May 13, 2012

Female Hormones - the messengers of life

By Jake Alexandre

Chemical messengers produced in small organs called glands are known as hormones. Hormones move through a person's entire body via bloodstream. They send signals between cells in the body changing and regulating the functions of organs and structures. Since hormones are produced in the entire body of a human the communication of different parts of the body is done through the release of hormone.

Female hormones play an important role in every woman's health and her well-being. We have many times noticed that when women are in a bad mood, they will or easily blame it on their hormones. This is because hormones affect many factors in woman's life such as her mood, sexual desire, fertility and ovulation.

Through the communication of female hormones with organs and one another they help keep a balance designed to keep a woman happy and healthy. They are a part of many functions in numerous diverse processes of a woman's body such as growth, cell repair, appetite, metabolism, fertility, reproduction, regulation of pain, etc.

Hormones are produced by men and women both in the same areas with the exception of sexual organs as additional male hormones are produced in the testes of a man while women produce additional female hormones in a small almond shaped sex glands in the pelvis called ovaries which is also produce a woman's eggs.

Several hormones are considered female hormones as they are dominant in a woman's body. These same hormones are also naturally produced in a man's body but they are called and characterized as female hormones since they play a large role and have a vital function in a woman's fertility.

The two main female hormones are estrogen, progesterone. Testosterone, which is a male hormone is also important to women just like a small amount of estrogen is produced in men, a small amount of testosterone is produced in women.

Estrogen is the most identified female sex hormone. Estrogen is made in the adrenal glands, fatty tissue and the ovaries. Few of its chief roles are to support breast growth in puberty, aid the growth of the uterus lining in the start of the menstrual cycle and uphold bone strength of woman by working with calcium, vitamin D and other minerals to stop bone loss.

Progesterone, another female hormone, is also produced in the ovaries and adrenal tissue. Just like estrogen is full of activity at the start of the menstrual cycle, progesterone executes and is dominant in the second half of the cycle because after ovulation; progesterone prepares the lining of the uterus for the egg to be implanted.

A male hormone, testosterone is also present in a women's body. This hormone is made by other hormones; DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) and DHEA-S (a type of DHEA). Testosterone is an androgen formed in adrenal glands. It provides women's body with same function as it does in men, just to a smaller extent which are supporting a woman's energy level, bones, muscles, libido and sexual responsiveness to stimulation.

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