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Posts: 141 4/13/08 12:22 A
Years ago I too tried Provera and lasted all of 9 days. I thought I was going to jump out of my skin.
You know what has brought on my periods and made them regular? Metformin! Yep. It took a few months for everything to stabilize but I've been on it since 1998 and since being on the extended release formula for the last 6 years my periods are pretty regular!
Talk to your doctor about that instead of using the Provera.
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Posts: 119 3/31/08 9:16 A
I can understand how you must feel. I have to take Provera (10 mg for 10 days) everytime I do not get a period. When I do have a period after taking a course of Provera, it is always hard. Of course, you have to think, when you are not having a period, your body is maintaining a long estrogen balance. When you take Provera, a form of progesterone, you have a sudden shift from estrogen to progesterone. This can cause you to have mood swings, feelings like you are going "Crazy", feeling like you just are not yourself or feeling like you are going to spontaneously combust!. (i truly speak from experience!) I cringe everytime I think about having to take the pill. I even warn my DH that I am getting ready to take it. I don't use it as an excuse to be ugly, but it just helps me to let him know. Do we still end up arguing? 9 times out of 10, yes! My major problem with it is that I cry alot! While I am on it, usually by the 5th or 6th day, I have to keep talking myself through it.
I was told by my RE (reproductive endo) that I have to have a period at least once every 3 months. If not, then I need to get a rx for provera. Otherwise, I am setting myself up for possible cancer. Think about it, all that lining is just sitting in your uterus rotting. I noticed that when I work out consistently (at least 3 times a week) that I will start on my own. Usually around cycle day 35. Of course, that is if I have not gained any weight either.
I'm sure your cold is not helping matters either as your body is really run down.
Just know I can relate to the ugliness of provera and PCOS!
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Posts: 12 3/23/08 2:57 A
First off...I'm sooo sorry you're going through all this! I know what you're going through though, I've been at my breaking point. I really dislike most DR's and I'm sick of taking meds. I felt HORRIBLE on Metformin and the other crap I've taken through the years. Sooo I started doing everything natural. And by the way I also have endometriosis and fibromyalgia...so I have lots on my plate.
I lost lots of weight doing the low carb thing...but it's a life style for sure...and I when I started to eat 'normal' I gained it all back and more. Anyway.....I've started acupuncture, and taking herbs she gave me. It's helped SOOO much! My periods are now normal and my cramps & PMS are way easier to handle....and I've only done 4 sessions!
Also I cut way back on my meat consumption. I've been on a 1,200 cal mostly organic diet and I love it! I do feel so much better all around! My pain level is so much better and I just feel better.....which is huge for me because I never feel 'better' haha...
Just wanted to let you know what I'm doing! I looked outside the box for help and got it. It's funny because acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and it's my 'last' resort. I should have started with it years ago!!
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Posts: 1,329 1/7/08 8:06 A
Lovely I've taken Provera once and didn't even realize what it was for. The doctor didn't even prescribe it properly!!! THANK GOODNESS I changed doctor's :) Starting my cycle again was really rough too. Hang in there, as your healthy habits build and stabilize so will your PMS and menstruation cycles. Be kind to yourself, you deserve it.
If your not happy with the medicine. TELL your doctor. If she says wait for few months thinking your body will adjust, journal to make sure you remember everything that's going on!
Hope you feel better soon! Take care of that cold :)
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Posts: 296 1/4/08 1:46 P
Provera has always made me sick, every time I've taken it, and sometimes it didn't even work! I went for about 8 years with no periods at all, and was on the pill for about 3 years when they stopped. The doc has switched the pill a few times for me because I also have migraines, she wasn't sure if they were contributing or not. Been on Nuva Ring for about 8 months, which has been convenient, but I'm not thinking it's really taking care of everything, but they're mixing up my other meds too, so now, I've been spotting for over a month. If I get off of it, I don't have any periods, so it's 6 of 1, 1/2 dozen of another!
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Posts: 12 1/4/08 12:31 P
When I was told I have PCOS I was put on Provera (5mg) and told to take it 13 days of the month then I'll start my cycle 3 to 7 days after and start the whole process over again on the 1st day of the next month. I would miss my period all the time and then all of a sudden I was spotting everyday. I freaked out and went to the doctor. I had a sonagram (both kinds), blood work, and a biopsy to rule out endometrial cancer. Everything came back ok and the blood work helped put the nail in the coffin for pcos. The first period I had after taking the pills was horrid. Everytime I stood up I had to run to the bathroom and I felt like I was being gutted. I called my doctor and he said that I would be ok and if the pain got too out of control he could prescribe me something. I ended up being fine and not needing anything else. The next one was a little heavy but not so bad. I was regular for almost an enitre year (still on Provera) until my nutrionist suggested I switched to Prometrium (more natural than synthetic) and get off the provera. I did and apparently I was supposed to take that everyday of the month (I listened to the stupid nurse and learned my lesson) I didn't have a period for 2 months. Went in for my yearly, switched back to Provera (yes you repeat the first period each time)and started the next day. I didn't have the horrible expierence because I wasn't on the provera yet. Now I've been back on that for 3 months and haven't had a cycle so I'm back at square one and having test done so far everything is normal. I don't think provera was bad for me but everyone has a different fit.
