your wrong as **** about only being able to stay on it 2 years
I know girls who have been on it for over 5 years.
First off, know your information before you speak. Dont accuse someone of being "wrong as sh** unless you educate yourself before you speak, its just plain rude. Just bc they have been on it for over the 2 years, doesnt mean it is according to the manufacturer recommendations. Second off I have worked in the medical field for 17 years now and I teach this information, and I teach it from the package insert that comes with the shot. Here is information directly from Pfizer (the manufacturer of this product):
Risks of Using DEPO-PROVERA Contraceptive Injection
1. Losing Calcium from Your Bones
Depo-Provera CI use may decrease the amount of calcium in your bones. The longer you are on Depo-Provera CI the more calcium you may lose. This increases the risk of your bones weakening if you use Depo-Provera CI continuously for a long time (for more than 2 years). The loss of calcium may increase your risk of osteoporosis and broken bones, particularly after your menopause.
If you need a birth control method for more than 2 years, your healthcare provider may ask you to switch to another birth control method or ask you to have a test of your bones before continuing Depo-Provera CI, especially if you have other risks for weak bones. When Depo-Provera CI is stopped, the calcium in bones begins to come back. Your healthcare provider may tell you take calcium and Vitamin D as this may lessen the loss of calcium from your bones.
Let me also add that we have several porviders that will not renew a prescription for depo once the patient has reached her two year mark. The will switch the patient to another form of BCP and order additional testing for calcium.
However this isnt what the post was about, as I previously stated, the only way to know for sure is to obtain a blood HCG.