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Doctor insights on: Maternal Hormonal Use And Endometriosis

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Can pregnancy and exclusive breastfeeding suppress endometrial growths and ovarian cysts?

Can pregnancy and exclusive breastfeeding suppress endometrial growths and ovarian cysts?

No: Breast feeding doesn't suppress ovulation more than a month or two in most women, so it won't suppress cysts (most of which are follicles or eggs) and it certainly won't prevent ovarian tumors entirely. Obviously too if it prevent endometrial thickening most breast feeders who conceived would miscarry as well. Pregnancy does have some positive effect on non genentic ovarian cancer prevention. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Traub
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Endometriosis (Definition)

An abnormal condition where the lining tissue of the uterus, is located outside the uterus. The displaced tissue, just like the tissue lining the uterus, bleeds during each menstrual cycle. Endometriosis can be very painful, and can result ...Read more


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Does hormonal imbalance cause infertility and breast discharge?

Does hormonal imbalance cause infertility and breast discharge?

It can: Hormone imbalances are among the most common causes of infertility. Excess of hormone called prolactin can cause milky breast discharge. It is a good idea to see your gyn or a fertility specialist to have this evaluated. ...Read more

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Progesterone and estrogen used for premature ovarian failure?

Progesterone and estrogen used for premature ovarian failure?

Yes: For woman with premature ovarian failure (pof), we recommend hormone replacement therapy, which includes both estrogen and progesterone. The addition of Progesterone is to regulate menstrual period and prevent uterine cancer. For woman desires for pregnancy, we may be able to reduce her fsh level and induce ovulation in some patients. ...Read more

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Is combined tamoxifen plus hormonal therapy better for breast cancer in pre or postmenopausal women?

Is combined tamoxifen plus hormonal therapy better for breast cancer in pre or postmenopausal women?

Estrogen supression: In general, aromatase inhibitor is only indicated for postmenopausal women ;not for premenopausal; while on the other hand, tamoxifen can be given either in pre or postmenopausal. Only thing is that tamoxifen can cause a little bit higher risk for complication -i.e. Risk for blood clots and risk for develping uterine cancer- when used in older population- age of -65 Y.O. Or above. ...Read more

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Do injectables medicines (e.G. Gonal) that are used along with IUI cause ovarian cancer in women?

Do injectables medicines (e.G. Gonal) that are used along with IUI cause ovarian cancer in women?

Gonadotropins: There is no simple answer, but the answer beat supported by the literature is that women with infertility are at increased risk for ovarian cancer. Menopausal gonadotropins used for fertility treaents do not at this time to be causal of epithelial ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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What is the best (type of) oral birth control to help with the occurrence of ovarian cysts? Estrogen progesterone ratios and such....

What is the best (type of) oral birth control to help with the occurrence of ovarian cysts? Estrogen progesterone ratios and such....

Combined OCP: There is not a great answer to this question. Many types of ocp's can be helpful in preventing large cysts from forming. However, this is not a fool proof treatment either. Many people will still develop cysts. I would recommend trying any combined tri or mono-phasic pill either to a cyclic fashion (monthly or quarterly periods) or in a continuous fashion (skipping periods) to see what works for u. ...Read more

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Can taking progesterone during pregnancy affect the developing fetus negatively? Do pregnant women sometimes use progesterone or progestin?

Can taking progesterone during pregnancy affect the developing fetus negatively? Do pregnant women sometimes use progesterone or progestin?

Progesterone: Progesterone is sometimes prescribed in the first trimester for placental support. It is sometimes prescribed in the 2nd trimester for a short cervix. It also can be prescribed as shots for the prevention of preterm labor. ...Read more

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Are progesterone creams safe to take for a luteal phase defect in women with pcos??

If prescribed: Progesterone creams may be used if prescribed by your doctor for a specific medical condition. If so they should be used exactly as directed. ...Read more

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I work in a compounding pharmacy. Can skin exposure to testosterone, progesterone, dhea and estriol cause changes to my period such as longer periods?

I work in a compounding pharmacy. Can skin exposure to testosterone, progesterone, dhea and estriol cause changes to my period such as longer periods?

Feasible: That would be feasible. Therefore, I would review your handling procedures as to minimize your skin exposure. Always check for pregnancy if you are at risk. ...Read more

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BRCA2+, still have breasts (non dense) and ovaries,no uterus. Can I use local estrogen for severe vaginal dryness safely?

BRCA2+, still have breasts (non dense) and ovaries,no uterus. Can I use local estrogen for severe vaginal dryness safely?

Controversial: The use of Hormone therapy is a highly individual decision especially for someone who is BRCA positive. Consider seeing a genetic counselor to calculate your individual lifetime and 5 year risk. Then counseling could be done regarding hormone therapy products. ...Read more

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Does copperT non-hormonal IUD cause continuous spotting extending to a month, with a history of insulin resistant PCOD?

Does copperT non-hormonal IUD cause continuous spotting extending to a month, with a history of insulin resistant PCOD?

Initially normal: The copper T does not interact with any of the hormonal regulation and pathways of the body or any metabolic processes. It is normal to have unusual spotting or cramping in the first month but eventually calms down. After a year plus you may have no periods at all. ...Read more

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What to do about polycystic ovarian syndrome(pcos) and preventing cancer: progesterone only or combination birth control pills?

What to do about polycystic ovarian syndrome(pcos) and preventing cancer: progesterone only or combination birth control pills?

Either is: okay to lower your risk of endometrial cancer. It is important to not go more that 3-4 months without having a period. Using a progesterone only or combo OCP is a good choice. Once in menopause, you don't need either. ...Read more

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Can POCS causes both high androgen and estrogen levels if not overweight? Can eating pyhytoestrogens increase breast cancer in women with POCS?

Can POCS causes both high androgen and estrogen levels if not overweight? Can eating pyhytoestrogens increase breast cancer in women with POCS?

PCOS: PCOS can increase androgens in patients regardless of their weight. The effects on Estrogen are less clear as these levels fluctuate and typically would not be tested in PCOS. The LH and FSH levels are checked but not Estrogen. The effects of Phytoestrogens such as soy on the risk of breast cancer are debatable. There is not specific recommendation for PCOS patients to avoid them ...Read more

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How will smoking, drinking, hormone imbalance, irregular periods and intake of contraceptives affect the treatment for dysmenorrhea?

How will smoking, drinking, hormone imbalance, irregular periods and intake of contraceptives affect the treatment for dysmenorrhea?

Several issues: Dysmenorrhea is a common problem for women as they approach menopause. The birth control pill can be very helpful to control this. Women who are in their late 40's are perimenopausal, meaning close to menopause. At this time, your body is more sensitive to poor behaviors such as smoking and alcohol. You will feel best with a healthy diet and exercising, not smoking, and no excessive alcohol. ...Read more

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Hello doctor can taking antibiotics for treating acne cause imbalances in hormones and monthly cycles of periods in females?

Hello doctor can taking antibiotics for treating acne cause imbalances in hormones and monthly cycles of periods in females?

No: While antibiotics may affect effectiveness of artificial hormones such as birth control pills, there is no relationship between antibiotic use altering natural hormone levels and/or your periods. Look for another reason for your "imbalances" or disruption of your periods. ...Read more