Estrogen Dominance – A Common Hormone Imbalance
It is accepted and almost expected that each month women will experience variety of symptoms associated with her cycle. Cramps, PMS, insomnia, breast tenderness, weight gain, bloating, fatigue, anxiety, yeast infections, depression, low libido and low stamina are signs that your hormones are out of balance. When hormones are in balance, a women’s cycle is a painless, unremarkable event that should only cost the price of a few pads or tampons, not your sick days or your relationship.
Hormones are tiny molecules that the body uses to deliver messages to other areas of the body. Each hormone has many functions and its excess or deficiency can directly affect how our other hormones function. Often, what starts out to be a small imbalance in one hormone can lead to a multi-hormone imbalance. The most common example of this is Estrogen Dominance.
Estrogen dominance is an increasingly popular phrase to describe too much estrogen or not enough progesterone.
Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance:
Belly weight gain
Ovarian cycts (PCOS)
Cause of Estrogen Dominance:
Environmental exposure – plastics, hormones in our food, xenoestrogens
Constipation or irritable bowel – estrogen is eliminated through our bowels so their health is integral to proper estrogen elimination
Other systems affected by Estrogen Dominance:
Thyroid/metabolism, bone density, bladder function, mood and brain function, heart palpitations…
Each hormone in our body has many symptoms of excess and deficiency and often these symptoms can overlap. The best way to know what hormones are out of balance is to test. At Sage Clinic we offer saliva, blood and urine testing for all hormones. Once you know what hormones are out of balance your health care practitioner can individualize a treatment plan that will work for you. Women do not have to suffer each month and if they are then there is no question that their hormones are out of balance.