Are You Having Trouble Getting Pregnant After Depo?

Are You Having Trouble Getting Pregnant After Depo?

What Is Depo?

Depo Provera, often referred to as just simply “Depo,” is a hormonal birth control shot that is very popular among women of childbearing age, especially younger women. It is especially popular in women in their teens or early twenties. It is often to go-to choice prescribed by universities to college-aged girls across the country. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

          Less invasive than an IUD, easier than the Pill.

There are lots of reasons that women choose Depo Provera as their form of birth control of choice. With the ability to offer women a birth control choice that they only have to think about four times per year, it’s easy to see why Depo Provera is so popular with women and why so many women choose to use it as their form of birth control.

The big seller of Depo Provera to young women is the fact that the Depo Provera birth control shot only has to be given once every three months. This is a huge positive aspect of the medication, especially for young women who are used to the birth control pill, which requires women to take not only a pill every single day, but at the same time every day as well.

          Other forms of birth control leave a lot of room for error.

Many young women are actually not very good at remembering to take the pill every day, especially at the same time, and there is a lot of room for error when it comes to the birth control pill. Using other forms of birth control such as condoms or the withdrawal method also leaves a lot of room for error, since it leaves the actual patient up to the task of performing their own birth control. However, with the Depo Provera shot, it is administered at an actual doctor’s office by a doctor or a nurse, so there is less room for error.

How Does The Depo Shot Work?

Progestin is the hormone that is responsible for the Depo Provera shot and its effectiveness..

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          Progestin is a hormone that prevents women from ovulating, and therefore keeps her from getting pregnant.

The Depo Provera shot is so effective because it is easy to obtain and there is literally no guesswork involved. Women simply have to visit their doctor’s office approximately every three months and get their next dosage of the shot. The shot lasts until the next shot is due, so there is no room for error. As long as women continue to get the Depo Provera shot every three months without missing, they are 99.9% protected against pregnancy.

          While a woman is on the shot, she will usually stop having regular menstrual periods as well.

This is usually after a period of a few months where a woman will have very irregular menstrual periods, so keep that in mind as well. This may seem great when desiring birth control, but once it’s time to think about getting pregnant, a regular menstrual cycle becomes everything.

Beyond the Shot: Getting Pregnant

The important thing to remember when it comes to the Depo Provera shot is that women have to think ahead when it comes to their fertility and getting pregnant. Because the shot stays in a woman’s system for so long, unlike the Pill, a woman can’t simply decide that she wants to get pregnant right away.

          A woman can’t simply decide that she wants to get pregnant right away. It just won’t work that way.

Since the shot lasts for three months at minimum (until the next shot is due), a woman will not be able to get pregnant until the effectiveness of the shot runs out. Now, technically, this sounds like it should be three months, just until the next shot is due, but things are not always as simple as they seem. It can take much longer than three months for a woman’s ovulation to return to normal.

          The Depo Provera shot is very good at stopping ovulation and preventing pregnancy. It’s almost “too good,” in some cases.

This means that some women find that it takes quite a while for their periods to return after stopping the Depo Provera shot. While some women might resume ovulation and their menstrual periods within three months, as soon as their shot “runs out,” some women find that it takes upwards of a year and in some cases, beyond, for their ovulation to return completely to normal.

Tracking the Return of Ovulation

When women are hoping to get pregnant after stopping the Depo Provera shot, she will most likely want to try all of the tips and tricks that she can think of in order to know exactly when her ovulation has returned to normal. There are several ways of tracking ovulation that women are very likely to turn to when they are trying to get pregnant after stopping the Depo Provera birth control shot.

OPKS
First, and potentially most popular way of tracking ovulation will be an ovulation predictor kit test (OPK). These tests are much like home pregnancy tests in that they use a woman’s urine to detect a hormone surge in a woman’s body. These tests are inexpensive and can be purchased over the counter very easily.

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Charting BBTs
Charting basal body temperature is another relatively easy way to see if a woman is ovulating. Using a special basal body thermometer, women can take their temperature every day and chart the results on a special graph. Eventually, a woman will be able to notice a spike in her temperature. That temperature spike will indicate that ovulation is set to occur within about 24 hours.

Cervical mucus changes
There is another way to track ovulation as well, going by the quality and quantity of cervical mucus. Cervical mucus is the natural fluid secreted by the vagina, and it changes dramatically throughout a woman’s cycle. The cervical mucus that you are looking for to indicate ovulation is about to occur is classified as “egg white” cervical mucus. This is cervical mucus that is clear, stringy, stretchy, and resembles egg whites. Once you notice that this is the kind of cervical mucus that you are seeing, this indicates that ovulation is about to occur, and that a woman is approaching her “fertile” stage.

Can You Return Ovulation?

