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Estrogen (generic), Premarin, Estrace: Frequently Asked Questions

Then this does not have as much estrogen as Premarin?

No; which is why it does not require a therapist's recommendation, or a doctor's prescription. On the other hand, it will not overpower the body, will not potentially overpower and hurt the kidneys and liver as Premarin can.
No; and there are two things to consider here: The herbs do not contain hormones. They do consist of bio-molecules which your body can and will convert to hormones. This is why it does not require a therapist's recommendation, or a doctor's prescription. And on the other hand, these will not overpower the body, will not potentially overpower and hurt the kidneys and liver as Premarin can.

I have been on Premarin (conjugated estrogen) for ten years and would now like to stop taking it. Is this a good idea?

Premature Menopause Premature ovarian failure (POF) is also known as premature menopause: it is defined as menopause for any reason before age 40. Premature Ovarian Failure and Hormone Levels

IS PREMARIN….NOT BIO-IDENTICAL?

Premarin is derived from pregnant mare’s horse urine, and therefore contains many horse estrogens that are not found in the human body; so, no, Premarin is not a Bio-Identical Hormone.

What is wrong with Premarin®?

The word 'Premarin' is from the words pregnant mares' urine. It is a combination of different estrogens, most of which are not normally found in the human physiology. Estrogen is a signal to certain tissues to behave in certain ways. The signal is then broken down and the breakdown products are weaker and have less estrogenic effect than the original hormone. In this way the signal is allowed to dissipate. ...

What is Estrogen?

Estrogen is a hormone produced in the body. Estrogen is to a woman what testosterone is to a man. However, both women and men have some of each, but women have more estrogen. It is the basic female sex hormone and is responsible for the development of female characteristics. It is balanced in healthy individuals by ProgestaCare.
Estrogen is a hormone produced in the body. Estrogen is to a women what testosterone is to men. However, both women and men have some of each, but women have more. It is the basic female sex hormone and is responsible for the development of female characteristics. It is balanced in healthy individuals by progesterone. Estrogen that is prescribed is actually synthetic as it has been altered to protect patents of pharmaceutical companies.
Estrogen is a hormone produced in the body. Estrogen is to a woman what testosterone is to a man. However, both women and men have some of each, but women have more. It is the basic female sex hormone and is responsible for the development of female characteristics. It is balanced in healthy individuals by progesterone.
Estrogen is the female sex hormone produced by the ovaries, responsible for the development of female sex characteristics. Estrogen is largely responsible for stimulating the uterine lining to thicken during the first half of the menstrual cycle in preparation for ovulation and possible pregnancy.

My doctor has me taking 5 mg of conjugated estrogens (Premarin®) daily. Do you think I would do better with estradiol (Estrace®), or with ethinyl estradiol (Estinyl®)?

Of the three, I personally prefer estradiol . Estradiol is the major naturally-occurring female hormone. Oral preparations of estradiol are relatively cheap, and have low hepatic toxicity. Moreover, most clinical laboratories can perform estradiol blood levels, allowing you and your doctor to meaningfully compare your blood levels to normal female values. It is far more difficult to obtain meaningful laboratory measurements of blood levels for either conjugated estrogens or ethinyl estradiol. ...

Can estrace stop ovulation?

I would suggest that you discuss this with your RE. Estrogen can both cause and block ovulation, depending on the dose and timing. Generally 0.5 mg estrace is probably not sufficient to reliably block ovulation. In the appropriate setting it may well stimulate ovulation. You see how complicated this can be? Your own RE can best have a on-on-one discussion with you.

Can I take these with Premarin, etc.?

Sure! One of the prime ingrediants in Evanesce is an extract of a berry known to be a testosterone blocker; people who take Evanesce for several months and then go onto a prescription hormone program (Premarin, etc.) find that the Premarin seems to go to work much faster.

What is an "estrogen surge" or "estrogen spike"?

While estrogen is present in your body throughout your cycle, just prior to ovulation you may have an “estrogen surge” - a marked increase in the presence of estrogen. The increase of estrogen facilitates the ferning patterns in your saliva. An estrogen surge or ovulation may not occur in all cycles for all women.

How do these compare to Premarin and other prescription drugs?

They do not compare. Premarin is a drug manufactured from PREgnant MARe uRINe, designed to force a specified amount of estrogen into the human body, whether that body can handle that much estrogen or not. Other prescription estrogen drugs also do the same job; the various forms are designed to try to avoid problems with metabolism, etc. Once in the blood-stream, estrogen is estrogen is estrogen, regardless of its initial form (herb or drug) into your body.

Does the formula contain estrogen?

The herbs in the formula do not in themselves contain estrogen or other hormones. Rather they contain hormone-like substances that can mimic the activity of human hormones such as estrogen or progesterone, or make proper levels of such hormones more available in the body by normalizing glandular and hormonal activity. ...

What is estrogen therapy? And is it safe?

