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Does Estrogen Increase During Pregnancy
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Can taking progesterone during pregnancy affect the developing fetus negatively? Do pregnant women sometimes use progesterone or progestin?
It depends when used: Progesterone supplementation after ovulation can increase the chance for implantation and ongoing pregnancy in women with a luteal phase deficiency (suboptimal Progesterone production). Progesterone taken prior to ovulation may cause the endometrium to become secretory and may lower the chance for conception. Progesterone cream alone should not be used for contraception. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it true that testosterone levels in women increase during menstruation and estrogen levels decrease?
High: Preganancy is a state of hyper estrogenism or high estrogen state, mainly due to increase estrogen production by the placenta (called estriol). The rise of estrogen leads to various physiological changes in the women's body including lowered tone of the esophageal sphincter, hence why heart burn sensation is common in the early stages of pregnancy. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
While the breast: Size often increases during pregnancy and breast feeding, it doesn't in all women. And while in most women the size returns back to baseline after breast feeding is finished, some women actually end up smaller, due to a situation called "postpartum atrophy of the breast". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can progesterone suppositories really raise progesterone levels in early pregnancy and keep the pregnancy full term?
Yes and maybe: Progesterone suppositories do raise Progesterone levels in early pregnancy, both the level in the blood, and the amount of hormone reaching the lining of the uterus. Keeping a pregnancy full term depends on a number of factors, including whether or not the baby is genetically normal, and you having a normal uterus. ...Read more
Not in my experience: The one hormone that stays relatively stable throughout the perimenopause and menopausal period is testosterone so it's levels really do not rise though, perhaps relative to estrogen it may seem so. In my experience, most women notice their libido, or sex drive diminishes with menopause. Having said that, not all women experince a drop. There is no "normal".... ...Read more
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