What is Progesterone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Prometrium Bioidentical progesterone Progerone Show all

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See also: Natural Progesterone Cream

Progesterone is progestin, a female hormone. It is used to prevent endometrial hyperplasia and secondary amenorrhea (lack of menstruation) and uterine bleeding due to hormonal imbalance. It is also available as intravaginal gel or tablet for use as part of assisted reproductive technology.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder 28 5
Hormone replacement 22 12
Support hormone balance 12 2
Fibromyalgia 4 1
General health 4 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 8
Moderate 13
Mild 17
None 49

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Progesterone

Side effect Patients Percentage
Fatigue 2
Hair loss 2
Irritability 2
Weight gain 2
Acne breakout 1
Drowsiness 1

Show all 28 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Progesterone

Dosage Patients Percentage
100 mg daily 8
200 mg daily 3
0.5 mL daily 1
300 mg monthly 1
200mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Progesterone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 16
Doctor's advice 12
Course of treatment ended 10
Side effects too severe 10
Other 9
Expense 2
Personal research 1
See all 49 patients who've stopped taking Progesterone

Duration

Currently taking Progesterone

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Progesterone

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 67
Usually 13
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 20
Not at all hard to take 59
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 8
$25-49 17
< $25 25
Not specified 36

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Progesterone after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Depo-Provera) 2
Estradiol (Estrace) 1
Estrogen and Progestin 1
Estrogen derivative (Premarin) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Lo Loestrin FE) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Progesterone and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Depo-Provera) 1
Sodium Oxybate (Xyrem) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Progesterone

May 9, 2017 (Started May 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for obsessive sex addict)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for low levels)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily

Dec 4, 2010 (Started May 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for low levels)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for obsessive sex addict)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 27, 2011 (Started Nov 22, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for irregular menstrual periods)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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