Is this common hormone imbalance causing your symptoms?
We hear a lot about the symptoms which can come about from low oestrogen during menopause, but what about too much oestrogen?
Oestrogen excess is actually incredibly common in women of all ages- even women who are considered to be menopausal! This is because estrogen dominance or excess relates to the ratio of oestrogen to progesterone and low progesterone to oestrogen is very common.
Oestrogen is a key female hormone which we need for a whole range of reasons, but we also need our oestrogen to be balanced out by another key hormone called progesterone.
One of the biggest contributors to oestrogen dominance is stress!
Stress robs your body of progesterone which allows oestrogen dominance or excess in ratio to progesterone to occur. Add to that some liver and bowel sluggishness and the daily environmental exposure to oestrogenic chemicals and you've got a recipe for a hormonal imbalance which can be pretty unpleasant!
Your body clears oestrogen through metabolism in the liver and excretion by the bowel, so where these processes of elimination are compromised (such as in chronic constipation or toxic overload), oestrogen which should have been cleared from the body can end up being reabsorbed, further adding to the excess oestrogen in the system.
If you're carrying extra weight this can be both a consequence and a further contributor to oestrogen excess.
So what might you be experiencing if you have excess oestrogen/oestrogen dominance?
There are many possible symptoms which can come about as a result of oestrogen dominance.
Common ones are:
Prolonged or frequent periods
Hormonal headaches ( headaches around ovulation or just before/during your period)
How do I find out if I have excess oestrogen?
Hormonal testing can be very helpful to see the amounts and ratios of your hormones in relation to each other. The symptoms that you are experiencing will provide information as to likely hormonal issues, but testing allows us to see a baseline and can be very helpful. I regularly refer women for either blood or saliva hormone testing at particular phases of their cycle which allows us to see all of the hormones in relation to each other and from there the most effective way to support the body back in to balance and alleviate the symptoms of hormone imbalance.
If I have excess oestrogen, what can I do about it?
There are natural and dietary support options to reduce issues associated with excess oestrogen and low progesterone. These will vary for each woman depending on individual needs but a holistic approach will most likely include:
- liver and bowel support to encourage metabolism and clearance of oestrogen
- Dietary support to support oestrogen clearance which may include adding in certain foods and reducing or eliminating others
-Stress management and adrenal support
-Reducing chemical exposure from cosmetic/skin care/ chemicals within the home
-Movement/exercise to support detoxification and hormone clearance, for stress reduction and overall health and wellbeing
-Establishing a healthy sleep pattern/better quality sleep if relevant
Due to the cyclical nature of these hormones, realistically it can take atleast 3 months to correct imbalances (often longer in the case of PCOS), which is why I offer a 12 Week Hormonal Balance Program which is suitable for all women to support natural hormone balance with each program being individually tailored and can address PMS and other period issues along with management of Endometriosis, PCOS, Fibroids or Ovarian Cysts.
Read about my 6 session hormone balancing package and how it can help you balanced your hormones and reduce symptoms of imbalance here: