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Estrogens Fractionated Serum
Two questions. Will estrogen and other contraceptives affect the serum ACTH test? And will oral hypoglycemics affect BUN results?
Estrogen: In small amounts should not affect ACTH but theoretically, estrogen increases cortisol binding protein needing a little extra ACTH to compensate for the temporary decrease in free cortisol. Second question, they do not but we should be careful because renal imsufficiency makes them stronger ...Read more
Depending: Depends on the type of estrogen. Most synthetic oc's are ok to use for short periods of time to plan or space pregnancy but then i suggest getting off of them long term. We are exposed to so many estrogen like chemicals and other hormones in our polluted environment that minimizing synthetic hormone exposure is best way to avoid increase in cancer risk in later life. ...Read more
Diet: Phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) are present in many foods. However, one might ask why you want to increase your estrogen. If you are menopausal, you can try food supplements or actually take estrogen orally. Most birth control pills contain Estrogens but usually lower estrogen levels by also suppressing the ovaries. To answer your question better, i would have to know what your objective is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer