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Dr. Seth Derman
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Progesterone (Definition)

Progesterone has been found to be helpful in preventing preterm birth in a patient who has a history of delivering babies too early. It can be given as vaginal suppositories. It is most often given as weekly ...Read more


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Would a shot of progestogen help ease my symptoms?

Would a shot of progestogen help ease my symptoms?

What symptoms?: I would have to know what symptoms you are having before answering the question.

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Can you tell me if i could switch progestogen-only pill types?

Can you tell me if i could switch progestogen-only pill types?

Pill types: You should only stop taking progesterone pills if they not working to your liking. If that is the case please see your doctor to have adjustments made to your med.

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Do I need to make an appointment with my gyno to get progestogen?

Good idea: I think you really should so you are sure you understand the problem, the treatment, and how it's used, but it's up to the individual doctor.

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Progestogen-only 'mini pill' - your experiences wanted please?

Progestogen-only 'mini pill' - your experiences wanted please?

Breast feeding?: Progestin-only pills are most commonly used in women who are breast feeding because estrogen can cause a decline in the breast milk production, especially when it's started soon after delivery. Other women are on it because they cannot take estrogen for various reasons. It's slightly less effective than the combination pill and must be taken at the same time daily.

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Might a shot of progestogen help ease the symptoms of menopause?

Might a shot of progestogen help ease the symptoms of menopause?

Estrogen & menopause: As Progesterone has some properties similar to estrogen, Estradiol is the most important hormone in relief of hot flushes. I would not expect much from a Progesterone injection, even less from Progesterone applied to the skin.

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Anyone tried progestogen to stop your periods?

Anyone tried progestogen to stop your periods?

Yes: The work sometimes. Depends on the reason for bleeding. For structural uterine problems, like fibroids, adenomyosis and polyps, success will be poor. For hormonal bleeding, results will be mixed, only some successful. Progestin use longterm does have some negative consequences and probably not the best choice. Implantable or depo injections best for those unable to remember a pill every day.

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Any women tried progestogen to stop your periods?

Yes: Depending on how heavy your periods are, it can work- it is used often to treat excessively heavy menses on a short term basis and of course progestin is the truly "active"ingredient in birth control pills, which can be taken nearly continuously over several months at a time. Breakthrough bleeding is the biggest problem and longterm suppression of ovulation can have other risks and benefits.

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Which causes headaches== progestogen or estrogen?

Which causes headaches== progestogen or estrogen?

Headaches hormones: Estrogen is more commonly associated with headaches.

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I'm on the pop( progestogen-only pill) and i've been spotting. Whats up?

I'm on the pop( progestogen-only pill) and i've been spotting. Whats up?

Not uncommon: Progestin-only pill can cause breakthrough bleeding which is what you are experiencing. Sometimes, estrogen pills are added in order to stop this nuissance. However, you may be on the progestin-only pill because you cannot take estrogen.

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been on the progestogen only pill around 2 months now but had constant brown discharge for the past 2 weeks! Only ever had protected sex beforehand.

been on the progestogen only pill around 2 months now but had constant brown discharge for the past 2 weeks! Only ever had protected sex beforehand.

Common: progesterone only birth control often times causes breakthrough bleeding like this up to usually 3 pill packs. You may eventually stop having periods while on it. Progesterone causes your endometrial lining to thin out or atrophy, which causes the brownish discharge

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Yesterday, my doctor prescribed me the progestogen only pill. Why?

Yesterday, my doctor prescribed me the progestogen only pill. Why?

Clarify: Do you mean 'why a progestin-only vs. Combined estrogen-progesterone pill?' or 'why would anyone take a progestin pill?' for birth control or for another reason?

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Which hormone causes headaches -- progestogen or estrogen?

Which hormone causes headaches -- progestogen or estrogen?

Both can: Both estrogen and progestins can cause headaches, though estrogen tends to do so with higher frequency.

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Progestogen-only contraceptive is making me bleed too much. What can I do?

Progestogen-only contraceptive is making me bleed too much. What can I do?

Progestin & bleeding: Irregular vaginal bleeding is a common side effect of progestin-only contraceptives. The bleeding will usually improve after a few months. If it does not the usual approach is to change to an estrogen containing contraceptive. These typically have less irregular bleeding.

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Does the progestogen only pill increase your risk of blood clots?

Does the progestogen only pill increase your risk of blood clots?

Yes: All sex hormones can increase risk of clots, especially if your levels rise too high or you have a propensity to form clots, concurrent pro-thrombotic disease states or being in sedentary position for too long.

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Stopped taking the progestogen-only pill in nov, had 2 periods since but now 2 weeks late for this month's period, not been sexually active, why late?

Irregular periods are one of the most common problems Obgyns treat.: If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections &  hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do  a home pregnancy test .  there are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit.

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How long will it take for my period to come back after stopping the progestogen only pill?

How long will it take for my period to come back after stopping the progestogen only pill?

Depends: If you are not nursing and 6, or more, months after delivering a baby, then your period should resume 4-6 weeks after stopping a progestogen only pill. This time-frame also assumes you are not pregnant, you are not near menopause, you are healthy and your periods were regular before starting the pill in the first place.