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Women want to know: "What is Estrogen?"

As many women come to find, as we age, something changes with our bodies and our "moisture". Estrogen is a hormone that is important for sexual and reproductive development. It is most known for, and is often called the female sex hormone. The term "estrogen" refers to estrone, estradiol (primarily in women of reproductive age) and estriol.


Why is Estrogen so important?


Estrogen is important to women from very early ages, as it helps control the menstrual cycle. Once women become of child bearing age, it is very important again, as it manages women's reproductive systems. Estrogen also has other functions: It keeps cholesterol in control, protects bone health for both women and men, and helps our skin heal from bruising.



How does Estrogen make you feel?


Some of estrogen's positive effects include: Increasing serotonin receptors in the brain, which makes us feel great and sleep great, and changing our endorphins, which are the "feel-good" chemicals in the brain.


How does estrogen benefit the reproductive system?

  • Ovaries: Estrogen helps stimulate the growth of the egg follicle.

  • Vagina: In the vagina, estrogen maintains the thickness of the vaginal wall and promotes lubrication.

  • Uterus: Estrogen enhances and maintains the mucous membrane that lines the uterus.



How do we know if our Estrogen is too low?


What symptoms may women experience if Estrogen levels are too high?

  • Bloating

  • Swelling and tenderness in your breasts

  • Fibrocystic lumps in your breasts

  • Decreased sex drive

  • Irregular menstrual periods

  • Increased symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

  • Mood swings

  • Headaches


If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please give us a call at (215) 595-2440.

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