Provera and Menopause

If you are a postmenopausal woman who is undergoing therapy with an estrogen hormone, a healthcare provider may also prescribe Provera® (medroxyprogesterone acetate). This medicine contains a synthetic form of progesterone, a progestin hormone, and helps replace the progesterone the body is unable to make on its own.
Provera is approved for use in postmenopausal women who still have a uterus, and it works by helping to prevent a condition called endometrial hyperplasia. This condition occurs when the lining of the uterus grows too thick. This overgrowth can increase the risk for uterine cancer.
(For more information on using this drug for menopause treatment, click Provera Uses. This article takes a closer look at how this medication works, other possible uses, and whether it is safe for use in children.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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