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Yasmin Birth Control Pill

Yasmin is a low-dose birth control pill. It uses a combination of two hormones – progesterone and estrogen – to prevent pregnancy. Specifically, Yasmin uses Drospirenone (a form of progesterone) and ethinyl estradiol (a form of estrogen). Yasmin prevents pregnancy in two ways. First, when combined, the two hormones prevent the ovary from releasing an egg. Secondly, in the very…

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What Is Testosterone?

Testosterone is a steroid hormone from the androgen group. Testosterone is primarily produced by the testicles in males and the ovaries in females. Small amounts of testosterone are produced by the adrenal glands—this is the only source of testosterone production in menopausal women. Although testosterone is the principle male sex hormone, it plays an important role in quality of life…

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What Is Progesterone?

Progesterone is a precursor hormone the human body uses to make other hormones including cortisol, DHEA, testosterone, andestrogen. Progesterone is derived from cholesterol. Progesterone regulates and balances estrogen. Maintenance of the balance between estrogen and progesterone is very important to minimize unpleasant symptoms and health risks. Progesterone is primarily produced by the ovaries and secondarily produced by the adrenal and fat tissue.…

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What Is Cortisol?

Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced in the cortex of the adrenal glands. It is released by the adrenal glands in response to stress. Cortisol is secreted in the largest quantity in the morning.It is sometimes called the “fight or flight” hormone because it initiates a cascade of physical responses to stress, including increased heart rate and providing your body…

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Vitamin D Deficiency in Women

Few vitamins have attracted the kind of research attention that vitamin D has enjoyed over the last few years. As a result of thousands of studies on the powerful benefits of vitamin D, the official daily recommendation has gone up (see below), and there’s reason to believe that vitamin D deficiency is widespread among women.In women, vitamin D is crucial…

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Low Thyroid in Women

We are currently in the midst of an “epidemic” of hypothyroidism, or low thyroid, among women. According to researchers, possibly tens of thousands of women go through every day suffering from “subclinical” thyroid disease, or disease that would show up as normal on a standard thyroid test even though women have symptoms including weight gain, loss of energy, and depression.…

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DHEA in Women

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a steroid hormone  synthesized from cholesterol and produced by the adrenal glands in women. DHEA is a precursor to female sex hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. It is often called the “mother hormone” because it is the source that fuels the body’s metabolic pathway. Like most hormones, women have optimal DHEA levels in their 20s. After that,…

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