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6 Surprising Facts about Estrogen Dominance

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Woman wondering about estrogenWhat should I know about estrogen dominance?


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. As not all doctors feel strongly that estrogen dominance is a valid diagnosis, don't feel discouraged if you need to seek a second opinion.

1. You can have low estrogen levels and still have estrogen dominance.


Estrogen dominance is not the result of high estrogen levels. Women with estrogen dominance can have high, normal, or even low estrogen levels. Instead of your estrogen level being the problem, the issue is that you do not enough progesterone for your estrogen level. Estrogen dominance occurs when there is an imbalance between your estrogen and progesterone levels.

2. Women of all ages can experience estrogen dominance.


Estrogen dominance does not occur in only one age group of women. Instead, it can occur as early as the teenage years and on into menopause. PMS can be the result of estrogen dominance, as can some menopause symptoms.

3. Stress can be lead to estrogen dominance.


Stress can affect how well your body functions. Both chronic and acute stress can cause hormonal imbalance and thus estrogen dominance issues.

4. Your diet can play a role in estrogen dominance.


A diet high in fat or low in fiber could lead to higher estrogen levels. An unhealthy diet could also cause obesity which could cause an increase in estrogen. With higher estrogen levels, you could experience hormonal imbalance which could lead to estrogen dominance.

5. Over exerting your liver can cause estrogen dominance.


Everything you eat, drink, and swallow is processed by your liver. Drugs, alcohol, chemicals, toxins, and some herbs and supplements can have a negative impact on your liver. A poor diet and being overweight can also impair your liver. If your liver function is not as it should be, you could end up with higher estrogen levels from an accumulation of estrogen.

6. Symptoms of estrogen dominance can affect you from head-to-toe.


The list of symptoms caused by estrogen dominance can be quite extensive, affecting every aspect of your body and life. You may feel exhausted, moody, or depressed. Your eyes may be dry, your breasts tender, and your head hurting. Hair loss, hypoglycemia, and weight around the middle may also result of estrogen dominance.


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.

07-25-2015 - 04:03 PM


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