I had 2 shots of the depo provera shot, the last being about 4 years ago. Before I got the depo provera shot I had regular periods for 4 years since I first started my period at age 13. When I took the depo provera I had my period everyday. I had my period for 9 months straight after I discontinued the depo provera shot. My periods then became very irregular. Then they would totally stop for months at a time. Finally this year I did not have a period for 6 months and I thought that I might be pregnant. I wasn’t. My GYN Dr put me on the pill to see if she could jump start my period. When that didn’t work she did hormone testing and found out that I had an FSH of 100 and that I was in fact in menopause at the age of 21. At first she thought that I had A mosaic Turners syndrome and we did chromosome testing and I was totally normal. I do not have a family history of early menopause in my family. The women in my family actually have not went through menopause until their early 50s. I now am unable to have children. I am positive that this is from the use of Depo Provera. Have you heard about any other cases?
Menopause at age 21
Be sure you get adequate replacement of your normal female hormones. This is best done with bioidentical estrogen (estradiol) and progesterone, not synthetic hormones or birth control pills. About 10% of women with premature menopause will ovulate sproadically, and get pregnant. Those who are on adequate estrogen replacement are more likely to have a successful pregnancy.
Dr. Mary Davenport
Mary Davenport, MD, MS
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