Why Estrogen Dominance After Menopause?

Estrogen dominance after menopause is a common issue for post-menopausal women. After around the age of 52, women are leaving menopause. If estrogen dominance is an issue caused by menopause, then why do women continue to have issues post-menopause?

Shouldn’t estrogen go down after menopause?

Women are at risk for cancer and other issues after menopause. Let’s first see why we have symptoms of estrogen dominance. 

Here are common symptoms…

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Breast tenderness
  • Weepy/dipressed 
  • Craving for chocolate
  • Joint pain
  • Cystic Acne
  • Weight in the hips and thighs
  • Low libido
  • Fibroids
  • Cancer 
  • Endometriosis

Estrogen Dominance after Menopause Increases While Progesterone Increases Even More

It takes estrogen for cancer to grow in the breast and the uterus. Estrogen drops after menopause, but progesterone drops even more. 

It’s the ratio that’s the problem. Higher amounts of estrogen and lower amounts of progesterone. 

Progesterone is a hormone that opposes estrogen. So if you drop progesterone too far down, estrogen can appear to be higher and more damaging. 

Adrenal glands are the back up to the ovaries. 

So during menopause, the adrenal glands will make the same hormones that the ovaries do. 

Progesterone feeds cortisol. Progesterone converts into cortisol. If the body needs more cortisol (the stress hormone from the adrenals) it will take the cortisol from the progesterone. 

Here’s the situation…. Adrenals are weak (low cortisol). Estrogen then appears to be higher because it’s unopposed because of the lack of progesterone. So what little progesterone that is left is taken to be converted to cortisol. 

So it’s really all about the adrenals. Weak adrenals are behind this whole problem. It’s forcing other parts of the body to be depleted because adrenals consider the countering stress the most important thing. 

Increasing a need for cortisol depletes progesterone. 

Progesterone Converts to Cortisol

If there’s a low adrenal then you need more cortisol. This results in sucking of more progesterone. 

Your own fat makes estrogen. 

So the more fat you have, the more estrogen you make. 

And it’s a never ending cycle…

Estrogen makes fat and fat makes estrogen. 

ERT (Estrogen Replacement Therapy) used to be used to help estrogen dominance, but then it was found to cause cancer. Next was HRT (hormone replacement therapy). HRT was found to have some side effects with cancer. Next was Provera (a synthetic progesterone). Next was PremPro which was a combination. The problem with all this is that they are all synthetic. 

There are some other natural things to do to treat estrogen dominance after menopause without the synthetics. 

Three Hormones of Estrogen

Estradiol, estrone and estriol. 

Estradiol is the type of estrogen that is made after menopause. This is made from androgens (testosterone).

Basically, you can make estrogen from too much androgens. There’s a condition called PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). This is a situation where a women has too much androgen. 

In what situation would a women have too much androgen? Insulin spikes androgen

Insulin Resistance and PCOS

If you have issues with insulin (insulin resistance), then you can get PCOS. 

When men have too much androgen, it can convert to estrogen and this is what causes breast tissue in men, prostate enlargement, and low libido. 

There’s an enzyme that converts androgen to estrogen… it’s called aromatase. 

Aromatase is always seen in people with breast cancer or prostate cancer because it’s higher. This is because the source of this cancer is fed by estrogen made from this enzyme. 

There’s a lot of different places estrogen is being produced.    

For example, estrogen dominance after menopause could result from the ovary, the environment, progesterone, synthetic medication, and from your own androgens being converted. 

Estrogen Dominance In Men

Estrogen can cause erectile disfunction in men. 

When men have prostate issues, this is because their estrogen increases as they get older and their testosterone goes down. 

DHT is actually used to fix prostate enlargement. 

Estrone is a known carcinogen that causes cancer and it converts to estradial. 

Estriol is the third type of estrogen and it’s like a waste product of estradiol. 

Estriol is basically there to help buffer estradiol.  If estradiol is too high, then cancer is more likely. Estriol is considered anti-cancer. So this estrogen hormone protects you against the bad estrogen.

There’s also hormones in animal products that you get when you don’t eat organic. Xenoestrogens like pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides all mimic estrogen. 

It may not be the estrogen in your body that is causing the cancer. It’s likely it’s the estrogen coming from outside your body (the environment). 

MSG and Estrogen 

We also have MSG (genetically modified foods) such as soy, corn, and beets. The big problem with GMO is it resists herbicides. This is why commercial farmers spray more weed killer on their crops. If doesn’t kill the soy and corn for example, it just kills everything else. 

The problem is the residue effects your endocrine system. 

This is very estrogenic and create a lot of problems with raising your levels of estrogen. 

Solutions to Estrogen Dominance After Menopause

1) Organic

2) Hormone-Free Beef and Chicken

3) Aromatase Inhibitors. These are cruciferous vegetables, iodine, and DIM. DIM is a concentrated cruciferous phytochemical. Also nettle root is a herb that is a very powerful aromatase inhibitor. It’s also a great anti-inflammatory. Also, chaste tree and black cohosh may help. Progesterone cream is also powerful. 

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