Trouble Getting Pregnant after Depo

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One of the best forms of birth control is the Depo Provera shot. It allows women to not need to worry about taking a pill each day, ensuring a patch or IUD is in place or using some sort of device to avoid pregnancy. Instead, the woman gets one shot every few months and can avoid becoming pregnant until they decide to stop taking the shots. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

For the most part, you should be able to become pregnant soon after you stop taking the shot. However, this is not always the case for every woman. In fact, many women struggle to become pregnant after they stop taking the Depo Provera shot. Here are some things you need to know about it.


One of the main reasons that women have trouble getting pregnant after Depo is because of their ovulation cycle. Either they find that their cycle doesn’t return at all or they find that it is irregular. This situation could go on for several months or even years after a woman stops taking the Depo shot.

Luckily, there are lots of things you can do to improve this situation. For starters, you could change your diet, become healthier and exercise more. If these items are not successful, talk to your doctor about the medication you can take to help you start ovulating again.

Weight Gain

Unfortunately, one of the downsides of taking Depo provera is that it can lead to some weight gain. When a woman is overweight, she could find that she has a harder time ovulating regularly. In the end, this could cause infertility and make it extremely difficult for her to become pregnant.

To fight against this issue, make sure you are trying to maintain a healthy weight for your height. This will be the best way to make sure your hormones are in balance and you are able to ovulate regularly. You can also talk to your doctor about some of your other options and specific things you can do to help your situation.

One thing to keep in mind is that Depo Provera is intended to stay in a woman’s system for months at a time. If you are planning on becoming pregnant in the near future, it is best to talk to your doctor well in advance. Then you can determine when the best time to stop taking Depo Provera is so that you will have the very best chance of becoming pregnant when you want instead of struggling with infertility.

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Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
Dr. Renee Hanton, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).