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Can Depo Provera Affect Home Pregnancy Tests?

on Jan 05, 2013

by Maureen Stephens, BS, RN

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Can Depo Provera Affect Home Pregnancy Tests?

Various medications can skew a pregnancy test result, giving possible false positive results. Can Depo Provera affect home pregnancy tests?

Do medications affect the results of a home pregnancy test? There are not very many medications out there that can affect the accuracy of a home pregnancy test. A home pregnancy test detects levels of hCG (the “pregnancy” hormone) in your urine. There are, however, a few medications that might interact with the results of a home pregnancy test. Mostly these drugs are fertility medications that contain the hormone hCG themselves. Some of the most common medications that can interact with home pregnancy tests are Novarel, Pregnyl, and Profasi. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Home pregnancy test and Depo Provera

There are quite a few things that can affect the results of home pregnancy tests. Taking the test too soon, using a defective test, not waiting long enough for your results can all cause an inaccurate result. Several medical conditions such as ectopic pregnancies, miscarriage, or even some cancers can cause home pregnancy tests to have invalid results. There are quite a few reasons that home pregnancy tests can be affected, but is Depo Provera one of them?

Depo Provera doesn’t affect home pregnancy tests

However, doctors say that Depo Provera should not in any way affect the results of home pregnancy tests. Depo Provera does not contain any hCG hormone, so there really shouldn’t be any reason for it to affect a home pregnancy test. There are a lot of factors that can affect the results of home pregnancy tests, but Depo Provera isn’t one of them. If you do think that you are getting an inaccurate result from your home pregnancy test, you can take more to be sure. It is also a possibility that you can go to your doctor and get a blood test done just to make sure.

Birth control

Depo Provera is however a great choice for birth control and it is usually quite effective when administered properly. Depo can be a really great choice for women who are wanting to prevent pregnancy and don’t have much luck with taking a daily pill, or don’t want to try the ring or the patch. The good thing about the Depo Provera shot is that it isn’t something you have to worry about each day. If you are considering starting on Depo Provera, of course, you will need to check with your doctor. However, one thing you will not have to worry about is whether or not Depo Provera will affect a home pregnancy test.

Depo Provera and fertility

While Depo Provera is not likely to affect the results of your pregnancy tests, it can very well affect your fertility in the first place. Users of Depo Provera for birth control report a marked increase in difficulties in getting pregnant in the future, after the shots have ceased. So if you are planning a family for the future, be sure to give your body plenty of time to rid itself of the Depo hormones to kickstart your fertility again. Or find an alternative method of contraception in the first place!

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Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.

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  • Rebecca

    can i get feribella in the uk?

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  • jessica

    Im just gettin off the depo shot was on it for 9 month. How long till i get pregnant and what can i do to help make it go faster

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    The time it would take for you to be able to conceive would depend on your body’s natural ability to adjust back to its normal ovulating state. At the most it can take anywhere from 2-6 months, maybe even up to a year or two. What you can do is keep yourself healthy to help your body adjust quicker and get rid of Depo off your system.

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  • Nicola

    I have had the depo shot last month and I have had a positive pregnancy test!
    Has the depo given a failed result? Or is the test right!! :/
    Thanks

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  • Mommy

    im in the same boat as you.. got my Depo shot Nov 13, 2013.. yesterday (dec9, 2013) after having morning sickness all week I decide to take a test to ease my nerves but two came out positive…. same thing happened last time with my son.. no birth control for years.. soon as I go on it I get pregnant.. ???!!!!

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  • louisa

    I only had one shot if depo provera and was supposed to go back for my second shot in october but never. How long after one shot can I get pregnant as im showing signs of pregnancy.

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  • Mom of four

    Same here one shot and signs of pregnancy idk haven’t took a test yet but I’m fertile and switching from pill to depo I hate it won’t take another I’ll take a test tmrw!!

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  • guest.18

    its been a year and 6 months since ive been off the depo shot. i got my period for a month straight right away when i went off it. i havent got my period since? is that healthy? is it normal to not have my period or not be pregnant after a year and 6 months being off it?

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  • Camil

    I had my first depo on November the 21st and am due my next on February 13th but feel bloated with lower back ache, need to urinate a lot more often, very tired all he time put on around 5ibs generally all on my stomache, I have had sex a lot in this time and my parter ejaculates inside me every time. I also had unprotected sex for a month before my first depo Could I be pregnant?

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  • Libby

    I decided my first depo shot a month and a half ago. I was not given a pregnancy test or told anything about the shot. I took antibiotics for about a week and I have had unprotected sex with my husband a few times. I feel so pregnant I can barely take it. I already have a son and I know what it’s like to be pregnant. And I don’t feel as if I am making myself crazy and thinking I am if I’m not. But because it was my first shot and I had antibiotics is it possible to be pregnant? I also had unprotected sex a week before the shot and got extremely sick about an hour after getting it for a week. Shaking, hot and cold flashes, throwing up, complete loss of appetite.

