In women estrogen is a hormone that is made in the ovaries, adrenal glands and fat cells. With age the ovaries will stop producing estrogen, the main source of estrogen then becomes the adrenal glands. Also, estrogen that has been stored in the fat cells begins to be released into action, along with unused testosterone which can turn into estrogen. Estrogen is good at making things grow, such as the following:
- Keeping the vagina, cervix and vulva well developed and moist
- It also helps in breast tissue growth in preparation for pregnancy
- Prevents bone loss
- Protects from high blood pressure
- Helps stimulate an enzyme that breaks down fat cells
With the good comes the bad. Estrogen can have a negative effect if it is acting along, without the balancing of progesterone such as:
- Increased body fat.
- Increased risk of headaches.
- Increased growth of breast tissue.
- Increased salt and water retention.
- Increased risk of gallbladder disease.
In women it is primarily produced by the follicle transformed after ovulation. It doesn't come into play until the middle of a normal menstruation cycle. Progesterone works together with estrogen to:
- Prevent water retention.
- Help use fat cells for energy purposes.
- Restore regular sleep patterns.
- Maintain sex drive.
- Prevent overgrowth of breast tissue.
- Help with bone growth.
When progesterone is not in balance with estrogen, it can:
- Cause bloating.
- Cause acne.
- Increase spotting and changes in menstruation.
In women, testosterone is made by the ovaries and adrenal glands. It helps to:
- Improve libido.
- Increase energy level.
- Improve bone density to help decrease the risk of osteoporosis.
- Improve sleep.
The side effects of testosterone are similar to the side effects of estrogen.
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