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Provera

Provera is a medicine that contains a synthetic version of the female sex hormone, progesterone. The synthetic hormone used in Provera is called medroxyprogesterone, and is made to simulate and supplement the natural version of the hormone in women who don’t produce enough of it.

Low levels of progesterone can cause problematic symptoms for many women, especially when it comes to menstruation. Depending on your levels of progesterone, you might experience heavy periods, painful periods, irregular bleeding, or no bleeding at all. Provera is prescribed to women who experience these symptoms in order to restore the progesterone levels and regulate the menstrual cycle.

Provera can also be used to treat mild to moderate endometriosis.

Whilst low progesterone levels aren’t life threatening, the symptoms can cause pain, discomfort and low mood, compromising a woman’s quality of life.

By boosting progesterone levels in the body, Provera can help to relieve symptoms.

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What is Provera?

Provera is a medicine that belongs to a family of medicines called progestogens, and it contains the active ingredient medroxyprogesterone. Progestogens are medicines that are made to simulate the natural female sex hormone; progesterone.

Provera is prescribed to women whose bodies don’t make enough progesterone, and can treat conditions such as:

  • Heavy periods
  • Painful periods
  • Irregular periods
  • Absence of periods
  • Mild/moderate endometriosis

What does progesterone do?

Progesterone is a hormone that’s usually produced naturally by the ovaries, similar to another female sex hormone; oestrogen.

Progesterone is needed to regulate your menstrual cycles and to prepare your body for pregnancy. However, some women have lower-than-normal levels of progesterone. Whilst some might not notice any signs of low-progesterone, for others, it can cause problematic symptoms such as:

  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • PMS
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Infertility
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Dry skin
  • Insomnia
  • Low sex drive
  • Acne
  • Brittle nails
  • Sugar cravings

A low progesterone : oestrogen ratio can cause excess androgens in the body (male hormones). Whilst all women produce a low level of androgens, elevated levels can also cause issues and symptoms similar to those listed above.

There are several reasons why a woman might be experiencing low progesterone levels, for example, ovaries that aren’t working properly can lower the production of the hormone. This is why many women with PCOS often experience low levels of progesterone.

Progesterone is also found in most hormonal contraceptives. It’s usually used in the combined pill, as well as being the only active ingredient of POPs (progesterone only pills), and the nexplanon implant to name a few. However, these forms of progesterone sometimes aren’t enough to treat condition such as amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea, menorrhagia and endometriosis. This is where Provera is prescribed to relieve symptoms.

How do I know if I need Provera?

You can get your progesterone levels checked if you think you might be experiencing low levels of the hormone. You can do this by requesting a PGSN blood test from your GP. If the results come back showing that your progesterone levels are lower than normal, you might be a good candidate for Provera.

Can I take Provera?

Due to the fact that Provera boosts sex hormone levels, there are some women who won’t be able to take it, or will need to speak to their GP. This is because the progesterone might make some conditions worse, or might not be the most suitable solution. Some of the conditions that might not be compatible with Provera are:

  • Epilepsy
  • Migraine headaches
  • Asthma
  • Heart problems
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney problems
  • Systematic lupus erythematosus
  • Obesity
  • History of repeated miscarriage
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Liver problems
  • Gallstones
  • Hearing problems
  • History of blood clots

If you have any of the above conditions, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be able to take Provera, you may just need regular monitoring from a GP. It’s best to raise the issue with your own doctor before considering treatment.

What are the side effects of Provera?

As all medicines do, Provera can cause some unpleasant side effects. However, you and your GP should weigh up the benefits vs the potential risks of using the medicine to determine whether it’s the best treatment for you. Some of the most commonly reported side effects are:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Unexpected vaginal bleeding
  • Severe allergy
  • Depression
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Nervousness
  • Dizziness
  • Hair loss
  • Acne
  • Nettle rash/hives
  • Itchy skin
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Breast pain
  • Breast tenderness
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Blood clots
    • This list of side effects isn’t extensive, so always make sure you read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medication.

      You’re more at risk of developing a blood clot if you’re sedentary. For example, if you’ve had a serious injury and aren’t mobile, or are due to have an operation, your risk of a blood clot is higher. If you’re in this situation, please speak to your doctor to talk about your options and what you can do.

      Always stay aware of the symptoms of a blood clot.

      If you feel that you’re experiencing symptoms of a:

      • Heart attack
      • Blood clot
      • Allergic reaction

      Stop taking Provera and seek immediate medical help.

      How do I take Provera?

      Provera comes in tablet form, no matter what dose you’re prescribed. Some doses will be a different colour to others, but this is just to help you distinguish which tablet you’re taking.

      Provera doesn’t need to be taken with food.

      Dosages vary depending on which condition the medication is treating and its severity. No matter how many times a day you have to take the tablets, always swallow whole with a glass of water. Don’t chew or crush the medication as it might not work as effectively.

      Can I take Provera whilst I’m pregnant?

      No, you shouldn’t take Provera if you’re pregnant. Please inform your GP and ask for advice.

      How is my order shipped to me?

      When an order is ready for shipping, it is collected and delivered by either the Royal Mail or DPD depending on your preference (or possibly your location or the item you ordered). Each order is assigned a tracking number, which will be emailed to you at the time of dispatch. Your medicine will be sent in plain and discreet packaging that’s eco-friendly. We do not include any branding on our packaging nor any labels which inform readers what type of product is contained within.

      Advice on Addiction and Medication Restrictions

      If you are at all worried or concerned about an addiction to any type of medication, we urge you to speak to a professional for help and advice. Below are links to organisations that can help.

    • Talk To Frank

    • NHS Help & Advice On Drug Addiction
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The following delivery methods are currently available within the UK: All orders are sent in discreet, plain packaging.

UK Standard Delivery, £1.99

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UK Express Delivery, £2.99

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If you order after 12pm, your order will be dispatched the next working day and will be with you within 48 hours once dispatched. This excludes weekends and bank holidays

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DPD Next Day Delivery, £4.99 (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

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If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Next Day Delivery, by 12 Noon, £9.99 (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 12 noon the following working day

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Next Day Delivery, by 10:30am, £14.99  (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 10:30am the following working day

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Saturday Delivery, £14.99

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered the following Saturday

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Saturday Delivery, by 12:00am, £21.99

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 12:00am Saturday

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