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Best anti estrogen pills to remove gynecomastia?

It may but not used: While it may help block growth of the breast cancers in women, it is generally not considered first line therapy for gynecomastia and is not indicated for this purpose. However, I recently had a patient whose endocrinologist prescribed this as an off label indication. You should first be fully evaluated by an endocrinologist. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Will anti estrogen pills remove gynecomastia in teenage boys?

Will anti estrogen pills remove gynecomastia in teenage boys?

Gynecomastia: Yes. With the administration of clomiphene, an antiestrogen, approximately 50% of patients achieve partial reduction in breast size, and approximately 20% of patients note complete resolution.
Tamoxifen, an estrogen antagonist, is effective for recent-onset and tender gynecomastia. Up to 80% of patients report partial to complete resolution. Another drug is danazol. ...Read more

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Do anti estrogen pills remove gynecomastia in teenage boys? Is that a good therapy?

Do anti estrogen pills remove gynecomastia in teenage boys? Is that a good therapy?

Gynecomastia: Generally, no treatment is required. Pubertal gynecomastia resolves spontaneously within several weeks to 3 years in approximately 90% of patients. Breasts greater than 4 cm in diameter may not completely regress. For patients with idiopathic gynecomastia or with residual gynecomastia after treatment of the primary cause, medical (antiestrogens) or surgical treatment may be considered. ...Read more

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Would it be bad to take testosterone supplement pills and anti-estrogen pills at the same time?

Would it be bad to take testosterone supplement pills and anti-estrogen pills at the same time?

Not necessarily: This depends on why you are taking these supplements in the first place, what the substances are, what the dosages are and how you are monitoring your therapeutic response. ...Read more

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How do breast cancer anti estrogen pills work?

How do breast cancer anti estrogen pills work?

Starve tumor: Many tumors are fed by estrogen - the main female horomone. Anti-estrogen pills block the effects of estrogen (in a variety of different ways) and thereby starve the tumor from a vital growth factor. Even if you are postmenopausal (or even male) your body still produces estrogen in places like the adrenals and subcutaneous fat. ...Read more

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If taking an anti-estrogen/test booster (nolvadren xt) would I suffer any rebound effects of raised E when stopping supplementation?

If taking an anti-estrogen/test booster (nolvadren xt) would I suffer any rebound effects of raised E when stopping supplementation?

Yes: Any time you take something that affects your natural production of hormones, there is typically a "withdrawal" that occurs as your body tries to return to its natural state. This is especially true with any "supplement" that affects testosterone production. That is why most of these supplements are banned or become banned once the governing bodies learn about them. ...Read more

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Anti-estrogen medications such as raloxifene. Any other options?

Anti-estrogen medications such as raloxifene. Any other options?

Evista (raloxifene): Some that use Evista (raloxifene) note the increase menopausal side effects ie hot flushes Evista (raloxifene) possible decrease risk of breast cancer. ...Read more

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The anti-estrogen drug aromasin (exemestane) is causing a lot of aches and pains. Is this normal?

The anti-estrogen drug aromasin (exemestane) is causing a lot of aches and pains. Is this normal?

No: However, Aromasin (exemestane) has a lot of side-effects, and joint pain is one of the most frequent, occurring in around 15% of people who are taking the drug. There are alternatives to this medication, but unfortunately they all share the same side-effects. However, that said, it is never certain that you as an individual would not find an alternative less troublesome. Ask your doctor about this. ...Read more

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I recently started androgel, Should I be concerned about an increase in estrogen? And is it okay to take an anti estrogen with trt therapy?

Good question: testosterone can & does convert to estrogen (estradiol), so increasing testosterone can result in increasing estrogen. Testosterone can compete with estrogen, but a surplus will make it more likely to increase the enzyme aromatase, which converts T to E. Additionally, testosterone from an external source will generally shut your own production down significantly after about 3-5 weeks ...Read more

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What is flax seed and is it considered photo estrogen or anti-estrogen? Also what is meant by testosterone?

Possibly both: Flaxseed is the seed of the flax plant. It is usually considered a phytoestrogen, a plant substance with properties similar to estrogen, but in young women with high estrogen, some phytoestrogens (soy, for example) may act as a anti-estrogen. Testosterone is the primary hormone of men (like estrogen is the primary hormone of women). Women, however, do make small amounts of it too in their ovaries. ...Read more

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Does saw palmetto work as an anti-estrogen?

Does saw palmetto work as an anti-estrogen?

No: As it is unregulated by the fda men taking it for big prostates may find that the actual amount of the substance is quite variable from each manufacturer and from batch to batch. Do not waste your money using it as an antiestrogen - your physician can write for generic anastrazole if it is appropriate for you. ...Read more

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What are the effects of anti- estrogen / anti-aromatase for workouts?

What are the effects of anti- estrogen / anti-aromatase for workouts?

