Estrogen is a steroid hormone made by the ovaries in women, and to a lesser degree, by the testes in men.  Estrogen is also made in the fat cells.

Some known functions of estrogen are:

• female secondary sex characteristics

• promotes cell growth, especially the uterine lining and breast tissue

• slows bone loss

• stimulates brain function

• increases body fat, especially in hips, abdomen and thighs

• plays a role in brain cognition, memory, emotions, mood, stamina, ambition, pain perception and sleep

• and much more

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