Plan B and Depo, Odd Question

Posted by Lmkeller @lmkeller, Jun 2, 2016

The question I want to ask is pretty odd, and something I haven’t been able to get a straight answer for when trying to do some research on it. Anyway, I just got my first depo shot as birth control a few weeks ago. My doctor said to use a backup method of birth control for 2 weeks after the shot, until the shot became effective. At exactly the 2 week mark, while having protected sex, we had a condom break. I, being pretty paranoid about birth control, I admit it, panicked. I worried that the shot wouldn’t be effective until AFTER that 2 week mark. In this panic, I took a plan b pill. My question lies here-if my depo shot WAS in fact effective at that point, could the plan b pill possibly have an adverse affect on the depo? Could taking that plan b pill possibly make my depo not work anymore? I basically am wondering if I am still protected now, more than 2 weeks after the first shot. I’m sorry if this is a silly question, but I just needed to ask as it’s worrying me.

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Welcome to Connect @lmkeller.
I’m not a doctor or a pharmacist, but wanted to send along some information that I found asap because I can hear the panic in your worry. According to PlannedParenthood.org “If you get the birth control shot within the first seven days after the start of your period, you are protected from pregnancy immediately. If you get the shot within five days after miscarriage or an abortion, or within three weeks after giving birth, you are protected from pregnancy immediately. Otherwise, you need to use some form of backup birth control for the first week after getting the shot.” https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/birth-control-shot-depo-provera

They also provide info on the Plan B pill https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/morning-after-pill-emergency-contraception
In regards to your question about the Plan B pill reversing the effectiveness of the birth control shot (Depo), I recommend talking to your doctor or a pharmacist. If can also talk with a health educator on Planned Parenthood. See this page to access the chat room https://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/contact-us

Not a silly question. I hope you’ll let us know what you find out.

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Help I have a shortage of blood so the doctor put me on a 3 months injection so that I won't loose anymore blood then me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex and used the morning after pill afterwards to be extra safe and I was in over my head because I didnt think that time what do I do

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Hi, I have a question, if you know the answer or have an idea please answer, I need an answer!😕…… so my postpartum bleeding stopped on a Monday and I had unprotected sex on a Wednesday night and took a plan b pill the following day and than four days after I went in to get my first depo shot and they asked me if I had sex before since I was also six weeks postpartum but said no because my mom was there and was embarrassed to answer that question. Do y’all think I will be fine or could possibly get pregnant??

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@liliana1

Hi, I have a question, if you know the answer or have an idea please answer, I need an answer!😕…… so my postpartum bleeding stopped on a Monday and I had unprotected sex on a Wednesday night and took a plan b pill the following day and than four days after I went in to get my first depo shot and they asked me if I had sex before since I was also six weeks postpartum but said no because my mom was there and was embarrassed to answer that question. Do y’all think I will be fine or could possibly get pregnant??

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Hi @liliana1,
I'm not a medical professional, but I found this information about the birth control shot Depo-Provera on Planned Parenthood.

According to PlannedParenthood.org “If you get the shot within five days after miscarriage or an abortion, or within three weeks after giving birth, you are protected from pregnancy immediately. Otherwise, you need to use some form of backup birth control for the first week after getting the shot.” https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/birth-control-shot-depo-provera

They also provide info on the Plan B pill https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/morning-after-pill-emergency-contraception

In regards to your question about the effectiveness of the birth control shot (Depo) four days after unprotected sex and taking the Plan B pill, I recommend talking to your doctor or a pharmacist. Or you can talk with a health educator on Planned Parenthood. See this page to access the chat room https://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/contact-us

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@bookabin

Im kinda freaking out and i need some answers… i am on the depo shot for a little over 2 weeks and last night i just had unprotected sex and im scared im going to get pregnant. i want to take a plan b but some people are saying its going to mess with the shot and make me pregnant or that it wont and others are telling me to not take it at all and trust my birth control cause its there for a reason. i just want a peace of mind and im not sure what to do. please help!! ive looked every where online and cant find anything and cant get in touch with my health provider.

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Hey, im kind of freaking out right now and i cant seems to find answers online. i got the depo shot a little over 2 weeks ago and just had unprotected sex for the first time and im scared im going to get pregnant. i want to take a plan B pill but some people are telling me it will cancel my birth control and get me pregnant anyway and others are saying that it wont and others are saying i shouldnt take it at all cause i have birth control. ive looked EVERYWHERE for info on this and havent found anything to help my situation so if someone could give me some advice ASAP that would be much appreciated

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Im kinda freaking out and i need some answers… i am on the depo shot for a little over 2 weeks and last night i just had unprotected sex and im scared im going to get pregnant. i want to take a plan b but some people are saying its going to mess with the shot and make me pregnant or that it wont and others are telling me to not take it at all and trust my birth control cause its there for a reason. i just want a peace of mind and im not sure what to do. please help!! ive looked every where online and cant find anything and cant get in touch with my health provider.

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