Answers from the Health Educator – Archive 4

So I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend.  I am on the pill and been taking it everyday around the same time for a couple of months now.  Before we had sex he pre cummed in his underwear then after we had sex for about 5 minutes.  He didn’t cum.  Earlier that day we had sex but he peed right after.  So could I be pregnant?  I’m like freaking out.

ANSWER: First, any time you have unprotected sex there is a risk of pregnancy.  Second, pre-ejaculation can occur throughout a sexual activity and many times goes completely unnoticed so it is possible that there was pre-ejaculate present during sex as well that went unnoticed.  Third, urinating before or immediately after sex does not reduce or change the possibility of becoming pregnant following unprotected sex.  If you have been on birth control pills consistently and correctly (without missing a day) then you are likely protected and your chances of pregnancy will be low.  If you have missed a pill or taken a pill more than an hour late in the past week you may want to consider taking a Plan B pill to help reduce your chances of becoming pregnant (Plan B is most effective when taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex but can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex).

Helloo, yes I get my depo shot this month, July 18th.  I was wondering if I don’t go get my shot that day and have unprotected sex that day or the next day is that a chance of pregnancy?

ANSWER: IF you do not get your next depo shot on time and have unprotected sex then yes, there will be a chance of pregnancy.  A depo shot provides 14 weeks of protection against pregnancy – if you do not get your next shot by the end of the 14th week your depo will no longer be fully effective at preventing pregnancy and if you have unprotected sex it will be possible to get pregnancy.  The further past that 14 weeks park you go without getting your next shot the greater your chance of becoming pregnant will become.

Questions from June 30, 2018

I been having my depo shot now for almost 9 months.  I was supposed to have it today on June 29th – I completely forgot and me and my fiance had unprotected sex and he ejaculated inside me.  Is there a chance it was today my shot?

ANSWER: Any time you have unprotected sex there is a chance of pregnancy.  But as long as you are not overdue for your depo shot then your chance of pregnancy will be very, very low.  So as long as it has not been more than 14 weeks since your last injection you are still protected – just make sure to get in to your doctors office/clinic as quickly as possible to get your next depo shot and make sure to abstain from sex (or use condoms) between now and when you are able to get your shot again.

I got my first depo shot 2 days ago and my boyfriend came inside me.  I know my shot is not fully effective right now but is it safe to take a Plan B pill?

ANSWER: Yes, it is safe to take a Plan B pill.

Question from June 29, 2018

Hey I took my depo shot in April around the 24th.  Now it’s June and it’s not on, I took 3 pregnancy tests, they came back negative.  But why am I cramping?  And my stomach be hurting a little bit.  Could I be pregnant?  Why didn’t my period come on this month?

ANSWER: Missing your period while on depo is completely normal and is not necessarily a sign of pregnancy.  Many depo users report changes in their bleeding patterns (including irregular spotting or no periods).  The cramping you are experiencing may just be a sign that you are getting close to due for your next depo shot – it may also be an unrelated symptom.  If the cramping continues or becomes severe, I would advise you follow up with your medical provider to discuss this symptom directly with them.  It is very unlikely that you are pregnant – the symptoms you are experiencing are most likely a side effect of the depo – if the symptoms persist follow up with your doctors office/clinic to make sure they are not a sign of an infection or anything more severe.

Questions from June 28, 2018

Hey I was supposed to get my depo shot June 15, 2018, here it is June 28, 2018.  I have been having unprotected sex.  What should I do?  I haven’t received a cycle but I was cramping and spotted for one day… could I get pregnant?  I’m not on any insurance right now, is my shot still effective?

ANSWER: If you did not get your depo shot and still have not received your depo shot then you are likely not protected anymore and are at risk of becoming pregnant.  When on depo, there is a two week time frame for re-injection, many doctor’s offices will schedule your next shot during that two week period, so if you missed your appointment for your next depo shot and the last day in that two week period has passed then you are no longer protected and any time you have unprotected sex you could become pregnant.  Not having a cycle or period is not a good indicator of fertility or ovulation – especially when coming off a method of hormonal birth control.  I would suggest following up with the office where you receive your depo  as soon as possible.  If the cost is an issue you could use www.bedsider.org and use their Locator tool to find a low cost/affordable clinic near you where you could go to get birth control.

Hello I was suppose to get my shot on the 25th but I didn’t and my boyfriend ejaculated in me on the 24th.  And I just came on my period today, does that mean I can be pregnant?

ANSWER: If you had sex before you were due for your next depo shot you were still protected and your chance of pregnancy will be low.  To confirm this information you will want to call and follow up with the clinic where you receive your shot to confirm you were not past due for your shot when you had unprotected sex on June 24th – as long as you were not over due for your shot then you were still protected and your chance of pregnancy is very, very low.

Questions from June 27, 2018

I switched from Nexplanon to depo on June 5th.. my, now, ex boyfriend and I had sex the night before I got it switched, and he came inside of me.  I know sperm can live a few days… I was on day 8 of my period when Nexplanon was removed and depo was injected.  One June 16th, we once again had unprotected sex and he ejaculated in side of me.  I am wondering if there is a chance I could be pregnant?  I should of started my period but nothing, one day of spotting a few days early then I’m supposed to start.

ANSWER:  Although unlikely, it is possible you may have become pregnant from having sex on June 4th – since you got your Nexplanon removed within 24 hours of when you had sex and a new method (your depo shot) takes 7 days to become fully effective – there is a small window of time when you could have become pregnant.  You were already protected by your depo shot when you had sex on June 16th – so if you are pregnant then it has been long enough since the date when you would have conceived that you can go ahead and take a pregnancy test and get an accurate result.  Also, it is important that you know that many depo users report having no periods while on depo – so if you are only concerned about pregnancy because you have not had a period then know that it is common for that to happen and is not a good indicator of pregnancy.

If I got on the Depo Provera shot about 2 weeks ago, is it a smart idea to stop taking my birth control pills?  Can taking both be the cause of me feeling so bloated, having abdominal pain, dizziness, and nausea?

ANSWER: If it has been more than 7 days since you got your first Depo shot, then you no longer need to take the birth control pills.  Your depo is fully effective at this time and taking both is not necessary.  The side effects you are experiencing may just be your body adjusting to the new method of birth control – give yourself some time to adjust but keep track of the side effects and if they don’t go away (or get worse) you may want to talk with your doctor/nurse about the side effects you are experiencing.

Questions from June 26, 2018

I only had one shot of my depo birth control so far.  Me and my boyfriend had sex but he nutted in me twice.  Do you think I can still get pregnant or no I’m okay??

ANSWER: Any time you choose to have unprotected sex you are at risk of becoming pregnant.  Birth control, like depo, just help to reduce your chance of pregnancy greatly.  So as long as you are not over due for your next depo shot (and it was 7 days more after you got your first depo shot when you had unprotected sex) then your chances of pregnancy are very, very low.  If it was not 7 days or more after you got your first shot – or if you are over due for your next depo shot – then you were not protected and your chance of becoming pregnant will increase.  If you have further questions, please let me know.

I’m 17, I’ve gotten my first shot of depo June 11th.  I had unprotected sex June 24th.  My boyfriend wasn’t sure if he came or not.  Do I still need to use a Plan B or am I safe?

ANSWER: Your depo shot became fully effective 7 days after you got it so by the time you had unprotected sex on June 24th your depo was providing you with protection against pregnancy and your chances of becoming pregnant from having unprotected sex are very, very low.  (Remember, no method of birth control – other than abstinence – is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy.)

Question from June 25, 2018

Hi I got my first depo shot on June 6th, but my last period was on May 25th.  My doctor told me to wait a week before I had sex.  I had unprotected sex on June 13th, one week later.  My partner did not ejaculate inside me, but it is June 25th and I have not yet started my period.  It has almost been 2 weeks since I’ve had sex and I haven’t had any pregnancy symptoms.  I am switching from the depo shot to the Nexplanon implant on August 22nd.  Is there still a chance I may be pregnant?

ANSWER: Your chance of pregnancy is very, very low.  You waited 7 days before you had unprotected sex which means your depo shot was fully effective when you had sex on June 13th.  Many depo users will quit having periods while on depo – so your missed/late period is likely just a side effect of the depo shot and nothing you need to be worried about (especially since you are not experiencing any signs or symptoms of pregnancy)!  If you still have concerns, it has been 2 weeks since the date you had unprotected sex so you can take a pregnancy test and get an accurate result if you would like to.

Questions from June 24, 2018

I just got the depo May 10th and me and my fiance have been using protection but last night we didn’t use any and I’m on my period, do I have a low chance of becoming pregnant?

ANSWER: Your depo is fully effective at preventing pregnancy right now so your chance of becoming pregnant from having unprotected sex is very, very low.  As long as you get your depo shot on time every 3 months you will have continuous protection from pregnancy and the chance of you becoming pregnant will remain very, very low.

Hello, I was supposed to get my depo shot on June 14, I forgot, had sex on the 15th, he ejaculated inside me, is there a chance of pregnancy?

ANSWER: If June 14th was the final day in your two week time frame for re-injection then there is a very small that you may become pregnant.  If you are unsure if this was the final day for you to get your depo shot, then call the clinic/office where you receive your depo shot to confirm with them whether or not you should be concerned with pregnancy.

I don’t have my period back yet 5 months after giving birth.  And had my depo shot last June 20, 3 days after I had unprotected sex.  Is there a big chance to get pregnant?

ANSWER: It takes a new method of birth control 7 days to become fully effective at preventing pregnancy so when you had sex 3 days after getting your depo shot you were not protected and there is a chance you could become pregnant.  There is no way to know for sure what your chances are of pregnancy, but it is possible.  If you do not wish to become pregnant you are still in the window of time when you could take a Plan B emergency contraceptive pill to help reduce your chances of pregnancy (the sooner you take it the more effective it is – and it can be taken up to 5 days after having unprotected sex).  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

My tubes been tied burnt and clipped for 6 years now but for the past few days I haven’t been able to hold my pee, nothing will stay down, having stomach and lower back pain – even after my cycle and off and on headaches feeling like I have to throw up after I eat small meals my stomach will get very tight.  What does that mean?

ANSWER: Tubal ligation is considered to be a highly effective method of protection – pregnancy is rare with a tubal ligation but is still possible (approximately 50 women out of 10,000 will get pregnant after having a tubal ligation).  There is no way to know for sure what the symptoms you are experiencing mean without you going in to see a doctor or medical professional.  A doctor could run a pregnancy test and other tests to help you get some answers as to what may be causing these symptoms you are experiencing.

Questions from June 23, 2018

I recently had the Depo shot – I got it today.  Me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex the same day I got the Depo, he ejaculated inside me.  Is there a possibility I might be pregnant?  FYI: I already have a baby

ANSWER: Yes, it is possible you may become pregnant.  If the depo shot you just got was your first depo shot, then it takes 7 days to become fully effective at preventing pregnancy – so when you had sex the same day you got your shot you were not yet protected and are at risk of becoming pregnant.  If you can get a Plan B Emergency Contraceptive pill, the sooner you take it the more effective it will be at preventing pregnancy (you can take it up to 5 days after the date you had unprotected sex).

Hi. I’ve been on the depo shot for about 3 years.  And me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex the morning of the day I supposed to get the shot again.  Is there a chance I could get pregnant from that or should I get a Plan B?

ANSWER:  As long as you got your most recent depo shot on time (in your two week time frame for re-injection) then you will have continuous protection and your chance of pregnancy is very, very low.  (If you were not on time for your shot when you got it then you should take a Plan B for emergency contraception.)  Also remember, that there is always a chance of pregnancy – even if that chance is very, very low – because no method of birth control (other than abstinence) is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy.

Questions from June 22, 2018

Hello, my situation is actually very complicated but I need help.  I’m a 17 year old girl and I have taken depo-provera shot for 3 years.  About 6 months ago I had to get off of it due to insurance complications, so I received my last shot 6 months ago so it still took its 14 week course.  With that being said, I still have YET to have a period.  I haven’t had one since my second shot, which was a long time ago.  And now I’m very concerned about being pregnant.  But I first wanted to know if it was even possible from not having a period or anything?  Like is it possible?  Is it likely?  And how long does it take for someone as young as me and has been on it for so long to work?

ANSWER:  Any time you have had sex after the end of the 14 weeks from your last depo shot, you were unprotected, and at risk of becoming pregnant.  It can take several months (even a year) for some women to begin having a period again after going off of depo.  It can also take several months for fertility to return as well – but don’t assume that a lack of period also means a lack of fertility.  Unfortunately, there is no way to know for sure whether or not your fertility has already returned or when it will return and there is no way of knowing when your period will return.  Just know that any time you have unprotected sex you are at risk of pregnancy right now.  Also, you may want to check out www.bedsider.org and use their ‘Locator’ function on their website to try and find a clinic/office near you that you may be able to begin going to since you are having issues with your insurance.  If you are local to us, all of our services are free to teens (including birth control) so you can come in and be seen by our nurse and get started back on birth control.

So I got my fist depo shot on June 15 and took Ella the same day.  I had unprotected sex June 22.  Is there a possibility I could get pregnant?

ANSWER: When having sex, there is always a possibility of pregnancy because no method (other than abstinence) is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy.  But your chances of becoming pregnant are very low.  You took an Emergency Contraceptive pill after having sex on the 15th – which was the right decision – and then when you had unprotected sex on June 22nd it had been 7 days since you got your first depo shot so the depo was fully effective at preventing pregnancy.

Question from June 21, 2018

I just got my very first depo shot two days ago, if I have sex today and he doesn’t ejaculate inside of me am I safe?

ANSWER: No you will not be protected.  It takes a new method of birth control 7 days to become fully effective at preventing pregnancy and the withdrawal method is not a dependable method of birth control.  Even if your partner does not ejaculate inside you there is still pre-ejaculate that is present during sex and your partner would not be aware of when that is occurring during sex so it is still possible for you to become pregnant if you have unprotected sex before your depo becomes fully effective.

Question from June 20, 2018

Hi today I got my 3rd depo shot on 20 June 2018 and I would like to know if I’m protected to have sex immediately?  Like can I have unprotected sex tonight or tomorrow night?  I just want to make sure.  I’m already 6 months on depo.

ANSWER: As long as you were on time for your depo shot on June 20th then you are protected if you choose to have unprotected sex.  Depo will provide you with continuous protection as long as you get your shot on time every 3 months (if you are ever late for your shot, you will need to wait 7 days for the method to become fully effective again before have unprotected sex).  Also just a reminder that no method of birth control (other than abstinence) is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy – so there is a always a chance of pregnancy when having sex – even if that chance is very, very low.

Questions from June 19, 2018

Hello I recently was put on the depo shot and 2 weeks after I got the shot I had unprotected sex and he cummed in me.  Is it possible that I will most likely become pregnant?  And how long do I have to wait for the shot to start working?

ANSWER: The shot only takes 7 days to become fully effective at preventing pregnancy.  So although no method of protection is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy (other than abstinence), your chances of becoming pregnant are  very, very low.  So when you had sex 2 weeks after getting your depo shot you were fully protected and unless you begin experiencing obvious signs or symptoms of pregnancy you do not need to be worried.

I have been on Depo for about two years.  Recently it was time for my shot and I had sex the same day of my shot and again a few days later.  I was cramping prior to my shot and had on again off again spotting.  Since my shot I’ve been cramping and spotting which has never happened before.  Is there a high chance of pregnancy?

ANSWER: As long as you got your most recent depo shot on time (in your two week window for re-injection) then you were protected when you had sex.  The only time you need to wait 7 days or use a back up method for 7 days is if you get your shot late and experience a lapse in protection – meaning if you get your shot on time every 3 months then you have continuous protection from pregnancy and your chances of pregnancy will remain very, very low.  The spotting and cramping you are experiencing may just be a coincidence, and a side effect of the depo – but if it persists, follow up with your doctor/nurse/clinic where you get your depo shot just to be sure there are no other possible explanations that may be causing the cramping and spotting.  Cramping and spotting can be a sign or symptom of an infection so if you have recently switched partners you may want to get tested for STDs to be careful.

I just got on the depo shot yesterday and I was thinking what if I had unprotected sex today.  After 24 hours of getting the shot… can I still get pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes, you can get pregnant if you have sex within 24 hours after starting the depo shot.  It takes a new method of birth control (including depo) 7 days to become fully effective at preventing pregnancy, so if you have unprotected sex during the first 7 days you are not protected and are at risk of becoming pregnant.

I had protected sex on April the 4th and I have been on the Nexplanon birth control since February 16th.  I only had my period twice since I’ve been on the Nexplanon and I have been feeling nauseous and bloated – I don’t know if I could be pregnant or if I am just paranoid.  I have took 2 pregnancy tests and they both came back negative.  Could I be pregnant?

ANSWER: No, it is very, very unlikely that you are pregnant.  Especially since you have had 2 negative pregnancy tests.  Nexplanon is the most effective method of birth control available and your chances of getting pregnant while on Nexplanon are 0.0005%.  The nausea and bloating may just be a side effect of being on a hormonal birth control method – these side effects may take a few months to go away or may persist – if you have concerns about these symptoms I would advise yo just follow up with the clinic/office where you had your Nexplanon inserted just to go over the symptoms you are experiencing.

Question from June 18, 2018

I’ve been taking birth control pills for the past 2 months and I’ve been taking them every day but at different times.  I had my first Depo shot about a week before my period, then I had unprotected sex about the 7th day after the shot… which was my period week but my period never came down.  If I’m on the birth control pills, and I had sex on the 7th day after getting my first shot (unprotected) can I be pregnant?

ANSWER: Remember, no method of birth control is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy (other than abstinence) – so there is always a chance of pregnancy when you have sex!  But, your chances of getting pregnant (or being pregnant) in this situation are very low.  It takes 7 days for a new method of birth control to become fully effective so if it was the 7th day after you got your first Depo shot when you had sex, then your Depo shot was fully effective when you had sex – meaning it is very unlikely that became pregnant from having unprotected sex on the day you are worried about.  Missing your period is likely the result of the Depo shot – many Depo users report that they quit having periods while on Depo and will only begin spotting when they are due for their next shot.  If you have any further questions or concerns, please let me know.

Questions from June 16, 2018

Hi, I just started the birth control pill at the beginning of the month.  And I had sex on the 13th day of taking the pill, it was our first time (I took it every day, only sometimes 30-40 minutes later than the usual time), so I’d say I have been perfect at taking it around the same time every day.  We used a condom but the first one broke, and he noticed very quickly and put on a new one before we continued having sex.  We decided to be extra safe and have him withdrawal as well.  I know I am probably fine, but it would help put my mind at ease if my chances at pregnancy were really low.  I hope the mishap doesn’t affect anything.  I think I’m having side effects like mood swings and cramps from the pills.  Should I be worried?  And how long will these side effects last?

ANSWER: Your chances of becoming pregnant are very low – if you were taking your pills as prescribed (and according to your question you are) then your birth control pills were fully effective at preventing pregnancy and in addition to the pills you were using condoms as a back up method (even though it broke you and your partner were quick to realize it and replace the broken condom with a new condom very quickly) so your chances of becoming pregnant are going to be very, very low.  We do not give percentage chances of pregnancy because every body is different, but unless you miss your period or begin experiencing very obvious pregnancy symptoms you do not need to worry.  The side effects you are experiencing are common side effects of hormonal birth control.  Some users will notice these side effects begin to decrease after the first month or two of birth control usage, while others never see a relief from some of their side effects.  If your side effects persist, talk with your doctor about what you are experiencing and discuss what other options you may have for birth control.

So my shot was due on June 1 but I was a week and two days late so I received it June 11th.  I didn’t wait the full week to have sex which was on June 15th which is 4 days after I received my shot I had unprotected sex and boyfriend ejaculated in me.  What are my chances on being pregnant?

ANSWER: There is no way to give a definite answer or “percentage chance” to let you know if you may or may not pregnant.  But if you want to further reduce your chances of becoming pregnant, you are still in the time frame that a Plan B emergency contraceptive pill will help to reduce your chances of becoming pregnant.  It can be taken up to 5 days after having unprotected sex, but the sooner you take it the more effective it is at preventing pregnancy.  And once it has been 2 weeks since the date you had unprotected sex (June 15th) you can go ahead and take a pregnancy test if you are still worried you may be pregnant.  So on June 29th you can take a pregnancy test if you are worried you may be pregnant.

Question from June 15, 2018

Hi I’ve been on the depo shot for two years and  I got my last shot 2 weeks ago and yesterday the condom broke on me and my boyfriend, will I be safe or should I go get a Plan B?

ANSWER: Your chances of pregnancy will be very, very low (because no method other than abstinence is 100% effective).  Your depo shot was fully effective at preventing pregnancy when the condom broke so it is very unlikely that you would become pregnant from the condom breaking when you were having sex with your boyfriend.

Questions from June 13, 2018

My depo shot goes out on June 27th.  I heard I am supposed to be getting another shot a week or two before that date.  I had unprotected sex last night and two days before and my boyfriend didn’t pull out.  Could I get pregnant still?  Or am I still okay since it goes out the 27th?

ANSWER: If June 27th is the final day to get your next depo shot then that means you are protected against pregnancy through June 27th.  Your reinjection window is a two week period of time when it is ideal to get your next depo shot – so if June 27th is the final day in that time frame then you should plan on getting your next depo shot any time between June 13th and June 27th.  By getting your next depo shot in this time frame you will not have a lapse in birth control protection and you will have continuous coverage from pregnancy.  Your chances of becoming pregnant while on depo are very, very low – your depo shot is still providing you with protection until June 27th which is why it is important to get your next depo shot on or before that final date.

Hi.  I had unprotected sex Saturday night, and he ejaculated inside of me.  I am on the depo shot but I’m late.  Is there any chance I could be pregnant?

ANSWER: If you are late for your depo shot then you are not protected and there is a chance of pregnancy.  It is important to get your depo shot on time every 3 months to ensure it is providing you with protection against pregnancy – if you are not getting it on time then you will be at an increased risk of becoming pregnant.

Questions from June 10, 2018

Hi, I just got my second depo shot on the 30th of May, and on June 9th my boyfriend and I had unprotected sex and came inside me.  Is there a chance I could get pregnant?

ANSWER: Remember, there is always a chance of pregnancy even when on birth control (because no method of protection other than abstinence is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy).  But by the time you had sex on June 9th, your depo shot was fully effective at preventing pregnancy so your chances of pregnancy are very, very low.

I got my depo shot on May 10th and had unprotected sex with my husband on May 12th.  On June 5th I started bleeding and it’s been 6 days of me bleeding, with cramping and the feeling of throwing up.  Could I be pregnant?

ANSWER: Changes in bleeding patterns are normal when on a hormonal method of birth control so the bleeding you are experiencing is not necessarily a sign of pregnancy.  If this was your first depo shot – it may take some time for your bleeding pattern to regulate itself.  Also if this was your first depo shot, then when you had unprotected sex with your husband on May 12th then your depo shot was not yet fully effective at preventing pregnancy so there is a chance of pregnancy – but since you did start bleeding it is unlikely that you are pregnant.  If the nausea you are experiencing persists, or if you start experiencing any other symptoms of pregnancy go ahead and take a pregnancy test (it has been long enough since the date you had unprotected sex so a pregnancy test will give you an accurate result).

Questions from June 9, 2018

I had a medical abortion on May 19th and got the depo shot the same day.  I had sex with my boyfriend on June 3rd and he ejaculated in me.  Could I be pregnant?

ANSWER: First, it is important to remember that no method of birth control (other than abstinence) is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy, so there is always a chance of pregnancy when having sex.  But given the information in your question your chances of being pregnant are very, very low – By the time you had sex, your depo shot was fully effective at preventing pregnancy so it is unlikely that you are pregnant.

I was 7 weeks late for my depo injection.  Would it be safe if my boyfriend ejaculated inside me?

ANSWER: No, it is not safe.  Your depo is not effective and you are not considered to be on any method of birth control at this time since it has been so long since you got your depo shot.  If you have unprotected sex then there is nothing protecting you against pregnancy and it is very possible that you may end up pregnant.

I was supposed to get my depo shot on April 30th, and I missed it.  I just had unprotected sex and I believe he pulled out but I am not sure.  I go to get my shot on Tuesday, should I was until then or take a Plan B now?

ANSWER: Yes, you should go ahead and take a Plan B as soon as possible.  You were not protected when you have sex and the withdrawal method method is a very unreliable method of protection (with approximately 25% of women getting pregnant within one year of using the withdrawal method only).  Take a Plan B as soon as possible and follow up to get your depo shot as well – also make sure to use a back up method for the first 7 days after you get your depo shot, and then make sure you are getting your reinjection on time in the future.

Questions from June 8, 2018

I got my first depo shot May 8th.  9 days after I had unprotected sex.  My doctor told me to wait 7 days because I got the shot a day before my period started.  I have bad anxiety so minus the 0.01% chance is there any way I could be pregnant?

ANSWER: No method of birth control – other than abstinence – is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy.  Since it was more than 7 days after you got your depo shot that you had unprotected sex your chances of getting pregnant are very, very low.  We do not give out actual percentage rates because every body is different but your likelihood of getting pregnant is very low.  If  you continue to have concerns you can go ahead and take a pregnancy test just to be sure – it has been enough since the date you had unprotected sex that a pregnancy test will give you an accurate result.  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

So, on the day I got my implant – or maybe the day before, I began spotting but did not completely start my period.  Then not too many days later I completely started my period.  On day 7 we were not thinking since it says 7 days after of having the implant then it fully works and came inside of me.  Am I safe from getting pregnant? 

ANSWER: Since you waited until the 7th day to have unprotected sex your chances of getting pregnant are very, very low (about 5 in 10,000).  (And remember that no method of birth control is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy but that Nexplanon is the closest to 100% effective you can get other than choosing abstinence)  Bleeding patterns while on birth control are not a good indicator of fertility since many methods of birth control will chance your bleeding patterns.  Unless you start experiencing signs/symptoms of pregnancy you do not need to be worried.  You can always wait until it has been 2 weeks since the date you had unprotected sex and take a pregnancy test just to be sure.  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Question from June 7, 2018

If I was a few days late getting my depo shot and my boyfriend came in me, could I be pregnant?

ANSWER: First, remember that no method of birth control is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy (other than abstinence) – so any time you have sex there is a risk of pregnancy – even when on depo.  Second, any time you get your depo shot late there is a risk of pregnancy if you have unprotected sex – that risk is still very low when you are just a few days late but the risk is still there and it is still possible to get pregnant.  So, although your chances of becoming pregnant in this situation are pretty low it is still possible.  If you continue to have concerns of pregnancy or begin experiencing pregnancy symptoms you can take a pregnancy test once it has been 2 weeks since the date you had unprotected sex.

Questions from June 4, 2018

Hi, I have had two shots on depo.  My second shot was March 2nd.  It has been 13 weeks.  I was supposed to get my third shot June 2nd but I didn’t go and had unprotected sex June 3rd.  Am I at risk of getting pregnant? 

ANSWER: It is possible but very unlikely- reinjection for depo should occur between weeks 12 and 14.  So as long as you get your next depo shot this week (before the end of the 14th week) then your chances of getting pregnant will remain very low.  If do you not get your shot in the next week then your chances of becoming pregnant from having unprotected sex will begin to increase.  Just remember that no method of birth control (other than abstinence) is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy so there is always a small chance you could get pregnant when you have sex.

My depo shot was on the 23 of May, I had sex on the 25, can I get pregnant because I had 2 pregnancy faint lines, why?

ANSWER: Did you have unprotected sex before May 23rd?  It is too early to test for pregnancy if you had unprotected sex on May 25th.  I would suggest waiting until Friday, June 8th, and then testing again.  It takes 2 weeks for a pregnancy test to give an accurate result, so by June 8th when you test the result on your pregnancy test will be accurate.  Also, if the depo shot you received on May 23rd was your first depo shot, then it takes 7 days for it to become fully effective at preventing pregnancy, so when you had sex on the 25th of May you were not yet protected so it is possible that you may be pregnant.  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

 

Questions from June 3, 2018

Hi, I got my first depoprovera shot on December 5, 2017 and keot up with it until May.  I took a test, it came back negative so I went on to do my third dose.  I had intercourse the next 31 hours and my boyfriend ejaculated inside me.  Could I be pregnant?  Does the one week waiting rule apply because I missed the third shot 2 weeks ago?  Or am I fine because it’s my third dose?

ANSWER: Yes, the one week waiting rule does apply if you were more than 1 week late when you did go back for your last depo shot.  So if you had sex within the first week after you restarted on depo there is a possibility of pregnancy.  It may be a lower chance, but it is still possible.  I would suggest calling the clinic or doctor’s office where you receive your depo shot just to confirm your dates and concerns with them.  Also, if it has been 2 weeks since the date you had unprotected sex you can go ahead and take a pregnancy test and get an accurate result.  If it has not yet been 2 weeks, wait until it has been and take a pregnancy.  And please let me know if you have any further questions.

So I got my Depo shot 3 days ago and it wasn’t the first time I had it before but I had unprotected sex the other day, could I get pregnant?

ANSWER: First, there is always a chance of pregnancy when having unprotected sex.  Even while on depo there is a very small chance that you could still become pregnant because no method (other than abstinence) is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy.  Second, if you were on time when you got your depo shot 3 days ago then you will not have any lapse in protection and your chances of getting pregnant will be very, very low.  But, if you were late for your last depo shot or you were restarting back on depo after being off of it for a period of time, then there is a greater chance you could get pregnant from having unprotected sex.  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

I got my IUD taken out but got the arm implant the same day.  It’s been 5 days, instead of 7, since I got it and my boyfriend forgot to pull out.  Is it okay to take a Plan B pill?

ANSWER: Yes it is safe to take a Plan B pill and by choosing to take a Plan B pill you will helping to reduce your chances of getting pregnant!

Question from June 2, 2018

I have a question, I was supposed to get my depo shot between the 6th and 16th of April, I did not go back.  Me and my husband have unprotected sex but he does not ejaculate inside, I still have not gotten my period though I have been on depo on and off through the years and this has never happened before.  I have always had regular periods, I have taken a pregnancy test like two weeks ago but was negative, could I be pregnant?

ANSWER: There is always a possibility of pregnancy when you have unprotected sex and that chance of pregnancy will increase if you are not on a reliable method of birth control.  So if you are no longer on depo and are continuing to have unprotected sex (only using the withdrawal method) then there is a chance you could be pregnant.  There is also a chance that your missed period is just a result of the depo shot you were on.  The withdrawal method is not considered to be a reliable method of birth control and has a high rate of unplanned pregnancies associated with it.  Also, a common side effect of depo is irregular bleeding/spotting and/or some users report not having any period at all.  It can also take some depo users several months for their periods to return to normal after stopping depo.  The only way to know whether or not you are pregnant will be to continue to take pregnancy tests or to follow up with your healthcare provider for pregnancy testing and to discuss your concerns.  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Questions from June 1, 2018

Hello, I had the Nexplanon inserted on May 14, 2018.  I waited two weeks, May 28th, and had unprotected sex, and I’ve been bleeding at least 2 days before that.  He did pull out, but is there a chance I can become pregnant.  I’m still bleeding as of May 31st.

ANSWER: Your chances of becoming pregnant are very, very low (less than 5 in 10,000 or 0.0005%).  It is most likely that the bleeding you are experiencing is just a side effect of the Nexplanon.  Nexplanon is the most effective birth control available (other than abstinence) but it does come with side effects- like all methods of birth control.  The most reported side effect that users experience (especially early on after insertion) is breakthrough bleeding/irregular bleeding.  Irregular bleeding is most common for the first 3-6 months and usually gets better with time, but if it does not get better or if it becomes very bothersome you can return to your clinic where you got the Nexplanon inserted and speak with your healthcare provider about the options available to reduce the bleeding/regulate your periods.  If you still have concerns that you may be pregnant, wait until it has been two weeks since the date you had unprotected sex and take a pregnancy test.  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

I was on the Depo-Provera.  My third shot was supposed to be on May 22, 2018 but I didn’t go.  I had unprotected sex a week after on May 29, 2018.  Is there a chance I’ll get pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes, there is a chance you could get pregnant since you did not get your next Depo shot you were likely not protected when you had sex on May 29th.  When using Depo as birth control, your re-injection date falls within a 2 week time frame – so if your two week window was past by May 29th you were no longer protected (to find out for sure you will want to call the clinic/doctor’s office where you receive your shot and speak with a nurse or doctor).  If you do not wish to become pregnant, you could still take a Plan B (or Morning After) Emergency Contraceptive pill to help reduce your chances of becoming pregnant.  I would also suggest returning to your clinic or doctor’s office as soon as possible to restart your Depo or to start on another reliable method of birth control.  Just remember, when restarting Depo or a new method of birth control it takes 7 days for it to become effective at preventing pregnancy.  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Am on the depo shot and I am seeing my period.  More painful period than I have had before… Can I get pregnant? Like how am I seeing my period while I am still on the depo?

ANSWER: Although many users will report that their periods stop while they are on depo that is just a possible side effect and not a guarantee.  So it is possible that you are just not one of the users who will stop having their period while on depo.  Also, it is possible to get pregnant while on depo – no method of birth control is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy so there is always a risk when having unprotected sex that you may get pregnant.  I would advise you follow up with the clinic or doctors office where you received your depo shot to talk with a nurse or doctor about the bleeding you are experiencing just to make sure there is not another medical explanation for the bleeding you are experiencing.

Questions from May 31, 2018

I had an abortion on the 15th of April.  I bled for nine days, on the 2nd of May I had unprotected sex which immediately I took post pill contraceptive pills… its now 31st of May and I’m yet to see my period.. had three pregnancy tests all showed negative.  What do you think is the problem?

