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What is Provera
Whether you are planning a holiday, your wedding night, or a fun festival weekend and you need to remain period free, Provera can be a safe and easy way to help you delay your period. It can also be useful if you are going to be having an operation or require longterm bed rest, though it is wise to discuss this type of extended use of Provera with your doctor as ideally it is best to be used as a short term period delay treatment for up to 10 days.
Why choose Provera?
For any number of reasons, there are occasions when a woman wants to take control of her menstrual cycle and delay it for a few days or a couple of weeks. Provera offers an effective way to delay your periods and is considered a safe option. Alongside being used by women who have no health issues and who simply want to delay the start of their period for a short while, it is the recommended treatment for women who smoke, are overweight, aged 35 or over and any woman at risk of venous thromboembolism.
Can I buy Provera Online?
Provera is a prescription-only medication, and it will be necessary for you to fill in our online health questionnaire prior to you being approved to purchase it. Once you have completed the assessment, our in-house doctors will confirm that this is the correct treatment for your situation and that it will be safe for you to take. This is based on a number of risk factors, including any other medications you take which may affect how Provera works and whether you suffer from other health issues which may be affected negatively by Provera.
Once you have your prescription, you will not be required to fill in the questionnaire for this product again in the future. You will be sent your medication quickly and discreetly to your chosen address once purchased.
How effective is Provera?
When used as prescribed by your doctor, Provera is known to effectively delay periods. Once you stop taking the Provera tablets, your period will return 1 to 3 days later.
In many cases, Provera is as effective at delaying your periods as the contraceptive pill. If a woman does not use a combined contraceptive pill, then Provera is a good alternative for effective period delay treatment. It is also recommended as a safe option for anyone who cannot take contraceptive pill due to being at risk of vaginal bleeding because of deep in thrombosis or developing blood clots.
How does Provera work?
Provera’s active ingredient, medroxyprogesterone, is a synthetic form of the female hormone progesterone. A drop in progesterone levels each month triggers the uterus to shed the lining, which women experience as their monthly period. By taking Provera and keeping those progesterone levels high with the use of the synthetic progestin, the period is delayed.
What is contained in Provera?
The active ingredient in Provera is medroxyprogesterone acetate. Tablets contain 2.5mg, 5mg or 10mg of this ingredient.
The inactive ingredients found in each Provera tablet include:
- 2.5 mg: Lactose monohydrate, sucrose, maize starch, liquid paraffin, talc, calcium stearate, sunset yellow (E110), purified water.
- 5 mg: Lactose monohydrate, starch, sucrose, liquid paraffin, calcium stearate, talc, the colour FD & C Blue No. 2 Aluminium Lake, purified water.
- 10 mg: Lactose monohydrate, sucrose, maize starch, liquid paraffin, talc, calcium stearate, purified water.
What dose of Provera should I take?
You should not take Provera if you are under the age of 18. Make sure to take this medicine exactly as directed by your GP. The number of tablets you need to take every day depends on how long you wish to delay your period.
It is advised to take Provera 10mg tablets 3 times a day.
● 1 pack (30 tablets) = 7 days period delay
● 2 packs (60 tablets) = 17 days period delay
How should I take Provera?
Provera must be taken as directed by your doctor, and if you are uncertain, you can ask one of our pharmacists or doctor by booking a free appointment with our online pharmacy.
To delay your period you should begin taking Provera tablets 3 times a day, 3 days prior to the time you wish to delay your period from. You then continue taking them in this same fashion until the end of your prescription, after which your period will begin in between 1 and 3 days.
Do not take a smaller or larger dosage than that which is prescribed for you, as you will have been given the necessary amount for your personal requirement. If you miss a dose and it is nearly time for your next tablet, then wait for that and do not double dose up. If you remember within a few hours of the missed dose you can then take it.
For further information read the patient information leaflet.
What are the side effects of Provera?
As with any other medication used, side effects are possible, but your doctor will have weighed up the possible risks for you, so you should experience them as mildly as possible. Unexpected issues can still occur if your body finds it is unable to tolerate the medicine. If this occurs, then speak to your doctor right away.
The most common side effects in women using Provera have been found to be nausea, headaches and vaginal bleeding and/or spotting.
Still common but less occurring side effects include fluid retention, breast tenderness, weight gain, dizziness, insomnia, depression, fatigue and acne.
These should all be mild enough not to stop you using the medication and should ease over the course of the prescription. If they do not and you are struggling with the side effects, consult your doctor.
Can I take Provera whilst pregnant or breastfeeding?
