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What Do Hormones Do?

At all points in our lives, hormones affect how we live. But what are hormones, and why do they matter? Imagine if nothing in your body controlled how you eat, when you should eat, or how hot you feel. What if you had no idea of when your body would change into an adult? Chaotic, isn’t it? Generally, hormones are part of our bodies known as the endocrine system. For proper health and development, different parts of our bodies need to communicate. The power of hormones lies in their capacity to influence certain changes in the human body by communicating with different systems. Once you understand hormones, you can take measures to prevent hormone imbalance and enjoy a healthy life.

Types of Hormones

Our bodies have different systems that work together to maintain the body. Each of these systems requires or produces various hormones, which then travel to their target locations and create changes. Typically, the endocrine system releases hormones from different glands such as the pituitary, thyroid, and pancreas. The hormones can be categorized according to their structure. There are lipid-derived hormones, amino acid-derived hormones, and peptide hormones.

Female Hormones

What hormones do females have? There are two main hormones that mostly function in women. Estrogen and progesterone are common female sex hormones that affect weight loss and gain, sexual function, and reproductive health. Estrogen primarily influences the physical features in a female body. It aids in breast development, the beginning of the menstrual cycle, and also affects the growth of pubic hair. When women go through menopause, the estrogen levels decrease, which causes mood swings, low desire for sex, no periods, and issues with sleep and dry skin. However, having very high levels also has adverse effects such as unplanned weight gain, fatigue, depression, and problems with the menstrual cycle. Progesterone affects the menstrual cycle primarily by preparing the body for pregnancy. It may also surprise you to know that the female body also produces testosterone in low amounts to control sexual desire and bone density.

Male Hormones

Just as women, men also have hormones in their bodies. So, what are the male hormones and their functions? Testosterone is the primary hormone found in men that drives their physical features. The enlargement of sexual organs, the development of pubic hair, the growth of beards, and stronger muscles are results of the right testosterone balance in the male body. A hormone imbalance in men could cause retarded growth and issues with sexual performance. But where are male hormones produced? Testosterone, for instance, comes from the testicles. Usually, a small gland in the brain known as the pituitary gland stimulates the release of testosterone.

How Hormones Work

A part of your body known as the endocrine system controls the small release of hormones in the body. It’s essential to understand the following:
• How hormones affect weight: There is a link between high levels of hormones such as estrogen and insulin and weight gain.
• How hormones affect mood: Having low serotonin, for example, has been linked to feelings of sadness and depression.
• How hormones affect your body: The production of sex hormones leads to physical changes during puberty and controls sex drive.
• How hormones affect the skin: Androgens are known to affect sebaceous glands on the skin, which causes more oil production.

Why Hormones are Important

A hormone imbalance may cause issues in physical and reproductive development, metabolism and weight, mental health, sex, and sleep. Hormones are, therefore, crucial for normal body function.

Sex and Hormonal Activity

An imbalance in hormones that affect sex in women and men such as testosterone and estrogen can cause low sex drive. Maintaining a healthy level of hormone activity can boost one’s sex life.

Keeping a healthy level of hormones in the body is essential for mental and physical wellness.

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