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Posts: 389 11/29/07 11:12 A
I have been on Provera as well, and the first cycle of it wasn't pretty! I thought I was literally going to die because all that blood must have been coming from someplace else... AND I cramped for a good 6 days straight almost constantly. So when the second month rolled around, I was not in a good place. However, even though the second cycle wasn't a walk in the park, the cramps were manageable, the flow was lighter and lasted two days less. So don't give up, I really believe that I had such trouble because of how long I had been without having a period. I've got my fingers crossed that month 3 will be even easier. What has gotten me through it is keeping my eye on the prize. I want to have a baby, and no matter what I have to endure, it's worth it if I can be a mom!
Posts: 690 10/12/07 7:00 A
WOW moonbeam! Alternative Medicine and treatments are simply amazing! Maybe with followup accupuncture treatments, the PMS and cramping will lessen. I would imagine there is a lot of buildup that needs to shed after that many years of not menstrating. Keep us updated on your progress!
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Fitness Minutes: (18,014) Posts: 1,278 10/12/07 5:44 A
I Have PCOS and havent had a period in 9 years -- have had a few m/c but i havent tried provera but from what im reading i may not want to either lol
started acupuncture and after 2 sessions got spotting and really bad cramps and extremely bad PMS
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Posts: 393 10/3/07 2:40 P
The South Beach diet has helped me more than I can tell you. Not only was it the first time I was able to lose weight, but I felt soo much better and I did not get as bad of PMS symptoms as I used to get.
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Posts: 7,853 9/23/07 8:20 P
Kwyetnoiz - I was given provera along w/ chlomid as part of infertility. It did make for bad periods if memory serves me, but nothing compared to what you are saying! That doesn't sound healthy at all! Well I fourth (? something like that) that exercise and losing some weight has helped regulate me. I used to think it greatly helped my PMS - and certainly, at first it seemed to. My PMS has been wicked lately though, perhaps I am peri-menopausal... Oh joy! I hope this gets better for you! Perhaps they could try for you to have a period every 3 months or so, so it wouldn't control your whole life?
My OB also prescribes provera whenever my period won't come (usually 2-3 months), and to stop it (longest I have is April - July). I'm perfectly ok with provera. I too believe that shedding a little weight will help regulate the periods. So, I guess, good luck to us.
Posts: 50 9/20/07 7:57 A
Definitely it is good to get cleaned out after a whole year. There is a reason why we are supposed to shed that lining and if we don't it just opens up opportunities for infection or pre-cancerous changes. The tests were probably precautionary to be sure there were not bad changes already, but your doc did right in prescribing something to jump start the process. I usually need to take Provera for the same purpose. A couple times I have gone a whole year w/out a period. Your doctor is just doing what is best for you, so keep with the prescribed program and you will feel better soon.
I can vouch for the changes that exercise can bring. I started the Couch 2 5K program a couple months ago. No kidding - after a year without a period I have had TWO and almost a perfect month apart. I couldn't believe it!!! I was in shock!!! So it definitely does help.
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Posts: 690 9/19/07 9:42 P
I really don't know much about provera. But I do know that the more weight I have lost the better my menstrual cycles have become along with my moods improving and pms symptoms decreasing. Eating healthy and exercising as well as losing weight will help with all aspects of PCOS. I also know that not having a menstrual cycle is not good for you so you need to shed the excess that has built up in the year that you haven't had a menstrual flow. But, maybe you will only have to do this for a temporary time period while you are losing weight and moving more toward healthier changes for your body.
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Posts: 196 9/19/07 6:09 P
In August I decided to get a handle on my health after poking my head into the sand for too long. I asked my doctor what I could do for PCOS and she said the best thing I can do is diet and exercise and recommended the South Beach Diet because it was created by a cardiologist, it is low carb which is good for insulin resistance, etc.
I hadn't had a period for a year, so she did an ultrasound (normal) and an endometrial biopsy (also normal) and started me on Provera to kick start my period. She said she couldn't put me on birth control because my blood pressure had been high every time I was in her office. Fine with me, I don't like bc anyway (we are not, nor do we plan to TTC in the future).
On Day 9 of the Provera, my period started and I had the worst PMS of my life. I thought I was losing my mind. I have been flowing too heavily for the last 2-3 days so she recommended I start up the Provera again for 14 days! If I have to take Provera for 10 days to start me, 14 days to stop me and I have my period for up to a week in between AND they might have to give me something for the mood/anxiety of the PMS...what kind of life is that?
I know my mind is not in a good place right now, I have a cold, a slight fever, haven't eaten since breakfast and just woke up from a 6 hour nap, but I feel so discouraged.
South Beach is fine, I've lost 12 pounds and I'm doing a 3rd week of Phase 1. I don't crave carbs, it has been easy (THANK GOD - because He is the only reason I can figure why this has been so easy). Maybe once I take more weight off, my periods will regulate themselves better. I hope so anyway.
Thanks for listening.
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