Getting pregnant after depo provera

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Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Hiya I'm hoping someone can help me. I have been on the Depo Provera for 10 years and had my last injection in April 2008 (ran out July 2008) I am only just starting to get back to some sort of a normal cycle with my periods.

I am absolutely petrified that I will not be able to get pregnant for years because of the depo injection after reading hundreds of horror stories on the internet. Please help.

ANSWER

Eventually, women do return to their normal cycles, but it can take a while in some cases. If your cycles seem to be returning, great!

You should check to make sure that you are also ovulating. If so, the fact that you were on depo won't make any difference.

If you are having trouble resuming ovulation, sometimes going on the pill for 2-3 cycles can "jump-start" your system. Hopefully that won't be necessary!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.