Estrogen, a hormone commonly associated with the female body, plays a crucial role in female health. It is responsible for the female sexual development during puberty. It controls the growth of the uterine lining during the menstrual cycle and pregnancy and is also involved in cholesterol and bone metabolism. Which is why low estrogen is a serious problem. And which is what we will address in this post. Just keep reading.
Table Of Contents
- What Is Low Estrogen?
- What Are The Symptoms Of Low Estrogen Levels?
- How To Increase Estrogen Levels
- What Happens With Excess Estrogen Levels?
What Is Low Estrogen?
The estrogen hormone is produced in the ovaries, and anything that affects the ovaries causes a deficiency in the estrogen levels.
Several factors cause low estrogen levels. They include:
- Excessive exercise
- Chronic kidney disease
- Turner syndrome (a disorder where a female is born only with one X chromosome)
- A low-functioning pituitary gland
- Anorexia or other eating disorders
- Premature ovarian failure or any other autoimmune disorder
But how would one know if their estrogen levels are dropping?
What Are The Symptoms Of Low Estrogen Levels?
Girls who haven’t yet reached puberty or women approaching menopause are at a higher risk of low estrogen. However, women of all ages can experience this condition.
Some of the common symptoms of this problem include:
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings
- Headaches (or even migraines)
- Issues with concentration and focus
- Irregular or even absent periods
- Urinary tract infections
- Painful sex (due to the absence of vaginal lubrication)
- Weak bones or frequent fractures (as estrogen works in conjunction with calcium and vitamin D, and its deficiency can mean a decrease in bone density)
Discussing the problem is important. But that doesn’t offer us the solution, does it? What can you do to prevent estrogen deficiency? Is there a way you can increase your estrogen levels? The good news is – there are multiple ways you might be able to avoid/treat this condition.
How To Increase Estrogen Levels
1. Get Your Levels Checked
Visit your doc. That’s the first thing you need to do. Even before you start off with an estrogen program (or any other way of increasing the levels in your body), take your doctor’s advice.
There are a variety of tests that can determine your hormone levels. Your blood might be tested for FSH (Follicle-Stimulating Hormone). You might want to try estrogen therapy after consulting your doctor. The therapies can include pills, topical gels, or skin patches.
2. Quit Smoking
Kick the butt. Smoking can have detrimental effects on the endocrine system, and this can limit your body’s ability to produce estrogen (1).
3. Change Your Diet
Your endocrine system needs a healthy body to produce adequate levels of estrogen. Eat healthy. And consume foods that contain phytoestrogens – soy products like tofu, soy nuts, edamame, which mimic the effects of estrogen. Other foods that contain phytoestrogens include peas, lima beans, cranberries, apricots, and prunes, broccoli, cauliflower, flax seeds, and whole grains.
Also, cut down on your sugar intake as it can lead to hormonal imbalances in the body (2).
4. Try Gaining Weight
In case you are underweight, that is. Being underweight can hinder your body’s ability to produce estrogen. Returning to a healthy weight can improve your estrogen levels.
5. Go For Chasteberry Supplements
Chasteberry is a herb that has shown to influence estrogen levels (3). But consult your doctor before consuming it as research in this aspect is limited as of now. Also, avoid chasteberry if you are taking birth control pills or using medications to treat Parkinson’s disease.
6. Consume Herbal Teas
Several herbal teas were found to enhance the estrogen levels. You can simply steep the herbs in hot water for about 5 minutes and then drink the tea.
Black and green teas contain phytoestrogens and can improve estrogen levels in your body.
7. Try Coffee
But not more than 400 mg of caffeine a day. Studies have shown that women who take more than 200 mg of caffeine a day have higher levels of estrogen than women who don’t.
But ensure you use organic coffee. Most coffee is heavily sprayed crop, which is why drinking organic coffee can keep you away from pesticides and other harmful fertilizers.
8. Embrace Exercise
Though there is research that exercise can lead to a drop in estrogen levels, moderate exercise can cut the risk of breast cancer and increase longevity.
These are some ways you can increase estrogen levels in your body. But ensure the levels are not too high as that might lead to another set of issues.
What Happens With Excess Estrogen Levels?
Also called estrogen dominance, this condition is marked by the following symptoms:
- Decreased sex drive
- Mood swings
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Cold hands or feet
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Anxiety/panic attacks
- Memory issues
- Tender breasts/breasts containing fibrocystic lumps
Estrogen deficiency is serious, but nothing to worry about. With proper care and treatment, you sure can revive your health and happiness.
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