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Could you please describe the changes in hormone levels throughout the menstrual cycle?

Could you please describe the changes in hormone levels throughout the menstrual cycle?

Rise and fall: Simply put, estrogen rises after the period is finished x 14 days and if ovulation occurs then progesterone is added to the recipe for another 14 or so days. A couple of days before a menstrual period is due, Mother Nature "turns off the oven" and both hormone levels fall resulting in a period. ...Read more

Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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Why would a woman want to test hormone concentrations during her menstrual cycle? . ..

Why would a woman want to test hormone concentrations during her menstrual cycle? . ..

LIfe: I am not sure why you are asking us this question. I mean that in no way as a judgement. But, we do not know this women. Nor do I see that this testing request came from a physician. The simple and obvious answer is 'i do not know'. ...Read more

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Can the hormones your body produces, during getting fingered, delay your menstrual cycle?

Can the hormones your body produces, during getting fingered, delay your menstrual cycle?

No: Sexual activity with a finger or a penis leads to similar neuro-endocrine (hormonal) changes and do not delay the menstrual cycle. If such activities were able to delay cycles, women would be able to postpone their cycles by staying sexually very active. A menstrual period will come when it comes. ...Read more

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I am a woman in my 30's with acne. Why is it worse during the time of the month leading up to my menstrual period? What hormones cause this?

I am a woman in my 30's with acne. Why is it worse during the time of the month leading up to my menstrual period? What hormones cause this?

Progesterone: As discussed the shift in Progesterone along with aerogels gave this effect. One treatment option is vitamin b6 which when taken one week prior to period may have positive effect on menstrual flares of acne.Another option is gugulipid, an indian herb which effects cholesterol and trigylerides and has been shown to be safe for acne. ...Read more

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I am a woman in my 30's with acne. Why is it worse during the time of the month leading up to my menstrual period? What hormones cause this?

I am a woman in my 30's with acne. Why is it worse during the time of the month leading up to my menstrual period? What hormones cause this?

Adult acne in women: Very often there is a type of adult acne that women see, especially around the neck and jaw/chin. It may be related to the ration of estrogen to Progesterone that changes during the menses. See a dermatologist for appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Explain the actions of major hormones on a menstrual cycle please?

Explain the actions of major hormones on a menstrual cycle please?

Physiology: The menstrual cycle has 2 parts: follicular and luteal. The follicular phase has FSH with stimulates ovarian follicle growth. The follicle secretes estrogen. Estrogen levels trigger lh to cause ovulation. After ovulation (luteal phase), the ovary secrete mostly Progesterone but also estrogen. The endometrium changes to receive the embryo. If pregnant then HCG cause the ovary to continue prog. ...Read more

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Which other hormone is not produced if there is no menstrual cycle?

Which other hormone is not produced if there is no menstrual cycle?

Progesterone: Is produced during ovulation. Estradiol is produced by the follicle. During perimenopause often a follicle will develop and produce estradiol but never ovulate to produce progesterone. There can be bleeding during this transition but it is not cyclic. After all eggs are exhausted (menopause) there is no bleeding. ...Read more

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Why am I so moody around my menstrual cycle? Also why am I and my hormones that are sex hormones rage before and there after it's done go into effect?

Why am I so moody around my menstrual cycle? Also why am I and my hormones that are sex hormones rage before and there after it's done go into effect?

PMS: At your next visit ask your doctor to evaluate you for pms premenstrual syndrome. You can discuss the many treatment options. You can also read about pms on healthtap and see if this problem applies to you. ...Read more

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Is it a unhealthy sign? That hormone levels change on menstural cycle and causing dryness and burning? How do you prevent the dryness and burning?

Is it a unhealthy sign? That hormone levels change on menstural cycle and causing dryness and burning? How do you prevent the dryness and burning?

Low Estrogen Status: Obviously, during any "regular cycles" blood levels of estrogen hormones change and this cyclical hhormonal changes are quite healthy during any regular cycles. But, irregular cycles; dryness of vagina ; burning sensation in that area could be due to "estrogen deficiency" that ca e treated by estrogen replacement or ocp. See your gynecologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the hormones involved in regulating the menstrual cycle in females if the egg is fertilized?

Major players: The major players are estrogen, progesterone, hcg secreted from the corpus luteum.
These regulate your pregnancy. There are other smaller hormones at play but with lesser significance. ...Read more

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I am 22 years old and since two years I am having irregular menstrual cycle with a gap of 3 months due to imbalancing hormones. Kindly suggest. I m scared?

I am 22 years old and since two years I am having irregular menstrual cycle with a gap of 3 months due to imbalancing hormones. Kindly suggest. I m scared?

See doctor: You note in your conditions that your weight is increasing. That alone can cause irregularities in your menstrual cycle as excess fat stores estrogen. Excess estrogen means you skip periods and also have heavier periods. This can be dangerous for you. Would recommend see a doctor and consider getting on birth control or Progesterone to help balance. Weight loss could be best for you, good luck. ...Read more

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Is fsh a hormone that fluctuates at different times of the month depending on your menstrual cycle?

Is fsh a hormone that fluctuates at different times of the month depending on your menstrual cycle?

Yes: That's basic biology. There are many resources where you can read up on this fascinating molecule and its amazing interplay with other molecules, and tissues. ...Read more

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Iud w/o hormones for a year, this month had menstrual cycle for 2 weeks stopped for 10 days then returned with IUD strings 2 inches outside labia!?

