Living with PCOS, Trying Provera
by Britt A.
Hello everyone. I am 25 years old. I was dx'd with PCOS 2 years ago and have had 2 other opinions since. I have PCOS alright.
I guess it makes sense, since I can remember my period has always been irregular.
I've been married to my husband for 4 years now, we were together for 3 years before marriage, so 7 years now going strong.
I have never gotten pregnant. Never took bc, never used any form of contraceptives, nothing. I kind of lost all hope, so I didn't care too much about having any babies.
Past few months I've been having baby fever like crazy so my husband and I both agreed that maybe it's time that we actually try.
I've heard soooo many success stories about women with PCOS and having babies. I've been on every forum and read all about it, it makes me feel good and gives me hope. Thanks ladies.
Just last week the doc put me on Provera 10mg 2 x a day for 5 days.
Its supposed to jump start a period, not necessarily induce ovulation but I have heard of stories where it just ended up that way. The doc told me I should get a period within a week or so...
Also gave me bc to start on the 1st Sunday after my period if I don't want to "get pregnant right away". She was so confident that I will get pregnant instantly if I don't get on bc.
I cant lie, her confidence made me feel so good walking out of there.
Forget the bc, I don't need to plan anything, I'm ready.
I get home and do the research on Provera and I hear a few scary things. )=
Why would the doc tell me Provera would help me ovulate when in fact it does not? It's my last day on Provera today... I will let you all know what happens.
Editor's comments: Hi Britt, Provera is a synthetic hormone that is a mimic of the progesterone that you make inside your body. It is not identical to your natural hormone progesterone. It is similar, but different. Therefore, side effects are possible.
An alternative is to take a hormone that is IDENTICAL to the hormone in your body. You can take a hormone called "progesterone", also called "natural progesterone" or "bio-identical" progesterone. Since this hormone is the very same hormone that is already in your body, there are no side effects and it is going to be more effective than Provera. Why would it be more effective? Because it is a hormone that you body can use.
If you were thirsty and wanted a drink of water, which would you choose? A Coke or a glass of water? Either one would quench your thirst, right? They are both liquids, right?
Coke even has some water in it but it also has other things that are not so good. Nobody would say that a Coke is healthier than water. Your body wants water, not a Coke.
The same is true about hormones. Which does your body want? Provera or progesterone? No one would say that Provera is healthier for you than progesterone. Your body wants progesterone, not Provera.
If you start putting healthier things into your body, you may find that you can achieve the results you are looking for.
You can learn more about progesterone here.
Your doctor can prescribe bio-identical progesterone. But you will have to ask for it. If your doctor won't do it, ask him or her why, or find another doctor.
I would also recommend that you consult with a licensed naturopathic physician in your area.
They can give you some good advice about hormones and ways to become pregnant in a healthy way.