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Signs of Estrogen Dominance or Deficiency

estrogen-dominance-or-deficiencyEstrogen, a group of female sex hormones, has a very important effect on your mental clarity, emotional stability and physical vitality. Estrogen dominance, or deficiency, can be the cause of your monthly mood swings, depression and PMS or premenopausal symptoms.

So to find relief for your menstrual cycle symptoms, it’s important to have some basic understanding of what estrogen is and what is does.

The Role of Estrogen

Simply put, estrogen is what makes you a woman, and it’s the essence of your femininity. It makes your skin supple and glowing, your eyes sparkling, your breasts full, your mind sharp and clear, and your mood uplifted and stable. It regulates your menstrual cycle and keeps you youthful.

Good stuff, right? But the fluctuation of estrogen and its excesses or deficiencies can also create a whole slew of problems for you during your menstrual cycles and at various stages of your life.

Estrogen Fluctuations During Your Monthly Cycle

When you start your period, your estrogen level is very low. It starts to increase after your menstruation and reaches its monthly peak at ovulation (12-16 days before your next period). It’s on a path of slow decline after that, followed by a slight peaking again about one week after your ovulation. Then, unless you’re pregnant, the production of estrogen bottoms out again until your next cycle starts.

A Quick Way to Gauge Your Estrogen Level

No two women are alike. And even if your estrogen level falls within the normal range via a blood test, that doesn’t really tell you much. Luckily, your body provides some very useful clues on how well you respond to its fluctuations, and if you have a balanced level of its production.

In his book "Natural Hormone Balance for Women," Dr. Uzzi Reiss, an M.D., gynecologist, and expert in women’s hormone issues, offers a simple way to gauge your own estrogen level.

Assuming you have a 28-day cycle, if you feel best from day seven to day fourteen, that means your body likes a higher level of estrogen. If you feel good only during this period, you are probably estrogen deficient. If you are estrogen deficient, you are also likely to suffer from specific menstrual cycle symptoms a few days before and during your period.

If your symptoms are mostly premenstrual (from ovulation to the onset of your menstruation), it may indicate that you suffer from hormonal imbalance – interplay between estrogen and progesterone.

Signs of Estrogen Deficiency


Minor anxiety

Emotional instability

Feeling of despair, crying easily

Poor concentration, mental fogginess



Difficulty falling asleep


Increased back and joint pain

Hot flashes

Night sweats

Episodes of rapid heartbeat

Dry eye, skin and vagina

Low libido (sex drive)

Vaginal and/or bladder infections

Painful intercourse

Signs of Estrogen Dominance


Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

Ovarian cysts


Heavy menstrual bleeding

Menstrual blood that is dark red or with black clots

Nervousness, irritability, impatience

Mood swings

Breast tenderness or pain

Increase of breast size

Water retention, swollen figures and legs


Pelvic cramps

Weight gain


Sugar cravings

Sleep disturbances


1. The first step to balancing and optimizing your hormones is to understand how estrogen affects you. I encourage you to track your menstrual cycles for at least two consecutive months, find out if and when you ovulate, and chart out how your symptoms change during a given cycle. If you haven’t done so yet, begin today by signing up for our Free Period and Ovulation Tracker.

2. For further reading, I recommend Natural Hormone Balance for Women by Dr. Uzzi Reiss, MD. It contains good information, and it's easy to read for a non-medical person. Many of our community members also like Dr. John Lee's Hormone Balance Made Simple: The Essential How-to Guide to Symptoms, Dosage, Timing and More.

3. If you're looking for a supplement that helps balance your hormones and reduce estrogen dominance, I recommend Nature's Way Dim-Plus Capsules. 

DIM-plus contains diindolylmethane, a phytonutrient found in cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and kale. It supports the activity of enzymes that improve estrogen metabolism.

The product has received good reviews from women. Check out what they say about Dim-Plus. 

You can also try a natural, bio-identical progesterone cream to counter balanace the estrogen dominance. It can be quite effective in releasing those unpleasant symptoms. Emerita Pro-gest Cream is the best selling progesterone cream on Amazon and it's received many good reviews.

4. If you suspect you may have estrogen deficiency, especially during perimenopause or menopause, you may consider trying Smoky Mountain's Natural Bioidentical Estrogen/Estriol Cream, the best selling estrogen cream on Amazon. 

