Verity is a GP with a special interest in the menopause
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.