What Are The Chances Of Getting Pregnant With Depo Provera?



While it is highly unusual to become pregnant while taking Depo-Provera, it is still possible. Most women, who turn out to be pregnant, conceived before the Depo-Provera shot had initially been administered. These women usually fail to realize that they are pregnant until fetal movement or other obvious signs are noticed. One of the major problems in this scenario is that if a woman continues to take Depo-Provera while pregnant, the likelihood of premature birth increases significantly. The rarity of Depo-Provera and pregnancy occurring simultaneously is well-known, especially since this birth control method is among the best available. This is primarily because the main ingredient in Depo-Provera is progestin, which can have long-term effects in preventing pregnancy.

Depo-Provera is a hormonal birth control injection that prevents pregnancy for three months after it is given. Its long-lasting effects from a single shot in your arm or buttock is effective due to its high concentration of synthetic progesterone and lack of estrogen. The method works by stopping the release of mature eggs from the ovaries, meaning that there are never any eggs present in the fallopian tubes to become fertilized by sperm.

In addition to stopping the release of eggs, Depo-Provera also alters the lining of the uterus to prevent the likelihood of pregnancy. Although the effectiveness of this method wears off as the three months transpires, the medication has the potential to remain in your body for up to a year after the shot was given. As a result, and because there are serious health risks associated with Depo-Provera, it isn’t recommended for women in a few different scenarios. Specifically, women who would like to conceive in the near future, are worried about weight gain, have a history of depression, or have gallbladder or liver disease should discuss Depo-Provera with their doctor before making a decision.

It’s also important to be aware that there are a variety of other issues with Depo-Provera if you use it for a long time and then attempt to become pregnant. As you might suspect, irregularities in your menstrual cycle are expected after long-term use. However, the common side effects of irregular, heavy, or no bleeding can be disturbing for some women. Additionally, one year of using Depo-Provera generally causes most women to stop experiencing periods. After two years of use, there are a significant number of women who will no longer have menstrual cycles at all. So, for women who eventually want to become pregnant, these long-term effects can be quite harmful, especially for women who would still like to keep track of their cycle.

Weight gain is another common concern for women on Depo-Provera. Five pounds is the average amount of weight gained during the first year of use. Therefore, monitoring your diet and eating habits is essential. In addition to weight gain, you might also develop osteoporosis. To prevent this from happening, it is advised that you take calcium and exercise on a regular basis. A handful of recent studies suggest that this problem might disappear once you’re off the medication, however this isn’t guaranteed.

If you’ve taken Depo-Provera and are then trying to get pregnant, keep in mind that fertility might not be restored for at least a year. Folate or daily vitamins that contain folate can help to promote pregnancy once you stop taking Depo-Provera. Folic acid serves to prevent birth defects in the case that you do become pregnant more quickly than you imagine, protecting you and your future child.

  • catina bailey

    I am on the depo and my last shot was oct.24,2012 can i be pregnant or not.

  • mary

    Take a pregnancy test?

  • earthsmagic

    I agree with Mary The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

  • mina

    ive had two depo shots (6 months) i had my last shot given to me on december 26 2012 i was scheduled to get da next shot on march 21 2013 cuz it would wear off by march 26 2013 … ever since i had my first shot my period still came regular every 24th and will stay for 6 days but now my shot wore off on march 26 and i have no signs of period coming at all and its never been late, ive been having some cramping every now n then since march 29th 2013 but my period just wont come ….. i tried a home pregnancy test but it was neg .. should i wait longer ??

  • earthsmagic

    You should probably talk to your doctor about it. Depo can really disrupt your hormones so it could be that your system is trying to get back to normal after you stopped getting the shot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/savannah.parton.73 Savannah Parton

    I have gotten the depo shot twice and I am having signs of pregnancy. I ve taken countless test. Half said pregnant and the other half said not pregnant. What should I do?

  • earthsmagic

    If you are getting definitely positive pregnancy tests some of the time, your body is producing hcg (the pregnancy hormone). You really should make an appointment with your doctor to see what is going on.

  • mina

    i will :) thank yuh :D

  • tee gip

    i was on depo for 1 yr, i got off & got pregnant 9 months later. i had a miscarriage at 6 wks,got the shot again on november 7th & didnt get my second dose which was due january 25th. i havent gotten a period yet but i took an at home test that said negative. can i still get pregnant? is this normal?

  • earthsmagic

    Unfortunately, the time it takes for your period to return after depo varies greatly from woman to woman. If you do a search on google on how long it takes for your period you return, you will see that it ranges from a couple of months to almost two years! Depo is not the bc method for people you would like to eventually like to get pregnant soon after stopping b/c.

