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Menopausal symptoms: what you need to know
Menopause is a natural biological process that marks the end of a woman's reproductive years. It typically occurs in women in their late 40s to early 50s, although the exact timing can vary widely. Menopause is defined as the point when a woman has not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months, indicating the cessation of her menstrual cycles and fertility.
During menopause, a woman's ovaries gradually reduce the production of two key hormones, oestrogen, and progesterone. This hormonal shift can lead to a variety of physical and emotional symptoms, including:
- Hot flushes and night sweats: Many women experience hot flushes during perimenopause, and only a small percentage seek medical help. These sudden, intense warmth sensations, often accompanied by sweating, can disrupt sleep with night sweats.
- Slowed metabolism and weight gain: Menopause commonly brings weight gain, particularly around the abdomen, increasing the risk of health problems such as diabetes and heart disease, and worsening hot flashes.
- Depression, anxiety, and mood swings: Mood changes affect peri- and post-menopausal women due to fluctuating oestrogen levels and sleep disruptions.
- Insomnia and sleep disruptions: Menopause-related factors like declining oestrogen, night sweats, depression, and anxiety can lead to sleep difficulties.
- Hair loss and brittle nails: Hair thinning and brittle nails are common due to hormonal changes and reduced blood flow during menopause.
- Sexual dysfunction and desire issues: Vaginal changes, decreased libido, and emotional factors can affect sexual function during menopause.
- Bone loss and osteoporosis risk: Bone loss accelerates with oestrogen decline, raising the risk of osteoporosis.
- Dry skin and skin problems: Oestrogen reduction can lead to skin dryness, thinning, irritation, and delayed healing.
- Dry eyes and dry mouth: Dry eyes and mouth are common during menopause, caused by hormonal changes affecting mucosal tissues.
- Memory issues and concentration problems: Cognitive challenges, including memory lapses and reduced concentration, can be attributed to declining oestrogen, sleep problems, and emotional factors.
What is Utrogestan 100mg used for?
Utrogestan, when used with oestrogen, serves as a valuable treatment option to alleviate the distressing symptoms associated with menopause, often referred to as the "change of life." It is important to note that this therapy is exclusively recommended for women who still have their womb, medically known as the uterus.
Menopause, a natural phase in a woman's life, can bring about a range of discomforting symptoms due to hormonal fluctuations. These symptoms may include hot flushes, mood swings, night sweats, and vaginal dryness, among others. Utrogestan benefits as a part of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which works to restore hormonal balance by supplementing the declining levels of oestrogen and progesterone in the body, thereby relieving these often-challenging menopausal symptoms.
By combining Utrogestan with oestrogen, healthcare providers can tailor a treatment plan that addresses the specific needs of women experiencing menopause, helping to improve their overall quality of life during this transitional period.
What is Utrogestan?
Utrogestan is a micronised Progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone that is naturally produced within the female reproductive tract. It is released from the ovaries together with oestrogen as part of the normal menstrual cycle. Utrogestan is derived from plants and is identical in structure to the bioidentical progesterone produced in our bodies. Micronised refers to the way in which it Is produced. It is broken down into very small particles which are just a few micrometres in size. This makes it easier to absorb into the bloodstream and therefore faster acting.
Alternatives to Utrogestan
Utrogestan HRT is a female hormone known as progesterone, used in conjunction with another medication called oestrogen. The combination of Utrogestan and oestrogen constitutes a type of treatment referred to as hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Types of progesterone HRT include:
Bijuve a Utrogestan alternative is a combined oral therapy designed for women who have an intact uterus (i.e., haven't had a hysterectomy) and whose last menstruation occurred at least a year ago. It contains 1 mg of estradiol (oestrogen) and 100 mg of progesterone.
Provera is a synthetic progestogen that functions similarly to progesterone, the female hormone. While it is not licensed in the UK for HRT treatment, it can be provided off-label to individuals who have been prescribed Utrogestan but are unable to obtain it due to shortages. Medroxyprogesterone is the closest synthetic alternative to Utrogestan as a progesterone-only pill.
The Mirena Coil is an intrauterine system inserted into the womb that releases progestogen. It can serve as the progestogen component of HRT for up to four years for women concurrently using oestrogen tablets, patches, or gel. The Mirena Coil can help alleviate the adverse effects of menopausal PMS symptoms. Consult your regular doctor if you are interested in the Mirena Coil.
Body-Identical HRT vs. Synthetic HRT
Bioidentical hormones are derived from plant sources, whereas synthetic hormones are synthesized from artificial compounds. No conclusive evidence suggests that bioidentical hormone therapy is any safer or more effective than synthetic hormone therapy.
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How to take Utrogestan 100mg capsules?
Utrogestan can be used for as long as you need it, it is taken as a protective measure when taking oestrogen, which reduces the risk of developing endometrial cancer.
Because it's more natural it is less likely to cause side effects compared with synthetic progesterone, or progestogens, which have been used widely to date as part of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) regimes.
The correct Utrogestan dosage?
You should always use any medicine as directed by a doctor or healthcare professional.
The recommended dose is two Utrogestan 100mg daily at bedtime, for twelve days in the last half of each therapeutic cycle (beginning on Day 15 of the cycle and ending on Day 26). Withdrawal bleeding may occur in the following week.
