5 Important Factors that Cause Low Estrogen Every Woman Should Know

5 Important Factors that Cause Low Estrogen Every Woman Should Know,

Estrogen refers to a class of hormones that are responsible for female sex traits. Even though women and men have both “female” hormones, such as estrogen, and “male” hormones (androgens), such as testosterone, healthy women have more estrogen than healthy men do. Women create estrogen in their ovaries and also in adipose (fatty) tissue.

The three types of estrogen women have at various life stages include:

Low estrogen and its troubling symptoms, such as insomnia or hot flashes, are usually associated with menopause but can occur at any age. Dr. Robert L. Harris, chief medical director and founder of V-Revive, shares five common reasons why you might have low estrogen and what you can do about it.

1. Exercising too much

If you’re an athlete or just a dedicated weekend warrior, you may be getting too much of a good thing. Although regular exercise is essential for health, over-exercising can cause you to lose too much fat and burn muscle instead, which saps your energy. In its attempt to conserve energy, your body then starts producing less estrogen.

Symptoms of low estrogen in athletes include:

Low estrogen can cause osteoporosis, an irreversible loss of bone that makes you more susceptible to bone fractures, including stress fractures from playing sports, dancing, or figure skating.

If you’re an athlete, talk to us about what your optimal weight should be and how to maintain it through healthy eating and selective exercise. Choosing not to reverse your low estrogen levels can lead to infertility and a permanently increased risk for bone fractures.

2. Being underweight

Estrogen is produced partially in your adipose tissue, which is why you don’t ever want to reduce your weight to the point where you have no fat on your body. If you’re underweight, you may also have an eating disorder, such as anorexia nervosa, that’s preventing you from getting sufficient nutrition to maintain your health.

We can explain how to modify your diet to ensure you’re getting all of the nutrients you need and how to change your training schedule so you can still excel as an athlete while also guarding your health.

3. Eating a ‘healthy’ diet

Even if you think you’re eating a healthy diet, you may be robbing your body of important nutrients or stimulating inflammation if you eat foods that are wrong for you. For instance, even if you don’t have celiac disease, you may have a sensitivity to the gluten protein in wheat. Gluten can lower your gut’s ability to absorb the nutrients that your body needs to produce estrogen.

Being a vegetarian or vegan also lowers your estrogen levels. While a vegetarian or vegan diet may protect you in the long term from breast cancer (which is associated with high estrogen), you may have problems with fertility or experience other symptoms of low estrogen.

4. Having an underlying health condition

If your estrogen levels are low, you may have an underlying disorder that’s affecting your ability to produce hormones or maintain a healthy balance between your hormones. Thyroid disorders and pituitary disorders can lead to low estrogen, as can congenital disorders such as Turner syndrome. You may also have decreased estrogen after chemotherapy for cancer treatment.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is sometimes associated with low levels of estrogen. Smoking can also lower your estrogen. We conduct a thorough examination, including ordering any necessary blood tests, to determine if you have an underlying condition that’s responsible for your low estrogen levels, and we may recommend lifestyle changes to improve your health.

5. Being in perimenopause or menopause

Perimenopause is the period that precedes the end of your reproductive years, usually occurring between ages 40 and 55. Menopause officially begins 12 months after your last period. While it’s normal for your estrogen levels to drop during this time of change, you don’t have to live with the symptoms of low estrogen.

At V-Revive, we offer a number of state-of-the-art, nonsurgical, non-hormonal remedies for the uncomfortable symptoms of low estrogen, including:

You don’t have to live with the symptoms of low estrogen, no matter what the cause. To find out if you’d benefit from minimally invasive, non-hormonal vaginal rejuvenation, call us today or use the online form.

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