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What are estrogen and progesterone?

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Dr. Mazin Abdullah
Fertility Medicine 15 years experience
Hormones.: Estrogen and Progesterone are hormones produced by the ovary in response to the brain (pituitary gland). Estrogen is produced early in a womans cycle and Progesterone in the second half of the menstrual cycle. The are responsible for preparing the uterus for pregnancy and for pregnancy maintenance. They are also responsible for making women, women.
Dr. Peter Baumann
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Inner lining: Estrogens produced by the ovaries during the first half of the menstrual cycle, before ovulation, make the inner lining of the uterus grow to provide a nice cushion for a fertilized egg. After ovulation the ovaries start producing progesterone which transforms the inner lining into that nice cushion. When there is no pregnancy, both hormone levels drop at the end of the cycle and menses commence.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Is progesterone an estrogen?

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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
No: Progesterone is another ovarian hormone quite distinct from estrogen. One major effect of Progesterone is stabilization of an early pregnancy.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What do estrogen and progesterone do in the body?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
A lot!: They arorgormones & answer is complicated . Estrogen builds up the uterine lining, protects bones, maintains elasticity of arteries, maintains youthful skin by keeping collagen to prevent wrinkling and sagging, Progesterone combats effects of estrogen in the uterus to prevent excessive periods. It is the first hooke lost in peri menopause . It prevents sodium retention and has a rob in pregnanc.
A 52-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between estrogen and progesterone?

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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
Totally different: Progesterone and estrogen are quite distinct steroidal molecules secreted by the ovary as well as other entities in the body. The functions of these hormones are quite distinct.
Dr. Seth Derman
Dr. Seth Derman commented
Fertility Medicine 33 years experience
They also may be released at different times in the cycle.
Nov 25, 2013

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