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do women with addison's disease/adrenal insufficiency also suffer from low estrogen ?

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Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Not necessarily : If you are a post menopausal female your adrenal glands are providing your only source of estrogen. So if you have low adrenal function you could most certainly have low estrogen. However, you may also then have other low hormone levels like Progesterone and testosterone. The truth is most women do not suffer from low estrogen, you need very little but they frequently suffer from low progesterone.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Do women with addison's adrenal insufficiency have low estrogen ?

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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatric Endocrinology 21 years experience
Not necessarily: However if both are present (i.E ai and premature ovarian failure) then a condition called autoimmune polyglandular syndrome may be the underlying cause. Checking thyroid and calcium levels in addition to fasting glucose is needed to make sure no additional endocrine deficits are present. Obviously this must be done under the care of an endocrinologist. Good luck.

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