pro·​ges·​to·​gen prō-ˈje-stə-jən How to pronounce progestogen (audio)
: a naturally occurring or synthetic progestational steroid
progestogenic adjective

Examples of progestogen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Estrogen-containing hormone therapy (with or without progestogen) can typically be categorized as either localized or systemic therapy. Fiorella Valdesolo, Vogue, 14 June 2023 Studies have suggested for decades that birth control pills containing both estrogen and progestogen — synthetic versions of female hormones — may slightly elevate one's risk of breast cancer. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 21 Mar. 2023 Hormone therapy, either estrogen alone or combined with a progestogen, is the most effective treatment for hot flashes and night sweats, according to the North American Menopause Society and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Andrea Petersen, WSJ, 4 Sep. 2022 Take, for example, menopausal hormone therapy (MHT), which is estrogen (and the addition of a progestogen for women with a uterus to prevent the estrogen from causing endometrial cancer). Dr. Jennifer Gunter, Glamour, 19 Oct. 2020 My options reduced, the progestogen-only pill (POP) was all that was left. Vicky Spratt,, 8 Sep. 2020 For example, for women who took treatments involving estrogen plus daily progestogen for five years, the rate of breast cancer was 8.3 per every 100 women., 19 Sep. 2019 For Thornton’s lab, this means the estrogen receptor and a related receptor that handles other steroid hormones like androgens, progestogens, and corticosteroids. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, 20 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History


progest(ational) + -o- + -gen (after estrogen)

First Known Use

circa 1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of progestogen was circa 1941

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“Progestogen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants also progestagen
: a naturally occurring or synthetic progestational steroid
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