Estrogen is like Goldilocks & the 3 Bears: we don’t want too much or too little, we want ‘just right.’ While estrogen excess is common due to overexposure to xenoestrogens (plastic, pesticides, parabens), estrogen DEFICIENCY can make for miserable living, considering yknow, it’s a big piece to what makes a female a female!
The two biggest culprits of low estrogen? Hormonal birth control use (since it shuts down our hormone function) and too much stress via exercise/diet/lifestyle.
Potential Symptoms of Low Estrogen:
⚡️Lack of menstruation
⚡️Weight gain, persistent hunger
⚡️Vaginal dryness, difficulty orgasming
⚡️Depression (Estradiol works in conjunction w serotonin)
⚡️Dry Skin, hair loss, migraines
⚡️Insomnia, trouble sleeping
⚡️Bone loss, osteoporosis
⚡️Irregular or absent periods
(Among many others)
Potential Contributors to Low Estrogen:
⚡️Hormonal Birth Control
⚡️Extreme training & exercise
⚡️Overconsumption of Soy
⚡️Anorexia, low body fat percentage
⚡️Menopause, Premature Ovarian Failure
How to Test?
As always, @dutchtest is the MVP as it tests all hormones and hormone metabolites.
We actually have 4 types of estrogen. Estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), & estriol (E3). Estetrol (E4) is produced only during pregnancy. As always, we have to be careful with testing since we fluctuate depending on our cycle. We want labs done on day 19-21 of our cycle!
Remedying Low Estrogen:
⚡️Consider transitioning off hormonal birth control
⚡️Consider incorporating seed cyclin
⚡️Consider dialing up food to maintenance calories and make sure we’re eating a minimum of 60-70f
⚡️Sleep 8-10 hours daily and address stress
⚡️Minimize exercise frequency and intensity (CrossFit, Orange Theory, and Spin may be super stressful on the body day-in and day-out. Try mixing up modalities!)
⚡️Consider minimizing caffeine, gluten, & dairy consumption
⚡️Minimize exposure to plastic, pesticides, parabens (do an audit on skincare, cosmetics, beauty care, and cleaning supplies)
⚡️Consider supplementing Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Zinc, Magnesium, and Maca. Consult with doc and research to see if supplements like Vitex may be right for you
⚡️Consider incorporating phytoestrogen foods like flax, sesame, soy, pomegranates
⚡️Address insulin resistance and liver/gut issues
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