When you think of hormonal problems in women, you likely conjure up the typical stereotypes. Perhaps you think about awful mood swings that have men locked in their rooms. Maybe you think about sudden hot flashes that can melt snow. Perhaps you think about women growing mustaches while simultaneously losing fistfuls of hair from their head.
While all of these things can happen for some women, there is often a lot more to hormonal problems than these infamous symptoms. What’s more, each hormone may bring its own set of nasty problems. Take a look at these symptoms that come from a problem with one of the most famous female hormones, estrogen, and find out what a hormonal problem really looks like.
When Levels are Too Low
When estrogen levels are too low, it can bring a unique set of problems to your body. One of the most common and often complained about symptoms is that of low libido or general dryness. Estrogen levels help to balance out the sex drive, so without enough estrogen, libido may suffer greatly. Many women also experience hot flashes and night sweats.
Less common, but still prevalent symptoms of low estrogen are thinning hair and unexplainable weight gain. While these symptoms may be normal for short spans of time around typical times of change (menstruation, pregnancy, etc.), long term symptoms may need a second look.
When Levels are Too High
High levels of estrogen, also known as estrogen dominance, may bring its own set of negative symptoms. Because of the strange symptoms associated with this problem, many women initially suspect pregnancy. Some women have sudden weight gain or difficulty losing weight. A woman may also experience breast tenderness, headaches, and irregular menstruation. While, if needed, it is absolutely smart to rule out possible pregnancy, it might also be a good idea to have your estrogen levels checked if you have any of these symptoms for a long period of time.
If you do suspect a problem with your estrogen levels, whether too high or too low, get to HerKare and let a treatment professional get you tested. A physician may be able to test your estrogen (and other hormone) levels to determine if that is the cause of your problems. If an imbalance is found, they may be able to help you get a treatment plan made specifically for you. Let a physician at HerKare help you get hormonally healthy now and in the future.