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How Long to Get Pregnant After Depo

on Aug 30, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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How Long to Get Pregnant After Depo

Did you take the Depo-Provera birth control injectable? How long does it take to get pregnant after Depo?

It is many people’s dream to have a family and an overall happy family and life. Many feel that by having a successful career, a happy marriage and a beautiful baby then you will be able to have the perfect life. Though now it seems as if there are many ways to go about this process exactly how you want to. Though if you’ve previously been on chemical birth control such as Depo-Provera and then stopped them because you want to become pregnant, you may not know how long it will take before you will actually get pregnant. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

It may take time

Many women who have been on Depo shots in the past and stopped because they wanted to start a family, have said that they usually get pregnant within a year of stopping. Though the results may vary, different people have varied reactions and side effects of stopping a birth control regimen that they have been on for a while. It has been said that however long that you were getting the shot may inevitably have something to do with how long it will take you before you become pregnant.

Affects each woman differently

This particular birth control shot affects different women in varied ways. Some of them don’t have a period at all while taking this pill, and others may have a very light one. It all depends upon that particular woman’s body. Though some women have even reported becoming pregnant after just missing one Depo shot. These things work differently from woman to woman. I know in my case, I had been taking Depo for the better part of 5-6 years and seldom had a cycle at all. So it should have taken upwards of 4-12 months to get pregnant, which of course we had no idea. But we got incredibly lucky and got pregnant after only 1-2 cycles. But for the majority of women, I believe that the opposite is true and it may take longer than you expect.

How long did you take Depo?

It seems as if the longer you’ve been taking the Depo shot, the longer it will take for you to get your period after you’ve stopped. Though most have reported it usually happens for them at around the 18 month mark. Before stopping this shot, always be sure to talk it over with your doctor, as he or she may have a better option for you or another way for you to regulate your cycles faster.

Take heed when taking Depo

Some women have stopped taking this shot for many years and are still unable to become pregnant. This mainly depends upon how this shot affects you and your body. But before beginning take the shots, you should always discuss all of the possible side effects with your OBGYN or general doctor, especially if you plan to become a mom in the not too distance future. It is not something they tell you when you are young and wanted to prevent unwanted pregnancies, that it may mess up your fertility in the long run. So look at your options, and make a wise choice.

Side effects

These shots can have varied side effects on different women, as it is always best to see how it will affect you. If you are unable to become pregnant after you’ve stopped the Depo shot, then you will need to speak with your doctor. There are many other options readily available for you to help you be able to conceive a beautiful baby like taking various fertility supplements to help kickstart your reproductive system, regulate your hormones and cycles, to get you back on track.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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  • T

    I got my first Depo shot in October and had a period that lasted 10 days in October as well it’s now December and I haven’t had another period nor have I went and got my second shot. Can I become pregnant now? If that was my first time ever and I haven’t gotten my second one? I had sex today and hoping I become pregnant.

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  • Jessica

    I took the depo shot after i had my youngest son back in july of 2012 . I was.on the depo for 11 months i quit taking it in may of 2013 . I have been trying to get pregnant ever since and i have talk to my doc. And she said for me to take prenatals with folic acid for a yr. So thats what i did and I STILL CAN NOT GET PREGNANT.

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  • Cheyenne Hoehns

    I started taking the depo shot of May 2013 i have not missed any shots since I started. I got off the depo and that was on November 4, 2015 i started my period November 14 and have regular periods since i been off. I was wondering how long will it take to get pregnant and if anybody else had their periods right when they got off the depo.
    Thanks!

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  • Victoria

    I have been off the depo for a month now had my period the first week I didn’t take the shot it lasted for 8 days now I been feeling under the weather for about a week now very sleep body drained & breast very sore what dose this mean I only been off the depo a month only one period

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  • Mia

    So I had gotten the shot , but missed my next shot in October, had my period lasted 4 to 5 days came off. My boyfriend came inside of me like 2 to 3 Days ago can i still get pregnant?

