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What is the best way to increase estrogen levels in my body without taking birth control?

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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
Not that way: Birth control pills lower the estrogen levels in your body by suppressing ovarian secretion of the hormone.
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology 44 years experience
Why do you ask: If you are having period problems ( such as missing your periods) and your estrogen levels have been tested and are too low, you need to address the cause. Causes can include: being underweight, too much exercise, or an eating disorder or other medical problems. Your body is giving you a message, and you must listen to it. There are no foods or other ways to increase the levels.

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