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weird spotting after first birthcontrol shot

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    October 26, 2014 5:02:38 PM PDT
    I'm 17years old with a four month old son I got my first depo shot on October 14 on the start of my period it came and went as normal then me and my partner decide to have sex nothing out of the ordinary when my period goes off but afterwards I started bleeding not heavy but like pink spotting what should I do?
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    October 26, 2014 5:37:30 PM PDT

    Greetings H, 


    Thank you for the question. 

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    Which medicine are you taking?: 

     Was it the one in your muscle or just barely under your skin? Did they stab you with a needle or push it in at an angle? 

    "Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) is available in two formulations:

    (A): 150 mg/1 mL for intramuscular (IM)(stab you with needle) injection


    (B): 104 mg/0.65 mL for subcutaneous (SC) (needle at an angle and goes just under the skin) injection. It can be given every 3 months (13 weeks) because low solubility of the microcrystals at the injection site allows pharmacologically active drug levels to persist and remain effective for several months


    1. What day did your period end?

    2. What dates did you have intercourse on?

    3. What date did you start the spotting? Is it still going on? H

    4. HOw many pads/tampons are you using per day? 

    5. Did you use condoms?

    6. Are/were you breast feeding?

    7. What medical conditions do you Have?

    8. What medicines do you take?

    9. Did you have a period since your pregnancy before the most recent one? 

    10. It is recommended that you use condoms for the 7 days after you have your period, when starting the deposhot anew.

    11. What kind of contraceptive, if any were you using last month?


    I look forward to hearing from you,

    Kind regards,



    This post was edited by Brett Snodgrass at October 26, 2014 5:43:54 PM PDT