5. Don't let the pain of hormone imbalance weigh you down, let it become the catalyst for you to create some positive changes in your health - and in your life! Get started by signing up to receive your FREE Step-by-Step Guide to Balance Your Hormones and Harmonize Your Menstrual Cycles!

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#154 Tammy 2015-05-27 21:26
Pam - I am having the same issues. Have you figured anything out? Thanks!
#153 Pam 2015-03-23 17:50

I am only 32 years of age and since I had a still birth a year ago my body has been out of whack. I have had extreme lower back pain for years and continued during and after pregnancy. I have Endometriosis as well. I have been very dizzy/fainty to the point it wakes me up and cannot sleep well. My whole body gets itchy, breast are always tender, very fatigued most of the day, get Migraines/heada ches right before my period, depressed a lot of the time, cry at everything (a lot of times when I'm eating), joint pain, Poor concentration, mental fogginess, Forgetfulness, dry eyes and Episodes of rapid heartbeat. It seems I am estrogen deficient BUT I also have a Blood Clot Disorder and was told not to take birth control pills anymore with Estrogen as it increases blood clots. Not sure what to do at this point but I'm desperate. What are your thoughts? I went to an endocrinologist and all my hormones and Thyroid came back normal. All my blood work is great, MRIs are also great....No doctor can find anything clinically wrong with me but I assure you I am not feeling good and it's a scary feeling. Any help would be appreciated.
#152 Les 2015-03-20 02:33
sounds like a thyroid problem please go see your Doc
holly g
#151 holly g 2014-08-29 13:42
Hi there. I am struggling to know what hormones are affecting me. Ever since I started my periods around age 14 I have had terrible anxiety which now 11 yes on is a chronic disorder. I also suffer on and off with fairly bad depression too. Plus, my joints and muscles ache daily.I was diagnosed with PCOS about 2yrs ago but I suspect I've had it for a lot longer as my periods were never regular from the start. I have tried various pills, such as Yasmin
and dinette, yaz made me feel good at first, then really crazy and angry after a few months. And diannette I've tried twice and both times made me terribly depressed. So I know take nothing, I did use agnus cactus for about 6months and that gave me a period every 5-7weeks, but I recently stopped taking this for my upcoming blood tests. I have noticed and logged over the last 2months that I get angry tearful and down about 10-15days before period which I'm guessing is PMS, then when on period I feel calmer and better every time, but then the day I stop my period it is AWFUL. I get severe depression, suicidal, extreme anxiety, fogginess and I feel so awful. Especially the depression and anxiety. How comes this happens after my period and ever uh time I'm on, I feel calmer? I know straight after period your estrogen climbs quickly, so am I sensitive to estrogen? I had my progesterone levels checked twice in last few weeks as I think its low, and first reading wasb3.9 and the other was then 36! I'm so confused, but it is ruining my life. Is it estrogen or progesterone that's the problem? I'm so scared to try another pill as I end up crazy non them but I think I will have to :( thanks so much
Camran Jenson
#150 Camran Jenson 2014-05-10 17:16
Hello - I am 49 and still can't nail down if I'm estrogen dominant or deficient. I am skipping periods for months at a time, and then I will experience a very severe acne breakout on my chin,jaw and neck. Then I will spot just a bit for a few days and this stops and the acne hangs out and almost clears up - this goes on for a few months and then bam! it starts all over again. The acne is driving me crazy! I'm humiliated and embarrassed and don't want to go out in public, even to work! I also have weight gain in my tummy area (new to me since I've always had a flat tummy). I have never had children (I'm told this is important in determining hormone issues) my hair is thinning somewhat at the top/front of my head and seems to feel dry & brittle. I also have some tendon (not joint) pain in my wrists, fingers, ankles, and toes. I have a stressful job where I work long stressful hours, don't get much exercise, and eat dinner late. I know these things are bad and I'm working on those. I actually sleep most nights, eat organic whole foods,and drink a fair amount of good quality water and take a good quality vitamin. So I'm confused that I have these symptoms of acne and tendon pain. However, from the symptoms I've described, can you tell me if you think I'm dominant or deficient? Thank you for your help!
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