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Estrogen is a sex hormone that is produced in the female ovaries, adrenal gland, placenta, fat tissue, and male testes. Estrogen is made up of a class of hormones consisting of estriol, estradiol, and estrone. Found in the largest amounts in a female’s ovaries, estrogen is responsible for the changes that occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Estrogen also affects the overall health of both females and males.

Estrogen and Puberty

The first time many girls hear about hormones is right before they reach puberty. There are whispers about “raging hormones” and how this will affect behavior. However, few young girls actually know what hormones are or how they work inside the body. When puberty occurs in females, the ovaries begin to produce and release eggs ...

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