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  • Taylor

    I’ve been off the depo for almost 8 years now and still haven’t been able to conceive what am I supposed to do?

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  • Bethany

    I have been off the defo for 1 year and 3 month now. As soon as I stopped the next month I had my period & carried on having my periods each month as I still do now. Although while I was on the depo my periods stopped. It is still possible for me to get pregnant? As I have been trying for the time period that I’ve stopped and still no luck !:(

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  • Sonza

    My last shot for depo was May of 2014. Now it is Jan of 2016. I have been off depo for about 18 months now exactly. I have been having regular periods for about over 4 months. I would like to know how long it will take to get pregnant. I am thinking about getting the ttc kits but I am unware of if I am pregnant. If I do receive my period at the end of this month. What are the steps that I need to take in order to get my life started the right way.

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  • michelle

    i had sex for about 6 days before getting my depo shot again can i become preagnet…and i been haveing cramping

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  • Unknown

    I was on the depo for longer then I should of been eg; 7 years, I’ve recently came off in December because me and my boyfriend have finally decided we want to try for a child. will it be possible to create life after such a long time being on it?

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  • Emaan Ali

    I have had a 2 week period and now just had a 4 day period
    am i able to get pregnant now

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  • Samantha

    My last depo shot was September 2015 and I had my cycle last month and haven’t seen it again! I was wondering could I be pregnant?

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  • Jasmine

    I stop taking the shot since December. Do you think I should wait for a couple more to see if I get pregnant or try the fetibella

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  • Jasmine

    I really want to get pregnant as soon as possible. What do you think I should do. I only take one shot. Since December make it my three months I never went back to get the shot no more.

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  • Vangie

    I stopped use the depo shot for 2years and I don’t know I was still using on condom with my hubby. After one year we start to get Pregant. Its sad I cant b Pregant for 13months and wonder why I cant. Trying to wait for get Pregant to positive… I still have my breast tender when got my period every month it’s regular cycle.. Help me I want to get Pregant soon..

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  • Sariah

    I was suppose to get my second depo shot January 12th and I didn’t get it because I wanted to switch to another birth control. It has been 20 days since my missed depo shot and I’m not on any birth control. How long should it take for my period to come on ?

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  • amanda

    I stopped the shot last month and I have not got my period yet
    I have taken the shot before and got my period right away should I be worried… and can you get pregnant before you even have a period

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  • Angeliicaa Y Milagro Villarrea

    I got my depo shot on December of last year. I want to get pregnant. I only took one dose of depo which is only three months. How long will it take me get pregnant. I’m a 22 year old female. I only bleed for 2 days in the end of December. What are some recommendations for me to be able to conceive once my depo wears of by the end of February?

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  • Justine Alishia

    I have been on the depo shot for 4 years now. But by mistake I forgot to get it done. Called my doctor and she said I missed it….. So been off it for 2 months now. Well doctor told me to refrain from having sex but didnt listen lol…so um Me and my boyfriend been having sex lately. My appt was Feb 1st. She told me No sex for 2weeks but I did….since feb 2nd we had sex a lot…well he went out to PA then came back….I took pregnancy test they ALL came negative but Its weird. I haven’t got a period since I been on the shot so I dont know if its cramps or if I am pregamnt. Need help

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  • Casey hilden

    On the depo for 1 year,I was meant to get my depo shot in December, didn’t have it. Period in January, now I’m 21 days late for my period. Could I be pregnant?

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  • Taylor

    I got the shot in sept but in the began of dec I had a period and I was suppose to get a other shot in dec but I didn’t I had intercourse a the end of dec I miss a month of my period

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  • Marie

    I am going into my fourth month of not getting the Depo shot. I had sex 2 weeks ago. Is it too early to take a pregnancy test?

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  • Willa Jones

    ive been on the depo since 2011….. i missed my depo this time around. how long will it be before i get my cycle or pregnant?

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  • Breena

    I am due for my shot sometime this month. If I start taking folic vitamins and prenatal vitamins will this help me get pregnant fast?

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  • Dha

    I miss a shot for more than 5 days is it possible for me to get pregnant?..

