Women’s hormones are very strange. When your hormones are balanced, your body works perfectly. However, when they are unbalanced, your body may experience different problems. Today, we’d like to talk about your estrogen levels.
Estrogen is the primary female sex hormone. It is responsible for the development and regulation of the female reproductive system and secondary sex characteristics, such as breasts, pubic and armpit hair.
During the menstrual cycle, estrogen produces an environment suitable for the fertilization, implantation, and nutrition of an early embryo. Some women over 40 face the problem of high estrogen levels. High levels of estrogen can occur naturally.
Too much estrogen can also be the result of medication. There is a popular treatment during menopause, which is called estrogen replacement therapy. However, you should know that this therapy may cause the hormone to reach problematic levels.
What about symptoms of high estrogen? The symptoms of high estrogen include bloating, swelling and tenderness in the breasts, decreased sex drive, irregular menstrual periods, headaches, mood swings, fibrocystic developments in the breast, weight gain, hair loss, cold hands or feet, feeling tired or lacking energy, difficulty with memory, trouble sleeping, and also increased symptoms of premenstrual syndrome or PMS.
How can you diagnose a high level of estrogen? Firstly, you should consult with your doctor. Then, your doctor will order an estrogen blood test to check your estrogen levels. A blood sample will be tested in a laboratory. The results will indicate if your estrogen levels are too low, too high, or in a healthy range. The next step depends on your doctor. He can choose to prescribe medications, or change your lifestyle to eliminate your symptoms.
What’s more, high levels of estrogen can cause bad conditions. You should know that elevated estrogen levels are a risk factor for breast cancer. Also, high levels of estrogen can cause endometrial cancer.
If you notice any strange symptoms, you must immediately see your doctor. As we said earlier, your doctor will order an estrogen blood test, and then will prescribe an effective treatment. It is better to prevent the disease than to cure it. Take care!