Alternatively, 100 mg can be given at bedtime from Day 1 to Day 25 of each therapeutic cycle, with withdrawal bleeding being less with this treatment schedule.
Why take Utrogestan on empty stomach?
While using Utrogestan, you can eat and drink as you normally would, however, it's essential to take the capsules at least 2 hours after a meal.
So, what happens if I take Utrogestan with food? You should avoid taking this medicine with food, as this can impact the medication's effectiveness.
Therefore, for optimal results and to minimise the potential for increased drowsiness, it is advisable to take Utrogestan on an empty stomach.
What are the common Utrogestan side effects?
Just like any medication, this drug can potentially lead to side effects, although not everyone will experience them. Women who use Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) may have a higher likelihood of experiencing the following Utrogestan 100mg side effects compared to those who do not use HRT:
- Breast cancer
- Abnormal growth or cancer of the lining of the womb (endometrial hyperplasia or cancer)
- Ovarian cancer
- Blood clots in the veins of the legs or lungs (venous thromboembolism)
- Heart disease
- Possible memory loss if HRT is initiated after the age of 65
The following side effects have been reported since Utrogestan became available on the market and may occur when taking Utrogestan orally. The frequency of these side effects cannot be estimated from the available data:
- Stomach pain
- Nausea (upset stomach)
- Vaginal bleeding
- Intense itching (pruritus)
During clinical trials, the following side effects have also been observed, and their frequency cannot be estimated from the available data:
- Abdominal bloating
- Breast tenderness
- Hot flushes
- Vaginal discharge
- Joint pain
- Urinary problems
- Additionally, the following side effects have been reported with other HRTs:
- Gall bladder disease
- Various skin disorders, including skin discolouration on the face or neck referred to as "pregnancy patches" (chloasma)
- Painful reddish skin nodules (erythema nodosum)
- Rash with target-shaped redness or sores (erythema multiforme)
- Breast pain (mastodynia)
- Fluid retention (oedema)
- Changes in weight
- Alterations in sexual desire (increase or decrease)
- Urticaria (itchy, lumpy rash)
- Patchy brown or dark brown skin discolouration (melasma)
- Insomnia (inability to obtain an adequate amount or quality of sleep)
- Hair loss (alopecia)
- Irregular menstruation
- Absence of menstrual periods
Who should not take Utrogestan?
Do not take Utrogestan if any of the following applies to you. If you are not sure about any of the points below, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Utrogestan.
- If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to progesterone or any of the other ingredients in this medicine
- If you have ever had breast cancer, or if you are suspected of having it
- If you have cancer which is sensitive to estrogens, such as cancer of the womb lining (endometrium), or if you are suspected of having it
- If you have any unexplained vaginal bleeding
- If you have or have ever had a blood clot in a vein (thrombosis), such as in the legs (deep venous thrombosis) or the lungs (pulmonary embolism)
- If you have a blood clotting disorder (such as protein C, protein S, or antithrombin deficiency)
- If you have or recently have had a disease caused by blood clots in the arteries, such as a heart attack, stroke or angina
- If you have or have ever had a liver disease and your liver function tests have not returned to normal
- If you have a rare blood problem called “porphyria” which is passed down in families (inherited)
- If you have bleeding on the brain (cerebral haemorrhage)
- If you are breast-feeding
- If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to soya
- If any of the above conditions appear for the first time while taking Utrogestan, stop taking it at once and consult your doctor immediately.
When to take special care with HRT
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Utrogestan.
Tell your doctor if you have had any of the following problems before starting the treatment, as these may return or worsen during treatment with HRT. If so, you should see your doctor for more often check-ups:
- Abnormal tumours/growths (fibroids inside your womb)
- Growth of womb lining outside your womb (endometriosis) or a history of excessive growth of the womb lining (endometrial hyperplasia)
- Increased risk of developing blood clots (see “Blood clots in a vein (thrombosis)”)
- Increased risk of getting oestrogen-sensitive cancer (such as having a mother, sister or grandmother who has had breast cancer)
- High blood pressure
- Liver problems such as benign liver tumour
- Migraine or severe headaches
- A disease of the immune system that affects many organs of the body (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE)
- A disease affecting the eardrum and hearing (otosclerosis)
- You have ever had depression
- Your skin is sensitive to light (photosensitivity)
Stop taking Utrogestan and see a doctor immediately. If you notice any of the following when taking HRT:
Any of the conditions mentioned in the ‘DO NOT take Utrogestan’ section;
- Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes (jaundice). These may be signs of a liver disease
- A large rise in your blood pressure (symptoms may be headache, tiredness, dizziness)
- Migraine-like headaches which happen for the first time
- Sudden or gradual, partial or complete loss of vision
- Forward displacement of the eye (proptosis) or double vision (diplopia)
- Swelling of the optic nerve (papilloedema)
- Eye diseases (retinal vascular lesions)
- If you become pregnant
- If you notice signs of a blood clot, such as:
- Painful swelling and redness of the legs
- Sudden chest pain
- Difficulty in breathing
Note: Utrogestan is not a contraceptive. If it is less than 12 months since your last menstrual period or you are under 50 years old, you may still need to use additional contraception to prevent pregnancy. Speak to your doctor for advice.