7 Habits That Can Lower Your Estrogen Levels

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If you happen to have a few habits that are lowering your estrogen, it may get to the point where you start to experience strange side effects, as a result. This hormone does, after all, play a vital role in your overall health. And it can have an impact on things like your period, mood, and energy levels.

To quickly review, "estrogen is one of the major sex hormones in women alongside progesterone," Dr. Kimberly Langdon, medical advisor at Medzino, tells Bustle. "Estrogen's main role is in making the lining of the uterus grow for egg implantation and for providing a trigger to help the ovary release an egg during ovulation.

But it also helps your body maintain healthy bones, and can even impact mood, if your levels are low. "Serotonin levels in the brain can fall due to a lack of estrogen, leading to depression," Dr. Langdon says. "Low estrogen levels can also cause vaginal dryness, hot [flashes], and frequent urinary tract infections."

Even if you have symptoms of low estrogen, though, that doesn't mean it's too late to turn things around. "A healthy diet, adequate sleep, and regular exercise are beneficial to regulate the hormonal balances in the body," Dr. Janelle Luk, a reproductive endocrinologist, tells Bustle. "In addition, certain foods can boost estrogen in the body. These are: flax seeds, soy products, pistachios, peanuts, [and] walnuts."

You should, however, let your doctor know if you think your estrogen is low. Some of the habits listed below can contribute to the issue, but only your doctor will know for sure.