Breast Fibroids In Men

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is a good way to lower estrogen/ or increase testerone in men?
    Is lifting weights the only way to increase testerone in males and taking Zinc? Are there other ways?

    Also, what are some ways to decrease estrogen in the male body?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a product called DIM Di-indole-methane which is an estrogen antagonist used by body builders and women with estrogen excess symptoms like fibroids , some breast cancers etc
      We are all at risk from xeno estrogens in the environment....
      One capsule = a bucket of broccoli

  2. QUESTION:
    How old do you have to be for the morning after pill?
    I need to know how much, where, and how old i have to be to get the morning after pill. Im only 16 years old is that old enough. I checked the website for plan b and it said i have 47 hours left to take the pill. What exactly does the pill do?

    • ANSWER:
      No. You would have to be 17.

      It's extremely harmful for you. As for how it works, it tries to prevent ovulation, but IF you ovulate and conceive before taking it, it will make you have a "false period" so that the new child cannot implant. The child obviously dies. Conception occurs in one of the Fallopian tubes and then the child travels from there to the womb during the next 6-12 days. So, if s/he gets to the womb after all that time and cannot implant in the mother's womb because of Plan B, s/he dies and that is a very early abortion. In fact, any hormonal birth control does the very same thing. Here is a short video that explains easily: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiCU46_lWeE Plan B's first "goal" may not be to abort the child, but it absolutely does cause an abortion--by preventing implantation--if conception has occurred before taking it.

      Please do yourself a favor and look at this site with information about the serious harm that can be done to YOUR body too: http://www.morningafterpill.org/is-emergency-contraception-saf.html

      It's a very powerful drug equal to 50 regular birth control pills, but regular pills alone are so bad for your body.You actually increase your risk of breast cancer by 3-4 times if you use birth control, especially over time. This study explains: http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/press_releases/100106/index.htm

      When your body is bombarded by hormones it cannot handle/properly excrete, this leads to a build-up in your body (especially your uterus and breasts), which leads to growths like fibroids and cancer.

      Did you know that?

      I really encourage you not to get this pill or any pill that interferes with your body. You are so young; respect yourself. I know you must be scared because you are obviously in a situation that frightens you, but it's not going to make it better if you use this dangerous drug because it will mess up your cycle and only increase your worry about being pregnant, and then you will keep on using it again and again because you will think it's a sort of "magic" pill. You can't just run from the consequences of your actions, hurting yourself in the process; you've got to accept them. That's true responsibility.

      The logical conclusion from all of this is that you should not be having sex at all, because you are just not ready for the consequences. I think you probably know that in your heart. Pills like this make you think that babies are an interference in sex or an "accident," when the reality is that sex is there to make them.

      You've been fed so many lies by society about your body/sexuality/fertility that you must not know what to truly think, but the truth is simple: respect your body, respect your sexuality, respect your fertility. Your ability to conceive is a great, beautiful gift. Any interference with that causes so many problems in your whole body. If you are not ready for babies, which you clearly aren't, then you have to respect the creative power of sex by not getting involved in it yet. It's good to wait; it's worth it. You can start all over again. Remove this stress from your life and just be 16 years old; sex can wait and it will always be there once you've found the man who loves you enough to marry you before asking for your body.

      That's another very important part of sex: total self-giving and receiving all of another person. If you use birth control, you can't experience this kind of love, and you don't give everything--you withhold. Fear and control do not belong in a healthy relationship, but when you're having sex before the commitment of marriage, you are going to fall into that pattern of fear and control like you already are.

      You can change that. It will be a hard decision, but it can be made. Instead of getting a harmful drug and then returning to the same lifestyle, do something brave and decide, instead, to make a change, today, in your life. Think of your future; think of your future spouse, your future kids. Keep them in mind as your goal. Do you want to continue with school? That is a good goal, too. Focus on these things instead of sex right now, because your duty in life at this age is to discover who you are, and you can't do that with sex blinding you and keeping you from focusing on the truly important areas of your life at 16. Sex is wonderful and beautiful and good, but only within marriage because only then can you truly give of yourself, be truly free, and accept the gift of life wholeheartedly. Please think about this. This is a great site for teens http://www.chastity.com/node/21 and I encourage you to look.

      SHOULD you end up pregnant, there is free help for moms in need. Someone will help you financially and emotionally every step of the way so you and your child can have a good start together:

      http://www.birthright.org/htmpages/locate.htm
      http://www.standupgirl.com/index.php?option=com_weblinks&view=category&id=72&Itemid=23

  3. QUESTION:
    What causes women to be infertile or have fertility problems?
    What makes a lot of women not able to conceive? What are the main reasons for infertility? I'm just curious, I just had a daughter last week who I got pregnant with really fast, but my twin sister is having a hard time having a baby.

    • ANSWER:
      I am dealing with same problem and I think main reasons are No Ovulation,short leuteal phase,Blocked tubes or hormonal problem might make a woman infertile.

      Causes of female infertility

      The most common causes of female infertility include fallopian tube damage or blockage, endometriosis, ovulation disorders, elevated prolactin, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), early menopause, benign uterine fibroids and pelvic adhesions.

      ■Fallopian tube damage or blockage. Fallopian tube damage usually results from inflammation of the fallopian tube (salpingitis). Chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease, is the most frequent cause. Tubal inflammation may go unnoticed or cause pain and fever. Tubal damage is the major risk factor of a pregnancy in which the fertilized egg is unable to make its way through the fallopian tube to implant in the uterus (ectopic pregnancy). One episode of tubal infection may cause fertility difficulties. The risk of ectopic pregnancy increases with each occurrence of tubal infection.
      ■Endometriosis. Endometriosis occurs when the uterine tissue implants and grows outside of the uterus — often affecting the function of the ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes. These implants respond to the hormonal cycle and grow, shed and bleed in sync with the lining of the uterus each month, which can lead to scarring and inflammation. Pelvic pain and infertility are common in women with endometriosis.
      ■Ovulation disorders. Some cases of female infertility are caused by ovulation disorders. Disruption in the part of the brain that regulates ovulation can cause low levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). Even slight irregularities in the hormone system can affect ovulation. Specific causes of hypothalamic-pituitary disorders include injury, tumors, excessive exercise and starvation.
      ■Elevated prolactin (hyperprolactinemia). The hormone prolactin stimulates breast milk production. High levels in women who aren't pregnant or nursing may affect ovulation. An elevation in prolactin levels may also indicate the presence of a pituitary tumor. In addition, some drugs can elevate levels of prolactin. Milk flow not related to pregnancy or nursing can be a sign of high prolactin.
      ■Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). In PCOS, your body produces too much androgen hormone, which affects ovulation. PCOS is associated with insulin resistance and obesity.
      ■Early menopause (premature ovarian failure). Early menopause is the absence of menstruation and the early depletion of ovarian follicles before age 35. Although the cause is often unknown, certain conditions are associated with early menopause, including immune system diseases, radiation or chemotherapy treatment, and smoking.
      ■Benign uterine fibroids. Fibroids are benign tumors in the wall of the uterus and are common in women in their 30s. Occasionally they may cause infertility by blocking the fallopian tubes.
      ■Pelvic adhesions. Pelvic adhesions are bands of scar tissue that bind organs after pelvic infection, appendicitis, or abdominal or pelvic surgery. This scar tissue formation may impair fertility.
      Other causes. A number of other causes can lead to infertility in women:

      ■Medications. Temporary infertility may occur with the use of certain medications. In most cases, fertility is restored when the medication is stopped.
      ■Thyroid problems. Disorders of the thyroid gland, either too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) or too little (hypothyroidism), can interrupt the menstrual cycle and cause infertility.
      ■Cancer and its treatment. Certain cancers — particularly female reproductive cancers — often severely impair female fertility. Both radiation and chemotherapy may affect a woman's ability to reproduce. Chemotherapy may impair reproductive function and fertility in men and women.
      ■Other medical conditions. Medical conditions associated with delayed puberty or amenorrhea, such as Cushing's disease, sickle cell disease, HIV/AIDS, kidney disease and diabetes, can affect a woman's fertility.
      ■Caffeine intake. Excessive caffeine consumption reduces fertility in the female.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are your experiences with depot lupron?
    I have had horrible side effects from the Depot Lupron shot (3-months doasage), now I am not talking about depot provera, this is a stronger shot to treat endometriosis. It has helped with the pain and lessened the growths, but I have bad hot flashes, weight gain, dryness, the list goes on. Anyone have better experience with it? Can anyone suggest an alternative treatment?? BCPs don't work, i tried them already.

    • ANSWER:
      Stay FAR away from Lupron!!!!!

      Endo is an estrogen dominance disease. You need to replace the progesterone that your body is missing with a NATURAL PROGESTERONE CREAM! Email me and I can tell you more.

      This is some very nasty stuff. :(
      Here is an article I found....

      Be Careful of Lupron for Endometriosis, It Could Be the Kiss of Death
      By Nicholas Regush

      This particular saga began a decade ago with an injection of a powerful prescription drug called Lupron. Lynne Millican took the shot for endometriosis, a condition in which pieces of the lining of the uterus are found in other parts of the body, especially in the pelvic cavity.

      Ten years later, Millican believes she is still suffering from the effects of that injection. Her many symptoms have included the development of a noncancerous tumor, breast cysts, cardiac arrythmias, dizziness, swelling and fatigue.

      Millican is a registered nurse (and paralegal) living in the Boston area who has become deeply involved in a grass-roots movement to force the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Members of Congress to take a close look at Lupron.

      The FDA first approved Lupron in 1985 for treatment of men with advanced prostate cancer, and then approved it for treatment of endometriosis in 1990 and uterine fibroids in 1995.

      "There are thousands in the United States who say they have been victimized by this drug," Millican said, emphasizing that symptoms can be severe, such as tremors, seizures and memory loss.

      "Many women I know say their symptoms didn't stop when they stopped taking the drug."

      The FDA has received a wide range of reports of serious side-effects, including death, suspected to be associated with the use of Lupron, but the agency, which holds that the drug's benefits outweigh the risks, does not believe there is sufficient proof to blame Lupron.

      TAP Pharmaceuticals Inc., jointly owned by Abbott Laboratories and Takeda Chemical Industries of Japan, has steadfastly maintained that Lupron is safe.

      Millican, who feels that the FDA has been very slow on the draw with Lupron, is also frustrated by the lack of response from almost all of the many senators and representatives in Congress to whom she has written. She has even submitted written testimony to various committee hearings - but to no avail.

      "It seems that no one but the people who suffer from Lupron are interested in looking into this drug," she said.

      Millican cannot even recall anyone with an MD degree who has voiced strong concern about Lupron.

      At the very least, she feels Lupron's safety should be an issue because doctors use it for purposes that were never approved by the FDA. While legal under federal law - once approved for an indication, a drug can be used for other purposes - unapproved use often occurs without the benefit of appropriate safety and efficacy studies.

      One of Millican's main concerns is Lupron's unapproved use in fertility clinics. The drug is essentially used to suppress female hormones which produce a mature egg. This allows fertility doctors to then induce "controlled" stimulation of multiple eggs.

      "I am concerned that women who undergo these procedures are not being sufficiently informed about Lupron's side-effects," Millican said.

      There is even much more at stake, according to Millican. On September 5, she provided testimony to congressional committee hearings on stem cell research, pointing out that the use of Lupron in the process of creating embryos may cause "the very diseases that are being claimed as those
      diseases necessitating embryonic stem cell research for a cure."

      Millican finds it hard to swallow that the debate over stem cell research has totally ignored Lupron.

      Redflagsweekly January 25, 2002

      Dr. Mercola's Comment:

      Folks, Lupron is a disaster drug that in no way shape or form treats the cause of the problem.

      I have seen it absolutely devastate many women's lives. It is one of the few drugs that I actually cringe when patients tell me that they have taken it.

      It is my experience and belief that this drug causes permanent neurological damage.

      This drug needs to be avoided at all costs.

      It is usually used for endometriosis, which is an estrogen dominance problem and is typically treated quite nicely with natural progesterone, a dietary program, and addressing the emotional stresses which cause the adrenal glands to become impaired

      Since the adrenals is the main biological of estrogen and progesterone, it is important to restore the proper functioning of this gland.

      One could take adrenal glandulars, or DHEA and pregnenolone, but those tend to be natural band-aids that don't address the reasons the adrenal became impaired.

