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    What is Protozone???
    lysiesmommy posted:
    What is it and what does it treat? I was told by someone it was a steroid and they were taking it to stop extremely heavy and month long period bleeding so that the dr could do an ultrasound to look for cysts. I tried to look up the drug online, but couldn't find much information, unless I'm spelling it wrong. I did find a few things though. One was a post about it being perscribed for a cat and one was about a dr perscribing it for infertility. Other than that nothing. Any info on it?
    J_Harrison_Hohner responded:
    Dear lysiesmommy: The only reference I could find was Protozone HC ("hydrocortisone") a topical skin cream--like any other prescription steroid cream. There were no published citations for Protozone at the National Library of Medicine site. My best GUESS, given the clinical problem of heavy/prolonged bleeding, is that the drug referred to was progesterone. It is a gonadal steroid made by the ovaries, with the highest levels being about one week after ovulation. So why would progesterone decrease heavy bleeding? Simply stated, if the uterine lining is like grass or lawn, estrogen is like the fertilizer (causes a thickening of the lining ), and progesterone is like the lawnmower (keeps the lining thin by three different mechanisms). This is why DepoProvera (high dose synthetic progesterone) brings about a thin lining, and why birth control pills (relatively progesterone dominant) bring about shorter, lighter periods. It is also why women who miss ovulations (no progesterone produced) are at a greater risk for heavy and prolonged bleeding. The most common reasons for a woman to not be ovulating are being heavy set or being early perimenopausal. Other causes for not ovulating are multifold: thyroid problems, pituitary problems, ovarian cysts, physical stressors (eg sudden increases in exercise, crash dieting), emotional stressors (problems with parents or boyfriends/girlfriends,financial issues), increased body weight, anorexia, rotating shifts at work, etc. Progesterone can be given as a synthetic type (eg medroxyprogesterone acetate "Provera", norethindrone "Aygestin") or a natural micronized progesterone "Prometrium". Progesterone is certainly an important part of GYN care, including infertility. Yours, Jane

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