If You Are Taking Depo Provera For Birth Control, Can It Affect The Results Of A Pregnancy Test?

Depo Provera and Pregnancy test results

Getting to know Depo Provera

Depo Provera is a birth control method that is used by women. It is a progestin only contraceptive injection, otherwise referred to as a medroxyprogesterone acetate injectable suspension, which is taken by women only four times a year. Depo Provera is considered safe for most women who cannot use conventional birth control pills because it contains no estrogen, such as those who smoke, suffer from leg pains, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, are over forty years old, or have sensitivity to estrogen.  Compared to other hormonal birth control methods, the shot is safe if you have just given birth and can even be used safely whilst breastfeeding.

According to WebMD, Birth control with Depo Provera begins as soon as the first shot is given within the first five days of your menstrual period and it lasts for at least three months. How worry free does that sound ladies? No more worrying about organizing your pills and taking them on time!

What does Depo Provera do to my body?

Each Depo Provera injection that is administered every three months, keeps your ovaries in a dormant state for that same period of time, which results in no ovulation. Since your ovaries are not releasing any eggs, this means that you will not be able to pregnant.  Apart from stopping your ovulation, it also decreases your menstrual bleeding and can also stop it too. An extra lining is formed along the uterine wall during menstruation, in anticipation for a fertilized egg. However if the egg is not fertilized, then the extra lining is sloughed from the uterus, which results in a period. Depo Provera works to prohibit the growth of this extra lining in the uterus; and without a thick uterine lining, pregnancy cannot take hold, and the drug, therefore, acts as a contraceptive.

Depo Provera and Pregnancy Tests

Some of the side effects of Depo Provera can mimic the symptoms of early pregnancy. After your scheduled shot, you may experience loss of your period, weight gain, dizziness, changes in appetite and more. These symptoms can lead women to think they may be pregnant. While the symptoms may point to being pregnant, the pregnancy test will most likely be negative. Have no worries that this is a false negative result, because the ingredients in the depo provera shot do not interfere with the pregnancy test’s ability to accurately detect pregnancy. If your test shows a negative, then you are not pregnant. If by some chance, you do get a positive pregnancy test, you should contact your doctor. A positive result would mean you are pregnant and part of the very small percentage of women that have a birth control failure while using depo provera.

Due to how the shot works, your chances of being pregnant are very small. Studies show that Depo Provera is 99.7% effective in preventing pregnancy when the shot is received on schedule.

Stopping Depo Provera

When you decide you would like to try and get pregnant, you can stop getting the shot. Keep in mind that the statistics show that it can take up to 6 months for the shot to fully leave your system. During this time period, you may find it harder than you expected to get pregnant.

Since Depo Provera prevents normal menstruation by inhibiting the growth of the uterine lining, many women experience a complete loss of their periods for many years. This can be very difficult and frustrating situation, especially if you are trying to conceive. Without a normally recurring period, it can be tricky trying to figure out exactly when you ovulate; which makes it very difficult when you are hoping to become pregnant.  Therefore, if you have come off Depo Provera, you should be aware that it could be quite a while before your body returns to normal.

How long will it take to get pregnant after stopping Depo Provera?

Once you have received a Depo Provera injection, there is no way for those chemicals to be removed from your body. Therefore you will have to deal with any side effects as best as you can. Studies have shown that it usually takes, after the last shot has been given, around four to ten months before you can try to get pregnant again. After roughly two years of being Depo Provera-free, your body should revert back to how it was before you started on this birth control.

You can try to jump start your system back into reproductive wellness by taking fertility supplements, like FertilAid for Women, to help get your hormones back on track and your reproductive system working as it should. Once your hormones are back on track and ovulation is occurring normally again, your chances of getting pregnant will increase.

Things to think about before deciding to go ahead with this method of contraception.

Schedule an appointment with your doctor and ask him to check your current health situation and explain to you some of the side effects that you could possibly experience by taking Depo Provera. Keep in mind that if you are wanting to have children in the future, that being on Depo Provera may make it harder to conceive, or that conception may take a few years.


  • Elaine Dela Rosa Fernandez

    i had my last shot on November 30, 2013 and i was 10 days late to my due date of shot.i didn’t had my period last December so i used a pregnancy test but the result was negative..is it possible that the injection contraceptive can affect the result of the pregnancy test that i used? i still don’t have my period now..is it possible that i am pregnant because i had a late shot?

    please respond asap…thank you!

