Having Problems Getting Pregnant after Depo Provera

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1. What Is Depo Provera?

Depo Provera is a very popular birth control shot that prevents pregnancy. Depo is a very popular choice for a birth control method because the shots only have to be given once every three months. Women who take the Depo Provera shot only have to worry about their birth control four times a year.

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It is a great option for women who might forget to take the pill every day, or who don’t want to have to worry about other forms of birth control. So, what happens when a woman decides to stop taking the birth control shot and start trying to conceive a baby? Read on for the inside scoop.

2. How Long To Wait?

With normal birth control pills, the hormones usually only take a few days to get out of your system. However, with the Depo Provera shot, that is not the way that things work, since the shot is made to give you enough hormones to last for three months.

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The shot will stay in the system for quite a while. The best thing to do if you are having thoughts about getting pregnant, is to go off of the Depo Provera shot early. Try your best to plan ahead and give the shot enough time to fully get out of your system before you start actively trying to conceive.

This can really help. Every woman is different, and there is really no way to tell how long it will take Depo Provera to get out of the system. The average amount of time that it takes is 12 months, but can sometimes be shorter or longer.

3. What To Do

If you are going off of the Depo Provera shot and try to get pregnant, you should find out if you are ovulating and when your fertile days are. There are several different ways that you can find out when you are fertile.

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You can use an over the counter ovulation predictor kit test to find out, you can learn to chart your basal body temperature, or you can learn how to note and track your cervical mucus. The most important thing is that you know when your fertile days are, and that you have sex on those fertile days.

That is the best way to get pregnant, and the best way to boost your chances. Make sure you talk to your doctor about the fact that you have been on Depo Provera so that he or she knows your medical history and status and can help you with everything.

Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.