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Causes Of Low Estrogen In Young Women
Premature ovarian: Failure, or a problem in the hypothalamus or pituitary that leads to decreased estrogen stimulation. In some cases, extreme exercise, particularly with weight loss such as seen in an eating disorder, can also cause this. Ingestion of anabolics can do this as well. Less commonly, a prolactin secreting pituitary tumor can do the same thing. Check w/your physician. ...Read more
Pituitary/ovarian: As always, a thorough history and physical exam by a medical doctor is a must. The pituitary gland stimulates the ovaries to produce estrogen so there might be a problem with the pituitary gland (located in the brain) or the ovaries may not be producing adequate estrogen. Some common causes are eating disorders, excessive exercise and excessive stress. ...Read more
What causes high progesterone (3x upper limit) in post-menapausal female? (also testosterone 4x upper limit). Very low estrogen. Hyst. 2007, 1 ovary
Have labs repeated.: If they remain in this range, it may be that you have some metabolic defect that is causing a build up of those hormones. Progesterone is a precursor to the other hormones, and rarely testosterone-secreting ovarian tumors can develop on the ovaries, so you need a sonogram to look for that, also, was it total or free testosterone that was that high. Total that high more conerning than free. ...Read more
Why does low progesterone or estrogen dominance cause acne in women with pcos? How does that happen?
Hyperandrogenism: Acne in women with pcos is caused by hyperandrogenism (too much male-type hormones) including testosterone, produced by the ovaries. Insulin resistance promotes hyperandrogenism. Treatments include Insulin sensitizers like metformin if you're trying to conceive, or birth control pills and anti-androgens like spironolactone if not ttc. 'low progesterone' occurs in women with pcos who don't ovulate. ...Read more
What causes low blood level of dhea. I'm 25 female. Adrenal tumor maybe? I have high estrogen and chronic fatigue, body pain etc...
See endocrinologist: Dhea isn't a hormone we typically measure at random because it isn't as reliable as the longer 1/2 life of dheas. Likewise, we usually don't measure total estrogen as it isn't helpful. Dhea is most reliable when compared before and after IV acth during stim testing around other hormones. Adrenal insufficiency can't be identified with a random dhea. ...Read more
Morning cortisol level of 40 ug/dl, TSH is 4.4. On estrace (estradiol) (2mg) for low estrogen. 31 year old female. Is cortisol level cause for concern?
Elevated Cortisol: A cortisol of 40 is high and even though exogenous estrogen is known to slightly elevate serum cortisol levels, a value of 40 needs to be evaluated. Long term corrisol elevation is injurious to your health and may signify an underlying adrenal glandular condition, such as Cushing's syndrome. You should follow up with an endocrinologist soon. ...Read more
30 yr old female. Secondary amenorreha, low estrogen is cause (6pg/ml). On Premarin (conjugated estrogens). 625mg, & feel horrible, dizzy. Would an estradiol therapy work?
HRT: You may also try the vaginal suppositories if the tablets make you feel this way. ...Read more
I am a 45 year old female that is experiencing severe cystic acne on my chin with acne on my forehead. Labs show low testosterone with normal estrogen and progesterone. Will testosterone help or cause more acne.
Periods: Menopause is a time when the ovaries stopped producing estrogen. The symptoms of hot flashes, pain with intercourse, and droopy breasts. In women of reproductive age, the symptoms may be different. Very light periods, lack of periods, or shrinking breasts can be clues. You can determine low estrogen by a blood test (lh, fsh, estradiol) on day 2 or 3 of the menstrual cycle and a week before. ...Read more
How can you tell as a woman if you have low estrogen levels and if so how can you increase them safely?
Just remember:: The timing of when the labs were drawn is of critical importance in interpreting them. During the first week after menses (or during the menses or right before menses, the estrogen levels will be very low- and that is normal). Ideally, hormone levels are checked on day 21-23 of menstrual cycle. ...Read more
Could low estrogen be a cause of high morning cortisol (40)? How bad is a morning cortisol of 40?
No: Hi. No, low estrogen does not cause high AM cortisol. Estrogen stimulates cortisol binding globulin (CBG) and thus total cortisol (free cortisol remaining normal). Low estrogen would predictably cause lower cortisol. If CBG is constitutively elevated, total serum cortisol is elevated. An AM cortisol of 40 is quite abnormal. Does your doc suspect Cushing's? Do urine cortisol and dex suppression. ...Read more
If a female remains celibate after divorce for long ie; more then 16 year & still is, can this cause estrogen level to decline to below normal level?
Does progesterone only pill deplete your estrogen/cause an imbalance. Could it push you into menapausal symptoms? What if you are low estrogen already
I am a 25 y/o female with one ovary, and low estrogen. My re won't do anything about it till I see him later this month. Help! My headaches are severe.?
Patience: Headaches can be due to hormone fluctuations. If you are undergoing infertility treatments there are special protocols that need to be followed to help with pregnancy. There are non-hormonal therapies that can be helpful and are safe in pregnancy and you may need to call your regular gynecologist or family practitioner to seek treatment while waiting on the rei dr. ...Read more
Do women with pcos have high estrogen levels or low estrogen? I've heard it's usually high but somewhere it's mentioned that the levels are low.
Pcos: Women with pcos more frequently have higher estrogen levels. The problem however is compounded by an excess of androgen hormones e.g. Testosterone that causes many problems. Also women with pcos tend to develop hyperinsulinism that make matters much worse. Pcos requires careful medical attention to maintain health. ...Read more
Theoretically the lack of estrogen and progesterone in women causes menses to cease. Therefore why doesn't HRT causes menses?
It should: If hrt is given continuously, in other words, estrogen and Progesterone on a daily basis with no breaks, then you should not have any bleeding unless it is a breakthrough bleed. If you cycle on e and p and go off it them for 5 days then many women will experience light bleeding. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Not likely: The high ratio of women to men in sle has been theoretically attributed to the uplifting effect of estrogen on the immune system during child-bearing years but there is much data to contradict this. In addition, the replacement of estrogen postmenopause does not change the sle frequency or severity. There is no evidence to suggest low estrogen as a result of autoimmune diseases. ...Read more
Estrogen: Have referred this to an ob/gyn colleague. ...Read more