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11 Symptoms of Low Estrogen and What You Can Do

How The Wrong Levels of Hormones Can Throw Your Entire Body Off Balance

Low amounts of estrogen can affect many of your body’s systems. By recognizing the symptoms of low estrogen, you can take steps to correct this hormonal imbalance.

 

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Here are some low estrogen symptoms to watch for if you are concerned about your body’s hormonal balance.

11 Signs You Might Have Low Estrogen

1. You frequently experience “brain fog”

“Brain fog” is commonly reported by women in menopause or perimenopause. Brain fog can manifest in several ways, including:

  • Trouble concentrating on tasks
  • Difficulty remembering things

Estrogen helps to sharpen your cognitive acuity, and low levels of estrogen prevent your focus and memory from operating at full capacity.

2. Your mental health is declining

Poor mental health can result from low estrogen levels. Since estrogen is believed to help with your neurotransmitters, low levels are associated with a risk of psychosis, schizophrenia, and worsened symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Since estrogen helps the body process stress, low estrogen levels can make stressful situations feel overwhelming.

Estrogen is associated with serotonin, which is one of your brain’s neurotransmitters responsible for boosting our moods. This is why women with low estrogen can suffer from depression. They can also experience strong mood swings, anxiety, irritability, and anger.

3. You’ve gained weight

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A drop in estrogen corresponds with a desire for comfort foods, i.e. foods high in fat, calories, sugar, and salt. Foods high in these elements can lead to weight gain and water retention. Estrogen also decreases your levels of leptin, which can act as an appetite suppressant.

In addition to weight gain, low estrogen can change the distribution of weight in your body. This means you’re gaining more weight in new areas, which could cause problems for your cardiovascular health.

4. Advanced skin aging

Normal levels of estrogen help to maintain healthy skin. As we age, our skin becomes wrinkled and thin. Low estrogen levels can contribute to advanced “skin aging”, where your skin looks thinner, older, dryer, and less elastic than it should. The onset of menopause when a significant amount of estrogen is no longer produced accelerates this symptom.

5. Higher frequency of UTIs

When estrogen levels are low, a thinning of the urethra occurs. This can lead to an increase in urinary tract infections. If you’ve been getting several UTIs, considering getting your estrogen levels tested.

6. You aren’t sleeping well

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Your hormones play a significant role in the quality of your sleep. If you’re not sleeping through the night or consistently waking up not feeling well-rested, low levels of estrogen could be a factor.

These irregular sleep patterns could also correspond to the risk of developing sleep apnea.

7. Change in your breasts

Have you noticed any lumps in your breasts? Do they feel tender, more sensitive, or more painful? Estrogen plays a key role in the development of your breasts, and imbalanced levels can cause pain and discomfort.

8. Changes in your period

Your menstrual cycle is primarily driven by estrogen. Low estrogen can result in your period becoming irregular or stopping altogether. It can also prevent ovulation, resulting in infertility.

9. Sex is becoming more painful

Estrogen helps maintain your vaginal lubrication. Vaginal dryness can result from lower estrogen levels. A thinning of the vaginal wall can also occur. Both of these symptoms combine to make sex very uncomfortable.

10. Headaches

11 Symptoms of Low Estrogen and What You Can Do | Headaches

While headaches have many causes, low levels of estrogen is a common one for women. One way to tell if estrogen levels are causing your headaches: consistency. If you’re getting the same type of headache at around the same time of each month, they could be estrogen-related.

11. Poor bone health

Estrogen is a key ingredient for strong, healthy bones. If your bones feel weak, or you notice that you are prone to breaks and sprains, low estrogen could be the cause. Low estrogen can result in conditions like osteoporosis if left untreated.

 

What Causes Low Levels of Estrogen?

