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Depo Provera: Is It Worth It?

By Thepracticalmommy2 @PracticalMommy2
I have two children. After my second baby, I was looking for a new kind of birth control that wasn't a pill and was cheaper than an IUD (which I really wanted but couldn't afford). My doctor recommended a birth control injection that I would only have to get every three months. I was sold just on that.

Depo Provera: Is It Worth It?

Depo Shots
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Sixteen months later, I regret that decision.
Depo Provera, the birth control injection, is nothing to mess around with. It is basically a long term birth control option for those who don't want to have a baby any time soon. As I found out shortly after taking my first and only shot, I'm not one of those people.
I have been trying to conceive now for nine months. My youngest is one and a half, and by the time I have the next baby (if I have the next baby??), she'll be a little over two. What's the problem? I have been off of the shot for sixteen months. My other two babies were conceived with zero problem. Something is not right.
Let's back track a bit. Last June, when my youngest was only six months old, I thought I was pregnant. I had the Depo Provera shot in February, but I stopped going for the shot since I did not like the side effects. Surprisingly, to me, I was okay with being pregnant. Turns out that I wasn't but was instead still suffering the side effects of the shot, still after having only one shot.
My husband and I decided that fall to start trying again, thinking I was in the clear from the synthetic hormone that was in my system from the shot. Apparently, I may not be. And I'm not the only one suffering from the delayed fertility the shot can cause.
I recently published an article on HubPages, Getting Pregnant After Depo Provera. As I was doing my research, I realized how many other women are suffering trying to conceive but being unsuccessful. It's sad to me. I truly think that medical personnel or clinic technicians really need to make sure that the women who ask for the shot know for sure that they either don't want a pregnancy or don't want a pregnancy for a very, very long time.
I read the literature, sure. I read about what they were going to put into me to prevent pregnancy. I thought it was an easy, nothing to worry about birth control option. I did not get the impression from the pamphlets or other forms that I would be dealing with such a problem as delayed fertility. It just didn't stand out to me.
I hope anyone out there who is suffering from the same thing knows that they are not alone. Keep on trying, and be patient, just as I am trying to be. Best of luck to you.
To find out more about the Depo Provera shot, getting pregnant after the shot and a detox diet you can try, read: Getting Pregnant After Depo Provera on HubPages.

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