Estrogen is the primary sex hormone in females, responsible for female fertility and regulating many functions of the body. Estrogen deficiency is an expected part of the menopause which normally occurs at the average age of 51 for women. Sometimes estrogen deficiency occurs before the menopause. The symptoms of estrogen deficiency are listed below, as are some natural remedies that can help with the symptoms.
Symptoms of Estrogen Deficiency
There are many signs that the body’s estrogen levels are too low. The most common of these are:
- Irregular bleeding, very light bleeding, heavy bleeding or cessation of periods
- Declining or absent libido
- Mood swings and intense emotional reactions
- Depression and anxiety
- Headaches and migraines
- Vaginal dryness
- Low blood pressure
- Hot flashes/flushes
- Disrupted sleep
- Thinning hair
- Difficulty concentrating and poor memory
- Urinary incontinence
- Higher cholesterol levels
Pre – menopausal Estrogen Deficiency
As already mentioned, it is expected and normal for menopausal women to have declining estrogen levels. However, this can occur with women who have not yet entered the menopause. Some women, in particular athletes undergoing intensive training, can experience the cessation of periods which is linked to estrogen deficiency.
Pre-menopausal estrogen deficiency needs to be immediately investigated.
There are some serious conditions that can be associated with low estrogen levels such as thyroid disorders, some cancers and some genetic diseases. It is therefore necessary to eliminate these possibilities in pre-menopausal women before the deficiency is treated.
In most cases this will take the form of estrogen or hormone replacement supplements until the body returns to its normal cycle.
Estrogen Deficiency in the Menopause
The menopause is the period in a woman’s life when estrogen levels are falling, but also fluctuating quite erratically, and eventually estrogen production from the ovaries will cease altogether.
The menopause can be a very distressing time for some women due to the wildly fluctuating estrogen levels within the body.
Most of the symptoms for estrogen deficiency are the same for both pre-menopausal and menopausal women. However, mood swings and sometimes intense emotions are associated more with the fluctuating levels of estrogen rather than just the deficiency of them.
Natural Remedies for Estrogen Deficiency
1.) Black Cohosh – a centuries old traditional medicine which contains an agent that is thought to mimic estrogen.
2.) Licorice – helpful in regulating hormone imbalances.
3.) Organic Maca – hailed as a little miracle by menopausal women. This tuber has been used as a food source and natural remedy by the Peruvians for centuries. Unlike other natural remedies which externally replace estrogen, this plant will stimulate the body to produce its own correct levels.
For further information on all of these natural remedies see this article.
The menopause is an inevitable occurrence for all women once they reach a certain age. As previously mentioned the average age is 51 but it can occur much earlier (and later) in some women. If you are exhibiting symptoms of estrogen deficiency and think you are not yet menopausal it is wise to seek medical advice immediately. In most cases the estrogen deficiency is temporary and can be treated very easily.