Have I mentioned that I am really dreading having my first period in ... five years? My periods have always been horrible crampy affairs that put me into bed for about 3 days out of every month, curled up into a ball and mewling. One of the reasons I have an ulcer was that I would take massive amounts of Advil every month (about 20 a day for 4 or 5 days) during my periods. I am now in the 'off' week for my patch, and in theory, my period should start Any Day Now. Though, some women have reported it taking up to a year for their periods to return after coming off the Depo. I figure that my luck isn't that good, though. Especially since I'll be travelling this week.