ANSWER: You should plan on following up with your medical provider for definitive answers.  But it is not uncommon for it to take some time following an abortion before your period and menstrual cycle returns to normal.  Also, emergency contraceptive pills may also be part of the reason you have not yet started your period.  A common side effect of those pills is that they can delay the start of your period or cause irregular bleeding.  I would also highly suggest getting started on a reliable method of birth control moving forward.  Emergency contraceptive pills work alright (only around 87% effective at preventing pregnancy) on occasion but are not meant to be taken regularly and are not a reliable method of birth control for long term use.  If you are local to Athens, GA please come in to a health department or Teen Matters to talk to a health counselor and nurse about your birth control options.  If you are not local to us, please check out www.bedsider.org to learn about the different methods of birth control and to discover what options may be a good fit for you.  Their website also has a Locator tool that will help you find a local clinic or doctor’s office that provides comprehensive birth control services for low cost.

Hi… from when I went on the depo shot am having stomach burning it’s as if I was pregnant… but am not so what could possibly be causing this.  Anything I eat my stomach burn me.

ANSWER: The side effects you are experiencing may be from the depo shot but may also be unrelated and another medical concern.  I would strongly advise you call your primary care doctor or return to the clinic/doctor’s office where you received your depo shot to be seen and discuss this with your nurse or doctor.

Hi, I had my Nexplanon implant since 05/01/18 and had unprotected sex on 05/26/2018.  Today is 05/31/18 and I’ve been really bothered that I could get pregnant even though the implant is present.  What should I do? Thanks.

ANSWER: Since you waited more than the recommended 7 days before you had unprotected sex your Nexplanon was fully effective by the time you had sex and your chances of becoming pregnant are very, very low (less than 5 in 10,000 or 0.0005% chance).  Nexplanon is the most effective method of birth control available- other than abstinence.  If you still have concerns, you can wait until it has been two weeks since the date you had unprotected sex and take a pregnancy test (so if you had sex on 5/26 you can take a pregnancy test on 6/9 and get an accurate result).  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Are the pregnant tests free at Teen Matters?

ANSWER: Yes, all services, including pregnancy testing, at Teen Matters are free for teens 11-19 years old.

Hi! I missed my depo shot last May 26th and had unprotected sex last May 29th and he cum inside me.  I’m worried because I did not take emergency contraception that time after unprotected sex.  Will I get pregnant?

ANSWER: When using depo as birth control your re-injection date usually falls within a 2 week window when it is ideal for you get your next shot.  So if May 26th was the final day in your 2 week window for re-injection then there is a small chance you may get pregnant from having unprotected sex on May 29th.  It is also possible that you were still within that 2 week window for re-injection when you had unprotected sex on May 29th which means you were still protected.  Are you able to call the clinic/doctors office where you receive your depo shot and ask them if you were still protected or not on May 29th?  If you can, I would suggest making that phone call immediately.  If you find out your were not (or are unable to find out), you could still take an emergency contraceptive pill (like Plan B or Morning After) today – it will not be as effective as it would be it taken within 24 to 48 hours after having unprotected sex but it will still help reduce your chances of pregnancy.  If you have any further questions, please let me know!

Questions from May 30, 2018

I’ve only had one depo injection and missed my last one on the 17th of May.  I’ve had unprotected sex with my boyfriend from the 17th till the 28th of May, would there be any chance I’m pregnant?  I’ve took a pregnancy test it’s come back negative, but is it too soon?

ANSWER:  Your depo was no longer considered effective after May 17th (when you missed your shot) so when you had sex after that date your depo was no longer effective at preventing pregnancy.  So any time you have had sex since May 17th you were not protected against pregnancy.  It is too soon for a pregnancy test to give an accurate result so a negative pregnancy test may not be accurate.  It takes 2 weeks from the date you had unprotected sex for a pregnancy test to give an accurate result so wait until it has been 2 weeks since the last date you had unprotected sex and then take a pregnancy test.  If you do not wish to become pregnant at this time you should return to the clinic where you receive your depo shot and get restarted on depo (or another method of birth control) as soon as possible.

I have unprotected sex with my boyfriend 4 days before I got my depo shot.  I took Plan B on that day just in case and also did spermicide before we had sex… will the depo shot work or will it be cancelled out by Plan B?

ANSWER: Your depo shot will still be effective at preventing pregnancy.  Plan B will not change the effectiveness of depo.  It does take a new method of birth control 7 days to become effective at preventing pregnancy – so using a back up method during the first week after getting your depo shot is advised (like abstinence or condoms).

Questions from May 29, 2018

Hi!  I went on the 3 month injection for the first time on January 29th 2018 had to go back April 24th 2018 but decided not to go back.  Then on the 26th and 27th May I had unprotected sex.  Is it possible to fall pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes, you are at risk of becoming pregnant.  Since you did not return for your depo shot on April 24th you are no longer protected from pregnancy and any time you have unprotected sex you are at risk of becoming pregnant.

I’ve began the birth control shot on the 7th of May and my boyfriend ejaculated in me on the 21st of May and when he did it burned why?  Also, I have been spotting or having light period (don’t know which one I’m having) and I can’t tell if it’s because of the shot (which is a side effect) or if it’s a sign of pregnancy.  I don’t have any other signs of pregnancy but I cannot tell if I’m pregnant or not?  What should I do?

ANSWER: Using the dates you gave me, by the time you had unprotected sex on the 21st of May your birth control was fully effective at preventing pregnancy so the chances of you being pregnant are very, very low.  The burning you experienced may be a sign of infection or may just have been your body having a reaction to the sperm (some women are actually allergic to sperm).  The spotting/light bleeding you are experiencing is likely just a side effect of the birth control.  The other possible source of the bleeding may be an infection (especially if it only started after May 21st – when you had unprotected sex).  If the spotting/light bleeding persists you may want to consider seeing a nurse or doctor for STD testing and to be screened for other possible bacterial infections as well.  If you are not experiencing any other signs of pregnancy at this time you probably do not need to be worried.  Just remember that no method is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy (other than abstinence) so although your chances of becoming pregnant are very, very low it can still happen while on birth control.  I don’t say this to scare you, just as a reminder.  If you have any further questions, please let me know!

Hi. I am on the depo shot for almost a month now and I had sex today and after that I see slime with blood in it… what could be the cause of this?

ANSWER: Breakthrough bleeding and spotting can be a side effect of the depo shot.  So the bleeding you experienced after having sex may just be a side effect of the depo.  If the bleeding persists you may want to return to the clinic where you receive your depo to speak with a nurse or doctor about the bleeding you are experiencing.

I got the depo shot about a month ago and today me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex and he ejaculated in me, do I have a chance of pregnancy?

ANSWER: Any time you have sex there is a chance of pregnancy because no moth of birth control (other than abstinence) is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy. BUT since you are on the depo shot, your chances of becoming pregnant are very, very low since your depo is now fully effective at preventing pregnancy.  Depo is reported to be 94% effective at preventing pregnancy – so although there is a chance you could become pregnant it is a very small chance.

Question from May 27, 2018

Today marks a whole week since I last took my birth control pills and earlier today my boyfriend ejaculated inside me.  Is there a possibility that I could get pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes it is possible you can get pregnant.  Any time you miss a pill or quit taking your birth control as prescribed you are at risk of pregnancy.  If you do not wish to become pregnant you may want to take an emergency contraceptive pill (like Plan B or the Morning After pill) as soon as possible.  Also, you should restart taking your birth control pills as soon as possible to reduce your chances of becoming pregnant.

Hi.  I had the Nexplanon arm implant put in me about a year and a half ago, my recent boyfriend and I have had unprotected sex quite a few times now, and he hasn’t pulled out either.  My breasts/nipples are extremely sore and I have irregular periods because of the implant, so I honestly can’t tell if I would have had a missed period or not.  Is there a chance I’m pregnant?

ANSWER: Nexplanon is the most effective birth control available – the chances of you becoming pregnant while on Nexplanon are extremely low (less than 0.0005).  So it is technically possible (because no birth control other than abstinence is 100% effective) but if you are not experiencing any other symptoms of pregnancy at this time you should not worry.  You can always take a pregnancy test just to be sure, but the likelihood that you are pregnant is 5 in 10,000.  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Question from May 26, 2018

Last Saturday I had unprotected sex for the first time and I was having back/stomach pains all week, and still kinda am.  I’ve been having to pee a lot and I’ve been hungry as well, and I’ve been feeling nauseous, but I started my period on either Wednesday or Thursday (I think Thursday) but it came in light which kinda scared my cause my period always come in heavy, do you know what this could mean?

ANSWER: Any time you have unprotected sex you are at risk of becoming pregnant.  It usually takes a minimum of 10-14 days for pregnancy symptoms to begin and it takes 14 days from the date you had unprotected sex for a pregnancy test to give you an accurate result.  The symptoms you are experiencing are just as likely to be from your period starting as they are from pregnancy at this point.  Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing what exactly is going on with your body until it has been 2 weeks since the date you had unprotected sex (the date in which you can take a pregnancy test and get and accurate result).  So if you continue o have concerns of pregnancy, just wait another week and take a pregnancy test.  If you continue to experience these symptoms you can also contact your primary care doctor and speak with them regarding you concerns.

Questions from May 25, 2018

If I got Nexplanon inserted 9 days ago and my boyfriend and I had unprotected sex should I be safe?

ANSWER: It takes 7 days for a new method of birth control to become fully effective at preventing pregnancy so you are protected.

I’m 23 and I had sex for the first time on May 8th.  5 days later we had again which was unprotected.  My bf said he didn’t cum and I didn’t take Plan B.  After a week I had sex again and I took a Plan B after 36 hours.  Then a week later I had protected sex.  Now i’m on my 1st day of my period which is very low but I have dark brown bleeding.  Does this mean I’m pregnant?

ANSWER: There is no definitive answer I can give as to whether or not you are pregnant.  The only way for you to know if you are pregnant or not will be to take a pregnancy test.  It has been long enough since the dates you had unprotected sex that you can go ahead and take a pregnancy test and get an accurate result.  Also, if you are not pregnant and not trying to become pregnant you will want to take more precautions moving forward to prevent pregnancy.  Any time you have sex you are at risk of becoming pregnant – regardless of whether or not your partner ejaculates, there is pre-ejaculate that occurs during sex and that can also cause pregnancy.  If you are not trying to become pregnant, I would suggest starting on a reliable method of birth control as soon as possible.  You could try checking out the website, www.bedsider.org for more information on birth control and you can use their Locator tool on their website to find a local clinic, health department, or doctors office that provides comprehensive birth control services near you.

Hi, I got the depo shot on the first of May which was the beginning of my period.  And I had unprotected sex the 18th of May, is there a possibility that I can get pregnant?

ANSWER: It is possible but unlikely.  By the time you had unprotected sex on May 18th your Depo was fully effective at preventing pregnancy.  Just remember that no method of birth control (other than abstinence) is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy – so there is always a possibility of pregnancy, but when using a reliable method of protection that possibility will be very, very low.

Questions from May 23, 2018

I got my depo shot on March 15.  What day do I go back to get it again?

ANSWER: Your two week window for re-injection is from June 7th to June 21st – so as long as you get your next depo shot during that time frame you will have continuous protection.

I got my first shot on March 6, 2018 and I got my 2nd shot on May 22nd.  Is that in the set time limit so I’m protected right away to have sex or would I have to wait 2 weeks like the first time?

ANSWER: Yes you have continuous protection and do not need to wait 2 weeks before having sex.

Questions from May 22, 2018

Hello, I have a question, my first depo shot was in February 6 from 2 weeks from there been spotting and irregular spotting, and I’m supposed to get an IUD on May 8th but there’s something went wrong with my insurance, me and my boyfriend had an unprotected sex on May 20th and he didn’t came inside can I get pregnant? And can I take the Morning After pill since it’s not passed the 72 hours? 

ANSWER: Yes, you should take a the Morning After pill as soon as possible! It is most effective when taken within 24-48 hours after unprotected sex but it is still effective for up to 5 days after having unprotected sex.  If you are still having issues with your insurance and cannot get an IUD at this time I would advise you to continue on with another method of birth control or try and find an affordable clinic or health department in your area that may be able to offer you an IUD at a lower out of pocket cost to you.  If you are local to Athens, GA please come in to the Clarke County Health Department or give us a call to discuss our birth control options available here.

Hello, So I have two questions.  I got my depo shot on March 26, the week I was supposed to get my period but once I got the shot it skipped my period entirely.  I then got my period on April 24th until May 8th a total of 3 weeks.  But from May 8th to May 20th I was spotting throughout those two weeks.  And now on May 21st I got my period again, is this normal?  Ad now as for my second question, I’m supposed to get my second depo shot on June 17, 2018, is it safe to have unprotected sex through May 26-June 16 (week 10-12)?

ANSWER: Irregular bleeding and spotting can be a common side effect of the depo shot.  Some users will report spotting and irregular bleeding patterns while other users will report no bleeding at all.  If you do not like the irregular bleeding speak with your doctor or nurse before your next injection just to be sure that depo is the right method of birth control for you.  And yes, if you have unprotected sex before you get your 2nd depo shot you are still protected and your chances of becoming pregnant are very, very low.

I have a question, I took a pregnancy test on May 2nd was positive I took another on May 4th or 5th and same thing – positive.  Then on May 7th I had a miscarriage I started bleeding this day and was confirmed by my Dr on May 8th, I received my depo shot May 16th and had unprotected sex this morning May 22nd.  What is the chance of becoming pregnant from that?

ANSWER: The chances are low but it is still possible since you did not wait a full 7 days after getting your Depo shot before you had unprotected sex again.  It takes a new method of birth control a week to become fully effective so if you have sex during those first 7 days you are not fully protected and are at risk for becoming pregnant if you had unprotected sex.  I would suggest getting a Plan B (or Morning After) Emergency Contraceptive pill within the next 24 hours to further reduce your risk of becoming pregnant.

Questions from May 20, 2018

Hello I have a question, If I got my first Depo shot on May 15th and had unprotected sex 5 days later but took a Morning After pill, will I get pregnant?

ANSWER:  It is always possible to get pregnant when you have unprotected sex.  If you had sex 5 days after your first Depo shot, then your Depo was not yet fully effective at preventing pregnancy.  The Morning After Pill will help to reduce your chances of becoming pregnant even further but neither of these methods are 100% effective at preventing pregnancy.  Remember no method of birth control (other than abstinence) is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy, so there is always a chance of pregnancy.  The only way to know whether or not you are pregnant is to wait until it has been 2 weeks (14 days) since the date you had unprotected sex and take a pregnancy test to confirm whether or not you are pregnant.

Is the depo shot effective 5 days after you get it?  If I’ve been off the shot for 2 years then decide to back and get it do I get pregnant if I had unprotected sex and ejaculated in me the first days of getting the shot?

ANSWER:  It takes a new method of birth control 7 days to become fully effective.  So if you had unprotected sex within the first 7 days after you started back on the Depo shot, then yes, there is a chance you may become pregnant.

I just had sex last night with a male and I’m transgender and have been on testosterone for a year and a couple months.  But I forgot to take my injections for two weeks.  And I don’t know if my male friend came inside of me or pre-cum.  I mean could I get pregnant?  I told him to put on a condom but he didn’t want too.  And kinda not really forced but told him to stop a couple times and he didn’t want too.  But I’m not really worried about that.  I’m mostly worried about if I could get pregnant.  I took my injections this morning.

ANSWER: First only a freely given, sober, informed, ongoing throughout any sexual interaction, and an enthusiastically given “yes” is considered consent, so if you do not feel as if you consented to any of the sexual acts that took place, please reach out to any one of the following phone numbers to talk about this with a sexual assault advocate.  1-800-656-HOPE, 1-866-331-99474, or 1-800-246-PRIDE.  Also, in order to determine your risk of becoming pregnant you will want to follow up with the doctor who provides you with your Testosterone and discuss your risk of becoming pregnant with them since they are the doctor that is providing you with ongoing care.

Hey so my last period was April 8th and I got my depo May 16th but here’s the thing.  My period hasn’t come this month and I still got the shot but the pregnancy test were negative which is fine but I also had unprotected sex 24 hours after depo and so on.  They didn’t mention to me when depo would become active so am I at risk for pregnancy?

ANSWER: It takes a new method of birth control 7 days to become fully effective at preventing pregnancy, so for the first 7 days after you started Depo you were not protected and were at risk of pregnancy. Wait until it has been 14 days since the last date you had unprotected sex and take a pregnancy test to get an accurate result.  So if you had unprotected sex between the dates of May 16th and May 23rd (which is the date you depo become fully effective) take the last day during that week that you had unprotected sex, add 14 days to that and that will give you the date you should take a pregnancy test.  If you have any more questions, or need further clarification, please let me know.

 

Questions from May 18, 2018

My last cycle was from April 28 – May 2nd, I got my depo shot May 11th and on my May 13th I had unprotected sex but I don’t think he came in me then I had unprotected sex again on May 16th and that time he came inside me.  Is there a chance of pregnancy?

ANSWER: If the depo shot you received on May 11th was your first depo shot, then yes there is a risk of pregnancy.  When starting a new method of birth control it takes 7 days for the method to become fully effective at preventing pregnancy.  So when you had sex on May 13th and May 16th you were not yet protected and you could become pregnant.  Also, even if your partner did not ejaculate during sex, there is still pre-ejaculate that occurs and that is enough to get you pregnant.  Wait until it has been two weeks from May 16th and then take a pregnancy test to confirm whether or not you are pregnant (May 30th is the earliest you should test).  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

I got my depo shot on May 15th at 11:00am.  I had unprotected sex on May 16th like at 11:00pm.  I was not sure if the shoot would prevent a pregnancy so I went ahead and got the Plan B pill.  Will that affect the depo shot and vise versa?

ANSWER: If the depo shot you received on May 15th was your first depo shot, then taking a Plan B after having sex on May 15th was the right decision.  It takes a new method of birth control 7 days to become effective at preventing pregnancy, so it is advised to use a back up method for the first week to help ensure you will not get pregnant.  Taking a Plan B will not decrease the effectiveness of the Depo shot or vise versa, just know that both of those methods contain large amounts of hormones so if you have some irregular bleeding, spotting, or if you do not have a period it is likely due to the depo shot and Plan B.  To ensure the Plan B was effective, wait until it has been 2 weeks since the date you had unprotected sex and then take a pregnancy test (so May 30th you can take a pregnancy test).  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Hi. I went on the depo the first of this month, on the start of my period… but I had sex today and my partner ejaculated in me.  Is there a possibility of getting pregnant? Although it’s two weeks and three days since  I got my shot.

ANSWER: There is always a possibility of pregnancy when you have sex (remember no method of birth control other than abstinence is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy), but the chances of you becoming pregnant while on depo are very, very low.  You waited until it had been more than 7 days since you first got the shot to have sex, so when you did have sex, your depo was fully effective at preventing pregnancy.  Just remember to always get your reinjection on time and you will have continuous protection against pregnancy and your chances of becoming pregnant will remain very, very low.

Question from May 17, 2018

I am on my first set of depo and I had my period for 3 weeks it stopped Monday May 14th.  But today I noticed I was spotting.  The last time I had protected sex was a month ago and I took a test this morning before the spotting began.  What could it be?  Or should I be worried?

ANSWER: If it has been a month since you last had sex and your pregnancy test this morning was negative, you can rule out pregnancy.  Irregular bleeding or breakthrough bleeding can occasionally be associated with an infection or STD but if you have no had unprotected sex then that is unlikely to be the cause.  But most times irregular bleeding and spotting are just side effects of the depo shot you received and nothing you should be worried about.  Some users will continue to have irregular bleeding or spotting while on depo but others will report the bleeding or spotting reduces (and some times their periods stop all together) after their second or third depo shot.

Questions from May 15, 2018

I took a Depo shot on the 15th of February and I have been spotting through out, and having issues with my discharge I have been to the doctor and all say its normal and recommended some meds, I am due for my shot on the 10th of May but I didn’t go coz I’m contemplating if I should stick to depo or the 1 month shot.  On the 13th of May I had unprotected sex, could I fall pregnant?  Please advise if I should continue with depo or another method of prevention.

ANSWER:  The 1 month shot is not available in the US, but it is a good method of protection and a good alternative to the traditional 3 month Depo or even birth control pills.  Birth control is not “one size fits all,” meaning a lot of women using birth control methods will have different experiences on different methods and some times it takes a few different methods before an individual finds the method that works best for them.  If you are not happy with the Depo shot, then I would suggest you research your options and try a new method of birth control.  Two of the most effective methods of protection include the Nexplanon implant and IUDs (hormonal and nonhormonal options are available).  IUDs and the implant are highly effective at preventing pregnancy.  Hormonal IUDs can lighten or even stop your periods all together, so if you are unhappy with your bleeding pattern on depo you may want to consider a hormonal IUD as a possible method of protection.   As for chances of being pregnant from having unprotected sex on May 13th – it is unlikely since it was only 3 days after you missed your depo shot but still possible.  You are still in the window of time when you could take an Emergency Contraceptive pill (also known as Plan B or the Morning After pill).  Taking an EC (Emergency Contraceptive) pill will help to greatly reduce your chances of becoming pregnant from having unprotected sex on May 13th.  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Hello I only been on Depo for a year and I don’t get my next one until July 18th and  iwas wondering when it’s time for me to get my next shot and I see spotting and I have unprotected sex is that a chance of risk of pregnancy?  Because some people say it take up to 6 months for the Depo to get out our system.

ANSWER: As long as you are getting your shot on time then you are still fully protected, even if you are experiencing spotting before you get your shot you are still protected.  Spotting is a common side effect of Depo and it is safe to have sex while you are spotting.  It does not take the Depo 6 months to get out of your system, but it can take some women who have been on Depo for an extended period of time longer to become fertile again.  Some Depo users have reported an immediate return to fertility while other reported it took closer to a year for their fertility to return.

Hello so how long do it really take for Depo to wear off if I don’t go get my shot July 18th and trying to get pregnant?

ANSWER: If you do not go back and get your next shot on July 18th then as of July 19th you will no longer be considered protected from pregnancy since you are past the date of reinjection for your Depo shot.  This is because Depo only provides you with 3 onths of birth control protection at a time.  There is no way to know ahead of time how long it will take for your fertility to return once you stop getting Depo shots.  Return to fertility will vary from person to person and could take anywhere from 1 month to 1 year.  If you are trying to get pregnant I would advise you follow up with your medical doctor or local clinic prior to beginning to start trying to conceive to discuss fertility, prenatal vitamins, your overall health, and any other questions you may have regarding getting pregnant.

Question from May 14, 2018

I got my depo shot the first week of March and I got my period April 23rd.  It was lighter than usual but has been 3 weeks today and I’m still spotting very lightly.  My next appointment is May 21st.  I’ve only ever had protected sex and the condom never broke.  Should I go to the doctor earlier or what can be going on?

ANSWER: It is very common for Depo users to experience a change in their bleeding patterns while on Depo.  The lighter period you experienced and the light spotting is likely just a side effect of Depo.  You are always welcome to go back to discuss this with your doctor early if you are concerned but waiting until you are due for your next Depo shot to return to your doctor is fine too.  If you wait until you are due for your next Depo shot to return to your doctor just make sure you mention the changes in your bleeding pattern when you do just so your doctor is aware of it.  Please let me know if you have any further questions!

Question from May 13, 2018

Hello, I was told the depo shot will become effective it was received within 5 days of my beginning my period.. I just ended my period on May 9th and got the depo shot May 11th and had unprotected sex May 12th.  Are there chances of pregnancy?

ANSWER:  It takes any new method of birth control 7 days to become effective at preventing pregnancy.  So if you had sex one day after starting the Depo shot then you were not protected and there is a chance you could become pregnant.  If you do not wish to become pregnant, take a Plan B pill (also known as the Morning After pill) as soon as possible- these are both methods of emergency contraception that can greatly reduce your chance of becoming pregnant.  Emergency Contraceptive pills are most effective when taken within 24-48 hours after having unprotected sex, but can be taken up to 5 days after having unprotected sex (but their effectiveness at preventing pregnancy reduces the longer it has been since the date you had unprotected sex).  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Questions from May 12, 2018

Hi, I was due for my depo shot on April 29th 2018 but I got an earlier appointment on April 20 2018.. I decided to switch to Nexplanon.. I got the implant on April 20th.  I was wondering, if I had unprotected sex on April 25th if I could be pregnant right now?

ANSWER: Even though you had unprotected sex on April 25th, which was 2 days before your Nexplanon implant was fully effective, you were still protected by your previous Depo shot.  Since you got your Nexplanon inserted before your last Depo shot wore off, your Depo shot was still providing you with protection on April 25th when you had sex.  Your Nexplanon became fully effective on April 27th, so you never experienced any lapse in birth control coverage and your chances of pregnancy are very, very low (remember, no method of birth control protection – other than abstinence – is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy).  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

If I got on Depo the 27th and had sex the 4th of the next month, can I still get pregnant?

ANSWER: Your chances of becoming pregnant are very, very low.  By the time you had sex on the 4th, the Depo shot you received on the 27th was fully effective at preventing pregnancy since it was 7 days from the the date you got the shot and when you had sex on the 4th.  It takes 7 days for a new method of birth control to become fully effective at preventing pregnancy.  So as long as 7 days had passed between the date you started the birth control (the 27th) and the date you had sex (the 4th), then your Depo was fully effective.  Just remember, no method of birth control is considered to be 100% effective at preventing pregnancy (other than abstinence) – so there is always a chance you could get pregnant, even if that chance is very, very low.

I have had pregnant signs and I took a pregnancy test on the 9th day since I had sex and it came back negative, should I wait another week?

ANSWER: It takes 14 days from the date you had unprotected sex before a pregnancy test is able to give an accurate result.  So if you took a pregnancy test only 9 days after the date you had unprotected sex it is possible you got a false negative.  Wait and test again once it has been at least 14 days since the date you had unprotected sex, and then your test should give an accurate result.  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Questions from May 10, 2018

Hello I was wondering what do it mean when you spotting and are still on Depo shot?

ANSWER: Spotting on Depo is fairly common and is not necessarily cause for concern.  If you are a new Depo user, then give your body some time to adjust to the birth control and see if the spotting continues or stops.  Some Depo users have prolonged spotting, some Depo users quit bleeding entirely, and other Depo users (a smaller percentage of users) report ongoing and irregular bleeding while using Depo.  There is no way of knowing with 100% certainty how Depo will change your bleeding patterns until yous tart taking Depo and experience those changes first hand.  Spotting can also be a common side effect Depo users experience in the last couple weeks before they are due for their next shot.  So if you are close to being due for your next shot, then this may be the cause.  If you have been on Depo for a while, and the spotting is a new side effect, then the spotting may not be a cause of the Depo and may actually be a symptom of an infection or STD.  If you have been having unprotected sex, changed partners, or had multiple partners in recent months, then there is a chance you may have contracted an infection or STD that is causing the spotting.  The only way to know if this is the cause of the spotting will be to go to your doctor’s office, heath department, or nearest Teen Matters, and be seen by a doctor or nurse to discuss the spotting and request STD testing.  Regardless of the cause of the spotting, if you are wanting a more definite answer, I would advise you follow up with the doctor’s office, health department/Teen Matters, or clinic where you receive your Depo shot and speak with a nurse or doctor.  I know this is not the most straightforward answer, but I wanted to make sure I explained several of the possibilities for the spotting you are experiencing.  If you have any further questions, or concerns, please let me know.

Hello I have unprotected sex with my boyfriend all the time and only him.  Was just wondering can it be a chance I can get pregnant while on Depo, because I have been spotting but only for 2 days now and it’s not happening anymore and my stomach is cramping but a little cramping every time I lay on it.

ANSWER:  No method of birth control is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy, so there is always a chance (even if it is a very small one) that you could still get pregnant.  But the spotting could just be a side effect of the Depo or could be a sign of an infection or STD.  The only way to get a definitive answer as to what may be causing the spotting and cramping will be to go in to your doctors office, health department/Teen Matters, or nearest medical clinic and see a nurse or doctor.  I would suggest going back in to be seen at the office where you receive your Depo shot if that is possible.  That way they will already know your medical history, when you received your Depo shot, and then they will be able to determine if you need STD testing, pregnancy testing, or they can discuss the spotting and cramping as a possible side effect of the Depo.

Questions from May 9, 2018

OK I always take my birth control at night and one day I took my birth control pill 9 hours late Thursday then the next day on Friday May 4th 2018 I had unprotected sex in the morning then again in the afternoon and he nutted in me then that Friday night I decided not to take my birth control pill and I stop taking it for 5 days and my period came off like last week before I had sex and it camed on Tuesday May 8th so I decide to take my pill Tuesday night.  Can I get pregnant for not taking the pill that Friday night?  Or if there a chance that I am because I started bleeding early?

ANSWER: Any time you miss taking a pill or take a pill several hours late you are at risk for becoming pregnant if you have unprotected sex.  And since you stopped taking it for several days in a row, when you had sex May 8th you were not protected either.  Once you miss more than 2 days of birth control pills it will take 7 days of taking them daily as prescribed for them to become fully effective at preventing pregnancy.  You should continue taking your pills as prescribed but you should plan on taking a pregnancy once it has been 2 weeks since May 8th (since that was the last date you had unprotected sex).  You should also consider switching to a more reliable method of birth control if you are having a difficult time remembering to take your pill at the same time every day (or if you just don’t like having to take a pill every day at the same time).  If you want more information on the other methods of birth control, or if you have any further questions, please let me know.

Ok so me and boyfriend have been having sex and when he nutted in me I didn’t take my birth control for two days and then I started back again but he nutted in me a few times that day also but I been bleeding but I’m not on my period though. 

ANSWER: Any time you miss your birth control and have unprotected sex there is a chance that you may become pregnant.  Bleeding is not always a good indicator of whether or not you are pregnant.  Bleeding can occur for various reasons, and if the bleeding is different from a regular period, then it should not be assumed that you are not pregnant.  Wait until it has been 14 days since the date you had unprotected sex and then take a pregnancy test to confirm whether or not you are pregnant.  If you have any more questions, please let me know.

Questions from May 8, 2018

Hello! I just recently got my IUD taken out and got the Nexplanon the same appointment (a few days ago).  I had my period 1 week prior to the appointment.  Me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex that night, for some odd reason it didn’t even cross my mind that we should use protection.  What are the chances of me being pregnant?

ANSWER: As soon as your IUD was removed it was no longer providing you with protection against pregnancy.  And when starting a new method of protection (in this case, Nexplanon) it takes 7 days for the new method to become fully effective.  There is no way to say what your chances are of becoming pregnant, but there is a chance you could get pregnant.  Wait until it has been 14 days since the date you had unprotected sex and take a pregnancy test to confirm whether or not you are pregnant.

Only been on birth control pills for a month and 2 days… when can I get pregnant?

ANSWER: Birth control pills, when taken as prescribed, greatly reduce your chances of becoming pregnant.  As soon as you quit taking the pills though, your chance of becoming pregnant will begin to increase.  If you are trying to conceive I would strongly advise you seek the advice of your medical professional before beginning to try and conceive.

Questions from May 7, 2018

Hi I have had only one depo shot in March 2018 on the first day of my period of which I haven’t had another period till now.  But me and my husband decided that we want to have a baby, if I skip my second depo shot can I fall pregnant?  Or how can I get pregnant soonest?

ANSWER: There is no straight forward answer to your question.  Your depo will provide you with protection up until the final date you were given to get your next depo shot.  So any time you have unprotected sex after that date you will be unprotected and risk becoming pregnant.  Return to fertility (ovulation) will vary and there is no set answer on how long it will take you to become pregnant.  I would advise you follow up with your medical doctor to discuss this with them prior to beginning to try and conceive.

I got my first depo shot on April 26th which was on my first day of my menstrual cycle.  I had unprotected sex May 2nd, is it possible that I could be pregnant? Also, if I ahve unprotected sex while on the depo shot, can I still get pregnant?  Because there was a couple times my partner did not pull out on time.

ANSWER: When starting a new method of birth control it is advised to use a back up method of protection (like abstinence or condoms) during the first 7 days until the method becomes fully effective at preventing pregnancy.  So yes, there is a small chance you could become pregnant since it had only been 6 days when you had sex on May 2nd.  I would advise you wait until it has been two weeks since May 2nd and then take a pregnancy test to find out if you are pregnant.  Also, yes it is still possible to get pregnant while on the depo shot.  Remember, no method of birth control (other than abstinence) is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy.  Birth control methods like depo or birth control pills just help to greatly decrease the chances of you becoming pregnant.  It is possible to becoming pregnant while on depo, it is just very unlikely.  If you have any more questions, please let me know!

Question from May 6, 2018

If I got my shot in January and was due back in April and never went and got my shot and I had unprotected sex a lot in March, is there a chance I could be pregnant?

ANSWER: Your were protected from pregnancy up until the final day in April you were supposed to get your next Depo shot.  So any date you had unprotected sex before you were due for your next shot, you were protected (so you were still protected during the month of March).  Any time you have had unprotected sex after the final day you were supposed to get your Depo shot in April you were at risk of becoming pregnant.  If you have any further questions, please let me know.  Also remember though that no method of birth control (other than abstinence) is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy, so there is always a chance (no matter how small) that sex (protected or unprotected) can lead to pregnancy.

Questions from May 4, 2018

Hi, I had my depo shot May 3, 2018 but had unprotected sex April 30th.  Is it possible I can be pregnant?

ANSWER: If the shot you received on May 3rd was your first depo shot, then yes, it is possible you could be pregnant since you had unprotected sex prior to starting on birth control.  It takes two weeks after having unprotected sex for a pregnancy test to give accurate results, so Monday, May 14th, is the earliest you can take a pregnancy test and get an accurate result.  If you have any more questions, please let me know.

