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Provera

I took Provera for 10 days starting on 7 March 2012 and stopped on 16 March 2012.  I haven't started my period yet but i've been crying off and on all day today.  Has anyone else had the same effects that I have?
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Hi there! So sorry to hear you're not reacting well :( Don't worry, you're not alone. The EXACT samething happened to me.

I had a panic attack three days after my Provera cycle ended on the 17th of March. It was the worst thing I've ever been through. I got my first period in almost a year 7 days ago. The emotions run really high during the first few cycles because your body is trying to figure out what to do with them. You've been deprived for so long that everything now seems heightened.

Don't worry about not starting your period yet. It can take some women three or four cycles of Provera before they see any changes. It all depends on how out-of-whack the hormones are in your body.

What I do when I get really emotional is go to my room, turn on the TV or some music, and just relax. Take a few deep breaths. I also pray, but if you're not religious, maybe try deep stretching or meditating? I usually also take some diet citrus green tea or apple juice with me so I have something to focus on that's pleasurable.

I hope this helps! If you need anything, don't be afraid to message me! I know this can be hard to get through, PCOS *****. But you're not alone :)

Best of luck!

~ Em
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Hey I finally started on Sunday, 25 March, 2012.  I've been crampy and emotional still but not so bad.  I was told by a friend of mine that it only gets worse when you're pregnant.  I had some blood tests done on Tuesday (day 3 of w/d bleed) and I have to go in on 3 April, 2012 for (day 10).  I have to then make an appointment with my doctor for the following week.  My doctor is great but I think i'm going to be sick of seeing her lol...
She called me today with the results for the 1 of 3 tubes they took and said everything looked good so far but the others had to get sent out...

Things have been pretty stressful this year and it's only gonna get harder...

Thank you Em for your support!!

If you don't mind me asking, how long did it take for you to start your w/d bleed from the Provera?  What do you do to keep your mind off of things in the meantime?
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I can't speak personally about the pregnancy part because I am 16. I've heard that it depends how long you've had PCOS and what your treatment is. It's hard sometimes, and a lot of times it's all trial-and error.

I hear ya with the doctors appointments! I'm in every two weeks with an Adolescent Health Specialist and a Dietition. Next week is particularly busy---dietition, AHS, and neuro! It seems like a loop. I've got the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee memorized... I could probably tell you how to get around the whole hospital, backwards and blindfloded :)

Sometimes, all this can be stressful, I agree. I see 5 different doctors all year around, and I get blood work every three months (they managed to collapse a vein recently). I've hd 4 surgeries. This year is only 3 months in and it's starting to drag its feet :) The PCOS is the most annoying for me. My other conditions are managed with diet, exercise, medicatoin, what have you. But with the PCOS, I'm either bleed or in pain. It's so annoying.

I just found out I have PCOS this month, and they speculate I've had it for about a year now. I don't have cysts (that we can see...) but I have the other symptoms, apart from the acne, which I manage okay. I started the Provera on the 8th of March, then I saw what my doctor calls spotting (I more call it exploding...) on the 14th. Then the cycle of Provera ended on the 17th, and my actual period started on the 21st, at night. So I would say the bleeding started about three days after the cycle ended. My period lasted for about 8 days.
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Oh wow you've been through a lot...All those tests are crazy...I would have to say you should probably work at the hospital since you're there so often :)  I'm sorry you have to deal with it all...since you've been diagnosed with PCOS what is the treatment that they have for it?
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Thank youi :) I try not to think about it. It's funny, my doctors tease me because I've always wanted to be a doctor. Now, I know the hospital so well, my neurologist thinks they should just hold a residency spot for me at Children's so I can work there when I'm done at school. I plan on either oncology or psychiatry, pre-med at UWM, and medical school at either Medical College of Wisconsin or John Hopkins... Hopefully I can get in :)

The treatment I am on for PCOS is Provera right now. It helps control the pain and regulate my cycle. I know women who have done homeopathic ovarian cleansing to prevent the build-up of toxins that cause cysts, which I am looking in to trying. Your doctor can also put you on birth control, and sometimes metformin is used. I want the metformin because of the good reviews, but my doc (Katie) is resistant because of how young I am.

I have to get a pelvic ultrasound and bloodwork once a month to watch for cysts and hormone changes. Cysts are normally removed with surgery ASAP (laproscopicly, almost always). In extreme cases, people have gotten ovaries removed, or full hysterectomies. Those cases are extremely rare and are usually done on women who are more prone to the cancer's that PCOS can cause, or women who have had more than 30 cysts.

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