When Should I Start Ovulating After Depo-Provera?

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Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Could you please tell me how long it takes to start ovulating after using Depo-Provera for 6 months? Can I get pregnant when I haven't had a period for almost 9 months?

ANSWER

How long it takes to ovulate really varies from woman to woman. Some women can get pregnant as soon as they miss a shot by less than a week, even if they've been on Depo for years. Others take over a year to start again even if they've only had a few shots.

Sometimes if a woman is having trouble, I put her on birth control pills for 2-3 months which seems to help "jump-start" her system again.

-- Cynthia, CNM

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