Factors that affect estrogen levels

Estrogen levels can be affected by a number of factors, according to Polyakov.

These include:

Age: Estrogen levels naturally decline as women approach menopause.

Hormonal birth control: The use of hormonal birth control, such as the pill or IUD, can alter a woman’s estrogen levels.

Pregnancy: During pregnancy, estrogen levels increase.

Body weight: Obesity can affect estrogen levels, as body fat can produce and store estrogen.

Genetics: Genetics can also play a role in determining estrogen levels.

Environmental factors: Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals, such as phthalates, can impact estrogen levels.

Lifestyle factors: Alcohol consumption and smoking can also affect estrogen levels.

“It’s important to note that while these factors can influence estrogen levels, they may not necessarily impact the risk of stroke, which is determined by a complex interplay of genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors,” Polyakov added.


Is estrogen protective against stroke?

Estrogen Appears Strongly Neuroprotective in Stroke Models Histological damage is less in female animals than in age-matched males after focal cerebral ischemia, and the source of this protection is linked to female reproductive steroids

What is the risk of stroke with estrogen?

In prospective cohort studies, data suggest that postmenopausal users of oral estrogens with or without progestin have a 27% to 39% increased risk of stroke compared with nonusers

Is HRT a risk factor for stroke?

Heart disease and strokes Taking HRT tablets is associated with a small increase in the risk of stroke, but the risk of stroke for women under age 60 is generally very low, so the overall risk is still small.

Can strokes be prevented?

Many strokes could be prevented through healthy lifestyle changes and working with your health care team to control health conditions that raise your risk for stroke. You can help prevent stroke by making healthy lifestyle choices. Find tips and resources to help you make healthy choices that are right for you.