Estrogen is a chemical compound produced in different organs of the body and is responsible for the expression of many female characteristics. It also regulates a woman's menstrual cycle and cues the onset of puberty and menopause. While each woman's body is different, signs of low estrogen can indicate more serious conditions. Menopause is the most common factor for low estrogen and is a natural process, but other things such as premature ovarian failure, certain kinds of cancer, and thyroid conditions can also cause low estrogen. If you experience a cluster of these symptoms of low estrogen, have a physician evaluate your estrogen levels.
Low levels of estrogen can lead to vaginal dryness. This, in turn, can make sexual intercourse painful for women. Sometimes, the onset of menopause leads to vaginal problems that can cause the same issue. Since estrogen regulates the expression of sex characteristics, it also is responsible for providing a healthy libido and natural sexual responses. Low estrogen levels can weaken these responses, dampening libido and causing painful conditions such as postmenopausal atrophic vaginitis, which increases the likelihood of vaginal infections.
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