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lavenderspark wrote in parenting101
I'm just wondering if anyone has any experience with getting pregnant after stopping Depo Provera. I know the statistics say it can take any where from 3 months to 2 years, but I have to believe it can happen sooner since if you miss your two week window by even a day they make you take a pregnancy test before giving you the shot.

I was on Depo prior to getting pregnant the first time, but since that time we didn't have a clear time frame on when we wanted to get pregnant, they had me switch to Micronor (basically the pill form of Depo) for a while since it doesn't take as long to clear your system. I was off Depo for about 7 months and off the Micronor for 3 weeks when I got pregnant last time.

We're just hoping for a short time frame since there is a very high possibility that my husband will be going overseas in the near future. We also don't want a huge age gap between the kids. Our daughter will be 2 in August so there will already be 3 years between them.

I didn't want to use the Micronor this time because I didn't like the emotional side effects it caused last time. I also don't have many options when it comes to birth control. I have to stick to the progesterone only kinds because of my migraines. So I'm hoping things will work out ok. The end of my two week window is the 1st so in theory the Depo should be out of my system by the 2nd. I'm just not sure if that's really how it works.

Any thoughts/tips/advice are welcome!

No experience, but a former roommate of mine was on the shot and it took her a full year to even get a period.

I got (accidentally) pregnant ~6 months after stopping Depo - I hadn't even had a period yet. I also have PCOS. So, it can definitely go both ways, OP, and it'll sort of be a "depends on your situation" thing. :\

I've been told I will probably never have a period again since I've been on Depo for 10 years.

I know it really depends on our situation :( I'm just hoping to get a general idea of real experiences instead of statistics and group studies.

It is possible to get pregnant right after missing a shot (hence why you have to get new shots every 3 months) but in reality it tends to take awhile for fertility to return. Studies have found around 6 months or longer to ovulate again. </p>

Here is a link that explains it, with references to the studies if you want to read further. Link

Good luck!


Oops, this was supposed to be a new comment. Sorry!

That's ok! Thanks for the link.

I had my last depo shot in 2004, started charting and didn't ovulate until 2006. I assume this is an extreme case and not the normal.

I found out I was pregnant 5 weeks after I was supposed to recieve the new shot.

This is what I'm hoping for! Of course we got pregnant so quick and easy the first time when we weren't expecting to so it probably won't happen this time, lol.

maybe next time you can opt for fertility awareness methods or barriers or something like that, so you don't have to worry about how long it'll take to get out of your system..

sorry I'm no help otherwise.

We're only planning 2 so there won't be a next time.

I looked into the ovulation tests for home use last time and they're all dependent on your last menstrual cycle and I don't have one to go off of so they won't work for me. :(

Thanks for your ideas though!

You could still try temping, checking cervical mucus and cervical position and charting those, and then use the ovulation tests if the other signs point to ovulation. It's not as sure-fire as if you were certain of what is going on but it may clue you into whether you are ovulating at all or not.

Thanks! I didn't even think of that! I'll have to look into how it works exactly.

I meant more like reading "taking charge of your fertility" cover to cover and actually learning a thing or two about your body. even without a menstrual cycle.

Thanks! I'll have to see if I can find that around here!

Omg depo is horrible!!!! You should never take it. My mother nearly died and has an incredible amount of issues now because of it...

Yes!!! I'm on my phone but I'm totally serious. Its not healthy and causes all sorts of cancer, significant bone loss and other issues. I found her dying because her adrenal glands ruptured as a result of coming off the shot...4 weeks in the icu on her death bed....horribl. Using it for bc does not outweigh the negative affects it can cause

I am very sorry for what happened with your mother but her bad experience doesn't mean no one should ever take Depo. Depo is FDA approved which means it has been through numerous tests to make sure it is safe. ANY hormonal birth control runs the risk of severe but RARE complications, all of which a patient is informed of (or should be) beforehand. Birth control pills, for example, can lead to blood clots and those can kill you. But that is a rare side effect, just as your mother's case was, so scaring the OP when she has already taken Depo and come here to ask an unrelated question serves little purpose.

Fda is a joke and pushes tons and tons of unsafe products everyday...

