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What Happens If A Woman Takes Estrogen
What happens if you take estrogen for a bit and develop a woman like shape and stop would more testosterone start to come?
Maybe (not). . .: It would be useful to know your gender but unless you're trying to change your physical gender, there's no reason for men to take estrogen. But to answer question, estrogen helps male pituitary control hormone levels as testosterone is converted into E. More specifically, the higher one's E, the less one's T and vice versa. So one of best ways to raise T is to lower E (via exercise & weight loss). ...Read more
Depends: Estrogen is a natural product of metabolism and is present in some quantity in both genders. The body regulates the quantity made using an elaborate feed back system involving the brain & sex organs. Estrogen's are commonly used in prescription oral contraceptives or menstrual regulator products. They should only be used after proper history & physical exam & a discussion of potential side effects. ...Read more
Should a 54 year old menopausal woman with no risk factors take estrogen/progesterone and for how long? What are the risks/ benefits as now understood
Hrt benefits: The women's health initiative showed that healthy women who are within 10 years of menopause can benefit from HRT for symptoms of menopause, prevention of osteoporosis, dementia, and colon cancer. How long one stays on HRT depends on how healthy you remain. Traditional medicine says 2-5 years. As an age management md, I say as long as you stay healthy. ...Read more
How come a woman who has had a hysterectomy and only takes estrogen replacement, doesn't become estrogen dominant without the progesterone?
Because the theory: Is flawed. Estrogen dominance is a theory about a metabolic state where the level of estrogen outweighs the level of Progesterone in the body. This is said to be caused by a decrease in Progesterone without a subsequent decrease in estrogen. The theory is popular among natural health practitioners, but is generally not recognized by mainstream medicine. It's another internet scam. ...Read more
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
Prefer not: Using estrogen for "breast growth" alone is a very bad idea, as any medication including estrogen has both positive and negative impacts on your overall health. Estrogen in excessive amounts can cause abnormal uterine bleeding/ cancer as well as breast cancer. If superficial breast sizing is your only concern consider seeing a therapist first and if that is OK see a cosmetic surgeon for implants. ...Read more
Yes: Migraine usually first occurs in teens when their estrogen levels are spiking. Many women tend to get more migraines at certain times of their cycle. Menopause may offer relief as estrogen levels go down, but taking estrogen may make migraine worse. However, if a woman has not had migraine before, taking estrogen in menopause is unlike to cause it. Other causes for headaches should be considered. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids. Being that estrogen makes them grow, is it safe to take vitamins specific for women which has estrogen?
Womanly traits: Estrogen is essential for the development of female sexual characteristics, such as wider hips, breasts, increased subcutaneous fat, and development of the eggs and thickening of the lining of the uterus to support a pregnancy. The change in estrogen and Progesterone levels each month determines ovulation and menses as well. ...Read more
First - I will not take care of gender identity change unless the patient has been referred by a Psychologist, and no other doctor should treat you without this referral.
The medication treatment will vary from Endocrinologist and/or Gynecologist but all options will be fine.
Wish you well going forward. ...Read more
Varies: Depends on the time in the cycle ...Read more
How can you tell as a woman if you have low estrogen levels and if so how can you increase them safely?
Not good: The effects of estrogen can also become negative when there is too much of these hormones in the body. Such a situation is believed to greatly increase a woman’s chances of both endometrial cancer and breast cancer. Additionally a woman may suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding, migraines and depression. If the situation is not corrected there is also the possibility of a woman becoming infertile. ...Read more
Let me explain:
The normal range of estrogen varies depending upon the patient's age.
A female aged 30 to 39 will average a level of 210 pg/ml.
Progesterone levels vary considerably from cycle to cycle and woman to woman.
The middle of the second half of the cycle Progesterone in a non-pregnant patient is 8 to 10, but can be high as 20 ng/ml. ...Read more
Hormone replacement.: If a person is going to take hormone replacement therapy, we often would continue that for life. The whi study changed the vast majority of doctor's opinions about hormone replacement and many don't prescribe it at all any more. The negative feelings about replacing hormones is changing back to the former opinion slowly where nearly all women were replaced for life. ...Read more
Several: Estrogen is not without risk. It on the more serious side it increases risk of blood clots. Other side effects can be migraine headaches, high bp, breast tenderness, mood swings, acne, rash, and liver tumors so anyone considering taking any hormones should discuss the risk and benefits with there doctor. ...Read more
Estrogen: Have referred this to an ob/gyn colleague. ...Read more
I'm a 24 year old woman. My prolactin is 48. I've been having hot flashes and headaches. My estrogen is low. Should I be worried?
It DOES need: Evaluation but I don't think you need to be super-worried. Hyperprolactinemia is somewhat common; it can affect the production of other reproductive hormones including estrogen and progesterone, also often impairing fertility. A common cause of elevated prolactin is a BENIGN tumor in the pituitary gland (in the brain). Often medication can treat this; occasionally surgery is needed. See your doc ...Read more
When and what tests must be done to find out estrogen and progesterone levels in a woman to check for estrogen dominance and low progesterone?
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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