Symptoms of Estrogen Imbalance
Estrogen imbalance has many causes, from abnormal function of the ovaries to normal processes such as menopause. When the body makes too much estrogen, it is called “excess estrogen." Symptoms of excess estrogen can include rapid, unexplained weight gain, breast tenderness, headaches, heavy periods, mood swings, and anxiety. Often, these symptoms are caused by hormone replacement therapy patients taking too high a dose of estrogen to combat the symptoms of menopause (Lee).
When the body makes too little estrogen, it is called “estrogen deficiency." Symptoms of estrogen deficiency include the usual symptoms of menopause, including vaginal dryness, nigh sweats, hot flashes, painful intercourse, and depression (Lee). These symptoms are mild in menopausal women, and if mild, require no treatment, they are not normal for younger women and should be reported to a health care provider.