Compare Provera vs. Estradiol Patch

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Provera (Medroxyprogesterone)

Prescription only
Regulates your menstrual cycle and supplements estrogen treatments for menopause.

Provera (Medroxyprogesterone) works well to regulate your menstrual cycle and stop irregular bleeding. It also protects the uterus from estrogen's harmful effects.

Treats low estrogen, relieves menopause symptoms, and lowers your risk of osteoporosis.

The Estraderm (Estradiol Patch) needs to be replaced twice a week, and it may have fewer side effects than oral estrogen pills.

Upsides
  • Provera (Medroxyprogesterone) can be used to treat multiple hormone problems in women.
  • After menopause, taking estrogen raises your risk of uterine cancer. However, taking progesterone, like in Provera (Medroxyprogesterone), along with estrogen gives you the positive effects of estrogen, but also prevents it from damaging your uterus.
  • Women taking an estrogen/progestin combination medications have a lower risk of uterine cancer.
  • The Estraderm (Estradiol Patch) replenishes estrogen to your whole body and relieves multiple symptoms due to low estrogen, like hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
  • The patch is good for people who don't want to take daily pills.
  • Can be worn while swimming, bathing, and showering.
  • By using a patch instead of a pill, there's a lower risk of side effects such as blood clots and stroke since lower amounts of estrogen are used in patches.
  • Lowers your risk of fractures by keeping your bones healthy. Make sure you also get enough calcium and Vitamin D.
  • Improves mood, energy, and mental alertness for some people.
Downsides
  • You can't take Provera (Medroxyprogesterone) if you've had a hysterectomy (your uterus removed). You also can't take it if you're pregnant or breastfeeding, have unusual vaginal bleeding, or have a history of blood clots, certain kinds of cancer, stroke, heart attack, liver problems, or bleeding problems.
  • Only comes in 2 strengths.
  • You need to replace the Estraderm (Estradiol Patch) twice a week, compared to other patches that are once a week.
  • Patch can fall off.
  • Increases your risk of uterine and breast cancer.
  • If you have your uterus, you have to use the Estraderm (Estradiol Patch) with another hormone called progestin to lower your risk of uterine cancer.
  • Increases your risk of developing blood clots and stroke.
  • Can worsen other health conditions, like high cholesterol, asthma, diabetes, fluid retention, and migraines.
  • Can't be used in people with liver problems.
Used for
  • Amenorrhea
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Prevention of uterine cancer in women taking estrogen
  • Endometriosis
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness and inflammation
  • Low estrogen
  • Primary ovarian failure
  • Prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Patch
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Side effects
The Provera (Medroxyprogesterone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
10possible side effects
  • Breast pain
    28%
  • URTI
    17%
  • Abdominal pain
    16%
  • Headache
    13%
  • Pain
    11%
  • Edema
    10%
  • Back pain
    9%
  • Depression
    8%
  • Flatulence
    7%
  • Leukorrhea
    7%
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Risks and warnings
  • Breast cancer

    Personal or family history of breast cancer

  • Ovarian cancer

    Family history of ovarian cancer

  • Increased risk of blood clots and stroke

    Personal or family history of blood clots

    ...and 6 more risk factors

  • Depression

    History of depression

  • Liver problems

    History of liver problems

  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

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  • Endometrial cancer

    Using estrogen for more than one year

  • Breast cancer

    Personal or family history of breast cancer

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Increased risk of blood clots and stroke

    Personal or family history of blood clots

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Increased risk of heart disease

    Smoking

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

  • Pancreas swelling (pancreatitis)

    High levels of triglycerides

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