  • Melissa

    I am currently on the depo injection and have been since november 2011 ( my last shot was on april 2nd 2013) and i dont get any periods. I have been showing a few signs of pregnancy but just very recently, is it even possible for me to get pregnant even though i dont get periods at all, since this means there are no eggs being released??

  • http://www.earthsmagic.com/ Vickie B.

    The chances of you being pregnant, if you are getting the shots on time, is pretty slim. Depo has a 99% effectiveness rating. If you are concerned, you may want to try a pregnancy test and if you are still concerned, a visit to your doctor may be in order.

  • help me

    i had the depo shot for the first time in feb n a few days later had unprotected sex now im get hot flushes food cravings dizzy ness sense of smell at a high i had just stopwd breast feed when i got the shot but home tests are negitive which happened with my son also could i be pregnate

  • http://www.earthsmagic.com/ Vickie B.

    Depending on the timing of your shot, it should be okay. If you were too close to ovulation when you had the shot, it could be that you did ovulate this cycle and the chance of pregnancy with unprotected sex is a possibility. I would suggest testing with a home pregnancy test.

  • http://www.facebook.com/emma.kirk.771 Emma Kirk

    I’m currently on the depo shot which I have been for a number of years. My partner of a few months has been diagnosed with a low sperm count and delayed ejaculation and has been unable to father any children. The one and only time he was able to ejaculate inside was on the 24th April. I had my shot on the 12th of March but also at the same time was prescribed a short course of anti biotics for a virus. One week exactly after intercourse I had immediate symptoms of early pregnancy in which I’ve never experienced before on depo. I have taken numerous preg tests including a blood test but all have come back neg. I’m still experiencing symptoms and with my last pregnancy my hcg levels where very low even at 6 weeks. Is it possible that the antibiotics have interrupted the effectiveness of the depo and I have miraculously fallen pregnant and it is too early to confirm?

  • http://www.earthsmagic.com/ Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, antibiotics do not diminish the effectiveness of Depo. Getting pregnant while on Depo is very, very rare as it is one of the most effective forms of birth control. So effective, in fact, that many women have a hard time time getting pregnant even after stopping.

  • sam

    i am crrently on Depo for 8 years. I have had unprotected sex with my boyfriend for the last 4 months. Recently im experiencing nauseus, abdominal and back pain and sore breast. I have taken a pregnancy test and it showed negative. What could it be? I need help urgently

  • http://www.earthsmagic.com/ Vickie B.

    The chances of you being pregnant are very slim. You really need to go see your doctor if your symptoms are bothersome to you. You could have something, non pregnancy related, going on.

  • Sheena

    I had depo in nov 2012 and I was due another in feb but I didn’t take it coz I wasn’t sexually active,, I had my second one in April and I’m due another early June.. I don’t want to take it again as I’m planning on having a baby,, how soon can this happen,, I want to be pregnant before September lol.. Please help

  • http://www.earthsmagic.com/ Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, there is no way to really tell how long it will take your body to return to normal fertility. If you want to be pregnant in September, you most definitely do not want to take the shot in June. As it can take quite a while for your system to return to normal after Depo, I’d suggest taking a herbal supplement like FertilAid to try to return your hormonal balance as soon as possible.

  • 1 trul8dy

    I was on depo for 13 years & I had my last depo shot in July 2012. I haven’t had one since because I’m trying to have a child now, but so far no luck. I’m worried that being on depo for so long may have caused me not to be able to conceive. I’ve talked with my doctor & she informs me to keep trying, but haven’t taken any tests or given me any hope that I may be able to conceive & Im very worried because I really want to have another child. What should I do?

  • http://www.earthsmagic.com/ Vickie B.

    Depo is very unfriendly to those who are looking to eventually get pregnant. It can take a long time for fertility to actually return, in many cases well over a year. You can try taking a fertility supplement like FertilAid to try and get your hormones back to where they should be reproductively speaking.

  • OMGEE!

    I have been on the shot faithfully since having my 2nd child nearly five years ago. I was due for an annual in April but decided I wouldn’t get another shot because of the weight gain. Here I am a month later and less than an hour ago I felt something move…… and it keeps jumping! I pushed on my stomach and guess what, it jumped again! Shined a light on my tummy and….you guessed it! Jump jump! Your thoughts?

  • http://www.earthsmagic.com/ Vickie B.

    I would really suggest you take a pregnancy test. Maybe your shot wore off before it should have as a 4 week old fetus would not be jumping around. :) If a test is negative, and you keep experiencing this odd occurrence, I would suggest you go and see your doctor to find out what is going on.

