Prescription onlyClass: Women's health

Crinone 

(progesterone vaginal gel)

Prescription onlyClass: Women's health
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Regulates your menstrual cycle and supports fertility treatments.

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Crinone (Progesterone Vaginal Gel) is a long-acting vaginal gel used in fertility treatments, and you don't have to apply it as often as progesterone vaginal inserts.

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Upsides

  • Helps increase your chances of getting pregnant.
  • Regulates your menstrual cycle.
  • Exposes your body to less hormone compared to progesterone pills or injections.
  • Crinone (Progesterone Vaginal Gel) replaces low levels of progesterone to prepare the lining of your uterus to receive and nourish a fertilized egg. If you become pregnant, Crinone (Progesterone Vaginal Gel) can be used for another 10 to 12 weeks until your progesterone levels are high enough.
  • Women can also use Crinone (Progesterone Vaginal Gel) to treat secondary amenorrhea (the absence of menstrual cycles in women who used to have a regular period) due to a decrease in the hormone progesterone. Crinone (Progesterone Vaginal Gel) is used to bring the hormone levels back up to normal.

Downsides

  • Crinone (Progesterone Vaginal Gel) can cause vaginal irritation and burning.
  • Inserting the applicator can possibly cause discomfort or infection.
  • Crinone (Progesterone Vaginal Gel) can cause a white vaginal discharge a few days after taking the medicine, so wearing a panty liner can make you feel more comfortable.
  • You can't use tampons or other vaginal products for at least 6 hours before and 6 hours after using Crinone (Progesterone Vaginal Gel).
How it works

Crinone (Progesterone Vaginal Gel) contains progesterone, one of the hormones essential for maintaining a pregnancy. Women on fertility treatment can take progesterone to prepare the lining of the uterus to receive and nourish a fertilized egg.

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Side effect rates for Crinone (progesterone vaginal gel)

62 From clinical trials of Progesterone Vaginal Gel / Amenorrhea (4% gel)
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Cramps nos
  • Headache
  • Low mood disorder
  • Sleep disorder
  • Bloating
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Muscle pain
  • Back pain

Risks and Warnings for Crinone (progesterone vaginal gel)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Personal or family history of breast cancer

    It is not completely clear if progestin, like as Crinone (Progesterone Vaginal Gel), increases your risk of breast cancer. There may be a higher risk if you have a history of breast cancer, so make sure to get routine breast exams.

Common concerns from people taking Crinone (progesterone vaginal gel)

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  • Crinone (Progesterone Vaginal Gel) contains progestin. It could cause a higher risk of ovarian cancer, especially if you have a family history of it. Your doctor can help you weigh the risks versus the benefits of this medication.