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24th March 2016


In October 1997 I went to my gp to have the contraceptive injection Depo Provera. After having the jab & walking across the waiting room carrying my 3 month old daughter in her car seat I began to sneeze. I walked out to my car & felt quite sick, my throat was sore & I began to itch over my arms & chest. I got in the car & started to drive across town to my Aunts' house to collect my 5 year old. As the journey went on I noticed my voice had gone, I couldn't even cough or make any sound. My tongue felt massive in my mouth & I was red all over. As I pulled into her road (about 5 minutes after the first symptoms) I felt very dizzy. I pulled the car over to the side of the road & was struggling for breath but managed to drive the car around the corner and as I got out I remember my legs just giving way from me. I collapsed at the back of my car. I was having an anaphylactic shock, although I had never heard of it before. Thankfully for me a friend happened to see me on the road & took me & my baby into my Aunts' house to ring an ambulance. By the time I got to hospital the Dr there said to me "if you had been ten minutes longer getting here you would be DEAD". For months after this I had little grip in my left hand, my mouth was drooping & I dribbled. I put on weight, lost my libido completely & felt like I wanted to take my own life. I still to this day, 19 years later, stumble over words & forget things very easily. I have now been left with many allergies that I never had before & had another anaphylactic shock to the contrast dye for an x-ray, despite begging the hospital NOT to give it to me.

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Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is a form of progesterone, a female hormone that prevents ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary). Medroxyprogesterone also causes changes in your cervical mucus and uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. Depo-SubQ Provera 104 is used as contraception to prevent pregnancy. It is also used to reduce pain caused by endometriosis. Depo-Provera injection is used to ease pain and other symptoms in women with metastatic uterine or kidney cancer. This medication is not a cure for these conditions.

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