Estrogen Dominance

Estrogen dominance and balancing hormones for a happier and healthier lifestyle. 

What is Estrogen Dominance?

When your body is in the company of excess estrogen while at the time in the absence of adequate levels of progesterone, this is knows as estrogen dominance. 

The common symptoms of PMS such as mood swings, depression and bloating are all signs of too high estrogen levels. 

Estrogen Dominance

What causes estrogen dominance?

Dominance of estrogen can start early on in a women’s menstrual cycle. 

Young women that first enter menarche (the first menstrual period, or first menstrual bleeding) may suffer tremendously with difficult periods. 

Doctors might give these teenage girls birth control pills to help regulate the frequency and severity of their periods. 

Some women will develop estrogen dominance syndrome much later in life, sometimes as a result of poor diet, liver impairment, or environmental factors. Also, dominance may be a result of anovulatory cycles before menopause. Anovulatory cycles are menstrual cycles in which no ovulation has occurred. 

A special gland called corpus luteum forms on the surface of the ovary at the site of ovulation. This gland produces progesterone that remains for the last half of the menstrual cycle. 

Without ovulation, less progesterone is produced, which can cause estrogen imbalance in some women. 

Some other causes of dominance include...

  • Exposure to xenoestrogen
    Compounds such as petrochemical have a chemical structure similiar to estrogen and are found in consumer products such as creams, soaps, shampoo, and lotions. 

    Adhesives found in paint removers, nail polish, and glues along with car exhaust, petrochemically derived pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides solvents are all sources of xenoestrogen. 

    Industrial xenoestrogens are a family of chemicals called solvents. Industrial xenoestrogens enter the body through the skin. They are commonly found in cosmetics, fingernail polish, glues, paints, and cleaning products.

  • Commercially raised cattle and poultry
    Comercially raised animals are fed growth hormone and estrogen-like hormones. People that eat these animals may have the hormones passed on to them. 

    Antibiotics used in livestock can contribute to hormone balance problems. The use of antibiotics is especially prevalent in poultry farms. 

    Livestock feeds contain a myriad of toxins that disrupt hormone balance. Toxins such as pesticides, antibiotics, and drugs are used to fight the potential for disease from over crowding farms. 

    Deep sea fish and smaller fish (such as sardines and cod) are far superior to beef or chicken in terms of hormone load.

  • Commercially grown fruits and vegetables containing pesticides
    Pesticides from fruits and vegetables disrupt hormone balance. 

    Pesticide residues have chemical structures that are similar to estrogen which are eventually passed on to humans.

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
    HRT with estrogen alone without sufficient opposing progesterone increases the level of estrogen in the body. 

    HRT commonly uses patented drugs that are chemically different and not the same hormone as what you have in your body. 

    Estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) works with excessive estrogen and only has a small percentage of progesterone.

  • Obesity
    The higher the fat intake, the higher the conversion of fat to estrogen.

  • Stress
    Stress causes adrenal gland fatigue and reduces progesterone output. 

    Excessive estrogen in turn causes insomnia and anxiety, which further compounds the taxing of the adrenal gland. This cycle leads to a further reduction in progesterone output and even more estrogen dominance. 

    After years of this cycle, problems worsen and can lead to blood sugar imbalance, hormonal imbalances, and chronic fatigue.

  • Liver Disease
    Liver diseases from drinking excessive alcohol reduce the breakdown of estrogen. Taking drugs that impair liver function also contribute to a higher level of estrogen.

  • Deficiency of Vitamin B6 and Magnesium
    Too much estrogen also tends to create deficiency of zinc, magnesium and the B vitamins. These all play an important role in hormonal balance.

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