The Hormone List: Symptoms of Low Oestrogen

What happens when oestrogen is too low in men and women? In my previous post I shared with you my essential list of understanding oestrogen. This post is all about what happens when it’s too low. Here's the list of symptoms:

  • Depression and anxiety. Why? Oestrogen stimulates the enzyme needed for serotonin production. Serotonin makes us feel happy and calm. Too little oestrogen = too little serotonin = sad and anxious you.

  • Poor sleep. Why? Well serotonin is used to make melatonin, which conks us out for a good nights sleep. If serotonin is low due to low oestrogen, there’s not enough to make melatonin, keeping us wired and tired all night.

  • Low sex drive. Low oestrogen means that the vaginal wall can become thin and less lubricated. This can make sex very uncomfortable and painful.

  • Dry skin. Why? Oestrogen stimulates skin-smoothing collagen and oils. The less oil we produce the harder it is for our skin to lock in moisture. Result? Dry itchy skin, pretty much everywhere.

  • Missing periods and infertility. If baby making isn’t on the radar just yet, you might rejoice at a missed period or two. But it’s really not something to dance about. Low levels of oestrogen mean there isn’t enough to mature an egg for fertilization, much less stimulate cell growth in the lining of the uterus. Hence very light to no bleeds every month.

  • Weak bones. Oestrogen promotes osteoblasts, bone building cells. Low levels mean insufficient bone stimulation predisposing you to higher risk of osteoporosis.

Who knew low levels of oestrogen could affect so much more than our ability to have a baby. Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing with you some of the factors that drive low oestrogen.

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