So about a month ago, April 16th to be exact, I started taking birth control pills to stop my breakthrough bleeding.  The pills have slowed it down a lot, but it’s slowly beginning to become heavy again, do I need to go back to the health department to get my Nexplanon removed or what?

ANSWER: I would advise you call ahead and leave a message for a nurse.  The nurse can give you a call back and speak with you directly.  When we give birth control pills to try and decrease breakthrough bleeding with Nexplanon, we usually give a 3 month supply with specific instructions on how to take the pills to decrease the bleeding.  So calling to speak with a nurse about the bleeding you are still experiencing OR going ahead and calling to schedule another Counseling Visit with a nurse to discuss the bleeding will be your next step.  You can then speak with the nurse about the option of removal.

Questions from May 3, 2018

I think I’m pregnant but the doctor pregnancy test came out negative and they told me that my symptoms came from my birth control shot.  The last time I had sex is on March 12, 2018 (my third month before my next shot) right before my Spring Break, and my period was suppose to be on April 1, 2018 but it didn’t.  I had almost all the symptoms of pregnancy but besides sore breasts.  (April 25, 2018 is when I got my shot) All my doctor keep telling me that it my birth control shot and not a pregnancy, but I know if you are pregnant before you get the birth control shot it will lower the hcg.  Please help I feel like I’m going crazy.

ANSWER: If your doctor stated you are not pregnant, then you should listen to your doctor.  Depo shots doe not lower HCG levels enough that a positive pregnancy test would en up being a false negative.  Many Depo users report that their periods stop entirely while they are getting the shot.  All the symptoms you believe you have been experiencing that you think are pregnancy symptoms were likely just side effects and symptoms from your Depo shot.  If you continue to have concerns you can take an at home pregnancy test to confirm that you are not pregnant (if you were pregnant, your HCG levels would be so high that they would easily be picked up by a home pregnant test).  So if you choose to take a pregnancy test and get another negative result, trust that test result!  And remember, just because you are on Depo doesn’t mean that you cannot also use back up methods of protection that may help you from worrying so much in the future.  Condoms are a great secondary method of birth control protection that many pill users and Depo users still choose to use for the extra “piece of mind” and the protection from STDs.  Also, you may want to think about whether or not you are ready to be sexually active if you are unable to trust in your birth control method and your doctor and you have constant fears of pregnancy.  It may be a safer idea for you to consider not being sexually active for a while until you feel more comfortable trusting your birth control method and your doctor.  You also have other options for birth control that are more effective than Depo.  The Nexplanon implant and all IUDs are going to be more effective at preventing pregnancy than Depo and they are long acting so you do not have to return to your doctor every 3 months for another shot.  If you are interested in more information on these methods please let me know.

Hello I had got my Depo shot April 18th and I don’t get my next one until July 18th I was wondering how long doe the Depo get out of my system and I if I don’t get my next shot July 18th and I start spotting and I had unprotected sex is it a chance I can get pregnant?

ANSWER: On average a depo shot can provide you with protection up until 12-14 weeks after your last shot.  So if you do not get your shot on July 18th then after it has been 14 weeks you are no longer considered protected and your chances of getting pregnant will begin to increase.  Return to fertility for Depo users will vary though and there is no definite answer of how long it will be for you.  If you are trying to become pregnant, it is advised you see your doctor ahead of time to discuss your overall health and what vitamins you need to be taking prior to when you begin trying to get pregnant.  If you are not trying to become pregnant, I would advise you get your next depo shot on time if possible, but if not begin using a back up method of protection (condoms or abstinence) any time you have sex after July 18th.

Question from May 2, 2018

I’ve been getting really bad cramps as if I was on my period but when I go and check there nothing… I took the Depo shot on the 23rd and had unprotected sex on the 28th and took the morning pill on the 29th… what does this mean? Did the pill work? Or am I getting early pregnant symptoms? Please help I don’t wanna be pregnant

ANSWER: Both the Depo shot and the Morning After pill can cause delays and chances to your menstrual cycle.  So although there is still a small chance you could be pregnant, the symptoms you are experiencing are also very likely side effects from the Depo and Morning After pill that you took.  Once it has been 2 weeks since the date you had unprotected sex (so Saturday, April 12th) go ahead and take a pregnancy test.  A side effect of the Morning After pill is to delay the start of a period while many Depo shot users report that they stop having periods all together while they are on Depo.  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Questions from May 1, 2018

I have been on a depo shot for 7 months, I was due for my next shot on April 5, 2018.  I had unprotected sex on April 28, could I be pregnant?

ANSWER:  If you did not get your shot on April 5th or since April 5th, then yes there is a chance you may become pregnant from having unprotected on April 28th.  When on depo, you are given a two week time frame from reinjection and if you did not get your next shot within that two weeks then when you had sex on April 28th you were at risk of becoming pregnant.  You can take a Plan B emergency contraceptive pill up to 5 days after unprotected sex, so you could still take a Plan B at this time to reduce your chances of becoming pregnant.  I would also advise going back in to get restarted on depo as soon as possible.

If I got the depo shot on April 23rd and had unprotected sex on the 28th and took morning after pill at 8am on the 29th, can I be pregnant?

ANSWER:  It is unlikely, but it is still possible.  If the depo shot you received on April 23rd was your first depo shot, then when you had sex on the 28th your depo was not yet fully effective at preventing pregnancy (it takes a new method of birth control 7 days to become fully effective).  Taking the Morning After (or Plan B) pill within 24 hours of having sex will help decrease your chances of becoming pregnant, but it is still only about 86-88% effective at preventing pregnancy.  So there is still a small chance you may become pregnant.  Once it has been two weeks since the date you had unprotected sex (April 28th), then you can take a pregnancy test and get an accurate result.

Questions from April 28, 2018

I had my baby March 13th, received my depo shot March 16th and I’m still spotting.  Is it ok for me to have sex while spotting?

ANSWER: If you have not been cleared by your doctor to start having sex again, then wait until you have been.  This usually occurs at your 6-8 week postpartum check up.  Typically having sex while spotting is safe but since you have recently had a baby it is very important to get medically cleared by your doctor before having sex.

Hello, so I got the depo birth control shot (my second one) the very last day I was supposed to and had unprotected sex the next day.  Lately I’ve been getting like weird cramps and pains in my right side and lower stomach.  Like period cramps but with no period.  I’m really worried I could be pregnant because I got the 2nd shot so late.  Is that possible?  Or could the pains just be from the shot itself?

ANSWER:  The pains may just be a side effect from the shot itself.  Even though you got your shot on the last day within your two week time frame, you were still considered protected and did not have a lapse in protection.  But remember, no method of birth control (other than abstinence) is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy.  Meaning that although it is very unlikely, it is still possible that you may be pregnant.  If it has been two weeks since the date you had unprotected sex, go ahead and take a pregnancy test if you are concerned you may be pregnant.  If it has not yet been two weeks, wait until it has been and then you may take a pregnancy test if you are still worried you may pregnant.

I missed my depo shot last April 19th and had unprotected sex on the 29th.  I do not wish to get pregnant.  Will I be?  What to do?

ANSWER: If you do not wish to become pregnant, take a Plan B emergency contraceptive pill as soon as possible.  The sooner you take the pill from the date you had unprotected sex the more effective it will at preventing pregnancy.  A Paragard IUD may also be used as emergency contraception as well if it is placed within 5 days of the date you had unprotected sex.  If you choose to take the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill, make sure you follow up and get your depo shot as soon as possible as well.  Plan B is not as effective as other methods of birth control and should only be used in emergency situations and not as a long term birth control method.  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Question from April 27, 2018

Hey I had my period on March 31st and I finished on April 5th.  I had unprotected sex the day after I was finished with my period, I took a Plan B the next day and I took a pregnancy test on April 20th it came out negative.  I took another one of the 24th and that same day I got on depo.  Are my chances of getting pregnant high or low?

ANSWER: By the time you took the pregnancy tests on April 20th and April 24th, it had been long enough since the date you had unprotected sex that your pregnancy test results were accurate.  It takes a pregnancy test 14 days (2 weeks from the date of unprotected sex) to give accurate results so your chances of being pregnant from having sex on April 6th are very, very low at this point.  Just remember, it takes a new method of birth control (including depo) 7 days to become fully effective at preventing pregnancy, so do NOT have unprotected sex before May 1st, otherwise there will be a chance you could become pregnant.  Also, remember that although depo provides you with protection against pregnancy only condoms can protect you from STDs, so we still advise using condoms to prevent the spread of STDs.

Questions from April 25, 2018

I had unprotected sex on March 14, and I took the morning after pill the next day.  I got my period on the 22nd of that month.  Then I had unprotected sex again on April 15h and took the morning after pill again.  Since then I have been paranoid about being pregnant so I took a pregnancy test on April 17th and it was negative.  Since then however, I’ve noticed some bloating and slight weight gain, could I be pregnant?

ANSWER: Any time you have sex, there is a chance you may become pregnant.  The morning after pill is only about 89% effectiveness at preventing pregnancy.  So even though you took the pill within 24 hours of having unprotected sex both times, there is still a chance you could become pregnant.  A pregnancy test will not give you an accurate result until it has been 14 days since the date you had unprotected sex.  So since you had unprotected sex on April 15h, you need to wait until it has been at least 14 days (April 29th) to take a pregnancy test and get an accurate result.  It you take a test too soon, it may give you a false negative.  Also, have you considered other methods of birth control?  There are many other options available that are more effective than taking a morning after pill AFTER having unprotected sex.  Also, the morning after pill is not supposed to be taken several times in a short period of time and should not be your only method of protection.  If you are local to Athens, GA, please check our website to find the Teen Matters or health department closest to you.  If you are not local to Athens, consider checking out the Bedsider.org website and use their locator tool on their website to find a clinic or office close to where you live where you can get birth control.  Please let me know if you need any further help!

Is it normal to bleed during/after sex with the Nexplanon birth control?  I’ve had it for 6 months now… Is that a sign that it isn’t working?  I’ve had nothing but problems with it so far with irregular bleeding and such.  It makes me skeptical of how protected I actually am while on it?

ANSWER:  Irregular bleeding is one of the most common side effects associated with Nexplanon.  If you are only experiencing the bleeding during or after sex, it may not be because of your Nexplanon and may be a sign of an infection that you need to be seen and treated for.  If the irregular bleeding is not only associated with sex then it is likely a side effect of the Nexplanon.  The bleeding you are experiencing does not mean your Nexplanon is not effective.  Nexplanon is the most effective method of birth control (other than abstinence) available.  Your chances of getting pregnant while on Nexplanon are 0.005%.  If you are unhappy with the irregular bleeding, you may want to consider following up with the clinic or doctor’s office where you got your Nexplanon inserted and ask them what options you have to try and reduce/get rid of the irregular bleeding.  It you are local to Athens, GA you can follow up with a Teen Matters clinic (for ages 11-19) or the health department (for all ages) for more information on your options.  If you are not local to Athens, GA you can try using the locator function on the Bedsider.org website to find a clinic or office close to you that may be able to help! Let me know if you have any further questions!

I had my Nexplanon removed March 21st and got on depo the same day.  I had sex the morning before having it removed and four days during the first seven days on being on depo.  I missed my period, what are my chances of being pregnant?

ANSWER:  The only way to know if you may be pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.  There is no simple answer to give on the “chances” of being pregnant.  Any time you have sex, there is a chance you may pregnant and any time you have unprotected sex, your chances of becoming pregnant increase.  It has been long enough since the dates you had unprotected sex that you can go ahead and take a pregnancy test to confirm whether or not you are pregnant.  It is possible the absence of your period is the result of your depo shot as well.  So if the pregnancy test is negative, the missed period is likely just a side effect of the depo.

I missed my depo shot on the 11th of of this month and had unprotected sex on the 21st, can I get pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes, you can get pregnant.  If you did not get your shot on the 11th and still have not gone back for your shot there is a chance your depo was no longer providing you with protection and you may have been at risk for becoming pregnant.  If you do not wish to become pregnant at this time, you have up to 5 days after unprotected to take a Plan B emergency contraceptive pill to reduce your chances of becoming pregnant.  I would also suggest calling the clinic or doctor’s office where you get your depo shot and confirm with them the final day your depo was still considered effective at preventing pregnancy and to also reschedule an appointment so you can restart your shot!

Questions from April 24, 2018

Hello, I have been on depo for 6 months (only 2 injections) I had unprotected sex April 11th and 21st.  My next shot was due April 12th-26th.  Is there a chance I can be pregnant?

ANSWER: The chances of you getting pregnant are very, very low (remember no method other than abstinence is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy).  Your depo is fully effective at preventing pregnancy until after that two week time frame (so after April 26th in when your depo will begin decreasing in effectiveness if do not get your next shot by that date).  As long as you go ahead and get your next shot by April 26th, you will have continuous protection from pregnancy and your chances of becoming pregnant will remain extremely low.

Hey I removal Nexplanon on March 30, 2018 and had sex that night.  In April this days I be have sex 7, 8, 12, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22.  Can I be pregnant? Yes or no.

ANSWER: Yes, you may be pregnant.  Fertility can return to normal within 24 hours of getting your Nexplanon removed.  So any date from March 30th on that you have had unprotected sex you have been unprotected and could become pregnant.

Hello, I got my depo shot Feb 23rd, 2018.  I’ve been unprotected sex since then and still having it.  I was wondering how long does it take for the depo to get out of your body?  My next shot is May 11-25, 2018.  My last day having sex was April 19, 2018.

ANSWER: Your depo will provide you with protection against pregnancy until the final day in that two week time frame they gave you for your next shot.  So the depo shot you received on February 23rd is providing you with protection until May 25th.  So it important to get your next shot between May 11th and May 25th so you will have continuous protection against pregnancy.  If you do not get your next shot by May 25th, your risk of becoming pregnant (if you have unprotected sex) will begin to increase.

Hey, I’m due for my Depo shot May 3, but they won’t be able to see till May 25th.  How long do I have till the Depo shot will not protect me?  What day should I use safety methods?

ANSWER: If “they” means your doctors office, I would call to verify with them what the final day is that you are protected.  Typically with each depo shot, you are given a two week time frame from reinjection and as long as you get your next depo shot within that two weeks you have continuous protection and do not have to worry about a lapse in birth control protection.  If you can find out that two week time frame, then as soon as you pass the last day in that two weeks is when you need to start using a back up method of protection.  Also, if you get your next depo shot outside of your two week time frame, make sure you use a back up method for the first 7 days AFTER you get your next shot since it will need 7 days to become fully effective again! Please let me know if you have any further questions.

I’m on the depo shot and yesterday I noticed some light blood and I’ve been having cramps.  Could it be my period?  It’s super very light to hardly there at all but the cramps are really bad.  Or could it be a sign of early pregnancy?

ANSWER:  The bleeding and cramping you are experiencing may be your period.  Many depo users report changes to their periods while on depo and those changes will vary from user to user.  Unless you begin experiencing other possible pregnancy symptoms I would not be concerned that the spotting and cramping would necessarily be a sign of pregnancy but if you have concerns that it may be, wait until it has been 2 weeks since the date you had unprotected sex and take a pregnancy test.

Question from April 23, 2018

I got on depo for the first time April 6th (while I was on my period) and three days later had unprotected sex.  Is there a chance I am pregnant?

ANSWER:  Yes, there is a chance you may be pregnant.  It takes a new method of birth control 7 days to become fully effective so when you had sex only three days after starting depo then your shot was not fully effective yet.  It takes 14 days for a pregnancy test to give an accurate result so you can go ahead and take a pregnancy test at this time.

Questions from April 22, 2018

I had sex a month ago then got on the depo shot a few weeks ago and I missed my period.  Am I pregnant or is it just the shot?

ANSWER:  It could be either one.  Yes, there is a chance you could be pregnant if you had unprotected sex before you started on your depo shot.  But there is also a chance the missed period could just be a result of the depo shot.  The only way for you to know is to take a pregnancy test.  It has been long enough since you had sex so you can go ahead and take a pregnancy test and get an accurate to find out if you are pregnant or not.

Hi, I got the birth control shot on February 15.  That was the second time I got my shot.  I have been spotting on and off for about a week.  The spotting started on April 8th.  Last week, I stopped spotting and I had unprotected sex multiple times.  Is there any chance I may be pregnant?

ANSWER: The spotting you are experiencing is a common side effect for many depo users.  Even though you had unprotected sex, your depo was providing you with pregnancy protection so the chances of you becoming pregnant from having sex last week are very, very low.  Remember, no method of birth control, other than abstinence, is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy, but the chances of you becoming pregnant while on depo are extremely low.  And as long as you continue to get each depo shot on time you will have continuous protection.

I was due to get my depo shot on April 17th but got it on April 18th (this was not my first shot).  I had unprotected sex on April 22nd, and my boyfriend keeps worrying about me becoming pregnant.  I keep telling him I’m fine, but he keeps insisting.  Will I be okay?  I’m not too worried, I don’t think he ejaculated though – even though he thinks he did.

ANSWER: It is possible but unlikely that you are pregnant.  Reinjection for depo shots should happen during a 2 week time frame, many doctors office will go ahead  and schedule you an appointment during those 2 weeks when it is ideal to get your next shot, so it is possible that wasn’t even the final day in your 2 week time frame to get your depo shot.  If that is the case, you are still protected and have continuous protection, and your chances of becoming pregnant are very, very low.  Even if April 17th was the last day in your two week window and you got your shot 24 hours late it is unlikely (possible, but unlikely) that you would immediately ovulate and need to be concerned about pregnancy.  You should also remember though that no method of birth control protection is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy (other than abstinence).  So any time you have unprotected sex (or even protected sex) there is always a small chance you could end up getting pregnant.  Reliable methods of birth control help decrease that chance, but it is still possible.

Questions from April 20, 2018

Can you become pregnant If I have unprotected sex 1 day before my next birth control injection?

ANSWER: Any time you have unprotected sex there is a chance you may become pregnant.  No method of birth control, other than abstinence, is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy.  With that being said, as long as you were on time for your next birth control injection, then the chances of you becoming pregnant are very low.  The only way to know for sure, is to wait until it has been 2 weeks since the date you had unprotected sex, and then take a pregnancy test.

Hello, I’ve been on the depo I had my period on February 24 and my last day for my depo was March 12 and after that I’ve had unprotected sex but I’ve took pregnancy tests and they all say negative I still have no period yet should I be worried?  Should I get a check up?

ANSWER: When going off of depo it can take several months for your periods to return to normal.  So the absence of your period does not necessarily mean you are pregnant but could be a result of going off of the depo shot, unfortunately there is no way to know for sure other than following up with your doctor to confirm whether or not you may be pregnant.  It does take 2 weeks for a pregnancy test to give an accurate result though, so if you take the pregnancy test too soon it can give a false negative.  Make sure it has been at least 2 weeks since date you had unprotected sex before you take the pregnancy test.

So I started Depo for the first time on April 6th (while I was on my last day of my period) and had unprotected sex on April 10th for the first time.  Is there a chance I could be pregnant?  If so is it too early to take a pregnancy test?

ANSWER:  Yes, there is a chance you may be pregnant.  It takes a new method of birth control 7 days to become fully effective so when you had sex on April 10th your depo shot was not fully effective.  It takes 14 days for a pregnancy test to give an accurate result and today is the 14th day since April 10th.  So you can go ahead and take a pregnancy test at this time.

Questions from April 19, 2018

I had unprotected sex the night of 4/17 and the morning of 4/18 I got the depo.  Will taking Plan B effect the depo shot and would I be pregnant?

ANSWER: Taking the Plan B will not effect the depo shot.  Since you had unprotected sex prior to starting depo, the depo shot will not protect you from possibly getting pregnant from that encounter.  It takes a new method of birth control 7 days to become effective, so it is also important to practice abstinence or use condoms until it has been 7 days since you got your depo shot.

I been on the depo shot for a year and a half.  On April 5th, 2018 I was supposed to be go back to my doctor and take my shot again.  I have had unprotected sex with my finance on April 15th.  Today is April 19th, I know it’s only a few days but is there a possibility I could be pregnant?

ANSWER:  It is possible but not likely.  You are given a two week time frame (or a specific appointment date depending on your doctor) for when you should get your next depo shot, so without knowing the final day in that two week time frame I am not able to give you a definite answer as to whether or not you were still protected by your depo shot when you had unprotected sex on April 15th.  If you do not wish to become pregnant at this time, I would advise you return to your doctors office as soon as possible to get your depo shot.  The longer you go without the shot, the greater your chances of getting pregnant are.

I got my 3rd depo shot February 3rd.  And my two week period to get my depo shot refill is April 26th to May 13th.  However, I am planning to stop taking the depo shot and not getting a refill this time.  But I recently had intercourse today, April 19th.  Would there be a possibility of being pregnant if I do not get the depo refill?

ANSWER: No, your depo is still providing you with protection against pregnancy until the final day in your two week period (so you are protected until May 13th).  If you do not get your next depo shot by May 13th, any time you have unprotected sex after that date you will be at risk for pregnancy.

Hi, okay so I was on the depo shot from November 2017 to January 2018 and I didn’t go back for a follow up.  I started taking birth control pills February 28th and stopped taking them around my 2nd week of the pills being active in my body.  I think the pills regulated my cycle but I really don’t know.  I’m trying to figure out if I’m pregnant as well and my period is also two days late.  Could I be pregnant?  Or is it all in my head?

ANSWER:  If you had unprotected between when your depo lost its’ effectiveness and when you start birth control pills, within the first 7 days of starting birth control pills (because it takes a new method of birth control 7 days to become effective), or since you quit taking birth control pills, then yes, there is a chance you may be pregnant.  If your period is already 2 days late, you can go ahead and take a pregnancy test and find out if you may be pregnant or not.

Questions from April 18, 2018

Hi I’ve been on depo for two years and just missed my shot March 5.  I also had unprotected sex March 5, 6, 7, 13, 22, and the 28.  Do I have a chance of being pregnant now I’ve been experiencing eating a lot, gaining a lot of weight, urinating more and moody.

ANSWER: Yes, there is a possibility you could be pregnant.  It has been two weeks since the last date you stated you had unprotected sex (March 28th) so you can go ahead and take a pregnancy test to confirm whether or not you are pregnant.  If you are not pregnant do not wish to become pregnant at this time, I would strongly suggest going in to your doctors office, health department, or Teen Matters (if you are local to us) and get started back on birth control as soon as possible.  Let me know if you have any more questions!

I received my 4th Depo shot one month late and had unprotected sex twice 6 days after I got the shot.  Am I protected from pregnancy or should I take a Plan B to prevent pregnancy? Thanks.

ANSWER: It takes 7 days for the depo shot to become fully effective once you have gone off of it and then restarted it.  So since it was only 6 days when you had unprotected sex it is possible (unlikely, but still possible).  Take a Plan B is safe and your best option if you want to be extra cautious and not risk the chance of you becoming pregnant.  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Questions from April 17, 2018

Hi I’m currently on the Jadelle and my daughter just turned 3 so I’ve had the Jadelle for 3 years.  I had unprotected sex on the Friday for the first time since ever, I noticed this morning I spotted dark brown just two drops.  I have 2 girls and I spotted both times being pregnant with them, do you think I could be pregnant?  I’ve only ever spotted brown when I was pregnant with my girls.

ANSWER: Jadelle is considered one of the most effective methods of birth control available, and chances of becoming pregnant while on Jadelle are very, very low (it is more than 99% effective to fewer than 1 in 100 women will get pregnant while on it).  It is possible that you may just be experiencing some spotting as a side effect of the Implant; spotting is the #1 side effect listed for Jadelle.  Many users report irregular bleeding, light spotting/bleeding, or no bleeding at all (every individual will be different).  Unless you begin to experience other pregnancy symptoms I would not assume you are pregnant.  But, once it has been 2 weeks since the date you had unprotected sex you may go ahead and take a pregnancy test if you still have concerns.

I got my birth control Depo shot April 4 and I had unprotected sex on the 14th, but I was supposed to start my period around the time I got my shot and never did.  Could it be the birth control because I do have irregular periods?

ANSWER: It is likely that your Depo shot is what has caused you to miss you period.  It is a common side effect for Depo users to no get their periods while on the shot and many women report only spotting beginning to bleed when they are due for their next shot.  By the time you had unprotected sex, on April 14th, your depo shot was fully effective and protecting you against pregnancy.  So unless you begin experiencing any other signs or symptoms of pregnancy you do not need to worry about the missed period.

Question from April 16, 2018

If I had unprotected sex the day I was supposed to get my Depo shot what chance is there of me getting pregnant?

ANSWER:  If the shot you received was your first Depo shot (or if this was not your first shot but you were getting your shot late), then it takes 7 days to become effective so there is a chance you may become pregnant.  If this was not your first Depo shot, and you got this shot on time (within the recommended 2 week time frame) then your chances of getting pregnant are very low.  There is no way of knowing for sure what the chances are of you getting pregnant.  The best thing you can do is wait until it has been 2 weeks since the date you are concerned about and then take a pregnancy test.

Questions from April 15, 2018

If I had sex the last 2 days of my period and my partner ejaculated inside me, then a week later (Friday 4-13) we have sex again and he ejaculated in me multiple times and same for Saturday (4-14) and Sunday also the same (4-15) and I start my depo shot Tuesday (4-17) is that going to protect me from being pregnant?  I know I sound dumb but I’m being serious.

ANSWER: No, starting on the depo shot after having unprotected sex will not protect you from pregnancy.  Even after you start the depo shot on Tuesday (4/17) it takes 7 days for the shot to become effective, so if you continue to have unprotected sex during those first 7 days you will continue to increase your risk of becoming pregnant.  I would suggest getting a Plan B emergency contraceptive pill immediately to decrease the chances of you becoming pregnant.  You can take a Plan B and still start your depo shot Tuesday.  Just remember to wait another 7 days after getting your depo shot before you have unprotected sex again.  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Hey! I’ve been on Depo since 2013… but I was set to get my depo late Feb early March… I have no cycle and no baby but I am trying to conceive… how can I?

ANSWER: It is important to see an OBGYN or your PCP before starting to try and conceive.  There are important steps they will want to discuss with you before you begin trying to get pregnant.  Also, it can take several months for fertility to return when going off of Depo (especially if you have been on it for many years) so expect it to take some time before your fertility returns and you are able to conceive.

Question from April 14, 2018

Hi, I got the Depo shot on March 16 of this year.  I was on the 5th day of my period and it stopped that same day because of the shot (my periods last 7 days).  I had unprotected sex on March 30th.  My period was supposed to come yesterday (April 14), could I be pregnant? Or should I just calm down since the Depo can stop your period?

ANSWER: It is most likely that the reason you have not started your period of because of the depo shot and not a major cause for concern.  The chances of you being pregnant are very, very low (because no method other than abstinence is 100% effective) and unless you are experiencing any other symptoms of pregnancy you should not be too worried at this time.

Questions from April 12, 2018

Hi, I went on the depo shot March 7th and it wasn’t the first 5 days of my menstrual cycle, I had sex March 21st and he didn’t use a condom for like a minute but then he put a condom on, is there a chance I could be pregnant?

ANSWER: The chance of being pregnant is very, very low (remember no method of birth control other than abstinence is 100% effective).  Your depo was fully effective at preventing pregnancy by March 21st so it is unlikely that you are pregnant.  If you still have concerns you can always go ahead and take an at home pregnancy test or go to your clinic/doctors office and request pregnancy testing.  It has been more than 2 weeks since March 21st, so a pregnancy test will give you an accurate result.

I went to the hospital because I had some little blood fall yet am six weeks pregnant and the doctor gave me medication.  For about 4 days on medication, no change.  This has kept my worried about my pregnancy.  What should I do to stop this blood fall?

ANSWER: It is important that you follow up with your local OBGYN, PCP, or hospital.  Since you are pregnant you will need to be seen in person by a doctor or speak directly with someone from the doctor’s office where you are receiving care.

I lost my virginity on March 12, with no ejaculation only precum.  Then went on my first depo shot on March 16th.  It’s been a month since the sex.  I’ve had no period, I feel funny in my stomach, I am bloating, and experienced breast tenderness and nausea with no vomiting.  Which all can be side effects from Depo Provera.  Did the sex throw off my period plus Depo?  Am I pregnant?  Or just experiencing the effects of the birth control?

ANSWER:  “precum” and ejaculation are both semen, and all semen contains sperm.  So even though he may not have ejaculated, pre-ejaculation can contain sperm, and can cause pregnancy.  So yes, it is possible that you may be pregnant from having sex on March 12th.  It is also possible that the symptoms you are experiencing may just be a side effect of the birth control.  Unfortunately, there is no way to just know whether or not you are pregnant without you taking a pregnancy test.  It has been long enough since you had unprotected sex that you can go ahead and take a pregnancy test and get an accurate result.

If I got my first depo shot on January 12, 2018 and I was due for my second shot April 12, 2018 but didn’t get it.  I had unprotected sex April 8th and 9th twice with ejaculation.  What are the chances I could be pregnant?

ANSWER: Your first depo shot was still providing you with protection from pregnancy on the dates you had unprotected sex so your chances of being pregnant are very low.  If you continue to have unprotected sex after April 12th (if you do not get your next depo shot) then your chances of pregnancy will increase.

Question from April 11, 2018

I’ve been on the depo shot for a month and I’m having severe cramps.  Is that a side effect from the shot or can I be pregnant?

ANSWER: If you had unprotected sex before starting your depo shot or within 7 days of getting your first depo shot then it was not yet fully effective and there is a chance you may be pregnant.  Since it has been a month since you got your depo shot, it has been long enough that you can go ahead and take a pregnancy test and get an accurate result.  Severe cramps are not necessarily a sign or symptoms of pregnancy (or a side effect of depo) on their own but if these cramps continue and are interrupting your day I would advise going to the doctor to find out what exactly may be causing them.

Questions from April 9, 2018

I am due for my next Depo shot on Friday April 13th (which is the first day within the time frame I was given).  But my boyfriend came inside me.  What are the chances of me becoming pregnant?

ANSWER: Anytime you have unprotected sex there is a chance you may become pregnant since no method of birth control (other than abstinence) is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy.  BUT, your depo shot is still effective and is providing you with protection against pregnancy (and will continue providing you with protection against pregnancy through the final day in the 2 week time frame you were given), so your chances of becoming pregnant are very, very low.   And as long as you get your next depo shot during that 2 week time frame you will have continuous protection against pregnancy and will not have a lapse in birth control protection.

What types of birth control do you offer and do I have to pay for them?  Am I allowed to get them without a parent permission if I’m 17?

ANSWER: We provide several different methods of birth control and all of our methods are free for teens (services are all confidential as well).  We have birth control pills (Progestin only and Combination pills), the vaginal ring, Depo shot, The Nexplanon implant, three different IUDs (Mirena, Liletta, and Paragard), and we always have condoms available for free as well.  You do not need parental permission or to have a parent present to receive services.

Questions from April 8, 2018

Hi I started the Depo shot on May 31, 2017 and the last time I ever took my shot was December 21, 2017.  The doctor told me to come back around March 6th 2018.  However I did not return for another shot and I have been having unprotected sex and I know there was ejaculation, but I have heard some cases where people can get pregnant right away and some cases where it takes months to become pregnant.  I am experiencing lots of symptoms that are similar t pregnancy and I just need some help on what may be happening.

ANSWER: If you have had unprotected sex and have not been on an effective method of birth control then you may be pregnant.  There is no way of telling whether or not the symptoms you are experiencing are pregnancy symptoms without taking a pregnancy test to confirm.  You may go in to your doctors office for a pregnancy test or pick one up from the store and take the test at home.

Hi I’ve had my first depo shot 11 days after my periods and I had unprotected sex before 7 days, can I be pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes, you may pregnant.  Once it has been at least 2 weeks since the date you had unprotected sex you can go ahead and take a pregnancy test and get an accurate answer to confirm whether or not you are pregnant.

Had my first depo shot January 2, 2018, it was due March 27 – April 2.  I had went off my cycle the 5-6, had unprotected sex the 6 and 7 when my boyfriend ejaculated inside multiple times.  Would I still be protected by depo?

ANSWER:  If you had sex January 6th and 7th, then your first depo shot was not fully effective yet and you were not protected.  If you mean you had sex April 6th and 7th then the only way you were still protected by your depo was if you went back for your next depo shot between March 27th and April 2nd.  If you had not gotten your next depo shot during that time frame and had unprotected sex, then you were not protected by your depo and are at risk of pregnancy.  You can still take a Plan B for emergency contraception for unprotected sex on April 6th and 7th but you would need to take it today or tomorrow for it to reduce your chances of becoming pregnant.  You will also want to get back on an effective method of birth control if you do not desire a pregnancy at this time.

Question from April 7, 2018

I took Plan B on the depo shot and breasts are still tender after 3 weeks.  Could I be pregnant?

ANSWER: If your depo was fully effective at the time you had unprotected sex AND you took a Plan B as well, then your chances of being pregnant are very, very low (Remember though, anytime you have sex you are at risk of becoming pregnant because no method of birth control is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy).  Having tender breasts could mean your breasts are growing or just tender as a reaction to the depo shot or Plan B.  Since it has been 3 weeks it has been long enough from the date you had unprotected sex to go ahead and take a pregnancy test.  The pregnancy test will be able to tell you whether or not you are pregnant.

Question from April 5, 2018

Hello, if you were supposed to get your second depo shot April 2nd but had unprotected sex April 1st late night early morning April 2nd, could you be pregnant?  And still haven’t gotten the shot and it being 3 days later?

ANSWER:  The chance of you getting pregnant from having unprotected sex before the final day your depo was due is very low.  Remember, no method of protection 100% effective (other than abstinence), so there is always a chance but in your situation it is very low.  If you continue to have unprotected sex and you do not get your depo shot, then your chances of becoming pregnant will increase.

