10 Signs You May Have Excessive Estrogen, or Estrogen Dominance

Do you think you may have estrogen dominance (high estrogen levels)? Estrogen, a sex hormone, is essential for many roles in the human body. Fertility, proper immune function, maintaining healthy bones and cardiovascular health, and regulating blood sugar all depend on estrogen.

Too much estrogen, however, can cause many unwanted symptoms, diseases, and other health conditions. For example, high estrogen levels have been linked to the development of breast cancer (1).

When it comes to estrogen, you want just the right amount. Holistic gynecology in Atlanta can help get you there. Estrogen dominance is a term that we use when we believe we have too much estrogen compared to our other hormones.

What is Excessive Estrogen?

Estrogen levels fluctuate during your lifetime. Women see spikes during puberty and later as they become pregnant. By menopause, a drop in estrogen levels is expected.

High estrogen in the body not only affects your reproductive processes but can alter your health overall. Too much estrogen in women and female-bodied people can result in irregular periods and increase risks for uterine tumors.

Your body might not be overproducing estrogen. Instead, it often sees a drop in progesterone — a hormone that works with estrogen to regulate the lining of your uterus. Considering this pattern, you may be experiencing high estrogen levels due to one or more of the following factors:

  • Medication use, including birth control pills or hormone therapy.
  • An underlying health condition like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or a liver disorder.
  • A higher body fat percentage.
  • Chronic stress increases cortisol production and influences how your body produces progesterone.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals, like BPA and phthalates.

Symptoms of high estrogen levels after menopause often go back to a weight issue. Or, they may be a sign your hormone therapy regimen needs to be adjusted.

Realize, too, that high estrogen in the body isn’t just a women’s issue. Men also experience this condition, with the hormone imbalance often contributing to infertility, erectile dysfunction, and excessive breast tissue.

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Living with Estrogen Dominance

There are many factors to consider when treating estrogen dominance. If you suffer from any of the above symptoms, you may want to consider working with a provider of holistic gynecology in Atlanta. The following are ways that you can start to address possible root causes of excessive estrogen:

Eliminate Regularly

If you are not having regular bowel movements, your body is unable to eliminate excess estrogen. Not having enough digestive enzymes and/or having low stomach acid (anyone on acid blockers) are some potential causes for the re-circulation of estrogen. Low magnesium levels, dehydration, and low fiber intake, as well as dysbiosis (an imbalance of bacteria in the gut), can also contribute to poor elimination and estrogen dominance.

Reduce Toxin Exposure

This includes food sources, toxins in personal hygiene products, cleaning products, and even your drinking water. These toxins are potential endocrine disruptors and will affect your hormone balance. The herbicide glyphosate is prevalent in our food and water. Eating organic foods and using a water filter, can reduce your overall toxin load and improve estrogen metabolism.

Reduce Stress

The hormone pregnenolone can be converted into progesterone and cortisol. When there is an increased need to produce cortisol (one of the body’s stress hormones), the overall availability to make progesterone decreases. The end result is low progesterone levels and estrogen dominance. Therefore, make sure that you practice a variety of stress-reducing activities, such as deep breathing exercises, heart-centered meditation, yoga, prayer, journaling, being in nature, and connecting to others in meaningful ways. Mental health can be disrupted by estrogen dominance.

Improve Body Composition

Increased adipose tissue or fat increases the amount of aromatase, which converts androgen hormones into more estrogen. By losing fat and increasing muscle, you can reduce estrogen and decrease hormone imbalances. Weight loss can improve hormonal balance.

Want to Dive Deeper?

To evaluate if your symptoms could be due to estrogen dominance, meet with any of our providers of holistic gynecology in Atlanta at CentreSpringMD. We can perform a variety of tests to evaluate any hormonal imbalances and create a treatment plan that is individualized just for you! If needed, we can discuss hormone therapy.

What will you find as a patient at our office?

  • Longerappointments with your provider
  • Advanced technology and integrative lab testing
  • Conventional and holistic treatment options
  • Personalized treatment plans and therapy
  • Direct access to your provider
  • A complete menu of traditional and holistic health and spa services

With a unique diagnostic process now offered through our virtual visits, our integrative medicine practitioners guide you to your best self. We connect the dots of your health, wellness, and history to create a personalized treatment plan, because no two people are the same. Our functional medicine team monitors the results to optimize the plan according to your body’s needs and ongoing improvements.

As you can see, our holistic primary care is committed to a new model of functional medicine — one that is truly patient centered and collaborative. So, give us a call at (404) 814-9808 or set up your virtual appointment to get your hormones balanced and back on track.


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