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When prescribed both for irreg menses, do u take the provera for 10 days 2 see if it helps then the ortho tri cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) lo? Confused on how 2 take them?
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Dr. Miguel Cano
Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Probably both
It's possible to do both if your doc wants to synchronize your endometrium.
(medically remove most of your menstrual lining at the same time). Check with the office but one way to do this is to only take the Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for 10 days, stop them (you should have a withdrawal bleed), and start your ocps 7 days after the last provera (medroxyprogesterone). If your cycles still don't improve after 3 months, change pills.

In brief: Probably both
It's possible to do both if your doc wants to synchronize your endometrium.
(medically remove most of your menstrual lining at the same time). Check with the office but one way to do this is to only take the Provera (medroxyprogesterone) for 10 days, stop them (you should have a withdrawal bleed), and start your ocps 7 days after the last provera (medroxyprogesterone). If your cycles still don't improve after 3 months, change pills.
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Provera (medroxyprogesterone) then BCP
If you are going to take the Provera (medroxyprogesterone) - take it for ten days and expect to start a period in the next 2 or 3 days after you stop the provera (medroxyprogesterone).
When you start your period, then start the ortho tri-cyclen-lo, you may still have some irregular spotting for a while - give the pills several months to regulate your cycle. It is not really necessary to use the Provera (medroxyprogesterone) - just start the bcp's.

In brief: Provera (medroxyprogesterone) then BCP
If you are going to take the Provera (medroxyprogesterone) - take it for ten days and expect to start a period in the next 2 or 3 days after you stop the provera (medroxyprogesterone).
When you start your period, then start the ortho tri-cyclen-lo, you may still have some irregular spotting for a while - give the pills several months to regulate your cycle. It is not really necessary to use the Provera (medroxyprogesterone) - just start the bcp's.
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