What signs indicate that Provera is working? (3 common signs)

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Page last updated: 23/09/2022

In this blog post, we are going to answer the question, “What signs indicate that provera is working?”. Provera is a prescription medication which is used to treat menstrual problems and it is also used as a contraceptive. 

This blog will cover how to know that this med is working effectively to treat your symptoms. We will also discuss some additional lifestyle changes that can help regulate your periods. 

What signs indicate that provera is working?

The signs which indicate that provera is working include:

  • You are not bleeding heavily during your menstrual cycle 
  • Your periods are becoming regular
  • You have been successful in preventing pregnancy so far

You are not bleeding heavily during your menstrual cycle 

Provera is used to control the excessive bleeding some women go through during their normal monthly cycle. Provera is a brand name for medroxyprogesterone which is a type of progesterone hormone. 

Provera actively inhibits the release of gonadotropins which are associated with a lot of different functions. Gonadotropins are responsible for making the endometrial layer thick. 

As provera inhibits these hormones, it makes the endometrial layer thin and helps regulate periods. So if you begin to notice that you are not bleeding as heavily as you did before using this medication, it indicates that provera is working for you. 

However, you need to make sure you use this medication just as directed by your healthcare provider. Do not use any more or less than what is prescribed. 

Your periods are becoming regular

Provera is also used to regulate periods in women suffering from amenorrhea. It is a condition associated with extremely delayed periods or no periods at all. 

As we have just discussed, provera inhibits gonadotropins which are responsible for making your endometrium thick. Thick thickness can make it difficult for the layer to break away and start the monthly cycle. 

Provera makes this endometrium thin and makes it easy for the layer to break away, which facilitates the normal menstrual flow. This is how provera can help relieve the symptoms associated with amenorrhea. 

If you have been taking this medication for your delayed periods or absence of periods and you begin to notice your monthly cycle returning back to its normal function, it indicates that provera is working for you. 

Make sure you take this med on days your doctor has suggested for the best possible therapeutic outcome. 

What signs indicate that Provera is working? (3 common signs)

You have been successful in preventing pregnancy so far

Provera is a well known contraceptive that can help achieve your goals of not getting pregnant. As this med inhibits gonadotropins, it inhibits the process of follicular maturation. It also inhibits ovulation as no mature follicles are available to proceed the process of fertilisation. 

This helps you avoid getting pregnant and facilitate the monthly menstrual flow. If you have been taking this medication for a while for the purpose of birth control and you have been successful in achieving that goal so far, then it indicates that provera is working very well for you. 

If the med doesn’t work, no gonadotropin is inhibited. Follicles become mature just like they are supposed to and they facilitate the process of ovulation where an egg, which is ready to be fused with a sperm, is released. 

What are the side effects associated with the use of provera? 

Provera, like every other medication on this planet, is associated with some side effects. These include:

  • Breast tenderness 
  • Alopecia or loss of hair
  • Menstrual flow changes 
  • Unusual vaginal spotting or bleeding 
  • Pimples and acne
  • Facial hair growth 
  • Leaky breasts
  • Dizziness 
  • Drowsiness 
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Gastrointestinal side effects including nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. 

Some serious and rare side effects include:

  • Allergic reaction associated with symptoms like redness of skin, itching, burning sensation, blisters, blue-purple patches, tightness of chest, wheezing, difficulty in breathing, hoarseness etc. 
  • Difficulty in speaking 
  • Swelling in one side of the body or legs
  • Blackouts 
  • Decreased sensations in arms
  • Arrhythmia associated with serious heart palpitations 
  • Blood in cough 
  • Unbearable chest pain 
  • Nerve-racking depression 
  • Compromised vision 
  • Discoloration of eyes
  • Fever with chills 
  • Swelling or tenderness in different parts of the body.

These side effects can vary from person to person and can significantly make the duration of treatment unbearable for you. Hormonal therapies are not that easy and not everyone can function well with them. 

Some women undergo terrible side effects which leads to the discontinuation of treatment. Make sure you take as much as prescribed by your healthcare provider, not more or less than that.

In case of overdose, immediately reach out to the hospital. Make sure you properly guide them about how much drug you have taken and when. 

If you have missed a dose and you’re way past the usual time at which you take your med, do not take it. It will cause you to overdose when you take your next dose, which is not too far away. 

It’s better to skip the missed dose and take the next one. If you remember your missed dose earlier, it’s safe for you to take it. It is also important to monitor what other prescription medications you are taking with provera. 

Drug interactions should be an important consideration before taking two or more medicines together. Yes, drugs in combination are often used to achieve better therapeutic response but this is not the case with every interaction. 

Some drugs are highly incompatible with one another. They often cancel out each other’s effects or antagonise them. Some drugs are so incompatible that they end up changing the entire chemical composition of one another. 

Some interfere with metabolism or bioavailability (the rate and extent at which the active drug moiety enters systemic circulation/blood). This can lead to drug accumulation in different parts of the body. 

