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Signs of Low Estrogen

Your hormones play a significant role in regulating processes around your body. Your body naturally produces several hormones, and you can develop irregularities in the levels of any one of them.

If you have overly low levels of hormones like estrogen, you may struggle with confusing symptoms like sleeplessness and weight gain. Medically supervised hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can resolve your symptoms and restore the balance of your whole-body health.

At Morris Medical Center, Dareld R. Morris II, DO and his experienced care team offer support and treatment to new and existing patients with hormone imbalances, including low estrogen. Here’s what Dr. Morris wants his patients to know about the potential symptoms of low estrogen.

What is estrogen?

For women, estrogen production is typically higher than in men. That’s why we associate estrogen with the female gender. Beginning at puberty, increased levels of estrogen cause women to develop secondary sexual characteristics. Estrogen continues to play an important role throughout a woman’s life.

Estrogen supports uterine and mammary changes during pregnancy, and contributes to your monthly menstrual cycle. Estrogen contributes to your dietary needs, regulating your glucose levels and food intake impulses. Estrogen also contributes to your bone and cholesterol metabolism.

Your estrogen is produced in your ovaries. Several conditions could cause your ovaries to produce insufficient estrogen, including pituitary gland problems, low body weight, and, in women over 40 years of age, perimenopause.

The most common times in a woman’s life to have low estrogen are before puberty and before menopause. However, you could also suffer from low estrogen levels at any point in your life.

How you know your estrogen is low

The symptoms of low estrogen can seem confusing when they first develop, because estrogen contributes to so many of your physical functions. You could see symptoms including:

In addition to being uncomfortable to experience, low estrogen can also permanently damage your fertility. Get your symptoms checked out by a medical professional sooner, not later!

Once we’ve tested and confirmed your low estrogen, the care team at Morris Medical Center can get started re-balancing your hormones. With treatment, you can improve your quality of life and prevent the development of health issues related to your low estrogen.

Treatment options to restore your estrogen levels

If you’re between the ages of 25 and 50, you may benefit from estrogen therapy treatment. Dr. Morris prescribes a high dose estrogen medication that restores your internal balance, protecting you from the risks of low estrogen. Your medication can come as an oral dose, an injection, or even a topical cream. Long-term use may increase your risk of some cancers.

If you’re approaching menopause, HRT might be the right choice for you. In this therapy, we enhance your natural hormones, maintaining balance to mitigate your symptoms of menopause. Your dosage is fully adjustable, so we can customize your HRT treatment for your health and wellness needs. HRT can increase your risks of cardiovascular disease, blood clotting, stroke, and breast cancer.

To guide you through the process of diagnosing and managing your low estrogen levels, contact Dr. Morris today. The team at Morris Medical Center can evaluate your case, and recommend the best treatment to re-balance your hormones — and your life. You can schedule your initial consultation appointment at Morris Medical Center by giving us a call, or you can book with the online tool.

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