Men sometimes get a little concerned when we tell them they may be experiencing the symptoms of low estrogen. In men (and women, too), levels of hormones in the body vary greatly, depending on your sex, and all need to be kept in balance, but many men aren’t really aware their bodies have estrogen to begin with.
That’s actually a common misconception — that our bodies have only one sex hormone as determined by our gender.
People are under the impression that if a woman were experiencing hormone imbalance symptoms, low estrogen must be the cause, and similar symptoms in men could only be due to low testosterone.
But, it’s actually not that simple — men can also have low estrogen, and women may develop low testosterone.
Whether male or female, the balance of hormones interacting in our bodies determines how we feel.
So, guys, don’t worry about having a little estrogen in your body. It’s both normal and important, but it needs to be in balance with the rest of your hormones, especially testosterone.
The Symptoms of Low Estrogen Levels in Men
I’d like you to read the following list of hormone imbalance symptoms:
- Oversleeping or sleeping too often
- Sexual dysfunction
- Water retention
- Bone loss
- Fat accumulation
Most of these, especially the symptoms related to how you feel on a daily basis, could appear on a list of either low testosterone or low estrogen symptoms — these are simply symptoms of overall hormone imbalance.
Low Estrogen and Low Testosterone Are Related
One of the primary causes of low estrogen is, in fact, low testosterone.
Men’s bodies produce estradiol, a form of estrogen, that is a byproduct of your body breaking down testosterone.
This happens through an enzymatic process that utilizes aromatase, an enzyme found in estrogen-producing tissue, such as the adrenal glands, the brain, fatty tissue, and even the testicles.
This is a completely normal and necessary process — men’s bodies need estrogen for healthy physiologic functions, including the following:
- Erectile function
- Maintenance of bone health
- Regulation of fat mass vs. lean mass
Without enough testosterone, you may not be producing sufficient levels of estradiol — you will probably develop the symptoms of low estrogen levels.
Simply put, if you suffer from low testosterone, you may also be suffering from low estrogen — women, this applies to you, too.
Symptoms of Low Estrogen in Men — Levels Need to Be Balanced
The main goal here is to keep your hormones balanced.
As testosterone levels are increased to a healthier level through testosterone replacement therapy, estradiol levels may also rise.
That’s normal, but all of these levels need to be monitored and controlled carefully.
For most of our patients, we issue an appropriate dose of an estrogen blocker known as Arimidex (anastrozole) to help keep estradiol levels within the normal range.
When used and monitored appropriately, this is a safe, inexpensive, and very effective way to control estrogen levels in men.
Symptoms of Low Estrogen in Men — Levels Need to Be Monitored Carefully
What I’d really like to communicate is this — the labels low testosterone and low estrogen represent hormone imbalances.
When levels of one hormone increase or decrease, your overall hormonal balance and hormonal health is affected.
As we begin to raise one level through hormonal replacement therapy, it’s really important to carefully monitor the therapy’s effect on your other hormones.
That’s why frequent screening is part of our therapy process at Testosterone Centers of Texas.
Not Just Low Testosterone — We Also Treat the Symptoms of Low Estrogen in Men
At Testosterone Centers of Texas, our expert providers can assess your overall hormonal health and get you on the road to recovery.
The symptoms of low estrogen, in men or women, can leave you feeling out of sorts, and hormone imbalances like these can severely impact your quality of life — click the button to schedule a free consultation.