Oestrogen is a hormone produced in the female and male bodies. Oestrogen is mainly responsible for the growth of female sexual characteristics. Men, however, also produce oestrogen. Oestrogen levels in men often increase with age. Oestrogen levels can have both good and bad effects on the male body.
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Oestrogen helps the body increase calcium absorbed in the body. Low oestrogen levels in males can lead to greater risk of fractures, especially hip fractures.
Increased oestrogen levels cause the body to retain water. The excess water in the body leads to bloating and the swelling of legs and ankles.
Increased oestrogen levels in men can decrease sex drive. The excess oestrogen levels lowers sperm count and testosterone levels.
Men being treated with oestrogen for breast cancer can suffer soreness in their breasts. Swollen breasts and tenderness of the breast can also occur.
Increased oestrogen levels in men can lead to cancer. Prostate cancer has been linked to high oestrogen levels in men.