Might wish to talk to your Mom about switching off the Depo. and on to oral BCPs. This was the first step a Gyn took with me for Hormone supplement and since I also required BC.
Later, after no period and the physical symptoms had disappeared fully [hot flashes, no real period happening, etc.]; I was put on HRT which is a lower dose of the combo BCP [Estrogen & Testosterone] and was told to take the Progest. daily [rather than 12 days a month only] when the physician had monitored me for long enough. He said the Combo of the two HRT daily [Progest. in one first pill, with combined Est. & Testosterone in the second pill] was sufficient at that time to prevent a pregnancy & obviously since single [condoms were recommended].
Well, so far so good & no issue. I was very concerned myself about his recommendations since the potential for a pregnancy is present yet would be a disaster due to the eggs being bad, if one did release. I knew there was no options other than to term. the preg. However, I have been fine on the lower dose over the BCP's and feel much better. I would have your Mom discuss options with her Gyn when the Depo is wearing out. Also much has to due with if she is able to take estrogen based contraceptives secondary to any family history of breast CA. If this is a positive risk, the good old barrier method and nature doing what it does on its own [going through the change of life] it what needs to be. Brandye is having a better time than I with the symptoms than I!
At best I could say days I felt jittery, hot flashes, nervous, lack of sleep, occasional mood swing which mimicked insanity [to me] until I sought medical care for them...the key was the skipped periods accompanying all this. And well; Estratest is my best friend after taking it honestly 6 months...and adding the Progest. helped mimic a normal hormone level which a woman at my age [just after 40] should have...the libido followed. The BCP's were okay for a temp measure but the Estratest was the best relief for me since I was "absent", such as, "no detectable traces of serum hormone measures present" on several occasions confirmed by Medical Centers & Docs. Present were hot flashes, mood swings, no cycle, and no libido...the dx? Premature Ovarian Failure at a late age since it's more often seen in younger women!
Bear with your mother...some day you will see what it feels like. Hopefully you both "transition" more as Brandye has v. myself! One significant point is when women hit this point, realize there is help. The first symptom was lack of libido [rather mow the lawn than look at a man] accompanied with hot flashes to BEAT the band! Later the cycle went askew--followed by some "nuttiness". Be open with your Mom & keep a good dialogue happening she is happy to have you! My Mom was ready to sent me to the Psych ward first!!! I also agreed if there were no real physical findings I would seek psych treatment! Thankfully, it was just hormones for me at a early age.
Posted: 23 Sep 21:04