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Estradiol’s Effect on History: Therapeutic 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

  • Hormone replacement therapy
    • If a woman has low estrogen levels during or after menopause, she will be given a set of drugs to boost hormone levels
      • These drugs will be given in a variety of ways: patches, creams, gels, or tablets
      • Dosage varies depending on the case but estrogens are typically taken every day
    • Transgendered males will take estrogens to help grow breasts, change hair growth, and redistribute body fat
      • Estradiol can be given orally, nasally, sublingually, transdermally, or implanted
      • Doses are normally very high for the first few years but then may decrease with time
  • Blocking estrogens
    • Every once in a while estrogens will be blocked when causing unwanted circumstances such as breast cancer or gynecomastia, a condition in which males grow large breasts
    • The aromatase enzyme converts testosterone into estradiol so by inhibiting this action, estrogen levels can be decreased

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