Questions from April 4, 2018

Hi.  I’ve been on Depo for almost 3 years now.  In October I decided to get off of it and try the pills (which I rarely remembered to take) my boyfriend and I have had unprotected sex a lot and in January I get my period back while still having unprotected sex.  I’ve had symptoms of pregnancy, is there a chance I could be pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes, if you have been having unprotected sex and not consistenly taking your birth control pills then there is a chance you may be pregnant.  If it has been 2 weeks or more since you began experiencing pregnancy symptoms and since you had unprotected sex you should go ahead and take a pregnancy test.  If you do not desire pregnancy at this time, you may want to consider another method of birth control that may be a better fit than birth control pills.  If you are local to the Athens area, come in to your nearest health department or Teen Matters to speak with a health counselor or educator, or even a nurse to discuss what methods of birth control may be a better fit for you.  If you are not local to the Athens area try the website, Bedsider.org, for more information on the various methods of birth control available and for assistance finding a location close to you to go for your birth control.

So my 2nd shot appointment was on the 24th of March and few days I had unprotected sex, now is the 4th of April, could I be pregnant?

ANSWER:  If you did not get your shot on time (or have still not gotten your shot) and have been having unprotected sex since the date you were supposed to get your shot, then yes there is a chance you could get pregnant.  If you did get your shot on time, then you were provided with continuous protection and your chances of getting pregnant are very, very low since your depo was providing you with protection against pregnancy.

Question from March 31, 2018

Hi, I got the Depo shot on the 23rd of March.  I had unprotected sex 5 days after I got the shot… my boyfriend did pull out but you know there could have been precum… what are my chances of being pregnant?

ANSWER: When starting a new method of birth control it is advised to wait 7 days for the new method of birth control to become fully effective.  With the information you gave me there is a chance you may be pregnant.  The withdrawal method is not an effective method of birth control (about 25-28% of individuals who only use the withdrawal method will get pregnant within a year) and your depo was not fully effective at the time you had unprotected sex.  Wait until it has been 2 weeks since the date you had unprotected sex and take a pregnancy test.  It takes 14 days for a pregnancy test to give accurate results, so once it has been 2 weeks that pregnancy test will give you an accurate result.

Questions from March 30, 2018

Hi, I got birth control about 2 months ago and my doctor said to take it a full month before I have unprotected sex.  I waited but I missed a couple of days of taking the pill.  Then started the new month.  I am on the end of the 3rd week taking the pill but I don’t take them at the same time during the day (I have a bad memory).  I had unprotected sex and it obviously wasn’t safe.  Do I need to take the Plan B to be safe or is my birth control effective?

ANSWER:  In order for birth control pills to be fully effective at preventing pregnancy, they have to be taken daily at the same time.  If you have not been taking your pills every day at the same time, then yes, taking a Plan B for emergency contraception would be the safe choice to make.  Also, if you are not remembering to take your pill at the same time every day you may want to try setting an alarm on your phone to remind you take it at the same time!  If you continue to find yourself missing pills you have many other options for birth control methods you may want to consider.  You may want to call your doctor and make an appointment to discuss your other birth control options.  Bedsider is a website with a lot of medically accurate information regarding all methods of birth control that may help you start to research what other options are available to you.  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

I am a highly athletic dancer with huge thighs.  However, they have stretch marks all over despite them being muscular.  I also have a very small torso and waist.  I eat healthy and don’t eat junk food, so I don’t know why the stretch marks are there.  Will they go away?  As a dancer, I need to find a way to thin down my thighs, what should I do?

ANSWER:  Stretch marks can occur for many reasons and it is not uncommon for athletes to develop stretch marks as their muscles grow.  Stretch marks are not an indicator of health and for many individuals they can be attributed to genetics.  If you are eating a healthy and balanced diet and staying active having muscular thighs is nothing to be concerned about.  Learning to embrace your body is just as important, if not important, than trying to fix any “flaws” in your body you do not like.  If you are actively taking dance classes and still have concerns about your thighs you may consider talking with your dance teacher or a doctor about these concerns.

Question from March 28, 2018

Can Plan B interfere with the depo shot if you took it before the depo was effective?  Can it make it ineffective?  Are there any medications, food, or herbal supplements that can make the Depo Provera shot ineffective?

ANSWER: Plan B will not decrease the effectiveness of the depo shot.  There are no foods that will decreases the effectiveness of the depo shot either.  When starting a new medication or herbal supplement it is always best to speak with a pharmacist or your doctor to discuss any potential interactions or side effects that medication or supplement may have on existing medications you are taking (this includes the Depo Provera shot).

Questions from March 27, 2018

My health insurance recently got canceled and my next depo shot says March 22-April 5.  If  I have unprotected sex will I get pregnant even thought it is not the last day yet for me to get the shot?

ANSWER: The chances of you getting pregnant if you have unprotected sex before the final day (April 5th) are very low since your depo is still effective and providing you with pregnancy protection.  If you do not get your depo shot by April 5th then any time you have unprotected sex after that date will put you at risk of pregnancy.  If you are local to the Athens area, you can still utilize the health department even without insurance coverage (Teen Matters is a free clinic for teens).  If you are not local to us you may want to look up health departments or affordable clinics in your area if you want to continue using the depo shot for birth control protection.

If I take a home pregnancy test 15 days after I had protected sex, will it be accurate?

ANSWER: One average it takes a pregnancy test 14 days, or until the first day of a missed period to provide accurate results.  So by day 15 we would consider a pregnancy test to give an accurate result.

Questions from March 24, 2018

Hello, I’ve been on depo for 3 months and my expiring date was yesterday.  I had sex the day before my expiration date.  Can I get pregnant?

ANSWER: Remember, no method of birth control (other than abstinence) is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy.  But, since you had sex prior to the end of the 3 months that your depo shot was providing you with protection, the chances of you getting pregnant are very, very low.  If you continue to have unprotected sex, then your chances of pregnancy will increase.  If you do not wish to become pregnant at this time, you need to go in to your clinic as soon as possible to get your next depo shot (or to discuss switching methods if you were not happy with the depo shot).  Also, make sure you are using a back up method of protection (like condoms or abstinence) until you go back in to the clinic.

I had unprotected sex 8 days after my first depo shot.  He came inside me.  Was I protected against pregnancy during this time?

ANSWER: Yes, you were protected when you had unprotected sex.  It takes 7 days for a new method of protection to become fully effective so by the time you had unprotected sex you were protected and your chances of pregnancy are very, very low (remember, no method other than abstinence is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy).

Question from March 23, 3018

I’m 17 going on 18 years old.  My boyfriend and I had sex on February 27th and he accidentally came in me.  I’m on the depo shot and got it January 5th.  I’m starting to feel a lil sick and I’ve had headaches here and there.  I also noticed I’ve been eating a lot, and my stomach seems a bit bigger than usual.  Today’s March 23rd.  Should I be worried I’m pregnant.  We’re both a little scared, and I’, only a Jr in high school.

ANSWER:  When you had sex on February 27th your depo was providing you with protection against pregnancy.  Although no method of birth control is 100% effective (other than abstinence) at preventing pregnancy, the chances of you being pregnant are very, very low. The symptoms you are experiencing, nausea, occasional headaches, increased appetite, and weight gain may just be side effects of the depo shot and something you can talk to your healthcare provider about before you get your next shot.  If you still have concerns that you may be pregnant it has been long enough since you have unprotected sex that you can go ahead and take a pregnancy test.  The pregnancy test will be accurate and will let you know if you are pregnant or not.

Questions from March 22, 2018

I had my Jadelle inserted then after 2 days I went for my period. It lasted for about 7 days, on the 13th day I had unprotected sex.  Is there any chance that I might get pregnant?

ANSWER:  Any new method of birth control takes 7 days to become fully effective at preventing pregnancy.  Since you waited more than 7 days before having unprotected sex you were protected and your chances of getting pregnant are very, very, very low (with Jadelle is it greater than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy).

I have unprotected sex with my boyfriend 17 days after my first depo shot.  Feb 26th was my last day of menstruation and I got my shot that day.  I have unprotected sex March 15, is there a chance I could be pregnant?

ANSWER: Any new method of birth control takes 7 days to become fully effective at preventing pregnancy.  Since you waited more than 7 days before having unprotected sex you were protected and your chances of getting pregnancy are very, very low.  (Even on depo there is still a very, very small chance you could become pregnant since no method of birth control- other than abstinence- is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy.)

I was due for my 3 months depo shot.  I came off it and had sex two weeks after my due date for the depo shot.  Could I get pregnant that easily?

ANSWER: Yes.  If you had unprotected sex past the due date for your depo shot then there is a chance you could get pregnant.  Depo is only effective for 3 months at a time, and since you were past the 3 month mark it is possible you could become pregnant after having unprotected sex.

Is it normal to not have period on the first month of depo shot?  I was delayed for 3 days its supposed to come on March 20th.  I got the depo shot Feb 26th and have unprotected sex last March 15th.  I was worried about my delayed period.  What should I do?

ANSWER: Many women report that they quit having regular periods with the depo shot.  Not having a period while on depo is completely normal.  By the time you had unprotected sex on March 15h, your depo was fully effective at preventing pregnancy.  Unless you begin showing signs or symptoms of pregnancy you do not need to worry.  If you have further questions or concerns, please let me know.

Questions from March 20, 2018

I got the depo shot on March 5, 2018.  The doctor told it’d be 2 weeks until it became effective.  On March 11, 2018 I had sex with condoms.  We checked the condoms and there were no tears or anything.  Regardless we got a Plan B just to be on the safe side.  I’ve taken Plan B a couple times and usually get my period around 1 week later.  I’m just confused as to if I’m gonna get it due to being on the depo shot?  The doctor told not to expect it due to the depo stopping ovulation.  So my questions are, is there any chance that I could become pregnant and should I expect my period or not?

ANSWER:  The chances of you becoming pregnant are very, very low (remember no method of birth control other than abstinence is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy).  And every depo user is different.  Many women report that being on depo stops their periods, but for other women they may experience some spotting or irregular bleeding.  There is no way to know how depo is going to affect your periods, other than to just wait and see.  If you do not get your period it is likely a side effect of the depo and nothing to worry about.  Some users may still spot lightly, and an even smaller number of users may still get their periods while on depo.  If you have any further questions or need additional clarification, let us know!

I had unprotected sex 1 time while I was on my period on March 10th.  Then we got condoms and had sex again that same night.  I have been having discharge and got scared.  On March 20th I took a pregnancy test and it came out negative.  What are the chances of me being pregnant?

ANSWER:  All it takes is having unprotected sex one time for you to get pregnant.  Wait until it has been 2 weeks since March 10th (so March 24th or after) and take another pregnancy test.  It takes 2 weeks for a pregnancy test to give an accurate result so when you tested on March 20th it had not been long enough.  Also, discharge is not necessarily a sign of pregnancy, it could be a sign of an infection.  If you continue experiencing discharge and it is accompanied with stomach pain, odor, or it has a color to it, you will want to find a clinic and get tested for STDs as well.  Also, condoms must be worn from the start of an sexual activity to the very end for them to be as effective as possible at preventing pregnancy and the spread of any infections.  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Question from March 19, 2018

I had unprotected sex a week before my next depo shot is due, can I still get pregnant?

ANSWER: Remember, no method of birth control is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy (other than abstinence).  As long as you continue to get your depo injections on time every 3 months then you will have continuous protection against pregnancy and your chances of becoming pregnant are very, very low.

Questions from March 18, 2018

Hello, I had unprotected sex one day before my second depo injection was due, I’m nervous now because my stomach has bloated like crazy and I get headaches etc.  Is there a possibility I could be pregnant?

ANSWER: Remember, no method of birth control is 100% effective at protecting against pregnancy (other than abstinence).  As long as you got your depo injection on time then you had continuous protection against pregnancy and your chances of being pregnant are very, very low.  If you still have concerns that you may be pregnant, wait until it has been two week since the date you had unprotected sex (the day before your 2nd depo injection was due) and take a pregnancy test to confirm whether or not you may be pregnant.

It’s been almost 5 months since I got Nexplanon taken out and still no periods.  Iwas only on it for 4 months and didn’t bleed that whole time.  I’m really nervous, what should I do?

ANSWER: If you have had unprotected sex since getting it removed you should take a pregnancy test to find out whether or not you may be pregnant.  If you have not been having sex, I would suggest you go see your primary care doctor or OBGYN (if you have one) to discuss what else could be causing you to not have a monthly/regular period.  It is common for women to quit having periods while on Nexplanon, but since your period has not returned in the 5 months since you got your Nexplanon removed you may want to speak with your doctor about your concerns.

Questions from March 16, 2018

My boyfriend and I had sex on Tuesday March 13th, he came inside of me, but shot was due on the yesterday of March 15th.  I didn’t go yesterday or today.  I have to go Monday, can there be a possibility I’m pregnant?

ANSWER:  Reminder, any time you have sex there is always a chance or possibility you can become pregnant because no method of protection is 100% effective (aside from abstinence).  With that being said, your chances of becoming pregnant are very low since you had unprotected sex before you were due for your next depo shot.  With reinjection for depo there is a “2 week window” when you want to get your next shot.  So as long as you are still within that 2 week window then your previous depo shot is still effective and providing you with protection until you get your new one.  When you go in today for your next shot, talk with the nurse, health counselor/educator, or doctor (who ever you see and speak with while you are there) and they should be able to give you a little more information on the 2 week window and how continuous protection works with the depo method.  You can always e-mail me back with any additional questions that you have as well.

Ok I got my depo shot Jan 2nd.  Me and my boyfriend had sex January 27th, could I be pregnant?

ANSWER: Your chances of becoming pregnant are very low since you waited more than 7 days after you got your depo shot to have unprotected sex.  By January 27th your depo was fully effective at preventing you from becoming pregnant.  (Remember, no method of birth control, other than abstinence, is 100% effective at protecting against pregnancy)

Question from March 15, 2018

I got the depo shot for the first time on a Thursday and had unprotected sex the following Wednesday, which means I had unprotected sex on the 7th day after getting my first depo shot.  Is there a chance I could be pregnant?  And if so, should I get the after pill?  Will the after pill interfere with the depo shot from working effectively?

ANSWER: It takes any new method of birth control 7 days to become fully effective.  Since you waited until the 7th day to have unprotected sex then your chances of being pregnant are low.  Emergency Contraceptive pills (like Plan B, also known as the morning after pill) are most effective when taken immediately after unprotected sex (effectiveness of the Plan B pill decreases after 72 hours but can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex).  You do not need to take a Plan B since you waited 7 days before having sex.  Also, Plan B will not interfere with the effectiveness of the depo shot, it would just be unnecessary to take in your situation.

Questions from March 14, 2018

I have a question, so I got the birth control implant on the end of January and I had sexual activity the same week and then I had my period for about 4 days but then it went away, I noticed my stomach bigger now could I be pregnant?

ANSWER: If you did not wait 7 days after you got the implant inserted before having unprotected sex then you are at risk of being pregnant.  It has been long enough that a pregnancy test will give you an accurate result.  It is important to go ahead and take a pregnancy test, because it it is positive it will be important to get your implant removed as quickly as possible.

If I’m 6 days late for my depo shot (12 weeks 6 days) am I still protected?

ANSWER: Your chances of pregnancy at 6 days late are low (but it is possible) but with every passing day that you do not get your next depo shot your risk of becoming pregnant increases.

The day I got my first depo shot (Feb 24).  I was on my last day of my period (Feb 20-24).  I only waited 11 days to have sexual intercourse (March 8).  Do you think my depo was effective? I’ going to get my period this month or is the depo going to effect it?

ANSWER: Your depo was fully effective after the first 7 days, so since you waited 11 days to have sex you were protected.  For many women (but not all) depo can cause irregular bleeding, spotting, or stop your monthly period.  Some women will only spot when they are due for your their next shot.  There is no way to know for sure how the depo will affect your periods other than to wait and see what happens.  You do not need to be alarmed if you miss your period (unless you begin experiencing other signs or symptoms of pregnancy).  If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Questions from March 13, 2018

So I’m a virgin, and I’m not on the pill.  I tried to have sex with a guy this past weekend but it was too painful.  He didn’t have a condom on either.  I took a Plan B the next morning just in case but I am so worried that I could’ve gotten pregnant.  I need help!

ANSWER: It sounds like you have done all you can to try and prevent yourself from becoming pregnant.  If you have concerns that you still may become pregnant, wait until it has been 2 weeks (14 days) since the date you had unprotected sex and take a pregnancy test.  It only takes on time and one encounter with any amount of sperm (pre-ejaculation included) for you to become pregnant.  And remember, no method of birth control (other than abstinence) is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy.  If you do not wish to become pregnant and you choose to have sex again there are many ways you can be better prepared and safer in the future.  The first thing you can do is go ahead and start on a reliable method birth control now.  If you are not local to the Athens area (meaning you cannot come to Teen Matters or the health department) you may want to start by talking to your primary care doctor or finding a local health department or clinic who offers birth control.  If you are in Athens or a surrounding county, please look up your nearest Teen Matters or health department, and go in to speak with a health counselor/educator or nurse to discuss your birth control options.  Also, condoms are very important as well.  Not only can condoms reduce your risk of getting pregnant but they are also the only way to reduce the spread of any STIs/STDs.  It may have been your first time, but you do not know if it was your partners first time and if he has been tested before.  If you have any further questions, please let us know!

I had a period and after my period ended I spotted heavy bleeding after 8 days, in between that time though I had a morning after pill due to a condom splitting but the bleeding hasn’t stopped after 3 weeks, I’m really scared and i don’t know what’s wrong.

ANSWER: Irregular bleeding can be a side effect of the Plan B pill.  If the bleeding is heavy and you are concerned and scared go ahead and call your regular doctor or go to a local urgent care facility to discuss your concerns with a doctor.

Question from March 12, 2018

MY depo shot was due on March 7th 2018, I had unprotected sex March 10th-11th, could I become pregnant in that little time frame, because my shot was due on the 7th?

ANSWER:  If March 7th was the final day in your two week window to get your next depo shot, then yes it is possible to get pregnant in that little time frame.  I would call the healthcare office or clinic you go to for your depo shot and confirm with them.  You can also go to your nearest clinic or pharmacy and get a Plan B Emergency Contraceptive pill to take to decrease your chances of becoming pregnant.

Questions from March 11, 2018

Hello, I get my shot again March 20 – April 3.  Is it still safe to have sex before march 20th or is the shot worn off?

ANSWER: You will still be protected by your past depo shot until April 3rd.  April 3rd is the final day that your current shot will be providing you with birth control protection.  The two week window you are given is just a window of time when you are able to go ahead and get your next shot so that you will have continuous protection.

I received my last depo shot on time December 12th I then got Nexplanon inserted on March 5th.  On March 11th I had unprotected sex, am I protected?

ANSWER: Yes, you were still protected by your last depo shot when you had sex on March 11th, and then your Nexplanon became effective as of March 12th so you did not have a lapse in birth control protection.

Do I need to do my house chores like washing clothes after contraceptive implant?

ANSWER:  There is no medical reason as to why you cannot continue doing your chores after getting the implant inserted.

Questions from March 7, 2018

I went to the doctor March 1st and my last period was Jan 22nd 2018, meaning I was 7 days late and the pregnancy test was negative but its the 12 days of my missed period and I still haven’t had one.

ANSWER: If you were already 7 days late for your period when you took the pregnancy test at your doctors office then the results were likely accurate (meaning it was an accurate negative result).  Pregnancy tests give accurate results once it has been 14 days since the date you last had unprotected sex.  So you can go ahead and repeat a pregnancy test now and the results should be accurate.  Your late/missed period may not be the result of being pregnant but could be caused by other reasons.  If you already have a doctor you are seeing I would advise you follow up with them to discuss other reasons that may be the explanation for your late/missed period.

My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex on the 9th of February multiple times.  I have a 28 day cycle and came on my period on the 24th which was like normal, I guess it was slightly heavy for 3 days but then just went light pink but this time I stayed on for like five or six days never went over 3 days usually but once again my period was slightly normal I guess.  I took hpt three times before my missed period all said negative but today was of March 4th I keep feeling like I have to throw up but nothing comes n I have diarrhea with headache.  Could I possibly be pregnant or is it in my mind? Can some pls help me.

ANSWER: A period that is heavier than normal is not a sign of pregnancy.  If you have had a period since you had unprotected sex and if when you took the home pregnancy tests it was at least 2 weeks from the date that you had unprotected sex then the results of those pregnancy tests were accurate.  If you wish to repeat a pregnancy test at this time you can, but the symptoms you are experiencing may also be a stomach bug, food poisoning, or other viral infection.  If you have a primary care doctor you may want to follow up with them about the symptoms you are experiencing.  Also, you may want to find a local clinic where you can go and discuss starting on an effective method of birth control to reduce your chances of becoming pregnant.

Hello, I was due for the depo injection on the 30th January, I never went for it done and I’ve had unprotected sex 2-3 times since, I did two pregnancy test around the 20th-24th February and they came back negative, I was at the hospital on the 16th and they did a pregnancy test through my bloods which also came back negative.  I’ve also not come on my period yet which I don’t know if I will or not.  Is there still a chance of pregnancy?

ANSWER: If it has been less than 2 weeks since the last time you had unprotected sex then it is still possible that you may get pregnant.  It takes 2 weeks for a pregnancy test to give accurate results.  For many women when coming off of the depo injection it can take some time for their cycles to return to normal, meaning there is no way to know when you will begin having your period again.  If you are trying to get pregnant make sure to discuss this with a medical professional before you begin trying.  If you do not wish to become pregnant, make sure you are using condoms or another effective method of birth control every time you have sex.  Just because you are not having a period does not mean you are not ovulating.  You are still at risk for becoming pregnant even if your period has not returned.

Hello, so recently I got the Nexplanon taken out of my warm, waited 3 days and had unprotected sex with my partner knowing I should have started my birth control.  Well I didn’t, I took it the next day after we had unprotected sex.  And been taking my birth control pills since that day.  5 days later I started to get abdominal pain and peeing frequently and a week later I feel very light headed dizzy when I stand up and a lot of nausea today like I’m about to throw up when standing too long or eating.  Can I be pregnant?  Or is it just possibly the birth control?

ANSWER: Yes, there is a chance you may be pregnant.  As soon as you got your Nexplanon removed you were no longer protected and you had unprotected sex before starting a new method of birth control so it is possible.  If it has been 2 weeks since the date you had unprotected sex go ahead and take a pregnancy test to find out if are pregnant or not.  If it has not been two weeks, wait until it has been and then take a pregnancy test.

Questions from March 5, 2018

Hi, I had unprotected sex on December 31, 2017 & I got my depo shot February 2nd, 2018.  Is there a possibility I may be pregnant?  I’m suffering from weight gain & bloating.

ANSWER: Anytime you have unprotected sex there is a chance you may become pregnant.  If you did not take a pregnancy test before starting depo on Feb. 2nd then yes you could be pregnant.  The weight gain and bloating is also a common side effect of depo and does not necessarily mean you are pregnant.  The only way to know if you are pregnant or not is to take a pregnancy test.  It has been long enough since you had unprotected sex that a pregnancy test will give you an accurate result.

My depo was due Feb 22, 2018 and I didn’t go get the shot but I’ve had unprotected sex since Feb 22nd.  So is there a chance I could be pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes, there is a chance you may become pregnant from having unprotected sex.  If you do not wish to become pregnant you should make sure to go back to your clinic or healthcare provider as soon as possible to get restarted on depo.

Questions from March 1, 2018

If my partner ejaculated in me twice in less than a week, am I still protected by the shot?  It’s going to be a month in a couple of days since I got the shot.

ANSWER: Yes, you are protected.  Your depo shot provides you with 3 months of protection and as long as you continue to get each shot on time every 3 months you will have continuous protection and your chances of getting pregnant will be very, very low (remember only abstinence is considered 100% effective at preventing pregnancy).

Question from February 28, 2018

Hello, I got my depo shot February 5, 2018 which was the last day of my period.  On February 9th, 10th, and 11th I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend more than 1 time on all of those dates.  On Sunday, February 24th I started feeling nauseous out of the blue.  The only thing I notcied different is the feeling of not being full after I eat.  I also had a dream that I tested positive.  Is there a chance I could be pregnant?  Has it been long enough to where I can take an at home pregnant test?

ANSWER: Yes, there is a chance you could be pregnant.  When starting a new method of birth control (including depo) it is important to wait 7 days for the method to become effective before having unprotected sex.  The dates you gave me indicate that you had sex on days 4-6 after receiving your first depo shot, which means there is a chance that you are pregnant.  Since it has now been more than 2 weeks since the dates listed you can go ahead and take a pregnancy test now.  If it is negative but you still have concerns you may pregnant, wait until the day you would expect your period to begin and retest on that day.

Questions from February 26, 2018

I just had a baby on August 6th and got the Depo-Provera shot on October 27th.  I had unprotected sex a couple days after I did.  I got my first period around December.  It was a heavy flow.  I had my period for almost two weeks, and I also had some spotting a week after that.  Would there be any chance of being pregnant?  I’ve gained so much weight and feel really bloated.  I’m not sure if it may just be side effects the shot causes.

ANSWER:  When starting a new method it is advised to wait 7 days before having unprotected sex because it can take a full 7 days for a new method to become effective at preventing pregnancy.  Since you did not wait 7 days before having unprotected sex then I would say there could be a chance you became pregnant.  But, if you did have a period in December, and you report it to be a “heavy” period it is likely the weight gain and bloating is a result of the depo shot and not pregnancy.  The only way to truly know whether or not you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.  I would suggest taking a pregnancy test as soon as possible so you will know whether or not the weight gain and bloating is a side effect of the depo or if you are pregnant.  If you are not pregnant and are okay with the side effects you are experiencing make sure you continue with the depo shot and that you are getting it on time every 3 months.  If you are not okay with the weight gain and bloating and want additional information on birth control options that may be available to you, you may want to check out the website Bedsider.  They provide medically accurate information on all birth control methods as well as videos of actual patients discussing the method that they choose and why it worked for them.

I had sex a day before my implant had to be taken out but my implant hadn’t run out yet.  But they have put a new one in right after they took it out, could I still get pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes, as soon as your first implant was taken out it was no longer providing you with protection against pregnancy and it takes a new one 7 days to become effective.  So having sex within 24 hours of getting your first implant removed and a new one inserted there would leave a small window of time during which you may have become pregnant.  Once it has been two weeks since the date you got your implants changed out you can take a pregnancy test and find out if you are pregnant or not.

So, I had the Nexplanon implant put in back in October of 2017.  It is now almost March of 2018 and I’m still bleeding everyday/having the brownish black discharge (old blood).  I finally went to my gynecologist last Wednesday (February 21st) and he prescribed me 10 days of estrogen pills.  Today is day six (February 26th) and I’m still having the bleeding and discharge but not as bad as before.  Will it all stop after the 10 days of taking the pills or should it have stopped by now?  Is this normal? Why did he prescribe this and should I expect to be prescribed it again?

ANSWER: Unfortunately, breakthrough bleeding and irregular bleeding is the most common side effect with Nexplanon.  It is common for a doctor or medical professional to prescribe birth control pills (like estrogen pills) to try and reduce and regulate the irregular bleeding.  Doctor’s offices and medical professionals may have different preferences or policies for the amount of birth control pills they will prescribe to try and manage the bleeding.  If the bleeding has not stopped and/or returns after the 10 days of pills your doctor prescribed to you, you can return to your doctor and discuss other options for managing the bleeding you are experiencing.  Since it has not been more than 6 months yet since you got your Nexplanon, I would suggest you continue to try your best to patient with the bleeding and continue to talk with your doctor and discuss other options you may be able to try to reduce the bleeding you are experiencing.

Questions from February 24, 2018

I’m nearly 4 weeks late for my second depo injection, could I be at risk for pregnancy even though I’m having spotting of blood.

ANSWER: Yes you are definitely at risk for becoming pregnant if you are 4 weeks late for your next depo shot.  Spotting and bleeding does not chance the fact that you are not on birth control at this time and if you have unprotected sex you are risk of becoming pregnant.

Hi I got my Nexplanon removed on February 9, 2018 and I had my period 11-18 and I had unprotected sex February 23rd and 24th.  What are my possibilities of pregnancy?

ANSWER: I cannot speak to your individual possibility of becoming pregnant but I can say that fertility is known to return immediately upon removal of Nexplanon.  So any unprotected sex you have had since getting your Nexplanon removed could result in pregnancy.  If you do not desire pregnancy at this time I would suggest getting a Plan B emergency contraceptive pill as soon as possible and also consider a new method of birth control.  I would also advise taking a pregnancy test in 2 weeks to confirm whether or not you are pregnant.

Question from February 23, 2018

I’ve only been on the pill about 2 months maybe 3 I went on vacation and left my pill pack at home, during the two week I had unprotected sex a few times.  When I got home I realized I didn’t have any break through bleeding or anything.  A few days later I had this pink spotting that only showed when I wiped, it only lasted a day and a half.  I’m on cycle day 42 of a 28 day cycle.  My period hasn’t shown at all.  What’s the possibility of me being pregnant?

ANSWER: I would suggest taking a pregnancy test as soon as possible.  If you had unprotected sex during a two week period when you were not on birth control pills then you were not protected from pregnancy when you had sex.  Any time you miss a pill , or multiple days of pills in a row, you are no longer protected and are at risk of pregnancy if you have unprotected sex without using a back up method of protection.

Questions from February 22, 2018

I got my depo shot somewhere in January and my next shot is going to be on April 21st.  My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex for the first time on February 8th.  What is my chance of being pregnant right now?  The past week and this week my bladder area been hurting and I keep having to pee frequently sometimes so much that I almost not make it in time… I have seen a couple drops of blood in my panties.

ANSWER: No method of birth control is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy (other than abstinence).  As long as you waited 7 days after you started your depo shot before you had unprotected sex then your chances of being pregnant are very low.  Bleeding patterns often change for women who are on depo, so abnormal bleeding or spotting or no bleeding would not be uncommon for you to be experiencing.  If you are concerned that you may be pregnant go ahead and take a pregnant test.  It has now been two weeks since you had unprotected sex on February 8th so a pregnancy test will give you an accurate result.

Hi! I’ve had the depo shot once. I just got my second shot yesterday (on time) and my boyfriend and I had unprotected sex today.  Am I at risk for pregnancy since it’s my second shot and I wasn’t late getting it?

ANSWER: Remember that no method of birth control is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy (other than abstinence) so there is always a chance.  But as long as you are on time for your depo shots then you are provided with continuous coverage and your chances of becoming pregnant from unprotected sex are very, very low.

Question from February 21, 2018

I had my baby Dec 28, 2017 and at my 6 week check up (which was on February 7, 2018) I decided to take the depo shot for birth control.  I waited until February 20th to have unprotected sex.  Am I in the clear of being pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes, since you waited at least 7 days before you had sex your depo is fully effective and is protecting you from pregnancy.  Remember, no method is 100% effective (except for abstinence), but your chances of getting pregnant while on depo are very, very low.

Questions from February 20, 2018

Hi. The last day to get my depo shot was February 20.  I got it that day and also had unprotected sex that same day.  Is there a chance I could get pregnant? February 20th is also the third time I got the shot.

ANSWER: Let me start by stating that no method of birth control is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy (other than abstinence).  But since you are on an effective method of birth control and you got your shot on time the chances of becoming pregnant decreases greatly.  As long as you get your shot by the final day in your “two week window” then you are protected and your chances of getting pregnant are very, very low.

Hello. My question is I was supposed to come on my period January 31st.  By February 5th I still hadn’t come on, I took a pregnancy test and it was negative.  I received my first depo injection on Feb. 5th and have been having frequent unprotected sex.  Could I still be pregnant even if I got the shot when I missed my period?

ANSWER:  If you had unprotected sex between January 31st and February 5th, before you got your depo shot then yes you could still become pregnant.  Also, when starting a new method of birth control (like depo) it is important to use a back up method of protection for the first 7 days because it takes 7 days for a new method to become effective.  So if you were having unprotected sex between February 5th and February 12th then yes there is a chance you may be pregnant.  If you did have unprotected sex during that time and want to take a pregnancy test to confirm whether or not you are pregnant, then if you wait one more week a pregnancy test will give you an accurate result by February 27th.

Questions from February 11, 2018

In January I was suppose to get my depo shot on the 5th but it had to be rescheduled to the 12th, so about 6-7 days later due to snow, on February 10th I had unprotected sex.  Is there a change of me being pregnant even after I still go the shot.

ANSWER: There is always a chance you can get pregnant if you are having sex because no method of birth control is 100% effective other than abstinence.  But by the time you had unprotected sex on February 10th your depo shot from January 12th was effective and was providing you with protection from pregnancy.  So the chances of being pregnant are very, very low even though you got your depo shot late in January it was more than 7 days after you got your shot that you had unprotected sex.  If you are ever late again for a shot, just make sure to use a back up method (like abstinence or condoms) for the 7 days until your depo is effective and providing you with protection again.

I had sex with my partner today but as he pulled out after he released, he realized the condom broke.  I’m about to go to the doctor tomorrow after inquiring tonight via text for emergency contraception, I was told to have dmpa (depo) injectable.  Will that actually help me not get preggo and it is my first contraceptive, only used condom when we had sex.  My last period was January of this year.

ANSWER: We do not use the depo shot (dmpa injectable- names vary depending on country) as emergency contraception.  The options available for emergency contraception are (in order of most effective to least effective) the Paragard IUD, Ella, and Plan B One-Step (or a generic).  The brand names for Ella or Plan B may vary depending on what country you live in (Ella is not available in all countries).  The sooner you get access to emergency contraception the more effective it will be at preventing pregnancy.  The depo (or dmpa injectable) shot is a good option as a regular birth control method but will not protect you after you have had unprotected sex.

Questions from February 10, 2018

I’ve been on the shot for over a year and always get my shot the first day of the 2 week period.  If I get my shot a few days after the first day of the 2 week period will it change my chances of getting pregnant.

