Lesson 1: Estrogen Dominance

Estrogen Dominance

What is estrogen dominance?

While there are many hormone imbalances that happen, I want to talk about estrogen dominance for a moment as estrogen dominance is one of the most common hormone imbalances women experience.

Estrogen is one of the main female reproductive hormones. Estrogen is an essential hormone that plays a vital role in a woman’s overall health. It’s estrogen that makes a girl a girl! However, estrogen is not the only important reproductive hormone. Other hormones, such as progesterone, are required for good health, too. When these hormones are not in the right balance, estrogen dominance follows.

estrogen dominance is common

Estrogen dominance affects both young and middle-aged women; however, estrogen dominance is prevalent during perimenopause.  Despite what you’ve heard, perimenopause is generally associated with erratic levels of estrogen, not declining estrogen!  Estrogen dominance is also involved in conditions such as PCOS and endometriosis and drives many symptoms.

Signs of estrogen dominance 

  • Low sex drive
  • Low energy levels
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Anxiety
  • Feelings of depression
  • Irregular or abnormally fast/slow heart rate
  • Weight gain
  • Allergy symptoms
  • Hot flashes
  • Hair thinning
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Digestive issues such as constipation/bloating

What's a girl to do?

If you suspect you’ve become estrogen dominant, you can ask your doctor to test both estrogen and progesterone levels (though most doctors do not routinely offer hormone testing).