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Estrogen Dominance

Updated: Aug 25, 2021



DEFINITION

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.


COMMON CAUSES

  • 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.)

COMMON SYMPTOMS

  • 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


 

Disclaimer:


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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