Originally published and written for Black Moms Blog
My journey began in 2014. Well, it was technically 2013 when the first healthcare professional dismissed my concerns and told me “there is nothing I can do for you- your hormones just have to regulate.” I had made the decision to stop taking the Depo shot, after experiencing several side effects including hypertension (high blood pressure) and weight gain. I’d already worked really hard to lose > 60 pounds, just for it to pile back on while on the shot. I went to the doctor because I was constantly bleeding/spotting and after researching causes, I felt like I was displaying symptom of PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.) He dismissed me.