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Low Estrogen Levels 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Estrogen: Have referred this to an ob/gyn colleague. ...Read more
When and what tests must be done to find out estrogen and progesterone levels in a woman to check for estrogen dominance and low progesterone?
What happens if all the woman in your family have small breasts does that mean, low estrogen levels run in the family?
32 yr old female, low estrogen levels. Dr wants to stop estrave and start birth control to supplement. Which birth control brand would be best?
Many brands: There are many different BCPs which have different amounts of estrogens and progesterones in them. You and your doc may have to try several before you get the one that is right for you. They all work. It is the varying side effects that have to be managed. ...Read more
Is it possible for female to ve low estrogen but normal pb TSH and FSH levels in blood? Or is FSH another name of estrogen?
Yes and no: Estradiol the most common estrogen is a hormone produced in the ovary in the cells which surround the egg. Levels are low early in the cycle fluctuate quite a bit and peak before ovulation. Fsh is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland near the brain and it stimulates eggs to grow. Fsh levels get very high with menopause. Tsh is a pituitary hormone that stimulates the thyroid gland. Pb is lead. ...Read more
My morning cortisol level is 40 ug/dl (high). I have low estrogen (31 yr old female) and am on estrace (estradiol). What cld be causing the high level?
Without confirmation: by repeat testing, other additional lab, a good history/physical -- the single test doesn't confirm anything. Much more evaluation is needed. Check w/your physician. ...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
I'm 39 yr old female testosterone level is a 7, estradiol is <5.1, estrogen is 79, LH 4.9 & FSH 5.6 TSH 1.950. Need 2nd opinion r numbers to low/high?
It depends somewhat: On when the blood was drawn, which exact tests were done, and by what lab, but generally the numbers look totally normal. Your pituitary gland seems to think the levels are appropriate. If you have questions, check w/your doctor. ...Read more
Varies: Estrogen levels fall at menopause. This is a natural transition for all women between ages 40 and 55. The decline in estrogen can happen abruptly in younger women whose ovaries are removed. The "normal" level of Estrogens in premenopausal women depend on what part of the cycle they (typically estradiol) are measured as well as the different labs that are used. ...Read more
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