Low estrogen levels can result from many factors, including:

  • Being underweight
  • Premature ovarian failure
  • Exercising too much
  • Undergoing chemotherapy
  • Poorly functioning pituitary gland
  • Turner syndrome
  • Kidney disease
  • Approaching menopause for women in their late 40s/40s
  • Family history of hormonal problems
  • Hormonal imbalance

The Benefits of Hormonal Balance

 

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Estrogen guides who we are, how we feel, and how we act. It regulates our body’s development, our mental well-being, our emotional fortitude, our cognitive discipline, our sexual drive… essential components of our livelihood. As we age, women naturally lose estrogen and men lose testosterone.

By restoring hormonal balance, you can take control of your life and reverse the symptoms of low estrogen. Rediscover how it feels to have a sharper mind, emotional stability, beautiful skin, your ideal weight, and solid mental health when you achieve hormonal balance.

Up Next: The 5 Most Important Hormones For Women

3 Types of Estrogen that are Vital to Women’s Health

Did you know that women have three types of estrogen? Each one plays a vital role in keeping women healthy. Once you understand the three types of estrogen, you can gain insight into your own unique physiology.

How a Knowledge of Oestradiol, Oestriol, and Oestrone Can Prevent Health Scares and Improve Your Wellbeing

In this article, you’ll learn about oestradiol, oestriol, and oestrone, and what you can do to make sure your body has the optimal amount of each.

Here’s a Bulletpoint of Everything in this Article

  • What is Estrogen, and Why Does it Matter?
  • What is Oestradiol
  • What is Oestriol
  • What is Oestrone

BUT FIRST! What is Estrogen, and Why Does it Matter?

Estrogen is the primary hormone found in women. While men have one primary sex hormone (testosterone), women have two: estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen is mainly responsible for regulating the menstrual cycle and progesterone regulates the pregnancy process.

Estrogen is secreted by the ovaries before ovulation begins. It is also produced by adrenal glands and fat tissues, and is responsible for developing female characteristics like breasts and hips.

Estrogen has many other functions as well, such as improving bone health, cognitive functions, and the cardiovascular system.

Women have three types of estrogen, and it’s important to understand the roles performed by each of them. Here are the three types of estrogen and the vital roles they play in maintaining a woman’s health.

What is Oestradiol?

Oestradiol, also known as estradiol, is the strongest of the three hormones. When a woman is in her reproductive years (i.e. post-puberty and pre-menopause), oestradiol is the most common type of estrogen in her body.

Oestradiol’s main function is to mature and maintain the reproductive system. It does this by aiding in the release of eggs and thickening the uterus lining to increase the chances of implanting a fertilized egg. It also promotes the development of breast tissue.

The combined oral contraceptive pill (a.k.a. “the pill”) combines synthetic forms of oestradiol and progesterone. The pill stops ovulation and makes the cervical mucus membrane much thicker, making it more difficult for sperm to travel through

Too much oestradiol can result in acne, constipation, loss of sex drive, and depression. Highly elevated levels can result in cardiovascular troubles and weight gain.

Too little oestradiol can cause poor bone health, osteoporosis, mood swings, and delayed puberty.

What is Oestriol?

Oestriol, also known as estriol, is heavily associated with pregnancy. Oestriol’s primary function is to prepare the body for pregnancy and giving birth.

Using a chemical produced by the fetus, the placenta creates oestriol. Eostriol levels steadily increase in the body throughout pregnancy, and they are at their highest three weeks before childbirth begins.

Scientists are looking into whether oestriol could be used to relieve symptoms related to rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. For women with these symptoms, they are less severe while they are pregnant.

Too much oestriol could cause a premature birth if it occurs too early in the pregnancy process.

Too little oestriol is not a cause for concern in women who are not pregnant.

For pregnant women, low levels of oestriol serve as an indicator of the baby’s health. Low levels in the early trimester could indicate a high risk of fetal death. It is also an indicator of conditions like Down’s Syndrome, and it could signal to doctors that they need to induce labor.

What is Oestrone?

Oestrone, a.k.a. estrone, is the third type of estrogen. It is also the least powerful.

Scientists are still researching the role that oestrone plays in the body. So far they have discovered that postmenopausal women tend to have high amounts of oestrone.

