So I've had around 3 Depo shots. I was scheduled to get my next shot exactly 11 weeks from my prior one on the 3rd. I went on vacation though and completely missed it. I had sex on the 13th without protection, so 10 days after missing my shot, not even realizing till the next day that I forgot about my shot. I heard that they schedule the shot every 11 weeks to give you about a week of leeway time. Will I be fine? Also, I ended up getting the shot the 18th. I was under the impression from the doctor that I would be protected right away since that was the case when I first started it. I had sex again on the 19th. Researching it further, I found that I should've used protection for two weeks after getting the shot since I was two weeks late. I don't understand why they wouldn't have told me that. So at this point what do I do? Do I take plan b? I'm so upset at this point. Please help
You will need to get either an IUD fitted by a doctor, or the pill known as Ulipristal Acetate (they won't let me use its brand name on this website. They just delete my post. The pharmacist will know if you ask.
Plan B is no good for you this long after. You only get 72 hours for that to be possibly effective.
You have 5 days/120 hours to use the other 2 methods I mentioned.
None of the emergency contraception will now cover you for the unprotected sex you had 10 days after your shot was due, so you'll just have to hope your Depo Provera hadn't worn off. Everyone is different as to how long it takes to wear off, so it's not a guarantee that you were still covered. I'd say the odds are possibly in your favour. Hopefully if you get the other emergency contraception today, then you will be covered against the most recent episode of unprotected sex.
You should have done a pregnancy test before getting your next Depo Provera shot, as there is mixed medical opinion as to whether it could affect a pregnancy, by having it when already pregnant.
If you continue to get future shots at 11 weeks, then you do not need to use protection in between them.
It's also likely that you'll get some irregular bleeding between shots, if you don't get them on time. It can be common, anyway, until you've had 2 or 3 shots, but by having a delay between them, it will be even more likely to cause the bleeding, as your hormone levels fluctuate further.
- Depo-Provera Information for Consumers
- Depo-Provera Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Depo-Provera (detailed)
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