Although you’ve probably heard of estrogen dominance, you may not know much about it. What causes it, the symptoms it creates, and the age at which you could experience it may surprise you.
To help you better understand estrogen dominance, here is a list of 6 interesting facts about it. If you believe you are dealing with estrogen dominance, schedule an appointment to discuss it with one of your doctors.
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For women, there can be a connection between hormones and migraines. Hormonal migraines can occur in conjunction with your period, when using oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy (HRT), or during menopause.
You could experience a headache if your estrogen or progesterone levels are too low or from fluctuating hormone levels. The key to preventing hormonal headaches can be keeping your hormone levels steady.
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Estrogen dominance occurs when you have don’t have the right balance of estrogen to progesterone. You could have high, low, or normal levels of estrogen, but your amount of progesterone is too low for your estrogen level. The imbalance can cause you to experience symptoms of estrogen dominance.
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Hormonal imbalance occurs when hormones are not in the correct ratios to each other. Hormone levels can fluctuate up and down throughout the month, but the ratio between them should remain about the same. When one hormone rises or falls at a greater level than the others, hormone imbalance can occur.
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Hormone terms can be confusing and it is easy to misunderstand the definitions and how they apply to hormones. Often the terms synthetic and natural are used to describe hormone choices, but those terms and their more commonly understood meanings can lead to a lot of confusion when it comes to hormones.
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Finding the right balance of hormones can be tricky especially after an oophorectomy (removal of ovaries). Luckily, your body is usually pretty good about telling you what it needs. Simple symptoms may easily be ignored, but it’s important to note that these symptoms have been reported by women experiencing hormone imbalance. If you have any of these symptoms, discuss them with your doctor during your next checkup as you consider managing menopause with hormone replacement therapy.
Keep a symptom diary to take to your doctor to discuss adjusting your hormone levels. Note any symptoms along with the length of the symptom and the intensity.
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Women can experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS) issues after a hysterectomy if they keep at least one ovary. Though the exact cause of PMS is unknown, it seems to be caused by fluctuations of the hormones produced by the ovaries as part of the normal menstrual cycle. Thus, if the ovaries continue to function as they should after a hysterectomy, PMS can continue as well.
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Is menopause causing your migraines? It’s not likely to be at the center of Sherlock’s next case, but it’s a mystery because there is no easy answer.
The facts: Migraines in women typically begin before the age of 40, long before menopause. And often, migraines are associated with fluctuating hormone levels of our menstrual cycles.
The logic: It stands to reason that along with menopause and the challenges of hormone levels changing, migraines may continue to be your companion.
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If you are having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep since your hysterectomy, you are not alone! The trauma of surgery combined with hormonal disruption (even if you retained your ovaries) can throw your body completely out of whack.
Our HysterSisters provide some tips for Insomnia after Hysterectomy. However, should your sleep deprivation last for several months, be sure to schedule an appointment to talk to your doctor as sleep is so very important for many things in your life!
If you are feeling out-of-sorts for an extended period of time with symptoms such as anxiety or hot flashes, you may be wondering if you are entering into menopause. However, there are reasons other than menopause that you could be experiencing symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance.
Read more about 10 Hormonal Imbalance Symptoms, some potential causes and what you can do.