Estrogen is the female hormone that could be described as the "femininity hormone". When we experience an estrogen imbalance, or low estrogen levels, many of our feminine characteristics may suffer. Low estrogen creates fragility, dryness and reduced resistance to infection. An estrogen imbalance with low estrogen levels may result in painful intercourse, urinary tract infections, and incontinence.
All of your skin may be affected badly by low estrogen. Skin dryness, itching and feeling the 'creepy crawlies' can all be the result of low estrogen levels as we age. Dryness can also be experienced by your eyes, your nails and even your hair, resulting in thinning hair and hair loss.
Because low estrogen affects brain receptors, apathy, depression, feelings of isolation, anxiousness and moodiness can also be experienced by a woman with an estrogen imbalance. Estrogen is vitally important to clear thinking and memory. Women with low estrogen may have foggy thinking and short term memory loss.
Many women experiencing a drop in estrogen levels notice that they are suffering from significant fatigue. Research has found that both your lack of energy and symptoms of joint inflammation may also be related to dropping estrogen levels.
As you enter perimenopause and menopause, you may experience one or more of these symptoms of low estrogen and hormone imbalance. And for some women, too much estrogen can create similar effects.
Additional symptoms of low estrogen levels include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Bone Loss
- Heavy Perspiration
- Lower back pain
- Low libido
- Exercise intolerance
- Feelings of low self-esteem and a loss of the sense of well being
- Bloating after meals
- Numerous bladder infections
- Difficulty sleeping
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