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oOo Lea oOo
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I tried doing a search for this topic, I was unable to find what I was looking for.

I have a friend who was on the depo and her doctor said it was being declined by her body. It was also said that if she thought she was pregnant, a EPT would not pick up the pregnancy hormone because the Depo would cancel out the pregnancy hormone.

If she was pregnant, and on the depo, would a home pregnancy test detect the pregnancy, or was this statement true?

She has an appt. on monday for a blood test, pap smear, and ultrasound, but I wanted to clear this up for her to try to clear her mind a bit until then if I could.

Please reply with any known information or please provide a site that would answer this question.


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And the guilt and the pain
Every tear I've never cried
Has sealed your fate.
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Depo wouldn't "cancel out" a pregnancy hormone -- the hormone that pregnancy tests look for is ONLY produced when a woman is pregnant. (It's called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, or hCG, if you want to look for more information.) Introducing Depo-Provera into the body wouldn't cause a woman to produce HCG or mask the presence of HCG.

What the doctor might have meant was that it would be difficult for her to detect a pregnancy early since she might not have signs like missing a period. Still, this all does sound a bit odd, so it's good that she's getting checked out.

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