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Provera 10mg 3 times a day experiences and long term usage?

I have been on Provera 10mg three times a day since September 2012. I take it for 90 days then have a 10 day break before the next 90 days.

I was told by my Gyne that 10mg Provera is fine to be taken basically forever....

I went to an Endometriosis information day and in one of the lectures by a leading UCL expert Gyne I was alerted to the fact that it is advised to only take Provera in this high dose for a maximum of 9 months (three lots of 90 days) I spoke to him afterwards and he advised to only take it for 9 months then possibly move onto the Depo Provera injection.

Has anyone else encounter this situation or taken these medications??

I have found 10mg Provera to dramatically improve my symptoms and along with a wheat free diet I am virtually pain free.

I don't want to go back to the agony I was in on a daily basis but I am more concerned about causing long term damage taking this drug.

My Gynecologist and her team are totally useless and the only other option they have given me is the Mirena coil which I am dead against.

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I've recently been told to take provera 10mg 3 times a day.ive found the pain has been reduced most of the time, however I have also found it makes me have horrible mood swings, restless sleep and night sweats. Did you have any side effects?

Do you mind me asking why you are against the mirena coil?

Fleur xx


Hi.up until a few months ago i was taking 30mg of provera a day.I took it for four years with no side effects.My endo nurse agreed that the pros outweighed the cons.I have changed my medication now only because the provera was not working as well as before.Personally,to be almost pain free for four years was worth any risk for me.I too wasn't keen on the mirena either and am now on cerazette.Good luck with whatever you decide to do and hope you stay pain free.


Hey ive just started taking provera also, wasnt told it wasnt a contraceptive though. do u know if u still have periods while taking provera or does it stop them? xx


If it works for you, then stick with it. Depo is a much stronger drug and is definitely limited in the length of use, and what would you then do afterwards? It doesn't cure you, just acts as a temporary relief while on it.

I don't know why you are dead against the Mirena, as I found it was absolutely the best medical thing i have ever tried, and that covers years of gallbladder, kidney and gynae problems. It's my no.1 super medical experience.

I have no side effects and it has miraclously stopped my periods. I would insist every girl and woman on the planet have it put in and try it if it was up to me. It's been brilliant.

Some 40% of all Scandanavian girls have it, but the uptake in the UK is much lower and I cannot understand why that should be the case as it would make such a huge difference to so many lives not just for those ladies with endo.

Oh I know it doesn't suit everyone but I wouldn't dismiss it if you haven't yet tried it. You should still keep it as a valid option for the future to stop periods and period pain for the long term.

My only criticism is that it is too often put in without anaesthetic, and I would recommend all women have it installed under anaesthesia so it can be positioned in the right place without causing any pain at all when it goes in.


My little sister would beg to differ as she HAD the mirena and it slipped and caused a lot of damage. I don't blame anyone for being dead against it. Id never allow it in me


I have the mirena coil. Also taking provera and still having periods to say i am fed up is an understatement.

I have seen a gynae and they say everything is fine.

Theyve said it could be down to being overweight.ive recently lost just over 3 stone and periods no better hellllpp


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