I am on Depo & I have been for maybe 2 years now? Im up for a new shot next week & have an appt. I have bled every day since I started the shot but I never have a full period. Just constant breakthrough bleeding. Recently I did have what seemed like a period, it seemed heavier and lasted longer. I figured these things happen from time to time but ever since Ive been nasueous daily and my boobs hurt & have grown swolen. I eat EVERYTHING. 3wks = 4pounds heavier. My doctor said this is reason enough to take a test but how can I be pregnant if I still bleed? What I mistook for a period was implantation maybe? Ive scheduled a test before my shot to be sure but im worried because several women in my family have this rare thing where they never test positive even when full term. If I test negative but really I was pregnant and I get the shot as scheduled will it hurt the baby? Will the shot affect my chances of testing correctly in the 1st place? I have to take the pee one cuz its free @P.P.
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It is possible to get pregnant even while you are on Depo shot (contraceptive failure). The breakthrough bleeding generally does not affect egg release from ovary. Your symptoms are suggestive of possibility of pregnancy. The urine pregnancy test (UPT) should always be done on early morning first urine sample as the concentration of pregnancy hormone HCG is believed to be highest in this sample. UPT kits are calibrated ones, so unless the hormone levels in urine reach a certain level, they do not show positive results. They can also show false negative results. Blood/serum HCG level estimation is accurate. Look out for development of any other new symptoms suggestive of early pregnancy. If you suspect to be pregnant, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for further examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet. Do not take the next shot if you suspect to be pregnant.
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