And scaring the op wasn't the purpose but everyone should know this before taking. small chance of blood clots for regular bc is nothing compared to the high chance of more serious issues depo causes.

I would genuinely love to see the research that shows that Depo has a HIGH risk of causing dangerous reactions like you've mentioned.

Perhaps you didn't mean it to scare her; I'm simply unclear on what you did mean since she has already taken and discontinued its use. What is telling someone discontinuing Depo, when she asks about fertility advice, that your mother almost died coming off Depo going to do besides scare her?

Idk why people pick fights here for stupid shit. Its scary and I told her...its not safe...just read the wiki page. I feel she should know about that regardless if her op was about its safety or not. If she came here saying she wanted to jump off a bridge but wanted advice on ropes would you only talk about different ropes?? Give me a break. Move along.

Sorry, but I don't understand why people come here and start throwing around scary anecdotes that don't remotely answer the question. Never mind, though, I'll be happy to move along because the fact that you responded to my genuine request for info about the dangers of Depo (that you claim are so horrible you just had to warn her) with a suggestion of reading Wikipedia, coupled with your comparison of the debate at hand to someone posting about suicide shows me you neither know what you are talking about and are simply using your experience as gospel.

Like I said...on my phone. You can do your own research. Not here to start a debate...move on.

I have, and I have found nothing to back up your claims. Hence why I asked you to see your research. You don't have it, so I stand by my statement. Guess we will have to agree to disagree.

Probably best not to make wild claims like "it's horrible and you should never take it!!!!!!" unless you're prepared to back them up. "Do your own research" doesn't fly when YOU are the one making the claims.

The op was already on it and nw isn't anymore. What use is it to tell her it's not safe now?

And what proof do you have that it isn't safe? I'm sorry for what happened to your mother, but one person isn't proof that it's less safe than other forms of HBC. My grandmother suffered five heart attacks and two strokes because of the pill, does that prove it's less safe than depo?

This isn't stupid shit here. You are making very serious claims that could cause a lot of distress to anyone who is on depo or ever has been in the past. Requesting that you back up those claims with some proof is the opposite of stupid shit - it's what any rational person should do.

I found tons of articles online saying how horrible it is. And like I said 15 times I'm on my phone and away from comp got weekend so I can't get articles...but there are a lot online

For the record I looked up articles about Depo Provera safety. I found this review from 2008 that was pretty comprehensive that looked through a lot of case studies and population based studies.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18470526

From what I read it seems like the biggest concern is the loss of bone mineral density. A lot of websites recommended that women only use Depo for less than 2 years because of this.

If you need the PDF let me know.

Awesome, I'll take a look at it, thank you for the link! I did know about the bone density issue (part of the reason I got off Depo, since osteoporosis runs in my family), I just didn't find anything to suggest there was a high risk of near-fatal complications in the average user.

I didn't almost die, but I did 4 years of Depo before starting our family, and I had some major issues with my menstrual systems in the last year.

Now, as for me, I started ovulating within 6 weeks of my last shot, but my cycle was as unpredictable as a tornado for about 18 months thereafter.

Wow. I've never heard of this happening to anyone. I'm sorry this happened to your mom :(

After baby #2 we will be looking into the "permanent" birth control options and I won't be taking the Depo any more.

I can't wait to have my husband snipped!! :) we only use condoms lol

When I got pregnant the first time, I had been off depo since January and was pregnant in March (back in 2007). Had a miscarriage in June, but was pregnant again in September 2007. Had my son in June of 2008.

Good luck! If I were you, I'd just go ahead and stop getting the shot, and have the sexy fun times whenever. I've heard of successful pregnancies right away and months and years later. There isn't a good way to predict.

However, I think if you haven't had any of the negative side effects that can happen with Depo, that is a likely indicator that your body is able to handle it well and you should expect to get knocked up fairly quickly.

I don't think this last sentence is true at all. sometimes it's the length of time you're on it that can determine how quickly (if at all) your body bounces back, and people who have negative reactions wouldn't be the ones on it for very long.

I was on depo for about 2 years, and in between moving/trying to find a new doctor, I wound up preggers... it was probably a four month window between the last shot I had and finding out I was pregnant, with never having a period.

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