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These 5 things happen when your estrogen level drops

Suffering from menstrual irregularities or mood swings? Your fluctuating estrogen level is to be blamed.

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti | Updated : March 9, 2016 7:17 PM IST



Most of us know that the crazy mood swings and cramps that occur every month is due to the fluctuation of the hormone estrogen. But that's not it. Low level of estrogen can indicate risk of vaginal dryness and even wrinkles. Here’s what you need to know!


Skin Wrinkles

Skin wrinkles: Did you know that lack of estrogen can lead to wrinkling and ageing of the skin? Yes, because the hormone not only increases production of collagen, type of skin protein, but also helps retain moisture within the skin, making you look young and wrinkle-free. The study was published in the journal Clinical Interventions in Aging. Also Read - Lithium: Its Crucial Role In Bipolar Treatment


Menstrual Disorders

Menstrual disorders: According to Dr Nupur Gupta, Gynaecologist and obstetrician, Well Woman Clinic, Gurgaon, low levels of estrogen can lead to scanty blood flow during periods. The hormone plays a key role in regulating menstrual blood flow.



Discomfort: As the female hormone is responsible for the production and modification of endorphins, happy hormones, lack of estrogen leads to mood swings in woman. It also influences brain function through the neurotransmitters like serotonin and acetyl choline, revealed a study published in the Journal Clinical obstetrics and gynecology. Also Read - Do We Need To See A Doctor For A Common Cold?


Causing Disease

Diseases: If you have low level of estrogen, you are at a high risk of various diseases like osteoporosis, heart disease and lower urinary tract dysfunction. Estrogen not only inhibits accumulation of plaque in the arteries and lowers your risk of inflammation but also prevents excess leaching of calcium into blood.


Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness: Not many women are aware of the fact that lack of estrogen can lead to vaginal dryness because the hormone is required for vaginal lubrication. It is a common symptom of menopause, says Dr Pooja Khatri Mehta, consultant gynaecologist, Paras Hospital, Gurgaon. Also Read - 10 Basic Health Checkups For Women