Estrogen replacement has been a hot topic in the news for years, but is it right for you?
Estrogen plays an important role in a variety of body functions, which is why losing it can have broad-reaching effects on a woman’s health. Many have talked about estrogen as a treatment for more than hot flashes. Some research has indicated it may have effects on the brain including concentration and how energized you feel. Here’s what you should know before deciding if estrogen might be right for you.
What Estrogen Is and Where It Comes From
Estrogen is a sex hormone made by both men and women. Both men and women make estrogen in the adrenal glands on top of their kidneys and in fat cells scattered throughout their body. In addition, women make most of their estrogen in their ovaries. It is a decline in this ovarian production during menopause that leads to the symptoms many women experience.