Estrogen Dominance Symptoms

If you are a peri menopausal woman, you may be experiencing estrogen dominance symptoms.

Although estrogen dominance makes us think that our estrogen levels are too high, that is not necessarily the case.

Often, our progesterone levels are low, and since progesterone is a hormone that balances our estrogen, a lack of it can lead to estrogen dominance.


Symptoms

This list of symptoms is a bit tricky. Why? Because, unfortunately, we experience many of the same symptoms from excess estrogen as we do with low estrogen.

So, even though you may be experiencing these symptoms, know that it does not necessarily mean that you have too much estrogen in your body-- you may have too little.

  • Bloating, Water Retention, and Weight Gain

  • Headaches

  • Tender Breasts

  • Uterine Fibroids

  • Vaginal Yeast Infections

  • Depression

  • Nausea, Vomiting

  • Decreased Sex Drive

  • Irregular Periods

  • Leg Cramps

Too much estrogen in your body can also increase your risk of getting breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer.


Natural Treatments

Progesterone Cream

Since low progesterone levels lead to estrogen dominance, increasing your progesterone level is a great way to get relief. Progesterone cream like wild yam cream is a form of bioidentical progesterone.

You rub this cream into your body (wrists, neck, face, hands, or stomach) once a day.

Chasteberry

This herbal supplement will help your body to increase your progesterone level and bring balance to your hormones.


Lifestyle

Stress

Excess stress causes our bodies to produce cortisol which can suppress progesterone production and create even more imbalance in your estrogen level.

Diet

Eating too much sugar and refined starches can also aggravate your symptoms.

There are also certain foods, such as soy and flaxseed, which can increase the estrogen in your body. You may want to avoid these foods and stick with eating more foods that block estrogen.

Plastic

You may be surprised to see this on the list, but plastics contain estrogen. Avoid using plastic bags to store your food and plastic bottles to drink from.

As with just about every other ailment, regular exercise and a proper diet can do wonders for your high estrogen symptoms.

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