Knowledge is not reduced to a mere collection of information, but, above all, to an informative wisdom that we can take to a practical level. Any wisdom objective that derives from medicine, then, has a direct determination about the human being and his health. In tune, we present you what Provera is for: uses, consequences, realities.

Provera’s non-brand name is Medroxyprogesterone, which belongs to the group of progestins. That is, it is a hormonal drug for women with effects very similar to human progesterone (steroid hormone responsible for menstruation periods, pregnancy, as it promotes gestation, embryogenesis, among other functions). Therefore, we can say that Provera is a synthetic form, not produced by the body spontaneously, although very similar.

Broadly speaking, although we will expand below, Provera works against certain abnormal gynecological conditions in most cases. It is important to emphasize that its use must be continuous, methodical, it fights the anomaly; but it does not cure it. Of course, leaving Provera is equivalent to doing it with the absolute prescription of a trusted professional or doctor.

What is Provera good for?

We already said it, Provera is used to regulate and control certain gynecological conditions. For example, it is used to combat endiometriosis (tissue developed outside the uterus), menopause or menstrual abnormalities, especially after six months without a regular menstruation or a total cancellation of it. It is used as a contraceptive, as a way to prevent a certain type of cancer and as hormonal therapy for transsexual people who, naturally, want to progressively reduce or eradicate menstruation processes.

The mechanism of action of this synthetic hormone is very similar to that of human progesterone, because it also controls hormonal cycles, inhibits the maturation of ovarian follicles and thus ovulation. This hormonal drug contains antiestrogenic, antiandrogenic characteristics and also regulates gonadotropin excretion by the pituitary. Regarding the endometrium, although we slide it up, it avoids excessive thickening or growth, this allows to avoid colic, intestinal discomfort, heaviness in the lower abdomen and, logically, problems in fertility. In reference to cases of cancer, it serves to prevent uterine cancer, especially when the woman is undergoing estrogen treatment.

Here is a summary of what the Provera treatment is for:

  • Contraceptive
  • Antiestrogenic
  • Antiandrogénica
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause
  • Regulate the menstrual cycle
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Amenorrhea
  • Metrorrhagia
  • Infertility problems
  • Hormonal therapy
  • Prevent some types of cancer
  • Acute vaginal bleeding.
  • Stimulate the uterus to produce certain hormones.

However, there are always side effects that must be taken into account so as not to suffer from the intake of this hormonal drug.

  • increased tenderness or fluid production in the breasts.
  • changes in menstrual flow.
  • irregular vaginal bleeding (bleeding) or spotting.
  • acne.
  • hair growth on the face.
  • hair loss on the scalp.
  • difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • drowsiness (sleep)
  • Stomach ache.
  • weight gain or loss.
  • sickness.
  • nervousness.
  • cramps.
  • anorgasmia.
  • Headaches.

The aforementioned effects can be classified as normal, since they do not carry great dangers and tend to occur in most cases. However, there are more serious side effects such as pain, swelling, redness or excessive sensitivity in one leg, difficulty and slowness in speaking, dizziness or fainting, pain or numbness in an arm or leg, shortness of breath, coughing up blood, pain sudden, crushing and stabbing in the chest, a higher than normal heart rate or palpitations, vision changes or sudden loss, double vision, blurred or swollen eyes, total loss of periods, depression, yellowing of the skin and eyes, fever, hives, rashes (skin eruptions), itching (itching), difficulty swallowing, and swelling in other areas of the body.

If the patient sees any of these serious side effects, they should seek medical advice immediately. You should also know that not everyone can take Provera. We must pay attention first if the person has other disorders and diseases and then if they are combated with different drugs. In addition, people who suffer from breast cancer or have a predisposition should avoid taking it since this drug is often associated with such a pathology. It is important to say that in laboratories it has been seen that animals developed tumors in the sinuses due to the consumption of Medroxyprogesterone. There is also a history of heart attacks and strokes, mainly due to the production of blood clots that go to the brain or lungs.

It is recommended that pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young girls should not take the drug.

All these side effects of varying degrees serve to understand that the use of Provera should be serious, methodical and full of observances by a professional.

How is Provera used?

Medroxyprogesterone comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is commonly taken once a day, on certain days of the regular menstrual cycle. It is important to be methodical, that is why it is very useful to take the drug at the same time on the corresponding days. It should be guided by the pharmacist or by the doctor, and it cannot be used neither more nor less than the prescribed dose, nor more often. Likewise, the instructions on the medicine should be followed seriously.

Any special precautions? Tell your pharmacist or doctor if you are allergic to medroxyprogesterone, if you take other medications such as vitamins, dietary supplements, or products with genesis in herbs. Tell your doctor if you have suffered from breast cancer, vaginal bleeding, blood clotting, depression, asthma, small and large strokes, miscarriages, diabetes, asthma, or heart, kidney, or liver disease. It is important to announce if you are pregnant, if you have plans for it or if you are breastfeeding; In case of getting pregnant during consumption, contact the professional promptly.

Unless your doctor indicates otherwise, you do not have to make any changes to the diet, that is, you can eat the usual foods. If you forget to take a dose, it is substantive to take it as soon as you remember, although if the time is already very close to the next intake, it is better to skip it and then continue regularly. In these cases, don’t try to double your Provera intake. In case of overdose, see a doctor immediately.

On the other hand, the medicine always has to be in a safe place, well closed, out of the reach of children and at room temperature. Likewise, these important drugs must be disposed of responsibly, as otherwise they may be inadvertently consumed by a child or the pets themselves (using a simple garbage can or toilet is prohibited). What is recommended is to follow the medication return protocol.

Samantha Robson
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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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