Many of our female patients are diagnosed as being estrogen dominant and our Doctors have developed specific protocols to address Estrogen dominant patients. Estrogen dominance is a relatively common hormonal experience among women in perimenopause and menopause. Estrogen dominance occurs when your estrogen levels are too high relative to your progesterone levels.
What causes estrogen dominance?
Two weeks before a menstrual cycle, estrogen naturally levels rise and normally peak around the 14th day. This is the body naturally preparing a soft landing surface for an egg in order to increase the probabilities of fertilization. The extra estrogen helps to line the uterus. If the egg is not successfully fertilized, the rich uterine lining is shed. As a function of a period, estrogen levels then drop and the body begins prepping for next month.
Estrogen dominance occurs when these extra levels of estrogen do not get properly eliminated by your period.
Estrogen dominance is also related to the foods we eat, the products we use, stress, poor sleep, and other environmental circumstances. Women and men alike get excess estrogen from food, products, and from the environment resulting in a compounding problem. Furthermore, stress exacerbates estrogen dominance as higher and sustained the stress levels further fuel more severe estrogen dominance symptoms.
Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance
- Weight gain, mainly in hips, waist, and thighs
- Menstrual problems such as light or heavy bleeding
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Uterine fibroids
- Loss of sex drive
- Depression or anxiety
- Cold Hands and FeetHair Loss
- Irregular Periods
- Mood Swings
- Enlarged breasts
- Sexual dysfunction
Finally, it’s important to note that environmental factors and the products you use can also contribute to estrogen dominant issues. Xenoestrogens is a term used to describe “foreign” estrogens which are not created by the body. Xenoestrogens can contribute to estrogen dominance, so getting them out of your home will help. Look for hair, skin, cosmetic, detergent, and food products that are in “phthalate-free” plastics. Lastly, minimize any use of synthetic estrogens such as birth control pills.