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What Is The Possibility Of Getting Pregnant 4 Months After Starting Depo Provera?

Published: July 17, 2013
Dear What Is The Possibility Of Getting Pregnant 4 Months After Starting Depo Provera?,

I've been on the depo provera shot for 4 months now, only had 2 shots. What's the possibility of getting pregnant?


Dear What Is The Possibility Of Getting Pregnant 4 Months After Starting Depo Provera?,

According to Planned Parenthood’s information on the Birth Control Shot (Depo-Provera):

The birth control shot is one of the most effective methods of birth control available. It works best when you get the birth control shot regularly, every 12 weeks.

  • Less than 1 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they always use the birth control shot as directed.
  • About 6 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they don't always use the birth control shot as directed.

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 — like a condom, female condom, diaphragm, sponge, or emergency contraception (morning after pill) — for the first week after getting the shot.

Each shot of Depo-Provera will protect you from pregnancy for 12 weeks. So you will need to go to your health care provider every 12 weeks for a shot. If you are two or more weeks late getting your shot, your health care provider may ask you to take a pregnancy test, or may advise you to use emergency contraception if you had vaginal intercourse in the previous 120 hours (five days).

Keep in mind the birth control shot doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections. Use a latex or female condom to reduce the risk of infection.

 

If you have any additional questions or concerns about Depo-Provera, speak with your prescribing doctor about it.

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