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 But a progestin-only pill, a.k.a. the minipill, sometimes makes acne worse, so one of these is probably not your best bet if blemishes are already the bane of your existence. Juno Demelo, Glamour, 24 Aug. 2021 Makena, sold by AMAG Pharmaceuticals, is a progestin hormone that gets delivered to a patient as an injection. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 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, 31 Mar. 2020 As a byproduct of the progestin's effect on your uterine lining, your period might diminish or disappear. Korin Miller, SELF, 16 Jan. 2019 Some modes of birth control have both estrogen and progestin, making use of all of these mechanisms. Natasha Lavender, SELF, 1 Apr. 2019 Nestorone is a synthetic progestin that blocks the production of male hormones needed to generate sperm. USA TODAY, 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, 14 Nov. 2019 Birth control, which has estrogen and progestin, helps keep hormones balanced and skin clear. Jessica Cruel, SELF, 8 Aug. 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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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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