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  • Leyah

    I was 16 when i got the first depo shot then my last one was when i turned 18 and now im turning 20 and i have to take pills to make my period start. And id like to become a mom. But its like impossible for me because my period wont start on its own and it wont regulate itself. So is it possible the depo messed up my fertility? I really hope not i was never told the side affects.

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  • brenda

    Hi! So I’m around 17-18 years of age I was on the depo for about 2 years, I would get my period normally towards the third month when the shot would start to wear off for my next appointment and I was supposed to take my depo in late February this year but decided I didn’t want to pro long me having children so I’d be able to around my 20′s but me and my boyfriend had sexual intercourse unprotected and I spotted immediately we were done and didn’t bleed afterwards & been having a lot of cramps lately but I had recently gotten my period before we had intercourse. So is it possible I conceived??. A reply would help.

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  • Katy

    I had two depo shots. It was due beginning of February. I had my first period Feb 17-21. I very very lightly spotted the March 11-14. It was on n off through the days. Literally just little pink spots. I was on the shot a couple years ago as well and didn’t do anything like this. I use the period tracker/calendar. And I’m 2 days late on my period according to it. My husband and I have sex every day. So IDK the chances of getting pregnant since its been almost two months since it was due.

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  • Sgonzalez

    I’ve been on depo for 3 years. And was due in February it is now march… I’ve been on depo b4 and when I got off I was trying to get pregnant. This time I’m getting off to get my body regulating again… through my years with depo I haven’t had a period. My ? Is can I get pregnant if I’m not taking anything BUT I haven’t had a period yet…. do I need to have a period b4 I can get pregnant?

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  • Queen

    Hi i was using depo longtime so i stop i put implant for 1 year i take it out again so how many months can i stay 2 fall pregnant

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  • Danielle

    Gud afternoon Doc. I miss my depo shot since dec 5th of last year and i been having unprotected sex and want to start a family wbats goin on u tHink?

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  • Ambam

    I have been off the shot for 3 months I have been spoting or it’s just bleeding when I whip is it possible that I can get pregnant me and my boyfriend are trying

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  • angie

    should u take anything after u stop taking the depo to help your body clean from the depo?

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  • shyla

    I have been taking the depo shot since i was 14 or 15 and im 18 now. My last shot was supposed to be in september of 2015 and i didnt get it. Its been 8 months since ive gotten my last shot. i havent gotten pregnant yet.. should i be worried

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  • Trinity

    I Had A Baby 5 Months Ago And Before I Left The Hospital(November 5, 2015) I Got On Depo-Provera As Birth Control. I Was Supposed To Go Back For My Second Depo Shot Feb 4,2016 but I didn’t So I Received A Period Feb 7 ,2016 and it ended on Feb 11, 2016. I Did Not Get A Period For March And I Haven’t Had Any Sexual Intercourse Since October 2015. I Finally Had Unprotected Sex April 2, 2016. Is There A Possibility That Ii Could Be Pregnant Again.

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  • temalangeni dlamini

    I have been taking depo for almost 5 years,,,i started on 18 April 2010 and stopped 2 November 2015 so when do you think I will be pregnant

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  • Quintessa Sanchez

    I was forced to use the depo shot when I was 15or16 now I’m 19 and I still. Can’t conceive a child

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  • Tiah

    My question is if I took the depo while I’m on period and after my period will I get pregnant?

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  • Keonna

    im currently 19 , I started getting depo at 17, stopped about 6 months ago , I’ve been getting pregnacy symptoms likesore breast, fatigue , & nausea. could i be pregnant? I took ableach pregnacy test and it was positive but I’ve been told they’re not accurate. (It foamed over the cup into a bubble over the top) , I have been bleeding between periods mostly after sex

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  • Porscha Johnson

    I was on the depo for about 3 years my last shot was 8/18/2015 I been having a regular cycle since February an still no luck

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  • shanaia

    my last shot for depo was on July 2013.and I have been trying to conceive since. can I have children?

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