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should I wait to take the Provera?

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I haven't had my period since May 19th, 2011. My cycle is usually around 42 days, but regular. My ob/gyn has just prescribed me Provera. I'm afraid that I mihgt have just ovulated late, so should I wait to take the Provera, or will the Provera not even affect anything. I have heard people say that Provera causes miscarriages and prevents, but it can't do both. Plus, on the bottle it says "WARNING: If you become pregnant, DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG". I don't know how doctors can prescribe it to prevent miscarriages if it says that. I'm confused. Thank you ahead of time


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replied July 21st, 2011
Sexual Health - Women Answer A25260
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
Provera contains progesterone. If miscarriage is suspected to be occurring due to hormonal insufficiency, it can prevent it from occurring if supplemented at the right time. It is not given generally in pregnancy as it can have effects of feminisation on developing fetus. If Provera was started to induce your periods, do not worry, consider taking the drug as instructed by your treating doctor/gynecologist and be in regular follow-up. If you suspect to be pregnant already, and do not want to take the drug, consider requesting for serum/blood HCG levels to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately.
If you have irregular periods, then the underlying cause for the irregularity should be looked for and treated to help you have regular periods.
Take care.




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