  5. QUESTION:
    I'm carrying weight a round the tummy, is there a vitamin or a mineral that will help rid of this ? Thanks?
    I'm menopausal and have arthritis in the knees and spine. So sit ups are out of the question. My walking is limited. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Kaye,

      I agree with a lot that has been suggested to you especially about the use of Glucosamine for your knees and spine, however the fact that you are menopausal, suggests to me that you are in need of natural progesterone, which nobody has mentioned here.

      Natural progesterone levels begin to decrease around age 35 and the decrease is associated with many health problems. These mostly affect women, and include: uterine fibroids, fibrocystic breast, breast and uterine cancer, PMS, osteoporosis, depression, water retention, decreased libido, irregular and/or excessive menstrual bleeding, cravings for sweets and excess deposition of fat, especially around the hips and thighs. Estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency promotes these conditions.

      The remedy for progesterone deficiency is natural progesterone cream. The many great benefits of natural progesterone include anti-aging, increases body supply of oxygen, improves circulation, improves brain structure and function, helps regulate edema, prevents PMS, promotes pregnancy, increases libido, assistance in the metabolism of fat for energy, increases oxygen to the cells and stimulates bone growth. Progesterone normalizes the immune system and is very effective in autoimmune problems.

      I would definitely recommend the AIM Renewed Balance. This natural progesterone cream will lower your estrogen if it is too high, or bring it up if it is too low. The benefits are plentiful, once the natural progesterone starts to diffuse into the blood.

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  6. QUESTION:
    What are the side effects of estrogen?
    What does it do besides the obvious for transitioning?
    By transitioning, I mean hormone replacement.
    I meant what are the side effects of a man taking estrogen for hormone replacement therapy?

    • ANSWER:
      The most common side effects include enlargement or tenderness of the breasts (both sexes), swelling of the ankles and legs, loss of appetite, weight changes, retention of water, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and feeling of bloatedness. The estrogen patch can cause skin rash, irritation, and redness at the patch site.

      Less common side effects are bleeding gums, breakthrough vaginal bleeding, vaginal spotting, changes in menstrual flow, painful menstruation. pre-menstrual syndrome, no menstrual period during and after estrogen use, enlargement of uterine fibroids, vaginal infection with Candida, a cystitis-like syndrome, mild diarrhea, jaundice or yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, rash, loss of scalp hair, and development of new hairy areas. Lesions of the eye and contact-lens intolerance have also been associated with estrogen therapy. You may experience migraine headache, mild dizziness, depression, and increased sex drive (women) or decreased sex drive (men).

      Rare side effects include stroke, blood-clot formation, dribbling or sudden passage of urine, loss of coordination, chest pains, leg pains, difficulty breathing, slurred speech, and vision changes. Men who receive large estrogen doses as part of the treatment for prostate cancer are at a greater risk for heart attack, phlebitis, and blood clots in the lungs.

  7. QUESTION:
    If you have to get an exam from planned parenthood, is it usually done by a female?
    If you need an exam for birth control that is...also, i'm going next week for that so any advice or anything that you could tell me that I should know about it would be very helpful/appreciated.
    Thank you.
    Okay, thank you for the answers...especially Smurfalls; thanks for all the details.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a man or a woman. If you can, call ahead and ask if you can meet with a woman doctor, if that would make you more comfortable.

      I've never had an exam at planned parenthood, so I'm not sure if they do the whole nine yards or not, but I'll cover it all just in case.

      I'll tell you what my exams have been like, but all doctors have slightly different methods, so yours might be a little different.

      First, a nurse will show you to the room. Sometimes the nurse would give me the gown to put on, and other times she just showed me to the room, and the doctor would come in to talk to me before the exam.

      Either way, you will end up wearing a gown that is open either in the back or the front, depending on the doctor (I've had many different doctors, so I've had many different experiences). They'll have you sit on the table, and they'll always have a nurse present while they examine you. If it makes you feel more comfortable, you can bring your mother, sister, or a friend with you to the exam. They should let them stay if it makes you feel better.

      Next, they'll examine your breasts first, usually. They'll feel around for lumps and abnormalities. They will usually do this while you're sitting up and while you're lying down, to get two different angles.

      After the breast exam, they'll have you lie down on your back and place your feet in stirrups. They'll have you scoot your butt down to the edge of the table to they can get a better view.

      They'll put some gel on their fingers, and then they'll place two fingers inside you (with gloves on - make sure they know if you're allergic to latex, as some doctors still use latex gloves). They'll usually place one hand on top of your lower abdomen, and they're fingers will still be inside you. This lets them feel your ovaries and uterus better so they can check for lumps and abnormalities, like cysts or fibroids. This will probably be uncomfortable, but it shouldn't be painful. If you feel pain, let them know right away.

      They should do a pap smear, also. This may come before the vaginal exam. During the pap smear, they'll take a device called a specula and insert it into your vagina. They're usually made of metal, so they might be a little cold. This device opens up so they can better view your cervix. They'll take a look at your cervix to make sure there aren't any visual abnormalities, and then they'll use a swab to swipe the cervix, collecting a sample of cervical cells that they'll later send off for analysis. They'll check these cells for abnormalities, viruses, and certain bacteria that can be dangerous. This is a VERY important part of the exam, as early signs of cervical cancer can be detected this way.

      They'll also look at your external genitalia to make sure there aren't any lumps or lesions to be concerned about. They'll probably do some other checks, but those above are the most uncomfortable ones.

      At some point, before or after, they'll ask you some questions about your medical history, and they may take some blood for analysis, also.

      I hope this helps you. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask!

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of taking to much estrogen?

    • ANSWER:
      Too much estrogen:

      1.Causes endometrium to proliferate

      2.Causes breast stimulation that can lead to breast cancer

      3.Increases body fat

      4.Increase endometrial cancer risk

      5.Increase gallbladder disease risk

      6.Restrains osteoclast function slightly

      7.Increases blood clot risk

      Too musch estrogen is the root cause of a myriad of illnesses. Conditions associated with this include fibrocystic breast disease, PMS, uterine fibroids, breast cancer, endometriosis, infertility problem, endometrial polyps, PCOS, auto-immune disorders, low blood sugar problems, and menstrual pain.

      For men, too much estrogen and too little testosterone is the increased risk of heart attack or stroke, urogenital disease and cardiovascular disease.

  9. QUESTION:
    Are there any advantages of eating and drinking in steel utensils than plastic, China etc?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure about any difference between china and steel but plastic,yes it is a no no.

      Drinking or eating from plastic containers that have the chemical bis phenol or BPA is dangerous. Several studies have shown that when people are subjected to high levels of BPA they have an increased risk of developing certain cancers such as prostrate and breast cancer and uterine fibroids. Other health issues raised concerning the use of BPA are urogenital abnormalities in baby boys, declining semen quality in men, in girls puberty starting early, metabolic disorders, obesity, and attention deficient hyperactivity disorder.
      Even if you use, try to use food grade plastics which is hard to find.
      About China i'm not sure...may be because it is fragile, so from safely point, steel is unbreakable.

  10. QUESTION:
    What does taking estrogen do?
    What exactly would taking estrogen do to change a womans body/features? Also, what are the disadvantages and side affects/risks of taking it?

    • ANSWER:
      The most common side effects include enlargement or tenderness of the breasts (both sexes), swelling of the ankles and legs, loss of appetite, weight changes, retention of water, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and feeling of bloatedness. The estrogen patch can cause skin rash, irritation, and redness at the patch site.

      Less common side effects are bleeding gums, breakthrough vaginal bleeding, vaginal spotting, changes in menstrual flow, painful menstruation. premenstrual syndrome, no menstrual period during and after estrogen use, enlargement of uterine fibroids, vaginal infection with Candida, a cystitis-like syndrome, mild diarrhea, jaundice or yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, rash, loss of scalp hair, and development of new hairy areas. Lesions of the eye and contact-lens intolerance have also been associated with estrogen therapy. You may experience migraine headache, mild dizziness, depression, and increased sex drive (women) or decreased sex drive (men).

      Rare side effects include stroke, blood-clot formation, dribbling or sudden passage of urine, loss of coordination, chest pains, leg pains, difficulty breathing, slurred speech, and vision changes. Men who receive large estrogen doses as part of the treatment for prostate cancer are at a greater risk for heart attack, phlebitis, and blood clots in the lungs.

  11. QUESTION:
    Ladies!Please tell Can Heavy Periods control your life Or can you control them?

    • ANSWER:
      A common, treatable problem
      If you have heavy periods, you're not alone. Heavy periods or menorraghia (pronounced men-or-ah-jah) affects 1 in 5 women of reproductive age, causing excessive menstruation that regularly interferes with daily activities.
      You may be hesitant to discuss your symptoms with a doctor. What you may not realize, however, is that treatment can bring relief.
      Next: What are Heavy Periods?

      Causes of Heavy Periods
      Several medical conditions may cause or contribute to heavy periods. It's also possible to experience heavy periods with no known cause.

      Hormonal imbalance: An imbalance of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. Hormonal imbalance can also be signs of early menopause (also known as perimenopause), which can lead to irregular or heavy periods.

      Fibroids: Benign (noncancerous) growths in the smooth muscle tissue of the walls of the uterus, or womb. They can be as small as a pea or grow larger than a grapefruit. Pressure from fibroids may build with each menstrual cycle and cause heavy periods. Learn more about fibroids.

      Medication: Some drugs, such as anticoagulants (drugs that prevent the clotting of blood) or anti-inflammatory medications, can cause heavy or prolonged periods.

      Infection or Disease: Heavy periods can also be a sign of more serious conditions like certain types of cancer or infections in the uterus.

      Treatments for Heavy Periods
      Medical experts often treat heavy periods with less invasive methods first, such as birth control pills or global endometrial ablation (GEA), and reserve hysterectomy for specific circumstances.

      Birth control pillsBirth control pills can help reduce menstrual flow by up to 60%, but it may not be the best option for all women.

      For some women, birth control pills are simply ineffective in reducing heavy periods. For others, the potential side effects of weight gain, mood swings and breast tenderness may be too undesirable.

      Global endometrial ablation (GEA)If birth control pills have not been a successful treatment for you, GEA may offer an effective, nonhormonal option.

      During an endometrial ablation procedure, your doctor inserts a catheter into the uterus (womb) to treat the endometrium, the lining of the uterus. Over the next week or so after treatment, the uterine lining sheds, much like it would during menstruation, resulting in lighter periods.

      Ablation treatments may be performed in a doctor’s office or in a hospital. Learn more about GEA.

      HysterectomyIf birth control pills or endometrial ablation have not been effective or are not advised for you, your doctor may recommend a hysterectomy. In fact, about 30-35% of hysterectomies are performed annually to treat heavy periods.

      Before you commit to having a hysterectomy, however, you should know that it is a major surgery. Explore your hysterectomy options, To learn about less invasive treatments with shorter recovery times.

      You don’t have to live with heavy periods, and you do have options. Find a doctor who can help.

  12. QUESTION:
    Red Rasberry Tea and Red Clover?
    MY QUESTION IS WHAT BENEFITS DO THESE TWO HERBS HAVE? CAN THEY HARM ME AT ALL? THANKS

    • ANSWER:
      Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

      Pure Raspberry Leaf to aid in strengthening and toning uterine lining in preparation for pregnancy. Brewed as a tea or as an infusion, raspberry leaf is one of the safest and commonly used tonic herbs for women wanting to get pregnant or for women who are already pregnant. Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) tones the uterus, improves contractions and decreases constipation.

      Raspberry Leaf contains many minerals and vitamins, including vitamin C and calcium. It also contains an alkaloid called fragrine, which lends tone to the uterus.

      Raspberry leaf does not start labor or promote contractions. It is not an emmenagogue or oxytocic herb. What it does is help strengthen the pelvic and uterine muscles so that once labor does start the muscles will be more efficient.

      Raspberry is also a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and E, as well as the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. These nutrients make it an excellent prevention and treatment for anemia and leg cramps, as well as a beneficial remedy for the reduction of morning sickness.

      Raspberry leaf tea also acts as an astringent on irritated skin by tightening the top layers of skin or mucous membranes effectively reducing secretions, relieving irritation, and improving tissue firmness. As a mouth wash it is used to soothe mouth and throat irritations. You may use this tea as a gargle or apply it topically. Tea should be cool when used for these ailments.

