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Is there a way to free your body from the hormone progestin or at least reduce the level of it?

Is there a way to free your body from the hormone progestin or at least reduce the level of it?

For sure not!: 'progestin' is a large family of both natural and synthetic hormones whose actions are called progestational. Progesterone is the important natural hormone. No, you cannot be free of it and don't want to be - cortisol is made from progesterone, and you'd literally die without it. If you refer to progestin supplements, there are no life and death problems with reducing or discontinuing it. ...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


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Which hormone in BC has the greater influence on risk of cardiovascular incident? I'm on NuvaRing, so low estrogen but a third generation progestin.

Which hormone in BC has the greater influence on risk of cardiovascular incident? I'm on NuvaRing, so low estrogen but a third generation progestin.

Individualized: Nuvaring has a low incidence of cardiovascular risk overall. Individuals must be assessed by their doctor to determine if they are a candidate for any form of hormonal contraception. In general the Estrogen in combined contraceptives represent the higher risk hormone. ...Read more

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I have the Skyla IUD and before that was on Micronor (norethindrone). In2013 I was 88 lbs in 2014 I was 83 lbs. Could weight loss be because of the hormone progestin?

I have the Skyla IUD and before that was on Micronor (norethindrone). In2013 I was 88 lbs in 2014 I was 83 lbs. Could weight loss be because of the hormone progestin?

No: There is no established relationship between progestins and weight changes, especially weight loss. There is anecdotal evidence that progestin "may" cause weight gain, so weight loss is virtually impossible. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Which hormone causes headaches -- progestogen or estrogen?

Which hormone causes headaches -- progestogen or estrogen?

Both can: Both estrogen and progestins can cause headaches, though estrogen tends to do so with higher frequency. ...Read more

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What herbs act like progestin?

What herbs act like progestin?

Dioscorea and : The herbs dioscorea villosa, vitex agnus castus and commiphora are helpful with menopause symptoms. ...Read more

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Why could 96yo woman get estrogen and progestin?

Why could 96yo woman get estrogen and progestin?

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