Provera tablets are part of a group of medications called progestogens, which mimic the effects of the hormone progesterone in the body.
Low levels of progesterone in your body can trigger off all sorts of unpleasant symptoms including heavy, irregular or absent periods, anxiety, depression and hot flashes.
Provera can help improve all these. It’s also recommended as a treatment if you’d like to delay a period.
How does Provera work?
The main active ingredient in Provera is medroxyprogesterone acetate. It mimics naturally occurring progesterone in your body.
During your monthly cycle, your body produces differing amounts of this hormone and once that level drops, a period occurs.
If you have irregular or very painful periods because of endometriosis, Provera will help boost the levels of progesterone in your body, so your unpleasant symptoms decrease. You can also take Provera tablets to delay a period (hello honeymoon, holiday or exam season).
Are there different Provera doses?
There are three different strength doses.
Usually, we’ll recommend starting off on Provera 5mg to treat heavy and painful periods. This can decrease to Provera 2.5mg if the initial dose is too high and gives you side effects. It can be increased to Provera 10mg if the starting dose isn’t quite enough.
How to take Provera
How you take Provera will depend on what you’re taking it for.
Taking Provera to delay periods
You can take Provera to delay your period. It’s an off-label treatment though, so you’ll need to talk to your clinician first. To do this, start taking your tablets three days before your period is due. Take your prescribed dose everyday, three times a day. Your period will start about three days after your last tablet.
Taking Provera to treat missing periods
Here’s how to take Provera to bring back your periods:
You’ll take between 2.5mg to 10mg every day for 5-10 days starting 16-21 days after your last period started.
You should continue to take Provera in this way for 2 complete menstrual cycles.
Occasionally, once you stop treatment, you may experience what’s known as a breakthrough bleed.
Taking Provera for period problems
Provera for endometriosis or other period problems should be taken in a 10mg dose, 3 times a day for 3 months and the beginning of the treatment should occur on the first day of your period. The active ingredient in Provera can stop uterus cells from growing outside your womb, which causes the symptoms of endometriosis. It can also make your periods shorter and less painful.
How long does Provera take to work?
Depending on what type of period problem you’re taking Provera for, it can take about 5-10 days to work.
Once you stop taking it, you may well experience a breakthrough bleed 3-7 days after cessation.
What to do if you miss Provera doses
If you miss a dose of Provera, don’t panic.
Don’t take two tablets at once to make up for the missed dose. If you take too much at once, this can increase your chances of developing unpleasant side effects.
Take your Provera as soon as you remember, and then carry on as normal.
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How do I use Provera to delay periods?
There may be all sorts of reasons you want to delay a period. Getting married, going on holiday or even a busy exam season. You want to be able to go with the flow.
Provera tablets to delay periods can offer you peace of mind. Around 3 days before your period starts you’ll take a 10mg dose, 3 times a day. You can lengthen the course of treatment, depending on how long you want to delay your period for.
Around 3 days after you stop taking your Provera, your period should begin as normal. Remember that that period delay is an ‘off-label’ use for Provera. We have other available treatments to delay periods which are designed for that.
What are the instructions for using Provera to treat painful and irregular periods?
You may not want to use Provera for stopping periods but might want some help to treat irregular or painful monthly cycles.
Taking Provera once daily at a dose of 5mg-10mg during the second half (luteal phase) of your cycle can help regulate and improve your symptoms.
How can Provera help to treat amenorrhoea?
You sometimes can’t win with periods. If it’s late, you panic. If it disappears, you feel even worse.
Amenorrhoea is the medical term for stopped periods and Provera can help bring you back to regularity.
Simply take a tablet once daily in either a 5mg or 10mg dose and plan this to start on what would normally be day 16-21 of your normal cycle. Around 3-7 days after your treatment stops, you should have a normal period.
What are the instructions for using Provera for endometriosis?
Taking Provera for endometriosis can offer real symptom relief.
Endometriosis is a painful condition which causes heavy, painful periods and ovarian cysts. It occurs when the lining of the uterus, normally shed during the period, attaches itself to other organs in the body like the bladder, bowel and fallopian tubes. It can cause a lot of pain at all times and not just during a bleed.
To help with the symptoms of endometriosis it’s recommended to take Provera in a 10mg dose, 3 times a day. The beginning of the treatment should occur on the first day of your period and continue in that dosage for 3 months.
Can I get Provera over the counter?
Provera is a prescription-only medication. If you’re thinking about taking it to treat your period problems then one of our clinicians will be happy to chat to you to make sure it’s the right treatment.
Why should I buy Provera online with Treated?
With Treated you’re completely in control of your treatment. Chat with one of our friendly and supportive clinicians online and have all your options explained to you in a jargon- and hassle-free way.
Once you’ve made the decision to get a Provera prescription, we’ll follow up with you to make sure the treatment is working for you as it should. We’ll always discuss other options if it isn’t.
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