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What do estrogen and progesterone do in the body?

What do estrogen and progesterone do in the body?

A lot!: They arorgormones & answer is complicated . Estrogen builds up the uterine lining, protects bones, maintains elasticity of arteries, maintains youthful skin by keeping collagen to prevent wrinkling and sagging, Progesterone combats effects of estrogen in the uterus to prevent excessive periods. It is the first hooke lost in peri menopause . It prevents sodium retention and has a rob in pregnanc. ...Read more

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Dr. Seth Derman
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Progesterone (Definition)

Progesterone has been found to be helpful in preventing preterm birth in a patient who has a history of delivering babies too early. It can be given as vaginal suppositories. It is most often given as weekly ...Read more


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Why do products that don't have progesterone in them cause a woman to feel the affects of actual progesterone increase, like in progest. ?

Why do products that don't have progesterone in them cause a woman to feel the affects of actual progesterone increase, like in progest. ?

Receptors: Hormones exert their effect by binding and stimulating specific receptors on cells. How a substance binds to a receptor, how many receptors, how much of the receptor, how potent it is, on what cell for how long determine the effect, not the name of the substance. Good health. ...Read more

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What's the difference from progesterone and the bhcg? What do we want more of or do we want the same balance?

What's the difference from progesterone and the bhcg? What do we want more of or do we want the same balance?

Different hormones: Progesterone is a hormone always present that increases in the latter half of the menstrual cycle and during. BHCG is a hormone associated with pregnancy ( and rare ovarian tumors). ...Read more

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I heard that fat in the body give off hormones. What are these hormones and what are these bad effects?

I heard that fat in the body give off hormones. What are these hormones and what are these bad effects?

Extra estrogen: Obesity is associated with increased estrone production in women as well as in men. The source of this increased estrogen appears to be from metabolism of the prehormone androstenedione, which increases in proportion to the severity of the obesity. Thus, the extra female hormone effect (estrogen effect) is seen in men and women. ...Read more

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What depletes estrogen and testosterone in women and what can I do to boost both of these hormones. I am post menopausal on HRT?

Hormone replacement: age is most common factor. surgery , radiation therapy , thyroid disorders may cause hormone deficiency. may need hormone replacement if no contraindication. ...Read more

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What happens if all the woman in your family have small breasts does that mean, low estrogen levels run in the family?

What happens if all the woman in your family have small breasts does that mean, low estrogen levels run in the family?

Not estrogen: Assuming there are no menstrual irregularities, then it is likely just they way you are built. Unrelated to hormones. ...Read more

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How does Clomid (clomiphene) work to "trick the brain" into thinking the levels of estrogen in the body are low?

How does Clomid (clomiphene) work to "trick the brain" into thinking the levels of estrogen in the body are low?

Receptors: Clomid (clomiphene) binds to the estrogen receptors. Normally estrogen binds to those receptors. But the Clomid (clomiphene) does not bind in the same way and so the end result is that the receptors are not as active. And so the body then does not think there is a lot of estrogen around so the brain makes more fsh to grow eggs and more more estrogen. ...Read more

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What does excess thyroxine do in the body?

What does excess thyroxine do in the body?

Hyperthyroidism: If you are hyperthyroid, it will cause symptoms; common ones are heat intolerance, palpitations, nervousness, tremor, diarrhea, irritability. It causes bone loss (osteoporosis) over time. It places a stress on your heart, which may be tolerated when young, but not with aging. It can be treated, but you may need to see an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What are the average ratios for estrogen to progesterone and estrogen to testosterone and progesterone to testosterone? I know how to convert to moles

What are the average ratios for estrogen to progesterone and estrogen to testosterone and progesterone to testosterone? I know how to convert to moles

They change: The ratios of these hormones change in reference to each other throughout a woman's menstrual cycle. That is they are not static in relationship to one another. You likely can look up the physiology textbook or reference online they can give you approximations of where these hormones are in relationship to each other throughout the cycle. ...Read more

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What is the best way to increase estrogen levels in my body without taking birth control?

What is the best way to increase estrogen levels in my body without taking birth control?

Why do you ask: If you are having period problems ( such as missing your periods) and your estrogen levels have been tested and are too low, you need to address the cause. Causes can include: being underweight, too much exercise, or an eating disorder or other medical problems. Your body is giving you a message, and you must listen to it. There are no foods or other ways to increase the levels. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in the ovary and you lose that one. what happens in terms of periods and such?

Can you tell me in the ovary and you lose that one. what happens in terms of periods and such?

No longterm impact: Losing one ovary has not long term effect on a women in terms of ovulations and periods. The ability to have a child may be reduced by 20 % not 50 %. ...Read more

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Do progesterone and estrogen have different affects on our body?

Do progesterone and estrogen have different affects on our body?

Yes: These are two different reproductive female hormones which are both necessary but have very different effects. ...Read more

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Hi, I would like to know some of the effects that thyroid hormones have on the cells in the human body?

Hi, I would like to  know some of the effects that thyroid hormones have on the cells in the human body?

If this is a school: assignment, you will get far more info by using a search engine. Us doctors only have 400 characters to answer questions. If this wasn't done for school than forgive me - but if it is - please remember that the doctors on HealthTap are using our own time voluntarily to help people with medical issues - not to do school assignments for others. ...Read more

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How do I know the balanced secretions of my hormones.

How do I know the balanced secretions of my hormones.

Chat w/your doctor: For the most part, our bodies stay in a remarkable balance despite our environment & less than optimal eating & exercise habits. However, at times, our hormonal balance can be thrown off. If you're concerned, ask your doctor. More specifically, tell him/her what's bothering you as there are many hormones to consider: insulin, levothyroxine, vitamin d, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, etc. ...Read more

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If progesterone is the first hormone to become depleted in middle age, why do women take estrogen and find relief with that?

If progesterone is the first hormone to become depleted in middle age, why do women take estrogen and find relief with that?

Different functions: Estrogen and Progesterone have very different functions in your body's chemistry and physiology. Estrogen replacement has been proven to help with night sweats, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, etc. Because of its chemical properties. Some women find relief with progesterone, but the majority of studies show women who have menopausal symptoms show more improvement with estrogen v. Progesterone. ...Read more

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How do I know if the level of carcinogens is high in my body?

How do I know if the level of carcinogens is high in my body?

No test: There is no test or imaging that can measure the level of carcinogen in the body. There are far too many types of carcinogens to have one or even a battery of tests to measure the body burden of carcinogens. ...Read more

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What can I do to alter the time of peaking of my cortisol level?

What can I do to alter the time of peaking of my cortisol level?

Cortisol peak time: Cortisol levels are on a circadian rhythm related to sleep - wake cycle. Change that cycle and within 5-7 days it will alter you peak cortisol time. Not very appealing! ...Read more

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Like to ask how do to know if the amount of carcinogen in my child's body is high?

Like to ask how do to know if the amount of carcinogen in my child's body is high?

You can't: There is no test that determines how much carcinogen your child is exposed to. Avoiding cigarette smoke, fast food, and obvious chemical exposures will remove most of the risk of carcinogen exposure. Worry less about testing and more about healthy living and you'll be fine. ...Read more

Estrogen (Definition)

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