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  • Libby

    I’m in the same boat. Did you find out if you were or not?

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  • Kristin Marie Holmes

    Hi I am on depo coming in to the 3rd month of being on it and I’m having all the symptoms of being prego and I’ve done pee tests many of them and blood work what do I do any one know

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  • Sarah123

    I went on the depo shot after giving birth to my daughter 7 months ago to prevent unplanned pregnancy iv never been late having my shots iv been being sick feeling tired and put weight on but did not think much of it and thougjt it was side affects to depo shot untill I began to get the feeling in my stomach like butterflys like I did when pregnant with my daughter I took two pregnancy tests and both came back positive now the movements are like kicks I made an appointment with the midwife bt its not for a while im going crazy thinking how far gone am I as I am recis negative blood and have to have early anti d injections please help

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  • daesha

    I’ve been off depo provera for 4 months i have a feeling i might. be like 3-4.weeks pregnant not sure though. I’ve taken plenty of test from the dollars store they were all negative…I’m going to by a clearblue one… when would be the best time to take it? Should i wait a week or two is it to earley?

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  • Gabrielle Miller

    I was on depo for 6 years been off it since Nov but still have not had a menstrual cycle was concerned about being pregnant. When I took the test it gave me a negative but I have been gaining weight, have tender breasts, and tonight I have been having an odd sensation like my insides were being pushed out right under my right side rib cage in spurts. Is this normal? Could I be pregnant?

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  • sweetpea

    been on the shot for 3 years andf never once a period got the last injection april 30th and no period since i read if you dont have a period within 16 weeks you should do a pregnancy test… its been 20 week no sign of period and all bfn tests could it be the shot or i may be testing to soon or not using a very good test been getting them from the dollar tree till i get paid…… not sure please give some responces!!!!!

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  • Laqueta

    Question i got one shot of the depo,didnt ger my next shot,n about a month later i startes bleeding for about three days,can this be my peroid n can i get prenant if is it my regular period

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  • Nichole Perry

    I was on the patch for 3 months then previously I switched to the shot and took the patch off right when they gave me the shot and had sex the day after and he didn’t pull out and then the same thing two days after the shot and then four days after the shot. What are the chances of me being pregnant and when should I test for it ?

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  • blonde girl

    I was do for a shot last month october I didn’t go to it and for 2 weeks now I have all the symptoms of being pregnant. Can I be pregnant?

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  • Toya

    Been on depo for a year. Wasnt feeling “right” so i took a home pregnancy test. Negative. Went to the doctor for blood work bc my iron was low and found out im pregnant bc of the blood test. Thank u blood test. Smh!!

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  • Mommyto1

    Thank you so much!! You answered exactly what I was wondering. Your the best!

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  • Heather

    I’ve been on the injection for 9 months and my boobs have started leaking and unless me and my partner are going crazy we’ve both felt kicks in my tummy but a home test showed negative ive had a blood test done to see if I have too many hormones in my body causing me to produce milk so I’m hoping and praying they also do a pregnancy test with it as I’m sure im pregnant

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  • shilo

    I’m in full blown panic mood. i was on the depo but recently decided i dont want to take it anymore and wanted to switch birth control. I have a week left before i was suppose to take my next depo and started to feel really sick so a friend recommended a pregnancy test. Scary news it came out positive, can it be a false positive??

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  • yessica martinez

    So im supposed to get my depo shot may 5 next month but i had sexual intercourse what are the chances to becoming pregnant? And im taking lots of vitamins to gain what i lost from depo provera.

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  • Elise

    Was on depo for a year didn’t get my shot March 27 I have had unprotected sex nipples are very sore and feels like I’m having pregnancy symptoms took a test and it was negative what is going on with my body ?!!

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  • tina

    Hi I am 16 years old and I am due my first period after depo is it normal to miss after my first shot? my bf and I messed about a little but he never came inside me

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  • Tonda Martin

    ive been on the depo for over a yr and i just took a test that was positive…what do i do now?

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  • amydellanno

    I just got my shot and And the dr gave me a pregnancy test before she gave me my shot andand it came out negative and told us to wait day before we had sex so we waited 10 days just to make sure and today I took a test and I seen a faint line what should I do

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  • amy

    I just got my shot the 19 of may and the dr gave me a pregnancy test and it came out negative and she told us to wait 7 days after to have sex so we waited 10 days after just to be safe and I took a test today because something felt funny in my stomach and the test came out positive whq should I do

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  • Clearwater93

    I was off depo for two whole years before I got pregnant
    pregnant

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  • bre

    I took the shot one time oct 2014 its now june14 still no period feel like im having systems couls i be pregnant it feel like it ugh any help please in this one shot i took got my body changing up so much realy tired of it

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  • ashley

    I got on depo for 6 months n I got pregnant right away but had a miscarriage

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  • Nitaa

    Hi, I just wanted to ask if you went to the doctor to ask about your positive test.
    I just started DEPO and the same thing is happening to me, my boyfriend and I are freaking out.. But since you kind of went through the same thing, maybe you can calm me down over this..

