Find Out About Low Estrogen Symptoms
Estrogen is a hormone that is responsible for female sexual characteristics. Estrogen causes women to have a higher body fat percentage, larger breasts, smoother skin, and less hair than is typically found in men. Estrogen levels in women can sometimes drop to low levels and cause various symptoms. However, low estrogen levels may be a sign of a bigger problem. Low estrogen symptoms can differ depending on the woman and her age. Lower estrogen levels are more common in women approaching menopause, but causes of low estrogen may also vary.
If you are experiencing low estrogen levels, the cause may determine what type of treatment you need. Low estrogen symptoms may be treated with home remedies, but if the low levels are an indication of a more severe problem, medical attention may be necessary. If you first need help identifying if you have low estrogen, common symptoms may include:
- Sleep disturbances (such as hot flashes, heart palpitations, night sweats, or cold chills)
- Weight gain (especially water weight)
- Increased dryness of eyes, skin, and vagina
- Joint pain
- Lower sex drive
- More prone to developing vaginal and bladder infections
Low estrogen symptoms may have a variety of causes. In women approaching menopause, lower estrogen levels are common. But in younger women, low estrogen levels may be caused by physical or behavioral problems such as:
- Decreased ovary function
- Ovarian cysts
- Pregnancy problems
- Childbirth and breast-feeding
- Decreased pituitary gland function
- Low body fat (as a result of eating disorders or excessive diet and exercise)
- Some fertility drugs
Depending on how low your estrogen is and what is causing the lower levels, your healthcare provider may prescribe hormone replacement therapy or suggest certain home remedies. Home remedies may include keeping a healthy diet, monitoring your exercise, or even using herbs or caffeine to supplement your diet. If you suspect you may be experiencing low estrogen symptoms, consult your healthcare provider to determine the best plan of action for you.
FastMed Urgent Care can provide you with a blood test (and quick turnaround for results!) to determine if you have low estrogen levels. We accept most major insurance plans, so quality health care remains at a low cost to you. FastMed is a great option for convenient and cost effective healthcare, and Gayle C. appreciated our hardworking medical professionals. She said, “The urgent care center was terrific! The staff delivered exactly what I needed: professional care and personal attention and delivered it with care and kindness. Urgent Care is on my radar as an integral part of my community and I have given several enthusiastic recommendations to friends and work associates. Thank you!”
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