Provera challenge (1006)

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What is a Provera Challenge?

Provera is a female hormone medicine. It is also called Medroxyprogesterone.  There are many reasons to give Provera. The two most common reasons are:

You never had a period. 
You have not had a period for 3 or more months.  

The Provera Challenge is a test to see:

if you have enough of the female hormone called estrogen. 
if taking the medicine will start your period. 
It will help the doctor know why you aren’t having a period. If you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, you may be given Provera every three months to have your period.

How does it work? 

You will take one pill each day for about 10 days. 

Once it is stopped, you should start a period in 3 to 7 days. 
Sometimes, bleeding starts while still taking Provera. 
If you get a period on Provera, it means that your body is making enough estrogen. If bleeding does not start, it may mean your body is not making enough estrogen. More tests may be needed.

What are the side effects?

Normally, there are no side effects.  Some people feel like they are having Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).  Side effects may include: 

These often go away in a day or two after you stop taking Provera.


Call your child’s doctor, nurse or clinic if you or your child have any concerns, or your child has special health care needs not covered by this information.