Firstly we are going to look at what Oestrogen is. Oestrogen is a hormone that is primarily produced in the ovaries for women and also a small amount in the testes, fat and adrenal glands in men. In women, oestrogen is the primary sex hormone that plays a role in regulating the menstrual cycle, aiding pregnancy and also maintaining bone strength and controlling cholesterol levels. Oestrogen levels are affected heavily according to where you are in your menstrual cycle, being the lowest during your period and at the highest during the middle of your cycle.
What are the signs of high Oestrogen? When we have higher than normal Oestrogen levels in the body, the health risk implications increase. There are a number of tell tail signs that can be noticeable if you pay attention to them. These are:
– Increased abdominal fat
– Loss of muscle mass
– Low libido, decreased erectile function (in men)
– Increased fatty tissue around nipples
– Depression, emotional disturbances
– Lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)
If you feel that your levels may be too high, or if you feel that you have attempted the above and nothing has changed, look to seek advise form your local GP. If your GP suspects that you may have high oestrogen, they’ll order a blood test to check your hormone levels. From here the results will indicate if your levels are too high and you will be advised from there what the possible solutions will be.