Estradiol is a type of estrogen hormone that is naturally produced in the body. Testosterone, on the other hand, is a male sex hormone that is also present in females in smaller amounts. When testosterone is used in hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for transgender individuals or for hypogonadism treatment in men, it can sometimes result in high levels of estradiol.
The reason for this is that testosterone can be converted into estradiol by the enzyme aromatase, which is present in various tissues in the body. In some individuals, particularly those who are overweight or have other underlying health conditions, this conversion can be more efficient, leading to higher estradiol levels.
High levels of estradiol in individuals who are taking testosterone can cause several side effects, including breast enlargement, mood swings, and decreased libido. It can also increase the risk of blood clots and cardiovascular events. Therefore, it is important to monitor estradiol levels regularly when undergoing testosterone therapy and adjust the dose as needed to maintain a healthy balance of hormones in the body. Contact the Optimal T Staff for more high estrogen treatment.