When Should I Stop Getting Depo Shots If I Want to Get Pregnant?

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1. All About Depo Provera

Depo Provera, also sometimes known as “the shot” is a popular contraceptive choice for women that is given as an injection. Depo Provera is the birth control method of choice for many women because it is a low maintenance method of birth control. Depo Provera shots are only given once every three months, so women only have to worry about their birth control four times a year when they are on the Depo shot.

depo-provera-is-a-popular-contraceptive-choice-for-women-that-is-given-as-an-injectionFor this reason, it is a very popular form of birth control. But, what happens when a woman who is on the Depo Provera shot decides that she wants to get pregnant? When should she stop getting the shot to maximize her chances of getting pregnant easily? Read on to find out.

2. When To Stop Depo Provera

The answer to the question of when to stop Depo shots if you want to get pregnant is somewhat of a complicated one. You see, the way that Depo Provera is designed, women only have to get four shots per year. That means that each shot has enough hormones in it to last a woman for three months.

women-who-want-to-conceive-should-stop-getting-their-Depo-Provera-shot-as-far-in-advance-as-they-can-if-they-want-to-get-pregnantDepo Provera lasts quite a long time in the body, and for this reason, women who want to conceive should stop getting their Depo Provera shot as far in advance as they can if they want to get pregnant. It usually takes three months for all of the Depo Provera hormones to be completely flushed from a woman’s system, but some women’s bodies may take even longer. Some women still have traces of Depo Provera hormones in their bodies up to a year after their last shot.

As you can see, this is a very complicated question that does not have a simple answer. When it comes to Depo Provera and getting pregnant, you should try as much as possible to plan ahead so that you will have a chance to let the medication get out of your system before you try to conceive.

3. What Else To Know

It is important that if you are thinking about trying to conceive while on Depo Provera, that you talk with your doctor about your plans. Your doctor can help you come up with a plan and a time line to get off of the Depo Provera shot and maximize your chances of conceiving.

Doctor/nurse checking blood pressure.If you have already stopped taking the Depo Provera shot and have been trying to get pregnant for more than nine months with no success, it is probably a good idea to see your doctor so he or she can get you checked out to make sure that there are no underlying issues.

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Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.