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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 and 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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A 21-year-old male asked:

Is it bad if I sometimes feel pain on the right side of my body when I run and sometimes when I walk? Sometimes its on my left side. Is this bad?

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A female asked:

Do I have dry skin or eczema? My body tends to get dry easily. Why is that? And how can I make it better?

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Doc needs to examine: Many skin conditions are difficult to diagnose without being seen. Some preventive measures: take warm showers (hot ones strip natural oils; baths do likewise); moisturize immediately after shower; if in sun or wind, moisturize & use sunblock; avoid strong soaps/body washes.
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Is garlic washing a natural and effective option for group b strep treatment in labor for home birth?

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Doubtful: Group b strep infection in newborn, typically acquired from colonized birth canal, can be serious. Pregnant mother should receive penicillin. Don't fool around. Garlic used to be hung around the neck to ward off bad germs & spirit in the medieval era.

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