Should you take female hormone pills?
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Currently, female hormone drugs or female hormone supplements are widely sold and used. However, not everyone can take female hormone pills. So what are the effects of hormonal drugs, should you take female hormone pills?
1. What is a female hormone drug?
Female hormone pills are drugs that contain hormones (also called hormones) in women. In the female body, estrogen and progestin are two main and important hormones, which play a role in regulating and controlling functions. Among them, birth control pills are also one of the most commonly used female hormone-containing drugs.
2. What are the effects of endocrine drugs?
2.1 Female hormone pills containing estrogen The female hormone drug containing estrogen has the following effects:
Treatment of underdevelopment of the uterus: estrogen medicine helps to grow both the number and length of uterine muscle fibers. Treatment of stillbirth: estrogen drugs work to increase the sensitivity of the uterine muscles to oxytocin, enhance uterine contractions to push out the stillbirth. Treatment of menstruation: thanks to the rapid regeneration of the uterine lining, estrogen-containing drugs are often used in the treatment of irregular menstruation and artificial menstrual cycles. Treatment of infertility: female hormone drugs containing estrogen help stimulate mucus secretion, creating favorable conditions for sperm to move to the sex organs to conceive. Treatment of inflammation, vaginal atrophy: In cases of vaginal inflammation and atrophy due to lack of estrogen, use hormonal drugs to help develop vaginal epithelial cells. Treatment of inflammation and atrophy of the vulva: In women who have had their ovaries removed or are older, a lack of estrogen can cause inflammation, atrophy, and itching of the vulva. Therefore, estrogen-containing female hormone drugs are indicated because of the effect of developing the labia majora and labia minora. Treatment of mammary gland development: in some cases of congenital lack of estrogen causing underdevelopment of the mammary glands, estrogen drugs can be used because of the effect of stimulating the development of the mammary glands.
2.2 Progestin-containing female hormone pills Progestin-containing female hormone drugs have the following effects:
Treatment of uterine fibroids: progestin drugs work to prevent fibrous organizations in the uterus from developing, specifically in small uterine fibroids. Contraceptive therapy: In contrast to estrogen, progestin reduces uterine contractility and should be used for fetal preservation therapy. Treatment of endometrial cancer or metastasis: Progestin-containing female hormones can cause the lining of the uterus to shrink. Therefore, in cases where surgery cannot be used to treat endometrial block, or tumor metastasis, the patient may be prescribed hormonal therapy. Infertility treatment: A combination of estrogen and progestin helps to thicken the lining of the uterus for egg implantation in the treatment of infertility. Menstrual treatment: Like estrogen, progestin-containing female hormone pills work to create an artificial menstrual cycle. Contraception: In some birth control pills, the main ingredient is progestin. Treatment of fibroids, breast enlargement: Unlike estrogen, progestin has atrophy effect on the mammary gland, so it is often indicated in cases of mammary gland enlargement, breast fibroadenoma. SEE ALSO: Side effects of female hormone drugs
3. Should you take female hormone pills?
Female hormone drugs have many effects, so the use of the drug can cause some side effects. In addition, this is also a prescription drug, so women are not allowed to buy and use supplements without a doctor's prescription and guidance. Before using female hormone drugs, patients should go to medical facilities for consultation, examination, and tests. If there are any problems or diseases caused by hormones, depending on the severity and condition, the doctor will recommend an appropriate treatment plan.
Besides, the doctor will also specify and guide the dose and time to take the drug if the patient is on hormone therapy. In addition, the doctor also recommends some side effects caused by the drug that patients need to monitor such as nausea, dizziness, weight gain, bleeding, chest pain, ...
4. Notes for menopausal women when taking female hormone drugs
Menopausal women often use female hormone drugs containing estrogen or progestin to relieve symptoms caused by lack of these hormones when reaching menopause such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes, ... However, the use of the drug should be noted that the drug should be taken at the lowest dose and for the shortest time as prescribed by the treating doctor. In addition, women who do not have periods, suspect that they are pregnant, or have vaginal bleeding should also be careful in taking the drug. Female hormone drugs are contraindicated for people with liver disease, blood clots, heart attack, stroke, cancer.
To be on the safe side, female hormone drugs should only be used after the patient has examined the doctor and determined the cause of the female hormone disease. Accordingly, to know the diseases caused by hormones, patients can go to Vinmec International General Hospital for an in-depth examination. After having an accurate diagnosis, the doctor will advise the patient to use the appropriate female hormone drug to avoid unwanted side effects.
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