July 2010

Hot Flash—Progesterone is an Effective Alternative to Estrogen

It’s been a few weeks since Chris Hitchcock and I returned from San Diego’s recent Endocrine Society meetings. We are feeling incredibly happy with the success of our protracted, intense commitments to a controlled trial of oral micronized progesterone (marketed in the USA and Canada as Prometrium) for night sweats and hot flushes/flashes. At the Endocrine Society we presented the first ever trial showing that the molecularly identical progesterone by mouth is effective treatment for vasomotor symptoms (VMS = hot flushes/flashes and night sweats)(1). We were also invited to present our data at an Endocrine Society-sponsored press conference (See press releases on Science Daily and Web MD).