It is always advised to inform your healthcare provider of any medicine you take before getting a new prescription. Your doctor will make sure not to prescribe any such drug which might interfere with those you are already taking.

It is extremely important to tell your doctor if you already have an underlying health condition. Provera should not be given in case of cancers, heart diseases, hypertension, kidney diseases, liver diseases, migraine, seizures, asthma, depression etc. 

The side effects associated with Provera can make the above mentioned health conditions much worse and it can become extremely difficult for you to manage these. 

What lifestyle changes can help regulate your periods? 

There are some ways, or say lifestyle changes, that can help regulate your periods:

Maintain a healthy weight 

Try to maintain a balanced healthy weight. Women who are overweight are most likely to suffer from delayed periods as compared to those who have a normal BMI. Similarly, those who are underweight are more susceptible to gynaecological side effects.

When women are overweight and obese, it often disturbs their hormones. The hormonal disturb can cause gynaecological complications and can result in irregualr periods, polycystic ovary disease, early menopause etc. 

Do yoga

Yoga is known to relieve symptoms associated with menstrual problems. 

A study, which included 126 participants to monitor the relationship between yoga and menstrual health, concluded that 20-40 minutes of yoga, as part of normal routine, can lower hormonal levels which cause irregular periods. 

If you are starting just about now, you can seek help for your local gym or can find beginner yoga moves on the internet that you can easily do at your home.

Make exercise a part of your routine 

Exercise can help regulate your periods in so many ways. First, it will help you reach your ideal body weight, in accordance with your height. 

Exercise is actually a part of the treatment plan for Polycystic ovaries syndrome (PCOs), which can also cause period related problems and can also make you gain weight. 

A 2021 study showed that exercise can benefit you in the treatment of dysmenorrhea (painful periods caused by excessive uterine contractions) by reducing the intensity and duration of pain associated with the menstrual cycle.

Add some ginger to your diet

Ginger appears to be beneficial for a variety of menstrual problems. It has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. A study conducted in 2014 included 92 women with heavy menstrual bleeding. 

It concluded that daily ginger consumption helped them with menorrhagia (heavy and prolonged menstrual bleeding). 

Cinnamon 

Cinnamon is also known for providing comfort during not-so-easy menstrual cycles. Research suggests that cinnamon can help regulate menstrual cycles and is an effective treatment option for women with PCOS. 

It has also shown to decrease nausea, vomiting, menstrual pain and bleeding in women experiencing dysmenorrhea. 

Enjoy juicy pineapples

Pineapple is known to be a popular home remedy for providing relief from menstrual problems. Bromelain, an enzyme present in pineapple, has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. It can make the lining of your uterus soft and can regulate your periods. 

Make sure you have enough vitamins

Studies show a link between vitamin D deficiency and irregular periods. A 2014 study shows the benefits of vitamin D in the treatment of PCOs associated menstrual irregularities. 

Vitamin B is also associated with period regulation. Make sure you have a fair share of every vitamin as they all manage our basic physiological functions. In case of deficiency, supplements are preferred to replenish the vitamins first, then it is advised to manage their levels with diet. 

Conclusion 

In this blog post, we have discussed the working signs of provera. Provera is used to control the excessive bleeding some women go through during their normal monthly cycle. It is also used to treat amenorrhea and can be used as a contraceptive. 

This blog has also covered the possible side effects and how to use the med properly. We have also discussed some lifestyle changes that can help regulate your distributed menstrual cycle. 

FAQs: signs provera is working 

How long does it take for Provera to work?

If you’re taking provera for the treatment of amenorrhea, you should start to have your periods right after 7 to 9 days of your last provera dose. However, every medicine affects people differently. Some people may see results much earlier than others. 

How do you feel after taking Provera?

Provera may cause allergic reactions associated with symptoms like redness of skin, itching, burning sensation, blisters, blue-purple patches, tightness of chest, wheezing, difficulty in breathing, hoarseness etc. If it starts working effectively then you will begin to see your symptoms disappear. 

What does it mean when Provera works?

When provera works, you begin to notice the following changes:

  • You are not bleeding heavily during your menstrual cycle 
  • Your periods are becoming regular
  • You have been successful in preventing pregnancy so far

How does provera work as a contraceptive? 

Provera is a well known contraceptive that can help achieve your goals of not getting pregnant. As this med inhibits gonadotropins, it inhibits the process of follicular maturation. It also inhibits ovulation as no mature follicles are available to proceed the process of fertilisation. This helps you avoid getting pregnant and facilitate the monthly menstrual flow.

What are the common side effects of provera? 

  • Breast tenderness 
  • Alopecia or loss of hair
  • Menstrual flow changes 
  • Unusual vaginal spotting or bleeding 
  • Pimples and acne
  • Facial hair growth 
  • Leaky breasts
  • Dizziness 
  • Drowsiness 
  • Weight loss or gain

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