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Depo Provera injection taken, now wants to concieve - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hi. I had my first Depo Provera shot in Feb. of this year and I am scheduled for my next one on May 10th. However, I am not going back to get it for a couple reasons. The main reason is that my boyfriend and I are wanting to start trying for a baby very soon. I have been reading about it and I am now terrified that it is going to take me a long time to get my cycles back to normal and even longer to conceive a child. Would this still be the case even though I've only had one shot. If it is, are there any type of medications I could take to speed the process along. When I got the shot I was never warned about this.
Doctor :   Hi
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Let me read it
User :   ok thank you
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Yes the injection that you have taken
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will prevent the cycles from coming back for long
User :   Is there anything I can do to speed it up?
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This injection is giveb once in
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12weeks
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It is better to wait
User :   I know I've only had one injection so far and that is all i am going to take. After this injection wears off is there anything I can do to speed up my cycles coming back?
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until your cycles return
Doctor :   There are methods
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to cause ovulation in non ovulating females
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but in your case
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I don't think this will be a healthy option to go for
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with respect to you & your baby
User :   How long would it take naturally for my cycles to come back?
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THe effect of this hormonal drug
User :   since Ive only had the one 12 week injection
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lasts for 50 days when given as intra muscular injection
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Sorry, 50 days is the half life of
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this hormonal injection
User :   So my cycles should come back in 50 days?
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So for the complete elimination you will have to wait around 75 to 100 days!
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but your
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cycles can start as early as 50 to 75 days
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It is better to wait untill the drug is
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completely eliminated
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as the residual drug
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can prevent implantation
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of the embryo onto the uterine wall or raely cause miscarriage
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If the residue is high enough, fetal abnormalities can be caused
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Get back to your gynecologist before you plan to conceive after the 75th day
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The Gynecologist may give you
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folate tablets
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which will help prevent fetal abnormalities
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