What is the difference between the progesterone used in HRT and over-the-counter progesterone?

In July 2021 the progesterone-only contraceptive pill was made available over-the-counter in the UK. However, this pill is not the same as the progesterone used in feminising treatments, and should not be used for this purpose.

The progesterone-only pill (POP) can be used by transmasculine people as form of contraception or to control monthly cycles, because it will not interfere with masculinising treatments as it does not contain oestrogen.

Transfeminine people who want to include progesterone in their hormone therapy routine should use a bio-identical progesterone, like Utrogestan or Cyclogest. 

If you want to use progesterone for contraceptive purposes or to control monthly cycles, you should speak to your GP or pharmacist. If you want to use progesterone for feminising purposes, we can help you.

If you are currently a patient with GenderGP:
Please request a prescription here for progesterone that includes the information requested above and we will be in touch.

If you are on HRT from another provider:
We are able to provide a progesterone-only service for patients who are already on HRT from another provider. Please submit the following form and we will be in touch.