Estrogen dominance is the state of hormonal balance in which estrogen is in overabundance compared to progesterone and testosterone. This doesn’t necessarily mean that estrogen is overproduced, it simply means that estrogen levels are imbalanced compared to the other two. The reasons can vary, and it can affect men and women.
What is Estrogen?
Estrogen is the main female sex hormone that has many functions. This hormone helps prepare the body for pregnancy and affect the nerve, cardiac, and metabolic functions. Though estrogen is considered mainly in the context of women’s bodies, it’s essential for men as well. Estrogen production declines in menopause and perimenopause, as it’s strongly associated with menstruation. For men, the opposite effect is true – estrogens tend to increase with age.
This hormone is actually a precursor to estrogen and testosterone, becoming one or the other depending on the body’s needs. Progesterone itself, however, is essential for a variety of functions, including
– Cardiac functioning
– Proper sleep rhythms
– Blood sugar and insulin sensitivity
– Clear thinking
For both women and men, progesterone declines as they age. In some people, however, estrogen doesn’t decline at a steady rate, and estrogen dominance occurs.
Signs and Symptoms of High Estrogen
While the symptoms of estrogen dominance vary, some symptoms include:
When we’re talking about fatigue in estrogen dominance, we’re not just talking about interrupted sleep. This will be difficult to shake and affect your daily life. It can exist alongside sleep deprivation, which is another symptom of estrogen dominance.
2. Weight gain and water retention
Too much estrogen can make it harder to lose weight, easier to gain weight and cause your body to bloat. Part of this process is the lower levels of progesterone, which help regulate blood sugar and insulin.
3. Hair loss
Though women often lose some hair as they age, estrogen dominance can be a cause. This is especially true if the hair loss occurs before menopause.
4. Hot flashes
Night sweats and hot flashes are common during menopause but if they’re occurring earlier in life, estrogen dominance might be the cause.
Hormonal imbalances cause mood swings in general, especially estrogen dominance.
6. Brain fog
Difficulty thinking or planning even minor events throughout your day can be a sign of hormone imbalance. When your estrogen levels are in excess, you might have difficulty remembering things or paying attention.
Fortunately, estrogen dominance can be reversed, and you can do things to help improve the symptoms.
While self-remedy might not fix the problem entirely, these strategies can work to improve your condition dramatically.
Not only does exercise improve your mood by itself, along with helping keep you healthy, it aids in the breakdown of estrogen.
2. Consider Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, provides your body with synthetic hormones nearly identical to the real thing. This type of treatment can help alleviate the problems associated with estrogen dominance by bringing your hormones into balance.
Hormone replacement is used in menopausal women, but it’s a powerful tool for treating estrogen dominance in anyone at any age. If you’ve been diagnosed with estrogen dominance, or suspect you’re suffering from it, BHRT can be a great option.
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