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Low estrogen levels?

By October 20, 2010 - 4:02pm
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I went to the doctor today to retrieve results from blood tests due to fatigue/hot flashes, hair loss, bad skin, excessive thirst and swelling of my face. He told me that my estrogen levels are extremely low, and now need to go for bloods every week for a month to determine when and why. As always, I came home and checked out here what low estrogen levels affect, and sort of freaked myself out! I started seeing things like menopause, etc, and am sure (or more so hoping) that this is absolutely not the case. I'm 22- has anyone any information on how someone my age can be affected by this?

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jcoll07 - First, we're glad you're under a doctor's care and working to determine what is causing your low estrogen levels. While the primary focus is usually on menopause, there are many other reasons why a young woman could have low estrogen levels. One is Turner Syndrome, a genetic disease that affects development and menstruation. Additional conditions that cause low estrogen levels in younger women include excessive exercise, eating disorders and too little body fat.

I don't want to alarm you, but I do want you to be aware that abnormal levels could signal the presence of ovarian or adrenal cancer. It is extremely important to be checked out and continue to work with your doctor.

The bottom line is that it's going to take some time and work to determine the cause of your multiple symptoms and your low estrogen levels. I know it can be hard to be patient, but getting the right diagnosis - and treatment - is very important.

Please let us know how you're doing as you go through the tests and if we can help you further. You're not alone.

October 20, 2010 - 6:32pm
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