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Trying To Conceive After The Depo Shot (Need advice)

Posted by on Mar. 26, 2013 at 1:13 AM
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I had my first son a year ago.  My hubs and I are talking about having another child. Which is EXCITING! Anyways, right after I had my son I started the Depo shot.  My next shot is due in two weeks but I'm not going to get it. We are going to stop using birth control and comdoms altogether.

The thing is, my doctor said it can take about a year for me to become fertile again after getting off the shot.  I was doing some reading online. Found some information saying the average time it takes to become fertile is 8 months, although some people can get pregnant right away while other people it can take two years.  I also read that theres something you can take to get it out of your system faster (I wouldn't take it without talking to my doctor first, of course).

Any advice? What are your experiences with this?

by on Mar. 26, 2013 at 1:13 AM
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by Silver Member on Mar. 26, 2013 at 1:39 AM

I took it though not as long as you have and I endup getting prego right away I think it's just that each women is different and I heard that samething that it can take a year, don't know if you are a praying women but I would just pray God's will. Good luck

by on Mar. 26, 2013 at 2:14 AM
I ended up pregnant about a year or maybe a little less after I got taken off.
Good luck to you and your husband!
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by on Mar. 26, 2013 at 11:52 AM

I had a friend who was on it for about a year. It took months for her menstrual cycle to stabilize and in the end it took her living in a house with other women who's cycle was normal for it to regulate. Before she lived with her cousin and aunt, neither of which were having their menstrual cycle. She was for sure that the Depo shot had cause her to go infertile. Once her cycle regulated it was only a matter of months. But all in all it took about 9months for her cycle to regulate and get pregnant. 

The best bet is to get as much "female" exposure as possible. The main reason for this is that it's a proven scientific fact that when women spend a lot of time (i.e. living together) with each other their hormones get on the same "wave length" and their menstrual cycle regulate. Secondly is to not give up hope or think the depo shot "mess it up" normal pregnancy without ever using birth control can take a while too. Also it can't hurt to try the ovalation kits to track when the best time for you to get pregnant with.

by on Mar. 26, 2013 at 12:06 PM
The medication you are referring to doesn't rid your body any faster of the lasting side effects. Once you reach the point of needing your next shot the medication is gone. The medication you read about is called provera, it basically jump starts your cycle you typically take it for 12 days then expect a period to happen. Most fertility specialists will not prescribe it until you've gone a full 12 months without a cycle. Most commonly the longer you were on depo the longer it takes for your system to recover. If in 6 months you still have not had a period then you should seek out the advice of your obgyn. If after a year you still are not having cycles then he or she can send you to a specialist to get things going again for you. Good luck !
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by on Mar. 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM

 my experience is about right with what the doc says. for me it seems like it depends on how long you have been taking depo. i started when i was sixteen i took it for over three years when i stopped i thought there was something wrong with me it took me over ayear to get preggs.the second time i stopped taking it i got preggs in about five months. the longer your on it the longer its going to take to get  preggs.good luck be patient.

by on Mar. 26, 2013 at 12:24 PM
My only expeience was my best friend was permanently unable to conceive after it. She only had one shot of it
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by New Member on Mar. 26, 2013 at 12:26 PM
I was on depo for 7 years. Hubby & I decided to have kids. I took my last shot in May '05. Took the pill till we were ready to start trying. Got off the pill April '06. Prego in July '06. I would get on the pill to regulate your cycle for a couple of months then get off of that & start trying.
by on Mar. 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM

 I was on Depo for 2 years. When I stopped, my period never regulated. We tried to concieve for 4 years before it happened.

by on Mar. 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I was on the Depo for 2yrs after having our son. It took us nearly 3 years, to get pregnant and stay pregnant. (I had one miscarriage) We now have a beautiful little girl who will be 3 in July.

Good luck to you, and your husband. :)

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