You must not take Provera whilst pregnant, and if you think you might be, speak to your doctor who will ask you to take a test before prescribing this medication.
Although medroxyprogesterone passes into the milk, there is no evidence which shows it harms the baby. If you are breastfeeding, though, be sure to speak to your doctor about your concerns prior to beginning a prescription.
How long can I take Provera for?
For period delay, Provera is ideally used only for a short period of time, usually around 10 days. If you will require it for a longer time, for example, if you are travelling, being placed on bedrest or booked to have an operation, then you can discuss this with your doctor, and they will advise you on the best option for your health and safety.
Who can take Provera?
As Provera 10mg tablets is not suitable for everyone, it is vital to inform your GP of your previous and present conditions. Do not take Provera if you have any of the following conditions:
● You have epilepsy or experience seizures
● You suffer from migraine headaches
● You have or have had any heart problems
● You have or have had diabetes
● You have or have had depression
● You have a history of depression
● You have or have had liver problems
● You have or have had gallstones
● You have hearing problems
● You have asthma
● You have high blood pressure or hypertension
● You have systemic lupus erythematosus
● You have just had an operation
● You are scheduled to have an operation
● You have an intolerance to certain sugars
● You have breast cancer or have had it in the past
● You have porphyria
● You have or have had blood clots in your veins or arteries
● You are allergic to medroxyprogesterone acetate or any of the active ingredients in Provera
When is the best time to take Provera?
It is best to take Provera at the same time each day. Taking Provera tablets at the same time every single day will allow you to experience the best result. In addition to this, it will also help you remember to take the pill.
Warnings to consider before taking Provera
As mentioned, Provera tablets is not suitable for everyone. Avoid taking Provera 10mg tablets if:
● You have or have had breast cancer
● You have or have had a venous or arterial blood clot
● You have or have had complications with your liver
If you have any of the following conditions, speak to your Doctor before taking Provera:
● Epilepsy or seizures
● Migraines or severe headaches
● Asthma or difficulty breathing
● Heart or kidney problems, including high blood pressure or hypertension
● Depression or other mood disorders
● Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
● You just had a medical procedure done
Risk of blood clots and Provera
Women are at high risk of developing blood clots. However, the risk of a blood clot increases significantly whenever there is an increase in female progestogen hormone levels, particularly oestrogen. For instance, taking combined contraceptive pills can increase female hormone levels.
Provera is a synthetic progestogen, which is a class of female hormones. Experts recommend it as it has a lower impact on blood clotting risk.
Provera (medroxyprogesterone) and Contraceptives
When you use Provera as a period delay medication, it is essential to remember that it is not a contraceptive, nor does it work like one. Women who use hormonal contraceptives, such as pills, patches, vaginal rings, implants, injections, and more, should consult their GP regarding period-delaying pills.
Choosing between Provera and Norethisterone
Provera and Norethisterone are both very effective as period delay tablets, but the effects of each vary depending on the person. Your doctor will determine the more suitable option to delay your period after considering your medical history.
For further information on the difference between Provera and Norethisterone, read here.
Can you buy Provera tablets over the counter?
No, Provera tablets are prescription based pills. So you need a prescription to get them.
Will I get a heavier period once I stop using Provera Tablets?
There is a possibility that you experience heavier and more painful periods once you stop using Provera Tablets. However periods like this are usually temporary and return to normal once your cycle restarts.
Can I take other medication while using Provera Tablets?
There are a few medicines which you must not combine with Provera Tablets, they include:
- Antifungal medicines
- Anti-seizure medicines
- Medicines that impact your liver enzymes
Can I gain weight while taking Provera?
Hormonal drugs can lead to weight gain. Unfortunately, that is a very common side effect of Provera, and about 1 in 10 Provera users experience it.
Does Provera alter your mood?
Yes. Provera can cause mood alterations. This is because one of the most common side effects of Provera is depression.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Provera, take it as soon as possible. But, if enough time has passed since your missed dose, and it is time for the next one, skip it. Do not take a double dose.
Like all medicines, after using Provera Tablets you are likely to experience a number of side effects. It is important to note that not everyone will experience the same symptoms, these will differ depending on the severity of your condition. Common side effects include:
- Nausea/feeling sick
- Tender breasts
- Feeling tired
- Mood swings
- Unusual vaginal discharge
- Blurred vision
- Weight loss or gain
- Heavy future periods
- Painful future periods
If any of these side effects worsen you should stop using Provera Tablets and seek advice from a medicine expert, such as a GP or pharmacist, as soon as possible.