10 Signs that You May have Estrogen Dominance

Estrogen is essential for many roles in the human body ranging from fertility, proper immune function, maintaining healthy bones and cardiovascular health as well as regulating blood sugar. Too much estrogen, however, can cause many unwanted symptoms and diseases. So, when it comes to estrogen you want just the right amount. Estrogen dominance is a term that we use when we believe you have too much estrogen compared to your other hormones.

Common signs and symptoms associated with Estrogen Dominance:

  • Irregular menses and heavy bleeding
  • Weight gain, especially in your hips, thighs and mid-section
  • Fibroids/Endometriosis
  • Fibrocystic Breasts and Gynecomastia in men
  • Insomnia
  • Depression/Anxiety/Irritability
  • Low Libido
  • Fatigue
  • Breast CA
  • Infertility/PCOS

There are many factors to consider when treating estrogen dominance and if you suffer with any of the above, you may want to consider working with a functional medicine provider.  The following are ways that you can start to address possible root causes for estrogen dominance:

1. 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 re-circulation of estrogen. Low magnesium levels, dehydration, low fiber intake, as well as dysbiois or an imbalance of bacteria in the gut can also contribute to poor elimination and estrogen dominance.

2. 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/water and by eating organic foods and using a water filter you can reduce your overall toxin load.

3. Reduce Stress
The hormone pregnenolone can get converted into progesterone and cortisol. When there is an increased need to produce cortical (one of the body’s stress hormones) the overall availability to make progesterone decreases. The end result – estrogen dominance. So, make sure that you include 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.

4. 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 have improved hormonal balance.

Want to Dive Deeper?

To evaluate if your symptoms could be due to estrogen dominance, meet with any of our providers at CentreSpringMD.  We can perform a variety of tests to evaluate your hormonal balance and create a treatment plan that is individualized just for you! With a unique diagnostic process, we guide you to your best self by connecting the dots of your health and history to shape a unique treatment plan because no two people are the same. We lead you in the implementation and monitor the results to optimize the plan according to your body’s needs.

So what will you find as a patient at our office?

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

As you can see, at CentreSpring MD, we are committed to a new model of medicine with true patient centered, collaborative care – a safe place for you to refresh, relax, and rejuvenate.

Dr. Tanya Lehine is a board certified physician specializing in family medicine and functional medicine with expertise in women’s health and the mind-body connection to health and wellness.

Email appointments@centrespringmd.com to schedule a visit with Dr. Tanya Lehine D.O..

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Categories: Hormones, Women's Health