      Raspberry leaf may affect infants and is not recommended for women who are breast-feeding. Diabetics should be careful as it might lower the blood sugar levels drastically.

      It’s because raspberry leaf is thought to have a slight effect like the female hormone, estrogen, it should not be used by women who have endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or cancers of the breast, ovaries, or uterus. Men who have prostate cancer should also avoid using it. In extremely high doses, raspberry leaf may cause muscles in the uterus to contract or relax, therefore a miscarriage could occur. No side effects have been associated with using raspberry leaf either by mouth or on the skin.

      Red Clover

      Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is a herbaceous perennial plant that commonly grows wild in meadows throughout Europe and Asia, and has now been naturalized to grow in North America. The red flowers at the end of the branched stems are usually dried for therapeutic use.

      Red clover is a source of many valuable nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. Red clover is also considered to be one of the richest sources of isoflavones (water-soluble chemicals that act like estrogens and are found in many plants).

      Historically, red clover has been used for cancer and cardiovascular health, such as whooping cough, asthma, and bronchitis. Tea made of the red clover flower has been used as an antispasmodic, expectorant, a mild sedative, and a blood purifier. Current uses of red clover are for menopausal symptoms, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, and symptoms of prostate enlargement. Externally, it's considered a treatment for chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

      No serious side effects from red clover have been reported in humans. General side effects can include headache, nausea, and rash. However, infertility has been noted in grazing animals that consume large amounts of red clover. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take red clover.

      Red clover is also an ingredient in eight-herb essiac tea (blend of herbs used to make a tea that is believed by some and questioned by others to have cancer-treating properties).

      Some people take Essiac Tea on occasion for general health purposes or for healing of various ailments, not just cancer. Other ailments it may possibly be used for are diabetes, immune system disorders, and liver problems.

  13. QUESTION:
    the after effects of lupride injection?
    i'm 47,sept 06 i had laproscopy done for uterine fibroids after which i was given lupride injection.the uterus was surtured,since i did not want toget rid of my uterus.iplan to conceive in the near future but i'm worried since i hv'nt got my period as yet.pl advise as to when i'll get my periods or hv i started menopausing?cld it be coz of the lupride injection?

    • ANSWER:
      Lupride (a.k.a. Leuprolide or Lupron) is used to treat prostate cancer in men, endometriosis and uterine fibroids in women, and early puberty in children. It is also used to regulate the menstrual cycle in women undergoing fertility therapy. Leuprolide injections have always cause tenderness/pain at the injection site for me which always lasts for several days. The injection can also cause redness, itching, burning, swelling - typical of many injections. Side effects of the medication itself are similar to menopausal symptoms in women - hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. It can also cause headaches, weakness, increased urination, breast tenderness (or growth of breasts in men), nausea/vomiting, changes in weight, hair loss, acne, and so on. Extended use of the drug (more than 6 months at a time) is not recommended due to the risk of bone density loss/osteoporosis.
      http://www.byedr.com/medicine/370-medicine-4.html

  14. QUESTION:
    heavier the period higher the estrogen?
    So i know that estrogen causes the growth plates to close. If you have heavier periods, does that mean your growth spurts close earlier than ones with light periods?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a lot more variables. The minerals iron and manganese have a significant impact, as has your weight (more fat, more active estrogen). If you are suffering from iron-deficiency anemia, your periods may be very light, regardless of your weight or estrogen.
      On the other hand, if you damaged your liver from too much alcohol, cannabis, Tylenol, or other meds, manganese levels go too high, causing an overload of estrogen, (which happens to men too), with all the undesirable consequences. Some of these result in heavier periods, periods that are closer together, or fibroid growths in the breasts or uterus. An estrogen / progesterone imbalance cause heavier periods as well.

  15. QUESTION:
    does anyone know the pros and cons of agnus castus supplements?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedy Agnus castus:

      This remedy may be helpful if problems with impotence develop after a man has led a life of intense and frequent sexual activity for many years. A cold sensation felt in the genitals is a strong indication for Agnus castus. People who need this remedy are often very anxious about their health and loss of abilities, and may have problems with memory and concentration.
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      Agnus Castus Tincture:

      Fresh herb tincture of Agnus castus, also known as Vitex or Chaste Tree. Agnus castus is a native plant of the Mediterranean region. The fruit of the plant is used. Unique dispensing insert guarantees accurate measurement and prevents contamination.

      It is used for:

      * Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
      * Menstrual disorders, painful periods, heavy bleeding
      * Hormonal acne
      * Fibroids
      * Endometriosis
      * Infertility

      Directions: 15 to 20 drops in a little water, twice daily.

      (https://www.yourhealthfoodstore.co.uk/details.php/p93_a_vogel_agnus_castus_tincture.html)

      Agnus Castus/Chaste Tree/Vitex Supplement

      The basic mechanism of action underlying agnus castus is its effect on enhancing corpus luteal development (thereby correcting a relative progesterone deficiency) via effects through the pituitary gland. Agnus castus has a profound effect on the hypothalamus and on pituitary function, helping normalise other hormones and reducing both prolactin and the estrogen-to-progesterone ratio.

      * PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME - Many PMS sufferers exhibit elevated prolactin levels, especially in women experiencing breast pain or fibrocystic breast disease. Studies in PMS sufferers using agnus castus have shown up to ninety percent having improvement or resolution of symptoms.

      * MENSTRUATION DISORDERS - Agnus castus has demonstrated effectiveness in aiding menstruation disorders including; secondary amenorrhoea, metorrhagia, lengthened and shortened cycles, especially when due to progesterone deficiency.

      * ANTI-MICROBIAL ACTIVITY - Extracts of agnus castus have shown antimicrobial activity against a broad range of organisms including; staphylococcus aureus, salmonella, E. coli, and candida albicans. This may offer additional benefits, as dysbiosis is a common problem and may aggravate existing menstrual disorders.

      * INFERTILITY - Research suggests that agnus castus can enhance corpus luteal functioning, thus lengthening the luteal phase and normalising progesterone levels often found to be low in infertile women.

      * INFLUENCE ON LACTATION - Studies have shown favourable effects in aiding milk production (up to three times that of control group), after 20 days of use.

      * ACNE - Controlled studies have shown that agnus castus may offer benefit to acne sufferers, most likely due to a mild anti-androgenic effect.

      Known contraindications

      Agnus castus is preferably not to be taken in conjunction with progesterone drugs, the contraceptive pill or HRT. Chaste tree may aggravate pure spasmodic dysmenorrhoea not associated with PMS.
      (http://www.organicfoodee.com/vms/agnuscastus.html)

  16. QUESTION:
    Anyone taking Lupron medication?
    On Lupron injections to help shrink fibroids & control bleeding during future myomectomy to remove them - how soon after the last shot did your menstruation return? What was your first post-surgery menstruation like?

    • ANSWER:
      Leuprolide (generic name) Lupron (brand name) is used to treat:
      * symptoms of advanced prostate cancer in men
      * endometriosis (condition in which cells normally found in the uterus become implanted in other areas of the body) in women
      * uterine fibroids (noncancerous growths in the uterus) in women
      * central precocious puberty (a condition causing children to enter puberty too soon, resulting in accelerated bone growth and the development of sexual characteristics) in girls usually younger than 8 years of age and in boys usually younger than 9 years of age
      Leuprolide may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
      * weakness
      * headache
      * dizziness
      * hot flashes (a sudden wave of mild or intense body heat)
      * sweating or night sweats
      * tiredness
      * nausea
      * vomiting
      * diarrhea
      * constipation
      * loss of appetite
      * change in weight
      * increased need to urinate, especially at night
      * breast tenderness or change in breast size in both men and women
      * decrease in sexual desire in men and women or ability to perform in men
      * decrease in size of testicles
      * vaginal discharge, dryness, or itching in women
      * absence of menstrual periods in women
      * spotting (light vaginal bleeding)
      * swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
      * depression
      * difficulty concentrating
      * anxiety or nervousness
      * difficulty with memory
      * difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
      * flu-like symptoms
      * muscle aches
      * itching, swelling, burning, stinging, pain, bruising, redness, or development of a sore at injection spot
      * firmness or hardness at subcutaneous injection spot
      * bleeding, bruising, burning, pain, pressure, itching, swelling, or redness at the place where the implant was inserted
      * hair loss
      * acne
      Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
      * hives
      * rash
      * itching
      * difficulty breathing or swallowing
      * numbness, tingling, weakness, or pain in the feet or lower legs
      * painful or difficult urination
      * blood in urine
      * bone pain
      * testicular or prostate pain
      * inability to move arms or legs
      There is an increased risk of osteoporosis (condition in which the bones become weak and fragile and can break easily) while using leuprolide. Talk with your doctor about the risks of using leuprolide.
      In children receiving leuprolide for early puberty, signs of sexual development may not decrease or may increase during the first few weeks of treatment. In girls receiving leuprolide for early puberty, the onset of menstruation or spotting (light vaginal bleeding) may occur during the first two months of treatment. If bleeding continues beyond the second month, call your doctor.
      Myomectomy: This surgery removes the fibroids. It is frequently the chosen treatment for women who want to have children, because it usually can preserve fertility. Another advantage of a myomectomy is that it controls pain or excessive bleeding that some women with uterine fibroids have. More fibroids can develop after myomectomy.

  17. QUESTION:
    what are side effects or birth control pills?

    • ANSWER:
      Birth-control pills of any kind are not advised for women because they carry an increased risk of blood clots, heart-related problems such as strokes, and certain cancers and liver diseases.

      Known risks from oral contraceptives:
      * For many women it will participate in precipitating chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia over time.
      * Increased risk of blood clots.
      * Increased risk of stroke
      * Increased risk of high blood pressure
      * Increased risk of heart attack.
      * Increased risk of cervical dysplasia, ovarian cysts and infertility.
      * Increased risk of ovarian, breast and uterine cancer.
      * Increased risk of headaches and migraines.
      * Increased risk of immune dysfunction and autoimmune diseases.
      * Increased risk of thyroid and liver problems and cancers.
      * Reduced antioxidant levels, especially in the liver.
      * Nutritional deficiences, especially Folic Acid, B12, B6 and other B complex vitamins, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc and Vitamin A.
      * Increased risk of gall bladder problems
      * Increased risk of other endocrine disorders.
      * Increased risk of loss of libido.
      * Increased risk of mental and emotional side effects.
      * Increased anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, or sleeping pill usage.
      * Higher rate of birth defects and birth marks in offspring.
      * Interferes with copper in the body, eventualy causing copper toxicity.
      * Contributes to Estrogen Dominance.
      * Interferes with steroid hormone balance.

      More importantly, you should look up the side effects of synthetic hormones!

      Side effects of synthetic estrogen:
      heavy menstrual bleeding, cramping
      breast tenderness
      fluid retention, edema, weight gain, increased fat
      headache, migraine
      depression, anxiety
      glucose intolerance, insulin resistance
      estrogen dominance
      stimulates growth of fibroids
      worsens endometriosis
      nausea, vomiting, cramping, bloating
      leg cramps
      eye problems
      high blood pressure
      increased blood clotting
      venous thromboembolism
      increased risk of endometrial and breast cancer
      loss of scalp hair, growth of facial and body hair
      gall bladder disease
      pancreatitis

      Side effects of progestins (synthetic progesterone):
      * They suppress production of natural progesterone in the body.
      * They disrupt the steroid hormone pathways, which can cause both immediate and/or insidious undermining of both adrenal and gonadal function.
      * Since a steroid hormone pathway is fundamental to energy and vitality, these drugs are usually a prescription for chronic fatigue(and probably fibromyalgia). This is not conventionally recognized.

      Side Effects of Progestins
      depression
      anxiety, nervousness
      fatigue, leading to chronic fatigue over time
      fluid retention and breast tenderness, weight gain
      migraine
      coronary artery spasm
      angina, palpitations
      menstrual irregularities, spotting
      glucose intolerance; promotes insulin resistance
      general edema
      nausea
      insomnia, sleepiness
      skin rashes, acne
      hair loss on scalp, facial hair growth
      * Coronary spasm -This is most significant: 90% of men who have heart attacks have atherosclerosis or obstruction of coronary arteries, but only 30% of women do. The majority of women who have heart attacks do so because of coronary artery spasm.
      * Stroke
      * Pulmonary embolism
      * Implicated in causing breast cancer.
      * The PDR(Physician's Desk Reference) advises patients to discontinue this drug if there is a sudden or partial loss of vision.
      * Liver disease
      * Increases the risk of birth defects
      * Gall bladder disease

      The 2001 PDR states this about progestins: "The effect of prolonged use of this drug on pituitary, ovarian, adrenal, hepatic or uterine functions is unknown".