ANSWER: No, it will not change your chances of getting pregnant.  You are still fully protected from your previous depo injection until the end of that two week window.  If you have not gotten your next shot by the end of the two week window, then your chances of getting pregnant will increase.  As long as you continue to get your depo shot within that two week window every 3 months then your chances of becoming pregnant are very, very low (remember only abstinence is 100% effective).

I’ve been on the Shot for over a year and always get my shot on time.  I’m getting my next shot on the 13th if I have unprotected sex soon after is there a chance I can get pregnant?

ANSWER:  As long as when you get your shot on the 13th you are getting it on time for the shot and not late, then you will have continuous protection from pregnancy and your chances of becoming pregnant are very, very low.  Remember, only abstinence is 100% effective so there is always a chance you could become pregnant but getting your depo shot on time every 3 months greatly reduces that chance of becoming pregnant.

Hi I got my depo shot on November 16 2917 and was due Feb 1st.  I know I have a 2 week window, Feb 1st until Feb 15th, am I still protected during that two week time frame if I had unprotected sex?

ANSWER: Yes, you are still protected during that 2 week window.  The 2 week window is the suggested reinjection window for depo users, so as long as you get your next depo shot by the final day of that two week window you will have continuous protection.

Question from February 9, 2018

Hello. I’m on the depo shot and I’ve been on it for 2 weeks.  Me and my boyfriend has unprotected and he ejaculated.  Is the shot effective to cover that? Or should I get a Plan B to be on the safe side?

ANSWER: If you had already been 7 days or more since you got your depo shot when you and your boyfriend had unprotected sex then yes you are protected.  It takes 7 days for a new method of birth control to become effective, but once it has been 7 days then your chances of getting pregnant are very, very low (because only abstinence is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy).  The depo shot will protect you against pregnancy but will not protect you from STIs, so make sure you also talk with your partner about STIs and getting tested to make sure neither one of you has an STI.

Questions from February 8, 2018

Hello, had my Nexplanon removed Tuesday.  Had sex Monday morning, placed patch Wednesday morning.  Could there be a chance of pregnancy?

ANSWER: Yes, there is a chance of pregnancy.  I would suggest getting a Plan B Emergency Contraceptive pill to decrease your chances of getting pregnant.  As soon as you removed your Nexplanon you were no longer protected against pregnancy, and it takes 7 days for any new method of birth control (i.e. your patch) to become effective.  The sooner you take the Plan B the more effective it will be at preventing pregnancy, so if possible it would be best to get a Plan B today, or tomorrow at the absolute latest.

Hi, I just got my Depo shot today February 8th and I was told to wait 7 days before having sex again with my partner… my question is would the shot still be effective if I have unprotected sex?

ANSWER: It takes 7 days for a new method of birth control to become effective so if you have unprotected sex in the next 7 days you are not protected and may become pregnant.  If you choose to have sex before the 7 days is up then use condoms for protection.

I’m 18 years old, I’m on my second depo shot & I got it on November 5th & I forgot my date, so I think it was January 25th, I’m switching birth control so I never got my next shot… me & my boyfriend have had unprotected sex yesterday, I took a Plan B today, but we did have sex on February 1st & 2nd, unprotected so the Plan B does not cover that only yesterday.  Is there a chance that I am pregnant?  I haven’t had a regular period in a long time nothing is happening, I have the flu, but that’s been floating around.

ANSWER: There is not a definite answer as to whether or not you are at risk for becoming pregnant for the unprotected sex you had on February 1st and 2nd.  What I can tell you is that any time you have sex there is a chance you may become pregnant, that chance varies depending on what method(s) of protection you are using to prevent pregnancy.  Here at Teen Matters the depo shot we give provides up to 14 weeks of protection against pregnancy, so if you get your depo shot through us, then you were still protected on February 1st and 2nd and your chances of getting pregnant are very low.  But if you do not come to Teen Matters for your depo shot, I would suggest calling the clinic where you receive your shot and ask them when your depo shot stopped providing you with protection against pregnancy and they can give you a specific date (some forms of the depo shot only provide 12 weeks of protection).  That date will help you determine whether or not you were protected or not when you had sex at the beginning of February.  If you do plan on switching methods, and you are not pregnant, you should start a new method as soon as possible to decrease your chances of becoming pregnant.

Question from February 7, 2018

I’m waiting to get my second depo shot and my appointment to get my second shot isn’ttill next week, is it possible to get pregnant?

ANSWER: As long as you are getting your next shot on time (before your previous shot is no longer effective) then you are protected.  If you are getting your shot late, then you are not protected and it is possible to get pregnant.  If you are not sure if you are getting your shot on time or late, it would be best to contact the clinic where you get your shot and ask them if you are still protected or if you need to be using a back up method of protection right now to prevent pregnancy.

Question from February 6, 2018

I had to take my depo shot January 25th but I missed it but on January 30th I had sex and ejaculated in me three times that night and now I’m feeling weird and I have light spots and brown discharge and cramps in my back and stomach, can I possibly be pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes, if you did not get your depo shot prior to having unprotected sex on January 30th, then there is a chance you may be pregnant.  It is generally too early to be having symptoms of pregnancy after just one week but wait until it has been two weeks (February 14th) and take a pregnancy test to find out if you are pregnant or not.  If you do not wish to become pregnant, you should be using a back up method of protection (like abstinence or condoms) until you can restart your depo shot or start a new method of birth control.

Questions from February 5, 2018

Hi, I have had unprotected sex 2 days before my shot and my shot is due today but I have to reschedule because I have no ride.  Will I become pregnant?

ANSWER: The chances of you becoming pregnant from having unprotected sex before your next depo shot is due are pretty low.  Since you will be rescheduling your shot, make sure to use a back up method of protection (like abstinence or condoms) for any sex you may have between today and when you are able to get your next depo shot.  When you get your next depo shot, also ask if you need to continue using a back up method (like abstinence or condoms) for the first week until your depo becomes effective.

Hi I just had a baby and got a depo shot the week after, two weeks after I had unprotected sex, its been 4 months and I switched to Implanon a month before my shot was due again though.  The thing is I’m getting extremely depressed like I was during pregnancy.  Could I be pregnant again? (I didn’t find out about my son until I was 4 months pregnant) or is the new implant rishing my already bad depression?

ANSWER: Unfortunately, any hormonal birth control method can increase the chances of depression or anxiety, especially in users who already have a history or depression or anxiety.  The increase in depression may be caused by the birth control, but you may also be experiencing postpartum depression symptoms as well.  I would suggest returning to your doctor’s office immediately, if possible, to discuss how you are feeling with your doctor.  The chances of you being pregnant again are very, very low since you have consistently been on birth control since a week after you gave birth.  If you still have concerns you may pregnant, take a test to confirm whether or not you are, but still immediately follow up with your doctor.  Depression is not something you need to “tough out” and your doctor will be able to help you address your depression and discuss your options with you.

Hello, yes I have a question, So I had sex on January 29th, 2018 with my boyfriend. We had unprotected sex, there could be a chance that I could be pregnant.  When is it safe for me to take a pregnancy test?

ANSWER: Any time you have unprotected sex you are putting yourself at risk for becoming pregnant.  It only takes one time for you to get pregnant.  If you had unprotected sex on January 29th, the earliest you can take a pregnancy test and get an accurate result will be February 12th.

Question from February 4, 2018

I got my depo shot on February 2nd which is 5 days after my period and I had unprotected sex the very next day on February 3rd.  Is there a chance I can become pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes, you may become pregnant.  If the depo shot you received on February 2nd was your first depo shot it is advised to use a back up method of protection (like condoms or abstinence) for 7 days before you begin to have unprotected sex.  It takes a new method of birth control one week (7 days) become effective, so if you have unprotected sex during those first 7 days you are not protected and are at risk for becoming pregnant.  Today is the 5th day since February 3rd so it is also the last day you could take a Plan B pill and have it be effective, if you want to reduce your risk of becoming pregnant.  If you have access to your local health department or Teen Matters I would suggest going in for a Plan B or go to a pharmacy and purchase a Plan B today.  You will also want to take a pregnancy test once it was been two weeks (so February 17th) to find out if you are pregnant or not.

My depo shot expired 30th January but had unprotected sex on that day, am I still protected against pregnancy?

ANSWER: The chances of you becoming pregnant from having sex the last day your depo was providing you with protection are low but possible.  To find out whether or not you are pregnant, wait until it has been 2 weeks and take a pregnancy test.  Also, if you have had any unprotected sex since January 30th (if you never went back to your clinic for your depo shot) then you continue to be at risk for becoming pregnant.

I started using birth control, I was told my birth control would not be affective and I am supposed to wait 7 days, on the forth day of taking birth control pills I had unprotected sex and took a Plan B.  I wanted to know if this affected my birth control pills in any way or will my bc pills be affective in the next 3 days, I have been taking them every day on time.

ANSWER: No, a Plan B will not have a negative effect on your birth control pills.  Taking a Plan was the right choice and will not decrease the effectiveness of your birth control pills in any way.

Question from February 3, 2018

Hi, I started the depo shot on October 26th, 2017.  I couldn’t fully remember my exact date of the shot but I knew that it was in January 8th or 15th.  After January hit I forgot about my appointment.  I’ve had unprotected sex even after January 15th.  Still have unprotected sex and he ejaculates in me.  After my missed shot I did experience a normal period.  After it was over maybe a day after it stopped around maybe the 20th of January.  I bled for 4 days.  But ever since then I have been tired and still had sex every other day.  What should I do or expect out of this?

ANSWER: Since you never went in and got your depo shot when it was due in January then you are no longer protected from pregnancy.  Every time you have had unprotected sex (since the date your last depo shot was due) you are at risk of becoming pregnant.  If you do not want to become pregnant you should restart your depo shot or start another method of birth control immediately.  You should also take a pregnancy test to find out whether or not you are pregnant.

Questions from February 2, 2018

I took my first depo shot November 18th, my 2 week frame for my second shot starts in 2 days.  Me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex 2 weeks ago, am I still protected or do I still have to get the second shot to not be pregnant?

ANSWER: You are protected by your first depo shot through the end of your two week window for your next shot.  So when you had unprotected sex 2 weeks ago with your boyfriend you were still protected by your first depo shot.  If you continue to have unprotected sex with your boyfriend and do not get your next depo shot in your two week window you will no longer be protected and are at risk for becoming pregnant.  If you do not wish to get pregnant you should follow up and get your next depo shot, or if you are not happy with the depo shot, you should still go in and discuss the other birth control methods available to you.

I’m 17 years old and just got my first depo shot on January 5th.  I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend and he came in me a few days ago on January 31st.  I have anxiety really bad because I’ve only had one shot, am I protected?  I see some people online saying that it takes a month to be protected and some say 7 days.  Today is February 2nd and my stomach has been rumbling but I’m not hungry.  Should I be worried?

ANSWER: We advise all patients that it takes 7 days for a new method of birth control to become effective.  When you had unprotected sex on January 31st, your depo was fully effective and your chances of becoming pregnant are very, very low.  Remember, no method of birth control (other than abstinence) is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy, but as long as you continue to get your depo shot on time then you will have continuous protection from pregnancy and your chances of getting pregnant will remain very low.

Questions from January 31, 2018

Hi, I was about a month late taking my depo shot.  I was supposed to have it mid October but had it November 27th.  I took two pregnancy test before I took the shot, I am now having some bleeding very light, could I be pregnant?  I took a test today and it looked as if tehre was a very faint line.

ANSWER:  Light bleeding does not necessarily indicate pregnancy and can actually just be a side effect of depo.  If you took a pregnancy test and think you may have gotten a faint positive result, you should wait 24 hours and take another test to confirm whether or not you are pregnant.  If you are still unsure after a second test, you should go in to your health department, Teen Matters, or your primary care doctor for a pregnancy test and confirmation.

I had unprotected sex January 19th and I think he ejaculated in me but I think I had sex when I was infertile.  But I got my first depo shot on January 23rd.  Is it possible that I’m not pregnant?

ANSWER: When you had sex on January 19th you were not yet on birth control and there is no way to know without a medical diagnosis whether or not you are infertile so when you had unprotected sex that day you were putting yourself at risk for becoming pregnant.  The only way to know is to wait until it has been two weeks and take a pregnancy test to confirm whether or not you are pregnant.  (So if you wait until February 3rd and then take a pregnancy test and it will give you an accurate result.)

I had protected sex with a condom on January 21st & usually I’ll be spotting every end of the month when it’s time for my shot, now it’s the end of the month and I’m not spotting.  Does it means I’m pregnant or is it one of the side effects?

ANSWER: It is likely one of the side effects of the depo shot.  As long as you have been getting your depo shot on time every 3 months, then the chances of you becoming pregnant are very low.  If you are not experiencing any other possible symptoms of pregnancy (nausea or fatigue) then it is likely just a result of your depo shot and not a sign or symptom of pregnancy.  If you still have concerns that you may be pregnant you can go ahead and take a pregnancy test to get an accurate result.

I got my first depo shot on November 13th and I was due for my next one between January 29th and February 12th.  I got my second shot on January 29th but I had unprotected sex two days later, is it possible I could get pregnant?  Or am I covered by my shot?

ANSWER: As long as you continue to get each one of your depo shots on time every 3 months then you are provided with continuous protection from pregnancy and your chances of becoming pregnant are very, very low.  Remember, no method of birth control (other than abstinence) is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy but by getting your shots on time every 3 months you are greatly reducing your chance of getting pregnant.  If you

Questions from January 30, 2018

I got my depo shot sometime in Oct, I forgot what day I was suppose to be due for my next shot but I know it was supposed to be sometime in Jan.  It is getting to be February and I’m sure I’m late for my depo but I had unprotected sex and now for the last few days been having really light period like spotting with brown discharge going off and on.  Could I be pregnant?

ANSWER: If you are late for your depo and have been having unprotected sex, then yes there is a chance you could become pregnant.  Although it will take two weeks for a pregnancy test to give you an accurate result so you will need to wait two weeks to take a test.  The spotting and discharge you are having is likely the result of you not getting your depo shot on time and not necessarily an indication of pregnancy.  Many women will experience spotting, discharge, or breakthrough bleeding when they are due or over due for their depo shot.

I got my first depo shot 5 days ago (January 25th), I had unprotected sex on January 29th, can I take a Plan B pill? Would it effect my birth control in any way?

ANSWER: Yes you can take a Plan B pill as emergency contraception to ensure you do not get pregnant.  And no it will not effect your birth control; your depo will still be effective.

Question from January 25, 2018

I’ve had 2 depo shots and I have unprotected sex almost everyday and my boyfriend ejaculates in me.  One day I was sitting down, I cramped a little, nothing major but I could still feel it and I ran to the bathroom and checked my underwear and there was like a little line of pinkish brownish discharge with no smell.  I’ve been very gassy, very TIRED, and I am very sensitive to smell.  Very bloated as well.  Could I be pregnant?

ANSWER: Without knowing the dates you got your depo shot I cannot know whether or not there was any lapse in birth control protection during the time you have been on depo.  But remember, no method of birth control is 100% at preventing pregnancy so even though you use depo for birth control there is still a small chance you could become pregnant while on depo, especially if you are not using any other back up method of protection (like condoms).

Questions from January 23, 2018

I had my Nexplanon in my arm taken out and then immediately started my depo shot.  My OB says it was instantly effective but I’ve found contradicting statements.  I’ve been having unprotected sex, so am I pregnant?

ANSWER: We advise all patients to use a back up method of protection from 7 days when starting a new method of birth control.  If you had unprotected sex within the first 7 days of getting your Nexplanon removed and starting the depo shot then there is a chance you may have become pregnant during that 7 days.  I cannot say with any certainty whether or not you are pregnant though.  If it has been three weeks since you got your Nexplanon removed and started the depo shot I would advise you take a pregnancy test to find out if you are pregnant or not.

Hi, I had sex with my boyfriend and he ejaculated inside of me 4 days before my next depo shot.  I took my last injection on time.  I’m also having period symptoms.  What are the chances of me getting pregnant?  Does being close to getting my period increase the chances of me being pregnant? Thank you!

ANSWER: So as long as you continue to always get your next depo shot on time you will have continuous protection from becoming pregnant and your chances of getting pregnant are very, very low.  With depo, some women have periods and some do not, having a period, or feeling like you are about to start your period will chance the chances of you becoming pregnant as long as you are getting your depo shot on time every 3 months.

I can’t remember my first depo shot, but I remember having my second and that was December 23rd-24th?  I had unprotected sex twice January 14th.  I’m certain I can’t get pregnant but I’ve been eating a lot each day, and feeling heavier, I wake up really hot and I go to sleep a lot earlier because I’m constantly tired and it’s hard to use the bathroom but sometimes easy.  I’ll have stomach pains I guess and it will burn, and I have lower back pains and chest pains, any word from this?  Is it possible I can get pregnant?

ANSWER:  Remember, no method of birth control is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy (other than abstinence).  So it is possible you can still become pregnant, but it is a very, very low possibility that you have become pregnant.  It is also too early to even take a pregnancy test as it has only been 10 days since you had unprotected sex on January 14th.  If you wait until Monday, a pregnancy test will give you an accurate result at that time and you will know whether or not you are pregnant.  The more likely explanation for these symptoms is that they are side effects of the depo.  An increase in appetite and weight gain are common side effects reported from depo users.  The other side effects may be a result of the chance in diet, meaning if you are eating more and it its unhealthy food, the upset stomach and difficulty going to the bathroom may from the change in your eating habits.  The lower back pains and chest pains may be something you should talk to your doctor about to find out if they are also side effects of the depo or not.

Question from January 22, 2018

I got my first Depo shot on January 11, it is now January 22 and I’ve had unprotected sex and my boyfriend ejaculated inside me.  Is there anyway I can get pregnant?

ANSWER: If you waited until after January 18th to have unprotected sex with your boyfriend then your depo was effective and the chances of you becoming pregnant are very low.  If you had unprotected sex before January 18th then your depo was not fully effective and there is a greater chance you could become pregnant.  If you are concerned you may become pregnant, wait until it has been two weeks since you had unprotected sex and take a pregnancy test.

Question from January 21, 2018

Hi. I got my depo shot last January 8, 2018. I was told to wait 2 weeks to have sex. Unfortunately, after 12 days I had unprotected sex with my fiancee. Is it possible that I got pregnant? Thank you for your answer.

ANSWER: There is a possibility because no method other than abstinence is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy, but that chance is very, very low.  We advise patients to use a back up method of protection (like abstinence or condoms) for the first 7 days (not 2 weeks) after starting a new method of birth control.

Question from January 18, 2018

Throughout mid December and January, I had unprotected sex daily and he ejaculated in me very time.  I received my depot on Oct. 9th and my next shot was on Jan. 7th.  I did not get my next shot, is there a possibility I can be pregnant?

ANSWER: There is always a possibility you could become pregnant if you have sex.  The chance you becoming pregnant as a result of the unprotected sex you had before January 7th is very low because your depo was still effective and protecting you against pregnancy.  Any time you have had unprotected sex since January 7th you were not protected and the chances of you becoming pregnant are significantly higher.  If you do not want to become pregnant you should go in to your nearest clinic as soon as possible to get restarted on an effective method of birth control.

Question from January 17, 2018

Had first depo shot October 11.  2 weeks to get renewed was December 27 to January 12, been spotting since January 4th, had sex on the 10th, I’m currently still spotting but my boobs are sore and have a rash.  Is tehre a chance I could get pregnant even though I continue to spot?

ANSWER: When you had sex on January 10th you were still protected by your first depo shot.  If you never went back and got your next depo shot (that was due between Dec 27th and Jan 12th) then you are no longer protected (as of Jan 12th) and are at risk of becoming pregnant if you have unprotected sex.  Spotting is not an indicator of fertility and cannot determine whether or not you are at risk of becoming pregnant.  The breast soreness and rash that you are describing is likely unrelated to your birth control and spotting and if it does not go away or if it worsens you should follow up with your primary care physican.

Question from January 16, 2018

I got my first depo shot, I was due for my second depo shot I got it 3 days late when I received my second shot and then 3 days later my boyfriend ejaculated in me.  Is there a chance I need a Plan B?

ANSWER: It is always best to use a back up method of protection for 7 days if you are ever late for your depo shot.  A Plan B would decrease any chance you may have of getting pregnant from having unprotected sex with your boyfriend.

Questions from January 13, 2018

I had my depo shot May 2017 and I haven’t got my shot yet and it is January 2018. I wonder if I have protected sex could I possibly become pregnant?

ANSWER: If you have sex it is important to stress that your depo is no longer effective and is not providing you with any protecting against becoming pregnant.  It is important to use condoms are your birth control method if you plan on having sex and you do not wish to become pregnant.  Make sure to check the expiration date on the condom package and ensure the condom is is used correctly to ensure it is effective.  If you liked the depo shot I urge you to go back to your clinic for another depo shot or go in to talk with your nurse or health care provider about what birth control options are available to you.

My next depo is coming up soon and me and my boyfriend wanna have unprotected sex. How many days should I wait after I have my shot to have intercourse?

ANSWER: As long as you get your next shot on time you will have continuous protection from pregnancy and do not have to wait to have to have sex.  Just remember, no method of birth control is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy and condoms are the best way to lower that risk even more (and the only way to protect against STIs).  If you ever get your depo shot late, or miss a shot maike sure you are using a back up method until your next shot is effective (takes 7 days) and protecting you against pregnancy.

Questions from January 11, 2018

I was on the combined birth control pills from November 1st – December 31st.  I had my period on Jan 1st-4th and I switched back to depo January 5th and my boyfriend and I had unprotected sex on the 10th and he ejaculated in me is there a chance I could get pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes, there is a chance you may become pregnant.  When switching methods, or starting a new method of birth control is important to use a back-up method of protection (like abstinence or condoms) for the first 7 days while the new method of birth control is becoming effective.  Since it has been less than 5 days since you had unprotected sex you can take Plan B emergency contraception to decrease your chances of becoming pregnant.  The sooner you take the Plan B the more effective it will be.  It will also be important to take a pregnancy test in 2 weeks to find out if you are pregnant or not.

Got my first depo shot October 11st, supposed to go back between December 26-12 for my next depo shot.  On January 10th I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend (have been spotting since the 4th of January to current date).

ANSWER: As long as you get your depo shot by January 12th you are protected and your chances of becoming pregnant are very low.  If you do not get your shot by January 12th it is important to use a back-up method of protection (like abstinence or condoms) if you continue to have sex because you will no longer be protected from pregnancy.

Question from January 10, 2018

Hey I got my depo shot April 18 2016 and was getting my shot regularly no periods since then. April 2017 I missed my appointment and still haven’t gotten one I had unprotected sex in October and he came inside me could I be pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes, you could be pregnant.  Once you missed your shot in April 2017, your depo was no longer providing you with protection from pregnancy.  Having a period or not having a period is not a reflection of whether or not you are ovulating and at risk for pregnancy.  If you are not on birth control and not using condoms when you have sex then you are at risk of becoming pregnant any time you have sex.

Question from January 9, 2018

I’m on the depo shot and I have 10 days till my next shot, am I still protected if I have sex?

ANSWER: Yes, your depo is still protecting you and will provide you with continuous protection as long as you continue to get each shot on time. If you miss a shot or are late for a shot, make sure you use a back up method of protection (like abstinence or condoms) until you get your next shot and for the 7 days following the shot while it is becoming effective again.

Question from January 7, 2018

Hi I had an abortion on the 12/20 and had unprotected sex on the 12/27 and he ejaculated in me.. Could I be pregnant?? When should I take another pregnancy test..

ANSWER: Yes, any time you have unprotected sex and are not on birth control you can get pregnant.  A pregnancy test will give you accurate results 2 weeks after you had unprotected sex, so you can take a pregnancy test at the end of this week.  If you are not pregnant, have you considered your birth control options moving forward? If you are interested in learning more about what options are available to you please go to your nearest health department, Teen Matters, or your health care provider to learn more about the various methods of birth control.  If you are not local to us then www.bedsider.org is a website that has medically accurate birth control information and can help you find the closest affordable women’s health care clinic to you.

Questions from January 6, 2018

I have had 2 depo injections so far and am needing my next one on January 11th.  I had sex today and was concerned if I should need a Plan B or not.

ANSWER: Your depo is still providing you with birth control protection and you do not a Plan B.  As long as you continue to get your depo shot on time every 3 months you are protected and your chance of becoming pregnant is very, very low.

Had sex a week before my first depo shot 2 weeks later took 3 pregnancy test all showed faint line do that mean I’m pregnant?

ANSWER: If you had sex one week before you got your first depo shot then there is a chance you may have become pregnant.  I cannot confirm if a pregnancy test is positive or not so it would be best for you to go in your nearest health department, Teen Matters, or your regular health care provider to take a pregnancy test to confirm whether or not you are pregnant.  Also, if you are taking at home pregnancy tests and think you may be getting a positive result make sure you are fully reading the instructions that come with it.

Question from January 3, 2018

I’ve been on depo since 2013, I have been late for my shot before but this time I was supposed to get my shot Nov. 3, 2017 and didn’t.  I had unprotected sex and my boyfriend nutted in me twice December 27, 2017.  Can I get pregnant or am I still protected?

ANSWER: Yes, there is a chance you may become pregnant.  Your depo was no longer providing you with birth control protection since you missed your shot in November.  Individual fertility may return at different rates for women who have been on depo for several years but once you did not get your shot in November you were no longer protected from pregnancy.

Question from December 31, 2017

I got an abortion Nov. 21st then we had unprotected sex Dec. 2nd.  I went in for my 2 week check up Dec. 5th then I was put on depo Dec. 7th and that night had unprotected sex even though the doctor told me wait 14 days after to have unprotected sex.  Could I be pregnant again?

ANSWER: Yes, there is a chance you may be pregnant again.  When you had sex on Dec. 2nd and Dec. 7th (and if you had sex between the 7th and 14th of December before your depo was fully effective) then you were not protected and may have become pregnant.  Since it has been nearly a month since you had unprotected sex a pregnancy test will give you accurate results and let you know whether or not you are pregnant.  We provide pregnancy tests for free to teens and at a low cost to adults if you would like to come in for pregnancy testing.  You may also go to most stores and purchase a pregnancy test and take it at home.

Question from December 28, 2017

I got the Nexplanon implant birth control on October 24th this year. Just here recently within the past week I’ve been having unprotected sex almost every night. Ever since I’ve gotten the Nexplanon I’ve had either brown/black discharge or what seems to be a period.  I read where that’s apparently normal for a while.  My questions are, if I’m still having the discharge/possible period while having unprotected sex does that mean the Nexplanon is not working? Should I be concerned about possibly being pregnant even though I got it put in back in October?  How long should I expect the discharge/periods to last?

ANSWER: Your Nexplanon is fully effective and you do not to be very concerned about possibly become pregnant from having sex (your chances of becoming pregnant while on Nexplanon are about 0.0005 or 5 in 10,000).  The discharge/spotting you are describing is a common side effect of Nexplanon.  It can take a few months for your body to adjust to the Nexplanon and it sounds like your body is just still adjusting.  The spotting may go away in the next couple of months or it may continue.  If the spotting that you are experiencing is a distraction you can come in and speak with a nurse and discuss your options to try and regulate the bleeding that you are experiencing.

Question from December 27, 2017

I missed my depo shot for a week and had unprotected sex everyday multiple times and I took a pregnancy test today and it came back negative, could depo alter the test results?

ANSWER: Depo will not alter the results of a pregnancy test.  A pregnancy test will not provide you with accurate results if it has not been at least two weeks since the last date you had unprotected sex.  If it had not been two weeks when you took the pregnancy test, wait until it has been and repeat the pregnancy test for accurate results.  If you are not trying to become pregnant at this time, make sure to get started on an effective method of birth control as quickly as possible to prevent pregnancy.

Question from December 24, 2017

If I had got my depo shot 3 weeks ago and I had unprotected sex last night and I started bleeding heavy last night and today.  Is there a chance I can become pregnant

ANSWER: The chances of you becoming pregnant are very, very low.  Your depo is providing you with protection against pregnancy.  The bleeding you experienced could be the result of any irritation that may have occurred when you had sex, it could have just been the start of your period, or it could be a sign of an injection.  If the heavy bleeding has continued, you may want to go ahead and go in to your doctor, your nearest Teen Matters, or your nearest health department and discuss your concerns directly with your health care provider.

Question from December 21, 2017

I received my first ever depo shot on the 1st of December, we waited until the 9th to have sex (unprotected). I am now 4 days late for my period, is there a chance I could be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Your chances of getting pregnant are very, very, low (since no method, other than abstinence is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy).  Since you waited the suggested full week (8 days) before having unprotected sex your depo was fully effective at preventing pregnancy.  A common side effect of depo is irregular bleeding or spotting and sometimes no periods at all.  As long as you are not experiencing any symptoms of pregnancy, it is most likely that the reason for your late period (or missed period) is just a side effect of the depo.  Many women experience only mild to moderate spotting while on depo, while many other depo users do not get their periods at all.

Questions from December 20, 2017

I got my first depo shot on the 1st of December, 5 days after my last period, I first had sex on the 8th of December unprotected. I am now 4 days late for my period, is there a possibility I could be pregnant?

ANSWER: There is a possibility you could be pregnant but those chances are low since you waited a full week after getting your depo shot before having sex.  Your depo was considered fully effective by December 8th so the chance that you became pregnant are relatively low.  A common side effective of depo is irregular bleeding or spotting and sometimes no periods at all.  As long as you are not experiencing any symptoms of pregnancy, it is most likely that the reason for your late period is just a side effect of the depo and not as a result of being pregnant.

If I had unprotected sex the same day as receiving my 4th depo shot can I still become pregnant?

ANSWER: As long as you received your 4th depo shot on time (in your two week window) then you were protected and the chances of you getting pregnant are very, very low.  Once you are on depo, you have continuous protection as long as you make sure to go back on time for your next shot.

Question from December 19, 2017

Hi… I’ve only taken one depo shot and I missed my second depo shot I am on depo provera I was suppose to take my second shot which was on the 11th of this month but I missed it, it is now the 19th and I had unprotected sex just days after missing my depo shot.  Any chance of pregnancy happening since I’m not going back to get my shot?

ANSWER: Yes, there is a chance you could become pregnant since you had unprotected sex after the date you were supposed to go back for your 2nd depo shot.  If you are not interested in getting your next depo shot and if you are not trying to become pregnant I would suggest practicing abstinence or using condoms until you are able to start another form of birth control protection.  If you are local, please go in to your nearest health department or Teen Matters to discuss all of your birth control options and find a method that is the right fit for you.

Questions from December 14, 2017

Im confused, I had my shot on the 26th of October and my next shot is on the 19th October.  On the 9th I started bleeding or spotting im not sure but it hasnt stopped till now.  2 days ago I had sex with my fiance and he ejaculated inside me.  I researched that the injection lasts up to 8 weeks and im counting 9 weeks since my first shot so could it be that i missed my shot because of wrong dates and could i be pregnant or is there a chance of being still protected before the shot on the 19th?

ANSWER: The depo shot provides continuous birth control protection for approximately 3 months at a time.  Meaning that you need to get a depo shot every 12 weeks to ensure continuous protection.  If you got your shot on the 26th of October you should be returning for your next shot in January.  Irregular bleeding and spotting is a common side effect with depo and is not necessarily a sign of pregnancy.  It is important you call and speak with your doctor or health care provider to find out when you are due for your next shot.

Hi I had the depo on the 12 June 2017… I had sex on the 30th of September 2017.  I had a period on the 12 October 2017.  Then I bleed for a hour on the 1st November 2017 and nothing since then I just wondering if the injection playing on my mind.

ANSWER:  If you did not go back for your next injection then your depo is no longer effective.  Depo is effective for approximately 3 months so you are supposed to follow up and get another depo injection approximately 12 weeks after your last shot.  Your next depo shot should have been between September 4th and September 18th.  If you did not return for another shot then you are no longer protected from pregnancy and have not been protected from pregnancy since September 18th.  Meaning, when you had sex on September 30th it was unprotected and there is a chance you could have become pregnant.  I would suggest taking a pregnancy test to confirm whether or not you are pregnant.  If you are not pregnant, and do not wish to become pregnant it is important to restart your depo shot or begin another form of birth control as quickly as possible.  In the meantime, make sure you are practicing abstinence or using condoms to ensure you do not become pregnant.

Question from December 13, 2017

Hello, I have a question I got first depo injection September 25th, 1 week after my c-section.  The 2nd injection a week ago.  I have sore boobs and they’ve turned darker. I’m getting food aversions to garlic, the smell of it makes me instantly nauseous and instant headache.  I had spotting yesterday that lasted one day, mood swings like crazy and now white discharge (i havent had discharge since before I had my baby).  And cry over every little thing, could I possibly be pregnant again?

ANSWER: It is possible you could be pregnant because no birth control method is 100% effective, but it is unlikely.  The only way to know is to take a pregnancy test.  All of the symptoms you are experiencing could be from the drastic changes your body is going through since having a baby.  Throughout pregnancy your hormones and your body go through many changes and once you have your baby your body then has to work to readjust its’ hormones again.  The changes you are noticing to your breasts, the food aversions, the spotting, and the mood swings may simply be attributed to recently having a child.  These would all be concerns to discuss with your doctor or health care provider when you go in for your next depo shot.  There symptoms could also be a side effect of the depo shot you are receiving.  Either way it is important to speak directly with your healthcare provider to discuss these symptoms you are experiencing.

Questions from December 8, 2017

I had a period November 25th and it ended November 30th.  December 2nd I spotted blood.  December 4th I spotted blood. Then December 7th I used the restroom and had a big blood clot and was bleeding for a bit.

