Was Aretha Franklin talking about estrogen when she sang "You make me feel like a natural woman?"
Well... no. But she could have been.
Most people know estrogen for it's feminizing qualities, but it's so much more important than that one aspect.
We've assembled the the top 7 signs that your estrogen levels may be too low. And these harmful effects of low estrogen demonstrate just how crucial this hormone really is.
So how many apply to you?
1. Pain During Sex
Painful intercourse is one of the biggest tell-tale signs of low estrogen. That's why it leads off our list.
The reason that sexual activity can become uncomfortable or even painful in women with low estrogen is that estrogen is responsible for promoting vaginal lubrication.
If sex has become difficult or painful, lowered estrogen levels may be to blame.
2. Increase in UTIs
The same loss of natural vaginal lubrication responsible for sexual dysfunction can be at the root of Urinary Tract Infections.
Vaginal lubrication is not just about sexual activity. Proper lubrication creates a healthy environment that wards of the development of bacteria, which can lead to a UTI.
3. Breast Tenderness
Many women have soreness or tenderness in their breasts before their monthly cycle as a result of elevated estrogen and progesterone levels.
So why does low estrogen cause the same?
Women who are entering perimenopause don't just experience estrogen loss. The process can be rocky, and levels of estrogen may spike and dip quickly.
When this happens, breast tenderness is often an accompanying symptom. Speaking of the effects of fluctuating hormones...
4. Emotional Turbulence/Depression
When hormones are shifting, our mood can become unstable. For evidence of this phenomenon, just remember junior high school.
The same is often true for vacillating and dropping estrogen levels. The mere fluctuation causes emotional volatility. But with estrogen, lowered levels may make us more susceptible to feeling down, or even depressed.
That's because estrogen has a positive impact on our brains, effectively increasing levels of the nuerotransmitter serotonin (one of our natural feel-good chemicals).
5. Hot Flashes
Decreases in estrogen often lead to hot flashes. That's why the majority of women experience them during menopause.
The reasons behind this seemingly random overheating get a little complex.
But the simplest explanation of the cause is that the areas of our brains responsible for hormone and temperature regulation are right beside each other. As the hormone regulating part of the brain works overtime to lift falling estrogen levels, the neighboring temperature regulation area is adversely effected.
It's kind of like the house next door blaring music through the night. The problem isn't in your home, but you'll probably lose a few winks.
Healthy levels of estrogen are important for maintaining your energy. So if you've noticed a decrease in energy without a correlating life change, it could be low estrogen.
Hormones play a big role in headaches. In fact, 2/3 of women who experience migraines say that they improve after menopause.
Headaches can be caused by estrogen fluctuation, or by lowered estrogen levels generally, because of the relationship that estrogen has with chemicals in the brain that affect pain levels.
Either way, the onset or alteration of headaches could be related to estrogen level changes and especially decreases.
What To Do
Do several of these signs of low estrogen apply to you? Do you want to reverse those disruptive symptoms and feel your best again?
We recommend starting with our Bio-Identical Estrogen Cream: Estro-Life.
Estro-Life is an easy, once-daily cream application that can ease the frustrations of low estrogen. Here's how it works:
Packed with Estriol
The key to Estro-Life’s impact is bio-identical estriol. Estriol is one of the three types of estrogen found in our bodies, and is the estrogen that is most consistently lowered in menopause and peri-menopause.
The estriol you supplement with Estro-Life is also bio-identical, which means that it has the exact structure of the estriol our bodies produce naturally. Give your body the same hormone that has always worked for you. And Estro-Life by Smoky Mountain Nutrition has 2-3 times the estriol content of the average bio-identical supplement.
Our skin is actually a great entry point for supplemental hormones. Because the skin absorbs these hormones, they are allowed to pass into the bloodstream where they are sent out to all the tissues of the body.
Getting hormones into the blood is the true goal of hormone supplementation creams. Once the hormones are present in the blood, they can have the same wide-ranging impact as if they had been produced in the endocrine system. This makes hormone creams the perfect delivery system for hormone supplementation.
Estrogen Supplementation Results
This is what bringing estrogen into balance can do for you:
- Reduce or even eliminate hot flashes and nights sweats
- Stabilize disruptive mood swings
- Restore vaginal function and sexual health
- Clear brain fog
- Restore energy levels
The Smoky Mountain Nutrition Difference
Estro-Life is meticulously formulated and manufactured to give you the quality of life that you deserve. And because nothing but the best will do, Estro-Life is:
- Non-aromatic, and spreads easily for simple, unobtrusive application
- Dairy Free, Non-GMO, Gluten Free, Soy Free, micronized, and bio-identical
- Loaded with Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate) to maximize benefits to your skin
- The most estriol-dense cream available (2-3 times the average)