  18. QUESTION:
    When should I, and what should I expect?
    I have been sexually active for a little over a year, and I will be 19 in a few months. I have never been to a girlie appointment, had a pap smear or anything like that. When exactly should i schedule an appointment, how do i go about it, and what should I expect? I am kinda embarrassed about asking the doctor because I feel like i should know.
    ok people give me a real answer stop refering me to other websites
    I'm on birth control, the pill, and they never did one.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all every girl gets embarrassed or feels strange the first time they go to a gynecologist. I would find out what doctor is covered under your parents insurance and just make an appointment. When you go you will see a room full of women of all ages, even ones in their 80s! Many of the women are pregnant. You sign in with the receptionist and give her your insurance info and co-pay when asked. A nurse (like me) will take you to a little room and ask you to take off everything and put on a gown with the opening in the front (so the doctor can do a breast exam). The nurse will give you a paper sheet to put over your lap. The exam itself involves a metal speculum which the doctor inserts into your vagina and uses a small tiny brush to take a sample of your cervix. This does not hurt - it's just uncomfortable. This is what a "pap" smear is like. He will ask you some questions like are you sexually active - be honest. He can give you birth control if you want it (good idea in my opinion). He will also check to make sure you are not having any problems with your periods or anything else is strange. The doctor will press on your stomach to feel for fibroids or other masses that may not be normal. Don't be afraid. Take a friend with you if you don't want to take your mom. We all went through this. Remember this though, whenever the doctor is examining you - there has to be a female in the room at all times (i.e. his nurse). This is to prevent inappropriate behavior. Because you are 19 and active I would make an appt as soon as possible. You will be ok. Doctors are used to weird questions and so are nurses. Don't be scared to ask anything you want - especially since this is your first appt. When you call the office, make sure you tell them that this is your very first appt because they may have to allow for extra time. Your gonna be fine. After your first appt you usually go every year or every six months depending on the doctor and if they find issues. I was 21 before I went to the gyno for the first time and I'm a nurse. My husband went with me. It really is not that awful. Men are allowed in the rooms so if you want to take your boyfriend he can go with you and stay with you to make you more comfortable. Good Luck!

  19. QUESTION:
    FOR PEOPLE WHO KNOW ABOUT THE HERB CALLED VITEX?
    if you dont, it regulates your cycles if you have long or irregular cycles. Iv been on it for almost 4 months (and its working).
    But i am wondering.... once my cycles go back to the normal 28 days (which will probably be happening after this period), do i stop taking vitex? or should i keep taking until i fall pregnant? just incase my cycles go back up again........

    • ANSWER:
      Research has shown that vitex may indeed be helpful for treating premenstrual syndrome (PMS), erratic menstrual cycles, and insufficient milk supply in women, and may even help reduce sex drive in men. Vitex causes the pituitary gland to decrease production of follicle stimulating horomone (FSH) and to increase production of luteinizing hormone (LH), a hormonal shift that indirectly leads to higher progesterone levels and a decrease of male hormones, or androgens, in the body.

      Vitex also helps regulate levels of prolactin, a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that stimulates the production of milk but has also been linked to premenstrual breast tenderness and the development of fibroids in the breast and uterus. Vitex causes a hormonal shift that both reduces bloating and breast pain that many women experience before their periods and increases mothers' milk supplies.

      In European studies women using vitex for treatment of PMS discomfort reported significant improvement; in other studies nursing mothers taking vitex demonstrated a significant increase in milk supply. Vitex has also been used successfully to treat irregular menstrual cycles, increasing or decreasing flow as needed, and to reduce menstrual cramping. The androgen-reducing effects of vitex may help curb male libido, which supports the traditional use of this berry my monks to reduce sex drive. Vitex has also been used to acne, which has also been linked to high androgen levels, and may help treat women experiencing abnormal hair growth, or hirsitism, which has been linked to high levels of androgens and FSH in women.

      Vitex is available in capsules and tinctures. Most of the European studies used tinctures-the usual dose is 40 drops daily for 3 to six months. There are no toxic side effects reported with vitex usage, even in those that have been supplementing with this herb for nine years. Reported side effects include rash and upset stomach.

      Because vitex affects hormonal balance, it should not be taken by children who have not reached puberty. Vitex has also been linked to increased fertility in women, and decreased fertility in men. Pregnant women and men who wish to have a child should not take this herb.

      Best of luck and
      GB

  20. QUESTION:
    Breast cancer symptons?
    how old can you get breast cancer at?

    • ANSWER:
      Anyone can get breast cancer at any age including men. It is just more common in women. Usually you have a lump in you breast tissue. Sometimes you can have lumps that are fibroids which need to be watched but usually cause no problems. If you have a concern it is best to see a doctor or go to your local health department they can also give you more information.

  21. QUESTION:
    i had my first period 4 years ago and it still isn´t regular...am I in trouble?
    i had my fisrt period when i was 11..now im 15 and a half and it still isn´t regular...also lately a have had some pain during mestruation but it is never the same area that hurts...it is always something different, sometimes it is the abdomen other the lower back...is that nomarl??
    mtw i am deadly afraid of the gyne so please "go see a doctor" is not a good answer in this case
    THANKS IN ADVANCE

    • ANSWER:
      It takes longer for some women and there are lot of factors that play a part in a regular menstrual period. If you are frequently missing period as opposed to your period not coming on-time, this is cause for concern.

      Yes, the pains you are experiencing are completely normal, especially the lower back. If you are experiencing pain that causes you to have to stop what you're doing, miss school or work etc. you should seek medical attention. This is known as 'dysmenorrhea.'

      Many women experience irregularities with their periods often with no underlying health issues. In fact, a woman's menstrual cycle hormones "would need to be functioning perfectly in order to have a perfectly routine menstrual cycle."

      Hormones controlling menstruation must reach a balance before a regular period develops.

      "The menstrual cycle varies from woman to woman. While we say that the average menstrual cycle is 28 days long, that is not true for every woman. Sometimes our period is believed to be late when in all actuality we have simply miscalculated." A good site for keeping track of your period is mymonthlycycles.com.

      Here are the potential causes of an irregular period:

      Stress
      Illness
      Schedule / Sleeping Pattern Change
      Medications / Change of Medications
      Travel
      Illegal Drug Use
      Infections
      Poor Emotional Well-Being
      Hormone Imbalance
      Strenuous Exercise
      Poor Nutrition
      Sudden Weight Gain / Being Overweight
      Sudden Weight Loss / Being Underweight
      Severe Dieting
      Fibroid Growths
      Pituitary Tumor
      Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding
      Blood problems (e.g. thrombocytopenia - low blood platelets)
      Thyroid Disorders or Disease
      Problems With the Pelvic Organs

      If you think your period is abnormal, talk to your doctor about being prescribed oral contraceptives (birth control). Birth control will help regulate your cycles. It may also shorten your period and make your periods lighter.

      Also, disagreeing with Duane's answer, birth control does not always make a woman's breasts larger. I was on birth control for two years and there was no change in the size of my breasts. Duane (although a bit of a perve) was correct, it does have the potential to clear acne, however, once you stop taking birth control, your acne is likely to reappear.

      Honestly, do not be scared of gynecologists. They're there to help and paid a lot of money to get where they are. If you don't like the gynecologist you get, you can always go elsewhere. Also, you will eventually be required to undergo annual PAP smears once you're 18 (in the U.S) or 21 (in Canada). Trust me, as one who plans to branch out into gynecology, you have to realize, these doctors deal with people who have STDs. Young people like you are a relief. They've seen it all. Unlike another answerer has mentioned, gynecologists are not always men, there are women in the profession.

      If you need any more advice, just go to my profile and you can e-mail me.

      Who's being a TROLL and giving thumbs down to every answer?

  22. QUESTION:
    What else can you get an ultrasound for..?
    Otherr than for pregnancy..

    • ANSWER:
      I've had them done a few times to check the size of a uterine fibroid, I also had them to find kidney stones (when I had back and side pain) and I've had them to rule out things as in diagnostic testing then.
      Men actually have them done in the anus to check for growths there I was once told, also maybe checking prostate related stuff?

      Ultrasounds are not for things like pregnancy alone as it's good to get the picture of one's inside when they need to be more accurate than an xray as those don't always have some internal stuff show up on one of those.

      I have also heard they can use them to check abdominal problems,etc. I've also had one to get a breast mammogram reading double checked, this seems more thorough but pricey. Testing is not done with this often due to the cost.

  23. QUESTION:
    do I have breast cancer?
    i just got out of the shower my moms at work and i felt something that hurt next to my breast i felt and it feels like a lump sh!t i dont know what to do should i call my mom and tell her to come home. i had infected limphnodes when i was litlle is it like that should i be panicked someone please tell me what to do im scared
    please someone answer me i've had this pain for about a year and i never really felt it before and the lump feels about as big as a small bouncy ball please answer me im so scared i dont know what to do im panicking i dont want cancer theres no discoleration or anything it just hurts

    • ANSWER:
      I gather from your writing you are a teen because you still rely on your mother. So that tells me perhaps you're still in school. If that's the case, your chances of breast cancer are just about none. Breast cancer on RARE OCCASIONS can strike younger people but usually it's older women and sometimes men, who are in their 50's and up. When you have a lump as a young lady, it can be an annoying thing called fibroid. They are painful and not cancer. These are just a lump of tissue that's hardened. Also because or if you're a teen, it's hormones. Hormones can cause a girl's breast to be lumpy and thick at your age. You will feel a lot of lumps because of this which is why you should not be doing self exams right now because every day you will feel those lumps. People will tell you pain is not a factor. The majority of time it's not and I used to get angry when they said that because in my family, everyone felt terrible sharp pains with breast cancer. Again, not very common. So, put your fears aside and it would be good when you ask a question about any type of cancer, give your age. It helps those of us who've been through it and we know about ages etc. Good luck and be blessed

  24. QUESTION:
    Is Dong Quai safe to take for men?
    A herbalist sold me some acne pills. When I came home, I started googling the ingredients. The pills contain 180mg of Dong Quai(root). According to the search I did on google, Dong Quai is used by women in China, Korea and Japan to relieve menstrual disorders such as cramps, irregular menstrual cycles, infrequent periods, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and menopausal symptoms. Dong Quai is nicknamed the "female ginseng" but i came across another website that says, "the Dong Quai herb supports men’s fertility and prostate health". I'm a 20 year old male, what should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      The problem with herbalists is they are not doctors. They do not use science, rather anecdotes and tradition are the foundation of their evidence base. Neither are they regulated. They wouldn't have a clue about the real pharmacological properties of herbal drugs, nor would the concept of safety, risks, side effects etc enter their thinking. I'll bet the herbalist didn't bother to ask you if you were on any other medications, right?

      Herbs are crude drugs. Their efficacy, safety and risks (especially long term) are mostly unknown. They are unregulated, uncontrolled and untested - so what it says on the label may not even be what you get in the bottle. Herbs are subject to seasonal variations effecting quality and potency and some have been found to be contaminated with heavy metal toxins.

      There is little or no evidence for the efficacy of Dong Quai for any condition.

      Here is what Medline say about the safety, from the little information that is available:

      "Dong quai is POSSIBLY SAFE for adults when taken by mouth and when occasionally applied to the skin as an ingredient in a cream. More evidence is needed to determine its safety after prolonged or repeated use.

      Dong quai can cause skin to become extra-sensitive to the sun. This might put you at greater risk for skin cancer. Wear sun block outside, especially if you are light-skinned.

      Taking dong quai in large amounts for a long period of time is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. Dong quai contains chemicals that are considered to be cancer-causing (carcinogens).

      Special precautions & warnings:
      Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Taking dong quai by mouth during pregnancy is POSSIBLY UNSAFE for the baby. Dong quai seems to affect the muscles of the uterus. There is also one report linking an herbal combination that contained dong quai with birth defects in a baby whose mother took the combination during the first three months of pregnancy. Don’t use dong quai if you are pregnant.