ANSWER:  It sounds as if you have some concerns over your recent menstrual cycle and bleeding patterns.  It would be safest to go in to your nearest Teen Matters or health department and speak with a nurse (if you are not local to us you should go in to see your healthcare provider).  A nurse may want to run a pregnancy test and other labs to rule out a chance of infection.

Hello! I was a day late of getting my depo shot (which I got yesterday) and today I had sex.  I was wondering if taking a Plan B during my 7 day waiting period would affect the shots effectiveness in any way?

ANSWER: Taking a Plan B will not decrease the effectiveness of your depo shot.

Hello! My next depo shot is due from December 7th to January 11th.  If I had sex in this period without taking my shot yet would I be pregnant? And if I took a Plan B would I still be covered?

ANSWER: The window you are given for your depo shot is usually a 2 week window, I would suggest calling the clinic you go to just to confirm the dates that your next depo shot is due to ensure you get it on time.  As long as you get your next depo shot on time, then your chances of becoming pregnant from having sex during that period of time are very, very low.  Depo provides you continuous protection as long you continue to get your shots on time.  A Plan B will not decrease the effectiveness of your depo shot but is not needed if you are on depo and on time for each shot.

Question from December 7, 2017

I had unprotected sex 4 days before getting my first depo provera shot, will I be pregnant? 

ANSWER: There is a chance you could become pregnant since you were having unprotected sex prior to starting a method of birth control.  If you wait 2-3 weeks since the date you had unprotected sex you can take a pregnancy test to find out whether or not you are pregnant.  You can purchase a pregnancy test to take at home or you can come in to your nearest Teen Matters or health department to take a pregnancy test.

Questions from December 6, 2017

Is it safe for my partner to ejaculate inside me even though I barely got the implant birth control two days ago?

ANSWER: It takes a new method of birth control 7 days to become effective so if you have unprotected sex with your partner before it has been 7 days you may become pregnant. It would be best to practice abstinence or use condoms for the first 7 days to make sure you do not get pregnant.  Once it has been 7 days your implant will be fully effective at preventing pregnancy.

I’ve been on the depo shot since July of this year, today I had unprotected sex and he came in me, and tomorrow I’m supposed to get my next shot.  Is there a chance I would get pregnant? Should I worry?

ANSWER: As long as you did go and get your shot on time this week then  you are protected and your chances of becoming pregnant are very, very low.  Remember that no method of birth control is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy other than abstinence, but being on depo and getting your depo shot on time every 3 months greatly reduces your chances of getting pregnant.

Hi, I had unprotected sex 2 times last week and right after I had my periods which I haven’t had in some time cause I’m using depo.  Those periods came with too much pain especially when urinating even now when my periods are gone, also yesterday I saw blood in my urine but it lasted for the day, is that normal or I may be sick?

ANSWER: If you are local to Athens or a surrounding county I would suggest you come in to Teen Matters or the health department to see a nurse.  The bleeding and pain that you are experiencing may be an indicator of an infection of some sort and a nurse would need to run some labs to confirm whether or not you have an infection.  If you are not local to the Athens area you should go in to your healthcare provider as soon as possible to discuss the issues you are having.

Questions from December 4, 2017

I was on the Nexplanon for 2 1/2 years I got it removed on a Monday my cycle came on that night around 8pm the next day I started the birth control pill and my period went back off instantly I had unprotected sex that night and the next night could I be pregnant since I had sex the first day of taking the pill?

ANSWER: Yes, there is a chance you could be pregnant.  As soon as your Nexplanon was removed it was no longer providing you with birth control protection and when starting a new method of birth control it is important to use a back up method of protection (abstinence or condoms) for the first 7 days until your new birth control method becomes effective.

Questions from December 3, 2017

I was 2 days late for getting my depo shot.  I had unprotected sex and he came in me. I still haven’t gotten my depo shot. Is there a possibility I could be pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes, if you were late for your depo shot and had unprotected sex then there is a possibility you could become pregnant.  Once it has been two weeks sicne you had unprotected sex you can take a pregnancy test to know whether or not you are pregnant.  And until you get your next depo shot, or start using another birth control method then you are continuously at risk for becoming pregnant.  You can come in to your nearest Teen Matters (if you are 19 year old or younger) or your nearest Health Department (teens and adults) for a pregnancy test and to restart depo, or discuss starting another method of birth control.

I usually have regular periods (i.e. I usually get them every month end i.e. on 30th/31st/1st).  I had sex on the 10th of November and we did not realize that the condom broke until after.  (So he ejaculate inside me) I took an EC pill immediately within 2 hours. I spotted a light bleeding (almost negligible) on 25th and 26th.  And then again I spotted bleeding on 3rd of Dec.  My periods haven’t arrived yet (as per the dates I mentioned) I am freaking out? Please help me!!!

ANSWER: EC pills can interrupt your cycle so your period may just be late as a result of taking EC this past month.  If your period is more than 7 days late you should go ahead and take  pregnancy test to find out whether or not you may be pregnant.  Various EC pills have different levels of effectiveness so depending on the method of EC you used your chances of still becoming pregnant would vary.  Plan B is between 88-90% effective if taken within 24hours of having unprotected sex.  You can get an at home pregnancy test from just about any dollar store, pharmacy, and grocery store.  You can also come in to your nearest Teen Matters (if you are 19 years old or younger) or your nearest health department (for teens and adults) for a pregnancy test and to discuss the various methods of birth control that are available to you.

Question from December 1, 2017

Yes I was supposed to  take my second depo shot on October 19, 2017 but I didn’t and so my cycle didn’t come on November are today which is December 1st I took a pregnancy test 2 weeks ago and it said negative. Could I be pregnant?

ANSWER: If you never followed up to your depo shot and are not using any other reliable method of birth control, then yes, you could be pregnant.  You are not protected from pregnancy at this time.  If you are a teen (19 years old or younger) you can go to a Teen Matters clinic to take a pregnancy test and discuss birth control options with a nurse.  You can also go to your nearest health department (teens and adults) to take a pregnancy test and discuss birth control options with a nurse.

Question from November 30, 2017

I had unprotected sex 2 days ago.  I was supposed to get my depo shot 8 days ago but I decided to cancel my doctors appointment because of health reasons and now I’m having some pregnancy concerns.

ANSWER: If you are now past your two week window to get your next depo shot then there is a chance you may become pregnant.  Since it has only been two days since you had unprotected sex you can get an emergency contraceptive pill, like Plan B, to decrease the chances of you becoming pregnant (the sooner you take it the more effective it is) and make sure to call and reschedule your appointment for your depo shot as soon as possible.  If your health concerns are related to your depo, then make sure to discuss these concerns at your appointment.  If you are local to the Athens/northeast Georgia area you can come in to your nearest health department or Teen Matters (if you are 19 years old or younger) and speak with a nurse about your concerns.

Questions from November 28, 2017

I have been getting the depo shot for about a year and a half, I miss my next shot but got it 12 days after and the day I got the shot my boyfriend and I had unprotected sex and he cam inside me.  Is there a chance I could be pregnant?

ANSWER:  If you got your shot 12 days after your two week window, then there is a possibility you could become pregnant.  Wait until it has been 2-3 weeks since you had unprotected sex and take a pregnancy test.  Also, if you are ever late your shot again, make sure to speak with your nurse or doctor when you go in for your next shot to find out if you need to use a back up method of protection or practice abstinence for a week until your depo shot is effective again.

I am supposed to get my depo shot again between 11/21 and 12/5 and it’s 11/28 and on 11/24 my partner finished inside of me, can I get pregnant?

ANSWER: The chances of you becoming pregnant are very, very low as long as you get your next depo shot within that two week window (remember the only 100% way to prevent pregnancy is abstinence).  Your depo will provide you with continuous birth control protection as long as you continue to get your shot on time.

Questions from November 27, 2017

I was supposed to go get my shot on November 17th but I missed it and my two week window ends this Friday to go get my shot but if I missed the shot for Friday is there any chance that I can get pregnant even if I have been on the shot for more than 4 years.

ANSWER: Your chances of getting pregnant immediately would be very low but once you are outside of your two week window the depo is no longer providing you with birth control protection so it is possible.

Hello I missed my 2nd depo shot on Oct. 13th and rescheduled it on Oct 30th in the morning and I had unprotected sex on Oct 31st off my cycle.  My period was supposed to come between the 8th and 10th and I missed it. It’s been 2 weeks and 5 days is it possible I’m pregnant.  (When I missed my shot in October I did have blood like a regular period for 5-6 days)

ANSWER: It is possible that you may be pregnant since you got your shot late, since it has been more than 2 weeks then you can take a pregnancy test to confirm whether or not you are pregnant.  Missed periods while on depo are common.  Missed periods or irregular bleeding are common side effects of depo.  It is possible that you may not be having a period because of your depo shot and not because you are pregnant.  But the only way to confirm whether or not you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.  You can get and take an at home pregnancy test or you can come in to your nearest Teen Matters or health department to be seen and take a pregnancy test.

Questions from November 26, 2017

I got my depo shot Monday and I had unprotected sex Wednesday, is it possible that I can get pregnant?

ANSWER: If this was your first depo shot, then yes there is a chance you may get pregnant.  It takes a new method of birth control 7 days to become effective, so it is always advised to use a back up method (abstinence or condoms) for those first 7 days (and continue using condoms to protect against STDs).  If this was not your first depo shot, and you received this shot on time, then you are protected and your chances of getting pregnant are very, very low.

So I started the depo shot on the 26th of October.  I don’t like it.  My next shot is due in January but I want to switch back to the patch.  Will it effect me if I switch to the patch now?

ANSWER:  Your depo shot will continue to be effective at preventing pregnancy until you pass your the date in January you are due for your next shot.  It will be up to your medical provider as to whether or not they are comfortable having you start back on another form of birth control before that date in January.  If you are local to us you can come in to speak with a nurse at one of our Teen Matters clinics or the health department to discuss your birth control options as well as the side effects you may be experiencing from the depo shot.  We do not provide the birth control patch but have various birth control methods that you may be interested in trying.

Question from November 22, 2017

My girlfriend got the depo shot yesterday & we had sex today and accidentally came in her, would taking a Plan B mess up the effects of the shot?

ANSWER: No, taking a Plan B will not decrease the effectiveness of the depo shot.

Questions from November 14, 2017

If I got my last depo shot on August 30th is it okay that I got my next shot a little early on November 14th? This would be 2 days before suggested 11 weeks I think.  Is this okay? Most importantly, will this method be less effective because I got it too early? Will there be any side effects?

ANSWER: If your healthcare provider determined it was okay to give you your shot a little early then you are fine.  Receiving your shot early will not decrease the effectiveness of it and will not cause any additional side effects.

If my boyfriend cam inside me on the 10th of November and I get my implant removed on the 15th of Novemeber, can I still become pregnant?

ANSWER: Your implant provides you with birth control protection up until the day it is removed, so you are protected.  As soon as you get your implant removed you are no longer protected from getting pregnant.  Even if you start a new method the day you get your implant removed you will either want to practice abstinence or use condoms for the next 7 days until your new method of birth control becomes effective.

Question from November 12, 2017

I got the Nexplanon in August and I only got my period once since.  September I had sex and I haven’t got my period in October and November.  Should I be worried?  Should I take a pregnancy test? Did the Nexplanon affect my period?

ANSWER:  You were protected when you had sex in September as long as it was 7 days or more after you got your Nexplanon implant inserted to have sex OR as long as you were using a back up method of protection for those first 7 days (condoms or another form of birth control).  Having irregular periods, irregular bleeding, or having no periods at all are common side effects for the Nexplanon implant.  You can take a pregnancy test if you are worried and would like the peace of mind but your chances of being pregnant are very, very low.

Question from November 10, 2017

Hello, I had gotten my depo shot on November 2, 2017.  And had unprotected sex, today November 9th.  Am I protected.  I know there is a 7 day wait.  But I’m on the 7th day.  Am I protected?

ANSWER: Yes, you are protected.  Since you waited until the 7th day to have sex your chances of getting pregnant are very low.

Question from November 9, 2017

I had my first depo shot and my next shot is due on November 14.  I had unprotected sex 5 days before my next shot.  Is there a chance I could get pregnant?

ANSWER:  Each depo shot you receive provides you with 12 weeks of birth control protection.  So having unprotected sex before you are due for your next shot does not put you at an increased risk for getting pregnant.  And as long as you continue to get each depo shot on time you have continuous birth control protection and your chances of getting pregnant are very low.

Questions from November 5, 2017

I got birth control on the 18th of October and had unprotected sex the 26 of October.   I got my period the 26th and I’m worried I could become pregnant should I worry?

ANSWER: Since you waited more than 7 days after you started birth control to have sex your birth control method was effective, so the chances of you becoming pregnant are low.  If you are still concerned or feel as if you may be experiencing any signs or symptoms of pregnancy you can come in to your nearest clinic and take a pregnancy test.

Got my first depo shot on October 16 and had unprotected sex the same day and he cum in me. can I still get pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes, you can still get pregnant.  It takes 7 days for your first depo shot to become effective so it is important to use a back up method of protection for the first 7 days (either condoms or abstinence).  Since it has been 2 weeks since you had unprotected sex it has been long enough for you to take a pregnancy test and get accurate results.  You can either purchase a pregnancy test from the store and take it at home or you can come in to your nearest clinic for a pregnancy test.

Question from November 1, 2017

Hello so I got my second depo shot on the 30th in the morning and I had unprotected sex on the 31st last night.  I got my 1st shot in July and missed it so I had blood I also had to reschedule it and it wasn’t on my period. I want to know if there’s a possibility I may have done it too soon and if I was supposed to wait 7 days.

ANSWER: It sounds like you think you got your second depo shot late and missed your two week window to get it on time.  If that is the case, then yes you were supposed to wait 7 days for your depo to become effective before having unprotected sex.  If you have concerns about becoming pregnant, you can wait until it has been two weeks and take a pregnancy test.

Question from October 31, 2017

Hello I just had some questions.  I recently lost my virginity about a month ago.  I had my period on the 13th of October and it ended on the 21st of October.  On the 23rd of October I had gotten the depo shot.  Now it has been a week and this is my second time having sex.  It was unprotected and he had cum inside me.  Can I still get pregnant?

ANSWER:  Your first depo shot becomes fully effective after 7 days so since you waited 7 days since you got your depo shot your chances of getting pregnant are very low.  Just remember that the only form of birth control that is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy is abstinence.

Question from October 29, 2017

I had sex a week or more after my third Depo Provera shot, which was three days late.  I took Plan B because our condom broke, within two hours.  I had a week and a half of blood/spotting.  More than light spotting, less than a normal period. Also I’ve been spotting continually two/three weeks following.  Could I be pregnant, and what are the chances of it?

ANSWER: If it was 7 days or more after your Depo shot when you had sex then your Depo shot was fully effective and your chances of getting pregnant are very low.  If it was less than 7 days when you had sex and the condom broke you still took a Plan B so your chances of becoming pregnant are low.  The spotting and prolonged period may be the result of the hormones from the Plan B and Depo shot.  Since it has been 2 weeks since you had sex and the condom broke a pregnancy test will provide accurate results if you have concerns you may be pregnant.  If the bleeding does not go away and it is bothersome you can go back in to your Teen Matters or nearest health department and speak the nurse about the problem.

Question from October 24, 2017

I started depo around April 2013 was on it for over 2 years and I quit it cause I kept bleeding for 2-3 weeks straight so I got back on it been on it over a year or so and was supposed to go back between Aug 28-Sept 11 to get my next one but didn’t go back I have took 7-8 test they all come back negative what are the chances of becoming pregnant…

ANSWER: If you never went back for your shot between Aug 28th and Sept 11th and have had unprotected sex since then you are at risk for becoming pregnant.  There is no way of giving you a more specific breakdown of your chance of becoming pregnant because there a lot of other factors that can contribute to your chances of becoming pregnant.  If it has been 2 or more weeks since you had unprotected sex a pregnancy test will give you accurate results.  If it has not been two weeks, then wait until it has been and take another test.  You can take an at home pregnancy test or come in to Teen Matters or the health department for a pregnancy test.  If you do not wish to become pregnant you should return to the clinic to either restart depo or talk to a nurse about other birth control options.  In the mean time, make sure you are using condoms when you have sex if you do want to become pregnant.

Questions from October 21, 2017

Hello I was just wondering if I could be pregnant? I had the implant in on the 16th of October and today on the 21st he cummed in me?  It is possible?

ANSWER: Yes, it is a possibility that you have become pregnant since it had not been 7 days since you got your implant inserted.  If you come in to a Teen Matters or the health department as soon as possible (today or tomorrow) you can talk to a nurse and get a Plan B as emergency contraception.  There will be no way of knowing if you are pregnant until it has been 2 weeks from Oct. 21st.  In two weeks you can take a pregnancy test to get accurate results.

Ok I’ve been on depo since 2014.. If I had unprotected sex Sept 13, 2017 and was supposed to get my shot Sept 14, 2017 and never did now when I eat within minutes I’m hungry again and I drink more and after eating I’m immediately tired could I be pregnant?.. I have taken 3 pregnancy test but I was early in September 2017 and it said negative.

ANSWER: You were still protected since you had unprotected sex before your next depo shot was due (even if it was only a day), so the chances of you becoming pregnant are low.  If you have concerns that you may be pregnant you should follow up by taking another pregnancy test.  You can  take an at home pregnancy test (you can buy them at any pharmacy or grocery store) or you can come in to Teen Matters or the health department for a pregnancy test.  If you are not pregnant and are not ready to begin a family at this time you should consider getting back on birth control.

Question from October 20, 2017

If I had unprotected sex and 4 to 5 days later I go the implant birth control, can I still become pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes, you can still become pregnant.  You had unprotected sex prior to getting on birth control so there was nothing to prevent you from possibly becoming pregnant.  Even after getting the implant inserted in your arm you need to use a backup method for protection (abstinence or condoms) for 7 days until the implant becomes effective.  To find out whether or not you are pregnant, wait two weeks from the date you had unprotected sex and take a pregnancy test (either an at home pregnancy test or come in to a Teen Matters or the health department) to get accurate results.

Question from October 18, 2017

I was one week late on getting my depo but i got it today and had sex that day. Could i get pregnant ?

ANSWER: Yes, if you got your depo one week late there is a chance you could get pregnant if you had unprotected sex.  If you are late on getting your depo shot it is important to use a back up method for birth control (abstinence or condoms) for 7 days.  If it has been less than 5 days since you got your depo shot and had unprotected sex you can get a Plan B pill if you do not wish to become pregnant.  You can get a Plan B at Teen Matters or the health department. If it has been more than 5 days since you got your depo shot and had unprotected sex wait until it has been 2 weeks and take a pregnancy test.

Question from October 16, 2017

I got my implant Novemver 18th 2015 , I got it removed October 4th 2017 and got my depo shot the same day , 2 days later on the 6th me and my boyfriend had sex is it possible you can still get pregnant after 2 years on implant then switch to depo ?

ANSWER:  As soon as you get your implant removed it is no longer effective so it was not providing you with any birth control protection when you and your boyfriend had sex on October 6th.  And even though you started depo that day, it takes any new birth control method 7 days to become effective.  So when you and your boyfriend had sex two days after getting your implant removed you were not protected.  You are welcome to come in to your nearest Teen Matters (if you are 19 or younger) or your nearest health department for a pregnancy test.  A pregnancy test needs two weeks to give accurate results, so if you come in Friday or next week the pregnancy test will be accurate.  You can also purchase a pregnancy test from a local pharmacy and take it at home.  

Questions from October 15, 2017

Hello, I had a brown discharge 10th day after my last period , could I be pregnant or it’s just hormonal?

ANSWER: It is likely the discharge was just a little left over blood from your period.  Older blood tends to come out as brownish colored discharge.  With the discharge occurring the 10th day after your last period it is unlikely that it was a sign of pregnancy and is more than likely just hormonal but without additional information (like knowing if you have had unprotected sex or not) I cannot give you a definitive answer.  The only way of knowing if you could be pregnant is taking a pregnancy test.  A pregnancy test will give accurate results 2 or more weeks after having unprotected sex.  If you are sexually active, there is always a chance for pregnancy, please make sure to use condoms when having sex or consider using a reliable form of birth control.  Birth control is always free for teens at any of our clinics and for adults 20 years old and older it is low-cost to free at the health department.

Hello! So I got the implant on October 4th and had unprotected sex on October 13th and he finished in me. I am very lightheaded and dizzy which has never happened before. Am I pregnant or could I be?

ANSWER: Since you got your Nexplanon on October 4th and waited over 7 days before having unprotected sex your implant was effective and the chances of you becoming pregnant while having the Nexplanon implant are 0.0005 (or 5 in 10,000).  Also you would not be experiencing pregnancy symptoms  within three days of having sex so being lightheaded and feeling dizzy is unrelated and you should follow up with your primary care doctor if these symptoms persist to discuss what could be causing them. 

Question from October 11, 2017

I got my first Depo injection on July 18th of this year. 12 weeks exactly from that date would have been yesterday, but my appointment for my next injection is not for another three days. So I am like 24 hours past my “12 weeks coverage” and I just had unprotected sex. I am paranoid… Am I protected? Should I take a Plan B pill? Would Plan B affect my next depo injection?

ANSWER: There are different types of the Depo injection.  If you receive your Depo shot through us (meaning Teen Matters or the Health Department) you are receiving the Sub-Q Depo shot and you have a two week window of when you can return to the clinic for your next shot before you are no longer protected.  So if you received your shot on July 18th, then your two week window to receive your next shot on time would fall between Oct. 10th and Oct. 24th.  As long as you receive your shot between those dates you are covered and do not have to worry about a lapse in birth control coverage.  And although a Plan B would not effect the effectiveness of your next Depo shot you do not need to take one since you are still covered from your Depo shot.

Question from October 10, 2017

I’ve been taking the depo shot every 3 months like I’m supposed to for a year and some months now but my last shot I was a day late on. The night before, I had unprotected sex and my boyfriend came inside me. I know sperm can last 3-5 days and so I’m worried I might get pregnant. What are the chances?

ANSWER:  With the depo shot you have a two week window of when you should come back in to get your next shot on time.  So as long as you got your last shot within that window you are protected. For example, if you got your shot today, Oct. 11th.  You would be given a window between Jan. 3rd and Jan 17th for your next shot, which gives you a two week window when you can get your next shot and not have to worry about a lapse in birth control protection.  If you did not receive your shot in that two week window you can take a Plan B up to 5 days after you have had unprotected sex, if it is too late for a Plan B to be effective you can take a pregnancy test 2 weeks after you had unprotected sex to find out if you are pregnant or not.  If you are unsure of whether or not you were still in that two week window you can call your clinic and ask to speak with the nurse to find out.

Question from October 8, 2017

I’m on Depo Provera, I got my shot three days late, and I had sex and the condom broke. I took plan b within the two hours having known, what are my chances of pregnancy?

ANSWER: There are a few details missing that make this question difficult to answer.  You should follow up directly with the Teen Matters that you use and speak to the nurse to be sure.  But if you took the Plan B within 24 hours of having sex when the condom broke you should be protected and your chances of getting pregnant would be pretty low.  To be certain, you can take a pregnancy test in 2-3 weeks to confirm whether or not you are pregnant.

Question from October 5, 2017

I haven’t had a period since august 23rd of 2017 I tested negative for pregnancy but I took the test at night && my urine could have possibly been diluted im not having any signs of pregnancy other then my breast feel sore but I’m not sure if it’s due to my period coming any time soon because I do get periods monthly I have another pregnancy test which I will take in the morning a week from now
ANSWER: Pregnancy tests will be most accurate if taken after your missed period or two weeks from when you had unprotected sex.  We offer pregnancy tests at the health department as well as at any of our Teen Matters locations.  You can come in for a pregnancy test and if the test is negative and you do not want to get pregnant at this time you can although discuss birth control options with the nurse as well.  If you are under the age of 20 these services will be free for you.

Question from October 4, 2017

Hi I am a 17 year old girl taking the Depo Vera shot my last shot I got on August 18th 2017 normally when I start my period which is near the end of the shot I would go and get a refill on it and take it again but it is October 4th 2017 got my period is it safe to take the Depo shot this early or should I wait?
ANSWER: You should not get your Depo shot early.  When you receive your shot, you should get a card or information from your nurse/doctor letting you know when you can return for your next shot.  They often give you a two week window when you should return to the clinic or office for your next dose so you cannot get your next dose until you are in that two week window.  Each shot you receive consists of 3 months of the Progesterone hormone to help you protect against pregnancy. Breakthrough bleeding and irregular bleeding is a common side effect for women during their first year or so of getting the Depo shot, as your body is still adjusting to the hormones.  Not having a period on Depo can also be a common side effect but is not guaranteed.  If you have been on Depo for a year or more and this is the first time you have gotten your period early and the bleeding does not stop or you have concerns regarding the bleeding you can always call your clinic/office to speak with a nurse.  If you use one of our Teen Matters clinics you can stop by at your convenience to speak directly with a nurse. You can also just make sure to return to the clinic at the very beginning of that two week window to receive your next shot and speak with the nurse/doctor then to discuss any concerns.

Question from October 3, 2017

Ok I got my shot around i would say November 2016 and I was due for my second depo shot in January but I did not go. I read that it can take some women up to 4-8 months before their periods come back regular , I started spotting around End of July beginning of August. & then I got my regular period around August 20-25 around that time & was wondering is it possible for me to get pregnant now??

ANSWER: There is no straight forward answer to this question without you going to see a doctor, preferably a Gynecologist, to discuss this matter.  Technically speaking, as soon as you did not receive your depo shot in January you became susceptible to becoming pregnant since you were no longer on birth control.  The issue at hand is that with depo, for many women it can take several months for their periods to return to normal and for their fertility to return as well.  Having a normal period does not necessarily mean that you will be able to immediately get pregnant but it is a good sign and can be an indicator that you will be ovulating soon.  The only way to know for sure is to see a doctor and discuss this with your doctor.  If you are trying to become pregnant there are many things that a doctor and a Gynecologist may want to go over with you before you begin trying to get pregnant.

Question from September 29, 2017

Hello good day… my period was last august 23,2017… since my husband is ofw i am not on pills since he is not around but surprisingly he announce to me that he was coming home so immediately after i heard the news i automatically take a pill three days before he came home to get me protected… now i havent have my period is it possible for me to get pregnant?

ANSWER:  It takes birth control pills 7 days to become effective so it is possible that you may be pregnant but there is no way of knowing without taking a pregnancy test.  You can either take an at home pregnancy test (any brand from a local pharmacy) or you can come in to your nearest health department or Teen Matters and request a pregnancy test.

Question from September 27, 2017

I’m 17 I’ve been on the depo shot for over a year and I maybe had 1 period that lasted a week during that time. A month ago I was 2 weeks late on the shot (I still got the shot even though it was late) and since the shot (3weeks) I’ve been non stop bleeding, is that something bad? Or is there anyway I can make it stop bleeding without getting off the shot?

ANSWER:  Call or visit the clinic and let them know you have been bleeding for 3 weeks.  They may be able to give you something to help stop the bleeding.

Question from September 26, 2017

Hello i had a quick question for u. I got my first depo shot on day 6 of my period my doctor told me it should be effective immediately because i got it before day 7. I had unprotected sex 3 days after i got my shot. What is the likelyhood of me being pregnant.

ANSWER:  If this was your first depo shot, it takes 7 days for the shot to become effective.  If you had sex on day 3, then there is a chance you could become pregnant.  It is hard to say how large or small that chance is.  If this was not your first depo shot and you were not late for this shot, then you were protected from pregnancy and the chances of you becoming pregnant are less than 1%.

Question from September 24, 2017

The day after I got the Nexplanon inserted, I had unprotected sex and it was only after then that I was informed that I was supposed to wait 7 days after insertion. The doctor that inserted it never told me that I was supposed to wait a week. 4 hours after I had sex, I took the Take Action pill. My question is, how do I know the pill worked if the Nexplanon already causes side effects. How do I know if it’s the pill is working or if it is the Nexplanon that is causing these effects in me? I’m supposed to get my period before the month ends so if I don’t get my period is it because the pill didn’t work or is it because of the Nexplanon?

ANSWER:    The only way to know if the pill worked or if you became pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. If you don’t get your period, take a pregnancy test.  If it is negative, then you have missed your period due to the side effects of the Nexnplanon.

Question from September 23, 2017

I took the depo shot on June 23rd 2017. I still haven’t had my period and I’m worried . I haven’t had any unprotected sex . My last sex was on August 17th .
Should I just wait for my menses to come?

ANSWER:  One of the side effects of the depo shot is missed periods.  This is likely the reason you have not had a period.  It is possible you will not have a period while on depo and this is not harmful to the body in any way.

Question from September 21, 2017

Hi I had unprotected sex on September 4 my boyfriend came inside me I should expected my period to start September 20 or 21 am starting to worry what shall I do

ANSWER:  Hi.  You will need to take a pregnancy test to find out if you are pregnant or not.  If you are not on birth control, it is very possible that you become pregnant.

Question from September 20, 2017

Had my first depo last Thursday had unprotected sex this morning am I protected ?

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the depo shot to begin working.  You would likely have had protection by Wednesday.  If you are worried about pregnancy, you can take a pregnancy test in two week to be sure you are not pregnant

Question from September 19, 2017

Hi, I’m having my 3rd Depo Injection on 27th September am I still protected from getting pregnant as having unprotected sex with my boyfriend. Had my last Depo injection on 4th July

ANSWER:  Hi. You will still be protected as long as you are not late for your shot.

Question from September 16, 2017

I got my firat depo shot on September 6 and i had unprotected sex last night and he ejaculated inside me and im worried i might be pregnant and i also got the shot about two days after my period had ended if that helps i just want to know asap cause im only a teen and i cant get pregnant

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the depo shot to begin protecting from pregnancy.  Since you had unprotected sex more than 7 days after your first shot, you were protected from pregnancy and the chances of you becoming pregnant are very small.  But keep in mind that birth control is not 100% effective.  This means that anytime you have sex, there is always a small chance a pregnancy could happen.

Question from September 14, 2017

Hey . I was locked up for 5 months I just started taking my depo shot may 31st And my next deposit shot was Aug31st I missed it so I was spotting n brown discharge and spotting then it stopped . Sep 6 I got out of jail and Sep 7 I had unprotected sex 3 times

ANSWER:  Since you were late for your shot on Sept 7 there is a chance you could be pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  If you do not want to be pregnant, it would be best to start using another method of birth control.  If you having trouble getting your depo shot on time, you may want to consider using a longer acting method such IUD or implant.

Question from September 12, 2017

So I had sex a couple weeks ago I’m on the nexplanon (I’ve been on it for 4 years )and we didn’t use a condom and he did ejaculate inside of me. Now I’m bloated and feel nauseated, could I be pregnant?

ANSWER:  There is always a chance a pregnancy could happen when you have unprotected sex, but that chance is very small if your Nexplanon is up to date.  If you have had the same Nexplanon in for 4 years, it is no longer effective because it only works for 3 years.  If this is a new Nexpalnon, then the chances of you being pregnant are very small.  The only way to know for sure if you became pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from September 12, 2017

I started taking the MonoNessa pill on Sept. 3rd and I’ve been taking them everyday at the same time. My app says I’m in my fertile window but I want to have unprotected sex. Is it safe?

ANSWER:  Taking birth control will greatly reduce the chances of you becoming pregnant because you are likely not going to ovulate while using pills.  But this is not always 100% effective.  So while your chances of becoming pregnant are very small, there is always a chance a pregnancy could happen.

Question from September 11, 2017

The first date im supposed to take my next dose of depo sub q is in three days and i had unprotected sex yesterday. Are my chances of getting pregnant still low?

ANSWER:  Yes.  Since you are not late for your shot, the chances are you getting pregnant are still very low.

Question from September 10, 2017

My periods come on2nd sep nd i start contrCeptic pill on its day my periods stop after 4days then I stop pill now m again bleeded why ND tell me solution to get rid of this

ANSWER: If you stopped taking your birth control pills, the change in hormone levels could have caused your period to start.  If you want the bleeding to stop, you should begin taking your birth control pills again.  If you do not want to continue taking pills or use another method of birth control, wait a few months and your periods should return to normal.  Keep in mind that if you are not using birth control and are having sex, you could become pregnant.

Question from September 9, 2017

I missed the last two active pills of my birth control last pack. I did not start a new pack right away and bled during the placebo week (which was 9 days instead of 7). I started a new pack on the next Sunday/on time. I had unprotected sex on day 2 and day 5 of the new pack, so I did not have a full 7 days of active pills after the extended placebo week. What’s the risk of pregnancy here? I’m a little confused as to when ovulation would occur, if it would at all.

ANSWER:  There is a risk of pregnancy since it had not been 7 days, but it is hard to say how large or small that risk is.  It is also hard to say when ovulation would occur, especially since birth control usually prevents ovulation.  Take a pregnancy test in two weeks to find out if you are pregnant. If you are having trouble remembering to take your pills on time, you may want to consider a longer acting method such as the shot, implant or IUD.  All of these methods are available FREE for teens at Teen Matters and your local Health Department.

Question from September 6, 2017

Hi I am 17 I have had nexplanon for almost two years and since I have had nexplanon my periods have been a week and a half to two weeks long and then it stops for 2 weeks and then comes back on and it’s been like that for most of the 2 year. So I started my period on July 31st and I had protected sex on august 2nd and my period stopped around the 9th or 10th. Yesterday which was September 5th I figured why not take a pregnancy test because I was feeling guilty and it was keeping me from sleeping at night and keep in mind I haven’t had any symptoms of pregnancy so I took 2 tests and they both came out to be negative but my period hasn’t started yet and I’ve had cramping and spotting a little but I’m getting worried please reply quickly

ANSWER:  The Nexplanon is very effective at preventing pregnancy so the chances of you being pregnant are very small.  Since the two pregnancy tests you have already taken are negative, then you are likely not pregnant.  Irregular periods are a common side effect of the Nexplanon, so you may find that your periods may start at different times than you normally expect.

