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Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance

From uncomfortable symptoms to a higher risk of chronic conditions, hormonal imbalances can be detrimental to your health. Estrogen dominance is one type of hormonal imbalance that can cause significant health concerns in the short and long term. 

Below, we’ll discuss the signs and symptoms of estrogen dominance to help get you on the path to optimal hormonal health. 

What is Estrogen Dominance? 

Estrogen dominance occurs when the body’s estrogen levels are too high in relation to its progesterone levels. This condition can result from excessive estrogen production, an estrogen and progesterone ratio imbalance, or altered estrogen metabolism. 

While many factors can influence the development of estrogen dominance, it’s most often caused by polycystic ovary syndrome (PMS) or premature menopause (menopause that occurs before age 45). 

What Are the Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance?

While symptoms can vary from person to person, the most common signs of estrogen dominance include:

  • Low libido
  • Mood swings
  • Breast tenderness
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue 
  • Weight gain
  • Bloating 
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Worsened PMS symptoms

How is Estrogen Dominance Treated?

Treatment plans for estrogen dominance are highly personalized. Lifestyle changes can often help resolve the imbalance, such as:

  • Reaching a healthy weight with a lower body fat percentage, can help lower the level of estrogen that fat cells secrete
  • Reducing stress levels to promote estrogen and progesterone balance
  • Eating a high-fiber, nutrient-rich diet and reducing your alcohol intake to support the liver’s ability to process estrogen
  • Limiting your exposure to synthetic estrogens, which can be found in some pesticides and plastics

In severe cases, medications may be required to successfully treat estrogen dominance. 

The experienced team at Mind Body Spirit Care is here to help you achieve hormonal balance with natural therapies whenever possible. Reach out to us today to book an appointment!