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What is Estrogen?

(Variant of oestrogen) A female steroid sex hormone secreted primarily by the ovaries and responsible for typical female sexual arousal.

Estrogens, or oestrogen, are the primary female sex hormones. Natural estrogens (oestrogens) are steroid hormones, while some synthetic ones are non-steroidal.

Estrogens, in women, are produced primarily by the ovaries and in the placenta during pregnancy. Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) stimulates the ovaries to produce estrogens; some estrogens are also produced in smaller amounts by other tissues such as the liver, adrenal glands, and the breasts. These secondary sources of estrogens are especially important in post menopausal women. Fat cells produce estrogen as well.

Estrogen levels vary through the menstrual cycle, with levels highest just before ovulation.

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Estrogen HRT Therapy and Urinary Incontinence

Researchers have found* that post menopausal women taking HRT with estrogen for five years or more were more likely to develop urinary incontinence (UI) than were women who took estrogen for less than five years or not at all.
*Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society on Oct. 13, 2011. It will be published in print in the March 2012 (Volume 19, Issue 3) edition of the journal.


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