      There isn’t enough information about the safety of using dong quai during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and don’t use it.

      Hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Dong quai might act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, don’t use dong quai.

      Protein S deficiency: People with protein S deficiency have an increased risk of forming blood clots. There is some concern that dong quai might increase the risk of clot formation in these people because it has some of the effects of estrogen. Don’t use dong quai if you have protein S deficiency.

      Surgery: Dong quai can slow blood clotting. It might increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop taking dong quai at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

      Are there interactions with medications?
      Major
      Do not take this combination.

      Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs)
      Dong quai might slow blood clotting. Taking dong quai along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.

      Are there interactions with herbs and supplements?

      Herbs and supplements that might slow blood clotting
      Dong quai might slow blood clotting. Using dong quai along with other herbs that slow blood clotting might increase the risk of bleeding and bruising in some people. These herbs include angelica, clove, danshen, garlic, ginger, ginkgo, panax ginseng, poplar, red clover, willow, and others."
      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/936.html

      My advice is to throw the pills in the bin, and learn from the experience.

      And well done for being skeptical.

  25. QUESTION:
    Causes of ammonorhea?
    I think I spelt it right lol...
    Anyway my last period I had which was 1st July and it was light but this month all I've had is brown spotting with cramps and wet feeling down below, but I'm not pregnant :(
    I thought it could be pos but I haven't got a hairy face and I'm not putting on weight. My doctors testing me for testostrone but I don't feel like I've got man hormones.
    So I'm confused...
    Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Amenorrhea can occur for a variety of reasons. Some are part of the normal course of a woman's life, while others may be a side effect of medications or a sign of a medical problem.

      Natural amenorrhea
      During the normal course of her life, a woman may experience amenorrhea for natural reasons, such as:

      Pregnancy
      Breast-feeding
      Menopause
      Contraceptives
      Some women who take birth control pills may not have periods. When oral contraceptives are stopped, it may take three to six months to resume regular ovulation and menstruation. Contraceptives that are injected or implanted also may cause amenorrhea, as can some types of intrauterine devices.

      Medications
      Certain medications can cause menstrual periods to stop, including some types of:

      Antipsychotics
      Cancer chemotherapy
      Antidepressants
      Blood pressure drugs
      Lifestyle factors

      Stress. Mental stress can temporarily alter the functioning of your hypothalamus — an area of your brain that controls the hormones that regulate your menstrual cycle. Ovulation and menstruation may stop as a result. Regular menstrual periods usually resume after your stress decreases.Low body weight. Excessively low body weight interrupts many hormonal functions in your body, potentially halting ovulation. Women who have an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia, often stop having periods because of these abnormal hormonal changes.Excessive exercise. Women who participate in sports that require rigorous training, such as ballet, long-distance running or gymnastics, may find their menstrual cycle interrupted. Several factors combine to contribute to the loss of periods in athletes, including low body fat, stress and high energy expenditure.Hormonal imbalance
      Many types of medical problems can cause hormonal imbalance, including:

      Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS causes relatively high and sustained levels of hormones, rather than the fluctuating levels seen in the normal menstrual cycle.Thyroid malfunction. An overactive (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism) thyroid gland can cause menstrual irregularities, including amenorrhea.Pituitary tumor. A noncancerous (benign) tumor in your pituitary gland can interfere with the hormonal regulation of menstruation.Premature menopause. Menopause usually occurs between ages 45 and 55. In some women, the ovarian supply of eggs diminishes before age 40, and menstruation stops.Structural problems
      Problems with the sexual organs themselves also can cause amenorrhea. Examples include:

      Uterine scarring. Asherman's syndrome, a condition in which scar tissue builds up in the lining of the uterus, can sometimes occur after a dilation and curettage (D&C), cesarean section or treatment for uterine fibroids. Uterine scarring prevents the normal buildup and shedding of the uterine lining.Lack of reproductive organs. Sometimes problems arise during fetal development that lead to a girl being born without some major part of her reproductive system, such as her uterus, cervix or vagina. Because her reproductive system didn't develop normally, she won't have menstrual cycles.Structural abnormality of the vagina. An obstruction of the vagina may prevent visible menstrual bleeding. A membrane or wall may be present in the vagina that blocks the outflow of blood from the uterus and cervix.

  26. QUESTION:
    Why do you need to see a gynecologist after you loose your virginity?
    The man I am with has had a vasectomy so I don't have to worry about getting knocked up. He will use a condom until he has a STD test however I am pretty confident that he isn't infected with anything already but I just want to be safe. I know I should see a gyno anyway but I don't understand... why
    (In response to a question) I'm 18.
    Actually I'm 19! Y'know that amnesia you get shortly after a bday, that's what just happened.

    • ANSWER:
      Two reasons.

      1) Not necessarily to check for STDs but to check for HPV. The pap smear is checking your cervix for pre-cancerous cells. Most cervical cancer is caused by the virus HPV which is sexually transmitted.

      2) Most gyno's recommend at age 18 or at age of first sexual contact. So either way, you've hit that milestone. Its just part of the normal yearly checkup to get your breasts checked for cancer and your reproductive organs checked.

      Even if you're not worried about pregnancy, other things can go wrong--cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, etc.

      Its time to start getting checked out.

  27. QUESTION:
    Very late period with out pregnancy. I have a non hormonal IUD.?
    I need some advice, I can not go to the doctor any time soon. My period is very very late, like 70 day late. Back in July, 2012 I had a non hormonal IUD put in and honestly since then I have not had any contact with men that could result in pregnancy, Yet however for some reason a while back my period kind just stopped for no reason. I still have not gotten it and I am getting irritated. Has any one else had this happen to them or anything simmaler? Thank you for your time to answer my question.

    • ANSWER:
      RANDOM REASONS FOR IRREGULAR PERIODS:

      Significant weight gain or weight loss is one of the reasons for irregular periods. Even though low body weight is the most common cause of irregular periods, obesity also causes various irregularities in your menstrual cycle.

      If you are a victim of severe emotional stress, then you can possibly experience irregular or missed periods. This is due to the reason that stress will have very serious impact on your reproductive health. So, if you are aware you experience severe emotional stress, you may suffer from irregular periods.

      Various eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia nervosa can also have influence on your regular menstrual cycle. So, if you have any kind of eating disorder, you can certainly experience irregular periods.

      Excessive exercising or body straining activities can also lead to irregular menstrual cycle. This is the reason why most of athletes encounter missed periods.

      Many new mothers do not resume their regular periods until they have completed their breast feeding. So, they can possibly have irregular menstrual cycle.

      Alcohol consumption can also disturb your hormonal metabolism. As a result, you’ll certainly end up with irregular or missed periods.

      Certain uterine abnormalities such as cervical polyps, uterine fibroids and endometriosis also cause irregular periods, too.

      Certain STDs also show irregular periods as a symptom.

      One of the common causes is stress. It is one of the main culprits for this problem. If you have been worried, over worked or angry before your period, chances are that you will experience an irregular menstrual cycle.

      Girls who have just begun menstruation, experience irregular menstruation for up to one year or more. Missed periods after menarche are nothing to worry about, it's part of the normal body process.

      Pregnancy can be another reason for a missed period. So if you missed a period after sexual intercourse, its best to first rule out pregnancy. To prevent unplanned pregnancy, it is wise to use contraceptives. There can be changes in the menstrual cycle after pregnancy.

      These are quite a few reasons that may cause you to experience irregular periods. So, if you are really concerned about your missed periods, make sure you consult any experienced gynecologist and find out the root cause of it.

      And remember to always consider healthy liquid intake such as beverages, natural fruit juices, and herbal teas. These can also help to cleanse and regulate or relieve lower abdominal pains. Always see a professional if there are serious complications.

      Womenshealthzone
      buzzle

  28. QUESTION:
    HEAVY PERIOD WITH CLOTS OF BLOOD?
    my breasts have bees leaking (i have a three year old) i cant be pregnant the only person i have sex with had prostate cancer and had prostate cancer (can he get me pregnant) i have been really tired lately my breast have been sore i am crapping and losing lots of blood and clots im on my period im just wondering can i be having miscarriage can a man without a prostate get someone pregnant if not what can this be
    i ment he had his prostate removed

    • ANSWER:
      Any defects in the thyroid glands or ovaries or uterus may develop lump, mass or stiff muscles in the breast and blockage of circulation and then sores in the nipples and again pain or aches.
      Some times white milky fluid comes out but it is not milk. It shows that some disorder is with the ovary and uterus or breasts itself. Keep the under-breast area and nipples well cleaned
      Irregular Periods/ Vaginal disorders

      The main reasons irregular periods are
      1 .Blockage of blood circulation to the lower abdomen area due to lack of physical exercise.
      2. Functioning of the thyroid glands is not fair.
      3. Fibroid in the uterus and/ or cyst in the ovaries
      4. Poor health condition and / or lack of exercise
      5. Psychological reasons such as anxiety neurosis stress tension etc.

      Periods during adolescent stage will be generally irregular. It is normal. It may become regular by the age of 18 or 19.

      All bleeding from the vagina are not menstrual bleeding or period. Heavy bleeding or irregular bleeding in between periods should be brought to the attention of a doctor and get treatment soon.
      The span of monthly period may differ ie total days of gap for next period may differ. Sometimes it may go up to 36 or 40 days

  29. QUESTION:
    tumor like growth in nipple?
    hey,im 13 years old(male) and i have somoe sort of growth in my right nipple(THIS ISNT A TROLL QUESTION)ive spoke to my mom about this and we r gona go to the doctor soon.idk what it could be,but its only gettin bigger as the days go by.but whatever,what do you think this is?im not scared at all!cuz it'd b really easy to have surgery and cut it out if it was cancer(and even if i died id go to a better place)
    anyways,i saw this one thing on wikipedia(about fibroids,are fibroids only in girls?)and it sed:
    'angiofibroma,consists of many dilated vessels,it is a vasoactive tumor almost exclusive to young males.'
    so wat do u think?
    its only gettin bigger...

    • ANSWER:
      Most breast lumps in men are actually a condition called gynaecomastia, a button-like growth under the nipple and areola area that can be felt and is sometimes visible to the naked eye and occasionally it can be quite tender.

      This increase in the amount of breast tissue is not a tumour and occurs due to changes in hormone balances at times like adolescence your age, in other words. It's not unusual and it's temporary.

      You are doing the right thing in seeing your doctor, hopefully s/he can reassure you.

      I can tell you that the chances of a 13 year old male having breast cancer are as close to zero as makes no difference.

      Men do get breast cancer, but fewer than 1% of those diagnosed with breast cancer are male.

      And 80% of all people diagnosed with cancer are over 50; most men diagnosed with it are over 60.

      It's rare in women under 40, and almost unheard of in under 25s.

      So you can see how huge the odds against a 13 year old male getting breast cancer are.

  30. QUESTION:
    Anyone experience sympathy symptoms in their man?
    I'm showing some signs of possible pregnancy such as what I think may be implantation spotting(began 7 days from sex the first time in my fertile window and three from the time the day before predicted ovulation), slight breast tenderness, some nausea, and extreme mood swings. I'm also feeling very bloated with pretty uncomfortable back pain. It is still too early to take the test as I am 7 days away from starting my period.
    However, (finally to the meat of the question) my boyfriend, who would be the father, has come down with a rather interesting situation. He became sick, throwing up and such, yesterday morning.
    But he does not know of that I am experiencing pregnancy symptoms.
    I'm wanting to know the details of sympathy symptoms in men and can they occur if the man doesn't know of the pregnancy? Has anyone ever had anything like this happen to them?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you need some information on getting pregnant. If you lack knowledge in the pregnancy department or if you are having trouble becoming pregnant or you keep having miss carriages then you should check out http://x.co/cvKh. They have a book you can get on becoming pregnant within 1-2 months and how to keep it healthy. It doesn’t matter if you are in your late 30’s or 40’s or if you have tubal obstruction or high levels of fsh. It also doesn’t matter if you have pcos or endometriosis or uterine fibroids or uterus scarring. Even if you are having problems like ovarian cysts or a history of miscarriages or low sperm count it guarantees to make you pregnant within 2 months. I and my Wife went through years of struggling to bear a child with no success and doctors told her she should adopt. She refused and wanted to leave something in this world that came from her. After we started following the book after about a month and a half she tested positive and now a year later I’m here celebrating my sons first birthday and can’t be more proud of it. I’m glad to hold my son in my arms every day and wouldn’t know where I’d be if it wasn’t for him. I swear I waited so long for this moment in my life and regret it so much and wished I had started earlier but there still isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t wake up happy. Anyways I hope you succeed in your pregnancy and wish you the very best.

