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When exactly does the birth control wear off?

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On the afternoon of November 30, 2009 I took a birth control shot. I had intercourse the night before, which was unprotected. For some reason, when I got to the doctor, my menstrual cycle had begun already. I still took the shot, I had bled for 3 months straight, which was everyday for 3 months. After it wore off, I never took the shot again. It caused weight gain, and alot of other side effects. So I had unprotected sex, a month after I got off of the shot. I have no idea, but I had no success in conceiving a baby. Even when I ovulated, my menstrual cycles were healthy and heavy, I never got pregnant. When exactly does the birth control wear off? I've heard that it can take up to a year or two. It is now March 28, 2011. Is this a good time for me to try again? Has the birth control worn off by now?


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replied March 29th, 2011
Birth Control Answer A21374
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The effects of the shot can take longer in few women to wear off. The time varies between a month to about 1.5 years time. You can go ahead with your pregnancy plans. It would be wise to have a thorough check done with your gynecologist to make sure you are ovulating periodically and not having any hormonal or structural problems. A semen analysis of your partner would confirm the quality and quantity of sperms produced. If any abnormality is detected, treatment as indicated would be started to help you get pregnant. Have a healthy diet and start with a multivitamin supplement (with essential minerals like zinc which helps in better maturation of eggs and sperms).
Take care.



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