Verified review • 9th Nov 22
I went on it to stop my really painful periods and to manage an ovarian cyst that I’ve been having for a while. It did stop my periods and made my cyst shrink a little, which was great, however I would still get random, really horrible cramps on the side where my cyst is at least once a month, without bleeding or any apparent reason. This has become better since going off depo. I also had some spotting while being on it, but didn’t mind that too much, and vaginal dryness. It also pretty much completely decreased my libido, which was not great, but this has become better since going off it. The biggest side effect, however, was that about a month into my first injection I started to feel a lot more anxious, which increased over the next months, and it got really really bad. I had intrusive thoughts, started to question my relationship, and got terrible anxiety attacks. I genuinely felt like I was going crazy. I ultimately stopped Depo because of this. My anxiety has gotten better since stopping, and with the help of a therapist, but it’s a slow journey. So overall, I loved that it stopped my periods but the side effects are really, really not worth it for me.
Verified review • 4th Nov 22
After three miscarriages I was really struggling with periods bringing back the trauma and constant reminder of my 'failure' to have kids. This was leading to awful moods and depression around my period. I knew there was a chance that the contraceptive injection could stop my periods entirely and I'm so happy that it has; no more periods, no more mood swings, no monthly reminder of my traumatic miscarriages. I highly recommend this option of contraception to EVERYONE! Following 9 months of injections (Depro) at my GP surgery, I chose to carry them out myself at home using Sayana Press which is super easy and I only have to inject once every 3 months. Job done!
Verified review • 19th Sep 22
I have previously been on depo with very few side effects so had hopes that this would be similar. After having a break from contraception, I decided to give sayanna press a go as I thought it would be easier to do at home. The administration is a lot easier than I thought it would be, and being able to do it myself is a definite bonus. However, I have experienced very bad mood swings. After being hormone free for a long time, it could be my body adjusting to it, but it is making me feel as though I can't control my emotions and don't know what is my hormones and what's not. I have also felt nauseous and dizzy a lot of the time, which never happened before so I can only assume is the injection. Generally feel low energy, and low mood a lot of the time. My periods were previously very regular and relatively light but now have spotting nearly every day, and occasionally heavier bleeds with cramping and pms, but this is not regular. It has effected my sex life because of this, but I wouldn't say the injection has decreased my sex drive. I want to keep going with the injection in the hope that it will settle itself down, but also don't know how long I can continue feeling like I do now.
Verified review • 3rd Aug 22
Overall one of the best contraceptives I’ve tried and I’ve tried some form of each. Started using to help with endo associated pain and heavy periods. Completely stopped my periods other than the occasional spotting towards the end of the 12 weeks after injection. Found it had no long term impact on my moods and very few side effects in general and improved my skin. Really handy only having to get it every 12 weeks rather than take a pill everyday. Only downfalls are for about a week after the first 2 injections I was very teary and hungry all the time but this stopped once I got used to it. Also had an impact on sex drive and caused weight gain during the whole time I was on it.
Verified review • 17th Feb 22
At first this was perfect for me, but after me and my partner talked we have discussed getting pregnant, but it has been 9 months since I stopped and I still haven’t had a period and we haven’t managed to conceive since I haven’t a clue if I’m ovulating or not. I wouldn’t recommend using this contraception if you have any thoughts about getting pregnant in the near future. It gave me the lowest sex drive of my life and I have gained over a stone in weight since using this contraception. I wish I would have gone with the coil again!
Verified review • 17th Feb 22
I took the depo shot once. The hot flashes and crazy night sweats were comparable to menopause. My pillow would be soaked in sweat in the morning. I took depo to prevent pregnancy for a short period of time after my 2nd child. It took 2.5 years to conceive our 3rd after just 1 shot, whereas my other 3 pregnancies were extremely easy to conceive.
Verified review • 16th Feb 22
Was on depo for about 3 years following being on the combined pill for 15 years. The doctor would no longer prescribe the injection to me as they said I'd need a break. I had no periods while taking the injection, which was great! Also, no other side effects except no sex drive.
Verified review • 31st Jan 22
Came off this during covid and noticed positive changes increased sex drive weight loss and since going back on had nausea and headaches around injection with all weight going back on and back to vaginal dryness and low sex drive so decided to come off for good
Verified review • 9th Jan 22
Ok so the contraception was ok for me. I gained a healthy weight (which for me is something that I’ve been trying to do for the longest time). I didn’t have to worry about buying pads every month, neither had to worry about getting pregnant. However the side effects weren’t worth it,the migraines still happened,the back aches were still happening and on occasion she would be dry. I am no longer on it now as I didn’t want to be on it for any longer than year just because it can effect your fertility,I’m still waiting on a period (haven’t had a period in 2 years) and boobs have become very tender since I’ve stopped. The risks of the injection causing brittle bones was a major factor as to why I stopped getting it too.
Verified review • 7th Jan 22