7 Symptoms of High Estrogen Levels in Men
7 Symptoms of High Estrogen Levels in Men
We commonly associate estrogen with women, and rightly so. Women have much higher levels of estrogen in their bodies, which helps with their reproductive health and menstrual cycles. Even so, all men have estrogen in their bodies as well, albeit at much lower levels – it’s the same as women having low levels of testosterone. When these sex hormones get out of balance, that’s where problems can occur, especially when men happen to have high levels of estrogen coursing through their bodies.
There are two main types of estrogen found in the male body: estrone and estradiol. In a healthy adult male, their estrone level will generally test between 10 and 60 pg/ml, and their estradiol level will generally test between 10 and 40 pg/ml. For younger males, those same hormones will often be undetectable but can range up to 60 and 40 pg/mls, respectively.
If you are a man with high estrogen, you’ll want to visit your doctor for treatment, as unchecked estrogen can lead to serious health problems. Here are seven common symptoms of high estrogen in men:
1. Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Sexual dysfunction – including low libido, the inability, or decreased ability to get an erection – is a symptom with a wide range of possible problems attached, including low testosterone, high estrogen, aging, stress, and more. If you are experiencing “ED”, it doesn’t necessarily mean your hormones are at play, but it is a good idea to run a hormone panel to make sure, not only for your own health but also for the personal satisfaction that is often tied to a male’s reproductive prowess.
Going hand in hand with ED, infertility can be one of the symptoms of high estrogen in men. When testosterone and estrogen are out of balance, normal reproductive processes can become disrupted, leading to a lower sperm count and a loss of motility of the sperm themselves. For men who are hoping to start or expand their family, this can be a serious problem. But even for those who are trying to avoid the foregoing, infertility comes with a myriad of problems and should be addressed as quickly as possible to avoid long-term repercussions.
3. Tender or Enlarged Breast Tissue
Yes, men can get breast cancer, too. And while tender or enlarged breast tissue, often referred to as gynecomastia, in men is not always a sign of breast cancer, having increased amounts of fatty tissue in the breast increases the risk of developing abnormal growths and can result in serious health consequences.
4. Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (BPH)
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or “BPH”, is the enlargement of the prostate gland. This is a fairly common condition found in men as they age and their testosterone levels decline; however, it can also be a sign of high estrogen levels. An enlarged prostate gland is not only uncomfortable and can lead to difficulty urinating, but it also increases the risk of developing prostate cancer, one of the most deadly cancers for men. Symptoms of BPH are:
- Frequent urination
- Difficulty urinating
- Nocturia (increased need to urinate at night)
- Urinary tract infections
- A weak stream including dribbling, frequent starts and stops, and the inability to completely empty the bladder
- Blood in the urine
5. Loss of Muscle Mass
Men with increased estrogen also generally have diminished testosterone, which can lead to a loss of muscle mass due to decreased protein synthesis in the body.
6. Weight Gain
This one is a difficult symptom to assess as weight gain can be tied to numerous habits and physiological problems including lifestyle, thyroid problems, the changing seasons, individual fluctuations, etc. Because of this, monitoring your weight for unexplained weight gain is a good idea, and when considered with the other listed symptoms, there’s a good chance of increased estrogen levels. Or, perhaps it simply means the “McRib” is back at McDonald’s. You know better than us.
Much the same as weight gain, fatigue can mean numerous things: stress, depression, poor diet, etc. Again, monitor your energy levels in conjunction with assessing yourself for the other symptoms as unexplained fatigue can be the result of increased estrogen levels.
Determining Whether You Should Seek Treatment
If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms of high estrogen in men, consult with a doctor right away to determine whether you have a problem that requires medical treatment. If you do have high estrogen levels, treating the problem early is the best solution.