My girlfriend got the depo shot on 6/17/2014 after several negative pregnancy tests. We decided to get the shot to protect us against unwanted pregnancy, and also she was several days late from her period. She has a history of irregular periods due to her active lifestyle. She was experiencing very light spotting the day of her shot, and her bleeding did get heavier several days after. On the 5th day after her shot, we had unprotected sex, and I did finish in her. She also stopped bleeding come the 6th day. Does the light spotting on the day of her depo shot indicate that her period started, and does it protect us from pregnancy?
I realise that this is an old post, but I’m answering it in case you or anyone reading this may find it useful:
If a person's periods are irregular, & they can experience spotting in between cycles, then it is difficult to know if the shot was actually given on the first day of the actual period.
If she had the first shot during the first 5 days of her period, then you did not need to wait before you were covered against pregnancy.
If she was outside of the first 5 days of your period when she was given her first Depo shot, then you needed to wait 7 days before you were covered.
Assuming it was not given on the 1st day of her period, you would just be on the boundary of whether or not you were protected, on that 5th day. Unfortunately it's impossible to know for certain.
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