Estrogen is the sex hormone that gives females their sexual traits such as wider hips, larger breasts, and additional body fat. Men have a small amount of estrogen, but it’s considerably higher in females. When estrogen levels drop in a woman, it can cause discomfort. It helps to understand the reasons for low estrogen, recognize the common symptoms and know your treatment options.
Types of Common Causes
- Natural causes—The main natural cause of low estrogen is menopause. Premenopausal women can also suffer from it.
- Induced causes—These are those such as hysterectomies and radiation treatments
- Special causes—Sometimes, low estrogen is the result of special conditions such as anorexia, genetic diseases, thyroid problems and inadequate body fat.
Common Symptoms in Older Women
One of the main symptoms of low estrogen in menopausal women is sleep disturbances. Not being able to sleep well can lead to extreme fatigue during the day, which is another typical sign of low estrogen.
Because of sleep disturbances, women may also experience night sweats, heart palpitations, and weight gain. In some cases, they may even have cold sweats. Other signs may include:
- Drier skin, eyes, and vagina
- Joint pain
- Bladder and vaginal infections.
- Decreased sex drive is another sign.
- Depression which can result from symptoms
Signs of Low Estrogen in Younger Women
In younger women, the most common sign of low estrogen levels is not menstruating. Women younger than 40 years old sometimes undergo menopause. This often leads to night sweats and hot flashes.
Symptoms of low estrogen in younger women can be the same as those of older women, including forgetfulness, painful intercourse, mood swings, depression and losing interest in sex. Not being able to conceive, childbirth and breastfeeding can also be red flags of low estrogen in younger women.
Considerations and Warnings
- Surprisingly, caffeine intake can actually increase estrogen.
- Because you lose calcium in your bones during menopause, you can be more likely to fracture them. Bone loss can cause osteoporosis.
At home, you can make certain lifestyle changes. For examples, stay on a healthy diet, lower your intake of carbohydrates and increase fiber consumption. Moderate exercise can also help increase estrogen.
Many women have found relief from their symptoms by getting hormone replacement therapy. NovaHealth Hormone Replacement Therapy can help you balance your hormones so that you can start enjoying life again. Please call us if there’s any way that we may be able to assist you.
If you’re concerned about your hormones, you can access our hormone assessment online. Our specialists can help determine if HRT is a good option for you.