One question that many women ask when they are trying to get pregnant after the Depo Provera shot is whether or not they can return ovulation on their own. The truth of the matter is, there really is not much that women can do to help return their ovulation to normal. Every woman’s body is different, and every woman reacts differently to the hormones in the Depo Provera shot.

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Some women find that they will “bounce back” pretty quickly from the Depo Provera shot. Other women find that it is much more difficult for their ovulation and menstruation to return to normal. It really just depends on the woman and her body type and her body’s chemical and physical makeup. However, sometimes there are a few things that can be done to improve a woman’s overall health and which can perhaps help for her ovulation to return to normal.

Prenatal Vitamins to Help Return Ovulation

Prenatal vitamins are a great place to start for women who are stopping Depo Provera and wanting to get their ovulation back to a good place. Prenatal vitamins can really help to balance out a woman’s nutritional gaps, especially if she isn’t eating right. Most of us don’t get enough of the regular daily vitamins and minerals that we need, and that can wreak havoc on a woman’s hormonal system.

 Prenatal Vitamins to Help Return Ovulation

By taking prenatal vitamins, a woman can help to make sure that her body is getting everything that she needs, which can in turn help to return ovulation to normal. Of course, this is not a cure-all for bringing back ovulation after taking the Depo Provera shot, however, it is a good starting place, and it is also a good idea for women who are not coming off of the Depo Provera shot to start taking a prenatal vitamin as well, since it can really help to increase fertility and help women to get their health back to normal.

Diet and Exercise for Returning Ovulation

Diet and exercise are also a really good place to start when it comes to returning ovulation and menstruation after coming off of the Depo Provera shot. It is a common thing that some women find that they gain weight during their time on the Depo Provera shot.

          This weight gain, even if it is just a few pounds, can really be a problem for ovulation and therefore fertility.

For this reason, if women are overweight, they should consider trying a diet and exercise plan to help them get back on the right track. Doctors and experts actually say that women who are overweight can benefit by losing as little as five to ten pounds. This way, losing a small amount of weight can actually “reset” the body’s metabolism and help a woman’s hormones get back on track.

Eating a healthy diet full of whole grains, full fat dairy, organic fruits and veggies and lean meats and proteins can really be life changing when it comes to women’s fertility and turning her life around. Steering clear of junk foods, sugary sweets, fast food and unhealthy foods is a good starting point for women who are trying to lose weight and get back on track. Exercise is also extremely helpful for the balance of hormones, and in turn the return of ovulation. Exercise is also a really great stress reliever, and this can also be a helpful tool when coming off of the Depo Provera birth control shot not only to lose weight but also to balance hormones and help return ovulation to normal levels as well.

What Comes Next?

It can be really hard for women who are coming off of the Depo Provera shot to know what exactly they need to do. Of course, planning ahead is the best way to go off of the shot before women are ready to try to conceive. Doing everything possible to get a woman’s body in the healthiest place is a great plan when starting trying to conceive after going off of the birth control shot.

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Healthy diet, exercise, taking prenatal vitamins or fertility supplements like ConceiveEasy are good ideas for women who are just getting started. However, there are times that women will find that doing all of these thing on their own is not enough to get over the “hump” of trying to conceive after coming off of the Depo Provera birth control shot.

When to See A Doctor

Of course, as we have discussed before, there are so many different aspects of trying to conceive after going off of the Depo Provera birth control shot. It can take a varying amount of time for women to find out that their ovulation has returned to normal and that they are back to a “fertile” place.

          Many women complain that their body takes up to a year to come back to normal after going off of the Depo shot.

However, if a woman is concerned about her fertility after the shot, she can make an appointment to see her doctor. It is usually recommended to wait at least one year after going off of the birth control shot before seeing a doctor in order to wait to see if the body’s ovulation cycles come back easily on it’s own.

          But if you’re 35 or older, you may want to do so sooner.

Doctors have many tools in their arsenal that they can use to help women who are trying to get pregnant after coming off of Depo Provera. Whether they just give advice or prescribe a certain kind of medication, doctors can help women get pregnant after coming off of the birth control shot. That could be Clomid to kickstart your ovulation or more advanced reproductive techniques, science can help you boost your chances. Of course, these could lead to getting pregnant with twins, but some consider that a boon not a bust!

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It is so important to remember to keep the lines of communication open with a woman’s doctor so that she can plan ahead for trying to conceive. The important thing to remember about going off of the Depo Provera birth control shot is that you have to think ahead, you have to plan ahead, and you have to have the foresight to try to know when you are going to want to have a baby. Depo Provera can be a really great choice for women who are trying to conceive, but for women who are going to want to conceive within a few years, they definitely need to think ahead and know that they are going to need to be patient to get pregnant after coming off of the Depo Provera shot.

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Monica Scott, BS, RN
Monica Scott, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy