Estrogen dominance will wreak havoc in females and males.
The term estrogen dominance was coined by Dr. John Lee.
Truthfully, giving credit where its due, Dr. Lee learned the repercussions of estrogen from Dr. Ray Peat. Peat has said at that particular lecture in a room full of doctors that Dr. Lee was the only Doctor that came up and asked for his references.
“All of the unpleasant consequences of estrogen excess happen to resemble some of the events of aging.” Dr. Ray Peat
“Estrogen is a very important factor, not merely an incidental one in cervical carcinogenesis.” Edgar Allen, 1941. That’s a significant statement coming from the man who discovered estrogen.
However, around 1940 the potential money was too great to be ignored by big pharma. Drugs such as Premarin and D.E.S. were touted to prevent miscarriages and “restore femininity.” Millions of women were part of the experiment. Not until 2001 when the NIH published their study on HRT and specifically estrogen did the negative impact become publically substantiated.
Unfortunately, HRT is not a prerequisite for estrogen dominance.
For both men and women when the diet is low quality, there is over consumption of PUFA’s, a thyroid deficiency, excess body fat, excess physical and emotional stress, and poor elimination then the gap of progesterone and estrogen will widen.
It’s fair to say hormones are still a misunderstood field. Testing is typically done through blood or saliva. Unfortunately, these tests won’t determine what is present in the tissues. Both men and women have estrogen but it has become uniquely female owned. Over the years deep pockets and slick advertising has convinced many ( medical community too ) that the lack of estrogen was problematic.
The paradigm is slowly shifting but still much more information needs to be shared and received.
Below is a list of symptoms that may show with estrogen dominance. Symptoms can range from mild to severe.
There is some carry over for both male and female.
- Decreased sex drive
- Abnormal menstrual periods
- Bloating (water retention)
- Breast swelling and tenderness
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Headaches (especially premenstrually)
- Mood swings (most often irritability and depression)
- Weight and/or fat gain (particularly around the abdomen and hips)
- Dry skin
- Acceleration of the aging process
- Allergies, including asthma, hives, rashes,
- Sinus congestion
- Autoimmune disorders such as lupus erythematosis and thyroiditis, and possibly Sjoegren’s disease
- Breast cancer
- Cervical dysplasia
- Depression with anxiety or agitation
- Dry eyes
- Early onset of menstruation
- Endometrial (uterine) cancer
- Fat gain, especially around the abdomen, hips and thighs
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Foggy thinking
- Hair Loss
- Increased blood clotting (increasing risk of strokes)
- Magnesium deficiency
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Polycystic ovaries
- Premenopausal bone loss
- Histamine production
- Sluggish metabolism
- Thyroid dysfunction mimicking hypothyroidism
- Hot flashes
- Uterine fibroids
- Weight gain
- Cold hands and feet
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Adrenal gland fatigue
- Thickened uterine lining
- Accelerated aging
- Magnesium loss
- Shock like effects
- Spider veins
- Age pigment
- Severe menstrual cramps
- Heavy periods with clotting
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Joint and muscle pain
- Autoimmune disorder
- Estrogen related cancer
- Varicose veins
- Regulation of testosterone
- Loss of muscle mass
- Brain function
- Skin health
- Sexual function/libido
- Cardiovascular function
- Cholesterol regulation
- Prostate cancer
The problems arise when progesterone isn’t opposing estrogen.
Many have seen the benefits of supplementing progesterone. It can be a life changer. But supplements without nutritional support is like building a house with golden nails and rotting wood.
Other strategies for lowering estrogen are:
- adequate protein intake
- optimal elimination
- optimal thyroid functioning
- vitamin E supplementing
- reducing body fat
- minimizing xenoestrogens
I will go into more detail in upcoming posts.
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