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Progesterone Intolerance

Progesterone is needed for women who still have a womb to protect the lining of the womb from becoming thick.  It can be given in various ways, in some combination patches, tablets, capsules, vaginally, and from a hormone coil.

But unfortunately, some women struggle with side effects from synthetic progestogens and also from progesterone and it can cause side effects such as mood changes, breast tenderness, bloating, skin changes and bleeding issues.

Often, women can overcome these issues by taking micronised progesterone, which is a naturally derived and body identical progesterone.

If you are suffering from any side effects, please discuss any issues with a medical professional, who can help you make choices and change your HRT regime.

Changes to women’s moods, emotions and state of mind during the perimenopause and menopause are extremely common; it is often the primary reason menopausal women first go to see their doctor or nurse. Is low mood during the perimenopause and menopause the same as depression? Can taking antidepressants help this type of low mood and/or…

Antidepressants and Menopause

As every woman’s experience of menopause is different, there are a wide range of symptoms that could indicate that you’re entering the perimenopause or menopause. To make things even more confusing, these symptoms can come and go as your hormone levels change. You might experience physical symptoms like hot flushes, aches and pains, and bladder…

Am I perimenopausal or menopausal?

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