Also Known As: Depo-provera, depot medroxyprogesterone acetate
Depo-Provera is a branded progestogen-only contraceptive, depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) long acting reversible hormonal contraceptive birth control drug that is injected every 3 months. It is an aqueous suspension for depot injection of the pregnane 17Î±-hydroxyprogesterone-derivative progestin medroxyprogesterone acetate.
Medroxyprogesterone (MP) is a pregnane that acts as a progestin. An acylated derivative, medroxyprogesterone 17-acetate (MPA) is clinically used as a drug. Compared to MPA, MP is approximately 100 fold less potent as a progestin. MP is also a metabolite of MPA.
While medroxyprogesterone is sometimes used as a synonym for medroxyprogesterone 17-acetate, what is normally being administered is medroxyprogesterone 17-acetate and not medroxyprogesterone.
Medroxyprogesterone is used to regulate irregular periods in a woman's menstral cycle. This drug is also used with women going through menopause.
It can be used by male to female transsexuals.