Articles on Hormones

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Doctors and patients should appreciate the many roles estrogens play in the body. Doctor and patient image via www.shutterstock.com.

What women with breast cancer should know about estrogens

Estrogens also have many positive effects on mental health, cognitive function, libido and protection of the brain, possibly even slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
From a woman’s first periods until menopause, menstrual hormones drive her vaginal discharge. Annette Shaff/Shutterstock

Health Check: what is normal vaginal discharge and what’s not?

Vaginal discharge varies in consistency, texture, smell, taste and volume in the same woman from day to day, week to week, month to month and beyond.
Robert Wadlow is known as the tallest man who ever lived. Paille/Flickr

Unusual conditions: what are gigantism and acromegaly?

Gigantism and acromegaly are rare conditions where a benign tumour causes excessive production of growth hormone (GH), which stimulates the growth of the skeleton and all tissues in the body.
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Low testosterone may make you a better father

While many men want to seek treatment for 'low T,' a low level of testosterone is good when it comes to being a nurturing father. Here's why.
Some women breeze through perimenopause and never have a symptom, whereas others have a horrid time. Rob Bayer/Shutterstock

Chemical messengers: how hormones change through menopause

Every woman who reaches midlife will experience menopause when her ovaries eventually run out of eggs. So what's happening with her hormones?
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Chemical messengers: how pregnancy hormones affect the body

Multiple hormones produced by the mother, placenta and the foetus drive and coordinate the amazing biological changes and development of the baby that occur with conception, foetal growth and birth.
The activities we do during the day – from having a fight with a partner to using our iPhones at night – also affect our hormone levels and, in turn, our quality of sleep. Jan Faukner/Shutterstock

Chemical messengers: how hormones help us sleep

Sleep allows many of our hormones to replenish so we have the optimal energy, immunity, appetite and coping ability to face the day’s highs and lows.

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