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Pcos And Extremely Long Periods

I have been diagnosed with pcos, and I am on my fourth month of my period this year. I am so disgusted and frustrated that I could scream. Yeah, i've been to the gyn (twice) and my regular doctor (three times) and they tell me it's "okay" and "take vitamins" they also gave me a horomone (provera) that stopped it for a few days, but as soon as I finished the prescription, I started again, and even heavier. I am so ready to get off of this thing! They say i'm "okay", but they're not the ones bleeding! I fear that the next step is birth control, but I fear it so much because it makes most women in my family have migraines and gain weight. I already have migraines and I am already overweight! If anyone out there knows of anything I should try, or anything to ask my doctors, I would be forever in your debt. I know you can sympathize with anyone on their period for 14 weeks!!! Thank you for your time!
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replied June 22nd, 2006
Oh my gosh, I am so sorry for you, I could not stand to have my period for that long! Heck, after like 2 days I already can't stand it. I would definitely recommend the pill. I know there are a lot of stories of women gaining weight and feeling sick, but in studies, I know for the weight gain aspect, women on the pill did not gain more weight than the control group of women off the pill. I have heard girls say that they "gained 20 pounds the year they were on the pill", but that does not prove any kind of causation, they may have gained the weight pill or no pill.

I personally have only really had the positive side effects of the pill, those being clean skin, skipping as many periods as I want and no weight gain or sickness. Every woman reacts differently to different pills, so I do suggest you give it a try, because you may not experience any negative side effects at all, and if you dont like the pill you can just stop taking it.

Good luck!
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replied January 16th, 2008
I sympathize
I also have PCOS and I've had my period for a little over a month. The best thing you can do to regulate your hormones is to start taking a pill. Yasmin is good. You have to be careful because some anti-depressants and antibiotics can cause the pill not to work as well and your estrogen levels can drop. I've been on the pill for a few years now and have been told by my doctor that I'll have to be on them until menopause if I want to have regular cycles, and be free from the horrible side effects of PCOS (of course I do!). Getting pregnant is difficult with PCOS, but the doctor can work on getting you off the pill and fertility medicines, etc. Basically for me, the hormones in Yasmin aren't strong enough for me any more. I need to take an increasingly higher dose of estrogen in order for my period to stop. Having your period as long as you've had had it puts you at risk for anemia and you should have your hemoglobin levels checked. Most importantly, you need to start taking estrogen replacement therapy. You're not going to feel better until your hormone levels balance out.
P.S- With PCOS, many women actually lose alot of weight once they start the pill and Metformin therapy.
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replied January 16th, 2008
Especially eHealthy
A first (hormone free) treatment of PCOS is diet and exercise. I know that sucks, but really, watching your diet and making sure you're eating well and getting regular exercise might really help.

Also, there are MANY different types of birth control. Some may cause bad side effects in you, but some may not. You'll never know until you give it a try.
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replied July 27th, 2009
hey i know EXACTLY what you are going through! I have PCOS and was diagnosed last summer. My doctor had me on Yaz for about 6 months and then my period decided to become regular without it, so he took me off and increased my dosage of Metformin. But recently my period has become irregular again (going on 4 months, and VERY heavy). I was told that i am now anemic and I'm feeling very weak. All I can tell you is that the only time I was regular was on Yaz. I wish you the best in getting better.. because I know how it feels to have doctors ignore your pleas. God Bless & Best of Luck
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replied June 4th, 2010
pcos periods suck.
I feel your pain. I have pcos and had my period for 3 months one time. I have tried several birth controls that didn't work.

There is a anti-diabetes medication that I'm on called Metformin that is suppose to help regulate your periods and induce ovulation. Also, it's suppose to help with all the other symptoms of pcos. I would tell you if it's working but I've only been on it for 2 days. (Oh, and it's suppose to help you lose weight, if you're over weight.) Smile Ask your doctor about it.
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replied November 21st, 2012
Sorry to hear! Ive once had my period for 28 days, and I too have PCOS. I also go through bouts where I dont get it for 4 or 5 months, which makes it very tough to get pregnant, which we have been trying to do for 7 months now. Did you have any side effects with the Provera? I started taking it yesterday.
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replied March 6th, 2013
Pro longed period
Hi I know exactly how frustrated you must be - I was on my period for
10 months (some weeks where spotting - a few days here and there nothing)
but other wise continuous and it got me so down. Especially
Sometimes it was so heavy i would leak really bad within 5 minutes
And leaked when i went out ALOT. I also became anemic
After I had only bleeding for a month i went to my doctors for tests
and was diagnosed with PCOS, doctors & specialists refused to
put me on the pill because i used to suffer from bad
Migrains with them so just left me to bleed and prescribed me iron
tablets. In the end I had enough do demanded the pill but instead they
Gave me Primolut N (the same thing a provera)
It stopped my periods (then there was a week withdrawl bleed)
But after that nothing. Woo at last.
Ive always had irregular periods anyway and was kind of
Glad when my next period didnt arrive for 3 months
But now this one has been going for a month & half. In that time
i have been pescribed metformin to as i want to regulate things as
me and my husband are ttc - i feel the met is starting to kick in
But obv we cant ttc if im bleeding all the time so will be going back to the doctors to ask
for primolut n again this week.

I would of advised you just to go on the pill for atleast a month
Just to stop the bleeding! Prolonged bleeds are horrible im sure you
Want to stop it? Good luck Smile
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replied July 6th, 2014
i found sabina to help with stopping my cycle. thank you all for sharing your stories. i am on my cycle now for about 2 months, sometimes it is just spotting, but it is exhausting. i am going to give chasteberry a try again. i took femaprin (chasteberry) for a couple of months and it helped with cramping. i wish these darn hormones would just cooperate so i can feel normal Smile
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replied April 5th, 2015
I am 31 and I have had the same issues for 21 yrs. I take 300mg of slow release progesterone for 11 days and 50mg slow release for 15 day. Its a hard thing to deal with especially emotionally. I don't meet many people especially my age that go through this.
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replied April 5th, 2015
and my periods last an average of 5 months.
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replied January 6th, 2016
I for a number of years have always suffered from the "no period" of PCOS and took the pill to regulate this. After a number of years and struggling with water retention, I left the pill to see how it goes.

This was a huge mistake. It went well for 3 months untill I had a 19 day period. I went back on the pill to stop the bleeding which it did.

Now two months into drinking the pill, I got my period again which is on day 10 already and doesn't look like it will fade anytime soon.

This is so depressing and horrid. I don't know what to do or which kind of doctor to go to...an endocrinologist or a gynecologist....
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replied March 28th, 2016
I have been diagnosed with Pecos also. I stayed bleeding for 3 months and they gave me birth control which is what made me stop bleeding. Good luck!
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replied September 5th, 2016
I have PCOS and I am doing Hormone replacement therapy instead of the pill. It helps me not have a period every 14 days for a week Sad It is natural estrogen and so much better!
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replied February 19th, 2018
How did femaprin work for any of you
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