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Can the Depo-Provera shot cause pregnancy symptoms?

Can the Depo-Provera shot cause pregnancy symptoms?

Yes.: The side effects of the depo-provera include: nausea, breast pain/tenderness, weight gain, menstrual irregularities, etc., etc. The side effect profile is very similar to pregnancy. Make sure you didn't get started on Depo-Provera when already pregnant. When in doubt, pregnancy test! ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of pregnancy if you are on Depo-Provera shot?

What are the common symptoms of pregnancy if you are on Depo-Provera shot?

No symptoms: In reality pregnancy, early on, has no physical symptoms. Second, one has significant hormonal fluctuations and 'pregnancy' symptoms are common on depo. It my be beneficial for you to go read about Depo-Provera at their website or on wikipedia if you feel like something is wrong. It would be very unusual to be pregnant on depo. ...Read more

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I'm having signs if pregnancy but I am on Depo-Provera. Can this be right? Can I be pregnant?

I'm having signs if pregnancy but I am on Depo-Provera. Can this be right? Can I be pregnant?

Not likely pregnant: Hello Heather,

If you are on Depo-Provera or 'the shot', then you are feeling the effects of Progesterone. This is the same hormone that is produced by the ovaries after ovulation. So, to have similar symptoms is altogether normal and explainable. Do not worry, Depo-provera is 99+% effective in preventing pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get pregnancy symptoms for the first time in two years of using the Depo-Provera shot?

Is it normal to get pregnancy symptoms for the first time in two years of using the Depo-Provera shot?

Yes: Depoprovera is a synthetic progestin (anti-pregnancy) that blocks normal Progesterone (pro-pregnancy) receptors. The high dose of this progestin cause several symptoms like nausea, swelling, weight gain that mimic pregnancy symptoms. ...Read more

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What are signs of pregnancy when you're on the Depo-Provera shot? Are they different from normal signs?

Yes: Since skipping periods is normal on Depo provera (medroxyprogesterone) it is not necessarily a sign of pregnancy. Weight gain is also common with Depo and not necessarily associated with pregnancy. Nausea is not usually associated with Depo but is common with pregnancy. If you think you might be pregnant, do a pregnancy test. While it is very uncommon to conceive on Depo, all methods do have failures. ...Read more

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What should I do if I think I'm pregnant, but on the Depo-Provera shot? I have all the symptoms of pregnancy.

Do a pregnancy test: First check for pregnancy and if positive make an appointment with an obstetrician. If the test is negative seek evaluation with an obgyn or family practitioner to determine what is causing your symptoms. ...Read more

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Stopped Depo-Provera in april (3rd shot). 1st cycle n oct (7days). No more cycles and negative tests. Having pregnancy symptoms. Why?

Stopped Depo-Provera in april (3rd shot). 1st cycle n oct (7days). No more cycles and negative tests. Having pregnancy symptoms. Why?

Various disorders: Various hormonal disorders could cause this including thyroid disease, elevations in prolactin hormone, polycystic ovarian syndrome and also some medications. ...Read more

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I've had the Depo-Provera for six months and it's almost time for the new one. But recently I've started experiencing extreme pregnancy symptoms. Could I be?

I've had the Depo-Provera for six months and it's almost time for the new one. But recently I've started experiencing extreme pregnancy symptoms. Could I be?

Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone): Chances are that, if you have received the Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) on time, you are not pregnant. However, no birth control is perfect. You should check a pregnancy test if you are suspicious. Some types of birth control will make you feel bloated, have tender breasts, and feel "pregnant" during the first 6-12 months of use. This is likely what is happening to you. It should get better over time. ...Read more

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Had my son on 6/30/13, received my first Depo-Provera in Aug, have been on time for every shot after that. But I been having pregnancy symptoms, can I be pregnant?

Had my son on 6/30/13, received my first Depo-Provera in Aug, have been on time for every shot after that. But I been having pregnancy symptoms, can I be pregnant?

Most likely not: As side effects of Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) mimic some symptoms of pregnancy. However, there is a small chance of failure for all birth control methods. So, if in doubt, do a home pregnancy test. ...Read more

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I'm on the Depo-Provera prevera shot and I am having all the pregnancy symptoms I had when I was last pregnant an been getting night sickness can I b pregnant?

