Depot Injection For Contraception

For contraceptive action, Medroxyprogesterone acetate is given as an injection, which contains the hormone progestin. This is given every three months. The drug suppresses ovulation and prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg.

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Why am I not able to conceive even after stopped taking contraceptive pills?

Query: Hello doctor, I came off the Depo birth control injection about seven months ago. I have been trying to conceive, but nothing yet. I have prolonged periods, some lasting 38 days. For the past few months I have been using ovulation tests, but I never get a positive result. I have an application on m...  Read Full »

Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How are you doing? The Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is supposed to disappear from the body within four months, but for some women, it takes longer. As per your history, the hormone balance is not yet achieved. In every cycle, only if the hormone balance is norma...  Read Full »

I experience painful bleeding after masturbation, even after taking a Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate shot. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I was diagnosed and surgically treated for endometriosis a year and a half ago. Since then, I have been on the Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate shot, and I get it every eight weeks. When I do not get the shot precisely every eight weeks, I continue bleeding and continue having pain. For t...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to I can understand your concern. It would be better if you could share your complete medical history. Since many drugs are taken together, side effects are seen. Injection of Depo-Provera (Medroxyprogesterone Acetate) has the primary side effect of erratic bleeding...  Read Full »

Is Depo-Provera injection good for me and how long to take it?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 17-year-old girl. I am taking a Depo-Provera injection. Is it good for me and how long should I take it?   Read Full »

Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This injection is to be repeated every 12 weeks. This is quite an effective method of birth control when a lady cannot take oral pills. You can continue this as long as you want birth control and stop when you get pregnant. You can get pregnant three months after th...  Read Full »

Even though I am on birth control injections, am I still ovulating?

Query: Hi doctor, I am on Depo birth control injection, and I was prescribed Medroxyprogesterone to induce my periods. Does not that mean my body is ovulating even though I am on birth control?  Read Full »

Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. No, you are not ovulating. Let me explain. The progesterone hormone level is very high when on Depo birth control injection. This will suppress the normal rise in hormones, due to which your follicles will not de...  Read Full »

Does Depo injection cause changes in period cycle?

Query: Hi doctor, I was on the Depo injection for four years. I have been off the Depo injection for one year and three months. Also, I have not taken any other contraception in the last year. Four months ago, I went to my GP as I still had no bleeding. She did some hormone tests, which came back low, and...  Read Full »

Dr. Jimesh H. Mavani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you were on Depo injection for almost four to five years, this is a common problem with Depo injection. But, in most cases period starts within one year of stopping the Depo injection. But, as you said, if your hormone level is normal, like LH (luteinizing hormo...  Read Full »

I had cesarean delivery two months back. When to resume my sex life?

Query: Hello doctor,I had a cesarean delivery just two months back. From when can I resume my sex life with my husband? Could you please advice on that?  Read Full »

Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We usually advise our patients to be active immediately. You can have sex from six weeks onwards, but avoid a pregnancy till 2 years. After the cesarean delivery, your superficial wounds and deep wounds heal fast. But, the healing of uterine wound will take some time...  Read Full »

Are there chances of getting pregnant after getting a Depo injection three days later?

Query: Hello doctor, My question is if my spouse has taken the Plan B pill on the day we had intercourse, but it was also the day she may have been ovulating, will the plan B work, or will it not work at all because she may have been ovulating already? And if so, she got her Depo shot three days later, s...  Read Full »

Dr. Padmesh Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Though emergency contraception by Levonorgestrel is almost 95 to 97% effective if taken within 24 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse. It is always prudent to get a blood test ( Beta hCG levels) done to confirm pregnancy if periods are missed by a week. Herein the d...  Read Full »

How to confirm if I am pregnant?

Query: Hi doctor, I was on the Depo shot for a year. My last shot was before six months and I never went back for the next shot, which is supposed to be around three months back. I had some bleeding before two months and I thought it was a period. Last month, I did not have anything. I had a lot of unprote...  Read Full »

Dr. Jimesh H. Mavani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The test is negative and you are not pregnant. Normally, you have to see this test within 5 minutes. When you see after a long time you can see a faint positive. Other three tests are if negative, then pregnancy is not there. But, if want a confirmation, then do a sonogr...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a contraceptive method without side effects.

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected intercourse with my partner while I was in my unsafe period. Although I took an ECP within 6 to 8 hours of time, I am a bit curious as if it will work or not.  Read Full »

Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Since you have taken the emergency contraceptive pill within 72 hours of intercourse, then there is no chance of pregnancy. However, if you have a delay in periods, then get a urine pregnancy test done with early morning urine sample. The periods delay could be because o...  Read Full »

Can Depot injection affect ovulation?

Query: Hello doctor, I was on the Depo injection, finished it four months back, then started the pill for 8 days only. I wanted to try for a baby, I was wondering as I have spotted last month and had a period 14 days later, but all the time before that I have had unprotected sex and not caught pregnant...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is for your information that post prolonged use of Depot injection, the menstruation cycle is likely to be anovulatory for 2-3 cycles after it restarts post stoppage of injection. You had your initiation of bleed last month and had a proper menses 14 days later, ...  Read Full »

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