First depo shot was in april haven't been sexually active since march. Was late for next shot and only took it in september. I had my 1st sexual encounter in the 1st week of november my next shot was due in december I got it on time could I be pregnant from the skipped shot hens I was only active AFTER second shot
I realise you'll already know the answer to this question by now, but I'm replying in case anyone else finds the answer useful.
You were covered by the Depo against pregnancy, when you had sex.
Some extra info:
If you have your first shot during the first 5 days of your period, then you do not need to wait before you are covered against pregnancy.
If you are outside of the first 5 days of your period when you are given your first Depo shot, then you need to wait 7 days before you are covered, & should use other protection if you intend to have sex.
Once you follow those rules, you are covered by Depo for 12 weeks, regardless of any bleeding you experience in between shots.
You do not have periods on Depo. A period is flushing out the lining of your womb, including an unfertilised egg.
You do not produce an egg when on Depo. You may experience break-through hormonal bleeding. This can last until you have your 3rd Depo shot. By then, it usually has stopped altogether.
You may get hormonal symptoms on Depo, such as bleeding, bleeding after sex, pregnancy like symptoms (because Depo tricks your body into thinking you're pregnant, to prevent you releasing eggs each month), such as bloating, sort breasts, lower back ache (Depo softens the ligaments in your back, as if preparing it to expand to make room for a growing baby), mood swings etc. Most of these symptoms pass as you get your next couple of shots.
If you choose to come off Depo, you may well find you get these same hormonal symptoms for months, whilst your body readjusts. It can take up to 18 months to regain your fertility. It can therefore be worth sticking at Depo for at least 3 shots, to see if you settle down so that you don't bleed at all.
- Depo-Provera Information for Consumers
- Depo-Provera Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Depo-Provera (detailed)
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