Estrogen dominance occurs when there is an excessive amount of estrogen in the body and there is not enough progesterone to balance its effect.
What can lead to estrogen dominance?
Xenoestrogen is a chemical that mimics real estrogen. Xenoestrogens are found in products that we use on a daily basis, including cosmetics and skin care products, household cleaners, plastic products, insect repellents, and more. Xenoestrogens bind to estrogen receptors inside the body which then creates an increase in levels of estrogen circulating in the bloodstream.d This increase in estrogen in the body can result in various health problems.
Some of the most common symptoms of estrogen dominance include:
- Sluggish metabolism
- Abnormal menstrual periods
- Breast tenderness
- Severe PMS
- Fluid retention
- Weight gain
If you notice, these are not at all that different from menopausal symptoms. That is why some women mistake them for early menopausal symptoms.
Aside from xenoestrogens, what are the other causes of estrogen dominance?
- Poor nutrition, as well as alcohol intake and drug use, can impair the liver’s ability to process estrogen. This can lead to estrogen build-up and sometimes even major health problems like low blood sugar and polycystic ovary syndrome.
- An enzyme found in fat can convert adrenal steroids to estrogen. Excessive body fat promotes a faster conversion of fat into estrogen. This can cause a “flooding” of estrogen into the bloodstream, which forces the liver to work even harder to detoxify the estrogen.
- Low levels of the hormone progesterone (the hormone that actually balances the effects of estrogen) mean estrogen can build up and eventually overwhelm the body with toxins that the liver won’t be able to process efficiently.
A healthy liver can effectively turn excess estrogen into a milder form that is water-soluble and can be excreted in urine or stool. However, a damaged or overtaxed liver will not be able to perform this function.
Why You Should Consider Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
When a person has estrogen dominance, it often means progesterone levels are low. BHRT can help balance the ratio between estrogen and progesterone in the body and promote proper hormone balance.
If you notice the symptoms of estrogen dominance, you can reach out to Sloan Natural Health Center. Visit us for a consultation and we can answer all your questions about BHRT and how it can help restore hormone balance in your body.