Not clear: For patients on these drugs for breast cancer there is no downside to workouts. There may be some muscle or joint discomfort, but there is no danger for workout. Workouts are good for women on these drugs.
The use in body builders is a bad ideas because of joint pain, cholesterol changes. Some are taken illegally to block side effects of androgen.
In that case illegal and not smart! ...Read more

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Can cooking cauliflower destroy indole-3-carbinol (anti-estrogen) in it?

Can cooking cauliflower destroy indole-3-carbinol (anti-estrogen) in it?

There isn't: Enough anti estrogen in any food to worry about. What kind of internet scam have you been reading? Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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Can mris and anti-estrogen medications on a teen impact fertility in the future?

Can mris and anti-estrogen medications on a teen impact fertility in the future?

No: Mri alone would not have an effect on eggs, but the reason behind the MRI might. Stress, chronic illness, and intestinal or pelvic illnesses can have an effect on fertility. The use of anti-estrogen medicines should be discussed with a fertility expert. ...Read more

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I am going ro start 200mg of test. Do I need an anti-estrogen? My doctor won't prescribe one. Thanks.

Tough decision: Testosterone metabolism will yield estrogen which may increase your breast tissue. The addition of an anti estrogen is a debatable issue because the estrogen gives you some cardiac protection and the addition of an estrogen blocker may allow for the development of cardiac disease. I would use the test and follow your lipid profiles every 6 mo or so. ...Read more

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What is an example of an anti-estrogen diet?

What is an example of an anti-estrogen diet?

Diet antiestrogen: Antiestrogen diet help w/ mood. use organic foods, non pesticide foods, avoid evening pasta, fish, red meats, beer. Try veg, fresh fruits, brucoli, cruciferous vegs, lettuce. Avoid phytoestrogens in plant foods. ...Read more

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Is multi-grain bread anti -estrogen or part of estrogen food?

Is multi-grain bread anti -estrogen or part of estrogen food?

Neither: There is a huge amount of disinformation about foods being estrogenic or anti-estrogenic. It is almost all propaganda -- advertising and fringe politics -- rather than real science, and it's mostly just lies. I've seen a militant who makes false claims about chemicals estogenizing the environment & hurting men eating a tofu sandwich, which is among the highest sources of phytoestrogens. ...Read more

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What are some benefits and side- effects of anti-estrogen/anti-aromatase as a nutritional supplement?

What are some benefits and side- effects of anti-estrogen/anti-aromatase as a nutritional supplement?

None: An anti-aromatase drug given to a post-menopausal woman is de facto an "anti-estrogen", since aromatase is the enzyme which converts ovarian testosterone and adrenal androgens to estrogens. They effectively block stimulation of hormone-sensitive cancers, but they have no place as a nutritional supplement as they markedly interfere with bone metabolism. ...Read more

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What are anti-estrogen foods and what are estrogen foods?

Hormones in food: Foods that contain phytoestrogens (weak Estrogens produced by plants) include vegetables, legumes (beans), seeds, dairy, and soy.
Anti-estrogenic foods are foods that block estrogen include broccoli, buckwheat, cabbage, citrus fruits, corn, fruit (other than apples, cherries, dates and pomegranates), grapes, green beans, melons, onions, pears, pineapples, squash, rice, white flour, and tapioca. ...Read more

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With previous p.E from tamoxifen, what's the safest anti estrogen to use after an anabolic steroid cycle? Will be using arimidex (anastrozole) throughout for gyno

With previous p.E from tamoxifen, what's the safest anti estrogen to use after an anabolic steroid cycle? Will be using arimidex (anastrozole) throughout for gyno

Possible: I do not now about the efficacy of anastrazole (arimidex) after anabolic steroid cycle (I am not sure what exactly you are referring to). However, both drugs and others are used for breast cancer treatment and prevention (for anastrazole, prevention study is ongoing). Unlike tamoxifen, the risk of blood clot with anastrazole is minimal. However, the risk of osteopenia and osteoporosis is higher. ...Read more

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Why do we give anti-estrogen drugs to post-menopausal women with breast cancer?

Why do we give anti-estrogen drugs to post-menopausal women with breast cancer?

Anti-estrogen drugs: Anti-estrogen drugs are given to both premenopausal and postmenopausal women whose cancer is estrogen receptor-positive or progesterone receptor-positive. These cancer may grow when exposed to estrogen. Anti-estrogen medications block or reduce estrogen that is normally produced by the ovaries in premenopausal women or by fat cells, liver, adrenal glands or other organs in postmenopausal women. ...Read more

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Would rapid weight loss cause low estrogen?

Would rapid weight loss cause low estrogen?

Possibly: Some dietary alterations, particularly those with low fat and high fiber have been shown to lower estrogen levels, but for your own sake would strongly suggest you see and follow the findings of exams by your gynecologist, and if not satisfied, request referral to a gynecologic endocrinologist. Your questions suggest that you are trying to manage your own conditions. Not a good idea. ...Read more

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What are types of birth control that increase estrogen levels and may cause weight loss?

