Should I avoid taking estrogen pills during perimenopause?

Julia Schlam Edelman
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Estrogen levels are erratic in perimenopause. It is a common misconception that the discomforts of perimenopause are all caused by lack of sufficient amounts of estrogen. In fact, during perimenopause, estrogen levels often are too high. Some of the hallmarks of perimenopause, such as heavy bleeding, are a result of excess estrogen.

Your body makes different types of estrogen. The most potent, estradiol, is made by your ovaries during the reproductive and perimenopausal years. If your estradiol levels are high, taking extra estrogen during this time may make you feel worse.

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