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MOLLYMASCARA Posts: 34
11/20/08 1:31 A

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Congratulations! I'm always excited when I get any sort of period. I'm lucky if I get 2 a year. And I'm counting the 1 day flows. I'f it's enough to warrant a pad or tampon it counts no matter how short!

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11/13/08 11:56 P

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UPDATE: It has been a couple of days since my original post and I have started what I would call an "official period." I am so happy! It had been months and months since my last one and I know my recent weight loss and physical activity have had something to do with it. I am taking Metformin (I know it doesn't induce a period, but it helps make it possible to have one) and have put up with the oh-so-pleasant side effects for SO long without any positive results until now.

Anyway, thanks for your responses. In my situation, I knew it couldn't have been implantation bleeding but that didn't even occur to me at first! I'll keep that in mind for the future.

I'm grateful not to feel so alone with this problem. I hope I can be as helpful and supportive to you as you all have been to me!

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11/13/08 2:06 P

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Implantation bleeding occurs when an egg has been fertilized and implants into the lining of the uterus. Because the lining uterus is made up of blood, there can be a bit of blood expelled in some women.

Implantation will appear before you expect your period and many people mistaken it for spotting before their period begins. As mentioned before, most women do not experience a full on bleeding with implantation. Instead, they may experience a bit of spotting in their panties or even some pinkish or brown discharge. This usually is usually not a flowing type of blood, so if that is what you are experiencing it might be better to assume that you have your period.


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11/13/08 3:32 A

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ok maybe this is a stupid question but what is implantation bleeding? please excuse my retardedness

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11/12/08 12:40 P

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Well I get about a 3 day one so can understand. As with others it might be implantation bleeding so a home test followed by a doctors blood test should let you know

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11/12/08 12:08 P

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Was it a good flow, or just spotting?? Because if it only lasted a day and was just spotting it could be implantation bleeding. Other people have had some spotting or a little period and within a few weeks got a normal period. PCOS is so confusing, isn't it? I hadn't had a period since April and 3 weeks ago I spotted for three days. My nurse practitioner decided it was a period... and I'm like sure w/e.

If you can't get your period soon you could always use provera to start it. I'm going to be doing this in a few weeks since mine is always stubborn.

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11/12/08 11:12 A

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Personally (and not to raise your hopes) I'd take a test to rule out implantation bleeding. If it's negative, I'd talk to my doc about it and see if they want to "jump start" a period. I hate provera, but I've heard that it works for some folks. I never had any spotting/one day periods like you describe - mine would just disappear for 3-5 months, then I'd get a normal one, then it'd be gone again. Once I started taking met., I did start having regular cycles within about a month...

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metformin does not give you a period, it helps to sensatize your body to the insulin that it makes, which in turn and help in some people for them to have a cycle - but that doesn't mean that if you bleed you have also ovulated

I've been on metformin since 2003, and it never brought on bleeding for me.

I was very use to those one day or even less bleeds, lived with them for a few years before the spotting stopped all together (aka no bleeding what so ever for many years, and nothing could induce it).


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11/12/08 10:37 A

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I am 25 and have struggled with PCOS for a few years now. I took BC for several years until recently when my husband and I decided to try getting pregnant. My GYN took me off BC and started the Metformin and I haven't gotten a period for 3 or 4 months. Yesterday I had what I would describe as a one day period. Today nothing. I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this. Those of you who have had success with Metformin, how long did it take to get a normal period? I'm planning to ask my doctor at my next appointment, but I'm curious about what other people have experienced.

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