the hormone estrogen plays an important role in women’s health

Lena Weib

Everyone has a lot to balance in life – family, friends, work and so on. Balancing our health can be challenging because there is much to consider. Diet, exercise, rest and de-stressing are pillars of our health, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed as we look for the right solutions. 

Men and women each have different things to balance when it comes to health – some of which is due to differences in anatomy, such as reproductive systems, metabolism and hormones. For women, breast and gynecological health are major concerns, but so too are behavioral, bone and sexual health. 

One aspect of health women should always be mindful of is hormone imbalance – especially estrogen. Hormone imbalance, while most commonly associated with menopause, can occur at any age and lead to serious health issues, including weight gain, fatigue, muscle weakness, sweating, joint pain, gut issues, loss of libido, dry skin, depression, hair loss, acne and irregular periods. This long list illustrates how even just a slight imbalance can have a negative impact on overall physical and mental well-being. 

Estrogen plays an important role in female puberty and the regulation of menstrual cycles. The hormone is also key to keeping heart tissue healthy, maintaining stable blood pressure, helping protect the brain, and maintaining bone and muscle strength. Estrogen is also important for sexual health. When estrogen levels are too low, some may experience vaginal dryness, pelvic floor disorders or vulvodynia, all of which make sex painful. 

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