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What Is Estrogen Dominance?

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Woman discovering the affects of estrogen dominanceWhat is estrogen dominance?


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.

PMS can be the result of temporary estrogen dominance. Using hormonal treatments, such as oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy (HRT), can also lead to estrogen dominance. During the initial phase of perimenopause, estrogen levels can be higher which can cause estrogen dominance. Some women may have also have issues with estrogen dominance during menopause.

Women who have issues with anovulation, such as those diagnosed with PCOS, may experience estrogen dominance. In addition, poor nutrition, extensive stress, certain digestive issues, smoking, and alcohol use could contribute to estrogen dominance.

Women with estrogen dominance can experience many symptoms including the following:
  • PMS
  • Breast tenderness
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Food cravings
  • Digestive issues
  • Brain fog
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Water retention
  • Weight gain
  • Issues with menstruation
Some women with estrogen dominance also experience issues with ovarian cysts. Women with conditions such as fibroids or endometriosis may also have estrogen dominance, and gall bladder issues may occur in women with estrogen dominance.

Treatment of estrogen dominance can include adding some progesterone, working with your doctor to decrease any estrogen therapy you are using, or diagnosing underlying health issues which could be causing either high estrogen or low progesterone levels. It is best to work with your doctor to determine which progesterone product and dose is right for you, and you should not adjust any estrogen therapy without speaking to your doctor first. You may also want to avoid extensive consumption of soy products and caffeine which could worsen symptoms. A diet higher in fiber may also be helpful.

If you believe you may have estrogen dominance, you should make an appointment to talk to your gynecologist or general practitioner. Keeping a detailed symptom diary will help both you and your doctor with diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring symptoms.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

07-22-2015 - 05:10 PM


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