How are they made in your body?
Well simply put, from cholesterol. Cholesterol is first converted into pregnenolone which as the ‘mother hormone’ can be converted into any other hormone including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and cortisol. The production of these hormones occurs in the ovaries, testicals, adrenal glands and to a lesser extent body fat. So a woman thicker in the hip area will create more estrogen whilst a woman thicker in the shoulders will create more testosterone.
The following is a table to reference the symptoms of too much or too little hormones within the female body.
|Symptom of Excess||
Symptom of Deficiency
|Estrogen||Fluid retention, tender breasts, heavy menstrual bleeding, painful menstruation, hip and thigh weight gain, headaches and migraines, aching legs and varicose vein aggravation, growth of fibroids and endometrial hyperplasia, endometriosis, increased risk of breast and uterus cancers||Hot flushes, night sweats insomnia, vaginal dryness, shrinkage and infections, painful intercourse, loss of libido, inability to orgasm, urinary incontinence/frequency, dry skin, depression and anxiety, memory loss, lack of menses, bone loss, muscular aches and pains|
|Testosterone||Hair loss from scalp, excess facial and body hair, acne, greasy skin and hair, excessive sex drive, weight gain especially trunk and abdomen, higher cholesterol, aggression||Muscle shrinkage and weakness, loss of sex drive, inability to orgasm, depression and anxiety, loss of confidence, muscle aches and pains, bone loss, fatigue|
|Progesterone||Depression, sleepiness, fluid retention, abdominal bloating, constipation||Breast pain and lumpiness, hair loss, heavy painful periods, fibroids, endometriosis, endometrial hyperplasia, increased risk of breast and uterus cancers, PMS, menstrual irregularity, absent menstruation|