Depo and pregnant

Posted by brinalg1 @brinalg1, Jun 2, 2022

Hi, not sure if this is the right discussion ares, but I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend… 4 days before ovulation… but got the Depo shot yesterday and my ovulation day is tomorrow… will the Depo keep me from getting pregnant

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Hi @brinalg1 Well, that’s a nail biter, isn’t it. I think most of us women have had a similar type of experience in our lifetime and it’s very scary worrying about being pregnant or not, when we aren’t ready to be mothers yet! I remember all too well and that was 45+ years ago! What’s still not fair is that we women are the ones who always have to make the effort to remember the birth control…🙄

Are your periods fairly regular that you know when your ovulation day is?
Have you had the Depo-provera shot before? If it’s done on a routine basis of every 12-13 weeks you should be ok. However, if this is your first one, this article below from Healthy Living explains the timing of the shot,
https://healthyliving.azcentral.com/how-soon-does-the-depo-shot-work-12192564.html
“The Depo Provera shot is effective immediately if it is given right after childbirth or if it is given during a menstrual period. However, if the shot is given at a time other than those, it may take up to a week for it become effective, in which case another type of birth control should be used the week following the injection. The shot begins to lose its effectiveness by about 13 weeks after the injection. At that time, women using this type of birth control should use another type of birth control until they are able to get another injection.”
https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/depo-provera/about/pac-20392204
https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/birth-control-shot
I wish I had a more definitive answer for you but if you are pretty aware of your cycle, and don’t feel that you’ve started ovulating yet, you should be in the clear.
There’s a cervical mucus chart to help better define when you’re ovulating. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/fertility-awareness/whats-cervical-mucus-method-fams

Have you tried this method yet?

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@loribmt

Hi @brinalg1 Well, that’s a nail biter, isn’t it. I think most of us women have had a similar type of experience in our lifetime and it’s very scary worrying about being pregnant or not, when we aren’t ready to be mothers yet! I remember all too well and that was 45+ years ago! What’s still not fair is that we women are the ones who always have to make the effort to remember the birth control…🙄

Are your periods fairly regular that you know when your ovulation day is?
Have you had the Depo-provera shot before? If it’s done on a routine basis of every 12-13 weeks you should be ok. However, if this is your first one, this article below from Healthy Living explains the timing of the shot,
https://healthyliving.azcentral.com/how-soon-does-the-depo-shot-work-12192564.html
“The Depo Provera shot is effective immediately if it is given right after childbirth or if it is given during a menstrual period. However, if the shot is given at a time other than those, it may take up to a week for it become effective, in which case another type of birth control should be used the week following the injection. The shot begins to lose its effectiveness by about 13 weeks after the injection. At that time, women using this type of birth control should use another type of birth control until they are able to get another injection.”
https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/depo-provera/about/pac-20392204
https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/birth-control-shot
I wish I had a more definitive answer for you but if you are pretty aware of your cycle, and don’t feel that you’ve started ovulating yet, you should be in the clear.
There’s a cervical mucus chart to help better define when you’re ovulating. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/fertility-awareness/whats-cervical-mucus-method-fams

Have you tried this method yet?

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It’s my first dose… I was on it until October of last year… And had brain surgery so I wasn’t able to go back and get my next one… So I just stayed off of it for awhile… my ovulation start tomorrow… But I just got the shot yesterday

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@brinalg1

It’s my first dose… I was on it until October of last year… And had brain surgery so I wasn’t able to go back and get my next one… So I just stayed off of it for awhile… my ovulation start tomorrow… But I just got the shot yesterday

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Oh, I sure wish I could give you a firm answer. I’m not certain the depro-provera shot will have taken effect in one day’s time at this point in your cycle, according to the information I’ve been reading. It would if given immediately after your period. But in your case, given right before ovulating, the instructions say to use protection. So you’re kind of in a ‘grey’ area of protection right now.

Trying to use a little logic to figure this out. You had sex 4 days before you’re due to ovulate. Sperm can live 3-5 days in a woman’s body. Though after day 3 the vitality wanes significantly. And with any given sperm, there’s still only a 1 in 2,000,000 chance that it will fertilize an egg.
https://wholepregnancy.org/how-long-does-the-sperm-live-in-a-womans-body/
So given all of this, I would feel the chances would be less than optimal for a pregnancy if your timing is right. There are some pregnancy tests which don’t have to wait until after your period to take. So that will be your best option of knowing for sure. https://www.verywellhealth.com/how-soon-can-you-take-a-pregnancy-test-5179952

How was your recovery from brain surgery? That had to be scary to face. Are you all right now?

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@brinalg1

It’s my first dose… I was on it until October of last year… And had brain surgery so I wasn’t able to go back and get my next one… So I just stayed off of it for awhile… my ovulation start tomorrow… But I just got the shot yesterday

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Hi @brinalg1, thought I’d pop in to see how you’re doing. I’m hoping things worked out for you and that your anxiety of possibly getting pregnant has passed. Did the Depo shot help out?

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