Trouble Trying to Conceive after Depo






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It is estimated that well over ten million women use birth control drugs of some sort. Many of these women use these drugs in order to avoid pregnancy, but a great number also use them for medical purposes.

No matter the reason for taking these drugs, there typically comes a time when you are ready to end the cycle and have a child. For some who have relied on the drug Depo-Provera for their pregnancy control needs, this task sometimes proves to be a challenge.

This injectable, long-lasting contraceptive is injected every three months and only contains the elements needed to prevent pregnancy. It is reversible, but many women have found that they have a difficult time getting pregnant after having taken it.

1. How Depo Works

As far as preventing pregnancy, Depo is a great option. You don’t need to worry about taking a pill daily or sticking on a patch, but rather simply visit your doctor every three months for a shot.


It has been shown to be 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and you only need to worry with it four times each year. However, since this is a long lasting drug, getting it out of your blood system can take some time.

Of course, since everyone’s body is different the actual amount of time that it takes for the drug to filter out of a woman’s body varies depending on her specific traits.

2. Anticipate Irregular Periods

One of the hardest parts about getting pregnant after Depo is that it typically creates irregular periods while it is leaving your body. When periods are irregular, ovulation is more difficult to track and since a woman only has a 24 hour window in which to get pregnant, this can be quite an issue.


3. Expect Weight Gain

Another problem that most women experience when taking Depo is weight gain. It is well-known that Depo causes women to gain weight and being overweight often makes it difficult to get pregnant. It is important for women who are taking Depo to maintain and extremely active lifestyle in order to keep a healthy weight.


Unfortunately, it does take quite a bit of time to get Depo out of your system and there is really no way to speed the process along. Most doctors will tell you to expect an eighteen month time frame before you get pregnant after Depo. Although this can be disheartening, there are some things that you can do in the meantime.

4. Get in Shape!

First, you should work diligently on getting in shape, maintaining a healthy and stress free body is a great way to encourage your body to function normally. You will have a better chance of getting pregnant if your body weight is normal.


5. Try Clomid

You should also speak with your doctor. Many times, doctors will place women on a drug called Clomid after going off Depo. Clomid is generally the first drug that doctors will administer to women who are having difficulties getting pregnant.


It helps to regulate your menstrual and ovulation cycles and gives you a better chance of having sex at the right time. Most women, in a normal situation, become pregnant within three months of taking Clomid. Although you shouldn’t expect these results, it is likely that you will become pregnant quicker while taking it.

6. Track Your Ovulation

After your periods are regulated, you should also begin tracking your ovulation cycle carefully. There are many tools available, including kits that you can purchase at the store, but one of the best methods is tracking your daily temperature by using a basal thermometer.

Women’s body temperature naturally drops slightly when they are ovulating and this special thermometer will allow you to know when these changes are happening. Be sure to follow the basal temperature recording steps carefully, which can easily be found in many locations online.


The best way to get pregnant after Depo is to decide beforehand the time frame in which you want to get pregnant. Stop taking Depo well before that time and allow it the time it needs to work its way out of your system. During the time that you are waiting for your body to become pregnant, you may want to use another form of contraceptive, such as a condom.

7. Keep Trying

Having difficulties getting pregnant can be extremely frustrating and with Depo can take several months to happen. However, with a little bit of planning and some patience you will be able to get pregnant. The key is to keep at it and don’t give up.

If you have visited doctors who assure you that your body is functioning normally, keep trying. Look into the items that are available to help you out and be sure to keep in touch with your doctor. They can be a great help during this process so don’t be afraid to ask questions.


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Larissa Belanger, RN

Ms. Belanger has 20 years of experience in women's healthcare and nursing, including labor and delivery, postpartum and antenatal. She is passionate toward improving both maternal and fetal outcomes of high-risk obstetrics patients.

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