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  • Xania J

    I went to 6 weeks clinic with my baby and got the Depo Provera shot at 10am and I had sex at 7pm the same day without a condom, will I get pregnant?

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  • G Williams

    I have been on the depo shot for over 1 year. I havent had a cycle since last year I went for my 3 month shot on 09/28(on time ) and have been having lots of early pregnancy signs, i have taken 2 pregnancy test both negative, my boobs are sore, tender, feels swollen. Could these just be hormonal changes from the shot because it was administered in the belly fat instead of the arm? Should I go give my OBGYN a visit? Could I be pregnant? Please help

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  • Karina

    Same question I was about to ask I had my depo shot a month ago took a test because I had nausea and the test came out positive I’m beyond freaking out I have a four month old baby I can’t be pregnant again.

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  • Dymond Ace Walker

    Hello i have been on the depo for about a month and its my first time. I got it because i just had my first child(my son) a little over 2 momths ago. My fiance and i had sex about 3-4 weeks after he was born and at my 7 week check up they tested me and gave me this depo. At the time it said neg but i would of only been about 3 weeks. I have been really tired, easily exhausted, random craving, lose of appetite, bloated ( but it look just like the baby bump i had with my son at 7 wks pregnant), ive loat weight but gotten bigger, irritable, BAD mood swings. What do you think? Am i pregnant, or just really weird on this depo? I havent tryed a test because im kinda scared of the results. HELP!

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  • Esme

    Hi I am wondering if I was still covered with my depo because I missed the appointment date I got it on the 30 of last month and the last day was the 5of December..so was I still covered by it

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  • John

    Right when you got on the depo how long after did you find out you were pregnant. My girlfriend just got on deposit and they say you had to wait 7 days until you can have unprotected sex and not get pregnant and we used condoms for the 7 day and she was feeling somethings idk a feeling I guess, but anyways she took a pregnancy test and its positive.

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  • Rebecca

    Hi I went on depo in middle september and before i got my shot the nurse gave me a pregnancy test which came back negative, and i asked for one again in late october it still came negative, also in january 2016 my nurse informed me i was due for my shot in middle december I was concerned about symptoms so she did another urine test and still negative, At first it was Sensitiveness in my nipples, sore breasts, and Heartburns. And lately i been hungry and craving, also gaining weight. Im scared of the fact if i had gotten pregnant before i got my depo and all my urine samples were negative. Tonight i took a shower and washing my body I noticed my stomach was shaped wierd, i am not sure what to do to dig deeper in finding of other pregnancy methods. Help?!

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  • Coco dortch

    I was on depo shot in i stop taking it in i havent have a period in 3months in i took a home pregnacy test it came back postive in i went to the doctor in took one it came back negtive

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  • nicole

    I just got the depo shot in December 2015 after being off of it a year .. I am extremely fertil ..its now Feb 5 2016 and just recently started bleeding bright red runny blood during sex and mild cramping after..Ijust finished anti biotics too.. Could I be pregnant.. Did I have a miscarriage.. I took a test like a week 1/2 ago.. Is something wrong or is it normal.

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  • Diva101

    I got the injection shot on the 9th ocf febuary which was three days after my period had overed then i had unprotected sex on the 11th of febuary and my boyfriend nutted in me twice . Could i be pregnant , if so when should i take a pregnancy test ?

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  • Samantha McLeod

    i was on the depo injection for 4 years off for a year and started again last week because of my endometriosis but before i had the injection last week the doctor didn’t give me a pregnancy test after i told him that i thought i could be pregnant im not 100% sure what to do

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  • jt

    Im getting severely pissed off I was on the shot for 2 1/2 years after
    I had my daughter cause I didnt want another baby with the fiance
    at the time thing didnt work out and we parted was so I stayed on the shot
    even tho I didnt have any one to be with after being alone for so long
    i got online and meet some one after dating for 3months
    he proposed and we got married on our one year of being
    together now we been together for 5 years and ive been off
    the shot for 4 years and after try to conceive thinking we
    did the dr keeps checking and the end result is no for about
    the 4 time and im losing all hope and my husband is upset
    and I dont know how to cope my main goul was to get married
    Settle down have a family but now I feel my dream is never going to
    come true im so stressed I really need some advice and some
    one to talk to please help

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  • Lenee

    Sounds like its time to seek professional help. And it might not even be you but him. Stop “trying” and just live your lives. Ask your ob for suggestions.

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  • mich

    is it possible to get pregnant after being off the depo shot for 3 month

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  • Jennifer Thomas

    I’ve been on the depo shot for almost two years. Today I go and get my shot. The only thing is, is that I’ve been having pregnancy symptoms; I’m tired, mood swings, I even had to go up and size in bras, and my boobs hurt really bad. I took a pregnancy test and it came out negative. Do you think I should still get the shot today? Do you think it’s possible I’m pregnant even if the test came out negative?

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