Like most people, you probably think of hormones as something women have to deal with during puberty and menopause. But the truth is, both sexes produce hormones and they play an important role in our overall health and well-being.
So what exactly are hormones? They're chemical messengers that travel through our bloodstream and tell our cells what to do. For example, they can tell our cells to grow, repair themselves, or even die.
There are four main types of hormones: estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, and cortisol. Each one plays a different role in our bodies.
Estrogen is responsible for the development of the female reproductive system and secondary sex characteristics such as breasts and hips.
Testosterone is responsible for the development of the male reproductive system and secondary sex characteristics such as facial hair and a deep voice.
Progesterone helps to regulate the menstrual cycle and prepare the body for pregnancy.
Cortisol is our "stress hormone" that helps us to deal with difficult situations.
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