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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

Depression

Minor anxiety

Emotional instability

Feeling of despair, crying easily

Poor concentration, mental fogginess

Forgetfulness

Fatigue

Difficulty falling asleep

Headaches/migraines

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

Fibroids

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

Ovarian cysts

PMS

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

Bloating

Pelvic cramps

Weight gain

Nausea

Sugar cravings

Sleep disturbances

Recommendations

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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Sara
#149 Sara 2013-12-18 13:36
Stacy, this is how I feel too. I wonder what is going on? Hopefully someone can shed some light.
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Sofia
#148 Sofia 2013-12-16 06:33
Should Dim Plus be taken for low estrogen and estrogen dominance? Also, is it safe if trying to conceive?

Thank you
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Mel
#147 Mel 2013-12-14 13:51
Hi I'd log some help please. I'm 35 and since I turned 30 and 2 yrs after the birth of my daughter I've suffered badly. I'm Irritable, angry and sometimes I love my life and husband and other time side rather be someone else. Generally I'm ok after period to ovulation and then after ovulation I get so tired, hate everyone and sometimes get sore breasts.
This month is different though and felt rubbish since period and just waiting to ovulate. All blood tests for hormones are normal. I've tried herbs for increasing proestrogen and estrogen and tried proestrogen pessaries. I just can't figure out if I'm estrogen deficient or dominant and I'm confusing my body more trying different herbs as I can't decide
Thanks
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Jing
#146 Jing 2013-11-28 08:32
Hi Karine, I'm so glad you've found us! It's wonderful that you're seeing an acupuncturist. I too am a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In TCM the kidney adrenal network plays a very important role in women's reproductive health. In part, it houses our energy reserves and essence. So as we age, our essence slowly declines. In the conventional medicine, this is translated into the decline of sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. From your symptoms, you might have been experiencing adrenal fatigue/exhaust ion. When you are under prolonged stress, your body secretes excessive level of cortisol stress hormone. Over time, it steals from other hormones such as DHEA and progesterone. DHEA is the mother hormone of estrogen and testosterone, hence estrogen and/or progesterone deficiency -- kidney deficiency in TCM. So it's very important to look at every areas of your life and come up with a plan to manage stress and create a healthier lifestyle. The good news is that adrenal fatigue is reversible. Many women in our community are on a similar journey, and we're here to support you! Please join us by signing up as a free member and share your thoughts, feelings, an experiences with us. Simply click on the sign up button at the very top of the page. We look forward to "seeing" you inside :)
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Jing
#145 Jing 2013-11-28 08:27
Hi Karine, I'm so glad you've found us! It's wonderful that you're seeing an acupuncturist. I too am a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In TCM the kidney adrenal network plays a very important role in women's reproductive health. In part, it houses our energy reserves and essence. So as we age, our essence slowly declines. In the conventional medicine, this is translated into the decline of sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. From your symptoms, you might have been experiencing adrenal fatigue/exhaust ion. When you are under prolonged stress, your body secretes excessive level of cortisol stress hormone. Over time, it steals from other hormones such as DHEA and progesterone. DHEA is the mother hormone of estrogen and testosterone, hence estrogen and/or progesterone deficiency, or kidney deficiency in TCM. So it's very important to look at every areas of your life and come up with a plan to manage stress and create a healthier lifestyle. The good news is that adrenal fatigue is reversible. Many women in our community are on a similar journey, and we're here to support you! Please join us by signing up as a free member and sharing your thoughts, feelings, an experiences with us. Simply click on the sign up bottom at the very top of the page. We look forward to "seeing" you inside :)
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Karine
#144 Karine 2013-11-28 06:40
Hello. I'm so glad to have found this website, as it's one of the first that seems to touch on some of the experiences I've been having. I had similar problems about 6 months after the birth of my second child (in 2010), but this past month I have been experiencing a lot of anxiety, fearfulness, gastric distress (like I've experienced in extreme stress situations), a couple instances of lightheadedness (where I had to lie down), feelings of despair, insomnia, one or two instances of rapid heart rate, dry mouth, lack of hunger, night sweats (sometimes) or hypoglycemia. There are more, but those are the worst. It's been awful. The few periods leading up to this were also more scant than usual, and looking back I did have some of the others symptoms (anxiety) more so than usual. It has felt like I am in a full-on stress response, to be honest. I just started seeing an accupuncturist where I live, and she diagnosed me with kidney (and spleen) deficiency (something I've been heard before). How does kidney defiency then relate to estrogen? Does it cause an increase or decrease? Do you know if b6 is good for either?
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Jing
#143 Jing 2013-11-27 08:10
Molly, it sounds like you might have signs of estrogen deficiency. Your level of estrodial was tested low and you experienced hot flashes and night sweats. Organic soy beans and black beans are rich in phytoestrogens, and they are good foods to add to your diet. You can try out the Smoky Mountain Cream to see if it helps you. Additionally, you might also consider getting your thyroid and DHEA hormones checked so you can have a broader picture of what's going on in your endocrine system. Hope this helps. Please take good care Molly!
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Molly Waterbury
#142 Molly Waterbury 2013-11-26 15:07
Hi. I am 39 years old and for the past two years my cycle, which forever has been exactly 26 days, has started to fluctuate. 22 days, 28 days, 23 days, 25 days, etc. I also experience intermittent night sweats, facial flushing, and fatigue. The fatigue and brain fog are the worst. I usually get it the day before my cycle starts, and lasts through most of my period. I also have it intermittently up until I ovulate. Then, I feel great for the last two weeks of my cycle. My doc checked my estrodial levels, which tested low. She offered HRT, which I declined. Does this sound like estrogen deficiency? She said I was in Peri. My mom went through menopause at age 43. Should I get any other hormone levels checked? Would the smoky mountain cream work? I just need to get past this fog and fatigue.....
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Jing
#141 Jing 2013-11-23 20:53
Tricia, you know your body and trust what it tells you. To fix the hormone imbalance, we often need to go back to the basics: eat right and eat well, exercise, and reduce stress. I encourage you to join our community of women who share similar experiences and similar goals. You're not alone. We are here to support you. Hope you'll join us by signing up for a free membership. Take good care my friend :)
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Jing
#140 Jing 2013-11-23 20:31
Hi Anne, based on your systems, you might have progesterone deficiency or likely estrogen dominance. Believe it or not, our fat cells also produce estrogen. I encourage you to identify and address the root cause by creating a healthier lifestyle: eat a balanced diet, exercise more and reduce stress. Many women in our community are on a similar journey, and we are here to support you!
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