by Charles Bollmann March 31, 2017

Estrogen is the primary female sex hormone and it plays a major role in both reproduction, and in the development and maintenance of female sex characteristics. Below is a list of the symptoms and risks associated with an estrogen deficiency and the 6 most common triggers.

Estrogen Deficiency Symptoms:

Brain fog, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, loss of libido, and menstrual irregularity.

Estrogen Deficiency Increases the Risk For:


Osteoporosis, depression, infertility, cardiovascular disease, and heart disease.

Top 6 Estrogen Deficiency Triggers


 #1: Menopause

Menopause causes the ovaries to release less hormones and it’s the leading cause of estrogen deficiency. Fortunately, most of the side-effects associated with menopause can be negated with estrogen replacement therapy.

#2: Premenopausal Hormone Changes


During pre-menopause the ovaries start to age and for some women a deficiency of estrogen and/or progesterone can develop. For these women, transdermal estradiol is recommended for the first 2 weeks of their cycle, followed by natural progesterone for the second half of their cycle.

#3: The Birth Control Pill

The pill stops ovulation and completely shuts down estradiol, which can lead to an estrogen deficiency. If a blood test shows low estradiol levels, transdermal estradiol and progesterone can be given in the same schedule recommended for premenopausal women.

#4: Childbirth

In most cases, post-partum side-effects are caused because estrogen levels are too high in relation to progesterone. However, estrogen levels should be measured prior to progesterone replacement therapy because there are certain cases where an estrogen deficiency is to blame. 

#5: Extreme Exercise or Disordered Eating


Over-exercising, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia can all cause a deficiency of estrogen and/or progesterone, and when this occurs, a woman’s sex drive, fertility and feminine characteristics may disappear. Replacing deficient female hormones can reverse these effects and help to restore a woman’s sense of ‘being a woman.’  

# 6: PCOS or Turner Syndrome

A deficiency of estrogen is particularly common in polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) sufferers who have low body fat. Turner syndrome is a genetic disorder and most sufferer’s also experience ovarian failure, and require long-term estrogen therapy.

 

 

 

Dr Bollmann, Skin Care Specialist, Anti-Aging Expert

Are you estrogen deficient? How do you tell?

Estrogen Deficiency Symptoms:

Do you have "brain fog"? Trouble thinking? Poor memory?

Are you always tired? Certainly other things cause this, but lack of estrogen is high on the list.

Are you always anxious?

Do you have trouble sleeping?

Night sweats, hot flashes, weight gain - all can be estrogen deficiency

Are you gaining weight?

Has your sex drive evaporated?

Are your periods regular?

The above can all be signs of a deficiency of estrogen. And this deficiency increases the risk for osteoporosis, depression, infertility, cardiovascular disease, and heart disease.


Top 6 Estrogen Deficiency Triggers


 #1: Menopause

Menopause causes the ovaries to release less hormones and it’s the leading cause of estrogen deficiency. Fortunately, most of the side-effects associated with menopause can be negated with estrogen replacement therapy.

If you choose to use HRT, then I recommend using bio-identical hormone replacement. Bio-identical hormones are the SAME hormones present in your body BEFORE menopause. They are not a synthetic replacement.

#2: Premenopausal Hormone Changes


During pre-menopause the ovaries start to age and for some women a deficiency of estrogen and/or progesterone can develop. For these women, transdermal estradiol is recommended for the first 2 weeks of their cycle, followed by natural progesterone for the second half of their cycle.

#3: The Birth Control Pill

The pill stops ovulation and completely shuts down estradiol, which can lead to an estrogen deficiency. If a blood test shows low estradiol levels, transdermal estradiol and progesterone can be given in the same schedule recommended for premenopausal women.

#4: Childbirth

In most cases, post-partum side-effects are caused because estrogen levels are too high in relation to progesterone. However, estrogen levels should be measured prior to progesterone replacement therapy because there are certain cases where an estrogen deficiency is to blame. 

#5: Extreme Exercise or Disordered Eating


Over-exercising, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia can all cause a deficiency of estrogen and/or progesterone, and when this occurs, a woman’s sex drive, fertility and feminine characteristics may disappear. Replacing deficient female hormones can reverse these effects and help to restore a woman’s sense of ‘being a woman.’  

# 6: PCOS or Turner Syndrome

A deficiency of estrogen is particularly common in polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) sufferers who have low body fat. Turner syndrome is a genetic disorder and most sufferer’s also experience ovarian failure, and require long-term estrogen therapy.

Charles Bollmann
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