pro·​ges·​tin | \ prō-ˈje-stən How to pronounce progestin (audio) \

Definition of progestin

: progestogen especially : a synthetic progesterone (such as levonorgestrel)

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Recent Examples on the Web Makena, sold by AMAG Pharmaceuticals, is a progestin hormone that gets delivered to a patient as an injection. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "FDA panel recommends withdrawing approval of Makena drug, used to prevent preterm births," 31 Oct. 2019 Some meds to treat high blood pressure contain diuretics, and some birth control pills like Yaz have drospirenone, a kind of progestin related to the diuretic spironolactone. 3. Korin Miller, SELF, "11 Possible Reasons You’re Peeing All the Time," 31 Mar. 2020 As a byproduct of the progestin's effect on your uterine lining, your period might diminish or disappear. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Stop Your Period With Birth Control," 16 Jan. 2019 Some modes of birth control have both estrogen and progestin, making use of all of these mechanisms. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "Here's How Emergency Contraception Actually Works," 1 Apr. 2019 Nestorone is a synthetic progestin that blocks the production of male hormones needed to generate sperm. USA TODAY, "Atari hotel, Wienermobile warning, goat mayor’s K-9 rival: News from around our 50 states," 29 Jan. 2020 Jadelle uses just two silicon rods, in contrast to Norplant’s six, to release a form of progestin. Knvul Sheikh, New York Times, "Dr. Wayne Bardin, 85, Innovative Researcher on Birth Control, Dies," 14 Nov. 2019 Birth control, which has estrogen and progestin, helps keep hormones balanced and skin clear. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "12 Acne Treatments That Really Work, According to Dermatologists," 8 Aug. 2019 The difference is that while hormonal IUDs emit progestin, Paragard has copper wire coiled around it. Korin Miller, SELF, "13 Things You Absolutely Should Know Before Getting the Paragard Copper IUD," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of progestin

1945, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for progestin

pro- + gestation + -in entry 1

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The first known use of progestin was in 1945

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“Progestin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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pro·​ges·​tin | \ prō-ˈjest-ən How to pronounce progestin (audio) \

Medical Definition of progestin

: progesterone especially : a synthetic progesterone (as levonorgestrel)

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