  • T

    I have taken the shot for years. One of the best side effects, in my opinion, is that my period goes away. Prior to depo, I had terrible periods verging on endometriosis. According to everything I have read, depo doesn’t affect pregnancy tests. Its possible, but very unlikely that you are pregnant.

  • shellbell

    can I be pregnant while still on the shot because I have been having morning sickness I have been on it since I was 16 and I am now 25 almost 26 in may and I have been feeling sick to my stomach every morning been having mood swings and everything that I have read

  • Kiilina

    I am on the depo shot and have been for almost three years now. I knew when I got the shot that I might have some mild symptoms like I was pregnant but for the past two weeks I have been nauseated, very very moody, emotional and it seems that I’m eating a lot more. I was a few days late on getting my last shot and I had sex during those few days because I didn’t know I was late on the shot. Is there any way possible that I could be pregnant? If not, then why is the depo affecting me so differently now? Since I got my last shot I’ve been normal except for about two weeks ago I started to feel different so I am very confused. I figured if it was the shot then it would have affected me sooner. If anyone can give some helpful advice it would be so amazing.

  • Jackalyn

    I took the depo shot only 3 times a little over 3 years ago. I still have not had a period and now EVERY SINGLE ONE of my eggs are DEAD because of it. I am 20 years old and I have not had any periods since 2011 and I will never be able to have children because of this shot. I do not recommend it to anyone.

  • tina

    I’ve been using depo for 2 1/2 year nd now I Been Off of It Since 2012 me and my boyfriend trying to have another baby bt it seem like I cant get pregnant until now That depo really got the best of me… can anyone tell me what im doing wrong.

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

    Unfortunately, depo is notorious for making it hard to get pregnant after you stop getting the shot. You can try to rebalance your hormones by taking an herbal supplement like Fertilaid.

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

    Unfortunately, depo is notorious for making it hard to get pregnant after you stop getting the shot. You can try to rebalance your hormones by taking an herbal supplement like Fertilaid.

  • Deja Ullrich

    I got the depo an June 5 ,2014 on July 7 was the last time I had sex and I haven’t had my period and I been feel like I’m pregnant and i took a pregnancy test it said negative! I have 5 month year old baby I breast feed so the shot is different for me I need help!

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

    Lack of a period can be a side effect of the depo shot. If you are really worried, call your doctors office and talk to them. I think what you are experiencing is actually typical depo reactions.

  • Jaiy21

    I think it has been two years , Im not for sure when i first got off the shot. But i was about 18 when i stopped but now Im 20 ! When will i be able to conceive ? I have been feeling a little pregnant lately my stomach is starting to get round . Someone help ????

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

    Unfortunately, there is no way to be able to tell. Every woman’s body is different. Have your periods returned to a normal cycle? Did you take a pregnancy test to see if you are pregnant based on your symptoms? Maybe a doctor’s visit is in order for you?

  • hunny

    I got the shot after my period was over but the nurse didnt tell me how long I had to wait before having sex with no extra contraceptives. I come to find out it may take a week after I had the shot since it wasnt while I was on my period. could I have got pregnant? I took pregnancy test but they have came out negative and I think its because I havent missed a period yet. I had some spotting here and there but im not sure.

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

    It really depends. Depending on when you were having sex, it could have crossed when you would have been ovulating. Unfortunately, you will have to wait until your period is supposed to arrive and test again.

  • porshae

    I was on Depo shot for about an year in a half. two months off it I got pregnant with my first child. And I didn’t even know I was pregnant at all until i was five in a half months then I’m slim. No symptom or nothing.

  • Erica

    I had unprotected sex in November. I get my depo shot on time without fail. I have taken five(5) pregnancy test and they were all negative. I still have doubts and concerns that I may possibly be pregnant. Is there a possibility that I am pregnant?

  • pregers

    I took the shot maybe 3 times then stopped it has been 8 months and my period came back regularly after 2 months of being off of it what are the chances of me getting pregant.?.

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

    If you are having a regular period, then your chances of getting pregnant should be the same as for everyone else.

  • KenyaB

    I was due for my second round of depo shot late January but decided not to go! And my period hasn’t come on, its a month and a half late! Could I be pregnant?

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

    If you have been having unprotected sex, yes pregnancy is possible. Did you take a pregnancy test? Depo is notorious for really messing up cycles so that could also be the reason for the delay.

