Oestrogen (Estrogen is the US spelling), often called the “female hormone,” plays a pivotal role in the intricate dance of our bodily functions. While most people are familiar with its association with menstruation and menopause, oestrogen deficiency can manifest in a myriad of lesser-known symptoms that are equally important. In this blog post, we’re diving deep into the less-discussed signs of oestrogen deficiency, shedding light on the often-overlooked aspects of hormonal imbalance.
The Oestrogen Orchestra
Oestrogen isn’t just about reproduction; it’s a conductor orchestrating a symphony of functions throughout the body. When this hormonal maestro falters, it can lead to a range of unexpected symptoms that extend beyond the expected hot flashes and mood swings.
The Lesser-Known Oestrogen Deficiency Symptoms:
- Hair Changes: Oestrogen deficiency can cause hair to become dry, brittle, and more prone to breakage. You might notice an increase in hair loss or thinning.
- Skin Alterations: Oestrogen plays a role in maintaining skin elasticity and hydration. Its deficiency can lead to drier skin, increased wrinkles, and even acne breakouts.
- Tooth and Gum Issues: Oestrogen deficiency may contribute to oral health problems, such as gum inflammation and bone loss, potentially leading to tooth mobility and tooth loss.
- Eye Troubles: Dry eyes and vision changes can occur due to hormonal fluctuations, often causing discomfort and blurred vision.
- Joint Pain: Oestrogen deficiency may exacerbate joint pain and stiffness, particularly in conditions like osteoarthritis.
- Cognitive Challenges: Some women may experience memory lapses, brain fog, and difficulty concentrating as oestrogen levels decline.
- Urinary Changes: Oestrogen plays a role in maintaining the health of the urinary tract. Its deficiency can lead to frequent urinary tract infections, urgency, or incontinence.
Navigating Oestrogen Deficiency
Understanding these lesser-known estrogen deficiency symptoms is crucial for early detection and management. If you suspect oestrogen imbalance, it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional who can perform hormone level tests and recommend appropriate interventions. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or lifestyle changes, such as a balanced diet and regular exercise, may help alleviate symptoms and support overall well-being.
By shining a light on these often-overlooked aspects of oestrogen deficiency, we hope to empower individuals to seek the necessary support and take proactive steps toward hormonal balance. After all, our hormones are intricately woven into the fabric of our health, influencing far more than we may initially realise.
Interested to investigate if you have oestrogen deficiency, and what other hormones are out of balance? At Dr Kathleen & Team, we offer a DUTCH profile to assess your hormones and their metabolites, as well as your adrenal hormones that complement your reproductive hormones and are even more important as we age.If within New Zealand, you can order this test from our website anytime and collect your urine sample from home using the specimen kit we will ship to you, and once collected, you can ship it in the enclosed prepaid courier bag for analysis. We will be in touch to book you in for your initial consultation with one of our functional naturopathic practitioners (an additional consultation fee applies apart from the test kit fee on the website). Let us guide you in a customised natural approach to hormone management.