Listen as Dr. Berga shares whether or not estrogen is all the same.
So, and estrogen is defined as something that fits into an estrogen receptor and we tend to think of it as something that has a carbon backbone of 18 carbons but, the sort of frills may differ and the frills may gate hormone action. So, they’re really not all the same.
The ones the body makes are pretty similar, one to the next, it only makes a few varieties, but what people can make in a drug company are huge and they are often not very related to what our own body makes. So they can be fairly different, and what other animals or plants make can be very different from what we make as well.
About Dr. Berga, M.D.:
Dr. Sarah Berga is professor and chairman in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and reproductive endocrinology. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and later held an Obstetrics and Gynecology General Hospital Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Berga’s research focuses on understanding the impact of psychogenic and metabolic stresses upon the reproductive system and as a cause of infertility, among other topics.
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