pregnancy test

Depo-Provera birth control shot – due for shot and chance of pregnancy

Question: Hi I went on the depo shot Jan 6 and not sure when I was suppose to get the 2nd shot I think the end of March beginning of April. I had sex on 3/24 and pulled out took a pregnancy test yesterday 4/7 and there is a very light line where the pregnancy line should be.. Was there a slim chance I could have gotten pregnant? He did pull out, but I know there is still that chance, should I wait a few days to test again to see if the line gets darker? I have 3 kids the youngest being only 8 months and freaking out, the whole point in going on the depo I thought I was protected even on that last week before the next was due. Any advice would be appreciated

Answer:  The Depo-Provera shot is effective for 12-13 weeks, but no birth control is 100% effective.  If your first shot was January 6, that means you would be due for the second shot around March 31, so you should have been protected on the March 24 intercourse.  Remember that stress, as well as beginning a new birth control method can affect the timing of your period.  If you would like to make an appointment to have a pregnancy test done in our clinic, please call 440-352-0608 (Painesville) or 440-992-5953 (Ashtabula).  If you are not pregnant, you should also make sure to get your next shot as soon as possible to prevent future unplanned pregnancies.  This can be done without an appointment if you come in during the clinic’s Supply Times which can be found on our website at or by calling the clinic you prefer.

My period is two weeks late and I do not have insurance

Question:  I’ve taken two pregnancy tests two weeks apart and they both came up negative but my period is over 2 weeks late.  Last night I got a pretty bad cramp in my abdomen and pelvic region so I figured I’d get it that night or today. Its now midnight with no period. I don’t have insurance and recently moved out on my own so my funds are pretty limited, but I’ve been to this Family Planning a few years ago when I was covered under my dad’s insurance. Is there a way to change the information on file so I can still receive help? I’m worried there is something wrong but can’t afford to do anything about it.

Answer:  There are many factors that can impact a woman’s period including age, stress and medications.  Please call the Family Planning Association 440-352-0608 (Painesville) or 440-992-5953 (Ashtabula) to make an appointment and update your financial information we have on file.  If a client does not have insurance, cost is assessed by household income  and family size; FPA does not refuse services because of inability to pay and accepts donation.  If you are interested in enrolling in Medicaid or private insurance, FPA also has Certified Application Counselors on site that can answer your questions and assist you in the enrollment process.


Is my girlfriend pregnant if she is late for her period?

Question:  My girlfriend is 4 days late for her period and she says she has really bad cramps but no blood.   What is the possibility of her being pregnant?

Answer:  There are several explanations on why a woman’s period is late.  If you are fearful of possible pregnancy, please call Family Planning (352-0608 Painesville) or (992-5953 Ashtabula) to schedule an appointment for a pregnancy test as soon as possible.