What Is Estrogen?
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Surely you have heard about estrogens, but to be honest, do you know 100% what their function is in your body? If the answer is no, we will explain it in detail in this article.
Estrogens are female hormones that are produced by the ovaries, placenta, and adrenal glands, which fulfill multiple functions within the body, such as:
- Fertilization: they help ovulation and fertilization of the egg.
- Regulation of cholesterol levels: they influence the metabolism of fats and cholesterol in the blood, keeping cholesterol levels low.
- They lower blood pressure: they favor the relaxation of the walls of blood vessels, so it is understood that at menopause there is a progressive loss of bone mass and a deterioration of bone quality.
- They stimulate sexual desire: they stimulate libido, which makes it easier for women to have a sexual life.
They play an important role in forming collagen; one of the main components of connective tissue.
What happens if their levels decrease?
The decrease in estrogen levels occurs at menopause, which causes physical and emotional alterations in women such as: anxiety, hot flashes, dry skin, sleep disorders, decreased libido, and shortness of breath.
The loss of estrogen can be controlled by consuming foods such as soy, alfalfa, apples, chestnuts, nuts, lentils, papaya, and seaweed, exercising, and taking care of our weight.
Consult your physician: The medical information in this article is provided as an informational resource only and should not be used or relied upon for diagnostic or treatment purposes. Consult your physician for guidance on a specific medical condition.