We are all feeling the stress and tiredness right now right? It seems to be feeling as though the days turn into nights and nights into days and inbetween is just a foggy haze. Maybe in a week you may find one day you feel bright and alert and you feel "AWESOME I'M BACK" and then boom!!! Back to the fog. It's dam irritating. Many women are walking around thinking what the hell is wrong with me and where have I gone to.
Many doctors will tell you "its age, it's normal". Really? This is it? For the rest of your existence on this planet? Really? NO! It does not have to be. There are some genes in our body that allow for the regulation of all these things such as hormones and Estrogen is one of them. So what is happening is that our bodies are under so much pressure that we are unable to get rid of the used Estrogen and flush it out of our body. This then causes an Estrogen Dominance which then causes major issues in our bodies. So lets look into this.....
Firstly, what is Estrogen?
Estrogen or oestrogen is a category of sex hormone responsible for the development and regulation of the female reproductive system and secondary sex characteristics.
There are three major endogenous estrogens that have estrogenic hormonal activity: estrone, estradiol, and estriol.
Estrone, also spelled oestrone, is a steroid, a weak estrogen, and a minor female sex hormone. It's a female sex hormone that helps with sexual development and the reproductive system. People designated male at birth also have estrone, but in lower amounts than those designated female at birth. Estrone levels are typically higher after menopause.
Estradiol, also spelled oestradiol, is an estrogen steroid hormone and the major female sex hormone. It is involved in the regulation of the estrous and menstrual female reproductive cycles.
This hormone helps their uterus grow and stay healthy. It also prepares the body for childbirth and breastfeeding. Estriol levels that are too high or low may indicate a problem with the baby or pregnancy.
What Is Estrogen Dominance?
Estrogen dominance is a condition in which estrogen and progesterone levels are out of balance. When the ratio of estrogen is higher than it should be, it can lead to numerous uncomfortable symptoms, including sore throat before ovulation, a puffy face, heavy or painful periods, fatigue, weight gain, fertility issues, and mood swings or depression.
It’s important that every woman understand the role estrogen plays in a healthy body and mind, as well as the signs of hormone imbalances.
What Is Estrogen and What does It Do?
Estrogen is a reproductive hormone responsible for preparing the body for potential pregnancy, as well as maintaining healthy bones and cholesterol levels. It is essential to growth, signaling changes to a female’s body during puberty and helping maintain a normal menstrual cycle.
Estrogen is the dominant hormone for the first week or so after menstruation (see diagram below), stimulating the build up of tissue and blood in the uterus as the ovarian follicles simultaneously begin their development of the egg. Levels of estrogen peak and then taper off, just as the follicle matures and just before ovulation.
Progesterone is another major reproductive hormone, most present during the latter two weeks of the menstrual cycle. It keeps the inner lining of the uterus ready to receive a fertilized ovum, and later provides the nurturing for the development of the embryo. If the egg is not fertilized, progesterone levels drop dramatically causing the uterus to shed its lining, and a menstruation flow results.
So knowing this ladies...are you suffering with the following:
And here are some more:
Anxiety, mood swings, and/or depression, including postnatal depression
Decreased sex drive
Dry eyes and/or skin
Fat gain, especially around the abdomen, hips, and thighs
Fatigue or low energy
Fertility issues, including endometriosis, PCOS, and/or uterine fibroids
Insomnia or other sleep problems
Painful, irregular, and/or heavy periods, often pronounced PMS and beginning at a young age
Poor muscle tone
Puffy face and bloating
Sore throat, specifically before ovulation
As the list above demonstrates, estrogen dominance is life-altering, and its reach goes far beyond problems with periods or pregnancy. Additional symptoms may include:
Acceleration of the aging process, including wrinkles and stretch marks
Allergy symptoms (asthma, hives, rashes, sinus congestion)
Autoimmune disorders (fibromyalgia, lupus erythematosus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Sjögren’s disease)
Brain fog and memory loss
Breast tenderness or fibrocystic breasts
Cancer of breasts or uterus (or prostate in men)
Increased blood clotting and risk of strokes
Nutrient deficiencies, including magnesium and zinc
Premenopausal bone loss and osteoporosis
Complications of Estrogen Dominance
Symptoms that collect over time may develop into more serious complications. Estrogen dominance difficulties and their symptoms include, but are not limited to:
Swelling of all or part of a breast
Breast or nipple pain
Nipple retraction (turning inward) Nipple discharge (other than breast milk) Ovarian cancer
Pain during sexual intercourse Pelvic/ abdominal pain or bloating
Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly Frequent and urgent urination Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
Infertility Acne or oily skin Excessive hair growth on face and body (hirsutism) Thinning hair on scalp and male-patterned baldness
Uterine fibroids Abnormal bleeding between menstrual cycles Pelvic pain (causes as the tumor presses on pelvic organs) Frequent urination Lower back pain Pain during sexual intercourse
The same complications can also arise with a similar hormonal imbalance known as progesterone deficiency.
Estrogen dominance often goes unrecognized for years, even decades. Prolonged stress can multiply its effects, and suffering the symptoms of estrogen dominance is certainly stressful! If the lists above have you nodding your head, WE CAN HELP YOU…
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