  • Scldtrs

    I took 3 shots of depo, my next shot was due on January 23,2015. I didn’t go back because I just want it out of my system and didn’t like the side effects, I gained 10+ pounds. Ever since I began depo it completely cut my cycle off and have not gotten it for about almost 10 months now. My boyfriend and I have been having unprotected sex and our concern now is me being or becoming pregnant, which we don’t mind at all! In the afternoon of March 8, 2015 I took a pregnancy test and was negative. Should I test again with morning urine or wait and see if my period comes? If so, how long more should I wait for my period unti next pregnancy test?

    As pregnancy symptoms go, my breast are tender, I have all kind of cravings, I get nauseous out of the no where and I’ve been having a white milky discharge, with no odor for about 2 weeks now.

    Thank you in advance and hope to hear from some one soon because no one seems to answer my question else where.

  • blair

    Hi ladies in new to this discussion.i have been on depo for the last 5 years so my boyfriend and I have decided we want a baby so I was due for my follow up jab January 23 and I never got it,so I had cramps 2weeks ago and yesterday I had brown discharge in the morning and a period b4 the day end now I’m on my second day Bt it’s not a heavy flow but the blood is very red so I’m happy to see AF after six weeks of stopping the depo. Could this possibly mean I’m ovulating?

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

    Have you had a period since you stopped the shot? Unfortunately, it can take your system a long time to recover from being on the Depo. If you haven’t had a period yet, you can take a supplement like FertilAid for Women to try and regulate your system. If you have had a period, you will want to wait about 24 days after that to take a pregnancy test (assuming you have a 28 day cycle.)

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

    It’s possible if it stops. If it continues for a couple of days, it could just be your period showing up. The cramps you had two weeks ago could be due to ovulation.

  • shay

    I took the depo shot 3 times in 2010 I have been off since Dec. in 2010 I have a period once a year and me and my husband have been trying to get pregnant since 2011. I still have not conceived yet. We have sex 3x a week probably more than that. Im 22 and he is 23 I dont know what to do.

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

    First thing you should do is go get checked out by your doctor to see if you have anything like PCOS that is causing the lack of a period. If you check out okay, you can consider taking a herbal fertility supplement to help get your cycle regulated and ovulation happening each month. To increase your chances of pregnancy, regular ovulation is pretty essential.

  • Mandy Norris

    Yes cause I am 23 I was pregnant but I took my next shot and they did not tell me the depo shot would and will kill my unborn child and I am not going back for my next shot in June the eight cause I am try to have a other baby and this time I am going to do it right by my baby’s safe and my own safe to cause I feel bad that I had a miscarriage due to take the depo shot and I am not take no more depo shots either I am done with taken depo shots. Cause my bf and I wants to try again and this time I am taken prenatal vitamins pills twice a day and firlitery pills three times a day

  • Mandy Norris

    You might be cause I was pregnant but the shot will kill your unborn baby to

  • Mandy Norris

    Might be

  • kaylah bruce

    Hello, I am 18 I recently started depo vera in dec of 2014 and it is currently 2015 and my next shot was due on the 13th of march 2015 and on that day I had protected sex and the condom bust 3 different times and there was sperm inside them so it got inside of me , I know sperm can live inside of the body up to several days I’ve had nausea and mood swings is it possible I may be pregnant??

  • isabelle

    I’m pregnant a couple weeks I’m 16 and my mother does not know today she is taking me to get a shot will it affect my baby

  • isabelle

    I’m pregnant a couple weeks I’m 16 and my mother does not know today she is taking me to get a shot will it affect my baby

  • nessa12

    Hi I’m Vanessa quick question I stop taking the shot 2 years ago and I still can’t get pregnant and me and my bf really wants a baby wat do I do :/

  • nessa12

    Hi me and my bf are trying to have a baby I stop taking the shot 2 years ago I still get my periods and I still can’t get pregnant my period always come I need help

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

    It’s possible but not likely. Have you taken a pregnancy test? Have you missed your period/

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

    You need to fess up to the pregnancy. The depo will affect your hormone balance and that could harm the baby.

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

    Are you getting a regular period? If not, you might want to consider taking a herbal fertility supplement to regulate your cycle. If your cycle is regular, it could be that your bf is the problem.

  • nessa12

    My period is a 28 cycle

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