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How long does it take to get a normal period after getting off the depo-provera shot? What are the side effects?

My last shot was Aug 22 2011. I got a period sometime in Nov 2011 and it ended Dec 5 2011 ( it was about a couple of weeks to a mon long). I started my period again Dec 24 - Dec 29 2011. Then I had a 2 day period at the beginning of Jan. It is now Feb 3 2012 and I haven't had a period since the 2 day long one at the beginning of Jan. Why is my period doing that? I've read that it takes a while to get your period after getting off of the shot, but i've had mine shortly after the last shot wore off, it's just not coming back. Also, i've been getting really bad headaches ( the kind behind the eye) and i've been really tired and wanting to sleep all day. I also gained some weight. Are those side effects of getting off the shot? I do not wish to take this shot anymore. I heard horrible things about it. I've looked everywhere for info about this shot and can't seem to find anything that will help me.

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It took me over a year to get my period back on several occasions when I stopped using Depo Provera, one time I had only been on it for 6 months. I never had a problem with headaches or being tired all of the time though. However, if you get the headaches in the morning when you first wake up it could be sleep apnea, I was tired all the time when I had that and had horrible headaches.

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Some people get their periods normally after a couple of months while some take up to a year. You need to talk to your doctor about the headaches to rule out anything serious and for proper medical advice.

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