Estrogen dominance is a term that describes a condition where a woman can have deficient, normal or excessive estrogen, but has little or no progesterone to balance its effects in the body. Even a woman with low estrogen levels can have estrogen dominance symptoms if she doesn't have enough progesterone.
Excess estrogen causing estrogen dominance is also received transdermally from all sorts of external sources. These are called Xenoestrogens. These are fat-soluble and non-biodegradable in nature. The major sources of these Xenoestrogens are pesticides, detergents, petroleum products, plastic products, cosmetics, even spermicides used for birth control in diaphragm jellies, condoms and in vaginal gels. So think twice when you drink your hot coffee or tea in that plastic or Styrofoam cup from the convenient store on your way to work. What ever you do, DO NOT heat your food in plastic cookware. All of these contribute to the estrogen dominance and have been linked to birth defects in both humans and animals.
Estrogen Dominance and the symptoms associated with it:
When Estrogen Dominance occurs within the body these are some of the results:
- Acceleration of the aging process
- Allergies, including asthma, hives, rashes, sinus congestion
- Autoimmune disorders such as lupus erythematosis, thyroiditis,and Sjoegren's
- Breast cancer
- Breast tenderness
- Cervical dysplasia
- Cold hands and feet as a symptom of thyroid dysfunction
- Copper excess
- Decreased sex drive
- 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
- Gallbladder disease
- Hair Loss
- Increased blood clotting (increasing risk of strokes)
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Magnesium deficiency
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Polycystic ovaries
- Premenopausal bone loss
- Sluggish metabolism
- Thyroid dysfunction mimicking hypothyroidism
- Uterine cancer
- Uterine fibroids
- Water retention & bloating
- Zinc deficiency
- Blood Clots
- Elevated Blood Pressure
- Fibroid Breasts
- Irregular Menstrual Flow
- Uterine Fibroids
- Breast Tenderness
- Mood Swings
- Uterine Cancer
- Hair Loss
- Weight Gain
- Migraine Headaches
- Breast Cancer Risk
- Abnormal Pap Smears
- Fluid Retention
- Vaginal Dryness
- Thyroid Imbalances
- Decrease in Memory
- Low or No Sex Drive
Estrogen dominance symptoms can be greatly improved and even be reversed by balancing the excess estrogen and reversing the estrogen dominance with natural bioidentical progesterone. One of the best sources of Natural Bioidentical Progesterone is Wild Yam (Dioscorea Villosa). Wild Yam contains a compound Diosgenin which is the active biochemical constituent with progesterone properties. This herb has been used for years as the base for synthetic hormonal drugs which when put through the chemical process create more harmful side effects when taken. However, in its natural unadulterated form, Wild Yam can work wonders when it is converted into bio identical progeterone.
But if it's so wonderful then why don't you hear more about it? The answer is easy! The pharmaceutical companies can not make big bucks on an herb that is chemical free. No chemical processes then no patent. When pharmaceutical companies can patent a drug it becomes exclussive with a price that they set. The pharmaceutical companies would rather process products that create nasty side effects, fund studies that support these products then they sell another drug to combat the side effects of the first and so on. The results: A damaging viscous downward cycle of health.
We are all--men, women and children--suffering from Estrogen Dominance, because there is so much of it in our environment. You would have to virtually live in a bubble to escape the excess estrogens we're exposed to through pesticides, plastics, industrial waste products, car exhaust,meat, soaps and much of the carpeting, furniture and paneling that we live with indoors every day. You may have on-and-off sinus problems, headaches, dry eyes, asthma or cold hands and feet for example, and not know to attribute them to your exposure to Xenohormones. Over time the exposure will cause more chronic problems such as arthritis and premature menopause symptoms, and may be a direct or indirect cause of cancer.
Estrogen dominance is when your body is subjected to excess estrogen like compounds usually from a source outside the body. Estrogen dominance can be reduced by supplementing with Bioidentical progesterone cream and by reducing your exposure to environmental toxins or xenohormones.
Natural Alternative for Estrogen Dominance
Bioidentical progesterone cream (Progensa 20)
Recent studies indicate that estrogen dominance is reversed by bioidentical progesterone cream by curbing hormonal imbalances, which are caused by exposure to xenohormones(external sources of estrogen)and your own body when your liver is not functioning properly and it allows estrogen levels to build up and cause estrogen dominance.
Herbal Formula (ProSoothe)
ProSoothe is an all natural herbal formula that significantly improves estrogen dominance, uterine fibroids and pelvic pain/cramps, irritability, tension, mood swings, acne, headaches, breast pain, bloating and weight gain.
Also found in this synergistic herbal formula is dandelion and vitex,(chaste tree) that helps the body remove exogenous,(external excess estrogen)/estrogen dominance from hormone therapy or contaminated food,(xenosteroids).
Milk Thistle (Silymarin)
Beyond the treatment of liver disorders, everyday care of the liver lays a cornerstone for total body health. Naturopaths and others who look beneath the symptoms of an illness to its underlying cause, often discover that the liver has had a role to play. This is true across a vast range of different ailments including estrogen dominance.
Estrogen Dominance-Condition Treatments