Quitting Depo Provera & Ablation

Topic Title: Quitting Depo Provera & Ablation
Created On: 07/05/2010 05:05 AM

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 07/05/2010 05:05 AM

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I am 40 years old and have been using depo provera as my birth control method for about 15 years. On a recent visit to my regular physician she told me that it is not advisable to use depo for more than 5 years due the reduction in bone density that can occur.

The main reason why depo has been my birth control method of choice is the elimination of menstrual periods. Prior to using depo provera my periods would be heavy and the cramping I experienced was severe. The cramping was so bad that even with prescription ibuprofen, I would be in so much pain that vomiting would occur. I was missing 2 days of work each month due to cramps (the cramps would last more than 2 days sometimes). My period would last 7 days, sometimes 8 or 9 days. I was miserable. I do not want to return to this.

My doctor suggested that ablation might be an option for me. She advised that I would have to be off of depo and be having periods again to be considered for ablation. I want to know if this is indeed the case. What are the requirements to be considered for an ablation procedure? What is the preparation for the procedure?

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