What do endometriosis, PCOS, heavy periods and PMS have in common? They are all associated with estrogen dominance!
All about Estrogens
Estrogens are a group of hormones that play an important role in normal sexual and reproductive development in both men & women. In a woman, the ovaries produce most of the estrogen (before menopause) as well as the adrenals and fat cells. Estrogens can stay in their original form, convert to another form in the liver, or into beneficial OR harmful estrogen metabolites (breakdown products). Each form has various degrees of interaction with receptors, making them either weak or strong.
Progesterone is a precursor hormone that the body can use to make other hormones. Estrogen and progesterone work together to create harmony. If estrogen is low, progesterone converts to estrogen. Too much estrogen creates a need for more progesterone to keep the balance.
What Is Estrogen Dominance?
An imbalance of unopposed estrogen to progesterone ratio. Either due to excess estrogen, or low progesterone levels in the body. There are many potential causes of estrogen imbalance, such as:
PCOS – a disease characterized by many fluid-filled cysts, male facial hair growth, lack of ovulation, skin tags, weight gain, infertility blood sugar imbalances, abnormal periods. Unmatched estrogen levels and excess insulin cause an increase in the production of male hormones.
Breast Cysts – characterized by fibrous tissue that develops into lumps due to accumulation of fluid (not properly drained by lymphatic system). Leads to tenderness, swelling and lumpy feeling.
Fibroids – round, firm, benign growths on or in uterus. Usually occur in groups. May lead to painful, irregular, heavy periods.
Endometriosis – a disease characterized by infertility, painful periods & intercourse. Tissue (cells) that normally grows inside the uterus abnormally grows outside of it. May have a link to immune reaction.
PMS – a syndrome characterized by tender breasts, cramps, swelling, bloating/constipation, cravings, migraines, skin problems, mood swings, terrible periods.
Infertility – inability to conceive. Linked to low progesterone levels, PCOS, endometriosis.
Other symptoms of Estrogen Dominance may include: Depression, Weight Gain, Insomnia, Early Aging, Acne, Fatigue, Foggy Thinking, Irritability/Mood Swings, Dryness, Thyroid Issues, High Blood Pressure, Irregular Menstrual Cycles/Heavy Periods, Tenderness, and Cellulite
How do we work at supporting our liver and help balance healthy estrogen to progesterone ratios?
If these signs or symptoms are of concern to you, contact a health professional or advisor to consider natural options for hormone regulation and symptom relief!