What is Progesterone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Prometrium Bioidentical progesterone Progesterone Skin Creme 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
Hormone replacement 13 10
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder 8 4
Support hormone balance 6 1
Menopause 5 0
General health 4 1

Show all 33 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 7
Moderate 12
Mild 17
None 41

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Progesterone

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 2
Irritability 2
Weight gain 2
Acne breakout 1
Drowsiness 1
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 1

Show all 26 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Progesterone

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 17
200 mg daily 4
150 mg daily 3
0.5 mL daily 1
2,000 mg every 3 months 1
100 mg m,w,f 1
150 mg twice daily 1
100mg as needed 1
20mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Progesterone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 16
Doctor's advice 11
Course of treatment ended 10
Other 9
Side effects too severe 9
Expense 2
Personal research 1
See all 47 patients who've stopped taking Progesterone

Duration

Currently taking Progesterone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Progesterone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 60
Usually 12
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 19
Not at all hard to take 52
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 7
$25-49 14
< $25 25
Not specified 30

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Progesterone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Depo-Provera) 2
Estradiol (Estrace) 1
Estrogen and Progestin 1
Estrogen derivative (Premarin) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Loestrin 24 Fe) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Progesterone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
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
    Moderate (for low levels)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for obsessive sex addict)
  • 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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