Estrogen Dominance is a hormonal imbalance where estrogen levels are relatively higher than progesterone levels, which causes the following symptoms:
As you approach the premenopausal years, which may occur up to 15 years before you actually enter menopause, your progesterone production declines, while estrogen production remains the same or increases. Due to this fact, estrogen becomes a predominant hormone in the body, and without a proper counterbalance of progesterone, it may cause the above symptoms.
In recent years, Estrogen Dominance has also been documented in the younger female population during their early teenage years. This is not menopause; because progesterone production is still normal. So external factors , such as exposure to chemicals called Xenoestrogens, contribute to this.
Prevention starts with avoiding Xenoestrogens, artificial estrogen-like chemicals, which enter the body and mimic estrogen by blocking or binding themselves to estrogen receptor sites, ultimately causing an imbalance of estrogen. Xenoestrogens are found in food, skincare products, household chemicals, and plastic products. Treatment of Estrogen Dominance involves supplementation, Bio-identical Hormone Therapy (BHRT), or a combination of both to reestablish hormonal balance. Dietary and lifestyle modifications include starting a high fiber diet, developing a regular exercise routine, and maintaining healthy body weight.