Dr. Friedman explains if a decrease in estrogen production during menopause can cause fatigue.
Your female hormones, they can affect your sense of well being, your energy level. Patients who are going through menopause will often feel quite tired.
Part of it maybe they are having hot flashes or not sleeping well, part of it maybe they actually just dropped the hormones of estrogen levels.
I wouldn’t say this is the only reason to put somebody on estrogen, but somebody that had fatigue right around the time of their menopause and they are having hot flashes, I think it would be a good additional reason to give them estrogen and estrogen has a lot of pluses and a lot of minuses.
And each doctor has to sort of assess whether the person benefits of estrogen replacement, overcome the side effects of it, but I think in many patients giving estrogen replacement can also help with the fatigue and certainly with the hot flashes.
About Dr. Theodore Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., M.Phil.:
Dr. Theodore Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., M.Phil., specializes in hard-to-diagnose-and- treat cases of adrenal, pituitary, thyroid, and fatigue disorders. He's been with the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine since 2005 and serves as Chief of the Endocrinology, Metabolism and Molecular Medicine Division at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. He also served as Director of the Multi-Disciplinary Chronic Fatigue Clinic at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from 1998-2000.
Dr. Friedman has a private practice near Beverly Hills, California as well as privileges at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Martin Luther King Medical Center.