| | Low Hormone Levels, 20 years old
Bear with me, as I'm still trying to organize these thoughts in my head..
Originally I called my doctor's office because I had my period for ~3 weeks. I told them there was the possibility that I dropped one of my birth control pills, because I couldn't think of another reason why I would have my period for so long. Normally I take actives only in the birth control pack because I have Type 1 Diabetes (for 19 years) and my periods make my blood sugar completely unpredictable. They asked me to come in to do blood work just to make sure everything was okay in case I had not missed a pill.
Fast forward to today when I had my appointment to review the blood work. My estrogen and testosterone levels were low, and my progesterone level was 0. I also had very low B12 and Vitamin D. I was somewhat shocked when the doctor told me this as I had expected to go in and have them tell me nothing was wrong, I'm only 20 years old for goodness sake. He asked if I wanted to try out HRT, which I was hesitant to because I've heard side effects can be brutal. Of course he only stated the positive things it would do for me - more energy, higher sex drive, lowered depression and anxiety (which I've been being treated for for about 5 years) etc.
So my 2 questions are this:
1. Why would my hormones be that low at my age? What kind of repercussions does this have for my future- i.e. childbearing?
2. Is HRT a good idea? The sounds of the effects coming from the Dr are great, but other places I've read, not so much.