I am 35 and have been on it since I was 18.
I'm shocked that your doctor would let you be on it for so long due to the bone density loss issue. I thought mine was pushing it with four years! Like you, I never want my period again after being spoiled for so long without having one. When I questioned the doctor about it at my last annual exam, he said that the only time it's problematic is if I want to try to have children, at which time they would start some form of hormones I think? I wasn't really paying attention because it's not something I want.
I had expected to just show up on day and be told no more about 4 years ago. It never happened. I was using the 10 year for the Norplant as a guide. I guess when any long term person stops they get the option of regular birth control in a higher dose to regulate them-I didn't pay too much attention either. I was just trying to act like I wanted to be informed but all I wanted was to keep getting the shot.
The doctor has told me I need to be very aware of the calcium issue-which I am very bad about- and said with me the damage is pretty much done. I just hope since I had no other issues I don't have that either. This is the main reason I am not considering becoming 100% vegan-I need all the calcium I can get. The sad part is even if they showed me I have huge bone loss I wouldn't stop-but had I got a mustache that is a different story!
They tried to almost trick me into getting that implanon implant. A friend who had been on depo long term got it and had problems so I refused.
unless that vulva serves at least 50 people, I really hope that price is a joke.