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  1. What is Provera?

    Provera tablets contain a medicine called medroxyprogesterone acetate, which belongs to a class of drugs known as progestogens; these are similar in nature to the natural female hormone, progesterone. It can be taken by adults over the age of 18.

    You must have a prescription to buy Provera tablets.

    What is Provera used to treat?

    Provera has several different functions, but it is widely prescribed to prevent women from starting their period.

    Women should not delay their period on a permanent basis, but if you are going on holiday or are getting married, you may wish to stop your period from arriving on an inopportune day.

    Aside from delaying periods, Provera is also prescribed to treat:

    • Painful periods
    • Heavy periods
    • Irregular periods
    • Endometriosis
    • No periods

    Why is Provera recommended for period delay?

    Provera has been found to be a highly effective medication for delaying periods. It can sometimes be used in combination with other medicines, and be given as an injection, but the tablet is sufficient in most cases for delaying your period. 

    How do Provera tablets delay periods?

    Provera contains the active ingredient medroxyprogesterone acetate, which is a synthetic form of the female hormone progesterone. Each month, a woman's progesterone levels drop, which triggers the uterus to shed the lining, making women experience a period. Provera works by keeping the progesterone levels high, therefore delaying a period.

    Provera tablets are designed to be taken for one-off events. They should not be used to permanently prevent your period from occurring.

    Provera must be taken 3 days before your period is due to start, it will not delay your period if it has already started.

    Who can take Provera?

    Provera may not be suitable for everyone to use. You should inform your doctor before taking this medication if you have any of the below conditions:

    • You have epilepsy
    • You suffer from migraine headaches
    • You have any heart problems
    • You have diabetes
    • You suffer from depression or have a history of depression
    • You have any liver problems
    • You have gallstones
    • You have any hearing problems
    • You have asthma
    • You have high blood pressure
    • You have systemic lupus erythematosus
    • You have just had an operation or are due to have one
    • You have an intolerance to some sugars
    • You have breast cancer or have had it in the past
    • You have porphyria
    • You have or have had blood clots forming in your veins or arteries
    • You are allergic to medroxyprogesterone acetate, any of the ingredients contained in Provera, or any other hormone medicines

    This list may not be exhaustive. Always read the patient information leaflet for a full list of reasons why Provera may not be suitable for you to take.

    Can you buy Provera tablets over the counter?

    Provera tablets are not for sale over the counter. You must have a prescription to purchase this medication.

    Can you buy Provera online in the UK?

    You can buy Provera online from Medicine Direct. Provera tablets are only available on prescription, so before we can sell you this medication, we must first ask you to complete a confidential online consultation. This involves answering a questionnaire about your condition and medical history, which will be assessed by a certified prescriber to make sure Provera is safe for you to take.

    Provera Alternatives

    Norethisterone is a medicine that is used to delay periods and is another commonly prescribed medication that is available to buy from our online pharmacy.

    Utovlan is the branded version of Norethisterone, which is also available to buy from Medicine Direct after an online consultation. 

  2. How to take Provera

    To delay your period:

    1. Begin taking Provera 3 days before your period is due.
    2. Take 10mg three times a day. Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water.
    3. Your period will start after around 3 days of your treatment ending.

    Please refer to the patient information leaflet for a full list of instructions before you start taking it.

    Provera Dose

    How much Provera you should take will depend on the reason why you are taking it. It is important that you always take the dose your doctor has prescribed for you.

    The table below demonstrates the usual recommended dose depending on your condition. Follow your doctor’s instructions if they differ to these:



    Delay your period

    10mg 3 times a day, starting 3 days before your period is due

    Heavy or irregular bleeding

    2.5mg – 10mg for 5 – 10 days, starting 16 to 21 days after your last period

    Amenorrhoea (no periods)

    2.5mg – 10mg for 5 – 10 days,  starting between what is calculated as the 16th and 21st days of your menstrual cycle


    10mg 3 times a day for 3 months, starting on the first day of your period


  3. Provera Side Effects

    The most common side effect whilst taking Provera is menstrual cycle irregularities.