I'm on the Depo-Provera prevera shot and I am having all the pregnancy symptoms I had when I was last pregnant an been getting night sickness can I b pregnant?

Possibly: If you have had your shot on time the risk of pregnancy is low. Some women will get symptoms similar to pregnancy from the hormones in the shot. But if you are concerned it is quick and easy to do an over the counter pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Early pregnancy signs on Depo-Provera shot?

Take a test: The over the counter pregnancy tests are very accurate. Go the pharmacy and purchase one. ...Read more

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Please tell me can Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) make you have pregnancy symptoms?

Yes: Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) contains the hormone 'Progesterone'. Progesterone got its name from the high levels of Progesterone in pregnancy that help maintain the pregnancy. Its 'pro gestational'. Some pregnancy symptoms are due to high levels of progesterone. Some women who get an injection of progesterone, such as Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) feel a little bit like they are pregnant. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Do you get pregnancy symptoms when you get off the Depo-Provera shot? The last shot I had was dec 5th I was scheduled for feb 26th.

Cycle symptoms: Once you come off of the Depo-Provera shot, you will resume cycle related symptoms that, in some cases, might mimic pregnancy related symptoms (breast tenderness, fatigue, etc.). If you might be pregnant, then take a pregnancy test! ...Read more

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Why am I bleeding and having pregnancy symptoms after a month on being on the Depo-Provera shot? Could I be that 1% that get pregnant??

Why am I bleeding and having pregnancy symptoms after a month on being on the Depo-Provera shot? Could I be that 1% that get pregnant??

Doubtful: Bleeding is NOT a pregnancy symptom and you don't say what other symptoms you are having that lead you to believe you are pregnant. Bleeding during the first months of Depo is not all that uncommon. If pregnancy test is negative, then the symptoms you are experiencing are more liely related to hormonal shifts related to your use of the Depo than from any other reason. ...Read more

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I've been having pregnancy symptoms but im on the Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) can you tell me why im having these symptoms?

I've been having pregnancy symptoms but im on the Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) can you tell me why im having these symptoms?

Doctor to evaluate: A return visit to the ob-gyn doctor can help figure out the pregnancy symptoms. The doctor can do a pregnancy test to verify non-pregnancy. A physical exam and some blood tests can help find out if there are stomach problems, hormonal imbalances, or other things that might cause pregnancy-like symptoms. ...Read more

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I took two pregnancy test both negatives, just got off the Depo-Provera shots only took one dose and having pregnancy symptoms what's going on?

Many possibilities: You could be pregnant, or you could be experiencing side effects from the medication (s) you have been taking, or you could be sick, or other. See what happens and see a doctor if you don't get better. ...Read more

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I received my 4th Depo-Provera shot almost 3 weeks late. Once I recieved it I was fine but now im having pregnancy like symptoms that weren't there before?

Take a test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more

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I'm on Depo-Provera n have unprot. Sex a lot the next shot I get I take it 5 or more days earlier. Could I get preg? Ihave mostly all the pregnancy symptoms.

Pregnancy unlikely: No method of contraception is ever 100% foolproof however depoprovera is very effective. It sounds like you are getting your shots at the recommended time. Your symptoms are not likely due to pregnancy. You could check a home pregnancy test for peace of mind. Remember unprotected sex puts you at risk for sexually transmitted disease. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been on the Depo-Provera shot for 3 years and I'm getting all the symptoms of a ectopic pregnancy?

What to do if I have been on the Depo-Provera shot for 3 years and I'm getting all the symptoms of a ectopic pregnancy?

Assuming that you: Have a positive pregnancy test (because you can’t have an ectopic pregnancy if there is no pregnancy), ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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I had unprotected sex on and everyday after my Depo-Provera shot. Can I be pregnant because I have serious pregnancy symptoms?

I had unprotected sex on and everyday after my Depo-Provera shot. Can I be pregnant because I have serious pregnancy symptoms?

