Depo-SubQ Provera 104 Uses

Using Depo-SubQ Provera 104 for Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a medical condition in which the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows in other areas, most commonly in the pelvic area (including the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the bowel, and the bladder). In rare cases, it can spread beyond the pelvic region to other areas of the body.
The displaced endometrial tissue, or endometrial growths (also sometimes called "implants"), behave in the same way as the lining of the uterus. During the menstrual cycle, the tissue thickens in preparation for pregnancy, and then breaks down and bleeds when pregnancy does not occur. However, the endometrial growths have no way to leave the body. This can cause problems, such as irritation and scarring.
Not all women with endometriosis experience symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may include:
  • Pain in the pelvis, abdomen (stomach), or lower back
  • Painful intercourse
  • Painful periods
  • Heavy bleeding during periods, or bleeding between periods
  • Infertility.
While depo-subQ Provera 104 can help relieve the pain caused by endometriosis, it is not a cure for this condition.

How Does It Work?

depo-subQ Provera 104 contains medroxyprogesterone, a synthetic form of the female hormone progesterone. depo-subQ Provera 104 prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary). It also thins the endometrium (the lining of the uterus), preventing implantation (attachment of a fertilized egg to the wall of the uterus), and thickens the cervical mucus, making it more difficult for sperm to reach the egg.
For relieving pain caused by endometriosis, depo-subQ Provera 104 works by reducing estrogen levels in the body. Estrogen is responsible for the thickening of the uterine lining. Without estrogen, the endometrial growths shrink, which reduces the pain and symptoms of the condition. depo-subQ Provera 104 does not cure endometriosis; the growths will return if the medicine is stopped.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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