    You should inform your doctor if you experience any of the below adverse effects while taking Provera. Common effects may include:

    • Depression
    • Headaches
    • Feeling sick
    • Nervousness
    • Hair loss
    • Dizziness
    • Acne
    • Unexpected or unusual vaginal bleeding or spotting
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Feeling tired
    • Weight gain
    • A fever
    • Tenderness in your breasts
    • Unusual vaginal discharge
    • Nettle rash or hives
    • Itchy skin


    Various health problems are associated with taking Provera. If you get symptoms of any of the below, seek medical attention straight away:

    • Serious allergic reaction
    • Blood clot in the lungs
    • Blood clot in the brain
    • Deep-vein thrombosis

    This list is not exhaustive. Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly, for a full list of side effects, as well as a list of symptoms associated with the medical conditions listed above.

  4. Provera Warnings and Drug Interactions

    Provera may interact with certain other medications, hindering its effectiveness and possibly increasing your risk of experiencing adverse reactions.

    In particular, you should let your doctor know if you are currently taking:

    • Aminoglutethimide
    • Any remedies containing St. John's Wort
    • Ritonavir or nelfinavir
    • Any medications used to treat infections, such as rifampicin, rifabutin or nevirapine
    • Any medications used to treat convulsions, such as phenytoin and carbamazepine
    • Medicines to thin your blood, such as Warfarin

    Pregnancy and breastfeeding

    You must not take Provera if you are pregnant; hormonal medicines can affect your baby's development. If you are currently pregnant, are trying to get pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, you must inform your doctor.

    If you get pregnant while taking this course of medicine, you should inform your doctor immediately.

    The medicine can be transferred into your breast milk, so you should wait for at least 6 weeks after your baby is born before you start to use Provera. Once again, you should inform your doctor if you are currently breastfeeding.

  5. Provera Ingredients

    The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Medroxyprogesterone acetate

    For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics.

  6. How much does it cost to buy Provera tablets online in the UK?

    Dosage Quantity Price
    Provera 10mg Medroxyprogesterone 30 tablets - 10 day delay £34
    Provera 10mg Medroxyprogesterone 60 tablets - 20 day delay £56
    Provera 10mg Medroxyprogesterone 90 tablets - 30 day delay £69
  7. How long can I take Provera?

    If you have been prescribed Provera to treat a medical problem, you should take it for as long as your doctor tells you. However, if you take it to delay your period, it should not be used more than two or three times a year. To delay your period, you should not take it more than once every three months.

    Can I get pregnant while taking Provera?

    Yes, Provera is not a contraceptive and does not prevent pregnancy.

    Can I gain weight while taking Provera?

    Weight gain is a common side effect of Provera and may occur in up to 1 in 10 users. Weight loss is an uncommon side effect that may affect 1 in 100 women who take it.

    Does Provera alter your mood?

    Depression is a common side effect of taking this medicine, as is nervousness. Speak to your doctor if you feel like Provera is altering your mood.

    How long does Provera take to work?

    As a period delay treatment, Provera takes a couple of days to work, which is why you should take it three days before you are due to start your period.

    Can Provera still cause bleeding?

    Unusual bleeding or spotting is a very common side effect of Provera. If this becomes an issue, speak to your doctor.

    Will it make my hair fall out?

    Some women report hair loss while taking a progesterone medicine like Provera. Tell your doctor if you notice a significant amount of hair loss while taking this medication.

    What should I do if I miss a dose?

    If you miss a dose of Provera, take it as soon as you remember and then continue to take the medicine at your normal times. Never take a double dose to make up for missing a previous one.

    Can I drink alcohol while taking Provera?

    Yes, you can drink alcohol moderately while taking this medication.

    How long will it stop my bleeding for?

    You should get your period about three days after you stop taking Provera tablets.

Published on: 04/06/2021

Updated on: 27/09/2021

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

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