They know that it aids in female sexual development and function, and that it can be converted to oestradiol. This suggests that oestrone serves as repository that can be converted if needed.

There are studies that I don’t agree with completely that state that too much oestrone has been tied to both breast cancer and obesity. However, the true cause of that link was to obesity and being overweight. Women who are overweight or obese produce more oestrone, and therefore Doctors monitor oestrone levels as a possible warning sign of cancer.

Too little oestrone can cause osteoporosis, and it can cause menopausal symptoms, i.e. make hot flashes, poor sex drive, depression and fatigue worse.

Scientists have yet to confirm a direct link, but they suspect that low oestrone levels could be responsible for women who have gone through menopause and are still struggling with symptoms.

Ask Your Doctor About Your Levels of Oestradiol, Oestriol, and Oestrone

Properly monitoring your levels of oestradiol, oestriol, and oestrone and help identify problems before they become too serious. Low or high amounts could also explain why you’re feeling certain symptoms.

Balance is what you want to achieve. It’s not simply about supplementing hormones. It’s about a personalized approach that tests your blood for exactly what the imbalance is, how much is needed to bring your body back to balance, and how to do so without toxic chemicals/pharmaceutical drugs.

By taking steps to reach your body’s optimal level of each of these three types of estrogen, you are taking a proactive approach to maximize all aspects of your health, longetivity, in order to live your best life at any age.

The Truth About Estrogen

Estrogen has a bad rap due to a botched study by the Women’s Health Initiative in 2002. The truth of the matter is, if estrogen was as bad as the WHI mistakenly concluded, there wouldn’t be a woman alive after pregnancy because estrogen rises up to 1000 times!

Watch my video about my best selling book: The Good News About Estrogen where I discuss this very issue below!

5 Most Important Hormones for Women

Hormones help keep your mind and body regulated. When something feels “off”, there’s a good chance that unbalanced hormones are playing a part.

How Balancing These 5 Hormones Can Revolutionize Your Wellbeing

In this article, you’ll learn about the 5 most important women’s hormones: CRH hormone, TRH hormone, GNRH hormone, MSH hormone, and tropic hormone, and what can go wrong if you have too much or too little of them.

What is CRH Hormone

CRH hormone, or corticotropin-releasing hormone, is strongly linked to stress and anxiety. In fact, CRH controls your body’s stress-related hormone system.

When you’re in a situation that’s making you feel high-strung or more alert, that’s probably CRH hormone working in overdrive. Exercise and childbirth are also both associated with CRH.

While stress and anxiety certainly aren’t anyone’s favorite emotions, they can play valuable roles in the right amounts. CRH hormones can help boost attention and focus, making you feel more alert and able to concentrate.

If you’ve ever slept through your alarm and woken up 10 minutes past the time you were supposed to be at work, you’ve experienced the power of CRH helping you gain attention and focus very rapidly.

Too much CRH can lead to depression, anxiety, and trouble sleeping. Too much CRH in areas outside the brain can cause inflammation in those areas.

Too little CRH has been associated with fatigue, trouble sleeping, memory problems, and concentration difficulties. CRH deficiency has also been linked to Alzheimer’s and miscarriages.

 

What is TRH hormone?

 

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TRH is also known as thyrotropin-releasing hormone. TRH helps to keep your thyroid healthy and functional.

Your thyroid is a crucial part of your body. It’s near the front of your neck, and it secretes several hormones that help regulate many of your body’s systems. For example, your thyroid plays a critical role in your body’s growth, development, metabolism, heart rate, and body heat.

If something is wrong with your thyroid, it can have a chain reaction that throws multiple systems off balance. Keeping your thyroid balanced and regulated is absolutely critical to your health, which depends upon having the proper amount of TRH.

Too much TRH is not considered to be a health risk. There are no known cases of someone being compromised by too much TRH.

