How are progesterone supplements taken?
Progesterone supplementation can be achieved in the following ways: oral capsules, pellet implants, intrauterine device or creams. It is important to take them exactly as directed by your OB/GYN.
The possible benefits of progesterone supplements include:
- Maintains the uterine lining and prevents excess tissue
- Promotes normal sleep patterns
- Increases metabolism and promotes weight loss
- Balances blood sugar
- Reduces blood clotting
- Alleviates depression and reduces anxiety and stress
- Prevents cyclic migraine headaches
- Restores proper cell oxygen levels
- Improves libido
- Enhances thyroid hormones
- Stimulates bone growth
- Acts as a natural diuretic
- Inhibits breast tissue overgrowth
- Restores energy levels
- Helps reduce hot flash symptoms of menopause
Most common side effects of progesterone supplements include:
- Chest pain
- Cold or flu-like symptoms
- Cough or hoarseness
- Problems with urination
Contact your OB/GYN if you have these symptoms after taking progesterone supplements.
What are the risk factors with progesterone supplements?
When using progesterone supplements you should have regular check ups with your OB/GYN to evaluate your progress. This check ups include regular pelvic exams, breast exams and mammograms.
Progesterone supplements come with the following precautions:
- Progesterone supplements should never be taken when pregnant.
- Progesterone supplements should be stopped if you have chest, groin or leg pain, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, coordination loss or vision changes.
- Progesterone supplements can slightly increase the risk of breast cancer and endometrial cancer.
- Progesterone supplements in large doses, over a long period of time, and used with an estrogen supplement may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots and dementia.
- Progesterone supplements may increase your risk of heart disease or stroke if you smoke.
Proper use and proper management of progesterone supplements can result in better female health.