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:

  • Ovaries
  • Liver
  • 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:

  • Liver
  • Adrenal Glands and the
  • Fat Cells

Estrogen is responsible for:

  • Breast development
  • Curves of a woman
  • Menstruation
  • 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.

Estrogen plays an important role
in the health of:

  • Liver
  • Lungs
  • Bones
  • Skin
  • Brain
  • Uterus
  • Urinary tract – chronic UTIs are often caused by not combusting estrogen
  • Breasts
  • Muscles
  • Ovaries
  • Eyes

Body Functions Affected By Estrogen

  • Metabolism
  • Insulin
  • Body Temperature
  • Bone Density
  • Mood
  • Energy
  • Eye Health
  • Muscle Strength
  • Artery Plaque or lack of
  • Mineralization gets estrogen helps osteoclasts to deposit calcium to the bone
  • Nerve Growth
  • Intestinal Lining

Symptoms of low estrogen levels

Estrogen deficiency is when levels are above 225 in the U.S. above 7 in Canada

  • Thinning Skin
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Acne/Oily Skin
  • Low Sex Drive
  • High Cholesterol
  • Brain Fog/Poor Memory
  • Increased Risk of Alzheimers
  • Premature Wrinkles
  • Metabolic Syndrome/Insulin resistance
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Osteoporosis
  • Watery Eyes
  • Incontinence
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Hot Flashes
  • Bloating
  • Vaginal Dryness, Pain
  • Night Sweats
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Decreased Breast Size
  • Painful Intercourse
  • Weepiness
  • Itching/Allergies

Effects of low estrogen

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hot flashes
  • Brain Fog/ poor memory
  • Bloating
  • Weepiness
  • Night Sweats

Natural estrogen sources and foods that contain estrogen

  • Black current oil
  • Flaxseed
  • Black Cohash
  • Cruciferous vegetables
  • Fermented soy products, tempeh, tofu
  • Phyto-estrogens
  • Dong quai

How to determine if you have
low estrogen symptoms and
low progesterone?

  • Hot flashes
  • Foggy thinking
  • Heart palpitations
  • Aches and pains
  • Bone loss
  • Increase in facial or body hair
  • Increased urinary urges
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain in waist
  • Adult acne

If you answered yes to about 90% of the above 10 symptoms you do have the symptoms of low estrogen levels.

Your hormone balancing options

Try herbal remedies first then try something else if needed.

All of the hormones in the body are designed to work together. If one is altered or deficient, it will affect the actions of all of the other hormones. We must look at everything that is going on in the body, the adrenals, how you handle stress, insulin levels, thyroid levels, the liver, diet, lifestyle, etc.

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