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I have been on the depo injection for nearly 3 years now. I

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I have been on the depo injection for nearly 3 years now. I haven't had a period since the first year of being on it. I got the injection yesterday and the next night have started my periods. Is this normal after spending nearly 2 years without having a period?
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Women on the depo shots can have a variety of bleeding patterns. It's not too unusual to have some bleeding after 2-3 years with no periods.

Sometimes the bleeding is related to stress, and sometimes it's just bleeding from the very thin and fragile uterine lining that can develop from the depo shot.

Usually the bleeding will take care of itself with time.

If there is any chance of an STD, I would get checked, since that's the other thing that can cause abnormal bleeding.

Otherwise I would wait and see if the bleeding resolves on its own.
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