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.

  1. Decreased sex drive
  2. Abnormal menstrual periods
  3. Bloating (water retention)
  4. Breast swelling and tenderness
  5. Fibrocystic breasts
  6. Headaches (especially premenstrually)
  7. Mood swings (most often irritability and depression)
  8. Weight and/or fat gain (particularly around the abdomen and hips)
  9. Dry skin
  10. Acceleration of the aging process
  11. Allergies, including asthma, hives, rashes,
  12. Sinus congestion
  13. Autoimmune disorders such as lupus erythematosis and thyroiditis, and possibly Sjoegren’s disease
  14. Breast cancer
  15. Cervical dysplasia
  16. Depression with anxiety or agitation
  17. Dry eyes
  18. Early onset of menstruation
  19. Endometrial (uterine) cancer
  20. Fat gain, especially around the abdomen, hips and thighs
  21. Fatigue
  22. Fibrocystic breasts
  23. Foggy thinking
  24. Hair Loss
  25. Headaches
  26. Hypoglycemia
  27. Increased blood clotting (increasing risk of strokes)
  28. Infertility
  29. Insomnia
  30. Magnesium deficiency
  31. Memory loss
  32. Mood swings
  33. Osteoporosis
  34. Polycystic ovaries
  35. Premenopausal bone loss
  36. PMS
  37. Histamine production
  38. Sluggish metabolism
  39. Thyroid dysfunction mimicking hypothyroidism
  40. Hot flashes
  41. Uterine fibroids
  42. Weight gain
  43. Endometriosis
  44. Cold hands and feet
  45. Thyroid dysfunction
  46. Adrenal gland fatigue
  47. Thickened uterine lining
  48. Accelerated aging
  49. Magnesium loss
  50. Shock like effects
  51. Seizures
  52. Spider veins
  53. Age pigment
  54. Severe menstrual cramps
  55. Miscarriage
  56. Heavy periods with clotting
  57. Anxiety and panic attacks
  58. Joint and muscle pain
  59. Autoimmune disorder
  60. Estrogen related cancer
  61. Varicose veins
  62. Aneurysms
  63. Uticaria
  64. Regulation of testosterone
  65. Loss of muscle mass
  66. Brain function
  67. Skin health
  68. Sexual function/libido
  69. Cardiovascular function
  70. Cholesterol regulation
  71. 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.

I will be adding to this article continually,  discussing what can be done about estrogen dominance. Please check back or sign up for weekly emails so you don’t miss out.

Resources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8636357

http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/hot-flashes-energy-aging.shtml

http://raypeat.com/articles/aging/aging-estrogen-progesterone.shtml

http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/estrogen-osteoporosis.shtml

http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/estrogen-age-stress.shtml

http://raypeat.com/articles/aging/estriol-des-ddt.shtml

https://www.johnleemd.com/