  31. QUESTION:
    Hormones messing with periods?
    I'm 19, been having my periods since I was about 11, and always been irregular. I'm due about now, and every month without fail I get cramps in the days leading up to my period. I've got mild cramps now coming and going, but I think my hormones have gone a bit mad lately. I hadn't been sexually active for about 2 years, I lost my virginity in a previous relationship then that was it, wasn't active when it ended after that first time, but now I'm in a new relationship and been active with this man for about 3 weeks now. Pregnancy isn't a concern as we've used condoms every time, but I think becoming active again after 2 years of nothing and still being new to it, has shifted my menstrual cycle a bit and sent my hormones all over the shop. When I lost my virginity, the period following it was all over the place and I just didn't feel right at all! I've been feeling a bit bloated today but I think that's because I've been eating a lot of the wrong foods the past month after being on a strict diet for most of the year. Is there anything I can do to help my period along it's way and get my body feeling normal again? Will my hormones continue to mess me about or will it go back to normal? I do suspect it's being active that's sent my body crazy as it's only happened once before and it was when I lost my virginity. I don't know if it's just my age or if other women have had this problem? I know there's not really anything to do to bring on a period but if there's at least any reassurance my body will chill out and go back to normal, I'll take it!
    The diet was for my own well-being and I followed an approved plan. I wasn't restricting myself from anything, I simply found the nutrients etc I needed to survive through healthier foods. Also, I do plan to start a second method of birth control, I need to wait for my period to start first though.

    • ANSWER:
      RANDOM REASONS FOR IRREGULAR PERIODS:

      Significant weight gain or weight loss is one of the reasons for irregular periods. Even though low body weight is the most common cause of irregular periods, obesity also causes various irregularities in your menstrual cycle.

      If you are a victim of severe emotional stress, then you can possibly experience irregular or missed periods. This is due to the reason that stress will have very serious impact on your reproductive health. So, if you are aware you experience severe emotional stress, you may suffer from irregular periods.

      Various eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia nervosa can also have influence on your regular menstrual cycle. So, if you have any kind of eating disorder, you can certainly experience irregular periods.

      Excessive exercising or body straining activities can also lead to irregular menstrual cycle. This is the reason why most of athletes encounter missed periods.

      Many new mothers do not resume their regular periods until they have completed their breast feeding. So, they can possibly have irregular menstrual cycle.

      Alcohol consumption can also disturb your hormonal metabolism. As a result, you’ll certainly end up with irregular or missed periods.

      Certain uterine abnormalities such as cervical polyps, uterine fibroids and endometriosis also cause irregular periods, too.

      Certain STDs also show irregular periods as a symptom.

      One of the common causes is stress. It is one of the main culprits for this problem. If you have been worried, over worked or angry before your period, chances are that you will experience an irregular menstrual cycle.

      Girls who have just begun menstruation, experience irregular menstruation for up to one year or more. Missed periods after menarche are nothing to worry about, it's part of the normal body process.

      Pregnancy can be another reason for a missed period. So if you missed a period after sexual intercourse, its best to first rule out pregnancy. To prevent unplanned pregnancy, it is wise to use contraceptives. There can be changes in the menstrual cycle after pregnancy.

      These are quite a few reasons that may cause you to experience irregular periods. So, if you are really concerned about your missed periods, make sure you consult any experienced gynecologist and find out the root cause of it.

      And remember to always consider healthy liquid intake such as beverages, natural fruit juices, and herbal teas. These can also help to cleanse and regulate or relieve lower abdominal pains. Always see a professional if there are serious complications.

      Womenshealthzone
      buzzle

  32. QUESTION:
    Skipping periods may cut cancer risk so does that mean that disease cancer comes from periods???
    I have read these following articles, and found out if you skip a few periods it can reduce the risk of cancer. The modern consequences of too much menstruation include breast, ovarian and endometrial cancers, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome and severe cyclical menstrual symptoms. The belief is regular menses means 'a good clean out' but having lots of periods is not a healthy process.
    http://www.inkycircus.com/jargon/2006/03/_if_were_ever_a.html
    http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s1581584.htm

    • ANSWER:
      No, this is BS. Note that the professor making these claims (it are just his assumptions, nothing proven here) is a professor of reproductive medicine, so logically he is going to talk in favour of these type of medicines. He even claims that women who would take the pill, even longer than necessary would be better protected against a number of conditions, while the opposite is true! Several studies have already proven that synthetic hormones increase the risk of several hazardous health effects.
      Note that he himself uses these terms: *My view* is we *probably* have sufficient, strong, supportive *anecdotal* and *suggestive evidence*, although *no solid long-term evidence*,---------->so where's the hard proof here? Like I said it are purely his assumptions, no scientifical evidence for what he believes.

      And if I may make an assumption: I believe that those women from primitive cultures are better protected against disease and cancers, *because* they don't take dangerous synthetic hormones like most western women do and because they breastfeed much longer, which has also been proven to protect against various forms of cancer. (they also eat a lot less junk, so that may be a factor as well).

      No I definitely think you're making the wrong conclusion to think that cancer comes from periods (that would mean that we women are designed to get cancer, since we all get periods at one point in our lives, which doesn't make sense). Here some more facts about why having periods regularly is healthy and suppressing them isn' t:

      quote dr. Mercola:
      "There is at least one known risk of this: long-term suppression of periods will minimize blood loss and could contribute to iron overload syndromes that are so pervasive in men. Elevated iron stores are one of the primary risk factors for cancer and heart disease. Other studies point to increased risk of different female cancers.

      There is no telling what other implications a loss of menstruation may contribute to. Only time will tell.

      Aside from the unknown effects of messing with Mother Nature, all birth control pills, contain artificial hormones that your body is not designed to be exposed to, ever.

      Long-term use of these synthetic hormones will invariably increase your risk of developing serious chronic illness, including cancer, blood clots, and more."

  33. QUESTION:
    If God doesn't exist then tell me why after I prayed to "GOD" the following happened?
    Well yesterday I said that God is in another dimension and several furious atheists decided it was a cop out. Well I wish to apologize and slightly amend my statement. I said that God was in another dimension and could not be detected by science. I wish to correct this. God is in all dimensions only that in this dimension we are limited and cannot detect him because of the dimension in which we are in.
    However, prayer can be used to detect God. I used to have migraine and I appealed to God in prayer and though it took years I was completely healed. At one point I started having the auras but no throbbing one sided headache followed. God is an intelligent being and understands English.
    Another time after having an operation to remove fibroids my mother had a serious potentially fatal infection and was removing pus by the cupful daily. She was bed ridden. Then in a prayer meeting I was disturbed and appealed to God to heal her, that very night she was healed unknown to me only five days later she told me what happened! She was 7 kilometers away. God transcends space and time.
    Before this I received a message in my heart that Satan would try kill my parents because I was preaching the gospel. When I arrived at home I found them already packed and ready to go. I kept quiet. 5 days later at about noon I felt the strong urge to pray. I struggled for 1 hour 20 minutes till I felt relief. The next day my parents arrived and the first word my mum told me is that yesterday you would have been orphans. She told me that on the way suddenly the brakes failed, the ignition went off and the steering wheel locked and the car drifted onto the lane of an oncoming vehicle at high speed. The oncoming vehicles owner sensed danger and accelerated in time to avoid a head on collision instead the cars struck each other a glancing slide blow. The others fellows cars engine caught a small fire which was extinguished otherwise no one had a scratch. God sees everything, and can communicate with us.
    My sister had sickle cell disease and had an operation to remove gall stones. She was recovering well when suddenly she took for the worst and was dying and was taken to the emergency room where the doctors struggled to revive her. She was dying when an unknown lady went into prayer and she recovered. Her growth and development which had been stunted for years so that at twenty she had the body of a 12 year old changed. She grew one foot in a year and developed breast at the same time. God can prevent death!
    If you want to find out if God exists or not then you should study prayer and this is scientific because it concerns phonons and speech.
    For more you can also Google the following names Smith Wigglesworth, Katherine Khulman, Benny Hinn, Rheinhard Bonnke and many more.
    You will discover that these men addressed God in an intelligent way and God results; they conversed with God and produced results.
    If you want to find out whether God exists or not do a study on prayer. However I wish to say that sometimes part of this dimension suffers a tear and some have been able to see God.
    How come no atheist has ever raised a dead person while many Christians have? Abiogenesis could explain that?

    • ANSWER:
      Blah blah blah maybe it happens due to YOUR vivid imagination

  34. QUESTION:
    1) The primary organ(s) of the male reproductive system is/are _________.?
    It's a fill in the blank question , I need them to help my cousin taking physiology study for his exam . So if you could do so help me with these next 41 questions . There's actually 100 but needed help with these 41 questions , please help me to tutor my cousin . Thank you !
    These are the following . . .

    2) The testes are suspended in the scrotum by the _______ ___________.
    3) When a testes fail to descend into the scrotum, the condition is know as ____________.
    4) _____________ __________________ ________________ is common cause for female infertility.
    5) Each primary spermatocyte will eventually produce how many sperm cells? _______________
    6) The nucleus in the head of sperm contains _______________ chromosomes.
    7) The structure in the head of a sperm that contains enzymes which facilitate penetration of the ovum is the ________________.
    8) The vas deferens passes through the ____________ ______________ just before emptying into the urethra.
    9) The secretion of the prostate gland is added to the seminal fluid during ______________.
    10) The smooth muscle of the scrotum is the ___________muscle.
    11) _________________ are non-cancerous tumors that form in the myometrium of the uterine wall
    12) In the male, the growth of the body hair and increased muscle and bone development are examples of _______________ _______________ characteristics.
    13) The primary organs of the female reproductive system are the __________________.
    14) The primary oocyte produces __________________ mature egg cell(s).
    15) At puberty, the primary oocyte matures within the ______________.
    16) The egg is released by the ovary in a progress called ________________.
    17) About 75% of ____________________ cancer occurs in men between the ages of 20 and 45.
    18) The inner layer of the uterus is the __________________.
    19) The primary female sex hormones are _______________ and _________________.
    20) The beginning of the menstrual cycle at puberty is called ____________________; the cesation of the menstrual cycle in the middle age is called _________________.
    21) Breasts overlie the __________________ muscle of the chest.
    22)The commonly used surgical technique to sterilize the male is the ____________.
    23) Removal of the prepuce is called _____________________.
    24) After fertilization, the zygote divides into smaller and smaller cells forming a solid ball called the _________________.
    25) The function of the epididymis is to _______________________________________________.
    26) _________________ _____________________ occurs when implantation occurs outside the uterus.
    27) The process in which the number of chromosomes in a sex cell is reduced from 46 to 23 and which assures genetic variety is _______________________.
    28) The organ of the female reproductive system that is analogous to the penis is the _____________.
    29) The concentration of the hormone ____________________ decreases following ovulation.
    30) The external organs of the male reproductive system include the _________________ , _________________, and the ________________.
    31) After the release of an egg by the sperm takes place in the ________________ ________________ .
    32) Fertilization of the egg by the sperm takes place in the ____________________ __________________.
    33) Sperm can survive for up to ____________________hours in the female reproductive tract.
    34) Oxygen and nutrient-rich blood reach the fetus from the placenta via the umbilical _______________.
    35) The union of an egg cell and sperm cell is called _____________________
    36) The periods of pregnancy are known as ______________________.
    37) How many sperm are found in a single ejaculate? ___________________
    38) Chromosome pairs 1-22 are called ___________________.
    39) The somatic cells of a female have two __________________ chromosomes.
    40) How many chromosomes are in egg and sperm cells? _________________
    41) The genotype of a male child is ___________________.