  • louise

    i have been on the depo injection almost 8 years now,i feel my sex drive has lessened and also because i have been on it for so long will i ever get pregnant?

  • http://www.earthsmagic.com/ Vickie B.

    You may need to take supplements to try and get your system back to normal. People do get pregnant after Depo but is usually take a bit longer for it to happen.

  • Mandyja

    Hi I was meant to have my 5th shot 2wks go but decided I’m coming off it but 3wks ago I had unprotected sex. For the past 3days iv been feeling really neaseous which I was wondering if that’s normal when coming off the shot? I can’t say it’s the same feeling that I had when I was last pregnant cause my first pregnancies I was on the pill and I was 26wks pregnant when I found out as I had no signs befor then

  • ojicree

    i was went on depo 2008.. i just took one shot and didnt take it because i wanted to get my period, but it tookabout. a year to get my period, and now 2013 june, i had taken a shot.. and my bf ejaculated inside me.. im just wondering if i coild get pregnant.. it has been a month since i have taken the shot.. help me i had made a mistake

  • ojicree

    and i have a son who is almost 1, he was born in 2012

  • taylor

    I only got depo shot 2 times was due get next shot in May but did not.I Been tired all the time no period but spotted in June.I can’t keep anything down last few weeks and very bloated.could I be pretty.

  • taylor

    Sorry meant pregnant

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It really depend on if / when you ovulated and when you had sex. Depo really messes with your cycle so it is most likely your system is trying hard to get back to normal, reproductively speaking.

  • Charnè Smith

    Hi, Sheena, was wondering if you had any success? I also used Depo, but i stopped taking it in May. Really want to ttc?

  • Lacy Mclee

    I’m On Depo && I’ve never bled before except a bout a month ago. It was light && tht ugly brown color. I’ve never missed a shot or was late. After I bled I started getting head aches ,, congestion,, frequent urination like bad!! I pee every 30 mins sometimes!!! I have back pain my feet swell but maybe thts from work. I craved sweets before I bled && a lil after now I’m dying for spicy food. I’m hungry a lot . My husband && I have unprotected sex so he bust in me several times. Hmmm could a beautiful miracle be happening ?!?!

  • Camayo

    I was just recently pregnant but lost it at just under 18 weeks. I got my depo shot two weeks later then two days later had unprotected sex and same with the following weeks. What are my chances of being pregnant again?? Doctors said that a pregnancy test could come back positive after losing my baby for up to 8 weeks. Is my best shot at knowig just to wait and see..? I’m dying to know

  • Charlene

    I been take my shot on time and 2 week ago I been have sing I am pregant is it true I can become pregant

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It is very unlikely, but if you are concerned you should contact your doctor.

  • pjc

    Hello I’ve been on the pill injection about 3years and i just had unprotected sex is there a chance i might be pregnant?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    The probability is very slight as long as you have been getting your shots on schedule.

  • Ally

    I’m currently on the depo shot and a on September 9th I was supposed to get my third shot but due to me having the flu I couldn’t go in. 11 days later I went and got the shot on September 20th and 7 days later I had unprotected sex. Is there a big chance I could be pregnant because I missed a few days of getting the shot? I heard it’s very rare but I’m still nervous.

  • Lisa Marie Rink Gibson

    I was on Depo-Provera. I got my shots on time and never missed a beat. I loved the injections because my periods went away! I did gain 30 lbs and that was about it.. I was on Depo-Provera for nearly two years and became pregnant. A couple women in my city became pregnant while on it too. (I don’t know how long they took theirs) -I do know you should wait 2 weeks before having intercourse. I do have a friend in Minnesota who was on the injection for over 3 years and became pregnant with twins … I think it is less than the 99.7% it says it is because so many are becoming pregnant..

  • Lisa Marie Rink Gibson

    I agree, there was a woman who was unable to have children caused from long term use of this drug. -I wouldn’t let it stop me. Keep trying and best wishes!

  • Lisa Marie Rink Gibson

    My Doctor told me you are supposed to avoid sexual intercourse for two weeks after the first injection date.

  • Jessica

    I was on depo for 5 years and when I stopped it took me 2 years to get pregnant and when I did I had twins! I have been back on the shot for 3 years now but I have been sick and on antibiotics for 3 weeks…. starting to wonder if I am pregnant… peeing alot… my boobs hurt… gaining weight… ?????

