Estrogen Dominance Symptoms

Have you been told that estrogen dominance symptoms are the culprit in your fertility struggles?

If you have estrogen dominance symptoms, you may have the #1 hormonal imbalance facing fertility patients today? As you can see from the list of symptoms below, it's a very common hormonal imbalance in women.

Before we talk about estrogen dominance symptoms, let's look at what estrogen is supposed to be doing in the menstrual cycle. We have 4 very active hormones during the menstrual cycle and estrogen is the captain. We need the captain to set the stage for a healthy menstrual cycle. That's why when estrogen goes awry, the hormones can spiral out of balance and this often leads to estrogen dominance.

Here's an excerpt from my first course in my brand new In a Nutshell Series, where we focus on the 3 main hormone imbalances that account for 90% of fertility challenges in women. The course is called, The Hormone Triad.

Do You Have These Estrogen Dominance Symptoms?

This is a list of the most common estrogen dominance symptoms that I encounter in my practice treating fertility patients.

  • Allergies
  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Clots in the period
  • Fatigue
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Foggy thinking
  • Hair loss
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Low BBT temperatures during the luteal phase
  • Moodiness
  • Period onset before 12 y.o.
  • Post ovulation headaches
  • PMS symptoms up to 2 weeks before the period
  • Premenstrual spotting
  • Sleep issues
  • Thyroid issues
  • Low libido

How Does Estrogen Dominance Affect Fertility?

When there is too much estrogen in the luteal phase, our entire cycle is off and it's like the spiral of hormones has been interrupted. Instead of spirally up into optimum health, estrogen dominance causes our bodies to spiral downwards into hormonal imbalance.

When we're hormonally imbalanced, our menstrual cycles become irregular and we start having some of the estrogen dominance symptoms that we read about above. 

Fertility may be affected because the recruitment of follicles is altered by the hormonal imbalance. Slowly we stop recruiting premium, dominant follicles. Also, the quality of our uterine lining goes down with estrogen dominance. 

We may see the impact on uterine lining with premenstrual spotting or with clots in the period. Either of these would be a sign of the uterine lining not maturing properly in the luteal phase.

How Does Estrogen Dominance Change Over Time?

IF we don't do anything, our estrogen dominance symptoms will worsen over time. Actually, many of us will start going into estrogen dominance in our mid to late thirties. Why is this?

There are many factors that affect the quality of our menstrual cycle, the performance of our hormones and our overall health. Over time, these factors start to affect our menstrual cycle and we may start to see some of the symptoms listed above.

Some of these factors include birth control pills, medications, xenoestrogens, plastics, heavy metals, pesticides, fungicides, chemicals, cleaning products, copper toxicity, etc. Regardless of how hard we've tried to avoid these toxins, we can't control our exposure for many of the risk factors for developing estrogen dominance.

Therefore, we have to be proactive monitoring ourselves for estrogen dominance symptoms. Unfortunately, we almost have to expect that we'll go into estrogen dominance by the time we turn 40. When we're trying to conceive, it's doubly important that we get out of estrogen dominance, so that when we get pregnant, our bodies are ready and we get pregnant with the best possible, healthy follicle we could make.

How to Reduce Estrogen Dominance

First and foremost, you want to limit your exposure to the toxins and hormone disruptors that I listed above. We are literally surrounded by estrogen and it's a full time job to avoid it. Not only are there hormone disruptors in toxins and chemicals, but actual hormones are injected into animals to make them grow. Remember estrogen is the hormone that makes things grow.

Make sure to shop for meat and dairy that says that no hormones were used in the raising of these animals. Ideally, all of your foods would be organic and your animal products would be pasture raised. Of course, this is in an ideal world.

Detoxing and Estrogen Dominance

I think that detoxing is a good idea. I recommend it to most of my fertility patients at the onset of their treatments. I don't recommend fasting or extreme detoxes that really put a stress on your body. Many of these programs can actually be counter productive to preparing your body for conception.

The detox program that I use in the clinic is the 21 Day Purification Program by Standard Process.  I like the 21 Day Purification Program because it's basically a detox combined with a healthy eating training program. You're eating real foods throughout the program, while taking supplements to facilitate Phase 1 and Phase 2 detoxification. 

As many of you know, I recommend working with a health professional when it comes to taking supplements, herbs and detox products. Standard Process is only available through licensed health practitioners. One of the bonuses of taking my course,  The Hormone Triad, is that you'll have your very own Standard Process account. I'm also offering a special report that lists the specific supplement protocols that I use in the clinic for treating 3 main hormone imbalances that account for 90% of fertility challenges facing my patients.

Detoxing with Infrared Sauna

I love detoxing with my infrared sauna. You have to be careful because not all infrared saunas are the same. I recommend using a Near Infrared Lamp Sauna in my practice and my patients love doing sauna. 

Sauna therapy not only helps to reduce estrogen dominance, but it also detoxes the body of heavy metals, which often negatively affect the performance of our hormones overall. Also, regular sauna therapy helps to improve blood circulation, especially to the glands and organs, which benefits their function.

Doing sauna is very relaxing for the body and puts the nervous system in a parasympathetic state, which is also called, "Feed and Breed." Since you're trying to get pregnant, we want you to be in "Feed and Breed" not, "Fight or Flight."

Go After Your Estrogen Dominance Symptoms!

Be like Nancy Drew and investigate those symptoms in your body. If you have a number of the estrogen dominance symptoms that I listed above, be proactive about treating your estrogen dominance. You might want to get a salivary hormone panel to check your level of estrogen dominance.

At the very least, avoiding toxins and unnecessary hormones should be first on your To Do list. Then you might want to do a good detox program and start doing sauna. 

Interestingly, it's pretty easy to spot estrogen dominance on a salivary hormone panel. That's why I like testing the hormones throughout the cycle. We can see really clearly if there is estrogen dominance or not. Another bonus in my upcoming course, The Hormone Triad is that one of our participants has done a full salivary panel and we'll be going over her results in class. You'll learn all about the testing and how we address estrogen dominance and the other 2 major hormone imbalances of The Hormone Triad.

If you found this article on estrogen dominance symptoms interesting and you want to delve into your hormones in depth, I strongly recommend that you join my upcoming course, The Hormone Triad.  Many women, like Lacey and Kerry have written to me and told me that everything in their fertility struggles finally made sense after taking my course.

You did a great job explaining complex topics in a way that was not only understandable, but empowering.

I feel like I have a much better understanding of my endocrine system and how it's interconnected.  It is a sense of relief to know that this holistic route is possible to get healthy.  I was scared of the the typical way of treating infertility with drugs and hormones; it is like a bandaid and could actually put your body in a worse state than before.  I agree wholeheartedly with your philosophies - you get to the root of the matter. And I appreciate that you are willing to teach people about their bodies and fertility.  Thank you!

Lucy F., Greene, RI

First of all I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you for doing this course...

For the past two years I have been dealing with infertility and miscarriages. After going to three different doctors and hearing all these terms thrown out at me and going around in my head I finally think I have a clear, or at least much better understanding of how the hormones work and what their jobs are in the body. You made it so clear to understand. The pictures helped make it clearer too. One listener asked you a question about taking DHEA which I found very interesting since I have been on it since March. Every time I go to my RE she asks me if I am still taking it and says I should be. You said that taking DHEA could make cortisol levels rise so I am wondering if my cortisol level is high because of the DHEA.

Kerry  Pomfret, Coventry, RI

If you want to understand your hormones in a nutshell, please join me in my upcoming course, The Hormone Triad. We will get to the bottom of what's going on with your hormones. The course starts February 1, 2015, so be sure to sign up today.