Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance

What is Estrogen Dominance?
(The following information is from the What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause by Dr. John Lee, M.D.)

Women’s bodies produce two primary hormones – estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen is needed for the health of the vagina, breasts, skin, bones, arteries, heart, liver, and brain. It is essential for all that is female.

Progesterone, a much overlooked hormone in today’s medical community, is just as essential. It serves as a precursor, protective agent, and balancing act for estrogen.

For example, for the body to product estrogen and other essential hormones, progesterone must first be present. For a fertilized egg to grow into a child, progesterone must be present to make the uterus into a welcoming “home”. Left by itself, estrogen causes abnormal blood clotting in the body. Progesterone comes alongside to normalize blood clotting, thus protecting against strokes. Unbalanced estrogen causes water retention. Progesterone acts as a natural diuretic. Estrogen depletes cell oxygen levels. Progesterone restores it. Estrogen interferes with thyroid hormone use in the body. Progesterone rides to the rescue, enabling the function of these hormones. And the big one for today’s weight-conscious woman- estrogen converts food energy into fat, while progesterone helps the body burn fat for energy.

A health-promoting balance in the female body for the dynamic duo is 10 times as much progesterone as estrogen.

However, around age 35 for the average American female, progesterone production may trail off to nearly nothing. Estrogen production is dropping as well, but remains higher than progesterone. This creates a serious hormonal imbalance. Those who study these things contend that estrogen dominance (unbalanced estrogen) is a primary cause in almost all female-related health concerns.

Symptoms Inventory

Symptoms Inventory for Unbalanced Estrogen
The list that follows is adapted from Dr. John Lee’s book.

Acceleration of the aging process

Allergy symptoms

  • Asthma
  • Hives
  • Rashes
  • Sinus congestion

Autoimmune disorders

  • Lupus
  • MS
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sjogren’s disease(many others)

Breast cancer

Breast tenderness

Cervical dysplasia

Cold hands and feet (sign that estrogen is impacting thyroid hormone function)

Copper excess

Decreased sex drive

Depression with anxiety or agitation

Dry eyes

Early onset of menstruation

Endometrial (uterine) cancer (Estrogen dominance is the only known cause)

Fat gain (abdomen, hips, thighs)

Fatigue

Fibrocystic breasts

Foggy thinking

Gallbladder disease

Hair loss

Headaches

Hypoglycemia

Increased blood clotting (stroke risk)

Infertility

Irregular menstrual periods

Irritability

Insomnia

Symptoms (continued)

Magnesium deficiency

Memory loss

Mood swings

Osteoporosis

PMS

Polycystic ovaries

Pre-menstrual bone loss

  • Prostate cancer (in men, obviously) (When a man’s thyroid isn’t getting sufficient iodine, his testes quit making enough progesterone to keep his testosterone from chaning into dihydrotestosterone and estrogen. It’s estrogen that swells and wounds the prostate gland. And although dihydro is a more potent form of testosterone, it’s weaker at protecting the prostate from the wounding/cancer causing impact of estrogen.)

Sluggish metabolism

Thyroid dysfunction (mimicking a “hypo-thyroid” condition)

Uterine cancer

Uterine fibroids

Water retention and bloating

Zinc deficiency

More Information

Q: What happens when you’re no longer making sufficient progesterone to balance your estrogen?

A: Women’s bodies produce two primary hormones–estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen is needed for the health of the vagina, breasts, skin, bones, arteries, heart, liver, and brain. It is essential for all that is female.

Progesterone, a much overlooked hormone in today’s medical community, is just as essential. It serves as precursor, protective agent, and balancing act for estrogen.

For example, for the body to produce estrogen and other essential hormones, progesterone must first be present. For a fertilized egg to grow into a child, progesterone must be present to make the uterus into a welcoming “home”. Left by itself, estrogen causes abnormal blood clotting in the body. Progesterone comes alongside to normalize blood clotting, thus protecting against strokes. Unbalanced estrogen causes water retention. Progesterone acts as a natural diuretic. Estrogen depletes cell oxygen levels. Progesterone restores it. Estrogen interferes with thyroid hormone use in the body. Progesterone rides to the rescue, enabling the function of these hormones. And the big one for today’s weight-conscious woman–estrogen converts food energy to fat, while progesterone helps the body burn fat for energy.

There are 3 major reasons a female quits producing sufficient progesterone to balance her estrogen:

  1. Low thyroid function…the thyroid is known as a female’s “3rd ovary”. If it’s not getting sufficient iodine (perhaps true of 8 out 10 adult Americans), the ovaries weaken. Weak thyroid leads to weak ovaries, leads to lack of progesterone production.
  2. Hysterectomy (ovaries are gone or not working)
  3. Menopause (ovaries have gone into retirement)

Those who study these things contend that estrogen dominance (unbalanced estrogen) is a primary cause in almost all female-related health problems.

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