  • Kristy

    I’ve been on the shot for I want to say since 2009. I just recently missed my shot and had unprotected sex, kinda worried about being pregnant or not and today I had the feeling like kicking but don’t know how that would be possible since I’ve been on the shot all this time. Any ideas?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Due to the fact that so many have a difficult time getting pregnant after a year of coming off Depo, I don’t think that missing a single shot would cause you problems, especially since you have been on it for so many years. If you think you might be pregnant, you might want to go see your doctor.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Did you take a pregnancy test? It looks like there are cases of people getting pregnant on depo when they are taking antibiotics but not many.

  • hannahx

    Hi was hoping you could help I had the depo shot in august 2013 (I think!) Before this my period was 2 weeks late it only lastwd 3 days… ive been feelibg very weird nd my doctor said there was nothinv wrong and wont give me an appointment I dont know what to do.

  • Lexi

    I’m wondering I have had the shot twice now and usually around the same time I get the shot every time I’ve have pregnany symptoms for About a week and they go away .. I have the symptoms again and took a urine test just for some peace of mind and it was negative .. Is this normal and could I be pregnant ?

  • Lexi

    I have been pregnant before and I may just be giving myself symptoms of pregnancy by worrying and by no means am I looking or hoping to be pregnant for atleast 5 or more years. Looking online at all the people saying they were the 1% that’s did get pregnant is making me panic and I have had my shot twice so far and both of the correct dates I should get them …

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    If you are getting a negative test, you should be fine. Depo is very reliable and the HUGE majority find it highly effective. As long as you get the shots when you are supposed to, there shouldn’t be an issue. If you are really worried, I’d suggest that you call your doctor / nurse to discuss what your concerns are. I am sure they will be able to put your worries at ease.

  • john

    My girlfriend got on depo provera 5 days ago, and we had unprotected intercourse yesterday… what are the chances of her becoming pregnant?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    As long as she got the shot within 5 days of her period starting, you should be safe.

  • Robbie Phillips

    im currently worrying that the depo provera shot is not working. problem is it worked perfectly fine. with my ex. i was with her for 3.5 years. and she was on it before she got with me. and because of how safe i felt i thought it would be easyir with my current girlfriend to also go onto the shot.

    the difference is she still has periods shes currently had around four. and her periods were random even before she went onto provera.

    . shes been on it since October. February is when shes due for her next one. iv read that on the forth month is when the periods stop….. however does this meen its not effecting her in the same way and could chances of pregnancy be higher.

    ps we are currently using protection.

    iv gone onto multiple website and they have said its extra safe but i its still freaking out

  • Robbie Phillips

    im currently worrying that the depo provera shot is not working. problem is it worked perfectly fine. with my ex. i was with her for 3.5 years. and she was on it before she got with me. and because of how safe i felt i thought it would be easyir with my current girlfriend to also go onto the shot.

    the difference is she still has periods shes currently had around four. and her periods were random even before she went onto provera.

    . shes been on it since October. February is when shes due for her next one. iv read that on the forth month is when the periods stop….. however does this meen its not effecting her in the same way and could chances of pregnancy be higher.

    ps we are currently using protection.

    iv gone onto multiple website and they have said its extra safe but i its still freaking out

  • hazel

    hiya i was wondering if i could be pregnant or having side affects of the depo injection as recently started feeling bloated sick n headaches n peeing frequently but had the jag done 7th instead of 6th jan 2014 cause nurse only had 7th available and i had intercourse that night on the 7th but ive had the depo done since 2012 n i have 2 children already not wanting to plan for anymore

  • kayla

    before i started depo i had the iud in and it came out by itself well i want to the doctors to get depo and i didn’t know if i was pregnant bc i waited a week before it came out . anyways i wasn’t pregnant at the time. now im having pregnancy like signs ive took four test the first one came out pos. then the others came out neg. so i don’t know what to door think.

  • Jill

    I’ve been on depo for 12 years now. I’m due for my next shot next week. I had sex 5 weeks ago and have done numerous home pregnancy tests that have shown up negative.. Should I be worrying?

  • worried

    I was supposed to get my depo shot on the 15th but had to reschedule till the 29th .and I had unprotected sex on the 20th and I’m showing signs of being pregnant. What are the odds that I am?

