Estrogen Dominance refers to the state where the key hormones estrogen and progesterone are not in balance and estrogen is present in a higher ratio than progesterone. There are over 23 unpleasant symptoms, especially weight gain, hot flashes, insomnia and mood swings.
Women produce estrogen all of their lives. After the ovaries are gone or have shut down, estrogen is produced in fat cells of the stomach, abdomen & thighs. Progesterone levels drop to near zero, so progesterone supplementation is key.
Balance: At every stage of a woman’s life from puberty onward, estrogen needs to be balanced by progesterone for hormonal health. If not you can have heavy bleeding, PMS, PCOS, infertility, endometriosis, fibroids, hot flashes, night sweats, and osteoporosis.
You can have high levels of estrogen, or low levels, and both can result in estrogen dominance. It is not the levels of estrogen and progesterone that are important in themselves, it is their ratio to each other that matters and whether they are in balance so that one does not predominate over the other.
Every effect of estrogen is balanced by progesterone so they work in harmony: for instance estrogen causes fluid retention, but progesterone is a natural diuretic. Estrogen wants to store fat, progesterone wants to burn fat. Estrogen can raise blood pressure, progesterone can lower it.
Estrogen dominance is linked to a number of conditions including breast cancer as estrogen stimulates breast tissue but progesterone protects it. The same is true for the risk for heart disease and strokes as progesterone is protective of heart health.
You may think you do not have any excess estrogen risk but estrogen is present in the environment and plastic products and even drinking water as well as in medications such as the Pill and HRT.
Estrogen dominance causes weight gain: Estrogen is the “fat storage” hormone. The more estrogen-dominant you are the more likely you are to look like a “pear”.
Want to tackle Estrogen Dominance? Increase your progesterone levels to restore the normal estrogen/progesterone ratio in the body. The most effective way to do that is by using a bio-identical natural progesterone hormone cream to deal with symptoms and bring back hormonal balance.