A healthy ut

A healthy uterus is one with it's hormones intact...wait, does that statement take you by surprise?! We always refer to the ovary
as being an endocrine organ meaning that it produces substances that can affect
other organs. In the case of the ovary, there are the two most important
hormones that this organ produces: estrogen and progesterone. These two
hormones control whether you go into menopause. So that in fact, just removing
the uterus, and leaving the ovaries doesn’t produce menopause. But did you know
that your uterus, to be more speciferusc: the lining of your uterus (the
endometrium) is also an endocrine organ producing a wide array of endocrine
molecules that can regulate body functions. The lining of the uterus produces
three important lipids including prostaglandins, seven important cytokines
including a leukemia-inhibiting factor, and  two does peptide hormones including one that
is like the parathyroid hormone, growth factors, and one that is like the hormone
from our hypothalamus that regulates the whole menstrual cycle. If you bleed
normally most of these hormones are secreted in low levels that do not get into
your blood stream. If you bleed heavily, these hormones might get over produced
and get into levels that require treatment. This is in fact what happens when
you take ibuprofen or another NSAID for cramps, it’s treating the over-produced
prostaglandin from the lining.  If you
suspect your uterine hormones are off then come in to Women’s Health
Practice for a consultation to discuss!

 
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