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Is it normal to bleed for over 3 months after the depo

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Is it normal to bleed for over 3 months after the depo injection? I had my last injection august 2010 and i had my first bleed january 2011, i have not stopped bleeding since then & i have really bad cramps too.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr. Pfeiffer replied 6 years ago.

how many injections did you have?

just the one in August?

Did you bleed at all on the depo?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
i had a total of 3 injections all together and i had no bleeding whilst on the depo
Expert:  Dr. Pfeiffer replied 6 years ago.


So the most likely cause is the lagging effects of the depo. What happens is the depo can prevent normal ovulation for up to 18 months. During this time frame your body still produces estrogen and the lining of the uterus gets thick, unstable and causes prolonged and abnormal bleeding.

So, while this isn't normal, meaning it doesn't' happen to everyone, it is something that happens to some women.

I'd recommend you have your thyroid checked and then a birth control pill for just a few months to get everything under control and by that time your periods should return to normal.

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thank you so much.

Dr. Pfeiffer

Expert:  Dr. Pfeiffer replied 6 years ago.

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Dr. Pfeiffer