What Does Provera Do?

If your healthcare provider has prescribed Provera® (medroxyprogesterone acetate), you may be wondering what Provera does and how it may help with your condition.
This drug is approved to treat an absence of menstrual periods (amenorrhea) in women who have not had a period for several months and to treat abnormal uterine bleeding caused by an imbalance of hormones. Provera is also used to prevent an overgrowth of the uterine lining in postmenopausal women, which can help decrease the risk for uterine cancer.
Provera contains a manufactured form of the hormone progesterone. It works by replacing progesterone when the body is unable to make enough.
This medicine comes in tablet form and is taken for several days. Three to seven days after treatment is stopped, vaginal bleeding occurs. This can help to restore regular periods in women.
(For more information on what this medication does, click Provera. This article provides a complete overview of this product, including potential side effects, dosing tips, and general safety concerns to be aware of.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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