Progesterone vs. Progestin: Understanding the Difference

Today, let’s dive into the showdown between progesterone and its synthetic sidekick, progestin.

Hi, I’m Dr. Tabatha, your Gutsy Gynecologist

Hey there, it’s Dr. Tabatha, your Gutsy Gynecologist here. As a triple board certified OB/GYN and functional medicine physician, I’ve embarked on a journey of wellness through functional medicine, and I can’t wait to share my insights with you. Trust me, your gut health is crucial for your GYN health and overall well-being. So, let’s dive in together and explore the truth behind women’s health.

Progesterone: Unraveling the Mystery

So, you’ve been wondering about progesterone, huh? I hear you. Let’s clear up the confusion once and for all. Some say you don’t need progesterone if you don’t have a uterus. But hold on, we need to start from square one.

Understanding Your Hormonal Cycle

First things first, let’s rewind and chat about your menstrual cycle. If you haven’t tuned in to my earlier episodes, now’s the time to catch up. Understanding how your hormones work is key to troubleshooting any irregularities.

The Hormonal Dance

Picture this: your brain sends out follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone, which chat up your ovaries. Then, your ovaries kick into gear, churning out estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. It’s like a hormonal dance party in there!

The Role of Progesterone

Now, let’s shine the spotlight on progesterone. After you ovulate, your ovaries pump out this hormone like nobody’s business. It’s crucial for maintaining pregnancy and keeping your menstrual cycle in check.

Navigating Perimenopause

As we age, our hormone levels shift gears. Perimenopause hits, and suddenly, things start to go haywire. Your ovaries may not produce enough progesterone, leaving you feeling out of sorts. It’s like riding a hormonal rollercoaster!

The Progesterone Predicament

Now, here’s where things get interesting. Conventional wisdom tells us that if you’re on estrogen replacement therapy and have a uterus, you need progesterone to balance things out. But wait, there’s more to the story.

The Truth About Progesterone

Progesterone isn’t just about protecting your uterus. It’s a powerhouse hormone with a slew of benefits. Unfortunately, many gynecologists are only familiar with synthetic progestins, which can come with a laundry list of side effects.

Enter Bio-Identical Progesterone

But fear not, there’s a better alternative: bio-identical progesterone. This natural form of progesterone can work wonders, from calming anxiety to promoting restful sleep. It’s like a hug for your hormones!

Taking Control of Your Health

So, what’s the bottom line? Whether you’re cruising through perimenopause or facing hormone imbalances, you have options. Don’t settle for band-aid solutions—seek out providers who understand the intricate dance of hormones and can guide you on your wellness journey.

Join Me on the Journey

I’m here to empower you to take charge of your health. Together, we’ll navigate the twists and turns of women’s wellness, one hormone at a time. So, buckle up and let’s embark on this adventure together. Your health is worth it!

Get in Touch

Got questions? Want to learn more? Reach out to my team—we’re here to support you every step of the way. Visit to connect with us and take the first step towards reclaiming your health.

Until Next Time

Alright, lovely ladies, that’s a wrap for today. Remember, you’re the CEO of your body, and I’m here to cheer you on. Stay strong, stay curious, and never stop advocating for your health. Until next time, take care and be well.


Dr. Tabatha

Curious to delve deeper…Dr. Tabatha explores this topic in detail in episode 185 of her podcast, titled “What’s the Difference Between Progesterone and Progestin?”


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