What is Estrogen by limshirleypk


									           What is Estrogen for Women?
Women's bodies make more estrogen than men and the conventional wisdom is
that estrogen is the main cause of breast cancer.

Estrogen in produced directly from breast tissue. Some from the fat of the breast
and some from the ducts themselves. The body has many self-regulating or
balancing machenisms. The effects of estrogen extend beyond the reproductive
system. Produced in the ovaries, estrogen travels throughout the body to tissues
that have estrogen receptors. This promotes youthful cell behaviour leading to anti-
ageing effects such as increased skin elasticity, prevention of bone loss and
decrease the risk of heart disease. Brain cells also have estroge receptors. Mood,
memory and cognitive activity are all supported by estrogenic activity in the

Actually “estrogen” comprises into three classical components; estrone (E1),
estradiol (E2) and estriol (E3). Estrogen must be balanced with progesterone, with
each woman having completely different needs. There is no determination in what
these needs are and how every woman must replace her lost hormones. There has to
be a balance of the correct ratio between the different components of estrogen.
Hormonal balance is the goal at any age but most of all to be healthy.

Women in their 30s begin to experience the first slow decline of the different
components of estrogen. This decline can lead to symptoms like feeling warm with
mild hot flashes, genital atrophy, reduced sex drive, dry skin and mucous
membranes, night sweats, difficulty sleeping, cognitive challenges, depression,
an increase in teariness and feeling very sensitive with regard to feelings and

Although menopause is one of the greatest physical milestones in a woman's life,
many women who experience the negative effects of pre-menopause and premature
menopause lact concrete information about what is taking place and what their
options are.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – medications containing female hormones
to replace the ones the body no longer makes after menopause – used to be a
standard therapy for women with hot flashes and other menopause symptoms.

                                                                    By Shirley Lim

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