What is Estrogen Dominance?
The female hormonal system is beautifully complex. In a balanced hormonal system, all of our hormones work together, communicating messages between each other and our organs harmoniously.
Unfortunately, when one of our hormones becomes imbalanced, it can cause a flow-on effect to this communication and lead to symptoms like PMS, painful periods, weight gain, and mood swings.
One of the most common hormones to fall out of balance is Estrogen.
Estrogen levels can become too low and too high, but the more common scenario is Estrogen dominance. Being ‘dominant’ in Estrogen means having more of it in relation to another key hormone – Progesterone.
Estrogen and Progesterone are designed to work like a seesaw – balancing the levels of each other to encourage smooth communication with our brain, ovaries, and adrenal glands. When Estrogen levels climb too high or when Progesterone levels dip too low, the result is the frustrating symptoms of Estrogen dominance.
There are many symptoms of Estrogen Dominance, but the most common include:
- Fatigue, insomnia, and brain fog
- Headaches and migraines (particularly premenstrually)
- Mood swings (particularly premenstrually)
- Irregular or heavy, painful periods
- Storing fat around the hips, stomach and thighs
- Fluid retention and bloating (feeling puffy)
- Breast tenderness and fibrocystic breasts