What is Estrogel?

Estradiol, or more precisely, 17β-estradiol, is a human sex hormone and steroid, and the primary female sex hormone. It is named for and is important in the regulation of the estrous and menstrual female reproductive cycles. Estradiol is essential for the development and maintenance of female reproductive tissues but it also has important effects in many other tissues including bone. While estrogen levels in men are lower compared to women, estrogens have essential functions in men as well. Estradiol is found in most vertebrates as well as many crustaceans, insects, fish, and other animal species.

Estradiol or oestradiol (American or British English usages), derives from estra-, Gk. ' (oistros, literally meaning "verve or inspiration") and -diol, a chemical name and suffix indicating that this form of steroid and sex hormone is a type of alcohol bearing two hydroxyl groups.

Estradiol is produced especially within the follicles of female ovaries, but also in other endocrine (i.e., hormone-producing) and non-endocrine tissues (e.g., including fat, liver, adrenal, breast, and neural tissues). Estradiol is biosynthesized from progesterone (arrived at in two steps from cholesterol, via intermediate pregnenolone). One principle pathway then converts progesterone to its 17-hydroxy-derivative, and then to androstenedione via sequential cytochrome P450-catalyzed oxidations. Action of aromatase on this dione generates estrone, and action of a dehydrogenase on this gives the title compound, 17β-estradiol.

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On Estrogel .06% and Prometrium 100mg (both 1/daily). Have been for 50 days and have had bleeding for 9 days and weight gain. Would like to stop...

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Thank you for choosing XXXXXXX I presume Estrogel and prometrium has been given for your post menopausal symptoms. And prometrium is...

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I have been taking estrogel & prometrium for almost 5 years. I am 58 years old and am taking it for hot flashes. In July 2009 I noticed my hair...

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Thanks for the query.
You have hypothyroidism
and hair fall is one of the commonest thing seen in hypothyroidism.

Since you are on...

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hi there i'm 42 years old, had my hysterectomy when i was 23, was given an estrogen pill after for about 2 months. Now i'm having extreme...

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Thank for asking to HCM
Looking to your history, every thing seems alright, at this stage no hormone therapy is needed, the problems which you...

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