight amount of milk secretion can take place
User :   So I shouldn't think I'm preagnant
User :   Because the last time I got the shot I didn't get a preagnancy test done
Doctor :   Depot injection are safe, and effective to prevent against pregnancy
User :   And I've only taken the shot 3 times
Doctor :   Before you get the depo shot, you have to confirm that you are not pregnant
Doctor :   Your Doctor should have informed you
User :   My doctor didn't test me at all
User :   That's why I'm confused
Doctor :   May I know when were the last three shots taken?
Doctor :   Any interval between them?
User :   What do you recomend I do
User :   No
Doctor :   Ok, Let me put my idea
User :   Ok
Doctor :   If you have taken the depo shots continuously once every 3 months / as directed by your Doctor
Doctor :   you are almost safe against pregnancy
Doctor :   even without the Pregnancy test
User :   The last shot was in February
User :   So in this case I shouldn't worry about it
Doctor :   Yes I opine so
User :   Will the breast milk go away soon
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   But if it keeps going and soaks your undergarments completely for more than 3 to 4 days
User :   Ok
Doctor :   You have to go meet your treating Doctor
User :   What do I do
User :   Ok thank you
Doctor :   Next what other symptoms do you have?
User :   I have gained weight
Doctor :   Do you have the breast swelling and breast tenderness?
User :   Alot of cramping, sleepy
Doctor :   You have to observe these side effects
Doctor :   I think your are informed about these effects before you are given the shots?
User :   Yes I do but all this symptoms just recently started
User :   The first two times I took the shot I lost weight and I felt good
User :   But since this last one I'm always in a bad mood and tired
Doctor :   Let me put some facts. 70% of women using Depo gain weight. Almost half of the women using Depo gain more than 5 pounds after one year of use. Many women gain more than 10 pounds.
User :   I get bad headaches
Doctor :   Other common side effects of headaches, nervousness, mood changes, bloating, hot flashes, decreased interest in sex, breast tenderness, acne, hair loss, and back ache.
User :   And I get them every day
User :   So all of the symptoms from the shot are almost the same as if I was preagnant
Doctor :   Yes, if you strongly feel that there is something wrong
Doctor :   the only way you can check is get a internal vaginal examination by a Doctor
User :   What is that?
Doctor :   Internal Vaginal examination can reveal the early changes of pregnancy
User :   Ok
User :   Thank you
Doctor :   Do you have more questions
Doctor :   I shall be happy to answer you
User :   No that will be all
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Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me
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