The birth control revolution started in the 60′s, and has been slowly progressing to offer women more and more choices when they are not ready to get pregnant. But what happens when you decide that you are ready? If you chose to use Depo-Provera as your birth control method, could it still be keeping you from conceiving several months after your last shot?
Depo was hailed by many women as a true break-through in birth control. You only had to think about it four times a year, and it is nearly impossible to take it wrong. Unfortunately, what many women found out after the fact is that it can take several months to a couple of years for her fertility to return, even after just a single dose of Depo.
So what can you do if you used Depo, but want to get pregnant now? A few things will help, and the first thing you should do is schedule a preconception appointment with your OB/GYN so you can have your annual done and discuss whether you should try OPKs, charting, a fertility monitor, or a combination of those to help track your fertile times.
Currently there is nothing available that will reverse the effects of the Depo shot, so women just have to wait for it to get out of their system. One sign that it has left or is leaving your system and your fertility is returning is regular cycles that are between 24 and 36 days in length. A return of PMS symptoms that you experienced prior to starting Depo can also show you that your hormones are regulating themselves and that your fertility is returning.
If your cycles have not regulated themselves 12 months or longer since your last Depo shot, I would recommend talking to your OB/GYN about the use of clomid to help your body with ovulation. Taking clomid at the beginning of your cycle encourages your body to produce the hormones needed to develop and mature an ovum for release. Let your doctor know that you have not seen a return of normal cycles, that you have been trying to get pregnant, and that you did use Depo. Clomid should be used at the lowest possible dose for the first two cycles, with the dose increasing each following cycle. Follow up testing must be performed to confirm that the clomid is or is not working at it’s current dose. Using clomid, providing there are no other underlying health issues, should result in pregnancy.
It is possible to conceive after using Depo, but it may take longer and cost a lot more than most couples would expect. Don’t lose hope, and do enlist the help of support groups, your partner and most of all your doctor.
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