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June 20th, 2006, 09:26 AM
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I've been on the Depo shot for two years and am not planning on having another child with my DH for another few years. The depo shot is the only kind of birth control I can be on because of severe migraines that the pill causes me to have. I am somewhat concerned because I have heard that the Depo shot can cause infertility. Does anyone know if this is true or have any experiences to share? Should I be worried?
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June 23rd, 2006, 08:01 PM
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I was on depo for 2 yrs once i got off it it took me a yr to get pregnant again with my thrid. But the longer you have been on the harder it is to get pregnant and yes it case infertiliity so i have heard not sure if it's true.
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June 24th, 2006, 05:10 AM
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i was on depo from 97-2001 and it took me just about 3 years to get pregnant i had done the fertility workup in 2003 and it showed i was not ovulating regularly. not to mention i had messed up periods the whole 3 years an d40lbs gained it was horriable

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July 10th, 2006, 05:30 PM
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Have you considered the mini-pill instead? It is progesterone-only just like depo but doesn't have the infertility factor. Same thing with the Miena IUD.

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July 10th, 2006, 09:44 PM
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I took Depo for a year after #1 and it screwed me up! I didn't have a period for over 2 years -after- I stopped the shot (we were TTC). At 4 years, I finally went to a fertility specialist and got a work up. I was not ovulating AT ALL. I took one cycle of Clomid and got pregnant with #2. We got pregnant with #3 without meds, but it took 4 years again.

Depo is EVIL! Secondary infertility is just one of hte many ways it has screwed my body up. I'll be one of the first women to sign up for a class-action lawsuit when it happens!
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July 15th, 2006, 07:37 PM
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i was also on depo for 2 years and since have been ttc for a little over 2 years. i am not ovulating. i have a period about once every 4-5 months that lasts for 2-3 weeks, i'm not ovulating. currently i've just started going to a doctor. i am highly against depo. it did nothing but bad things to me and i could kick myself for being a stupid teenager and not asking questions about what kind of birth control i'm putting myself on.

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August 5th, 2006, 04:15 PM
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Yes, it can cause secondary infertility. First of all, it shrivels up the crypts in the cervix which produce fertile mucus - without fertile mucus, sperm die in the acidic environment of the vagina. It can take a long time for the cervix to recover, if at all - even long after a woman is ovulating again. Depo is also very hard on the ovaries. Some women are fortunate to begin ovulating relatively soon, but many more do not. Duration of use is a big factor.

If you want all the documentation on Depo and it's relationship to secondary infertility, you might want to grab a copy of A Consumer's Guide to the Pill and Other Drugs by John B. Wilks. It's a collection of medical studies. It states that secondary infertility is found to last up to 3 years, but the most common recovery time is about 18 months.

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