Question from September 5, 2017

I had gotten my deposit shot in may and was due July to take 2nd shot. Haven’t had a period in August or September

ANSWER:  It can sometimes take up to a year for your period to return to normal after stopping depo.  Also, keep in mind that since you are now late for your shot, there is a possibility that you could become pregnant if you are having sex.  This could also be the reason why you have not had a period.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from September 2, 2017

My periods have been lasting for a month for every other month since I’ve had my implant. Should I be concerned? I’ve had it since I was a sophomore in high school I’m a freshman in college now ( I have the five year implant) should I be concerned. I’m not sexually active but it kind of concerns me. Thanks so much!

ANSWER:  Irregular periods are one of the most common side effects of the implant.  This does not cause any harm to the body so there is no need to worry.  If you find it inconvenient, you can try another method of birth control or visit the clinic to see if they can help in anyway.

Question from August 29, 2017

my menstrual came june 15th left on june 19th started spotting july 6th then after spotted july 29th to august 1st and im a week late for my period what does this mean

ANSWER:  If you are on a method of birth control such as the depo shot, IUD or implant, missed or irregular periods are a common side effect.  If you are using one of these types of birth control, there is no need to be concerned if you miss one or more periods; this is an expected side effect for many people.  If you are not a method of birth control, many factors such as  hormonal changes and pregnancy could cause you to have irregular periods.  In this case, in order to find out what could be causing you to miss periods, you would need to visit a doctor.

Question from August 28, 2017

Hey me and my partner have been having sex for the past week I’ve been on the deposit shot for almost 4/5 months I have a up coming appointment on Thursday August 31 but he cam in me all last week and Sunday August 27. Is there a chance I can get pregnant by the time I go to my next appointment on August 31st.

ANSWER:  Hi.  Anytime you have sex, especially unprotected sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen. If you are not late for your next shot, then the chances of a pregnancy happening are very small (less than 1%).

Question from August 27, 2017

I had my period on August 7 2017 and I also had unprotected sex on August 12, 2017.I have had pink discharge a few times and including on August 26, 2017 and then I started bleeding. So what do I do is that still a possibility I could be pregnant

ANSWER:  If you are not on a method of birth control, then there is a possibility that you could become pregnant at any time.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.   If you are on birth control, then the chances of you being pregnant are very small.  If you do not want to be pregnant and are not on birth control, you may want to consider starting a method soon. Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers FREE birth control and pregnancy tests for teens.

Question from August 26, 2017

Hi …. I was late on my shot which was due July 28th .. I’ve been having unprotected sex within those days but I had my period .. I got my shot on the 3rd of august is there a possibility I might be pregnant ?

ANSWER:  Hi.  If you were late for your shot, then here is a chance you could have become pregnant. The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  If you are having trouble getting your shot on time, you may want to consider starting a long acting birth control such as the implant or IUD.  These options are FREE for teens at Teen Matters and your local Health Department.

Question from August 22, 2017

will i get pregnant if we have sex on the same day that i got my depo shot?

ANSWER: If this was your first shot or if you were late for this shot, it will take 7 days for the shot to become effective and you may be at risk for getting pregnant.  If you were not late for this shot, then you have protection against pregnancy and are unlikely to get pregnant.

Question from August 20, 2017

Hey , is it possible you can get periods while your pregnant ? I’m not for sure if I’m having a misscarriage or a period it’s really painful & have lots of clots , but the pregnancy tests keep coming up negative I’m only 17 could I be infertile

ANSWER:  It is possible to have periods while you are pregnant, but if the pregnancy tests are negative, then you are likely not pregnant.  If you are worried about miscarriages or infertility, you would have to visit a OB/GYN for further testing and evaluation.

Question from August 20, 2017

if you was late on your depo a week then you went and got it then waited about a day and had sex are you safe

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for depo to start working again if you are late.  If you waited less than 7 days before having sex, then you are at risk for getting pregnant. The only way to know if you became pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from August 20, 2017

I been on control pills for months already i switch to the implant one the next day i had unprotected sex he didnt cum in me and im still taking the pill because my doctor told me

ANSWER:  If you are still taking your pills, the chances of you becoming pregnant are very small.

Question from August 18, 2017

I’ll give as much detail as possible..

Last pill packet, I missed the last 3 active pills and went a total of 10 days without anything. I started a new pack per usual. I missed the last pill of the first week and the first pill of the second week. I had unprotected sex on the third day and took the two pills I missed right after. The next day, I forgot to take the next two pills, per the instructions. I am now currently back on track.

But, my question is: what is my risk of getting pregnant with having sex that one time? Thanks in advance!

ANSWER:  There is an increased risk of pregnancy, but it is impossible to say exactly how much greater that risk is.  Take a pregnancy 2 weeks after the last time you had sex during that pill cycle to see if you became pregnant.  Pills will only be effective if you take them every day, without missing any.  If you are having trouble remembering to take your pills, you may want to try a longer acting option like the depo shot, implant or IUD.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers all of the these options FREE for teens.

Question from August 12, 2017

Hi!
I have been on the Depo shot for about a year I believe. I was in turn to take the fifth shot but the day before I went and switch to the implant. I had unprotected sex with my husband 3 days after. Should I get a plan B pill? What are the chances of pregnancy? Thank you!

ANSWER: Hi! It takes 7 day before the Implant becomes effective.  If you had at least 7 days left before the last day of your depo, then you were protected.  If the last day for your depo shot was less than 7 days away, you will need to take Plan B to help prevent a pregnancy.

Question from August 9, 2017

I just had the nexplanon put in yesterday, but I just had unprotected sex. Should I take Plan B???
I just had my baby 6 weeks ago!

ANSWER:  Yes, you should take Plan B.  It will take 7 days for the Nexplanon to begin protecting against pregnancy.

Question from August 8, 2017

So I had my baby July 22nd, before leaving the hospital July 24th i received the Depo shot,
If I had sex August 5th or late night to to be August 6th with no protection, could I had got pregnant or was my Depo shot already effective?

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the depo shot to become effective which means your protection began on July 29th.  So you were protected by August 5th.  But keep in mind that anytime you have sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  Since you are on depo, that chance is very small.

Question from August 3, 2017

Ok so I been on the depo for about a year and a half ish and I stopped it on July 28 that was the day I was suppose to get it again but I never went I had unprotected sex that day and every day until august 2 I noticed on the second and the 3 (today) that I couldn’t keep any food down and I’m constantly tired and moody and tender breasts I don’t know if I’m pregnant or that’s my body trying to get back to normal…..HELP ME

ANSWER: The symptoms you are having are likely due to your body adjusting to not having the depo, but it is also possible you could be pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from July 31, 2017

Hello. Am 2 months late on depo had unproctective. Sex he cam inside me. 3 times. Is thier a chance of pregnacy

ANSWER:  Hi.  Yes, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  The only way to know if you became pregnancy is to take a pregnancy test.  If you do not want to be pregnant, it would be best for you to start using birth control again soon.

Question from July 27, 2017

What is the percent chance of me being pregnant I got my first depo shot yesterday and I had unprotected sex today ?

It takes 7 days for the depo shot to begin protecting from pregnancy.  Since you had sex the next day there is chance a pregnancy could happen, but it is impossible to say how large or small that chance is.  Take a pregnancy in two weeks to see if you became pregnant.

Question from July 27, 2017

I got my first depo shot on July 17th. Then yesterday I had unprotected sex with my ex and now I’m bleeding what does this mean?

ANSWER:  Bleeding during sex could be caused by a couple of things.  It is possible that you starting spotting or having a light period during sex.  Irregular bleeding or spotting is a common side effect of the depo shot.  Bleeding during sex could also be a symptom of an STD.  You may want to get an STD test to rule out this possibility.

Question from July 25, 2017

My depo is due July 25 – Aug 8 I had sex on the 24 and 25 can I still get pregnant ?

ANSWER: There is always a chance a pregnancy could happen if you are having sex, but you still had pregnancy protection on the 24th and 25th so that chance is very small.

Question from July 24, 2017

I had sex a couple weeks before my shot I been on it for 2 years never had no symptoms and never had a problems I was sexually active for the 2 years of being on depo but now I get symptoms Idk why I’m getting them now but I had unprotected sex and he came in me I was late a day on my depo but I have really bad headache and bad pain and bad bloating

ANSWER:  The symptoms you are having could be from many different things.  Since you were one day late, there is a chance of pregnancy.  Take a pregnancy test to find out if you became pregnant or not.

Question from July 23, 2017

My depo shot ran out in April I had unprotected sex numerous times since then spotted June and July what could that mean.

ANSWER:  The spotting could be from several factors. It could be from your body re-adjusting to not having depo in your system any longer.  But you are also risk for pregnancy if you are not on another method of birth control.  If you do not want to be pregnant, you should consider starting another method of birth control as soon as possible.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers FREE birth control for teens.

Question from July 21, 2017

My daughter received her first injection of Depo and had a drastic mood change for the worst for the first two weeks, now that the medication as leveled out in her body, her mood is almost back to normal. Now her MD wants to place her on Nexplanon and explained that there should be no drastic mood change because of her already having Depo in her system. Is this correct? Any one else have a drastic mood reaction? Should I not do the Nexplanon

ANSWER:  People who switch from the depo shot to the Nexplanon tend to have less drastic side effects, but it cannot be guaranteed that will be the case with your daughter.  Nexplanon has significantly less hormones than the depo shot and that is why the side effects are generally not as drastic.

Question from July 20, 2017

I was on the nexplanon method for 2 years due to medical reasons I got it removed on May 17 on the same day I got on depo I only had received the shot once and me and my partner had unprotected sex since then and he came inside of me… could I be pregnant?

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the depo shot to begin protecting against pregnancy.  If you waited 7 days after getting the shot before having sex, then you are likley not pregnant.  It you had sex before 7 days, there is a chance.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from July 20, 2017

Got my depo shot at 13 weeks (I have been on it since November 2015) and had unprotected sex a day before and 3 days after my shot. I took plan B today. Is it likely I could get pregnant.

ANSWER:  Anytime you have sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen. Since you took Plan B, those chances are reduced.  Take a pregnancy test in 2 weeks to make sure you did not get pregnant.

Question from July 16, 2017

I put on my patch my changing day the week after my period and the next day my boyfriend and I had unprotected intercourse. He pulled out but doesn’t know if some got in me. The next day I noticed my patch wasn’t on I don’t know when it fell off could I end up pregnant? What are the chances?

ANSWER:  Since your patch has not been on and we’re not sure how long it has been off, there is a possibility that a pregnancy could happen.  If it has been less than 5 days since you had sex, you can take Plan B. If it has been more than 5 days, wait two weeks, then take a pregnancy test.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department has free pregnancy tests and Plan B for teens and other methods of birth control if you are interested in trying something different.

Question from July 12, 2017

I had got my iud removal and depo shot for the first time on May 2nd … 2 days after that me and my boyfriend had unprotected intercourse , about a week or two later I started having preganacy symptoms I took a test , one was positive then like 2 weeks later I took another one it was negative . The symptoms im having says it could be from the depo but I’m also having frequeant urination and gas with conspation , I be having twitching at the bottom of my stomach and I used a app to help me figure out how far I could be since that day and its 10 weeks , but I’m not sure . I also took another test today and it came up negative . My bleeding had been light and on and off . I also bleed after intercourse . I just really need help and advice to see if I’m preganant since I only got one depo shot

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for depo to being working.  Since you had sex only 2 days after getting the depo, it is possible that you have become pregnant.  Since your most recent pregnancy test is negative then you are likely not pregnant.  You may experience some irregular bleeding for the first few months after starting the depo shot while your body adjusts.  If you are still concerned about being pregnant, you could visit a doctor for a blood test.

Question from July 11, 2017

I and my bf had unprotected sex on 28th of June and then I took I pill and had unprotected sex again on the same day. Now on 9th of July my body started showing some weird symptoms which I never felt earlier like nausea fatigue stomach cramp feeling of vomit faints headache backache heaviness in my legs and on next day on 10th i got my perioda but its unusual uncomfortable periods followed by brown blood and clotted bloods and its lighter the bleeding is very mild. Its my 2nd day of periods though my bleeding is very lighter and still i have stomach cramp and nausea. I get emotional and irriated easily. It’s being 3 days my body is showing such symptoms. I’m really scared. Should I be pregnant. Should I take a pregnancy test.??

There are many things that could be causing your symptoms.  You may be having some hormonal changes that are affecting your mood and your period.  There is also a chance you could be pregnant if you are having unprotected sex, especially if you are not on birth control.  The only way to know for sure would be to take a pregnancy test.

Question from July 4, 2017

Hello ! I got the nexplanon inserted the 26th of June and had sex today ( July 4th ), would I need to take plan b or is the implant working already?

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the implant to start working.  Since it was more than 7 days, you had pregnancy protection.  But keep in mind that the implant is not 100% effective and there is always a small chance a pregnancy could happen.

Question from July 2, 2017

my implant was supposed to get removed on the 3rd of June I been having unprotected sex with my boyfriend my cycle was supposed to start on the 30th but it haven’t came yet…could I be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Since your implant is past its date for removal, it is no longer working and there is a chance you could be pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from July 1, 2017

Hi, I had my first deposit shot on March and the told me to get back at may. I forgot and my boyfriend came in me so is there a chance of pregnancy?

ANSWER:  Yes, there is chance a pregnancy could happen since you missed your shot.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  Please come back in as soon as possible for a pregnancy test and to restart your birth control.

Question from June 30, 2017

I have something to ask because last may 15 me and my girlfriend had protected sex and this month her period is not yet arrive but she took pregnancy test , is she pregnant ?

ANSWER:  If you had unprotected sex in May, have not had sex since then, and the pregnancy test is negative, then she is likely not pregnant.

Question from June 30, 2017

Hi, I had sex on may 3rd. I have problems with my period. They come and go when they please. I can’t keep track of it at all. Anyway I have had the Mirena for two years but I am wondering if I could be pregnant. My nipples are sore and I’m bloated and I have a uti. I have taken 7 hpts and they were all negative.

ANSWER: Hi.  The Mirena is 99% effective so the chances of you being pregnant are very small.  If the last time you had sex was May 3rd, the home pregnancy tests should be giving you accurate results.  The symptoms you are having could just be from natural hormonal changes.  If you believe the tests are wrong, you can visit an obstetrician for further testing.

Question from June 30, 2017

I had my periods on june 6th til June 10th and unprotected sex on june 21st,24th and 28th and my next periods due date s july 5th regularly but now I got my periods on june 30th itself . Is there chance of pregnancy ?

ANSWER:  There is a chance a pregnancy could happen since you had unprotected sex, but since your period has started that is unlikely.  It sounds like your period just came a few days early this month, which happens to many people from time to time.  If you are on a method of birth control, it is even less likely that you are pregnant.  If you are not on a birth control, you want to consider starting one to help prevent pregnancy.  If you are still concerned about being pregnant, you could take a pregnancy test to be sure.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers free pregnancy tests and birth control for teens.  Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from June 28, 2017

Hi, I’ve been given the implant 8 days today and through out that time I have taken the pill to prevent pregnancy during 7 days but, I have been having sex unprotected 3 times during that 7 day period and I missed my pill on the 7th day when we had sex the 3rd time also he came in me all 3 times is it possible I’m pregnant?

ANSWER: Hi. The chances of you being likely are very small, but there is a chance. Take a pregnancy in 2 weeks to be sure you’re not pregnant.

Question from June 28, 2017

Okay so I had unprotected sex saturday but my shots due tomorrow for depo is there a chance I could be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Anytime you have unprotected sex there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  Since you had sex before your depo shot was due, the chances of you being pregnant are very small; less than 1%.  Be sure to get your shot on time, so that you will continue to be protected from pregnancy.

Question from June 28, 2017

Hi , so I recently started the pill , I toOK pill 7 yesterday, but I had sex about 2 hours later and the condom ripped , I just want to know of im at risk of getting pregnant or if I am safe
Note : I’ve been taking the pill daily at the same time. I havent missed a single day
Please let me know Asap I’m really worried , thank you so much

ANSWER:  Hi.  It takes about 7 days for the pills to become effective, so you are probably safe.  But to be sure you can take Plan B to reduce the chance of a pregnancy happening.  You also have 5 days to take Plan B, but it works best if taken within 3 days.  Your local Health Department and Teen Matters has FREE Plan B for teens.

Question from June 28, 2017

12 years old got my first period on the 2nd of May for 4 days.
Had unprotected sex five times after my period i got my period again after that.
Took a home pregnancy test came out negative.

Can i be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Since you had your period after the last time you had sex, you are likely not pregnant.  But if you continue to have sex, especially if you are not on a method of birth control, then you are likely to get pregnant at some point.  If you do not want to be pregnant and are not on birth control, consider starting a method. Also, keep in mind that having sex without a condom puts you at risk for STDs and HIV. Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers FREE pregnancy tests and birth control for teens. Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from June 28, 2017

Hello, I had my last periods on june 6 til.Jun 10 and I had unprotected sex on 21st June and on 24th June , and my next periods Wil b on July 5 th r 6th I always have my periods regular . Is there chance of getting. Pregnancy?’

ANSWER:  Hi.  Yes, there is a chance you could be pregnant since you had unprotected sex.  If you are on birth control, that chance is small, but if you are not on birth control, that chance is higher. The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  The pregnancy test will not be accurate until 2 weeks after conception.  So, it may be best to wait until it’s time for your period to start.  If your period starts, then you are likely not pregnant.  If it does not start, then you may want to take a pregnancy test.  If you do not want to be pregnant and are not on birth control, consider starting a method.  Also, keep in mind that having sex without a condom puts you at risk for STDs and HIV. Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers FREE pregnancy tests and birth control for teens. Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from June 26, 2017

Hi I had been on depo since April 18 2017 but I been having unprotected sex I had unprotected sex 3 weeks before getting second shot could I be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Hi.  As long you are not late for your shot, you will have pregnancy protection and will likely not get pregnant.  Keep in mind that anytime you have sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen. But since you were on time for your shot, the chances are less than 1%. Using condoms will help further reduce the chance of you getting pregnant while also protecting you from STDs and HIV.

Question from June 22, 2017

hi, I got my first depo shot in early December of 2016 my period came in January it lasted for two weeks straight normally my periods last only 4 to 5 days so I thought it had to be the depo shot but was still concern because it lasted that long, I was supposed to go back for my second shot between feb 20 and 23 of march of 2017 but I didnt go back for the second shot because I didnt like the fact that I was bleeding that long so its now june 22nd almost into July and still no period I went to my doctor last month and she did pregnant test and other tests on me they all came back negative.I have had the breast soreness alot feeling nausea sometimes in the morning even when I take my medicine I’m taking metformin , lisinopril and aspirin sometimes I just take my metformin and I dont feel sick or with headaches only when I take the other two pills. my stomach is big and hard at the top and middle but not at the bottom.could I be pregnant and it just didnt show on my Dr pregnancy test she gave me and why hasn’t my period started yet my Dr said it could be from the depo shot . what advice can you give me ? Please Help

ANSWER: Hi.  One of the side effects of the depo shot is irregular bleeding. Some people have prolonged bleeding like you experienced, but it usually stops after the 2nd shot.  Although you are no longer taking the shot, it could still take up to a year for your periods to return to normal.  If you are having unprotected sex it is possible for you to become pregnant anytime.  If you do not want to be pregnant, it would be best for you to start another method of birth control as soon as possible.

Question from June 22, 2017

I got my first depo shot on May 15th just before my period should have started, I did not bleed when I was supposed to get my period I then had unprotected sex 2-3 weeks after. I started bleeding on 22 June. What’s happening?

ANSWER:  One of the side effects of the depot shot is irregular bleeding, so you may notice that your periods may come at different times that usual or you may skip some period.  This is a normal side effect of the shot and is not cause for alarm.

Question from June 21, 2017

Hi,I had a baby January 7th and I got my very first shot before I left the hospital January 10th I was supposed to got my shot April 7th but I missed it I spotted brown discharge for 5 days been having sore breast and some dizziness could I be pregnant

ANSWER: Hi. It is possible you could be pregnant if you have had sex after April 7th.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  If you are not pregnant, you may want to consider starting a long term method of birth control like the IUD or the implant. This would give you more time to bond with your baby without having to worry about coming back in for a refill or shot.

Question from June 19, 2017

Hi, I had unprotected sex with my girlfriend from May 31st to June 3rd almost everyday (quickies) and I used the pullout method and didn’t cum either way but precum may have happened and then on June 5th we went and bought a Plan B pill. How likely is it that she may be pregnant? She’s been having spotting and light bleeding this week for the past 4 days and she’s a week early from her period. Could that be the Plan B?

ANSWER:  Anytime you have unprotected sex, there is chance a pregnancy could happen.  Taking Plan B will help prevent a pregnancy for anything within 5 days before taking the pill, so it may have worked for those dates.  But the only way to know if she is pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.  If you two are not ready to be parents, it would be best for her to start using a method of birth control to help prevent pregnancies. Using condoms will also add more protection.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers free pregnancy test, birth control and condoms for teens.  Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from June 17, 2017

I got my first depo on my 5th day of my cycle. 6 days later, my boyfriend came in me. Am i protected?

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for depo to begin working.  If you had sex 6 days later, you were not protected.  It would be best to take a pregnancy test to be sure you are not pregnant.

Question from June 17, 2017

i got my last shot february 22, i was due may 22 but missed it . me and my partner been having unprotected sex everynight. could i be pregnant due to me being late? 

ANSWER:  Yes. Since your shot is late, there is a possibility of pregnancy.  If you do not want to be pregnant, it would be best for you to start using another method of birth control.  If you are having trouble getting your shot on time, you may want to consider starting a long term method such as the implant or IUD.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers free pregnancy test, birth control and condoms for teens.  Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from June 16, 2017

Hey I never received a call back from anyone does thT mean I’m good and don’t have any std

ANSWER:  Not necessarily.  It would be best to visit the clinic to find out your results.

Question from June 15, 2017

If I had unprotected sex, 2 weeks before getting the nexplonon inserted. Can that affect the fetus in any way?

ANSWER: No, it should not cause any harm to the fetus.  Nexplanon has a chemical that is similar to progesterone, which is the same hormone that your body would release if you were pregnant.  But if you are pregnant, it is best to have the Nexplanon removed.

Question from June 15, 2017

I got my first depo shot on my 3rd day of menstruation. After that i had unprotected sex regularly . My menstruation used to be 2 -3 days late and Now its almost 12 days past my missed period. Could i be pregnant?

ANSWER:  One of the side effects of depo is missed or irregular periods.  So it is likely that your period is late because that’s just one of the effects of the shot.  It is still possible to get pregnant but that chance less than 1% while on depo.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from June 11, 2017

Does having a withdrawal bleed after taking Plan B mean that it worked and pregnancy did not occur?

ANSWER:  Bleeding after Plan B is effective is common, but the only way to know for sure if Plan B worked it to take a pregnancy test.

Question from June 4, 2017

Hi. I’ve been on the Xulane patch since July of last year. I use it correctly. I got off my period last Monday and had sex the following night and my bf ejactulated in me. I took plan b 7 hours later. Well today he also ejactulated in me. Am I safe? Does the Xulane patch actually stop ovulation?

ANSWER:  The Xulane patch does help prevent ovulation, so the chances of you being pregnant are very small. But keep in mind that birth control is not 100% percent effective, so there is always a small chance a pregnancy could happen especially if condoms are not being used.

Question from June 4, 2017

I had sex 2 days before the start of my period. I am on birth control, we used a condom, and I took Plan B about 6 hours after the intercourse. What are the chances of being pregnant?

ANSWER:  Since you are already on birth control and you used a condom, the chances of you getting pregnant are very small.  In this case, it does not sound like you needed to take Plan B.  Plan B is for emergencies and  only needed if you were not on birth control and you thought the condom broke or a condom was not used.  If you continue to use condoms and birth control, Plan B is not needed; this is not a medication you take after every sexual encounter.

Question from June 4, 2017

How likely is it to get pregnant if you have sex 2 days before the start of your period?

ANSWER:  Since it is impossible to know when ovulation happens, there is no way to tell how likely you are to get pregnant, but there is chance.  If you started you period after sex, then you are likely not pregnant.

Question from June 1, 2017

I had unprotected sex on Sat May 27,2017 and it is now June 1,2017 I have been having some cramp like pains on my left side I need to know if there is a chance that I will become pregnant my last menstrual was May 20,2017

ANSWER:  Anytime you have sex, there is chance you could become pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  For an accurate result, take the test 2 weeks after this incident; around June 10th.  If you are on a method of birth control, you are likely not pregnant.  If you are not on a method of birth control and do not want to be pregnant, you may want to think about starting birth control.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers FREE birth control and pregnancy tests for teens.  Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from June 1, 2017

I had my birth control (implant) removed Tuesday may 30th, the next day may 31st I had unprotected sex and he came inside me. Could I be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Yes, there is a possibility you could be pregnant. It is possible to get pregnant immediately after the implant is removed.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test in 2 week.s

Question from June 1, 2017

How accurate is a HPT 12 weeks after sex?

ANSWER:  Home pregnancy tests are usually accurate 2 weeks after conception.  If the last time you had sex was 12 weeks ago, an HPT should be giving you an accurate result. If you are still unsure, you should see an OB/GYN for further testing.

Question from May 31, 2017

I’m on the depo an I had sex with my ex on 22 of may 2017 , who came in me I was wondering if I could be pregnant my next shot is June 9

ANSWER:  Since your depo shot isn’t due until June 9, you still had pregnancy protection in May.  This means you are likely not pregnant.  But keep in mind, anytime you have sex there is a chance you could become pregnant. While on depo, that chance is less than 1%.

Question from May 28, 2017

My last depo shot was feb 22 and I believe I’m good until May 24, but I haven’t token it. I’ve only gotten 3 doses injectioned into me. my partner and I have been having unprotected sex and he’s came in me every single time. My question is what are the chances of me getting pregnant after me missing my shot?

ANSWER: There is a chance of you getting pregnant, especially if you had sex after the last day of your shot.  I cannot not tell you how likely you are to get pregnant, but you are much more likely to get pregnant if your shot is late.

Question from May 28, 2017

I had a depo shot on March 25- 2017 when is the next one due ?

ANSWER:  Your shot will be due between June 10 and June 24.  Call the clinic to double check the dates.

Question from May 27, 2017

5/27

I had sex on 26 may my gf had baby on 13 march due date now she says im the dad. Can I be dad

ANSWER:  It is possible. The only way to know if you are the dad is to take a paternity test.

Question from May 25, 2017

Is a pregnancy test effective two weeks after unprotected sex

ANSWER:  Yes, most pregnancy test are effective after 2 weeks of unprotected sex.

Question from May 25, 2017

I’m in my 19th week of pregnancy right now. My due date was given as October 16, 2017. My first blood test on 2/2 my hcg levels were 58. All of January my home pregnancy tests came out negative.

Is there any way I got pregnant in December 2016?
I had unprotected sex on December 23, 2016 but I took plan b the day after.

All of January I had unprotected sex. It’s a little confusing as I didn’t get a period December and January. I only experienced one day of bleeding on December 30, 2016. (I have a history of irregular periods)

ANSWER:  Based on your due to date, it seems that you became pregnant in early January, but this is only an estimate.  There is no way to pinpoint exactly when you became pregnant.  And since you have irregular periods, that make is even harder to pinpoint when the pregnancy may have happened.

Question from May 24, 2017

I was on Mirena for 8 month got it taken out I had unprotected sex an he said he finished inside but pulled out before he injected inside of me. I took the plan b pill a few hours after sex an also took another plan b pill the next day. I suppose to start my period in one day what are my chances of being pregnant? Please help

ANSWER:  Since you had unprotected sex and are not on birth control there is a chance you could be pregnant. Since you took Plan B those chances are much smaller, but it is still possible.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test 2 weeks after this incident.  If you do not want to be pregnant, it would be best for you to start another method of birth control if you are not pregnant.  Teen Matters and the Health Department offers FREE pregnancy tests and birth control for teens. Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from May 22, 2017

Hello, I Been on the Depo- shot for about Two months , So I was due on the 13 up to May 15 for my Depo -Shot. I didn’t get the shot And then I had unprotected sex on the 22nd He came for sure. Could I Be pregnant ??

ANSWER:  Hi.  If the last date for your depo shot was May 15, then there is possibility that you could be pregnant because you were not covered on May 22.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  If you are having trouble getting you depo shot on time you may want to consider an long term option such as the IUD or Implant.   Teen Matters and your local Health Department has free pregnancy tests and birth control, including the IUD an Implant, for teens. Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from May 22, 2017

I got my shot on February 18th 2017. I was due for my shot on May 13,2017 and I’ll be consider past due on the 27th of May which it would be 15 weeks. My question is, normally is advice to get a depo no later than 12weeks, I’m on my 14 week having unprotected sex, I haven’t gotten a period and my body is experiencing different symptoms of period, is there a possibility I could be pregnant ? Am I still covered until the 27th?

ANSWER:  Anytime you have sex, especially unprotected sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  If the nurse told you the past due date is May 27th, then you are still covered until then and your chances of pregnancy are less than 1%.  Some types of depo last longer than 12 weeks. The symptoms you are experiencing could be occurring because you are getting closer to your past due date.

Question from May 19, 2017

I got an abortion April 19 2017 and got the depo shot right after is that the reason I’m still bleeding and it’s may 19 2017

ANSWER:  One of the side effects of the depo shot is abnormal bleeding, so that is likely the reason you are still experiencing bleeding.  If you are concerned, call the doctor that gave you the shot.  They may be able to give you something to help with the bleeding.

Question from May 19, 2017

hi i got the depo shot on May 11th , i had unprotected sex on May 18th late in the night, am i protected by the shot ?? or can i be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Hi.  It takes 7 days for the shot to begin protecting from pregnancy, so on May 18th you were protected and are likely not pregnant.  But keep in mind, that anytime you have sex, especially unprotected sex, a pregnancy could happen.

Question from May 18, 2017

I had unprotected sex on April 6 when should I take a pregnancy test?

ANSWER:  A pregnancy test would be accurate 2 weeks after unprotected sex.  So you could take it anytime after April 20 for an accurate result.  If you are worried about pregnancy and not on birth control, you may want to consider starting a method of brith control to help prevent pregnancy.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers FREE birth control for teens.  Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from May 17, 2017

I got my first depo shot on Thursday May 11 . Can I have unprotected sex on Friday May 19 at 12 am midnight? Or even on Thursday May 18 , since it’s been a week ?

ANSWER:  You will begin to have protection from pregnancy on May 18th, but keep in mind that anytime you have sex a pregnancy could happen.  Although that chance will be less than 1% it is still possible, especially if you are not using a condom.

Question from May 17, 2017

If I had my shot march 13th 2017 , is my next shot pass due?

ANSWER:  Your shot is likely due between May 29 and June 11, but call your clinic to get the exact dates.

Question from May 16, 2017

I had sex 7 days before my next depo shot was due on May 13th. I took a pregnancy test May 11th. It was negative, but could I still possibly be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Anytime you have sex, especially unprotected sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  Since you had sex before your depo shot was due,  you had had protection from pregnancy so the chances of you being pregnancy are less than 1%.

Question from May 14, 2017

Can depo shot be used as an emergency contraceptives?

ANSWER:  No. the depo shot cannot be used as emergency contraception.

Question from May 14, 2017

Will taking a second depo shot be useless since am already late for it by four weeks and in the fourth week I had unprotected sex but later took the depo shot after an hour.can the depo shot be an emergency contraceptive at this point or will I have high chances of getting pregnant?

ANSWER:  The deop shot is not a form of emergency contraception and there is a higher change you could be come pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  If you are having troubling getting your shots on time, you may want to consider a long-acting method like the implant or IUD.

Question from May 14, 2017

I had my first depo shot on Dec. 23, 2016 and that was the day I started bleeding. I stopped bleeding about 3 hrs after I had the shot and I had unprotected sex a few hours later. I started back bleeding the next day for a week. My second shot was due March 2017 and I haven’t received it yet. My breasts been hurting, I’ve thrown up, nausea, headaches, back pain. I’ve taken a pregnancy test last week and it came back negative. What should I do?

ANSWER:  If you have had sex within the last 2 weeks it would be best for you to stop having sex for two weeks and then take a pregnancy test.  If the test is negative, you should come back in to start another method of birth control. If you are having troubling getting your shots on time, you may want to consider a long-acting method like the implant or IUD.

Question from May 12, 2017

if i had unprotected sex may 1st 2017 and my next depo shot is due may 19th 2017 am i pregnant??

Any time you have unprotected sex there is chance they could become pregnant.  Since you are not late for your shot, you have protection and the chances of you being pregnant are less than 1%.  If you are still unsure, you can take a pregnancy test.

Question from May 11, 2017

I got off my depot shot in February 17th 2017. I spotted around February 25th (brown discharge) and again in March, April 2017 I got my period for 7 days. This month May 2017 I am 8 days late on my period, I’ve take at home pregnancy test and they have all been negative. Could I be pregnant?

ANSWER:  It is possible you could be pregnant if you are not using another method of birth control.  It takes 2 weeks for most pregnancy tests to give an accurate result.  This means that if you are having unprotected sex on a regular basis, you could become pregnant at any time, but the test may not give a positive result for another 2 weeks. If you do not want to be pregnant, it would be best for you to stop having sex until you find out if you are pregnant or not and then start another method of birth control.

Question from May 10, 2017

Can a depo shot prevent me from getting pregnant if I was three weeks late for my second shot and had unprotected sexx one day before I went for the shot? Will I get pregnant despite the late depo shot or should take an emergency pill?

