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Can I conceive after termination of periods?

Q: I am a 36 years old woman having a 12 years old son. I have been taking Depo-Provera for the last 2 years and my periods became regular after a year. But last month I took Femolin for a month and got periods after 47 days. I don't want to conceive because of the violent and abusive nature of my husband. Will I be able to conceive again when my periods stop? Please advise.

A:You could consider methods like regular oral contraceptives as pills - Femilon or Novelon, or even injection Depo-Provera, which is once in three months or getting an IUCD like CuT or Mirena or multiload fitted which would last for 3-5-10 years depending on which one you choose to have. These are some options. The pills have to be taken daily, but have a very low failure rate of <0.4%. The Depo-Provera is convenient but a small percent of people can have irregular menses, which can always be managed as well. The IUCD is a very convenient method as it does not require too many trips to the hospital and has a failure rate of 2-3%. The choice will have to be yours depending on your need, type of occupation and lifestyle. You will need contraception as long as you are having menses. Another permanent method is tying the tubes, which may not be so suitable in case the situation settles down, and there is harmony in the home once again, and you do desire another child - or you consider divorce and remarriage - whichever the case - you know best.

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