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Written by: Kathryn Danzey

What is progestogen?

Progesterone is one of two female hormones produced by the ovary. Progestogen is a group of hormones with activities similar to progesterone.

How may progestogen treatment help me?

Progestogen may be useful in the following situations:
1. Treatment of heavy period (menorrhagia)
2. Treatment of bleeding in between periods (intermenstrual bleed)
3. Treatment of pre-menstrual spotting
4. Regulation of irregular period
5. Treatment of endometriosis
6. Treatment of over activity of cells from the lining of the womb (endometrial hyperplasia)

How should I take the medication?

In most cases, you should take the medication in a cyclical fashion, from day 5 to 25 of the cycle. Day 1 of the cycle refers to the first day of the menstruation. The usual dose is norethisterone 5 mg tablet three times per day, occasionally you may be advised to take the tablet twice a day (if three times a day produces side effects) or to take the tablet four times a day (if three times per day is not sufficient to achieve therapeutic effect).

In the treatment of endometriosis, you may be asked to take the hormone in a continuous fashion and at high doses e.g. provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate) 10 mg tablet three times per day.
What are the side effects?

Side effects of progestogen treatment include:
weight gain, fluid retention, pre-menstrual symptoms including irritability and feeling depressed, acne

Rarely, some women may experience:
rash, changes in hair growth, tummy upset

Don’t be scared of the above list. Most women taking progestogen do not experience significant side effects.

What should I do if I develop side effects?

In this situation contact Mr Li or your GP to ask if the dose may be reduced or if the medication ought to be stopped altogether.

Prof T C Li
Consultant Gynaecologist
7 Williamson Road
Sheffield S119AR
Tel: 0114 2550365
March 2007

About the Author

Kathryn Danzey
I have a passion to bring to you what really works in the beauty industry, from a moisturiser to the latest advanced treatment for anti ageing. After almost 4 decades in the industry I'm packed with info to share but never tire of looking for new things and would love you to share your experiences with us too. We're here to help you find that treatment or product that will make a change for you. Can't do without My Collagen Shots and H3O Night Repair. Love a great serum and UV protection

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