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date: 17 April 2024


The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History
Elizabeth Siegel WatkinsElizabeth Siegel Watkins

Hormones have been used to alter the course of nature in women's and men's health since the 1930s. Once the three main sex hormones—estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone—had been discovered, isolated, and synthesized, they were quickly put to work as therapeutic agents. In some instances of organic dysfunction (hypogonadism), hormones have been prescribed to correct a physiological deficiency. More often, these products have been taken to modify the body and its functioning in order to satisfy personal desires and cultural prescriptions for gender and health: to prevent or encourage pregnancy, to forestall aging, to build strength, and even to change sex.... ...

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