Symptoms of declining estrogen levels include:
- Physical symptoms such as dry skin, weight gain, headaches, breast tenderness, and hot flashes
- Sexual symptoms including vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive, and dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
- Mental and emotional symptoms such as memory and concentration problems, moodiness and irritability, and mental fogginess
Sleep issues can occur with declining estrogen levels as well and may present as both substantial and persistent fatigue and insomnia.
Is This Normal?
Estrogen levels naturally diminish as we age. Many of the symptoms associated with declining estrogen levels are common during menopause, a period that typically lasts for ten to twelve months. These symptoms may also be present during perimenopause, the ten or so years leading up to menopause, and may continue during postmenopausal as well.
In addition to aging, declining levels of estrogen may be related to:
- Anorexia and Bulimia
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Turner Syndrome
- Fragile X Syndrome
- Ovary Removal
- Issues With the Endocrine System
- Excessive Exercise
When symptoms of declining estrogen levels manifest earlier in life, for example in your 20s, 30s, or 40s, they can be a sign of things to come. Discussing your symptoms with a hormone specialist can help to determine the best course of action and assist you in learning if BHRT is the right solution for your needs.
Osteoporosis and Estrogen
Declining hormone levels increase the risk of osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones become weak and brittle. With osteoporosis, any stress placed on the bones, including simple acts like bending over, can cause a bone fracture. Fractured bones can impact abilities in the present and the long-term, but also increase risks for damage to surrounding nerves, muscles, blood vessels, and tissue, which can complicate recovery and result in lasting damage. BHRT offers a real solution.
Safe, effective, and simple, BHRT helps to increase estrogen levels and balance hormones to address the symptoms of estrogen decline and reduce the risks of osteoporosis. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of this common disorder, we encourage you to contact us right away to be put in touch with a qualified provider in your area.