Listen as Dr. Berga explains what estrogen is.
So that’s a fun question because we are still actually defining what is in estrogen. So, we have an official definition that it’s a carbon molecule that has 18 carbons and has a certain pattern and that’s not going to change, that is an estrogen. But then what does an estrogen do?
The list of what an estrogen can do is really changing, and what is an estrogen receptor is even more complicated today than it was two years ago. So, an estrogen is a molecule that is made by the ovary and the adrenal gland that is able to produce estrogen action. What exactly estrogen action is, is open to discovery.
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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