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estrogen_levels_too_lowHow to Measure Estrogen Levels in Women

When it comes to good general health, having a normal Estrogen level is vital to women. If a woman has estrogen levels too low or high it can lead to physical and mental issues. So if this is the case, how is it possible to know if estrogen levels are too low in your body?

How Do I Know if My Estrogen is Too Low?

Estrogen is a hormone that in women is produced mainly in the ovaries, but can also be produced in the adrenal glands. When estrogen levels too low in the body, there will be certain symptoms that a woman will experience. Low estrogen symptoms include the following:
  • Feeling fatigued
  • Night Sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Emotional mood swings, including depression
  • Changes in monthly cycle that are irregular
  • Bone loss and density.
These symptoms are similar to Peri-menopause and Menopause symptoms because this is usually the time that women will start to notice a lowering in their estrogen levels, although some women who are younger can experience low estrogen levels as well due to other issues in their body such as an eating disorder or a genetic disease. Here are some of the causes of low estrogen levels in young women:
  • An eating disorder such as Anorexia or Bulimia
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Extreme exercise and athletic training
  • A miscarriage
  • Hypogonadism: which is a decreased functioning of the ovaries
  • Hypopituitarism: a decrease functioning of the pituitary gland
If you're having any of these symptoms, you need to get tested to see what you estrogen levels actually are. There are at home tests that a woman can now purchase and take, but it's best to see a doctor and let her administer the test. If the test comes back stating that the Estrogen levels are actually low, it will then be up to a doctor to determine the proper course of treatment and if any is actually needed. Some women can deal with declining estrogen by just taking supplements such as calcium to help with bone loss or maybe changing their diet. Usually, this will be women who are at the age where they are experiencing peri-menopause. When it comes to younger women with low estrogen levels, a doctor will no doubt want to use a different course of treatment to help balance estrogen levels. It will be up to the doctor to decide what the best course of treatment for any woman with estrogen levels too low will be. Estrogen is a vital part of a woman's over all health, but eventually all women will experience a natural decline in estrogen levels as they age.
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