What is Utrogestan?
Utrogestan 100mg is a capsule containing the hormone progesterone which can be taken alongside a tablet containing the hormone oestrogen as a hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Taking HRT for some women can ease unpleasant symptoms of the menopause such as hot flushes, low mood and vaginal dryness.
Utrogestan can only be taken with oestrogen by postmenopausal women that have an intact womb. By taking a capsule containing progesterone, like Utrogestan, with an oestrogen-based HRT it mimics the bodies natural menstrual cycle helping the body to shed the lining of the womb each month, reducing the risks of developing cancers of the womb.
Utrogestan 100mg capsules are for oral use only. There is also Utrogestan 200mg vaginal capsules which are inserted into the vagina.
What is Utrogestan used for?
When Utrogestan is taken in combination with oestrogen it can be used to treat symptoms of the menopause such as hot flushes, low sex drive, low mood and vaginal dryness.
Utrogestan is suitable for women with an intact uterus or womb when taken with oestrogen, such as Elleste Solo, Zumenon, or patches such as Evorel and Estradot. It is not a form of contraception.
How does Utrogestan work?
As women approach the menopause the body’s natural production of both oestrogen and progesterone decrease. By taking HRT it boosts the levels of these hormones, improving related symptoms.
When taking oestrogen alone it causes the cells of the lining of the womb, the endometrium, to thicken, which can lead to some women developing cancers of the womb. Taking Utrogestan opposes this process causing the womb lining to shed every month, just like during a menstrual bleed, lowering the risk of developing cancer.
Can Utrogestan be taken with food?
It is best to take Utrogestan on an empty stomach because eating food at the same time as taking this medication can increase drowsiness.
What is the advantage of taking Utrogestan over other HRT?
As Utrogestan contains a form of progesterone that is identical to that produced by the body before the menopause, women usually experience fewer side effects compared to the older types of progestogens.
Older variations of progestogens that are given as tablets or as a combination patch have also been associated with a slightly higher risk of developing a blood clot and heart disease. Studies suggest this is not the case for women taking Utrogestan.