A normal estrogen level can range from 50 to 400 pg/ml while a woman is in her reproductive phase. While in reproductive life, estrogen is constantly fluctuating due to the menstrual cycle and menopause.
Continue reading for more information on why normal estrogen levels are important.
Why Is it Important to Have Normal Estrogen Levels?
Estrogen and its partner progesterone take turns driving the menstrual cycle along.
Estrogen rises and peaks in the first half of the cycle during ovulation, and then falls because progesterone rises. When these two hormones do their job, everything in the body works well and the brain gives good feedback to the hormones.
With any disruption of the hormone levels, both of the hormones can become out of balance.
Why Do Estrogen Levels Fall?
There are many reasons why estrogen levels may fall. Here is a list of the some of the causes of low estrogen levels:
- Stress and fatigue
- Extreme exercise or training
- Eating disorders
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PMS)
What Happens during Menopause?
As the amount of eggs in a woman's body runs out, the body will stop producing the quantity of estrogen it did before. When a woman has not had her period for 12 consecutive months, she has gone through menopause.
In a perfect world, progesterone would match the estrogen left in the body, but normally the levels don't match and through the turbulent time of menopause, women are left to deal with their changing bodies.
Here a list of some of the common symptoms of estrogen fluctuations:
- Headaches and dizziness
- Low sex drive
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Uterine fibroids
- Urinary tract infection
Treatments for Normal Estrogen Levels
As mentioned above there can be many reasons for hormone fluctuations. Medical treatments like hormone replacement therapy (HRT), have worked for many women, but come with certain health risks. It is best to visit your doctor.
Exercise and eating a well balanced diet are important in maintaining health while the body is going through this transition. Staying away from alcohol and tobacco will also improve overall health and relieve stress.
Alternative medicine, such acupuncture, teas, and herbal supplements have been known to help women without any side effects.
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