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Estrogen

Estrogen is primarily a female hormone, but also important in men in smaller amounts.  Estrogen is responsible for female physical features and reproduction. It controls over 400 functions in the body, including:

  • Controls hot flashes
  • Maintains bone density
  • Helps maintain memory
  • Maintains collagen in skin
  • Increases serotonin and dopamine (the happy hormones) in your brain
  • Maintains genital/vaginal skin and lubrication
  • Prevents osteoporosis and osteoarthritis

Excessive estrogen levels cause both symptoms and long-term risk factors. Most women will not need estrogen prior to menopause, but women with an estrogen-dominance and the symptoms associated with it can be helped by balancing the estrogen with progesterone.

Progesterone

Progesterone is a balancing hormone, calming the effects of estrogen. It is important mainly for the

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preparation of the endometrium for implantation of the egg during pregnancy and the maintenance of pregnancy. Progesterone has characteristics that balance and counteract the adverse effects that estrogen can have. For example, some women produce too much estrogen, thus increasing the risk of cancer of the uterus and breast, and causing side effects such as headaches and migraines, among other things.

  • Balances the effects of estrogen
  • Protects organs and functions of the body
  • Helps use fat for energy
  • Acts as a natural anti-depressant and calms anxiety
  • Prevents cyclical migraines
  • Facilitates thyroid hormone function
  • Helps restore normal libido
  • Reduces the risks for endometrial and breast cancers