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Estrogens have a variety of effects on both the sexual organs and diverse target tissues. Although they play different roles in normal male and female physiology, they do in some cases have analogous activities in both sexes. Men with liver disease who have an excess of estrogen because of the inability of their liver to metabolize it develop gynecomastia, palmar erythema, and spider angiomas. Estrogen expression is responsible for female primary and secondary sexual characteristics.
Estradiol promotes epithelial cell proliferation in the uterine endometrium and mammary glands of the breasts. In the absence of progesterone, endometrial thickening will proceed unopposed, potentially leading to endometrial hyperplasia and cancer. High exposure to estadiol has also been shown to increase risk for certain breast cancers.
Energy homeostasis and metabolism: In men, aromatase deficiency has been associated with the development of metabolic derangement characterized by increased circulating LDL, decreased glucose tolerance, hyperinsulinemia, and hepatic steatosis.
In women, estrogen deficiency has been associated with an increase in adipose cell volume and the growth of peripheral fat pads. Prevention of bone loss: Men with estrogen insensitivity or aromatase deficiency are at increased risk of loss in bone density and osteoporosis.
Animal studies have demonstrated a role for estrogen in preventing the formation of new atherosclerotic plaques, but this role has not yet been demonstrated in humans. Testosterone , along with dihydrotestosterone, is responsible for the development of male primary and secondary sexual characteristics. In women, hyperandrogenism can result in aberrant expression of male sexual characteristics; however, a certain level of androgen activity is also needed for normal female physiology.
Testosterone and DHT are important for sexual development as well as secondary sexual characteristics such as thick skin and male-pattern hair growth.
Hyperandrogenism in women causes hirsutism , which is the excessive growth of body hair in areas associated with male-pattern growth such as the chin and upper lip. Mood, sexual drive and desire: In men, increased testosterone is associated with an increase in sexual drive and the drop in testosterone with age is associated with a decreasing libido.
In women with adrenal insufficiency and consequent low androgen levels, replacement with DHEA has been found to increase energy and improve libido and sexual thoughts. The effect of testosterone on bone, via aromatisation to estrogen, is thought to account for increased bone strength in men over women.
Testosterone increased bone mineral density in women with hypopituitarism but this may have been due to the effects of aromatization to estrogen. In men, peripheral aromatization of testosterone plays an important role in estrogen production in bones and the reproductive tract, where it plays an important role in normal physiology. In postmenopausal women, aromatization of circulating androgens is an important source of estrogens and may help to ameliorate some of the consequences of menopause.
The role of progesterone in males is less clear, but it is believed to play a role in activating sperm in the female reproductive tract. It has also been implicated as a modulator of male sexual response and behaviour. Your feedback has been received. Our editorial team will review your comments in the next few days. We appreciate your feedback! Thank you, Sultan Chaudhry and Eric Wong. Contents Sex hormone synthesis Sex hormone regulation Sex hormone effects.
Thank you Your feedback has been received. Menopause is thought to cause an increase risk of osteoporosis. Case studies have demonstrated premature atherogenesis in aromatase-deficient men. In women with hypopituitarism, testosterone supplementation increased fat-free mass and muscle. Replacing testosterone in males with hypogonadism results in increases in red blood cell mass.