Estrogens Low

Estrogens Low: Overview

Menopause is the time when symptoms of low estrogen levels usually manifest themselves.  Low estrogen levels, however, can be a problem for premenopausal women also and when that is the case, natural estrogen supplementation is often well advised.

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Signs, symptoms & indicators of Estrogens Low:

Lab Values - Common

Symptoms - Aging

(Minor/major) reduction in breast fullness

Low levels of estrogen, typically experienced at menopause, can cause sagging breasts.  Sagging that occurs prior to menopause is not reversible by hormone replacement therapy.

Symptoms - Gas-Int - General

Symptoms - General

Fatigue after slight exertion

Lethargy and lack of vitality are early signs that your anti-aging hormones (such as estrogen and progesterone) are diminishing.

Symptoms - Head - Eyes/Ocular

Symptoms - Metabolic

Symptoms - Mind - General

Symptoms - Nervous

Facial burning/tingling

Lowered estrogen levels can cause all sorts of unusual symptoms.  The body's thermostat fluctuates, causing flushing and circulation changes which sometimes result in tingling of the face.

Symptoms - Reproductive - Female Cycle

Symptoms - Skeletal

Symptoms - Sleep

Sweating mildly at night or night sweats

Night sweats or their daytime version, hot flashes, may be the first symptom of low estrogen.  In both cases, the profuse sweating follows a brief but intense wave of heat, usually in the face and chest.

Conditions that suggest Estrogens Low:

Circulation

Atherosclerosis

Low estrogen levels raise LDL-C (bad) cholesterol, while lowering HDL (good) cholesterol, both of which contribute to atherosclerosis.  Supplemental estrogen reduces this risk, at least partially by increasing the HDL particle size which confers some protection against heart disease.

Hormones

Mental

Depression

Low estrogen levels trigger the brain to release MAO, an enzyme in the brain which breaks down and destroys the neurotransmitter, serotonin.  Estrogen increases the destruction of this enzyme.  The lower your MAO enzyme levels the better you probably feel, since MAO breakdowns serotonin.  Low serotonin levels are associated with depression.

Metabolic

Migraine/Tension Headaches

Women must first be exposed to elevated estrogen levels before low estrogen levels will trigger headache activity.  Constant low levels of estrogen, as in menopause, are less likely to be associated with increased headache pattern.

Musculo-Skeletal

Osteoarthritis

In studies of older women, a lower risk of osteoarthritis was found in women who had used oral estrogens for hormone replacement therapy.  The researchers suspect that low estrogen levels could increase risk for the disease, but further studies are needed.

Pain

Reproductive

Counter-indicators
Pregnancy-Related Issues

Hormone levels fluctuate at different stages of pregnancy, making it difficult to isolate any underlying imbalances during this time.

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Uro-Genital

Vaginal Dryness

The most common cause of vaginal dryness is lack of estrogen.

Vaginitis/Vaginal Infection

A decrease in estrogen results in several vaginal changes.  The vaginal lining becomes thinner and more fragile resulting in an increased risk of bacterial infection.

Urinary Stress/Urge Incontinence

The cause of urinary stress incontinence in women is usually pelvic relaxation resulting from childbirth and the aging process.  These changes become more pronounced following menopause as estrogen deficiency allows atrophy of the genitourinary tissues.

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Risk factors for Estrogens Low:

Aging

Hormones

Lab Values

Low Total Cholesterol

Pregnenolone is made from cholesterol in the body.  A number of hormones, including estrogen, are synthesized from pregnenolone.

Reproductive

Symptoms - Food - Beverages

(High) green tea consumption

High intake of green tea has been associated with higher levels of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and lowered levels of serum estradiol (estrogen) concentration in women.

Symptoms - Muscular

Being underweight or being very skinny

Estrogen levels tend to be lower in thin and very thin women.

Estrogens Low can lead to:

Circulation

Atherosclerosis

Low estrogen levels raise LDL-C (bad) cholesterol, while lowering HDL (good) cholesterol, both of which contribute to atherosclerosis.  Supplemental estrogen reduces this risk, at least partially by increasing the HDL particle size which confers some protection against heart disease.

Hormones

Skin-Hair-Nails

Counter-indicators

Recommendations for Estrogens Low:

Hormone

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