“The endocrine system is a series of glands that produce and secrete hormones that the body uses for a wide range of functions”.1

Definition

What is the endocrine system?

Depending on the Source (DotS) the definition of the endocrine system may vary. In The Endocrine System the (United States) Hormone Health Network’s (HNN) definition is:

“The endocrine system is a series of glands that produce and secrete hormones that the body uses for a wide range of functions. These control many different bodily functions, including:

  • Respiration
  • Metabolism
  • Reproduction
  • Sensory perception
  • Movement
  • Sexual development
  • Growth”.2

Women’s Health

Is there an association between women’s health and their endocrine system?

Yes. In Women’s Health the HHN explain:

Endocrine System“Hormones have many important effects on women’s health. The female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, are most well known because their influence on a woman’s reproductive health, from menstruation to pregnancy to menopause and more. But your body also makes and uses many other kinds of hormones that affect other aspects of your health—from your energy level, weight, mood and much more”.3

Health Care Provider

What if I would like to find out about my endocrine system or my hormones?

If you would like to find out about your endocrine system or your hormones, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. Together you can discuss your options and if required, agree on who may be the most appropriate health care provider to help you.

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  1. The Endocrine System. Hormone Health Network http://www.hormone.org/hormones-and-health/the-endocrine-system Accessed: 05 October 2020
  2. The Endocrine System. Hormone Health Network http://www.hormone.org/hormones-and-health/the-endocrine-system Accessed: 05 October 2020
  3. Women’s Health. Hormone Health Network https://www.hormone.org/diseases-and-conditions/womens-health Accessed: 05 October 2020

Topic Last Updated: 05 October 2020 – Topic Last Reviewed: 05 October 2020
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