The Lupron Depot shot is used for many different reasons. For Endometriosis, however, it is used to put women into medical menopause to give them relief from the pain. You can get a shot that lasts for one month or one that lasts for 3 months. It is recommended that you do not use it for more than 6 months because it can cause bone thinning and hot flashes. There is an add back program that will help with the possible side effects. There is much more information that can be found here http://www.endofacts.com.
The way I got started with Lupron is when my gynecologist noticed that pain medication was no longer helping nor the birth control I was taking. She then said to me “I think you have endometriosis. The only way to really diagnosis it is through surgery but I want to try you on Lupron first.” I told her I would rather have the surgery and then she said if it is Endometriosis or not I would give you the shot. I told her to let me think about it and to do research. Well after that I decided to do it. I was on the one month shot for three months to November 2015, December 2015, January 2016.
My experience was interesting, to say the least. While the shot was still in my system I was still having some pelvic pains. I had hot flashes like crazy (I still have them). After I was done with the shot my first cycle after was on time and durable. I was in my sophomore year of college so that was great! My second one was late and surprised me while I was in class. The third one, however, made me cry every single day! The pain was terrible and so painful! I could barely move, eat, sleep I could barely do anything! I got migraines, blood clots, blurred vision and last but not least I GAINED OVER 15LBS! I hated that shot so much and myself for not listening to others and getting it. I demanded and I mean demanded the surgery after being on it an getting worse pain than before after using it! I had it June 28,2016 where endo was confirmed.
The doctor who gave me the shot went on vacation after my last shot so I had to wait for my follow up. This means I couldn’t get more help right away. When I did eventually see her she asked why I wasn’t on a pill that will stop my cycles. If you could have seen the way I looked at her you would have been able to easily read my mind. I told her why and the conversation continued. I had called for this appointment and demanded the surgery. I told her, “If you do not do the surgery I will go somewhere else and get it.” Normally a nurse would call back but this time she did. That is how that conversation occurred. As we continued to talk she told me she was going to refer me to a specialist who does this surgery all the time. That is the very last appointment I had with that doctor.
I started to see a neurologist in November of 2016. He decided to check my Vitamin D and B levels. These two were so low that he said: “If you get sick you will not recover from it.” Those words scared me half to death. After asking members of an Endo group I am in other women who had this shot now have the same issue. Could the two be connected?
This is a screenshot of the documentary EndoWhat? Which I highly recommend. These are the pros and cons of the shot. Let that sink in.