Getting Pregnant after Using Depo-Provera

Getting Pregnant after Using Depo-Provera

What is Depo-Provera?

Depo-Provera is a brand name for a progesterone only contraceptive drug. It is administered in 150mg doses every three months – which is only 4 times a year. For this reason alone it has proved popular with women as it is less difficult and stressful than remembering to take the pill every day. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

The controversy in getting pregnant after Depo

But here comes the difficulty, because it is more long lasting than oral contraceptives it stays in your body for a longer period of time, and can potentially stall your pregnancy plans. Whilst some women have claimed to get pregnant only a month after the drug’s three month viability period, others have had to wait up to three years before their bodies returned to their natural cycles. Trying to get pregnant after Depo can be very difficult! Either way, no research has shown that this contraceptive agent makes women infertile, so getting pregnant is just a waiting game with you and your body.

How long does it take to begin normal ovulation again?

How long it will take to get pregnant after taking Depo-Provera is not an easy question to answer as it depends on a myriad of different factors, but in general it varies from person to person. It could be affected by lifestyle choices or biological make-up, but the scientific evidence is not conclusive.

It is also claimed that one shot of Depo-Provera can take just as long to recover from as two years continual dosage. Depo-Provera works by blocking the hormones that promote the growth of your uterine lining; thus preventing the natural course of a pregnancy through normal ovulation.

Some users have reported that it has taken up to a year before their periods re-started (most stating between 6 and 18 months, although some report as long as 4 years), and a common occurrence was that they experienced a very light period, every two weeks instead of a regular cycle. Many women reported missed periods for months at a time.

Choosing the right contraceptive for you

The official line is that it will take you around two years for your body to get back into a position where it has the same chance of getting pregnant as a woman who has never taken the drug. This really just depends on your biological metabolism and functions. Ultimately there is no easy answer. However, if you haven’t started taking the drug yet, and you feel you might want to start a family in the next few years, it might be best to rethink your contraceptive needs.

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 Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
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.