Depo Provera Birth Control

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I had taken the depo shot back in August and was due for my next shot around the middle October. I had horrible pregnancy like symptoms for example vomiting when I woke up, couldn't eat as much, certain foods made me horrible nauseated so I decided not to take it again in October.

I thought my body would be normal but I had been having my period for almost a month not heavy but, light and defiantly annoying. Now I have light spotting pinkish brown me and my fiancée have had unprotected sex from the time I was supposed to have my shot up until now which we have decided to have a baby.

I was wondering if this light bleeding is either me hopefully being pregnant or could it be my body getting back on schedule?

The only symptoms I have right now is spotting a light pink to a brown color for 2 days now, very tired, hungry and bloated with slight cramping that I've never felt before, having to go the bathroom more than usual and sharp back pain during random times of the day and night.

I was once taking a nap and was awoken by a very sharp back pain. also my appetite has semi returned to normal from when I was on the shot I am defiantly more hungry than I used to be : )

ANSWER

If you have not had your period, the best thing to do is to take a pregnancy test. It can take a while for your body to re-adjust after being on depo (as you are finding out), so that may be all that is going on. But it is best to find out for sure, right?

--Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.