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Didn't Get Second Depo Shot - Could I Be Pregnant?

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Please im scared, On October the 20th 2010 i got the Depo shot for the first time. i was supposed to go back and get the shot on Jan. 12-19 but i didnt go cause i didnt like th side effect. on February 7 me& bf had unprotect sex. is the depo still on my body? Or jst because i only got that once it got out faster? is there a chance of me being pregnante? please answer my question thankyou(:
Signed: Didn't Get Second Depo Shot - Could I Be Pregnant?

Dear Didn't Get Second Depo Shot - Could I Be Pregnant?,

 

TeenHealthFX would like to start by saying that it is always a good idea to use a condom during sexual intercourse to protect against STDs, regardless of what type of other birth control you are using. When you get the birth control shot regularly (every 12 weeks), the shot can be very effective in protecting against unwanted pregnancies. Less than 1 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they always use the birth control shot as directed.  However, the shot does not provide any protection against the transmission of STDs. So the use of condoms in addition to the birth control shot is advised.

As for your question about whether you could be pregnant, it is difficult to determine when your actual period is due after stopping the depo provera shot as it can cause irregular periods – so calculating the likelihood of pregnancy based on the dates you gave us becomes difficult. But, since the depo shot generally lasts for 3 months, yes, you could be pregnant. That said, FX recommends that you follow up with a doctor to find out if you are pregnant or not.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

If you need to find a free pregnancy testing center, you can call 866-942-6466. If you are pregnant, given that this is an unplanned pregnancy, you can call 1-800-672-2296. And if you are pregnant, but have no medical insurance, you can call 1-800-450-0183.

For more information on the depo shot, go the Planned Parenthood webpage Birth Control Shot (Depo-Provera).

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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