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Link Between Depo Provera

I have been on depo for 4 years.  My last shot was 8/03.. and my first period was around 12/03 and has been regular since.  I am in a group where all the women are trying to conceive after the depo provera.  Many have been trying to conceive for years, and no luck.  And it seems like those who do conceive have miscarriages soon after.  Its like 80% of the women who get pg have a miscarriage. Is this linked to the depo? Age? Im 22 and am trying to conceive #2.  (my son is 6 now) I am so scared that it might happen to me.  I am taking numerous herbs daily to strengthen my lining and all, but Im very very scared to miscarry.  Has there been any evidence or clinical studies linking the use od depo prover and miscarriages?
PLEASE PLEASE help.  What else can I do to prepare my body for pregnancy?
thanks, Destiny
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A friend of mine went through some probs after depo, there is a website about some class action lawsuits against the maker of depo, I will email her and get the info for you if youd like. you can contact me at ***@****. Good luck, Jana
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Just FYI. I was on Depo for 6 years. I came off of it in Oct. 2001, got my first period in March 2002 and didn't get pg until July 2003. It took quite a while. I did however have pg symptoms A LOT!!! Every month I could have sworn that I was pg. My Dr. assured me that it was just my body getting rid of the Depo. I can tell you that I will NEVER use Depo again. It has caused many problems for many women and it really screwed my body up when I stopped getting the shots. I have heard that the risk of miscarriage (and birth defects) is higher if you become pg before being off the shot for 6-12 months. Good Luck to you!
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I was on Depo for about 4 years--never had a period.  It took about 10 months for me to start after I got off the shot and then another couple of months to get pregnant.  So about a year before I got pregnant.  I did have a healthy baby girl, though---no miscarriages for me.  I won't, however, take the shot again.  As the last post said, I too felt pregnant the whole time off the shot and had many tests done to see if I was pregnant.  I don't think I like something that causes me a year's wait in getting pregnant.  Note:  I am pretty sure it was the shot since no one in my family ever has problems getting pregnant within a few months.
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I bet you are MAD that you didn't know these things could happen.  They dont' tell you any of this when you get on the shot or the PILL for that matter!!!  I had a mc with my first, and had been off the pill for 10 mos.  I know it was the pill that did it.  I wish i would have known i would have so much trouble conceiving after I was on the pill!  (never have had the shot so i don't know)  BUT the fact of the matter is that we took medication that altered what our body intended!!  I didn't think of it at the time ( i was 15 when i started the pill).  But now after having a baby, I realize how wonderful our bodies are!!!  To be able to grow a baby...  I have much more respect for my body now and will NEVER do anything to alter it's "purpose".  Hind site!  It's too late now?!

I understand your fears but there's nothing you can do other than what you are already doing.  Prepare your body.  speaking of that.. i am on clomid and am also afraid of a thin lining?  what are you taking to prevent that?

Good luck :) and stay positive.  Progesterone helps build the lining so after you ovulate have  progesterone level drawn and if it's low they can give you supplements.  :) momttc
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I'm on the depo and got pregnant about a month of being on it and had a miscaridge I don't know that thing didn't work on me well anyways good luck...
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I took Depo Provera from March of last yr until Sept of last yr and I still don't have my period. Like the lady in a previous posting, I've taken several pregnancy test (4 to be exact) because I've been scared that I might be pregnant. I hate this! How long should it be before I get my period back? I will never take this shot again, I hate not knowing..you know? I'm thinking of switching to the patch..do any of you use it? If so, have you had any side effects or problems?
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I have a daughter who is now 2 and a half when she was about 5 months old i decided to have the depo injection(BIG MISTAKE) i had 4 shots deciding after we got married we would like another child so i stopped having the depo had no periods after for 13 months went to the hospital during this time loads of blood tests they said i wasnt ovulating and my progtesterone level was low.i felt so low and depressed couldnt understand why a healthy 23 year old could get pregnant my husband was saying is it me he is 23 too.I have now had 4 periods but have to take tablets when on my period because they flood the bed and are so painful all because of the injection.Ihave now brought a ovulation kit and is now ovulating so im trying my best now to get pregnant and hoping the depo injection is out of my system its felt like forever.I will let you know if i do finally get pregnant.Good luck to you all stay positive it will be worth the wait when it does happen.
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I was on the depo for a little over 2 years faithfully!  I got pregnant on the shot.  My last shot was 11/02...found out later that month that I was pregnant.  I miscarried soon after that.  I had several m/c between that one and when I was pregnant with my oldest son...which was a twin pregnancy, but lost one...that was in July 2004.  I also have a 9 month old that was a surprise!!!  I had another m/c in Early May this year.  
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i have been on depo 2 and a half years, 1st sot was just a couple of  wks after the birth of my daughter, me and my patner are desperate for baby number 2, i have been off depo 2 weeks but really worried that i will have problems getting pregnant, i dont think it help when i sit on sites like this reading it will take months or even years. anyone got any sucess stories please.
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I was on depo for 2 years and got pregnant while still on it and m/c that pregnancy.  I, then, stopped taking depo.  I also had 2 more m/c before successfully carrying my oldest son with the help of clomid.  Then I had my second son and have since had 1 m/c.  
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I was on Depo for 2 years, from when I was 16 to 18. I am almost 21 now. After coming off the shot it took me 10 months to have my period and it was VERY irregular after that andhad recently gotten more regular within that last 8 months or so. I am over 3 weeks late now and took a pregnancy test (an early detection one because i belived it would test the hormone levels better don't know if that's true or not) it came out negative a big disappointment to me and my husband. I have a lot of naseua and stomach pains. Escpecially in the morning. Please help if you have experienced anything like this and could help me. I am scared i can't concieve or that it's ectoptic or something. Are ectoptic pg common after the shot? Please help.
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I am beginning to get really concerned with depo..I was on Depo for 7!! years and was never told of any risks for pregnancy issues. Well they did say it can take up to 1 year to get pregnant but nothing about m/c's. Ok so not to freak everyone out but I have been trying to concieve with my husband for approx. 1 year and I have now had my 3rd m/c I am now going to a specialist and ALL of my tests and my husbands have been normal. The first and second m/c was at 5 weeks so the doctors were concerned but not alarmed. I concieved again in July and unfortunatley had my 3rd m/c about 1 month ago. This time I was 10 weeks. I am at a loss I am now worried about any pregnancy I try to have. I truley feel Depo played a roll in this since everything is normal and the only link I can find is the shot. The doctors are not syaing much and they really dont know the next step. The last pregnancy I had progesterone suppliments and all of my blood values were normal. They did a path. review on the fetus and there were abnormalities. They said it was nothing my husband nor I caused and future pregnancies should be fine. All the genetic testing has been normal as well. I feel there should be a longer study on the shot and if anyone has any more knowledge please let me know. I feel I am in a losing battle.
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