Probably not: If you for the shot when you were on your period (1st shot), you should be ok. We usually recommend using backup BC (condoms and spermicide) the first month after starting a new BC. IF you are worried you're pregnant, check a test. ...Read more

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Was on Depo-Provera for 4years. Ran out 5months ago. Have had unprotected sex. A lot of pregnancy symptoms. Is it likely I am pregnant?

Was on Depo-Provera for 4years. Ran out 5months ago. Have had unprotected sex. A lot of pregnancy symptoms. Is it likely I am pregnant?

If no period yes: But you may not have a period for a while after discontinuing Depo-Provera and then may not know when you ovulate. If concerned check a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Coming off of Depo-Provera trying to get pregnant. Shot was due 12-18-12 I didn't get it. Had period 12-25-12 having pregnancy symptoms, is it possible?

Coming off of Depo-Provera trying to get pregnant. Shot was due 12-18-12 I didn't get it. Had period 12-25-12 having pregnancy symptoms, is it possible?

Always possible: It is always possible that you could be pregnant if you were not current on on birht control. If you had a normal period, then you can certainly conceive after that. Take prenatal vitamins in any event. ...Read more

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I was a month late taking my Depo-Provera shot I received I Tuesday and had unprotected sex wed I have been having a lot pregnancy symptoms am u pregnant?

I was a month late taking my Depo-Provera shot I received I Tuesday and had unprotected sex wed I have been having a lot pregnancy symptoms am u pregnant?

Possibly: Best to check home pregnancy test on first morning urine at least 2 weeks after first unprotected sex. If neg, repeat in 7-10 days. If both neg, unlikely you are pregnant.
Hope this helps. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more

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Had baby oct 29th started Depo-Provera dec 13th jan 5th I bled till the 19th then the 20th had brown discharge now pregnancy symptoms could I be pregnant?

Had baby oct 29th started Depo-Provera dec 13th jan 5th I bled till the 19th then the 20th had brown discharge now pregnancy symptoms could I be pregnant?

Vag bleeding: Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is known to cause irregular bleeding. Whether you are pregnant or not - hard to tell. Most likely not if you've had a bleeding and then discharge, bu if in doubt, do pregnancy test. ...Read more

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I've been on Depo-Provera on and off for about 2 years and I had unprotected sex multiple times with the same partner and ive been having pregnancy symptoms.

I've been on Depo-Provera on and off for about 2 years and I had unprotected sex multiple times with the same partner and ive been having pregnancy symptoms.

Depo shots: If you have been "off" more than "on", then you might be pregnant. Do a pregnancy test, and take contraception mire seriously unless you want to get pregnant. ...Read more

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I have been on Depo-Provera for a yr and I had my last shot jan 8th I have been havin some symptoms of pregnancy like being tired eating more & moodyam I preg?

I have been on Depo-Provera for a yr and I had my last shot jan 8th I have been havin some symptoms of pregnancy like being tired eating more & moodyam I preg?

Take the test: If you want to know if you are pregnant, take a test. In today's world you do not need to wonder if you are pregnant or not based on symptoms. Pregnancy tests are available at any pharmacy and in minutes you will have your answer. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. ...Read more

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Been off Depo-Provera for about 4-5 months, no period but having pregnancy symptoms. What do I do?

Been off Depo-Provera for about 4-5 months, no period but having pregnancy symptoms. What do I do?

Observe: Sometimes after stopping depot, the period can be delayed for a while. However, pregnancy test should be performed to make sure you are not pregnant. ...Read more

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I've only been on the Depo-Provera shot for 6 months. I've been having sex and now im getting signs if pregnancy. Could I be pregnant?

Yes, you could: No form of birth control is 100 % effective and that includes depotprovera. A urine pregnancy test would show, and if the first test is negative, another one a week later should be positive if there is a pregnancy. ...Read more

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I'm on the Depo-Provera shot for a year now and suddenly started spotting and pregnancy symptoms. Multiple negative tests. Could I be pregnant?

Less than 1% chance: Depoprovera, if administered on time every 12 weeks, is probably the most effective hormonal birth control option a common side effect of depoprovera is irregular bleeding/ spotting but 75% of patients will experience no bleeding after one year. A blood pregnancy test can be ordered to confirm the urine test. If you are still having symptoms, you may need to be worked up for other problems. ...Read more

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