Oestrogen Dominance, is a term that was coined by the late Dr John Lee, an expert in the use of natural progesterone from Harvard and the University of Minnesota Medical School. It describes the condition in which a woman can have deficient, normal or excessive oestrogen hormones but little or no progesterone hormone to balance its effect in the body. As a result she has more oestrogen in her body relative to progesterone, which produces the symptoms associated with the term “oestrogen dominance”.
Dr Lee, was an international authority and pioneer, with a distinguished medical career, in the use of natural progesterone and natural hormone balance. He was a sought-after speaker, as well as a best-selling author and the editor-in-chief of a widely read newsletter. He was the author of several best-selling books including What Your Doctor May Not Tell you about Premenopause and also What Your Doctor May Not Tell you about Menopause.
Oestrogen dominance can also be the result of being exposed to too much oestrogen in the environment or environmental chemicals that cause a woman’s body to produce more oestrogen. In addition, it can be a result of peri-menopausal menstrual cycles, when no egg is released and therefore no progesterone is produced, which again causes excess oestrogen. It can also be a combination of both these circumstances. There are also many other causes that can contribute towards oestrogen dominance, which will be discussed in future articles.
As I began my research into hormonal imbalance I discovered that a vast majority of women actually suffer from these symptoms. In fact, research suggests that as many as 75 percent of menstruating women have some premenstrual syndrome symptoms, which are caused by hormonal imbalances.
That’s certainly a lot of women all being affected by hormonal imbalances of some sort and I realized I wasn’t along. So, if you can relate to this you’re not alone either.
Who does Oestrogen Dominance effect?
Oestrogen dominance can affect women of all ages. For example, it can affect young girls who are stressed, young women on the pill and women going through pre-menopause. This is because, in each of these scenarios, ovulation will occur either intermittently or not at all. If ovulation doesn’t occur, then progesterone isn’t being produced although oestrogen is still produced because the women are still experiencing periods.
Women going through menopause are also affected by oestrogen dominance. As they are no longer producing eggs and ovulation has ceased, they may not be producing enough progesterone.
Young women on the pill, or suffering from excess stress, may have seemingly normal periods but without ovulation. They might tend to suffer from PMS symptoms such as: swollen tender breasts, weight gain, mood swings, headaches and cramps.
So you can see that “Oestrogen Dominance” can affect girls and women of all ages. In addition, it can also affect boys and men because of environmental influences.
What are some of the symptoms of Oestrogen Dominance?
Some of the more common symptoms that are caused or made worse by an imbalance of your hormones are: PMS (Pre-menstrual syndrome), fatigue, depression, bloating, mood swings, weight gain, heavy or irregular periods, insomnia, uterine fibroids, acne, migraines, loss of libido, thyroid problems, plus a whole lot more. Even serious symptoms such as breast and uterine cancers have been linked to oestrogen dominance. So you can see, this can be a serious and even life-threatening condition.
So how many of these symptoms can you relate to or do you have other symptoms that you are suffering from? I’d love to hear about your experiences, so leave me a comment below.
In the next article we’re going to look at what some of the major causes of hormonal imbalance and especially “Oestrogen Dominance” are.
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