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July 13th, 2011, 11:18 AM
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Last month I was diagnosed with PCOS and was put on ten day Provera. I started the pills on June 1st through June 10th. I started spotting on June 16th and finally bled a little on on the 17th. I started the birth control pills. It was very light. Then June 18th and 19th it was a bit more but usually when I got a period I would have very heavy bleeding. I did not experience this. I bled lightly up to the 24th and continued to spot there after. During this spotting it was brown (old blood). Then on July 4th I started bleeding again. It has been very heavy, much like my other periods in past times. I am still bleeding like this.

I had scheduled an appointment with my doctor for today but they canceled on me and said the next time I could come in would be August 2nd. So now I am freaking out because I've been bleeding so heavy for so long and I don't think it's normal. It's not showing any signs of letting up. I asked the woman on the phone if I will be ok to wait this out for another two weeks and she said she cannot tell me anything due to confidentiality. She said you can wait the two weeks or go someplace else. I'm heartbroken =[ I don't have any other place to go but the ER and I already owe them thousands of dollars because I don't have insurance.

Has anyone else experienced this after taking Provera? Should I continue to take the birth control pills or stop them? I don't know what to do =[
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July 16th, 2011, 10:35 PM
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You need to call your doc's office and speak with the nurse (which is probably a medical assitant) and leave a message for your doctor. I'd be UP IN ARMS if they cancelled on me and couldn't reschedule me for over a month. Personally, I'd recommend you either go to another doctor, or you call their office and leave a message for your doctor there.

Having BTDT, they're probably going to tell you to continue taking your BC pills as directed, but they also may not be strong enough (depending on what they put you on). But I can tell you that 9 times out of 10 they will not mess with your BC pills for 3-4 months because it takes your body that long to find a niche. So keep taking the BC pills as directed. As long as you are not bleeding through 1 pad per hour you should be okay. If you are bleeding through 1 pad an hour then you NEED to go to the emergency room. I bled for 10 weeks straight, and where I was tired and didn't feel so fabulous, I was okay and made it through. However if you have other issues going on, high blood pressure, diabetes, or any other chronic issues then you need to get into a doc's office somewhere or go to the emergency room (if it's a true emergency they cannot deny you regardless of what or how much you owe).

Good luck.

Also yes, once you stop taking the Provera it triggers a period. So it's normal to have bleeding for approximately 5-10 days 1-4 days after coming off of the Provera. More than likely, given that you were trying to make yourself have a period and then you took the BC pills your body is just confused. It very well may take a few weeks to a few months for things to level off and your body to figure itself out. Did they also put you on Metformin for the PCOS? I would advise you to eat a low glycemic diet, monitor and decrease your starches, increase your exercise, eat healthy, and continue with the BC pills as directed until you can get in to see your doc or until your doc will answer a phone call. Let them know you want to leave a message for the doctor.

Good luck and let us know how it goes! Hope that helped some at least.
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December 27th, 2014, 01:15 AM
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  • Irregular periods. This is the most common characteristic. Examples include menstrual intervals longer than 35 days; fewer than eight menstrual cycles a year; failure to menstruate for four months or longer; and prolonged periods that may be scant or heavy.
  • Excess androgen. Elevated levels of male hormones (androgens) may result in physical signs, such as excess facial and body hair (hirsutism), adult acne or severe adolescent acne, and male-pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia).
  • Polycystic ovaries. Polycystic ovaries become enlarged and contain numerous small fluid-filled sacs which surround the eggs.
When to see a doctor

See your doctor if you have concerns about your menstrual periods, if you're experiencing infertility or if you have signs of androgen excess such as acne and male-pattern hair growth.
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