Since you were late for your depo shot and it takes 7 days for the second shot to become effective, you do have a risk for pregnancy and it would be best to take Plan B.

Question from May 10, 2017

Hey, I missed my depo shot April 14 had unprotected the day after, three- four weeks later (May 8) went back to get the shot , had unprotected sex that same day and the day after as well , is there a chance of pregnancy ?

Hi.  Anytime you have sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  It takes 7 days for depo to become effective and since you were late for your shot, you do have a higher chance of getting pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test two weeks after unprotected sex.

Question from May 9, 2017

Hi, I got nexplanon on May 1st. This past Monday made 7 days but that night I had unprotected sex. Is it possible that I could be pregnant ? I’m really worried

ANSWER:  Hi. Anytime you have sex, especially unprotected sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  Since it was 7 days after getting the Nexplanon, you had pregnancy protection and the chances of you getting pregnant are less than 1%.  If you are still worried, you can take a pregnancy two weeks after that Monday to be sure.

Question from May 9, 2017

I was late for my second depo shot for three weeks and then in the fourth week I went to get the shot but an hour before I had unprotected sex could I get pregnant? Will the depo prevent me from getting pregnant?

ANSWER:  If you were late for your depo shot there was a chance you could become pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from May 8, 2017

I had unprotected sex, one hour after I took a depo shot could I get pregnant?

ANSWER: Anytime you have unprotected sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  If this was your first depo shot, then yes, you run the risk of getting pregnant because the shot takes 7 days to begin protecting from pregnancy.  You can take Plan B within 5 days of unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy.  If this was not your first shot and you were not late for this shot, then you are likely not pregnant. The Health Department and Teen Matters has free Plan B.

Question from May 7, 2017

Hi,I had sex on August 16,2016 and on April 27,2017 she gave birth and claims that i’m the father,could it be mine?

ANSWER:  Hi. Because you had sex with her, there is a possibility that you could be the father.  The only way to know for sure would be to take a paternity test.

Question from May 6, 2017

What is a jockstrap, what does it do, and when should a guy wear them? I think I heard someone say about wearing one for gym class.

ANSWER:  A jockstrap is a type of underwear males may choose to wear to protect their genitalia (penis and testicles) during sports or other athletic activities.

Question from May 6, 2017

My girlfriend got the depo shot on April 26 and we had sex on May 3rd, so that is 7 days. She has been on depo for about 2 years now. Should we have waited until after the 7th day and could she be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Anytime you have sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  If she was not late for her last shot, then she had protection from pregnancy on May 3rd and is likely not pregnant. If she was late for her shot, since you all waited 7 days, the chances of her being pregnancy are very small.

Question from May 5, 2017

Okay so, I got the depo shot on March 27 ,2017. And my next appointment is on June 19 ,2017. Am I able to get the implant before June 12th?

ANSWER:  Yes, you can get the implant as soon you want it.  Call or text your nearest clinic to set up an appointment.

Question from May 5, 2017

hi i have a concern i got my implanon took out on april 28th . i had unprotected sex may 2 . but i took plan b the next day could i be pregnant ? im asking because i dont know how long it takes for the implanon to get out of my system …help please im worring to death …

ANSWER:  Hi.  The implant stops working as soon as it is taken out.  Since you took Plan B, your chances of getting pregnant are reduced, but it is still possible. The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test 2 weeks after May 2.  If you do not want to be pregnant, it would be best for you to start using another method of birth control.

Question from May 1, 2017

I’m on depo shot and I had unprotected sex April 30 2017 around 1am and my next depo appointment is may 23 2017 if I miss my appointment can I get pregnant and I still bleeding little bit it come and go

ANSWER:  If you miss your appointment on May 23, you are at risk for pregnancy is you have sex after that date.  The chances of you getting pregnant from the sex on April 30th are very small since you have pregnancy protection from depo.

Question from April 30, 2017

So I’m 4 days pass my missed period and I’m on the depo shot should I be worried about a pregnancy test.

ANSWER:  One of the side effects of the depo shot is missed or irregular periods.  This is a normal side effect and there is no need to worry.  You could take a pregnancy test to be sure, but the chances of you being pregnant are very small.

Question from  April 30, 2017

Hey I Was Tested With Chlamydia And Got Treated. 2 week later I was waiting on my period and it’s the 5th day I missed it and been having stomach and back pain

ANSWER: Hi.  It would be best for you to come back in to speak with a nurse about what could be causing your period to be late.

Question from April 30, 2017

I took the drop shot on April 20th and had unprotected sex on the 30 of April and he comes inside me . Is there a possibility I might get pregnant?

ANSWER: It takes the depo shot 7 days to become effective, so on April 30th you had pregnancy protection.  Anytime you have unprotected sex there is a chance a pregnancy could happen, but since your birth control was effective the chances to you becoming pregnant are very small.

Question from April 27, 2017

I got the nexplanon on April 26 2017 the next morning had unprotected sex and he did his business in me , could I get pregnant?

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the Nexplanon to become effective. If you had unprotected sex the next day, there is a chance you could become pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from April 26, 2017

Hey. I got the nexplanon implant on April 13th. Today April 26th my boyfriend came in me and I was set to ovulate on the 25th. Do I need to take a plan be just to be clear of pregnancy??

ANSWER:  Hi. It takes 7 days for the Nexplanon to begin working so on April 26th you had protection from pregnancy and do not need to take Plan B.  But keep in mind that even with birth control, there is still a chance a pregnancy could happen; that chance is just very small.

Question from April 26, 2017

Hello, I am currently on depo shot. I always get my shot around the first day or two that I am told to get the follow up shot. My last shot was ob February 2nd and I was told to call for another appointment on April 26th which I did today. The earliest appointment I was able to schedule isn’t until Monday, May 1st. Will I still be “covered” if I were to have sex with my boyfriend before my appointment?

ANSWER:  Hi.  There is a two week period of time that you are covered after the first day that your shot is due.  If your last shot was on February 2nd, then you will be covered until May 4th.  So the chances of you coming pregnant are very small.

Question from April 25, 2017

Hi me and my parter had unprotected sex 4 days after depo shot and it was off her period is there a chance she’s pregnant

ANSWER:  Hi.If this was her first depo shot, it takes 7 days for it to become effective.  Therefore there is a chance she could have become pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  If this was not her first depo shot, and she was not late for this shot, then the chances or her being pregnant are less than 1%.

Question from April 22, 2017

Hello! I had my 4th day of my menstruation and in that day we had sex. We don’t know if his semen got out and his condom slowly running out. We dont have any idea what it was, however it didnt gone to my vagina. Can I get pregnant?

ANSWER: Hi!  Anytime you have sex, even with a condom, there is chance pregnancy could happen.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  Pregnancy tests are most accurate 2 weeks after conception.  If you are not on a method of birth control, you may want to consider starting one to add more protection from pregnancy. Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers free pregnancy tests and birth control for teens. Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from April 20, 2017

In fourth grade I started experiencing really bad stomach pain that sometimes led me to vomiting every morning, or being in so much pain I couldn’t even stand up. I had this pain steadily until 7th grade, when I got my period. Now, I get the same exact pain when I’m about to start my period. (I’m a senior in high school) Is it possible that I started experiencing period cramps in fourth grade but didn’t actually get my period until 7th? It still really hurts the first morning every time its my time of the month.

ANSWER:  It is hard to say what is causing the pain. It would be best for you to see a doctor to examine you to find out the cause for your pain. If you have not mentioned this pain to an adult that can help you make a Doctor’s appointment, you may want to tell them.

Question from April 12, 2017

I’ve been on depo for two years and in my most recent 3 month range of going to get the other shot on my second month I got nexoplanon but I had unprotected sex the next day of getting my nexoplanon does my shot still cover me from getting pregnant

ANSWER:  Since you still had one month left on your depo after getting your nexplanon, you were still covered by the depo when you had unprotected sex.

Question from April 10, 2017

I had my normal period March 24 – March 28. I had unprotected sex April 5th around 4:30-5pm and took the plan B pill March 7th around 8pm. Is that after the 72 hours? Is there a chance of me being pregnant?

ANSWER:  It was after 72hrs when it is most effective, but you actually can take it up to 5 days later and it may still provide some protection.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy 2 weeks from April 5th.  If you are not on a method of birth control, you should consider starting one.  Plan B should be for emergency use only.  If you are going to sexually active, you need a reliable method of birth control to prevent pregnancy on a regular basis.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offer FREE birth control and pregnancy tests for teens.  Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from April 8, 2017

Hello, I plan on getting the depo shot for the first time and was wondering how fast can it work?

ANSWER: Hi.  It takes 7 days for the depo shot to begin protecting against pregnancy.  But keep in mind, there is always a small chance (less than 1%) that a pregnancy still could happen, because only abstinence (not having sex) is 100% effective.

Question from April 5, 2017

I got the depo shot on march 21 of this year, but yesterday my boyfriend came. Should I take plan B?

ANSWER:  The depo shot takes 7 days to begin protecting from pregnancy.  Since this happened more than 7 days after your shot, you are protected from pregnancy and do not need to take Plan B.  But keep in mind that anytime you have sex, especially unprotected sex, there is chance a pregnancy could happen.  But since you are on the depo shot, those chances are less than 1%.

Question from March 30, 2017

Hello! I was on the depo shot for about a year and a half. During that time frame I did not have a menstrual cycle at all andI gained 40+ lbs. Seeing the increase in my weight I decided to cease the depo shot. I received my last depo injection July 5th 2016, and it is now March 30th 2017 and my cycle has not returned. Is this normal?

ANSWER:  Hi.  It can sometimes take up to a year for periods to become normal again after stopping the depo shot.  If you are using another method of birth control like the Implant or IUD, then you may continue to not have periods while using these.  If you are not using a method of birth control, but are having sex,  it is possible you could have become pregnant.  If you have been having sex and not using another method of birth control, it would be best for you to take a pregnancy test.  If the test is negative and  you are not on the IUD or Implant and your periods have not returned by July of this year, you may want to see a doctor.

Question from March 27, 2017

had a abortion march 2nd & my depo march 10th what are the chances of getting pregnant if i had unprotected sex march 25th

ANSWER:  It takes depo 7 days to being protecting against pregnancy, so the chances of you getting pregnant are very small.

Question from March 26, 2017

I am on Mononessa as my birth control and on Doxycycline antI biotic for acne. I had unprotected sex on March 8 and he ejaculated on my stomach. I took my last pill today before I start the sugar pills and I’m supposed to get my period tomorrow but I’m not spotting. Am I pregnant?

ANSWER:  Doxycycline may decrease the effectiveness of your pill and since you had unprotected sex, there is a chance you could become pregnant.  If your period does not start before you begin taking your next pack of pills, you need to take a pregnancy test.

Question from March 26, 2017

I’ve been on the 1 month norigynon shot for the past 8 months but I’ve started spotting everyday and wasn’t even sure when my period came or not because they had gotten lighter. My gyno decided it would be best to discontinue the shot and wait for a month before I started a different contraceptive method. I was supposed to get my follow up shot on march 24 and didn’t because of the month break but me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex on the 25. I’m worried. would I still be safe or am I no longer covered since I’m not getting the follow up shot that I was supposed to get yesterday?

ANSWER:  If your shot was due on March 24, you were no longer covered on March 25 and are at risk for pregnancy.  You could take Plan B before March 30 and that may help protect you from pregnancy.  You should also take a pregnancy test in to two weeks just to be sure you did not become pregnant.

Question from March 22, 2017

I just had unprotected sex last night, he pulled out. This morning I made an appointment to get the birth control implant. My appointment is tomorrow I read that you aren’t supposed to have unprotected sex for 2 weeks before getting the implant. Why is that? Should I tell them? Will it still work that same?

ANSWER:  Yes, you should be honest and tell them you had sex.  They may be able to give you Plan B and also give you the birth control.  We want you to not have sex for 2 week so that we can be sure you are not pregnant before we give you the birth control.

Question from March 22, 2017

Hi my name is A____ I’m 18 years old and sexually active because I am sexual active I went to go get nexplanon the implant and I was on my period but the day after I got it I was off but the doctor told me to wait a week before I have unprotected sex so I did and on the 7th day I had sex and my boyfriend ejaculated in me 4 or 5 weeks later I started experiencing random light bleeding but not enough to fill a pad so my question is am I pregnant? Cause I’m so worried

ANSWER:  Since you are having unprotected sex, there is always a chance you could become pregnant, but that chance is very small since you are on the Nexplanon.  If you are worried about pregnancy, the only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test. One of the side effects of Nexplanon is missed or irregular periods.  This means that some months your bleeding may be heavy, light or you may have no bleeding at all and it may come at irregular times.   It sounds like you just have a very light period at an abnormal time of the month because of the new birth control.

Question from March 21, 2017

Does starting birth control pills throw your cycle off track?

ANSWER:  Using birth control will likely change the time that your period would normally start.  Now you periods will start at some point during the last row of your pills.  It may not necessarily start on the first day of the last row, but it should start before you begin your next pack of pills.

Question from March 19, 2017

I have three questions.. I got the deop shot December 21st 2016 and I am supposed to go for my second one March 20th 2017 (Tomorrow) (I get my period 21st of each month) But I has unprotected sex with my boyfriend about two weeks ago (March 3rd) and he ejaculated in me twice within that day and about a week after I noticed I’ve been getting white discharge on my underwear for about two days then after I spotted for a few more days along with random nose bleeding and wakin up in the night to my saliva all over my pillow, my stomach is bloated and cramping, I’ve already been having the dizziness and headaches but I’ve noticed it being worse. Also using the restroom more frequently. I took a home pregnancy test on the 17th of March (about 4 days before my period) It came out negative but is it possible I texted too early? Could I be pregnant because I am only on one shot ? When is the best time to test again ?

ANSWER:  The chances of you becoming pregnant are very low since you are on the depo shot.  But pregnancy is always possible especially if you are having unprotected sex.  It takes about 14 days for a pregnancy test to be accurate.  If you last had sex on March 3 and took the test on March 17, then the results were accurate and you are not pregnant.  One of the common side effects of the depo shot are missed or irregular periods.  So you may miss your period while taking depo, but this does not necessarily mean you are pregnant.  There is no need to repeat the pregnancy test, unless you want to.

Question from March 18, 2017

I was due to have my depo shot on February 21 and I had unprotected sex the 17. I chose the to get the Implanon on the 20. I started spotting two weeks later. Could I be pregnant?

ANSWER: Anytime a person has unprotected sex, a pregnancy could happen.  Since you were still covered by your depo shot on February 17th, the chances of you being pregnant are very small.  The spotting you noticed was likely because you changed birth control methods and your body was adjusting.  If you are worried, you could take a pregnancy test.

Question from March 15, 2017

I have been on Nexplanon since August 2015 and have had unprotected sex twice in the last month. I’m not sure if he came. I haven’t gotten my period since September 2015 so I don’t have that normal sign but should I be worried about pregnancy?

ANSWER:  Anytime you have sex, especially unprotected sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  Since you are on the Nexplanon, the chances of you being pregnant are very small.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from March 13, 2017

Hey I’m having swollen bumps on my vigina I went too the doctor and they only give me antibiotics and yet it still don’t work but i looks it up they sayed have them take the fluid out

ANSWER:  If they are not getting better after finishing your medication, you may need to go back for a follow-up appointment.

Question from March 13, 2017

What’s the proper way too wash my vigina soap summer eve ? I was but still smell

ANSWER:  The vagina has a natural smell; it is not odorless.  To use the soap, follow the directions on the back of the bottle.  If you feel that your vagina has an abnormal smell, come in for a check up.

Question from March 12, 2017

Hi, I was on depo shot for a little over a year. My last shot was due on March 3rd, 2017 at the latest, however, I never got the shot again until the March 8th, 2017.
Four days later(today), I had unprotected sex twice in a row and my significant other did not pull out. And my period ended on March 11th, 2017 (yesterday).
Is there a possibility I could become pregnant?!?

ANSWER: Anytime you have unprotected sex there is a risk of becoming pregnant.  Since you were only one day late for your shot, the chances of you becoming pregnant are very small.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test..

Question from March 11, 2017

Hi, i got my first depo shot on the 23 of febuary and had unprotected sex march 10 & my boyfriend came inside me, am i at risk pf being pregnant?

ANSWER:  Anytime you have unprotected sex there is a risk of becoming pregnant.  Since you are on the depo shot, you have pregnancy protection and the chances of you becoming pregnant are very small.  If you are worried about being pregnant, the only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from March 11, 2017

I had unprotected sex on my period but am depo could I get pregnant?

ANSWER:  Anytime you have unprotected sex there is a risk of becoming pregnant.  Since you are on the depo shot, you have pregnancy protection and the chances of you becoming pregnant are very small.  If you are worried about being pregnant, the only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from March 9, 2017

Hi, I received my depo shot on February 28th and just had unprotected sex yesterday on March 8th. What are my chances of being pregnant? Should I get a plan B just in case?

ANSWER:  Anytime a person has sex, especially unprotected sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  Since this encounter took place more than 7 days after you got the shot, you had protection from pregnancy and your chances of becoming pregnancy are very small.   Since you are on birth control already, there is no need take Plan B.

Question from March 9, 2017

I had my first depo shot on Jan 26 when next should I get the second one?

Your next shot will be due sometime in mid-April.  Call the office you got your first shot from to get the exact dates.

Question from March 9, 2017

I was on the shot for a year and i switched my birth control to the nexplanon implant I’ve had it for 3 months i recently got my period but i been on it for about 3 weeks is this normal

ANSWER:  One of the side effects of the Nexplanon is irregular periods.  This means that you may notice your periods are longer, shorter or you may miss them.  Bleeding for a few weeks is not abnormal when someone first starts using Nexplanon, but the nurse may be able to give you something to help the bleeding stop.  Call or come in to your nearest clinic to speak with a nurse.

Question from March 8, 2017

Hi I’m 15 and I try to make my vagina smell good for my boyfriend and when I take showers I scrub and scrub so it can be clean but sometimes it still smells weird. Should I go to the doctor for it ?

ANSWER:  The vagina is not an odorless part of the body.  It will have a natural smell that is normal.  There is nothing you can do to make it smell any differently.  If you are concerned about the smell, you could see a doctor, but chances are this is your normal, natural odor and it is ok.

Question from March 7, 2017

It is a day after a week of being in depo provera birth control & my boyfriend came inside me, does this mean I’m pregnant ?

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the depo shot to begin protecting from pregnancy.  Since it has been 8 days, the chances of you getting pregnant are very small.  But keep in mind that anytime a person has sex, especially unprotected sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from March 6, 2017

I got my depo shot on the 24th of February I had unprotected sex last night can you get pregnant if your bleeding and he ejaculates in you?

ANSWER:  Anytime a person has unprotected sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  Since you are on the depo shot, the chances of you becoming pregnant are very small.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from March 5, 2017

Hi I was late for my depo shot about 2 or a week and I just recently got my shot March 1st but had unprotected sex with my boyfriend March 4th and he cum in me so I took plan B which is what my doctor gave me because I didn’t wait the 7 days so I took it 2 hours after will the plan b work ? And is it safe ?

ANSWER:  Plan B is safe and effective at preventing a pregnancy, but it does not work 100% of the time.  Since you took it so soon after sex, the chances of you becoming pregnant are very small.  The only way to know if you became pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from March 3, 2017

Hi I got off my depo shot last year before nov I didn’t have my period for about 4 months I started eating better and exercising and my period came back it was a normal cycle then it went away. I recently had sex with someone and after I started bleeding I thought it had stoped but then I sad sex again and I was bleeding during sex meaning it was not done. After that I got a bad yeast infection and everything went away I wasn’t due for a period again and I had sex but it was kinda rough and after I started bleeding. I don’t know what is wrong two out of three times was protected

ANSWER:  It is possible that you are having some very light bleeding that becomes more apparent when you have sex.  It is also possible that you have some sort of infection that is causing bleeding during sex.  It would be best for you to come in for STD testing to find out what the cause could be.

Question from March 3, 2017

Hello I was due to get my birth control depo shot Feb 14 but didn’t go and I had unprotected sex March 1 . I startes spotting today March 3 . My question is can the depo still be in my system and what are the chances of me possibly being pregnant?

ANSWER:  Since you had sex after your depo shot was due, you no longer had pregnancy protection and there is a chance you could have become pregnant.  The only way to know if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.  If you are not ready to become a parent, it would be best for you to start using birth control again.  Teen Matters offers free birth control and pregnancy tests.

Question from March 2, 2017

I’ve been having swelling bumps on my vagina I went too the doctor I don’t have a thing I got them from shaven what can I use ? They gave me antibiotics but it didn’t work and some time it smells

ANSWER:  If the bumps you are getting are from shaving, then the best thing to do would be to stop shaving.  There is no actual reason that the area needs to be shaved.

Question from February 27, 2017

I’ve got my depo on October 22 and it is February 27 and I’ve been having unprotected sex but he pulls out

ANSWER:  If you got your depo in October, your pregnancy protection ended around January 22.  Since you are not protected, you are at a high risk of becoming pregnant, even if he pulls out.  If you do not want to be pregnant, it would  be best for you to start using a method of birth control again.

Question from February 22, 2017

Hello,i got my first depo shot on 26th Jan 2017 and I was on the 6 th day of my period ,I then had unprotected sex on 27th Jan ,now my period is 4 days late and today on 22nd Feb I had dark brown discharge could I be pregnant I took a urine pregnancy test week ago and it came out negative

ANSWER: Hi.  Since the pregnancy test you took was negative, you are likely not pregnant.  One of the side effects of the depo shot is missed or irregular periods.  You may notice that your periods are heavier, lighter, longer or shorter than usual.

Question from February 22, 2017

I’ve been on DEPO since February 2015 my last day was September 2016. It now been 168 days since my last DEPO. Been having unprotected sex since last September until now. Monday night 2/20/2017 my nipples are feeling sore but my breast isn’t and been feeling cramps a couple of times before my nipples started. What chances am I’m facing? Hormones, period bout to start, or possible pregnancy?????

ANSWER:  It could be any of those 3 options.  It can take several months for your body to readjust to not having the depo anymore.  Those changes in your hormones could cause the symptoms you are having.  But, since you have been having unprotected sex, there is also a chance you could be pregnant.  The only way to know if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.  If you do not want to be pregnant, it would be best for you to start using another method of birth control.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers free birth control for teens.

Question from February 21, 2017

I had protected intercorse on November 26th, 2016. Experienced a normal, scheduled period from December 7th-13th. Experienced a normal period from January 7th-12th Took a pregnancy test on January 4th and the results were negative. Took a pregnancy test on January 25th and the results were negative. Am i pregnant from this encounter three months ago?

ANSWER: Since you have had 2 periods and all of the tests have been negative, you are likely not pregnant from that encounter.  If you are not on a method of birth control, you may want to think about starting one to help protect against pregnancy.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers free birth control for teens.

Question from February 21, 2017

I found out I was pregnant on October 28th but had slept with a different guy that’s not my boyfriend on October 13th. I took a pregnancy test on October 28th and a weeks estimator that determined I was five weeks. I scheduled an appointment with my obgyn on December 6th. They determined i was 11 weeks. My boyfriend of two years always ejaculated inside me but I had been off my pills for two months. Can u tell me if my unborn baby is for my boyfriend or the other guy

ANSWER:  The only way to know for sure who the father is would be to take a paternity test after the baby is born.

Question from February 19, 2017

I’ve have had my nexplanon removed November 28 and I’ve had have sexual contact with my partner. But I haven’t had a period since I was on the nexplanon only twice in January & February. So I called my doctor and he had told me that it would take me awhile for me to have a period since it’s been over 4 years with out one 🙁 I’m worried and right now I’ve been feeling nauseous and I’ve had taken pregnancy test but they all come out negative.

ANSWER:  Your doctor is right.  It can sometimes takes up to a year for your periods to return to normal.  But since you are not on birth control there is still a chance you could become pregnant.  If you continue to take pregnancy tests and they are negative, there is no need to worry.  This just means you body is re-adjusting to not having the birth control in your system anymore.  Some of the nausea could also be a result of your body adjusting.  If you still have not had a period by November 2017, let your doctor know.

Question from February 18, 2017

I have gotten 2 depo shots. I missed my shot by 3 days and had to wait 2 weeks to get it again. So I waited and I had sex the same day I got the third one can I get pregnant ??

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the depo shot to start working again since you were late, so there is chance you could have become pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from February 17, 2017

Ive been on Nexplanon since September 12, 2014 it comes out in September 12,2017 but last acouple days my nipples been feeling really sore and now im feeling nauseous i have been having unprotected sex last few weeks is it possible i might be pregnant?

ANSWER:  It is always possible that a pregnancy could happen, but that chance is very small.  It is likely that since it is getting close to the time for your Nexplanon to be removed, you may be having more side effects.   Take a pregnancy test to be sure you are not pregnant.  If it is negative and you feel the symptoms are unbearable, call your nearest Health Department to speak with a nurse.

Question from February 15, 2017

If i got my last depo shot in October 2016 and was on it since February 2016 when can i become pregnant?

ANSWER:  The depo shot only lasts for 3 months.  If you got your shot in October your pregnancy protection ended in January.  But it is impossible to say when you will become pregnant.

Question from February 14, 2017

I started spotted five days before my period pink and brown the first day a medium flow second just a little on pad third only when I wipe four day same and today I suppose to start nothing not even when I wipe

ANSWER:  It sounds like your period may have started a little early and was lighter than usual.  This happens to many women from time to time and is not generally a reason to worry.

Question from February 11, 2017

If I had sex with one guy on the oct 16 and the second guy the 17 th and 18 th and my due date is July 10 th and my calculations shows I possibly conceive on the 17th or the 18 th who would be the father.

ANSWER:  Because the dates are so close together and sperm can live inside the body for a few days, it is impossible to tell who the father is without a paternity test.

Question from February 11, 2017

My gf started her period on a Monday and took her first Depo shot on that Thursday. Now it’s a week later and a day (Friday) and had unprotected sex and I came in her. What are the chances of her becoming pregnant?

ANSWER:  Anytime you have unprotected sex there is a chance she could become pregnant.  Because she was on depo and it was more than 7 days after her first shot, the chances of her becoming pregnant are very small. The only way to know if she became pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from February 8, 2017

I had an abortion on sept 24 and got the depo shot the same day and then had unprotected sex a week later, is it possible that I can be pregnant

ANSWER:  If you waited 7 days after getting the depo, then it is unlikely you became pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  Also, if you have not received your next depo shot or another method of birth control, but have had sex, you could have become pregnant later.  In order to prevent another pregnancy, it would be best for you to keep using birth control regularly. Teen Matters offers pregnancy tests and birth control free for teens.  We hope to see you soon.

Question from February 8, 2017

Hello my name is Be___ and I wanted to ask my boyfriend had’nt had sex since Aug.2016 and myself for a year 1/2. My Cycle are 29 day and ovlation says on 26 Jan.2017 we had sex what are my Chances of being pregnant I missed Period Jan.5 but lgt spotting reddish Only when I wipe not on pads And past 2wks very bad headaches Gas.

ANSWER:  Anytime you have sex, especially unprotected sex, there is a chance you could become pregnant.  The only way to know if a pregnancy happened is to take a pregnancy test.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offer pregnancy tests and birth control free for teens.  Please visit us soon.

Question from February 8, 2017

Hi my name is Br_______ and my question is that I have missed my period for three months and I have took two pregnancy test and they came back negative and I took my HIV and my STD test and they was negative I’m out of options plz help…

ANSWER:  Hi.  If you are on a method of birth control like the implant, shot or IUD, missed or irregular periods are a common side effect.  If you are not on one of those methods and are not having a period, you would need to see a gynecologist for further advice.

Question from February 7, 2017

Hello, I had sex December 30, 2016, I took the plan b pill the following day Dec 31, 2016. I then started bleeding January 5, 2017 that lasted january 8, 2017. I had unprotected sex January 9, 2017 and started bleeding the 21st. Can I be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Anytime you have unprotected sex, there is a chance you could become pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  Since you took Plan B, it sounds like you are not ready to be a parent.  If you are having unprotected sex and do not want to be pregnant, it would be best for you to start using a method of birth control.   Visit Teen Matters or you local Health Department for FREE birth control.

Question from February 2, 2017

Hello,i got my first depo shot on 26th Jan 2017 and I was on the 6 th day of my period ,I then had unprotected sex on 28th Jan ,can I get pregnant?

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the depo shot to begin protecting against pregnancy.  Since you had sex on the 2nd day after getting the shot, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  Take a pregnancy test 2 weeks from January 26th to find out if you became pregnant.

Question from January 28, 2017

If I just got the implanon applicator put in my arm on Jan. 20th and just had unprotected sex where he came in me exactly 7 days later the 27th is my birth control kicked in and highly unlikely for me to get pregnant or should I be considered ?

ANSWER:  Since you waited the 7 days, it is unlikely that you will become pregnant.  But anytime you have sex, pregnancy should always be considered because there is a chance it could happen. Although, with the implant, that chance is very small.

Question from January 25, 2017

Hi, I got my birth control implant in my arm last week Wednesday ( 1/18 )and the doctor told me that i could have sex after one week and today Wednesday ( 1/25 ) is a week and I had sex and my bf cummed in me and then few mins later “discharge” came out on my underwear… What does this means??

ANSWER:  Hi.  This discharge you noticed was likely his ejaculate (cum) coming back out of your vagina.  That is common after sex and generally is not a cause for concern.  But keep in mind that although your birth control provides you protection from pregnancy, you will not have protection from STDs and HIV if you do not use condoms.

Question from January 21, 2017

Hi, I’ve been taking birth control for over 6 months now and I had unprotected sex and got cum on my butt. Will that effect me ?

ANSWER:  Hi.  Using birth control provides protection from pregnancy.  If you are using birth control, your chances of becoming pregnant are less than 1%.  If the ejaculate (cum) only was on your butt area, then it likely did not enter your vagina, which would be the only way a pregnancy could happen.

 

Question from January 19, 2017

Hi,
I got my first depo shot December 29, 2016 and had unprotected sex the 7th day after my shot (January 5th). I was supposed to get my period that Monday (January 9th) and missed it. It is now 11 days late. I took a pregnancy test and it came out negative. Is it just the depo shot making my period late? Or is there still a chance I could be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Hi. Missed periods is one of the common side effects of the depo shot, so it is likely that you have missed your period due to the shot.  But keep in mind that anytime you have sex, there is a chance that you could become pregnant.  Although, that chance is very small (less than 1%).  Repeat the pregnancy test 14 days after January 5th. If it is still negative, then you likely did not become pregnant.

Question from January 16, 2017

Hi.  I just gotten my depo on the 11th of this month, haven’t missed any shots. me & my boyfriend had sex on the 14th. Any chance that I may become pregnant then somehow?.

ANSWER:  Anytime you have sex there is a chance you could become pregnant.  Since you are on depo and have not missed any shots the chances of you becoming pregnant are very small; less than 1%.

Question from January 15, 2017

Hi, I am on the Depo shot and on October 9th I had my 3rd Depo shot, It had been 11 weeks since my last shot and I was spotting for a few days up until I had my most recent shot – I had unprotected sex 25 hours later.. could I be pregnant?  please text me with your answer

ANSWER:  Hi.  I apologize for not being able to text you.  The number listed was not a working number.  Anytime you have sex, there is a chance you could become pregnant. If you were not late for your shot, then your chances of becoming pregnant are very small; less than 1%.  Since you got your shot on the 11th week, you should not have been late and had pregnancy protection.

Question from January 13, 2017

hi, is it safe to take advil when i have a nexplanon implant?Will it decrease the effectiveness? if so, how much doses?thanks

ANSWER: Hi. Yes, it is save to take Advil. It will not have any effect on the implant’s effectiveness.  Just following the dosing directions on the Advil bottle if you need to take it.

Question from January 13, 2017

If I Was Supposed To Have My Last Depo Shot In September 2016 But didnt Get Back On Til January 4, 2017 And had unprotected sex January 8th & 9th , Was I Protected ? Or could i be pregnant ?

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the depo to start working again.  So were not protected and there is a chance you could have become pregnant.  Take a pregnancy test 2 weeks after the 9th (January 23rd) to see if you are pregnant.

Question from January 7, 2017

I’ve been on the depo shot for almost a year. Me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex 3-5 days before my next shot was due but I was late for my shot by 3 days, was I protected? Could I be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Since you and your boyfriend had sex before your shot was due, the chances of you becoming pregnant are small.  But there is always a change a pregnancy could happen.  If you are worried, it would be best to take a pregnancy test to be sure.

Question from January 7, 2017

I got my first depo shot on January 5th. My period started on December 30th and went off on January 2nd. Is my depo shot working yet?

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the depo to start working.  That means you will not have pregnancy protection until January12.  If you have unprotected sex before the 12, you may become pregnant

Question from January 6, 2017

I got my tubes tied n I’m on depo shots n I’m still bleeding what’s wrong u

ANSWER:  If your tubes are tied, you do not need to be on depo.  Your tubes being tied will provide you with pregnancy prevention.  Depo does not guarantee a person will not have bleeding.  Depo also can have the side effect of irregular or prolonged bleeding. So you are likely experiencing the side effect of the depo shot.

Question from January 6, 2017

Okay well I’ve been on the nexplanon implant for about 1 year already and I feel my implant is broken , I searched up that the implant take out by doctor cost about $230. I don’t have that money at this time , but if it is broken , how long will the medicine in the implant finish ? And how will it affect my body ?

Just curious until I actually have time to get it checked out

ANSWER:  If you think you implant is broken, you need to come in to get it checked as soon as possible.  If it is broken, it will not harm you, but it will be releasing more hormones in your body than it normally would.  If it is truly broken, it will need to be taken out.  It will be free of charge and we replace it with a new one.

Comments are closed.