progesterone

noun
pro·​ges·​ter·​one | \ prō-ˈje-stə-ˌrōn How to pronounce progesterone (audio) \

Definition of progesterone

: a female steroid sex hormone C21H30O2 that is secreted by the corpus luteum to prepare the endometrium for implantation and later by the placenta during pregnancy to prevent rejection of the developing embryo or fetus also : a synthetic steroid resembling progesterone in action

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Endometrial hyperplasia: This condition happens when your endometrium becomes too thick, usually due to a lack of ovulation that results in insufficient progesterone production. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Long Does a Period Last, Normally?," 17 May 2018 During pregnancy, levels of progesterone reach all-time highs, but after giving birth, levels of the hormone drop quickly, which researchers think could be tied to postpartum depression. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "The New Postpartum Depression Drug Zulresso Comes With a Catch," 20 Mar. 2019 Rising hormones in pregnancy, such as estrogen and progesterone, may also contribute by impacting dopamine production, though the scientific jury is still out. Kristin Auble, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Restless Legs Syndrome," 16 Mar. 2019 As a general rule, multiphasic pills are designed in part to mimic the rise and fall of estrogen and progesterone levels during a regular menstrual cycle, thereby potentially reducing birth control side effects. SELF, "Here’s Exactly How to Find the Best Birth Control Pill for You," 14 Sep. 2018 For women at high risk of preterm delivery, a number of practices can help postpone delivery until 39 weeks, such as the use of a cervical cerclage or progesterone therapy, Ananth said. Mark Lieber, CNN, "US stillbirths and newborn deaths down 11.5%, study says," 14 May 2018 This time, the chatter revolves around Khloé’s low progesterone levels. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "The Kardashian Sisters Take a Break From Fertility Concerns by Playing Dress-Up," 26 Feb. 2018 The zinc found in oysters controls progesterone levels which are said to have a positive effect on the libido. Redbook, "Aphrodisiac Food & Wine Pairings to Prime Your Valentine," 9 Feb. 2011 Those faintly balmy conditions are linked to a surge in progesterone in the latter half of the menstrual cycle, called the luteal phase. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "“Natural” birth-control app dogged by unwanted pregnancies gets FDA approval," 15 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of progesterone

1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for progesterone

progestin + -sterone

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progesterone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of progesterone

medical : a substance (called a hormone) that occurs naturally in women and female animals

progesterone

noun
pro·​ges·​ter·​one | \ prō-ˈjes-tə-ˌrōn How to pronounce progesterone (audio) \

Medical Definition of progesterone

: a female steroid sex hormone C21H30O2 that is secreted by the corpus luteum to prepare the endometrium for implantation and later by the placenta during pregnancy to prevent rejection of the developing embryo or fetus also : a synthetic steroid resembling progesterone in action

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