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Problems Getting Pregnant After Depo Provera
on Jan 20, 2013
by Prabha Sahgal, MD
Depo Provera is very effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies, but can Depo Provera contribute to long term infertility even after you stop taking the shots?
Depo provera can be a very effective method of birth control. It is nice to have a method of birth control that women do not have to worry about taking every day, and it usually doesn’t have too many negative side effects. Depo provera also is very effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies, as long as you get your shots when you are supposed to. However, can Depo provera contribute to long term infertility even after you stop taking the shots? Today we are going to find out. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Depo provera can stay in your system longer than other birth control methods. This means, that even after taking your last shot, you might be unable to get pregnant for awhile while your body gets rid of all of the Depo provera that is left in your system. While the effectiveness of the shot begins to wear off after three months, lasting effects can remain in your body up to one year. That is something to remember if you are going to be trying to get pregnant right away.
Many women find that even after stopping depo provera shots, that they still have very irregular periods. Some women have no periods at all, while others have very light or very heavy periods that remain erratic for years after going off of the shot. This can be very difficult for women who are attempting to chart or track their ovulation cycles in order to get pregnant.
Many women gain a lot of weight when going on the depo provera shot. Weight gain can make it much more difficult to become pregnant. If you are trying to get pregnant after stopping Depo provera shots it is important to make sure that you are eating a healthy diet and trying to keep your body in the best shape possible.
If you decide to go off of Depo provera and are trying to get pregnant, make sure to visit your doctor and talk with him or her about what you can do to improve your chances of getting pregnant. Your doctor will be able to help you figure out the best plan of action and also will be able to answer any questions or concerns that you might have. Your doctor will also be able to help you figure out a great diet and exercise plan if you need one, and help you to get started on a great prenatal vitamin.
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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.