The Role of Estrogen in the Body

Estrogen is the main female sex hormone. However, both male and female bodies produce estrogen as well as testosterone and progesterone, and everyone needs a healthy balance of these hormones to maintain good health. Estrogen helps maintain appropriate levels of cholesterol and blood sugar, muscle and bone mass, brain function, immune response, collagen production, and more. While females often experience health concerns related to reduced estrogen, low estrogen levels are less of a concern for males and usually occur alongside low levels of other sex hormones.