What are types of birth control that increase estrogen levels and may cause weight loss?

Water weight: There are birth control pills which contain drospirenone as the Progesterone (brand names are Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) & yazmin). Drospirenone acts a bit like a diuretic and might cause temporary loss of water weight due to fluid retention. These pills have a greater risk of blood clotting than some others, so weigh the risk/benefit ratio carefully when choosing a birth control pill. ...Read more

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47 yo male on testosterone shots. Estrogen levels >300. Overweight account for that high? Should I be worried? Correctives in addition to weight loss?

47 yo male on testosterone shots. Estrogen levels >300. Overweight account for that high? Should I be worried? Correctives in addition to weight loss?

Test conversion: You are converting your testosterone to estrogen. You need to first see a doctor who specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement and switch to testosterone creams which will lessen peaks troughs you get with injection. Chrysin, dim, or Arimidex (anastrozole) will decrease the conversion. ...Read more

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Currently on Nexplanon; but am taking estridonol, does adding estrogen back into your system, aid in losing weight? Opposed to only progesterone?

Currently on Nexplanon; but am taking estridonol, does adding estrogen back into your system, aid in losing weight? Opposed to only progesterone?

No: Estrogen is not associated with weight loss. It is used to help control bleeding. Progesterone is what provides the contraception in all hormonal contraceptives and estrogen is added for cycle control. In studies the Nexplanon has not been associated with weight gain unlike DepoProvera which has been shown to have an average 10 pound weight gain per year. The addition of estrogen doesn't help. ...Read more

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How can you lose weight when you are on estrogen and are in menopause?

How can you lose weight when you are on estrogen and are in menopause?

Low carbs, exercise: Wt gain is generally not related to menopause and estrogen therapy. It is a function of, among other things, a slowing of the metabolism as the years go by. Minimizing simple carbs. And daily cardio/wt. Training will be very successful. ...Read more

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I'm a Acup will the depo shot make even that disappear? I'm afraid I'll lose weight! Without estrogen

I'm a Acup will the depo shot make even that disappear? I'm afraid I'll lose weight! Without estrogen

No: Most women on the Depot Provera shot do not note a diminishment in breast side at all. If anything, women often told me that they noticed an increased fullness when using progesterone. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to lose weight when you are on estrogen and are in menapause?

What are the best ways to lose weight when you are on estrogen and are in menapause?

For every: 100 calories a day you eat less than you use, x 1 month, you'll lose 1 lb per month

so get rid of 2-3 pieces of bread, or its equivalent, and you'l lose 2-3 lbs / month. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to lose weight when you are on estrogen and you are in menapause?

Paleo diet.: First try a paleo diet, which basically means just eating meat/fish, veggies, nuts, and drinking lots of water. Also, make sure that you are taking enough estrogen and taking Progesterone half the cycle, and still having your period. ...Read more

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Had a hysterectomy several years ago and on estrogen and testoserone but hard to lose weight what can I do?

Had a hysterectomy several years ago and on estrogen and testoserone but hard to lose weight what can I do?

Try Metformin: Metformin is very effective for helping lose body fat. As we grow older, we all tend to become Insulin resistant. Insulin's function is to move sugar from the blood into the cells where it is stored as fat. I routinely prescribe metformin to my overweight patients (mostly non-diabetics) with overwhelmingly gratifying success. They feel better, have more energy, and lose their carb cravings. ...Read more

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I have pcos my vagina is always dry, get head ached, over weight and hard to lose weight. Could it be due to low estrogen?

I have pcos my vagina is always dry, get head ached, over weight and hard to lose weight. Could it be due to low estrogen?

A Body Mechanic View: Medical system approach to problems of an embodied soul connected to a mind, fragile brain + body is to pick apart inherently complex integrated life issues. Estrogen (a derivative of cholesterol) is 1 of many signaling hormones & may be involved but far from primary control. Pcos strongly correlated with Insulin resistance, body fat, lfhc foods. Suggest study: dietdoctor, taubes, attia, nusi. Org. ...Read more

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When you get your periods after weaning breastmilk, does your estrogen get back to normal? Also since estrogen is fat burning, do you lose weight fast?

When you get your periods after weaning breastmilk, does your estrogen get back to normal? Also since estrogen is fat burning, do you lose weight fast?

Not right away: And actually breastfeeding makes your body burn more calories, so when weaning, the tendency is more for you to gain weight rather loose. It is always important to eat right and get plenty of exercise. ...Read more

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Which estrogen components in birth control pills can cause more weight gain?

Which estrogen components in birth control pills can cause more weight gain?

Birth control: Most birth control pills contain the same type of estrogen component which is ethinyl estradiol. There no evidence that I know of that a different form of estrogen will lower the chance of weight gain. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Estrogen (Definition)

Estrogen is a hormone that is secreted by the ovaries and affects ovulation, ...Read more