So why do I have to wait so long?

Today I was at the doctors, for something unrelated to pregnancy, unfortunately. Anyway, as I was there, I thought that I would ask the doctor, when we would be able to be tested regarding mine and my partners fertility. She informed me that it would be 1 year after the 1 year it takes for the Depo-Provera injection to get out of your system. So that is 2 years after you finish the depo. Although hopefully I will be pregnant within 2 years this seems like a very long time.

I understand the reasoning (to a point), that it means people don’t finish the depo and immediately want to know if they are fertile. However if your body has returned to normal (normal periods) then why do you still have to wait for this 2 year point. Shouldn’t it be like a year  after they have returned to your normal pattern? And why do you have to have a year of trying, as be it by luck or planning, I am sure that within 6 months 99% of couples will have sex while she is ovulating at least once.

And yes there are testing kits that you can buy (as mentioned in previous blog: Fertility Tests) to monitor and plan when you are ovulating, but should I really have to pay for this, when there is an option available for free from the NHS.

Also, and I think that I have said about this before, but if the Depo injection does not leave your body for one year, then why do you have to have an injection every 3 months and not once a year??? And I know of a friend, who got pregnant while having the depo every 3 months as prescribed, so really I don’t think they actually know how long it will affect different people, but should it really be a widely used contraceptive if this is the case??? I often wonder this, and can find no suitably adequate answer either on the internet or from medical professionals.

So now its a case of waiting with fingers crossed, hoping that I am fortunate enough to fall pregnant within the next year and a half, before we are allowed to have tests on the NHS, to make sure that we are able to have children naturally.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. birminghambell
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 22:43:15

    I have a question….. can you just say you got the depo shot a year ago? I know I know…that’s not being nice….but would it work? That seems like a REALLY long time to wait for something to run its course when it was supposed to be for 3 months! Of course I’m not familiar with the NHS since I’m in the US and if it were me, I could just go to a different doctor who didn’t know WHEN I got my depo to get care within a reasonable amount of time. I hope you have success either way!


    • coupletryingtogetpregnant
      Nov 10, 2012 @ 18:20:59

      Alas, its all on the computer system used within the local area, so if I go, they will look them up and see that I have had it. Yeah, we both agree, that it does seem a stupidly long time, for a 3 month contraceptive. I think its a case of trying to save money…

      I suppose I could possibly go to the other side of the country and try, but don’t have much hope, especially as I can’t lie, my face gives it away every time.

      Thanks for commenting and reading our blog.


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