Cyclogest pessaries contain the active ingredient progesterone, which is a naturally occurring female sex hormone.
Progesterone is essential for normal functioning of the reproductive system and its levels naturally fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle. If after ovulation an egg is not fertilised, the level of progesterone in the blood falls before a menstrual period starts. Some women find that using progesterone for 12 to 14 days before their period starts can relieve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. However, it’s not fully understood how this works, as PMS has not been scientifically shown to be caused by a lack of progesterone in the bloodstream.
Progesterone can also be used to treat depression following childbirth (postnatal depression). The placenta produces progesterone throughout the pregnancy, and a drop in progesterone levels after the birth may be partly responsible for postnatal depresssion.
Cyclogest pessaries are inserted either into the vagina or rectum (back passage). In both cases, the pessaries melt and the progesterone from the pessaries is absorbed into the bloodstream via the the rich supply of blood vessels in these areas.
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This medicine is not known to affect other medicines. However, it is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist what medicines you are already taking, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, before you start treatment with this medicine. Similarly, check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new medicines while using this one, to make sure that the combination is safe.