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Estrogen Dominance

Updated: Aug 25, 2021


Estrogen dominance is a condition in which a woman can have deficient, normal, or excessive levels of estrogen, but has too little progesterone to balance the estrogen level. Estrogen Dominance is common in both cycling and menopausal women.


  • Stress (pregnenolone steal)

  • Luteal insufficiency (insufficient ovarian progesterone production)

  • Use of oral or injected contraceptives

  • Conventional HRT

  • Adrenal Fatigue

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Poor diet (usually high carbs, low fat)

  • Consumption of trans-fats

  • Nutritional deficiencies (especially magnesium, zinc, copper and B complex vitamins)

  • Xenohormone exposure

  • Anovulatory cycles (cycles where menstruation occurs, but no ovulation, and therefore no ovarian progesterone is produced)

  • Obesity (in postmenopausal women, estrogen is made in the fat cells; excess fat cells make excess estrogen.)


  • Anxiety, irritability, anger, agitation

  • Cramps, heavy bleeding prolonged bleeding, clots

  • Water retention/weight gain, bloating

  • Breast tenderness, lumpiness, enlarged fibrocystic breasts

  • Mood swings, depression

  • Headaches/migraines

  • Carbohydrate cravings, sweet cravings, chocolate cravings

  • Muscle pains, joint pain, back pain

  • Acne

  • Foggy thinking, memory difficulties

  • Fat gain, especially in abdomen, hips and thighs

  • Cold hands and feet (low thyroid function because estrogen lacks thyroid hormones)

  • Blood sugar instability, Insulin Resistance

  • Irregular periods

  • Decreased sex drive

  • Gall bladder problems (bile becomes thick and sluggish)

  • Infertility

  • Insomnia

  • Osteoporosis

  • Endometriosis, Adenomyosis

  • Functional ovarian cysts; Polycystic ovaries

  • Uterine fibroids

  • Cervical dysplasia

  • Allergic tendencies

  • Autoimmune disorder

  • Breast, uterine, cervial, or ovarian cancer



This information is not meant to diagnose, treat or replace traditional treatment, and has not been approved by the FDA or HPB.

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