Would any of these symptoms describe you:
- breast cancer
- fat gain especially around the abdomen, hips and thighs
- Endometrial (uterine) cancer
- decreased sex drive
- breast tenderness
- memory loss
- uterine fibroids
- uterine cancer
- polycystic ovaries
- irregular menstrual cycles
- water retention, bloating
These symptoms, among many others, are signs of Estrogen Dominance and chances are pretty good that you are suffering from it. Estrogen Dominance occurs when the delicate balance between Progesterone and Estrogen is upset in a person’s body (this definitely affects men as well). Because of all the excess estrogen in our diets and environment, it is likely that almost everyone is affected in some way. Estrogen is present in pesticides, plastics, car exhaust, beef, chicken, dairy products, household cleaners, body care products like soaps, shampoos and lotions as well as and much of the carpeting, furniture and paneling that we live with indoors every day. Ever wonder why girls are getting their periods earlier or why teenage boys are getting “breast buds”? The excess estrogen in our diets and environment is causing all sorts of mayhem.
I became aware of Estrogen Dominance a few years ago and recently had my hormones tested. For quite a few years I had struggled with depression, irregular menstrual cycles, irritability and anxiety. But, it wasn’t until I started dealing with insomnia that I decided to take a test. What I found out was very surprising – my estrogen was actually normal (we only use all natural body and cleaning products, eat grass-fed meat, drink raw milk without added hormones, etc. so I wasn’t too shocked by this), BUT my progesterone was horribly low. For a premenopausal woman, the progesterone level should be between 75-270 pg/ml (depending on where you are at in your cycle when the test was done). Mine was 16 pg/ml. Yikes. No wonder I was experiencing symptoms! Thankfully my estrogen level was normal or I’m sure my symptoms would’ve been even worse.
So, do you think you might be experiencing Estrogen Dominance? I highly recommend you start out by having your hormones checked with a saliva test (saliva tests are much more effective at testing hormones than blood tests). Saliva tests can be ordered here without a doctor’s order. You can first take this test to see what specific hormone tests you should order based on your symptoms.
What do you do once you see your hormones are out of balance?
First, if you have excess estrogen, you need to work hard at cutting out the estrogen in your diet and environment (actually, everyone should work hard to cut out excess estrogen!):
- eat only meat and dairy products from pasture-raised animals, or at least animals that are not given hormones
- do not consume soy products
- avoid plastics containing BPA and canned food (most cans have a BPA lining)
- do not heat up food in plastic containers
- switch to truly natural body, hair and cleaning products (Jenuinely Pure products are about as natural as you can get!)
Then, if your progesterone is low consider supplementing with a natural progesterone cream. There are many of them out there, but be sure to find one with only natural ingredients. Here are a couple I’ve used and recommend: Progesterelle Oil and Life-flo.
I know I have given a super simplified explanation on this topic and there are many resources out there to learn more.
Dr. John Lee was the pioneer in discovering Estrogen Dominance. His site is very informative and he has different books and other resources available.
Here is another good source to learn more about it.
It is worth your while to study this issue, have your hormones tested and take steps to make changes. Your very life may depend on it!