Estrogen Deficiency

Signs of Estrogen Deficiency

Estrogen is one of the main hormones in making you a woman – soft and seductive, your mood is stable, you feel sexy and you’ve got mojo.

In fact, it also keeps you wrinkle-free, having regular periods and a sharp brain.

Estrogen is able to do all this because it’s critical in maintaining the structure and function of your vaginal and vulvar tissues.

Now, let’s look at what happens when you have too little estrogen- well, of course the opposite of all the above: you are dry, cranky, sleepless, brain fogged, and sex is not on your agenda.

This means it’s time to look under the hood, ladies.

Estrogen deficiency can also give you joint pains, endometriosis, weight gain, breast tenderness, hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause.

Estrogen deficiency can be a major problem in women with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia where it aggravates all the above symptoms and can even contribute to these conditions.

And, it’s a catch-22 because women with estrogen deficiency also often experience low levels of serotonin and other neurotransmitters. It’s no wonder you feel so lousy!

Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet notes that symptoms of estrogen deficiency can appear five to twelve years before any of your blood tests actually reveal a deficiency of estrogen.

This is because blood levels of estrogen do not register as abnormal until the deficiency has lasted for many years.

In fact, for all women, but especially those with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, one of the signs of estrogen deficiency is to observe if any of your symptoms (pain, fatigue, brain fog, etc) are worse around your menstrual cycle. This can give a good indication that estrogen and possibly even progesterone deficiency is contributing to your symptoms.

Estrogen deficiency can also show up as abdominal discomfort, any symptoms relating to your cycle, and also early menopause. Estrogen deficiency has a strong role to play in development of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in women – and the opposite is true as well.

Low estrogen also stimulates appetite. When estrogen is balanced, it keeps the hunger hormone leptin in check. But when estrogen is low, leptin leaps up. You can see how this can cause weight gain in time.

The last but not the least symptom of low estrogen is infertility. Estrogen is in its peak in a woman in her 20’s and starts to decline by 30. But, for some women it is a sharp decline and contributes to conditions like subfertility.

So, what can you do to balance your estrogen?

  1. Cut out caffeine and gluten, which decrease estrogen.
  2. Get your estrogen levels tested by a good Functional Medicine doc.
  3. Eat more pomegranates.
  4. Add more fiber to your diet to help your microbiome.
  5. Acupuncture is known to raise estrogen.

Make a promise to yourself starting today:

Stop feeling lousy…rotten…awful…crummy…miserable…terrible…crappy.

Find a good Functional Medicine doctor to help you get to the root cause of your health problems.

Like I always say:

Find the cause.

Fix the cause.

Feel normal again!

Dr carri

Dr. Carri Drzyzga, DC, ND – The Functional Medicine Doc

Find the Cause. Fix the Cause. Feel Normal Again!

 

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