Utrogestan belongs to a group of medicines called progestogens and is used, together with oestrogen, as menopausal hormone therapy for people who still have their uterus (womb). As you approach menopause, changes or fluctuations in oestrogen levels can cause symptoms such as hot flushes, vaginal dryness, and mood and sleep changes.
Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) can help to ease symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats. Read more about menopausal hormone therapy.
If you have a uterus, taking oestrogen alone can cause thickening of the uterus lining (endometrium) which can increase the risk of endometrial cancer. The progestogen in Utrogestan helps to prevent the thickening of the lining and therefore reduces the risk of cancer.
Is Utrogestan different to other progestogens?
Utrogestan is considered a bioidentical hormone therapy. ‘Bioidentical’ or ‘body-identical’ hormones have the same chemical structure as those produced in the human body. Utrogestan contains the natural female hormone progesterone. Evidence suggests that this formulation has fewer long-term side effects.