Compare Provera vs. Depo-Estradiol

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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 and relieves menopause symptoms.

Depo-Estradiol (estradiol cypionate injection) is a good once-a-month option for treating menopause symptoms and low estrogen, as long as you're comfortable with needles.

3.2/ 5 average rating with 109 reviewsforDepo-Estradiol
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.
  • You only need an injection once a month, which can be less of a hassle than pills, patches, creams, and gels.
  • Your doctor can show you how to inject yourself so you can do it on your own at home.
  • Replenishes estrogen to your whole body and relieves multiple symptoms.
  • Less side effects since lower amounts of estrogen is used compared to the pills.
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.
  • Requires injection with a needle, which can be difficult for some people.
  • Increases your risk of endometrial and breast cancer.
  • If you have an intact uterus, you have to use Depo-Estradiol (estradiol cypionate injection) with another hormone called progestin to lower your risk of uterine cancer.
  • Can't be used in people with liver problems.
  • Can be expensive since it's only available as a brand name product.
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Used for
  • Amenorrhea
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Prevention of uterine cancer in women taking estrogen
  • Endometriosis
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Breast cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Pelvic congestion syndrome
  • Birth control (male)
  • Hirsutism
  • Loss of appetite
  • Osteoporosis
  • Renal cell carcinoma
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Injection
Price
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28%
saiditworked well
18%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Provera (Medroxyprogesterone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Depo-Estradiol (estradiol cypionate injection) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • 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
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • Hypertension
    • Diabetes
    • High cholesterol
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Depression
    • History of depression
  • Liver problems
    • History of liver problems
  • Harm to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
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  • Endometrial cancer
    • Taking estrogen replacement for more than one year
  • Breast cancer
    • Personal or family history of breast cancer
    • Using estrogen for more than one year
  • Increased risk of blood clots and stroke
    • Personal or family history of blood clots
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Increased risk of heart disease
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • High blood pressure
    • High blood sugar
    • High cholesterol
    • Aged 50 or older
  • Dementia
    • Aged 65 or older
  • Pancreas swelling (pancreatitis)
    • High levels of triglycerides
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