Progesterone belongs to a group of steroid hormones found naturally in the body and has an active role in the maintenance of the menstrual cycle. During menopause, levels of prostegerone produced decreases therefore causing the symptoms of vaginal atrophy which are itchiness, burning and inflammation. In hormone replacement therapy, progesterone is used alongside oestrogen to treat these symptoms in women who have not hysterectomy to remove their uterus. However oestrogen carries the risk of developing endometrial cancer (overgrowth of cells on the uterus lining) so progesterone is essential in preventing this through thinning the lining of the uterus. The use of oestrogen and progesterone supplements work to boost and rebalance the concentrations of the hormones found in the body so that women can live freely without the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause.
BENEFITS OF PROGESTERONE:
- In combination with oestrogen, works to prevent hot flashes, itchiness burning and irritation
- Thins the uterus lining to prevent endometrial cancer risk from oestrogen
- Improved mood and overall mental health
SIDE EFFECTS: common
- Flu like symptoms- runny nose, coughing and sneezing
If symptoms persist, consult a doctor
SERIOUS UNCOMMON SIDE EFFECTS: call doctor immediately
- Breast lumps
- Dizziness or fainting
- Loss of balance
- Slowed speech
- Skin rashes and hives
Consult with a doctor before use and read information manual with care. Generally one 200mg tablet a day to be taken at the same time everyday for 12 days of the menstrual cycle (28 days) is effective in normal functioning of the drug alongside oestrogen.
If dose is missed, it should be taken immediately unless two hours before the next dose. In this case, the missed dose should not be taken and the next dose should be taken in due time to prevent overdose. No time limit for hormone therapy exists however consultation with a doctor on this matter is strongly advised.