Getting Pregnant After Two Years of Depo

I was on Depo shot for two years after deciding to get pregnant. Depo Provera is a birth control injection given every 3 months that contains the hormone, progestin. It is a very effective form of contraception and there is no need to worry about missing the next shot because you can just take it within the week of your due date.

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Why I preferred the shot?

It is convenient for me because I don’t want to take birth control pills every day.

Side effects I had during the Depo course:

  • Amenorrhea or absence of menstruation
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings
  • Spotting
  • Mild lower abdominal pain

Advantages:

  • It is cost-effective
  • You don’t need to worry about missing the shot every day
  • You get the shot every 12 weeks
  • Bye-bye monthly period. You don’t need to buy dozens of sanitary napkins and tampons every month

Disadvantages:

  • It would take about 6 to 18 months to get pregnant after stopping the prick
  • If you are not working in the medical field, you may need to go to the clinic or hospital to get your next shot
  • You may experience some of the side effects

My Depo Course Timeline:

January 2014: I started using the Depo-Provera birth control injection.

November 2016: I stopped the Depo shot and waited for its three-month effect. As what my doctor said, women sometimes wait for 10 to 18 months to get pregnant.

February 2017: This was my supposed-to-be next shot that I didn’t take. I experienced some Depo withdrawal symptoms including:

  1. Lower abdominal pain – similar to having dysmenorrhea
  2. Breasts tenderness
  3. Mood swings
  4. Dizziness and lightheadedness
  5. Nausea

I thought I might be pregnant because these are similar to pregnancy symptoms, but I didn’t have my period for two years, so it is quiet impossible.

May 2017: Fortunately, my menstruation came back. Imagine the joy I felt of having to buy menstrual pads again. I’m serious, I was really happy. I started taking folic acid vitamins thereafter.

If you are looking for an effective birth control method, I hope this helps.

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4 Comments

  1. BellionTravels

    December 25, 2017 at 2:50 AM

    I never knew about it. Will ask my doctor about depo. I’m currently taking birth control pills to regulate my period.

    1. Deb

      December 25, 2017 at 2:54 AM

      Hello! Long time! 🙂 I also have a colleague who uses Depo to regulate her period. I hope everything goes well.

      1. BellionTravels

        December 25, 2017 at 3:17 AM

        yesss long time. 😊 ohhh will ask about it. btw Merry Christmas 🎄🎅🎁 have a wonderful holiday

        1. Deb

          December 25, 2017 at 7:35 AM

          Merry Christmas to you too! Cheers to the holidays!

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