Estrogen is a hormone that is one of the key players in women’s reproductive systems. It’s produced in the ovaries, adrenal glands and fat tissues.
Types of Estrogen
This is a weak form of estrogen that can’t be converted into other types of estrogen. It’s most prevalent in women after menopause.
This is produced in both men and women. It’s the most common type in women during their reproductive years because it’s produced from developing ovarian follicles It’s responsible for female characteristics, reproductive functioning and bone health.
Low levels result in weight gain and cardiovascular disease. Excess levels can result in acne, low sex drive, depression and osteoporosis. Excessive levels also increase risk for breast and uterine cancer.
This is the dominant estrogen that’s produced by the placenta during pregnancy because it helps the uterus grow and prepares for delivery.
The Function of Estrogen
Promotes the formation of breast tissue and stops the flow of milk when a breastfeeding mom weans.
Stimulates the ovaries to grow an egg follicle
Maintains the lining of the uterus and regulates uterine mucus secretions
Maintains the thickness of the vaginal wall and promotes lubrication
Estrogen Imbalances Cause
- PMS symptoms
- Menstrual irregularities
- Weight gain
- Mood swings, depression or anxiety
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Dry skin
- Fibrous breasts
- Low sex drive
- Vaginal dryness & atrophy
- Low levels can cause: excess belly fat and low sex drive
- High levels can cause: infertility, erectile dysfunction and breast development (called gynecomastia)
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