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Does progesterone need a prescription?

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Different forms of progesterone are available by prescription. Progesterone is often used in:

  • Birth control pills
  • Hormone replacement therapy (either as pills or applied to the skin) There are also over-the-counter progesterone products, including skin creams that are marketed for menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes.

From: Progesterone WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Rakel, D. , 3rd edition, 2012, Saunders. Integrative Medicine

Hermann, A. , June 2005. Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

Elshafie, M. , October 2007. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Natural Standard Bottom Line Monograph: "Progesterone."

AltCareDex: "Natural Progesterone."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 18, 2017

SOURCES:

Rakel, D. , 3rd edition, 2012, Saunders. Integrative Medicine

Hermann, A. , June 2005. Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

Elshafie, M. , October 2007. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Natural Standard Bottom Line Monograph: "Progesterone."

AltCareDex: "Natural Progesterone."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 18, 2017

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