How Soon After Stopping Nu-istrate Can I Conceive?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Hi! I stopped my contraceptive (Nu-istrate) during April and I started menstruating on the 10th of July. I'm planning my second baby.

When will the right date be for trying? Will the injection be out of my system this quickly? I wondered because they normally tells you it takes time before you will conceive again.

ANSWER

Hi. I'm sorry but I'm not familiar with the type of injection you had. If it was a progestin-only hormone, like depoprovera, then it can take up to a year for your cycles to return to normal so that you can conceive. If it was a combined progestin-estrogen injection, fertility normally returns much sooner.

You can use the charting tool on this site and/or an ovulation predictor kit to get an idea whether and when you are ovulating. Good luck!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.