  • amanda

    before i got on the depo shot they tested me with a pregnancy test and it was negative and of course its my second time being on it well i notice i was cramping and hurting in my side so i asked my husband to get a pregnancy test ya know to mess with him well it came out positive so the next day i asked him again for another one and said the same thing so i called a docter and took a blood test that became positive as well i hope i don’t miscarry again but i hope the best for my self because i want this baby so much

  • shareth

    I was on depo for two months an..i get pregnant within a month an a half an..i had a miscarriage at 4weeks pregnant

  • shareth

    I was on depo di strink my fibroid. An it did so my doctor put me on depo so after easter break of this year my doctor came into my an..i told her like this doc..i lone feel dizzy so she told me to come an do a ultra sound so when the doctor doing the ultra sound she told me that..i’m pregnant so..i stop the depo an at 4weeks..i had a miscarriage so my doctor put me back on depo so..i’m on depo for one month now but my doctor put back on depo for 2 month but within the time..i’m having sex wit my boyfriend but like lately..i get hungry every min..i go to bathroom more frequently an when..i eat feel like..i want to vomit an..i’m feeling little pain in my belly bottom do you..i maybe pregnant please for some answer

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Sounds like you should talk to your doctor about this to find out what is going on.

  • kaykay

    I been off the shot for 2 months now and my boyfriend came in me 2 times and i been havin signs for being pregnant like cramp in my lower stomach, headaces, throwin up and i feel like i have to throw up sumtimes and i took a test and it said negative but i feel movement in my lower stomach am im pregnant plz help me

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    This sounds like something you need to discuss with your doctor’s office.

  • Madison

    My friend (she’s actually my friend, I’m not referring to myself) on April 4th she had gotten her first depo shot. She went all three months and then she started her period on June 30th. She wasn’t able to get the depo shot while she was on her period, so she had to wait until her next period, which started on July 18th. (I know that there is only two weeks between her periods but that is how she has always gotten them. That is the reason why she started getting the depo shot.) It ended on the 23rd, but she had gotten the shot on that day. She had sex on the 24th and he had…ya know inside of her. They weren’t using any protection. She is having pregnancy symptoms. Should she be worried?

  • Cc

    I had my first shot 6 weeks after my son was born and had sex about 2 weeks later. I’ve had two shots since then but I feel a flutter and gaining weight peeing a lot but I just don’t know if I’m pregnant or going crazy. I’m not ready for another baby! What do I do?

  • Dakota

    I recently got my second depo shot, exactly on time on July 28, exaclty 12 weeks after the first. However, my boyfriend and I have been very active and he’s cum inside of me twice in the past 24 hours. I’ve been with him for over a year and only in April did I start any form of chemical birch control. Before that we just used the highly risky but sometimes fun pull out method. No pregnancy symptoms or anything at all. But on Tuesday this week, my boyfriend came over for an hour or so just to have sex and he came inside, I showered thoroughly immediately after like I do every time. I dont mean to be graphic but he is wonderfully Rough. I’m often sore afterward, but yesterday I was having sharp pain in the right side of my lower belly (my cervix is to the right side of my vagina). Now today my cervix is high and very soft.. I can’t tell if it is open or not, but I am aware that those are 2/3 symptoms for ovulation. Usually I wouldn’t over think this, but I’m just a bit worried that I might be ovulating even though I was on time with the depo….

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Have you taken a pregnancy test? If you have and it is negative but you are having pregnancy symptoms, you might want to have the doctor check you out. They should be able to give you peace of mind.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    I wouldn’t be too worried. Depo is one of those super reliable birth control methods. If you were on time with the shot, all should be fine.

  • Anna

    She should bc I got my 2nd shot July 2nd and after u have ur second shot ur not suppose to have periods anymore but mine wore off at the end of July to the beginning of August an me and my bf had yea an now me an him are kinda watching it now bc I’ve been having pregnancy symptoms

  • kate

    I had unprotected sex the day i got my first depo shot. I am about a month in, but my period is late. Any chance im pregnant?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It’s possible. You really need to take a pregnancy test and see what it says. Your late period could also be your body adapting to the hormonal birth control.

  • kelley

    I’m 21 been on depo for 6 months n I’m pragnet!!! Its possible now I’m hearing all these stories of birth defects

  • denise

    hi there i have been on depo prove for 7 months. and am been bleeding for more then a week now! and is worried. that am pregenant. me and my husband is very futile. my breast are very painfull, and have pain in my overies. i keep going to the bathroom and always feel hungry? and during the day i feel exhausted!

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    If you have been bleeding for that long and you are having all these pregnancy like symptoms, you really need to contact your doctor to see what they say. It could be that these are normal side effects of the depo provera.

  • brittknee

    Ok so I normally don’t post on these sites but I’m a little worried and I see that people are getting good feedback…. I’ve been on deop for 2 years and my last shot I had to reschedule a month late… me and my boyfriend continued to have sex even though I was late now it’d been 2 months and I’ve been feeling sick to my stomach every so often though out the day.. is there any way I could be pregnant or is it just the deop or a stomach bug? I’m worried I may be pregnant is this possible?


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