I have been on the depo shot for about 9 months now but i’ve recently missed my last shot. They told me to wait until the first day of my next period to start it again. Two days ago i was spotting and had really bad cramps so i assumed that it was period and i scheduled an appointment for my shot tomorrow but during those two days i haven’t bled . Will i be okay to get my depo shot & could i have a chance of getting pregnant if i do this wrong ?
I think you've been given incorrect information.
The idea of waiting for your period, is so that they don't give you your shot when you're pregnant.
Although you can get hormonal bleeding when on Depo or coming off it, your actual periods can take months or years to return after stopping Depo.
This means that your ovaries can start working, & you won't have a clue, initially. That's how many women end up conceiving, because the think they're covered because they haven't had a period.
You are not going to know for a long while after stopping Depo, whether you're just getting hormonal breakthrough bleeding, or actual periods. There is no way they can realistically expect you to wait that long.
You need to ensure that you are definitely not pregnant, before getting your next shot. That's the important thing. Other than that, you can have your next shot ASAP.
You do not want to have Depo if you are pregnant. It can harm the unborn baby.
Normally, if you get your 1st Depo shot during the first 5 days of your period, you are covered immediately. However, as you won't be getting proper periods for some time (& won't, at all, whilst you're using Depo, it'll just be breakthrough bleeding), you cannot rely on that 'safe zone'. You need to use extra contraception for 7 days after getting your next shot.
- Depo-Provera Information for Consumers
- Depo-Provera Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Depo-Provera (detailed)
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