Estrogen Deficiency

Common symptoms of Estrogen Deficiency

Here are some of the most common symptoms of Estrogen Deficiency with women going through the menopause or perimenopause.

Hot flushes

You can feel a sudden sensation of heat spreading through your body. It often rises from your chest. It happens randomly during the day. The symptoms can include sweating, flushed skin, anxiety and increased heart rate. In some instances, you can feel faint.

Night sweats

Night sweats often precede day flushes. These can occur sporadically years before you notice that you have symptoms related to your menopause. The severity varies amongst women. You can experience slight dampness or mild sweating behind your neck and chest area as you awaken in the morning or you can feel drenched, resulting in the need to change your night clothes. Therefore, sleep can be severely disrupted which can result in reduced energy levels, less focus and an inability to cope with your daily routine. In women who have quite a regular menstrual cycle, this often occurs a week or two before the start of their period.

Vaginal dryness

Vaginal dryness occurs in women of all ages but is much more common after menopause. It affects more than half of menopausal women and most do not seek any treatment.
Oestrogen keeps the vaginal walls lubricated, healthy and elastic. Reduced levels cause thinning of the tissues of the vagina and vulva, not only causing dryness but irritation and pain during sexual intercourse.

If left untreated, it may result in urinary symptoms such as incontinence and urinary tract infections.

Dry gritty eyes

Women are often unaware that deterioration in their eyesight and dry, gritty eyes could be related to estrogen deficiency.

Recurring or persistent urinary tract infections (UTI) or cystitis

Women are more prone to UTIs than men. As their estrogen levels drop, the incidence of UTI rises.

Worsening of urinary incontinence

Reduced estrogen levels result in thinning of all the pelvic organs which can result in the start of or worsening of urinary incontinence.

Dry skin, appearance of ageing like wrinkles

You may start noticing appearance of signs of ageing like wrinkles and dry skin. Some women complain of an altered sensation or all over itchiness.

Thinning hair

There are multiple reasons for thinning hair. These could be anything from autoimmune inflammatory diseases to genetic makeup, to deficiencies in certain nutrients and hormones such as estrogen.

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