As one of the primary female sex hormone, estrogen is important to understand. Many women experience hormonal imbalances and don’t realize it. They are told everything is normal or that what they are feeling might be “all in their heads.” We’ve found that most women don’t know what signs to look for to be able to recognize a hormonal imbalance. As part of our mission to empower women in their health to make a bigger impact in the world; we’re reviewing symptoms so you can know if your estrogen levels are out of balance.


What is estrogen and why is it important?

Estrogen has many functions in the body throughout the lifecycle for women. It starts the process of puberty, including helping with the development and maturation of primary and secondary sex organs. This looks like the development of breast tissue, underarm and pubic hair, and the start of the menstrual cycle.

In females, estrogen works on the reproductive system, causing the readiness of the uterus to bear children each month. It also works by strengthening the skeletal system, helps regulate cholesterol and blood sugar. Additionally, estrogen has impacts on the brain, affects mood regulation, and works on the cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels).


What happens when estrogen levels are high?

Symptoms of high estrogen include: 
  • Weight gain that occurs at the abdomen, thighs and hips
  • Heavy bleeding during menstrual cycles
  • Worsening of PMS
  • Fibrocystic breast development
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Fatigue
  • Low sexual desire
  • Anxiety or depression


What happens when estrogen levels are low?

Symptoms of low estrogen include:
  • Changes in the menstrual cycle, including decreased frequency or a stop in menstruation altogether
  • Hot flashes, particularly at night
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Dryness and thinning of the tissue of the vagina
  • Low sexual desire
  • Mood swings
  • Dry Skin
  • Weakening of the bones
  • Menstrual migraines


While the above information isn’t an exhaustive list of signs or symptoms that your estrogen levels are out of balance, it’s a start so you’ll know what to look for. If you are interested in testing your hormones, we offer an at-home adrenal and hormone saliva kit that tests not only estrogen but a full panel of female hormones. Dr. Crawford has created a comprehensive panel to provide a full picture of your hormone health and get you on the road to feeling like yourself again!