Common Signs You Are Suffering From Low Estrogen

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When we think of estrogen, we tend to think of it as the “female” hormone. And it’s true, the hormone does play a major role in female growth and development, from puberty all the way through the childbearing years and beyond, regulating menstruation, causing changes in the breasts and even having an effect on pregnancy. If those were the only roles of estrogen, the sharp decline in the hormone that occurs before and during menopause might be easier to deal with.

But in fact, estrogen has a lot of other functions that are essential for your health and wellness, like aiding in metabolism, helping your bones stay healthy, keeping your cholesterol levels in check and preventing insulin sensitivity. When your insulin levels dip, you can start to notice a lot of unpleasant symptoms. And those symptoms can stick around — or even become worse — unless your estrogen levels are “balanced out” again.

What causes low estrogen?

Menopause is the most common cause of declining estrogen levels. As you reach menopause, your body slowly shifts out of childbearing mode, and that sends “signals” to your ovaries to decrease the production of estrogen. During the time leading up to menopause (called perimenopause), many of the symptoms of low estrogen will begin.

But even though menopause is the primary cause of low estrogen levels, it’s not the only cause. Other causes include:

Estrogen levels can also decrease as a result of certain medical treatments like chemotherapy.

Symptoms of low estrogen levels

Most of us are familiar with the common signs of menopause, and in nearly all cases, they’re directly related to the decline in estrogen. But hot flashes, night sweats, and moodiness aren’t the only symptoms of low estrogen levels, and menopause isn’t the only time these symptoms can occur. When estrogen levels go down, you can experience a wide range of symptoms, like:

Plus, left untreated, low estrogen levels can lead to osteoporosis, a condition where your bones become porous, weak, and much more prone to fractures.

HRT for better health

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) uses bioidentical synthetic hormones to replace or supplement the hormones your body makes naturally to help rebalance your system and reduce or eliminate many of the symptoms of low estrogen. Bioidentical hormones have the same chemical structure as the hormones your body makes, so they’re used more efficiently by your body. And because they’re chemically identical to natural hormones, bioidentical hormones can be eliminated from your body in the same way as natural hormones, significantly reducing the risk of side effects that could occur with “traditional” HRT.

Today’s bioidentical HRT can help women:

Once you begin HRT, you can expect to see improvement of your symptoms fairly rapidly, with maximum improvement at about three months. Because too much estrogen can cause symptoms as well, during HRT you’ll be monitored with regular blood tests to make sure your therapy is optimized specifically for your needs.

Learn more about HRT

If you're experiencing any of the symptoms of low estrogen, a simple blood test at Active Future Solutions can help measure your levels of the hormone to determine if HRT can be helpful. To find out more about HRT or to schedule an evaluation and consultation, contact the practice today.

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