Symptoms of Low Estrogen
What are the symptoms of low estrogen? There are many because estrogen is one of the most powerful hormones in the body. It consists of 3 types of hormones; estrione or E1, estradiole or E2 and Estriole or E3. Both men and women have estrogen.
During menopause or after a hysterectomy the ovaries stop producing estrogen and the adrenals and the liver take over. So these organs must be functioning optimally to ensure a smooth transition through menopause.
Pre-Menopause, E1 is made by the:
- Adrenal Glands
- Fat Cells
Once produced, the ovaries convert this to estrodiol or E2 the most abundant type of estrogen.
After menopause the ovaries no longer convert estrogen or contribute to production. Post-Menopause, the production is now up to the:
- Adrenal Glands and the
- Fat Cells
Estrogen is responsible for:
- Breast development
- Curves of a woman
- Ripening the egg for ovulation and preparing the body for pregnancy
- Production of cervical fluid
Women need high levels of estrogen and low levels of testosterone and men need high levels of testosterone and low levels of estrogen. There are over 300 tissues in the body with estrogen receptor sites and estrogen plays a role in 400 functions in the body.
When one type of estrogen become imbalanced E1, E2, or E3, a whole series of health issues can appear.