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Some people may be given the hormone progesterone to take daily as tablets.
Progesterone treatment usually causes few side effects. Any side effects are usually mild and can include an increased appetite and weight gain. This treatment may reduce your sex drive (libido). Fluid retention may also occur, and you may notice that your feet and ankles become swollen. If this is a problem for you, it can be treated with drugs called diuretics.
We have more information about hormonal therapies| and how they treat cancer.
Content last reviewed: 1 January 2013
Next planned review: 2015
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