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What does Estrogen do?

What is the Role that Estrogen plays in a Woman’s Body?

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Estrogen is a hormone that can be found in everybody but is strongly concentrated in women especially for those who have the capacity to give birth. The follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone are the ones that dictate the number of estrogen in an ovulating woman’s body.

This hormone is produced mostly by the corpus luteum in the ovaries but the adrenal glands, breasts, liver and placenta are also capable of manufacturing the hormone in lesser amounts.

Estrogen is the primary hormone in a woman’s reproductive system and it has an important role in her menstruation as well. That is because it thickens the endometrium which readies a woman’s uterus to carry the increasing weight her child

On top of that, it helps maintain the fluid in her body. It also decreases the bad cholesterol and increases the good cholesterol in her system.

Estrogen is partly responsible for a woman’s secondary sex characteristics which make her completely different from the opposite sex. Some of those characteristics are a woman’s wide hips, thighs, buttock, pelvis and the presence of her breasts of course. Estrogen is also responsible for her smooth skin and minimum amount of facial hair.

Estriol, estradiol and estrone are the 3 unique components of estrogens. Estrone is produced from andostenedione while estradiol came from testosterone and androgens. Estradiol is manufactured throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle.

Upon menopause, the amount of estrogen in her body is expected to decrease. As a result, a woman can have less bone density, lapses in one’s memory and dryness in her vagina. She would also tend to be irritable and tired most of the time. You can actually have your hormones replaced artificially but it would still be better for you to consult your doctor on the other ways to cope with your imbalanced state of hormones.

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