Although you can’t feel them, your endocrine system is constantly churning out hormones that control everything from your heart rate, to your metabolism, mood, sex drive, appetite, and more. But how well do you know these chemical messengers, which allow your body’s organs to communicate with one another and keep your system humming? So we rounded up 20 of the most important hormones women should know so you can take full advantage of all of their effects for a healthier, stronger, and sexier you.
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The most well-known female sex hormone is produced in your ovaries and sets off puberty, regulates your menstrual cycle, helps maintain pregnancy, and keeps your bones strong. Excess estrogen—especially after menopause when levels drop—is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, dementia, uterine cancer, and more. Maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, keeping your alcohol intake to less than one drink per day, exercising regularly, and eating a balanced diet can help regulate estrogen levels throughout your lifetime.
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