i just had an appointment this afternoon with a new gynecologist. first off, let me just say how much better it was going to an actual doctor who specializes in women's reproductive health than just having my regular GP do my annual pelvic/pap smear. i'm not saying that primary care physicians aren't qualified to perform those types of routine procedures, but, at least in my case, it is definitely worth it to actually see a gynecologist.
anyway, i wanted to give you all a little recap of my situation before asking my question.... i've posted questions about all of this over the past few years if you want to run a search on my name for more detailed info.
but if not... i'm 23. i had a regular period for 10 years. 2 years ago it just stopped for no apparent reason. i had no period for 3-4 months and when i finally asked my doctor about it, she put me on birth control to regulate my cycle. i took Alesse 28 for 1.5 years and decided to stop this past may (i ran out of my last pack and didn't refill). i wanted to see what my body was up to and i wasn't sexually active so i didn't need it for contraception. nothing happened until last month (october) when i finally had a period. i have not had one yet this month though i should have.
i told all of this to my new gynecologist. also, i have pcos and a thyroid disorder. she told me about a study that one of her research coordinators is about to start for women with ammenorrhea (women who do not have a period). the goal is to see if the drug prometrium (now FDA approved for peri- and postmenopausal women) can be effective for women with ammenorrhea. the study will last 12 weeks, include a full round of lab tests and office visits once or twice a month. the pills will be given to me free and the study also pays each participant $500.
i guess i'm just wondering what you all think about this? do you think it sounds like a good idea? my other option would be for the doctor to put me on another form of progestin called provera. but she said that while provera is a pretty good treatment for ammenorrhea, she really thinks that the prometrium is much better and she is almost 100% positive that it will be FDA approved for that use, but until then, she cannot prescribe it for me.
has anyone else ever participated in any kind of medical research study? this is very interesting and exciting for me but i need to decide if i want to participate by the end of this week because the study will start within the next few weeks and i have to go through the screening process.
anyway, i just thought that scarleteen would be the best place to go for some feedback. thanks!