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Had Sex While On My Period & While Taking the Depo Shot - Can I Get Pregnant?

Published: June 24, 2012
Dear Had Sex While On My Period & While Taking the Depo Shot - Can I Get Pregnant?,

if you are on your period while you have sex and are also take the depo provera birth control shot, is it possible to get pregnant if your boyfriend cums in you multiple times?


Dear Had Sex While On My Period & While Taking the Depo Shot - Can I Get Pregnant?,

If you had sex while on your period and also while taking the Depo shot, it is highly unlikely you are pregnant. The main reason is that the Depo-Provera shot is one of the most effective methods of birth control when used as directed. Less than 1 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they always use the shot as directed. About 6 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they don’t always use the shot as directed.

The Depo shot works best when you get the shot regularly, every 12 weeks. And if you get the birth control shot within the first seven days after the start of your period, you are protected from pregnancy immediately. If you get the shot within five days after a miscarriage or abortion, or within three weeks after giving birth, you are also protected from pregnancy immediately. Otherwise you need to use some form of back-up birth control (such as a condom, diaphragm, sponge, or emergency contraception) for the first week after getting the shot.

If you have reason to believe you might be pregnant because you have not been getting the shots as directed, or you did not use a back-up method for your first week of the shot as recommended, then talk to the doctor prescribing your Depo shot about whether it would be good for you to take Emergency Contraception (EC). EC can prevent pregnancy up to 120 hours after having sex, however, it is more effective the sooner you use it after having sex – so if you think you might need EC, call your doctor right away.

 

TeenHealthFX would also like you to be aware that the Depo shot does not provide protection against the transmission of STDs. For this reason, FX recommends that teens use condoms in addition to birth control methods such as the birth control shot or pill as condoms can provide some protection against the transmission of STDs. If you have any questions about protecting yourself from the transmission of STDs, speak to your doctor.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

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