Too little TRH could result in an under-active thyroid, a condition known as hypothyroidism. This comes with a series of negative effects, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Skin problems
  • Hair problems
  • Crames
  • Aches
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • Depression
  • Lowered sex drive

If untreated, it could eventually lead to heart failure or coma.

What is GNRH Hormone?

GNRH is also known as gonadotropin-releasing hormone. In women, these hormones help with the increase of estrogen and progesterone. They circulate throughout the body and activate your body’s reproductive functions.

Essentially, GNRH ignites your sex drive. It can also help regulate your menstrual cycle by controlling the maturation and release of eggs.

For women suffering from irregular periods, a more balanced level of GNRH could help maintain a stable and consistent menstrual cycle.

Too much GNRH could result in tumors (pituitary adenomas), which could lead to an overproduction of either testosterone or estrogen. Currently, very little is known about the effect of having too much GNRH.

Too little GNRH in childhood could mean that puberty does not occur. This has effects on sexual maturation and could lead to infertility in women, loss of hormone production, and loss of menstrual cycles.

What is MSH Hormone?

MSH is also known as melanocyte-stimulating hormone. This hormone helps to keep your skin healthy. It helps produce the pigmentation that you find in your eyes, hair, and skin. It does this by producing melanin.

This skin pigmentation can protect your skin from UV rays. When you go lay out in the sun, it’s MSH that helps give your skin a beautiful golden glow.

In addition to coloring your skin, hair, and eyes, MSH also plays several other roles, including:

  • Appetite-suppressant
  • Anti-inflammatory agent
  • Salt and water level regulator
  • Sexual health booster

Too much MSH can result in too much melanin, which is often associated with too much time spent in the sun. It can also hyperpigmentation (an abnormal darkening of the skin) when women are pregnant or using birth control pills.

Too little MSH can result in pain, inflammation, trouble sleeping, and weight gain.

What is a Tropic Hormone?

“Tropic hormone” an umbrella term for any hormone that targets the endocrine glands. Most originate from the anterior pituitary.

TSH and CTR are both examples of tropic hormones. Other examples include luteinizing hormones (LH), which triggers the release of steroid in the ovaries, and follicle-stimulating hormones (LSH), that stimulate egg production.

Endocrine glands are responsible for secreting hormones directly into the blood. Tropic hormones target these glands.

Essentially, tropic hormones are responsible for making sure your body is producing enough hormones. For example, TRH as discussed above will stimulate the anterior pituitary gland to release a thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH).

In other words, tropic hormones are hormones that help make more hormones.

The effects of having too much or too little amounts of tropic hormones depend entirely on which hormones you are referring to. Too much or too little of one hormone will have vastly different effects compared to other hormones.

Balanced Hormones Means a Happier, Healthier You

From your skin, stress level, blood circulation, sex drive, hair color, eye color, and your overall mental and physical health, your hormones are responsible for keeping all of your body’s operations running smoothly. Too much or too little of any hormone will slow you down, and potentially cause serious and long-term health concerns.

A body with regulated hormones is like a brand new car, fresh from the shop. Everything is working in peak condition, it’s a blast to drive, and you feel safe, confident, and healthy. If something feels “off-balance”, ask yourself which of the hormones on this list could be behind it. Your body will thank you.

NEXT UP: Medical Studies that you MUST KNOW as a woman, but have probably not heard of…

 

 

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Carren’s Couch 11 – Harrowing Hormones

One of the biggest silent disturbances to women is harrowing hormones! We’re either hot to trot or not and managing, understanding and embracing the changes that occur in bodies is something that most women never grasp, at least not fully until they are in the thick of the ‘change of life’!

Join us for this week’s compelling conversation between Carren and Dr. Uzzi Reiss, owner of the Beverley Hills Anti-Aging Centre for Men and Women. Discussing everything from The Pill to sex drives and belly fat, this is one of the most insightful interviews into the workings of the human body. As a specialist in natural health and bio-identical hormones, this interview could be the natural answer to night sweats, frustrations and fighting the over 40′s fatigue!