For many women, irregularity with the menstrual cycle contributes to infertility issues. Without a regular cycle, ovulation and conception are difficult, if not impossible, to achieve. The drug Provera is given to get the menstrual cycle going.
Provera actually has several uses related to female health, although it is often known for starting a stalled menstrual cycle. It may also be described for abnormal bleeding, treating endometriosis, pre menstrual symptoms and menopausal symptoms.
The exact dosage and instructions will vary from woman to woman. Provera comes in dosing options of 2.5, 5 or 10 mg. The best dosage for you depends upon several factors. Your doctor will evaluate your health history and individual needs in determining the most effective dosage when prescribing Provera.
The usual range of treatment is between five and ten days taking the medication. When the medicine is stopped, it generally takes from three days to one week for the cycle to start. In some cases, it may take a bit longer, but call your doctor if a week has gone by since stopping the medication with no cycle.
It is important to be absolutely certain that you are not pregnant prior to taking Provera. Your doctor will likely do a pregnancy test to ensure that the problem is not an undiscovered pregnancy. The reason for this is Provera is not considered safe for use during pregnancy. No woman should take it if she thinks she may be pregnant, due to negative side effects for the baby, including miscarriage and birth defects.
In addition to the pregnancy test, your doctor should give you a complete exam, including a pap smear and breast exam. A pelvic exam will be done to check for anything out of the ordinary. Your doctor will also inquire about other health conditions, such as diabetes or depression. Both can be worsened during treatment with Provera. More information is available in the Physicians Desk Reference or on MedicineNet.