How long does one need to take progesterone pills for in PCOS?Endocrinology Gynaecology Women's Health
I'm 33. I currently take progesterone pills (Norcolut 5mg) for my PCOS. How long does someone with PCOS need to take progesterone pills for, and what happens if I want to conceive?
In PCOS, periods tend to be irregular and less frequent.
Progesterone is given periodically to induce a period so that your womb lining doesn't grow over-exuberantly and remains healthy.
Generally, if you do not have a period for 2 months, you will be given a 1-week (duration may vary slightly) course of progesterone and a period will come a few days after.
This is not a form of contraception and will not prevent a pregnancy.
When you want to conceive but are having difficulty, medications such as Clomid can be given to induce ovulation and increase the chances of pregnancy.
I hope this helps.
Progesterone pills are commonly given as one of the management options for patients with PCOS.
These pills are usually taken for a week every 3 months of not having your natural period.
Many girls affected by PCOS may not get their periods for many months, and the main purpose of a progesterone pill such as Norcolut is mainly to induce a withdrawal bleed once every 2-3 months. This is to maintain a healthy endometrial lining.
However, if you are trying to conceive, then taking a progesterone such as Norcolut may not be the most suitable. You may be advised by your doctor to switch to a different type of progesterone pill such as Duphaston which is more suitable for someone who is trying to conceive.
With that being said, it is expected for someone with PCOS to face some challenges while trying to conceive, and it would be good to see a doctor early for more timely treatment if required.
Dr Michelle Chia