    • ANSWER:
      1) Penis and testis
      2) 2 spermatic cords
      3) gubernaculum
      4) PCOS
      5) 4
      6) 23
      7) acrosome
      8) prostate
      9) Sperm ejaculation
      10) Dartos facia
      11) Fibroid
      12) acessory
      13) ovaries, fallopian tubes and the uterus
      14) 1
      15) secondary follicle
      16) ovulation
      17) cervical
      18) Endometrium
      19) estrogen and progesterone
      20) menstrual period, menopause
      21) pectoralis
      22) Vasectomy
      23) Circumcision
      24) blastocyst
      25) transport and storage of the sperm cells
      26) ectopic pregnancy
      27) meiosis
      28) clitoris
      29) progesterone
      30) penis and testis
      31) Fallopian tubes
      32) fallopian tubes
      33) 72 hour
      34) cord
      35) fertilization
      36) menstrual period
      37) 200 - 400 million
      38) autosomes
      39) sex
      40) 23
      41) XY

  35. QUESTION:
    Red Raspberry Leaf Tea?
    What does red raspberry leaf tea does when ttc? I just bought it today but I'm not sure if it really help and do you have to drink only one cup for day?

    • ANSWER:
      Brewed as a tea or as an infusion, raspberry leaf is one of the safest and commonly used tonic herbs for women wanting to get pregnant or for women who are already pregnant. Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) tones the uterus, improves contractions and decreases constipation.

      I offer Red Raspberry either in tea or tincture form. Tincture is apple cider vinegar based and will not harm fetus.

      Raspberry Leaf contains many minerals and vitamins, including vitamin C and calcium. It also contains an alkaloid called fragrine, which lends tone to the uterus.

      Raspberry leaf does not start labor or promote contractions.It is NOT an emmenagogue or oxytocic herb. What it does is help strengthen the pelvic and uterine muscles so that once labor does start the muscles will be more efficient.

      Before pregnancy, drink 2 cups per day. Abstain during first trimester and begin again at 35 weeks. By resuming at 35 weeks it has been studied to help reduce labor pains.

      Tea also includes rose hips for Vitamin C and stevia, which is naturally sweet.

      Raspberry is also an rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and E, as well as the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. These nutrients make it an excellent prevention and treatment for anemia and leg cramps, as well as a beneficial remedy for the reduction of morning sickness.

      Raspberry leaf tea also acts as an astringent on irritated skin by tightening the top layers of skin or mucous membranes effectively reducing secretions, relieving irritation, and improving tissue firmness. As a mouth wash it is used to soothe mouth and throat irritations. You may use this tea as a gargle or apply it topically. Tea should be cool when used for these ailments.

      Raspberry leaf may affect infants and is not recommended for women who are breast-feeding. Diabetics should be careful as it might lower the blood sugar levels drastically.

      Because raspberry leaf is thought to have a slight effect like the female hormone, estrogen, it should not be used by women who have endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or cancers of the breast, ovaries, or uterus. Men who have prostate cancer should also avoid using it. In extremely high doses, raspberry leaf may cause muscles in the uterus to contract or relax, therefore a miscarriage could occur. It is important to only take what is recommended.

      Because the tannins in raspberry leaf tea could interfere with the absorption of non-prescription drugs such as vitamins, you should drink it at least 2 hours before or after taking non-prescription drugs by mouth.

      No side effects have been associated with using raspberry leaf either by mouth or on the skin.

      Herbs in this blend: Red Raspberry Leaf, Rosehips (powder), Stevia (natural leaf Stevia not an additive)

  36. QUESTION:
    Male growth of nipples?
    i m turning 20 and i am noticing changes in my nipples they are getting bigger. is it due to too much masturbation?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey,

      Masturbation and nipple growth have no correlation whatsoever. There are several reasons for increased nipple size.
      1. Weight gain
      2. Hormonal imbalance - too much estrogen, not enough testosterone
      3. Steriod use - if you use, STOP NOW!!!!
      4. Fibroid tumor or calcium deposits
      5. Final stages of puberty can produce growth under the nipples
      6. Cancer - men can get breast cancer.

      I advise discussing the issue with your doctor.

      Jay

  37. QUESTION:
    angus castus? benefits?
    has anyone taken angus castus? What are its benefits can it help pmt?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedy Agnus castus:

      This remedy may be helpful if problems with impotence develop after a man has led a life of intense and frequent sexual activity for many years. A cold sensation felt in the genitals is a strong indication for Agnus castus. People who need this remedy are often very anxious about their health and loss of abilities, and may have problems with memory and concentration.
      __________________________

      Agnus Castus Tincture:

      Fresh herb tincture of Agnus castus, also known as Vitex or Chaste Tree. Agnus castus is a native plant of the Mediterranean region. The fruit of the plant is used. Unique dispensing insert guarantees accurate measurement and prevents contamination.

      It is used for:

      * Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
      * Menstrual disorders, painful periods, heavy bleeding
      * Hormonal acne
      * Fibroids
      * Endometriosis
      * Infertility

      Directions: 15 to 20 drops in a little water, twice daily.

      (https://www.yourhealthfoodstore.co.uk/details.php/p93_a_vogel_agnus_castus_tincture.html)

      Agnus Castus/Chaste Tree/Vitex Supplement

      The basic mechanism of action underlying agnus castus is its effect on enhancing corpus luteal development (thereby correcting a relative progesterone deficiency) via effects through the pituitary gland. Agnus castus has a profound effect on the hypothalamus and on pituitary function, helping normalise other hormones and reducing both prolactin and the estrogen-to-progesterone ratio.

      * PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME - Many PMS sufferers exhibit elevated prolactin levels, especially in women experiencing breast pain or fibrocystic breast disease. Studies in PMS sufferers using agnus castus have shown up to ninety percent having improvement or resolution of symptoms.

      * MENSTRUATION DISORDERS - Agnus castus has demonstrated effectiveness in aiding menstruation disorders including; secondary amenorrhoea, metorrhagia, lengthened and shortened cycles, especially when due to progesterone deficiency.

      * ANTI-MICROBIAL ACTIVITY - Extracts of agnus castus have shown antimicrobial activity against a broad range of organisms including; staphylococcus aureus, salmonella, E. coli, and candida albicans. This may offer additional benefits, as dysbiosis is a common problem and may aggravate existing menstrual disorders.

      * INFERTILITY - Research suggests that agnus castus can enhance corpus luteal functioning, thus lengthening the luteal phase and normalising progesterone levels often found to be low in infertile women.

      * INFLUENCE ON LACTATION - Studies have shown favourable effects in aiding milk production (up to three times that of control group), after 20 days of use.

      * ACNE - Controlled studies have shown that agnus castus may offer benefit to acne sufferers, most likely due to a mild anti-androgenic effect.

      Known contraindications

      Agnus castus is preferably not to be taken in conjunction with progesterone drugs, the contraceptive pill or HRT. Chaste tree may aggravate pure spasmodic dysmenorrhoea not associated with PMS.

      http://www.organicfoodee.com/vms/agnuscastus.html)

  38. QUESTION:
    Estrogen????
    What happens when a male takes non-prosription estrogen like estroven for a while?
    also what happens if you consume a lot of estroven in one day?

    • ANSWER:
      if you take higher does of estrogen you are def going to see changes with your masculinity
      Estrogen: General information and side effects

      Less common side effects are bleeding gums, breakthrough vaginal bleeding, vaginal spotting, changes in menstrual flow, painful menstruation. pre-menstrual syndrome, no menstrual period during and after estrogen use, enlargement of uterine fibroids, vaginal infection with Candida, a cystitis-like syndrome, mild diarrhea, jaundice or yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, rash, loss of scalp hair, and development of new hairy areas. Lesions of the eye and contact-lens intolerance have also been associated with estrogen therapy. You may experience migraine headache, mild dizziness, depression, and increased sex drive (women) or decreased sex drive (men).

      Prescribed for:
      Menopause symptoms (moderate to severe) and the prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Estrogen drugs are also prescribed for ovarian failure, breast cancer (in selected women and men), advanced cancer of the prostate, osteoporosis, abnormal bleeding of the uterus, vaginal irritation, female castration, and Tumers syndrome. Estrogens may also be prescribed for birth control. They are effective as a "morning after" contraceptive but should only be used as an emergency treatment because of the damage they can cause to developing fetuses. There is no evidence that these drugs are effective for nervous symptoms or depression occurring during menopause: They should not be used to treat these conditions; they should be used only to replace the estrogen that is naturally absent after menopause. Premarin (Equine) contains a very large amount of this very potent form of estrogen which is one of many reasons why it should not be used.

      General Information:
      There are six different estrogenic substances that have been identified in women, but only 3 are actually present in large amounts: estrone, estradiol, and estriol. E-1 Estrone is the most potent of the three and is the major estrogen produced by the ovaries. E-2 17beta Estratiol is the most prevalent and is naturally modified to estrone, which is then turned into E-3 estriol, the least potent of the three. All of the Estrogens listed in this section will produce equal effects and side effects when their doses are equal, taking their various potencies into account. More potent medicines require a smaller dose to produce the same effect. E-2 is the most prevalent estrogen produced by the ovaries prior to menopause.

      Estrogens should not be used during pregnancy to prevent a possible miscarriage; they don't work for this purpose and are danoerous to the fetus.

      Estrogens are natural body substances with specific effects on the human body, including growth and maintenance of the female reproductive system and all female sex characteristics. They promote growth and development of all parts of the reproductive system and breasts; the affect the release of hormones from the pituitary (master) gland that controls the opening of the capillaries (the smallest blood vessels); they can cause fluid retention; they affect protein breakdown in the body; they prevent ovulation and breast engorgement in women after giving birth; and they continue in the shaping and maintenance of the skeleton through their influence on calcium in the body.

      The differences between the various products lie in the specific estrogenic substances they contain. Their dose, and, in some cases, the fact that they affect one part of the body more than another. For the most part, however, estrogen products are interchangeable, as long as differences in dosage are taken into account.

      Cautions and Warnings:
      Estrogens have been reported to increase the risk of endometrial cancer in postmenopausal women taking them for prolonged periods of time by a factor of 4.5 to 14 times; the risk tends to depend upon the duration of treatment and the dose of the Estrogen being taken. When long-term estrogen therapy is indicated for the treatment of menopausal symptoms, the lowest effective dose should be used. Low-dose estrogens taken in a cyclic fashion (the way you take birth control pills) can reduce their risks. If you have to take an estrogen for an extended period of time, you should see your doctor at least twice a year for an assessment of your current condition and your need to continue the drug therapy.

      Postmenopausal women taking estrogens have a 2 to 3 times greater chance of developing gall-bladder disease. If you are taking an estrogen product and experience recurrent, abnormal, or persistent vaginal bleeding, contact your doctor immediately. If you have active thrombophlebitis or any other disorder associated with the formation of blood clots, you probably should not take this drug. If you feel that you have a disorder associated with blood clots, and you are taking an estrogen or a similar product, contact your doctor immediately.

      Estrogens have been used to treat painful breast engorgement with milk that sometimes develops after giving birth. This condition usually responds to pain relievers and other treatments, and their use in this situation should be weighed against the possible embolism problem that is associited with large single estrogen doses.

      Animal studies have shown that prolonged continuous administration of estrogen substances can increase the frequency of cancer (breast, cervix, vagina, kidney, and liver) in these animals, and there is evidence that these drugs may increase the risk of various cancers in humans. They shound be taken with caution by women with a strong family history of breast cancer and by those who have breast nodules fibrorystic disease of the breast, or abnormal mammograms.

      It is possible that women taking Estrogens for extended periods of time may experience some of the same long-term side effects as women who have taken oral contraceptives for extended periods of time. These long-term problems may include the development of blood-clotting disorders, liver cancer or other liver tumors, high blood pressure, glucose intolerance (symptoms similar to diabetes) or worsening of the disease in diabetic patients, unusual sensitivity to the sun, and high blood levels of calcium.

      Vaginal estrogen creams may stimulate bleeding of the uterus. They can also cause breast tenderness. Vaginal discharge, and withdrawal bleeding (if the product is suddenly stopped). Women with endometriosis may experience heavy vaginsl bleeding.

      Pregnancy/Breast-feeding:
      Estrogen products should never be used during pregnancy*. If used during the earlier stages of pregnancy, estrogens can seriously damage a developing fetus. Estrogens may reduce the flow of breast milk. The effects of estrogens on nursing infants are not predictable. Either avoid the drug while breast-feeding or bottle-feed your baby.

      *Addendum submitted by Katy Giller, R.N.: According to Briggs, Freeman and Yaffe, authors of "Drugs in Lactation", 1993, estrogens are compatible with breastfeeding. While it is, of course, better to avoid them while breastfeeding, the benefits of breastfeeding far outweigh the risks. In addition, the risks involved with feeding formula, a "chemical soup", to a baby are greater than breastfeeding when the mother is taking estrogen.

