Estradiol - Definition

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Estradiol is a sexual hormone primarily found in women that is part of the estrogen family and enables fertility and sexual characteristic development in women. It is essentially produced by the ovaries, and stimulates breast development, growth, bone maturity, uterine growth, uterine mucous membrane development, and the maintaining of sexual hormones. During menopause, estradiol rates drop. This hormone is also present in men, but in smaller quantities.