While oestrogen is mostly known for its role in female reproduction, this hormone also plays a part in achieving optimum brain, bone and heart health. Furthermore, oestrogen also has regulative functions with regards to metabolism, body weight and insulin sensitivity.
Low levels of oestrogen are therefore a catalyst for many physical and emotional health concerns and would need to be addressed by a medical professional.
Symptoms of low oestrogen
As with any medical condition, early detection is key. These are some of the symptoms women may notice early on:
Irregular periods & infertility
Oestrogen is one of the main hormones behind a healthy menstrual cycle and ovulation. If your body doesn’t produce enough, your periods may be irregular or disappear completely, and ovulation could be prevented as well.
Oestrogen plays a part in the production of serotonin (the happy hormone) in the brain. Lower levels could therefore cause mood swings and even depression.
Oestrogen is needed to ensure that the lining of the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder) can successfully keep the bad bacteria out. Increased urinary tract infections (UTIs) could occur if oestrogen levels are too low.
Oestrogen regulates glucose and lipid metabolism, which means a lack of this hormone could lead to weight gain or difficulty when trying to lose weight.
Low oestrogen treatment
After low oestrogen levels have been confirmed by your healthcare professional, they may suggest some of the following treatments:
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can take on various forms from oral pills, topical creams and patches, to vaginal rings and tablets. The goal is to replace the lost oestrogen through a method that is suitable to your unique circumstances, as prescribed by your doctor.
Eating foods high in phytoestrogens
Obtaining oestrogen levels for optimal health doesn’t always require drastic measures. In some cases, eating healthily and including foods high in phytoestrogens, which mimic oestrogen in the body, could address the issue naturally.
- Soybeans (tofu, miso etc.)
- Flax seeds
- Sesame seeds
A lack of exercise or excessive exercising can lead to lower levels of oestrogen. Be steady and consistent with your exercise regime to regenerate oestrogen production.
Are low oestrogen levels genetic?
No. However, our genetics can have an impact on our hormonal health. DNA Testing from GENEWAY™ allows you to understand your genetic make-up and make better choices towards achieving improved hormonal health. For more information talk to our experts.