Estrogen therapy is a form of hormone supplementation given to women who are experiencing typical menopausal symptomatology: hot flashes, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances. In the past, it had been advocated for osteoporosis prevention, as well as protection against heart disease. There have been some significant and large studies that now suggest certain forms of hormone replacement therapy (estrogen and progestin in combination) are not recommended for all women and may carry more risks than originally anticipated. ...

What is Progesterone's relationship to Estrogen?

Progesterone is one of the 2 main hormones (the other being estrogen) produced each month by the ovaries of menstruating women (and is produced in smaller amounts by the adrenals). It is the major female reproductive hormone during the latter 2 weeks of the menstrual cycle, made by the corpus luteum of the ovary. It is normal for the levels of progesterone to rise and fall during the monthly cycle. Progesterone production starts just before ovulation each month and increases rapidly after ovulation. ...

Who needs Natural Estrogen?

I n the April 1998 edition of The John R. Lee, M.D., Medical Letter, Dr. Lee addresses this question by stating: "Estrogen has positive effects, and I do recommend it when it's clearly needed. Women with measurable low estrogen tend to have high cholesterol, low blood pressure, depression, thin hair on the head and hair above the lip, and poor memory. It also does play a role in slowing bone loss, and as such can be useful for a few years around the time of menopause. ...

Is EVISTA an estrogen or hormone?

EVISTA is NOT a hormone, like estrogen. It's called an estrogen agonist/antagonist, which means it works 2 ways in your body. EVISTA acts like estrogen in some tissue, and has the opposite effect of estrogen in other tissues. In your bones, EVISTA appears to mimic the effect of estrogen In your breasts, EVISTA appears to block the effect of estrogen
EVISTA is not an estrogen nor is it a hormone. EVISTA is an estrogen agonist/antagonist, commonly known as a "Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator," or SERM. EVISTA helps build bone without negatively affecting the breast or uterus. This means that EVISTA does not cause breast tenderness or vaginal bleeding. Also, EVISTA does not increase the risk of breast or uterine cancer.

What is estrogen and progesterone?

Estrogen is the female hormone that brings changes in other organs in the body and progesterone is a female hormone that prepares the uterus for a pregnancy each month.

What is estrogen dominance?

Estrogen dominance is now being recognized by experts as a major cause of hormonally related problems and is used to describe the hormone imbalance that occurs typically in women 30 Plus years of age.
Dr. Lee has coined the term "estrogen dominance," to describe whathappens when the normal ratio or balance of estrogen to progesterone ischanged by excess estrogen or inadequate progesterone. Estrogen is apotent and potentially dangerous hormone when not balanced by adequateprogesterone.Both women who have suffered from PMS and women who have sufferedfrom menopausal symptoms, will recognize the hallmark symptoms ofestrogen dominance: weight gain, bloating, mood swings, irritability, tenderbreasts, ...

Does m1t convert into estrogen?

No, the fact that it is 5alpha reduced prevents this. 4. So that means I can't get gyno from m1t. No, gyno is a rather common side effect of m1t, while the 5alpha reduction should prevent the aromatization into estrogen; no studies have shown this to be the case. It is more likely that m1t gyno is progesterone or prolactin induced. Nolvadex should still help prevent/alleviate any gyno symptoms. Supplementation with vitamin B6 @ 300mg a day may also prove useful.

What is Phyto-Estrogen?

“Phyto” means plant. A source of Phyto-Estrogen is Red Clover. Red Clover may help elevate and balance moods, improve sleeping patterns, reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flashing, improve libido, support cardiovascular health and promote maintenance of bone mass. Red clover contains four main isoflavones: Genistein, diadzein, biochanin and formononetin. Isoflavones cause weak estrogenic activity and thus seem to help menopausal symptoms.

What Causes Estrogen Dominance?

According to Dr. John Lee the main reasons are: ---Nutritional imbalances ---Effects of stress on the body ---Use of birth control pills ---Environmental toxins & synthetic chemicals such as pesticides and plastics. These environmental toxins & chemicals affect the hormone balance of all living creatures including humans. They are called Xenohormones. Most of them have an estrogenic effect which can cause hormonal imbalance. An excess or deficiency of estrogen has a strong effect on a woman’s body. ...
There are many factors that can lead to a hormonal imbalance; for example, diet, stress, impaired liver function, environmental chemical toxicities, lack of exercise, nutritional deficiencies, hormone replacement therapy, and estrogen dominance. http://www.energeticnutrition.com/vitalzym/hormonebal.html

How is estrogen dominance defined?

Dr. John Lee coined the term “estrogen dominance,” which is described as a condition where a woman may have deficient, normal, or excessive estrogen but has little or no progesterone to balance its effects in the body. http://www.energeticnutrition.com/books/books-main.html

Does Viraloid convert to estrogen?

No, Viraloid differs from other testosterone boosters by that it does not convert to estrogen or progesterone.

Is Femarelle ® an estrogen or hormone?

Femarelle ® is not an estrogen nor is it a hormone. Femarelle ® is in a class of therapeutic solutions called Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators, or SERMs. Femarelle ® helps relieve menopausal symptoms and build bone without negatively affecting the breast or uterus. This means that Femarelle ® does not cause breast tenderness or vaginal bleeding.
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