Trying to Conceive After Depo

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1. What Is Depo?

Depo, also known as Depo Provera, is the birth control shot. It is given every only every three months, so women don’t have to worry about a birth control method every single day.

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Depo is a great way for women to have access to birth control without constantly having to be on guard and worried about it. Depo can be a great option, but what happens when a woman who is on Depo is ready to conceive? Read on to find out more.

2. Plan Ahead

The best thing that you can do if you are trying to get pregnant after the Depo shot is to plan ahead. Since the shot is only given every three months, it can stick around in a woman’s body for a pretty long time. It can take several months, and sometimes upwards of a year for all of the remaining Depo Provera to get out of a woman’s system. The best thing you can do is to plan ahead before trying to get pregnant so you can stop your shots accordingly.

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3. Be Patient

There is no way to rush the Depo Provera hormones out of your system. If you have taken the shot in the last few months, and have since decided that you want to get pregnant, there really is not much you can do besides wait it out. Some women find that the Depo hormones don’t last long in their bodies, while other women find it takes forever for them to get out. The only thing you can really do in this situation is to wait it out.

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4. Track Your Cycles

Once you are ready to stop taking the Depo Provera shot and get pregnant, it is really important that you try to figure out exactly when your fertile days are in order to make it easier to get pregnant. There are only a few short days during each month when a woman can get pregnant. Using an ovulation predictor kit, a basal body thermometer, or an ovulation tracking app can make things much easier so you will know when your ovulation days are.

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5. Ask Your Doctor

If several months have gone by and you are still concerned that something is wrong, make an appointment and talk to your doctor. Sometimes, doctors are even able to do hormone testing and can determine if there is still Depo Provera left in a woman’s body. Your doctor will be able to answer your questions and concerns as well and help you to figure out what you can do to get pregnant more easily.

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Regina Ledoux, RN, CNM

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.