Iud w/o hormones for a year, this month had menstrual cycle for 2 weeks stopped for 10 days then returned with IUD strings 2 inches outside labia!?

Get checked!: Sounds like your iud is falling out. It may have already fallen out completely, which would make my answer passe, but if it hasn't already plopped out into the toilet or your underwear, you should go get that placement checked. If you hadn't already had the iud in for a year, i'd think maybe they just left the strings long, but sine it's been in so long, it's probably more than that. ...Read more

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Does the menstrual cycle changes when I took dostinex (cabergoline) for prolactin hormones?

Does the menstrual cycle changes when I took dostinex (cabergoline) for prolactin hormones?

It should: Hi. Yes, if the cabergoline (Dostinex) effectively controls your hyperprolactinemia, normal periods should resume and breast milk should stop. The vast majority of prolactinoma tumors can be controlled (and sometimes cured) by cabergoline. The resumption of normal periods may take a number of months from when you start taking the drug. Good luck! ...Read more

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3 miscarriage (no living). Menstrual cycle 30-42days. DHEA-S 11.5umol/L (<9.8 normal). All other hormones normal. No male traits. No PCOS. U/S clear.

Added details: B"sd
appending to my previous response - would suggest you proceed with appropriate studies to asses for congenital adrenal hyperplasia, adrenal-pituitary-hypothalamic abnormalties. Since other baseline hormones "normal" this would mean suppression/stimulation testing. How much to pursue depends on your fertility goals. ...Read more

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When do pregnancy hormones level out after giving birth? I'm 4 months pp and my menstual cycle is regular, not breast feeding but feel hormonal still, why

Complicated: If your menstrual cycles are coming regularly then your female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) are normal. You could check your thyroid hormone. Often new moms are exhausted and sleep deprived. Post partum depression often goes unrecognized as the symptoms do not have to include crying and sadness. Discuss these items at your follow up appointment. ...Read more

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Dear mam, my age is 26 unmarried but menstrual cycle stopped 8 month I won't get, I took scan and hormonal test all test reports showing normal?

Dear mam, my age is 26 unmarried but menstrual cycle stopped 8 month I won't get, I took scan and hormonal test all test reports showing normal?

Not ovulating: Ovulation is needed in order to get a period and also to get pregnant. If your hormone tests are normal that means you need to have your period induced to prevent endometrial hyperplasia, an overgrowth of the lining of the uterus. ...Read more

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I experience consistent irregularly long menstrual cycles with heavy menses, but no cysts. Does this sound like a hormonal imbalance?

I experience consistent irregularly long menstrual cycles with heavy menses, but no cysts. Does this sound like a hormonal imbalance?

Get evaluated: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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Late periods (3-4 months) during this year I had 5 periods, I'm 21. Blood flow is normal during menses, no pain, hormones level are fine. Why?

Late periods (3-4 months) during this year I had 5 periods, I'm 21. Blood flow is normal during menses, no pain, hormones level are fine. Why?

Anovulatory: The most common reason women have missed or heavy periods is due to failure to ovulate. During the normal menstrual cycle, estrogen promotes growth of uterine lining. After ovulation, the ovary begins to make progesterone. If no pregnancy, progestrone falls and a cycle begins. Without ovulation, the ovary never switches to progestestrone production. The "periods" are due to irregular shedding. ...Read more

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My BP has been normal for the past months but noticed it goes high during PMS or post menstrual. Does hormone play a crucial role on this?

My BP has been normal for the past months but noticed it goes high during PMS or post menstrual. Does hormone play a crucial role on this?

Depends: Mostly hormones and menstrual cycle do not change your bP. Some women will eat more salty foods and get bloated during premenstrual phase. Some women also get easily stressed in the premenstrual phase. This will raise your BP. So, please evaluate with a symptom diary your BP and menstrual cycle and your stress level. ...Read more

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Why my chest pains are more often before and during period and they are reduced in the middle time of menstrual cycle? Hormone related?

Why my chest pains are more often before and during period and they are reduced in the middle time of menstrual cycle? Hormone related?

Yes: Certainly your observation suggests that. We know many non-pelvic symptoms are related to the menstrual cycle. Many women get arrhythmias (palpitations) at different times of the month. Sleep disturbance, headaches, appetite, fluid retention, mood, etc are all related. Why not chest pain? ...Read more

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Why should I get my hormone levels checked over the course of my menstrual cycle? I want to have children, but am having trouble getting pregnant. My friend believes this could be a fertility issue and is suggesting that I get my hormone levels checked.

Why should I get my hormone levels checked over the course of my menstrual cycle? I want to have children, but am having trouble getting pregnant. My friend believes this could be a fertility issue and is suggesting that I get my hormone levels checked.

They can help inform: Your physician. But first start simple. Are you having regular monthly menses? How old are you? Could there be an issues related to sperm? Are there any other relevant medical issues. Hormone levels can be helpful but the best advice would be to speak to your gynecologist about what specific tests might be relevant for your particular situation. ...Read more

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Menstrual bleeding nonstop for over 4 weeks. Negative pregnancy test. Hormone levels and blood work are normal. Cycles were always normal before this?

Menstrual bleeding nonstop for over 4 weeks. Negative pregnancy test. Hormone levels and blood work are normal. Cycles were always normal before this?

See your doctor: It is very easy to stop the bleeding (since you have all the necessary information) Talk to your doctor about OCP/hormones to stop the bleeding. Perhaps you might need to check to see if you have blood loss anemia. (Be sure you are not taking OCP or other hormones. You did not say) ...Read more

Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more


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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more