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Saralyn Mark, MD Estrogen affects more than your period...
Estrogen is very important to every cell in your body, not just your reproductive cells. Estrogen impacts bone health and even brain function. Understanding how estrogen interacts with its receptor will be useful for developing new drugs to prevent cancer and even damage from radiation; the list is endless.
A receptor mutation that essentially blocks estrogen’s action has been identified for the first time in a female, researchers report.
The 18-year-old wasn’t experiencing breast development or menstruation, classic symptoms of too little estrogen, the usual cause of delayed puberty. Subsequent studies revealed instead sky-high levels of the sex hormone in her blood, said Dr. Lawrence C. Layman, Chief of the Section of Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility and Genetics at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University…
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