When you decide on a type of birth control, typically you're more concerned with how effective it is against preventing pregnancy rather than how easy it is to get out of your system when you're ready to conceive. Most women, when choosing a birth control method, choose the well-known birth control pill, but some decide to go with the shot instead (perhaps because of it's long lasting effects and it's convenience). Whatever the reason may be, women are wondering how long it takes until you can get pregnant after stopping the injections.
There are different types of birth control injections, the most popular being the Depo-Provera. With this type, injections are spaced out once every three months. That's 12 weeks worth of protection and 12 weeks of not having to remember to take your birth control pill. According to verywellhealth.com, "this injectable birth control method works by thickening cervical mucus and stopping ovulation". In most cases, the Depo Provera injection is 97% effective, climbing to 99% if injections are on time every time. So, even after your last shot, the chances of getting pregnant within those three months are slim whether you want to or not.
But what about after those three months have passed? After the last Depo shot is given, you are still considered protected for those three months but after those three months are up, the hormones preventing you from ovulating begin to dissipate in your body. Parents.com states that "for some women, it can take up to a year after the last shot to begin having regular periods, but for others, it can happen as soon as four months after the last shot". It really just depends on your unique body and your individual cycle.
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If you have yet to choose a birth control method, injections such as the Depo Provera have their benefits and their risks. If you plan on conceiving in the near future, injections might not be your best option because their effects are designed to last. If you're in no hurry to have a baby, however, birth control injections definitely have their pluses! Whichever method you choose, be sure to research it and make a choice that will suit your future needs as well as your current ones. And remember, the best way to get pregnant after stopping birth control is just to relax and let nature take its course.