Low estrogen symptoms
All of the symptoms listed below have one thing in common, and that is that they are signs of a hormonal imbalance. All quite common in perimenopause and later during menopause.
- The potential symptoms of low estrogen levels:
- Painful sex due to a lack of vaginal lubrication(i.e. vaginal dryness)
- Tendency for increase in urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Irregular or absent periods
- Mood swings
- Hot flashes, night sweats
- Breast tenderness
- Headaches or accentuation of pre-existing migraines
- Trouble concentrating and
People with low estrogen levels may also find that their bones are more vulnerable to fracturing or breaking, because of a decrease in bone density. Estrogen works with calcium, vitamin D, and other minerals to keep bones strong, so if your body isn’t producing enough estrogen, you could experience decreased bone density (i.e. Osteopenia or osteoporosis).
A prompt diagnosis of low estrogen followed by treatment of the condition can prevent health issues, so if you find you have any of the mentioned symptoms, you should get yourself checked out at our clinic as soon as possible. Dr. Victor Shabanah can assess your symptoms, ask about your family health history and make a formal diagnosis if that’s necessary. He’ll also perform a physical exam, it’s not uncommon for them to take blood samples to test your hormone levels, and if you’re experiencing hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, or frequently missed periods – otherwise known as amenorrhea – Dr. Shabanah might check your estradiol levels. Lastly, your he might take a brain scan or get your DNA tested to check for any abnormalities affecting your endocrine system
There are various therapies to treat low estrogen level, one of which is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). HRT is used to enhance your body’s natural hormone levels. It’s possible Dr. Shabanah will recommend HRT if you’re approaching menopause because once you reach it, your estrogen and progesterone levels significantly decrease.
Using HRT, hormones can be administered topically, orally, vaginally, or via injection. The beauty of hormone replacement therapy is that the treatments can be adjusted in dosage, length, and the combination of hormones administered.
Like most medical treatments, hormone replacement therapy increases certain risks for conditions such as cardiovascular disease, blood clotting, stroke, and cancer.
Low estrogen levels and weight gain
Sex hormones, like estrogen, influence how much fat you have in your body. Estrogen is involved in regulating glucose and lipid metabolism. If your estrogen levels are low, you could experience weight gain. Research suggests that this could be why women who are approaching menopause are likely to become overweight. As most people know, being overweight is something of an introduction to obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. If you know your estrogen levels are low and it’s affecting your weight, talk to Dr. Shabanah. He can assess your symptoms and advise you on the next steps you should take. Eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly are always beneficial ideas. When you discuss them in the context of your decreased estrogen levels, you and Dr. Shabanah can come up with a tailor-made plan to ensure that you’ll soon be back at an optimal level in a natural, healthy way.