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Getting Your Period on Provera

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Updated August 03, 2011

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My doctor recommended that I take Provera to bring on my period? What is it and when should I get my period?

Provera is a synthetic form of progesterone, which is a hormone naturally produced after ovulation. When the levels of progesterone begin to decline, it triggers the start of the next menstrual period. Women with PCOS tend to ovulate infrequently, so they don’t produce progesterone as readily. Taking provera simulates the latter phase of their cycle and fools the body into thinking that ovulation has occurred.

Most women who take provera get their periods within a few days of stopping the pill (it’s taken every day for five to 10 days, depending on your doctor’s preferences). It’s not unusual, though, to begin bleeding before you finish the course of pills or not until two weeks after you finished the pills. If it’s been longer than two weeks since you finish taking the prescribed number of pills and you still haven’t gotten a period, you should notify your doctor.

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