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How long will it take for me to become pregnant after discontinuing Depo? #1005/12

Hi, I had a single 3-month dose of the contraceptive injection, Depo-Provera.  I had to discontinue because I want to try for another baby.  How long will it take for my cycle to return to normal and for me to ovulate?


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Return of fertility is excellent after using Depo-Provera.  The problem is that there is some delay.


Chapter on Injectable Contraceptives [dk1] [dk1]  

Alisa B. Goldberg, MD, MPH

David A. Grimes, MD


It is not possible to discontinue Depo-Provera immediately. Weight gain, de­pression, breast tenderness, allergic reactions, and menstrual ir­regularities may continue until DMPA is cleared from a woman’s body, about 6 to 8 months after her last injection. After discontinuing DMPA, women also have a 6- to 12-month delay in return of fertility,


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Goldberg AB, Grimes DA. Injectable contraceptives IN Hatcher RA, Trussell J, Nelson AL, Cates Jr. W, Kowal D, Policar MS. et al Contraceptive Technology 20th edition: page 217; Ardent Media Inc. 2012

Robert A. Hatcher MD, MPH
Emeritus Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

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