Worried about low estrogen -- what might this mean?
August 27, 2014 6:28 AM Subscribe
My estrogen level is low and I'm worried. Bunch of details inside.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (5 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I recently had some blood tests (estradiol, TSH, free T4, LH, FSH, TIBC, and CBC). My estradiol was "<5", my FSH was 0.3, and my free T4 was at the low level of normal (1.0 ng/dL), but the other results were fine. Also, last year my vitamin D level was low and it's back to normal now after taking vitamin D daily (currently at a lower dose). (If it matters, the blood test took place during the week before my period.)
Last week my doctor's office faxed the results to the midwife group I go to (I don't have an ob/gyn), but I haven't gotten a call from them and haven't called yet. My doctor also said maybe I should see an endocrinologist. I'd rather start there because the midwives are not MDs... I'm asking around for recommendations for endocrinologists right now. YANMD, but Google is really not turning up anything helpful, and I WILL be seeing a doctor about this soon.
Relevant or possibly-relevant things:
-I'm 35 and a teeny bit overweight.
-My mom has hypothyroidism and has for years.
-I have one child (four years old) and I'm on the birth control pill (Apri -- generic Desogen).
-I'm taking sertraline and bupropion (Zoloft and Wellbutrin) for depression/anxiety, and Zyrtec for allergies.
Stuff going on lately:
-I'm really tired. Late morning, afternoon, early evening, late evening -- there isn't really a specific time, although I'm basically exhausted every night after we put my son to bed. Sometimes I fall asleep on the couch. In the past, my doctor has brushed this off by saying "Oh, working moms are tired, blah blah blah." I do think I'm getting enough sleep.
-I'm hot/sweaty a lot lately, at different times of the day. Yes, it's summertime, but I'm talking about inside my air-conditioned house (75-77 degrees). I don't remember feeling this hot this often before. I get out of the shower in the morning and I'm sweating a lot soon after. I often have to sit right in front of the fan or just sit down fanning myself with a newspaper or something, often when the people around me seem pretty comfortable. I don't know if these feel like hot flashes, because I don't know what those are like...
-My periods have been lighter than normal over the past several months, or maybe more. I mentioned this to one of the midwives at my annual exam earlier this year and she said something like, "Oh, maybe this pill pack is a bit different," or something...
-The inside of my nose has seemed really dry lately. I feel like my skin has been drier too?
-I have basically no interest in sex, although this has been the case for a while now.
-I feel like my short term memory is worse lately, but maybe I'm just imagining that.
-I've gained weight recently, but stress eating is probably to blame.
What should I ask the endocrinologist when I see him/her? How worried should I be? This isn't early menopause, is it?