From beer bellies to low libido, how women’s hormones make MEN ill

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By Jerome Burne and Lucy Elkins
Last updated at 12:30 AM on 18th August 2009

Believe it or not, women’s bodies depend on testosterone – and men can’t get by without oestrogen. But when things get out of balance, the health consequences can be serious.

You’re a middle-aged man with an expanding waistline and cholesterol levels just edging into the danger zone. Your muscles are a little flabby and so is your sex drive. You probably blame it all on lack of exercise and a little too much wine.

But the problem could be something more insidious – you could have too much of the female hormone oestrogen.

We tend to think of hormones such as oestrogen and testosterone as exclusively female or male.

And it’s true – oestrogen is very important for a woman’s menstrual cycle, as well as giving her soft skin and glossy hair. Testosterone, meanwhile, is viewed as all male, vital for muscle maintenance, virility and helping to make sperm. At least, that’s the popular idea.

Yet what will surprise many people is that women and men produce both hormones. Men need female hormones for bone strength; women also need male hormones for their bones, as well as muscles and sex drive. But what’s really important is having the right balance of male and female hormones.

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Comment from Leslie –

Very poor choice for a title – women’s hormones do not make men ill – even the author statest the both sexes have both hormones.  An imbalance of hormones makes one ill.  Headline is tabloid trash…in my humble opinion. 

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.