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Progestin refers to the synthetic version of progestogens, which is progesterone intended for medical use. Progestin is used in the treatment of several health conditions, such as menstrual problems, breast cancer, uterine cancer, endometriosis, and AIDS-caused appetite loss. It is also a key ingredient in birth control pills and is used in hormone replacement therapy. Progestin is available only through prescription.
The use of progestin is strictly regulated. Complications of its use may be experienced by people with certain conditions, such as cardiovascular problems, kidney disorders, diabetes, depression, and more. It also causes side effects, like bloating, menstrual cramps, nausea, and moodiness. Rare side effects include sleeping and vision problems, breast tenderness, headaches, and depression. A doctor's prescription is a strict requirement in the use of progestin.