      Seniors:
      Estrogens may be taken without special precaution by most seniors, but the risk of some side effects increases with age, especially if you smoke.

      Possible Side Effects:
      The most common side effects include enlargement or tenderness of the breasts (both sexes), swelling of the ankles and legs, loss of appetite, weight changes, retention of water, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and feeling of bloatedness. The estrogen patch can cause skin rash, irritation, and redness at the patch site.

      Less common side effects are bleeding gums, breakthrough vaginal bleeding, vaginal spotting, changes in menstrual flow, painful menstruation. pre-menstrual syndrome, no menstrual period during and after estrogen use, enlargement of uterine fibroids, vaginal infection with Candida, a cystitis-like syndrome, mild diarrhea, jaundice or yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, rash, loss of scalp hair, and development of new hairy areas. Lesions of the eye and contact-lens intolerance have also been associated with estrogen therapy. You may experience migraine headache, mild dizziness, depression, and increased sex drive (women) or decreased sex drive (men).

      Rare side effects include stroke, blood-clot formation, dribbling or sudden passage of urine, loss of coordination, chest pains, leg pains, difficulty breathing, slurred speech, and vision changes. Men who receive large estrogen doses as part of the treatment for prostate cancer are at a greater risk for heart attack, phlebitis, and blood clots in the lungs.

      Drug Interactions:
      Phenytoin, Ethotoin, and Mephenytoin may interfere with estrogen effects. Estrogens may reduce your requirement for oral anticoagulant (blood-thinning) drugs, an adjustment your doctor can make after a simple blood test.

      Estrogens increase the amount of calcium absorbed from the stomach. This interaction is used to help women with osteoporosis to increase their calcium levels.

      Estrogens may increase the side effects of antidepressants and phenothiazine tranquilizers. Low estrogen doses may increase phenothiazine effectiveness.

      Estrogens may increase the amount of Cyclosporine and adrenal corticosteroid drugs in your blood. Dosage adjustments of the non-estrogen drugs may be needed.

      Estrogen increases the toxic effects of other drugs on the liver, especially in women over 35 and people with preexisting liver disease.

      Rifampin, barbiturates, and other drugs that stimulate the liver to break down drugs may reduce the amount of estrogen in the blood.

      Estrogens may interfere with the actions of Tamoxifen and Bromocriptine.

      Women, especially those over 35, who smoke cigarettes and take an Estrogen have a much greater chance of developing stroke, hardening of the arteries, or blood clots in the lungs. The risk increases as age and tobacco use increase.

      Estrogens interfere with many diagnostic tests. Make sure your doctor knows that you are taking an estrogen before doing any blood tests or other diagnostic procedures.

  39. QUESTION:
    use , effect , benfit of leuprolide?

    • ANSWER:
      Leuprolide is a synthetic hormone. It is used to make the body stop producing estrogen in females and testosterone in males. If you stop taking the medication, your hormone levels will turn back to the way they were before the medication.
      Leuprolide is used to treat prostate cancer in men, early puberty in children, and ovarian or breast cancer in women. It can also be used to treat anemia caused by uterine fibroid tumors in women.
      The side effects can be anything from nausea, vomiting, hot flashes, night sweats, bone pain, swelling of feet and ankles, headache, difficulty urinting for the first few days your on the medication, to also sometimes causing reduced desire to have sex. If you have rapid heartbeat, chest pain, painful urination, breathing difficulties, fever, chills, or persistent irritation at the injection site, you need to contact your doctor immediately.

  40. QUESTION:
    lupride inj-effects?
    what are side-effects of lupride inj----?

    • ANSWER:
      Lupride (a.k.a. Leuprolide or Lupron) is used to treat prostate cancer in men, endometriosis and uterine fibroids in women, and early puberty in children. It is also used to regulate the menstrual cycle in women undergoing fertility therapy. Leuprolide injections have always cause tenderness/pain at the injection site for me which always lasts for several days. The injection can also cause redness, itching, burning, swelling - typical of many injections. Side effects of the medication itself are similar to menopausal symptoms in women - hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. It can also cause headaches, weakness, increased urination, breast tenderness (or growth of breasts in men), nausea/vomiting, changes in weight, hair loss, acne, and so on. Extended use of the drug (more than 6 months at a time) is not recommended due to the risk of bone density loss/osteoporosis.

  41. QUESTION:
    Has anyone been on depolupron?
    My gyn has prescribed it to treat my severe endometirosis. From what i understand it will simulate menopause for 6 months. What should i expect during this time? Am I gonna gain a lot of weight? Have hot flashes?

    She has also prescribed some progesterone to go with it to (i guess) help with the side effects.

    PLEASE i would love some real world responses from people who have taken this medication...

    PS. I am also ttc...which means if i do the depolutron we will ahve to wait at least 6 months before trying again. Just had a laparascopy/hysterocapthy and my tubes are fine...but lots of endometriosis.

    • ANSWER:
      Lupron Depot (leuprolide acetate for depot suspension) is a GnRH agonist -- a hormone that works in two distinct phases. Phase one stimulates the ovaries causing them to produce more of the most potent of the three estrogens produced by women -- estradiol. In phase two the messenger hormones that tell the ovaries to produce estrogen decline dramatically. This causes a significant reduction in estrogen levels, and causes women to experience menopause-like side effects.
      The most common use for Lupron in women is for the treatment of endometriosis. Lupron is also sometimes used in women for the treatment of uterine fibroid tumors. In men, Lupron is used to treat advanced prostate cancer, and the drug is used in children who are diagnosed with central precocious puberty (early puberty). Deciding whether to use Lupron should include knowing all the facts about the benefits and side effects and making an informed choice.

      Side Effects and Lupron Depot
      Side effects that have been associated with the use of Lupron Depot include hot flashes and/or night sweats in more than five percent of women; and palpitations, syncope, and tachycardia in less than five percent of the women who participated in clinical trials. Other side effects include generalized pain, headaches, vaginitis, nausea/vomiting, fluid retention, weight gain, acne, hirsutism, joint pain, decreased libido, depression, dizziness, nervousness, and breast changes that include tenderness and pain, among others. There have been no deaths directly related to therapy with Lupron Depot.

      Lupron is an effective and medically accepted treatment for endometriosis. Despite the fact that many women do experience side effects during treatment with Lupron Depot, women often consider these side effects to be a necessary price to pay for the relief of the severe pain and suffering of endometriosis.

      What happens during treatment with Lupron?
      A full course of treatment for endometriosis with Lupron is six months long. Although Lupron is not a cure for endometriosis, the pain relief it provides can last for several years. During clinical trials, 63 percent of women diagnosed with mild endometriosis said they were symptom-free five years after the end of treatment. Only 26 percent of women diagnosed with severe endometriosis still reported that they were symptom-free after five years.

      For the first week or two after the first injection of Lupron, reproductive hormones increase causing an increase in symptoms. However, after the first few weeks these hormones decrease to levels seen in menopausal women. Menstruation may become less regular and can be heavier or lighter. Some women experience complete cessation of menstrual periods during Lupron therapy.

      It is important to remember that Lupron is not a contraceptive and it is possible for pregnancy to occur during therapy. Even if you are not having periods, ovulation could occur. Non-hormonal birth control must be used to prevent pregnancy during treatment. Suitable forms of contraceptives include condoms, diaphragms with contraceptive jelly, and IUDs (only non-hormonal IUDs). Contact your clinician immediately if you suspect that you may be pregnant while using Lupron.

  42. QUESTION:
    Xenoestrogens and dairy...?
    After much arduous research, I now am in the process of treating adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance and low progesterone. I've been battling ongoing anxiety and stress symptoms since the birth of my youngest five years ago.

    Now, I'm training and I'm vegetarian (fitness training). Cottage cheese is a staple in my diet for protein. Can I still eat cottage cheese even though its reported to contain xenoestrogens?

    I plan on eliminating plastic containers in the microwave, plastic wrap and letting my water bottles get heated. I'm scrubbing all fruits and vegetables to limit and hopefully eliminate all pesticides. I'm eliminating dryer sheets and changing my detergent to a natural choice instead, to help not only myself but to protect my kids as well.

    They too love cottage cheese, is it safe to eat?

    • ANSWER:
      Xenoestrogens are a rather new science, so don't expect doctors let alone uninformed people on this website to understand them. I have copied and pasted a good article from hubpages.com for your reference. As far as cottage cheese goes, you'll want to find an organic source and ensure the cattle were grass fed. Also, a new study published has shown carrying a cell phone can reduce androgen levels by 30% in males. This may also have a profound effect on females as well. Even if you ensure your water bottles don't get heated, they could still be heated on the way to the store while sitting in trucks. It's best (and more cost effective) to establish a reverse osmosis based water filtration system in your home. Completely removing xenoestrogens is near possible, however greatly reducing them can be done with some care and attention.

      Reducing Exposure to Xenoestrogens

      Excessive levels of the hormone estrogen, also known as estrogen dominance, are associated with many health problems. One of the most common causes of estrogen dominance is a class of compounds known as xenoestrogens.

      Xenoestrogens (literally "foreign estrogen") are man-made compounds that mimic the effects of natural estrogens in the body. They are similar in function to phytoestrogens, naturally occuring estrogens in plants, but tend to be much stronger. The effects of xenoestrogens on the environment and the human body are still being studied, however, many xenoestrogens are known to increase the effects of estrogen on the body. For this reason, they are believed to be a major contributing factor to many cases of estrogen dominance.

      Avoiding xenoestrogens is an important step towards reducing the many symptoms and health problems associated with excessive estrogen levels, including breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, PMS, PCOS, and infertility/impotency. It is especially important for pregnant and lactating women, children and teenagers, and those with estrogen-sensitive diseases to reduce exposure to xenoestrogens. Unfortunately, xenoestrogens occur in thousands of everyday items, including everything from food to cosmetics to household goods.

      Important Foods to Buy Organic

      These crops have the highest residues of xenoestrogens and other endocrine disruptors:

      * strawberries
      * spinach
      * cabbage
      * pineapples
      * green beans
      * asparagus
      * apricots
      * raspberries
      * cherries
      * apples
      * peaches
      * grapes
      * sweet peppers

      Chemical Pesticides and Fertilizers

      One of the most famous xenoestrogens was DDT, which was banned in the United States thanks to Rachel Carson's groundbreaking work on the ecological dangers of synthetic pesticides. Unfortunately, it is still applied to food and other agricultural products in many other countries, and it can persist in soil dfor centuries, so despite the ban, many people around the world are still being exposed to DDT on a regular basis.

      DDT persists in the human body for decades, where it is stored in fatty tissue such as breasts. Women with detectible levels of DDT in their breast tissue are five times more likely to develop breast cancer than women without detectible DDT levels.

      Unfortunately, DDT is not the only agricultural chemical that contains xenoestrogens, and many others remain in legal use in the United States and around the world. It's estimated that the average American consumes over one pound of pesticides per year. Among the common products known to contain xenoestrogens are atrazine, endosulfan, and methoxychlor.

      How to Avoid Them

      * Eat organic foods as often as possible
      * Use natural pest control in your home and garden
      * Avoid synthetic flea shampoos, flea collars, and flea pesticides for your pets and home
      * If you must use synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, follow directions exactly.
      * Campaign against pesticide use in schools and workplaces. Children are especially susceptible to the effects of xenoestrogens.

      Meat and milk from organic, grassfed cattle are least likely to contain xenoestrogens.

      Meat, Dairy, and Eggs

      The growth hormones fed to cattle, pigs, poultry, and other livestock are another major source of xenoestrogens, and high consumption of conventionally raised dairy products is especially associated with high estrogen levels, due to the combination of naturally and artifically occuring hormones in the milk.

      How to Avoid Them

      * Choose organic meat, eggs, and dairy products
      * Better yet, choose 100% grassfed meat and dairy products, and pastured pork and poultry
      * Reduce your consumption of animal products in general, especially uncultured dairy products

      Cosmetics and Toiletries

      Unfortunately, one of the most effective ways to absorb xenoestragens is through skin contact. Xenoestrogens absorbed by the skin are ten times more potent than those taken orally, because they travel directly to the tissues instea

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