Estrogen levels are of vital physical and psychological importance for women.

Estrogen levels are of vital physical and psychological importance in women; they can affect a woman in nearly every conceivable way, from the appearance of facial hair to the loss of reproductive ability. An estrogen imbalance, whether it is an excess or a deficiency, can cause potentially serious side effects.

When a surplus of estrogen exists within the body, the condition that results is known as estrogen dominance. During menopause, many women experience estrogen dominance. Understanding this condition is a pivotal first step towards treatment and feeling better.

For more information about estrogen dominance, continue reading.

What Is Estrogen Dominance?

Estrogen dominance

Estrogen dominance is a common, yet very unsettling, symptom of menopause. Estrogen dominance is when a woman has deficient, normal or excessive estrogen, but has little or no progesterone to balance its effects in the body. Progesterone works by working in conjunction with   estrogen and helping the body to break it down, absorb it and remove it. Thus, both hormones work in unison and the body needs both to function correctly.

A significant drop in progesterone production is one of the earliest signs of menopause along with a slow decrease in estrogen, leading to a range of unpleasant symptoms.

Cause of Estrogen Dominance

A woman's hormonal system is very sensitive and is affected by a range of factors such as illness, vitamin deficiency, and stress. Identifying the symptoms of estrogen dominance is often key in determining the cause of the imbalance. Some common causes of estrogen dominance include consuming commercial poultry and cattle that have been fed estrogen-like hormones, stress, obesity, consuming large quantities of caffeine, vitamin deficiency, excess sugar or fat consumption, and exposure to environmental pollutants.

Estrogen Dominance Symptoms

The symptoms of estrogen dominance can vary from minor problems to more serious issues related to infertility. Whilst the symptoms of estrogen dominance differ from woman to woman, they might also overlap with some of the common symptoms of menopause. However, some of the more specific symptoms related to estrogen dominance include:

  • Acceleration of the aging process
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Allergies
  • Bloating
  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical dyspepsia
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Hair Loss
  • Headaches
  • Increased blood clotting
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of libido
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings
  • Osteoporosis
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Premenopausal bone loss
  • PMS
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Uterine cancer
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Weight gain
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