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Various glands in our bodies produce different hormones to keep our bodies functioning correctly. Some people take hormone medications when their bodies are not producing the right amount of particular hormones or to control certain functions that hormones regulate. Insulin and glucagon are hormones that regulate sugar absorption in the body; they're taken by diabetics to maintain blood sugar levels. "The pill," or oral contraception, uses one or a combination of female sex hormones such as estrogen and progestin to prevent ovulation and alter other normal processes that aid in conception. Conjugated estrogens sometimes are used to help women suffering from severe symptoms of menopause and medroxyprogesterone can help stop uterine bleeding. Oral steroids help treat inflammatory conditions, including poison ivy, hay fever, insect bites, arthritis, allergies and asthma. People receive thyroid drugs, such as levothyroxine, when they don't produce enough thyroid hormone on their own.
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