Do you suffer from gut-wrenching cramps and PMS? Headaches before your period and wicked sweets cravings? Do you dread your cycle because of the tender breasts and sleepless nights?
It could be oestrogen dominance! But what is it exactly? And why does it matter?
Too much oestrogen can lead to some serious symptoms and even health risks so it's important to understand what causes oestrogen dominance and how to avoid it. Here's everything you need to know about oestrogen dominance.
Oestrogen dominance occurs when oestrogen levels are out of balance, leaving estrogen floating around like a teenage rebel with too much time on their hands.
Women experience oestrogen dominance in two ways: frank or relative oestrogen dominance – frank means you produce too much oestrogen and levels are simply too high, while relative oestrogen dominance occurs when progesterone levels are low compared to oestrogen.
Oestrogen dominance is frequently triggered during perimenopause and menopause when your hormones shift, but can also be triggered by certain external sources – including xenoestrogens found in some food, plastics and beauty products.
Although oestrogen is essential for bodily functions like regulating metabolism and maintaining healthy bones and skin, it can cause havoc if levels are too high in the case of dominance and too low during menopause.
Research suggests that unchecked oestrogen dominance could increase the risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancers so you should get tested to better understand your risk profile.
While perimenopause and menopause are the most common reasons for oestrogen dominance, there are several other factors that can contribute to this condition:
It's important to note that each person's experience with oestrogen dominance may be unique, and several factors may contribute to this condition. If you're experiencing symptoms of oestrogen dominance, it's important to speak with a healthcare provider who can help diagnose and treat the problem.
There are many natural remedies to help women tackle this common issue.
Some of the best go-to remedies are high-fibre foods like berries and broccoli, flax, magnesium, B-complex vitamins, probiotics, and chaste berries.
While these might not work for everyone all the time, research shows that natural solutions can make a real difference in reducing symptoms related to oestrogen dominance and decreasing risks associated with conditions such as breast cancer and other oestrogen-positive cancers. So grab your broccoli and brush up on high-fibre superfoods – you’re just a few steps away from detoxing oestrogen more efficiently.
If you are experiencing any symptoms associated with oestrogen dominance, it is important that you seek help from a functional medicine practitioner specialising in hormone expert testing and BHRT who can test your hormone levels and also your genetics to see if you are at risk.
As a licenced health practitioner with deep expertise in hormone imbalances and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), our team will provide the appropriate guidance for your unique situation so you can determine whether you are a candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
We examine lifestyle factors that could be unnecessarily draining your natural hormone levels and also provide guidance on natural ways to boost your resilience and longevity.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can potentially reduce the risk of adverse side effects, alleviate symptoms leading to a healthier and happier life. If you think that this type of treatment might be right for you, then check out our wellness programme at the bottom of the about/our approach page of the website and if this resonates consider signing up for a free call so we can answer any questions you may have.
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