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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I missed my Depot shot. How would I know if I am pregnant?

Query: Hi doctor, I am on Depot injection, and I have missed the shot for over ten days now. I have not started bleeding yet. When I was on the shot before, I bled when I got off the shot. Now, how would I know if I am pregnant?  Read Full »

Dr. Sonal Prasad

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Depots are progesterone and amenorrhea - the absence of periods and irregular periods are known complications. Also, since you have missed the next shot by ten days, the effectiveness of the Depot is lost in this cycle. It would be wise to...  Read Full »

I took a Depo shot recently. Is it effective?

Query: Hello doctor, My period started 12th of last month. I reviewed the Depo shot two days later. I had unprotected sex nine days later. He ejaculated in me several times. I thought I would be protected but I am also having symptoms of ovulation like high (hard) cervix with a sharp pain in my ovary, the...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Depot (Hydroxyprogesterone) injection does not offer immediate protection and it is advised to maintain abstinence for at least three weeks post-injection before the hormonal balance is readjusted for the cycle. Also, intermenstrual bleeding in form of dark brown blo...  Read Full »

Since taking birth control shot, I have brown discharge. Will it ever go away?

Query: Hello doctor, I started Depo three months ago because the pill was leading to yeast infections. But every day since taking the shot birth control, I have had a brown discharge that feels like is causing another yeast infection. Will the discharge ever go away? What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, Depo (Medroxyprogesterone) may cause a yeast infection. Other few conditions Iike stress, antibiotics, weak immune system, high blood sugar, hormonal imbalance and pregnancy may aggravate the condition. So, I suggest you use candid-B V gel (Clotrimazole vaginal...  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. Balakrishnan. R

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 »

I have been experiencing bleeding after taking the contraceptive injection. Please suggest something.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 25 years old, and I took the contraceptive injection this year. However, I have been experiencing bleeding for the past four months. I am afraid because I have not gone through this before. What is the solution to this problem?  Read Full »

Dr. Pandian. P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It might be due to urinary tract infection or pelvic inflammatory disease. I suggest you take the coagulation agents to stop bleeding (consult a specialist doctor, talk with him or her, and take medications with their consent) and undergo the following tests: Uri...  Read Full »

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. Balakrishnan. R

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 »

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. Balakrishnan. R

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 »

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