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Progestin (Overview)

Synthetic progesterone.


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What is progestin used for?

What is progestin used for?

Many things: Primarily used to balance estrogen such as with post menopausal hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills. Sometimes we use it to start someone's cycle and it can be used to treat bleeding problems. The word progestin is a general term that refers to the class of drugs similar to Progesterone and is not a specific drug. ...Read more

Progestin (Overview)

Synthetic progesterone.


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What is the use of progestin pills?

What is the use of progestin pills?

Many uses: Too many to list here, but usually progestin pills are used in women to start a late period. They can also be used to stop irregular prolonged bleeding (sounds contradictory, i know.) there are other uses but it gets very specific. ...Read more

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How effective is the progestin-only BC pill when taken perfectly? I've seen a wide range of efficacy claims, but suspect they account for user error.

How effective is the progestin-only BC  pill when taken perfectly? I've seen a wide range of efficacy claims, but suspect they account for user error.

Perfect use prog-bcp: 3/1000 is the failure rate with perfect use of progesterone only pills. Typical use failure rate is 8/100. Big difference. Set your cell phone to remind you to take. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a progestin only contraceptive while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take a progestin only contraceptive while breastfeeding?

Yes: Progestin only pills are safe while breastfeeding because it does not decrease your supply. You need to take these at the same time every day to be most effective. ...Read more

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How does the androgenic activity level of progestins affect type, frequency, and severity of side effects?

Not getting: the question fully. Progestins have androgenic effects. But then, high amounts of estrogen break down to androgens so, in PCOS, there's androgens (testosterone) and this rather than progesterone is androgenic norgestimate, desogestrel, gestodene are less androgenic synthetic progesterones used in more modern OCP's ...Read more

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What are the side effects of using progestin birth control?

What are the side effects of using progestin birth control?

Your doc: Should ahve already discussed that with you. You may not have any but possible side effects can be break through bleeding, wt gain, no periods, blood clots ht attack, stroke, the same side effects that you could ahve taking any pill. Obviously some side effects are much less common than others nad many people who take them have no side effects. ...Read more

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How long does irregular bleeding last while taking progestin only birth control pills?

How long does irregular bleeding last while taking progestin only birth control pills?

Should, or does?: It should only last for a month or so - but if it lasts longer, it may be difficult to stop. Some people will have to discontinue certain birth control pills due to irregular or unpredictable bleeding. A sonogram is helpful to look for other structural causes of abnormal bleeding, but progestin only pills do not do as good a job at regulating cycles as do estrogen/progestin birth control pills. ...Read more

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How much progestin is in the birth control pill usually?

How much progestin is in the birth control pill usually?

Varies: There are many different progestin compounds that are used in combination birth control pills with varying dosages. ...Read more

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My wife was on many estrogen birth control pills but they all seem to affect her mood. I was told progestin pills don't affect moods. Is that true?

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My wife was on many estrogen birth control pills but  they all seem to affect her mood. I was told progestin pills don't affect moods. Is that true?

No.: Not necessarily. A side effect of progestins is depression. That doesn't mean she shouldn't try it. As long as your healthcare provider is on board, she can try the various forms of progestin-only contraception. There are also non-hormonal devices, such as the copper intrauterine device (paragard). Good luck! ...Read more