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Ann A. wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am 24 years old and me and my husband have been trying to become pregnant for the past six months. I have not had a period in about two months and my doctor prescribed Provera for me to jump-start my period.

  • Is this OK to take to start my period?


  { Is it OK to take Provera to jump-start my period? }

Mike replied:

Dear Ann,

While we welcome your question, it falls outside the scope of our mission.

We occasionally have a priest-helper who assists us, but none of us are Catholic priests or practicing Catholics doctors.

You should make an appointment to talk with your pastor or priest about this issue.

I searched our knowledge base and found this posting. It may help:

It mentions Depo-Provera which is different than the medication your doctor prescribed for you.


Paul replied:

Ann —

Depo-Provera may never be used by anyone sexually active. It not only works as a contraceptive but is also an abortifacient. It causes very early abortion from thinning the uterine lining.

For a direct answer to your question there is a good web site that specializes in women's issues and medication:



Fr. Jonathan replied:

Hi, Ann —

There is a difference between Provera and Depo-Provera.

Provera is not an abortifacient; Depo-Provera is an abortifacient.

In this case, the drug is definitely not being used to prevent pregnancy but as a step in promoting it. With Provera there is no need to refrain from sexual relations.

You should get in touch with an expert on Natural Family planning which would be much more effective.

Fr. Jonathan

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