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Estradiol’s Effect on History: Medicinal Purposes

April 27th, 2008 · No Comments ·

Introduction to Estradiol, Definition and Structure, Estradiol’s Effect on History: Medicinal Purposes, Estradiol’s Effect on History: Therapeutic Purposes, History’s Effect on Estradiol

  • Used for hypoestrogenism
    • A condition in which a woman has low levels of estrogen
    • It can be attributed to scoliosis, excessive exercise, or not eating well
    • Can be given a variety of drugs but estradiol will typically be administered transdermally in this situation, in the form of a patch
  • Estradiol is altered to ethinylestradiol which is the main ingredient in oral contraceptive pills
    • Estrogens help control a woman’s cycle
    • They also prevent ovulation by stopping the follicular development
  • Helps with symptoms of menopause
    • During menopause the ovaries stop working which means they stop producing estrogen hormones
    • Reduces hot flashes and decreases vaginal dryness
    • Doctors will sometimes recommend hormone therapy
  • Used also for osteoporosis
    • A condition in which the bones become less dense and strong which leads to increase risk of fracture
    • Common in elders, especially postmenopausal women
    • When estrogen or testosterone levels drop there is a decrease in the bone mineral density
    • Estradiol is administered to help keep bones strong and prevent fractures
  • Reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes
  • It can also even be used to treat acne or hair loss
  • Administered orally, transdermally, topically, and vaginally

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