How does the Depo-Provera shot affect your body?
Depo-Provera is the brand name for a progestin-based contraceptive injection known as depot medroxyprogesterone acetate. Not only does the shot work by suppressing ovulation, it also thickens the cervical mucus while thinning the uterine lining to prevent pregnancy.
In other words, it prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg, hinders sperm from fertilizing an egg in the uterus, and furthermore hinders a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterine lining.
For continual effectiveness, injections must be administered every 90 days for three months. Medroxyprogesterone acetate is stored (or “depoted”) at the injection site, allowing progesterone levels to peak and then gradually decline over this period. Ovulation should resume once progesterone levels drop below a certain level because progesterone levels must be at a certain level to prevent it. It is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy if used properly and has no long-term effects on your fertility
You can begin trying to get pregnant after three months have passed since your last injection. Ask your doctor about fertility testing or ask for advice on how to increase your chances of getting pregnant if a year or more has passed and you’re still unable to conceive.
It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to get pregnant right after you stop taking the shot. Because each shot delivers enough hormones to protect against pregnancy for three months at a time, the earliest you may be able to conceive is about 12 weeks after your last injection.
Nurx charges $75 per month without insurance or as little as $0 with insurance for the birth control shot.
After stopping the birth control shot, it typically takes at least a few months for your fertility to return. Women who have used the shot for a year or longer might have to wait longer to become pregnant.
Once a woman stops using the birth control shot, it may take longer than with some other methods of birth control for her menstrual cycle to return to normal. This may cause a delay between the time the final shot’s contraceptive effects wear off and the return of fertility. Get the Birth Control Shot At Home.
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