It’s natural for women to experience a significant decline in estrogen levels later in life. Some women suffer from early estrogen deficiency, well before they’re expected to go through menopause. Although a decline in estrogen is natural, it can be problematic for a woman’s sexual health and overall health. One common symptom is vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse. Women may notice that they get urinary tract infections (UTIs) more readily. This is due to the thinning tissues of the urethra.
Other possible indicators of low estrogen levels include atypical fatigue, problems concentrating, and depressive symptoms. Mood swings, hot flashes, headaches, and breast tenderness can also occur. As women approach menopause, their periods become irregular or periodically absent. Headaches or the worsening of pre-existing migraine headaches are also common.
The Women’s Institute for Sexual Health (WISH) at Urology Associates, P.C. offers specialized care and a sensitive, personalized approach for women experiencing sexual health issues in Tennessee. Call 888-656-0667 for an appointment.