support from a trained physician/specialist to evaluate your symptoms and rule out other concerns.
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Here are 5 warning signs of estrogen dominance to look out for:
1. Cyclic breast tenderness, pain or fibrocystic breasts.
Some women experience an increase in breast fullness or tenderness around ovulation or before the period. This is a response to fluctuating estrogen levels throughout the menstrual cycle. Women with fibrocystic breasts notice monthly breast tenderness. Women with these breast symptoms may have elevated estrogen, or an increased sensitivity to estrogen in the breast tissue.
2. PMS moodiness, especially with irritability, tearfulness, or mood swings.
When estrogen and progesterone are out of balance, this can worsen PMS symptoms.
3. PMS-related headaches.
Hormone headaches or “menstrual migraines” tend to occur in the days before or during the period. Often it is the sharp decline in estrogen and/or progesterone that seems to trigger the headaches. These may be worsened in women who have fluctuating estrogen levels, for example, in women going through perimenopause or battling a reproductive condition such as Fibroids, PCOS, Endometriosis or more.
4. Heavy and/or irregular periods.
As mentioned earlier, one of estrogen’s main jobs is to build up the uterine lining. If we have excess estrogen, this can further build the lining and contribute to excessive heavy periods.
5. Weight gain around the hips and buttocks.
Estrogen is the hormone that promotes the body composition and shape that is classically associated with the female form: wider hips, larger buttocks, and breasts. Estrogen “encourages” fat deposition in these areas. This is not inherently a bad thing. Women need a higher body fat percentage compared to men for optimal hormone health. If you have noticed an increase in your weight, especially in these areas, estrogen might be one contributing factor.
What is the root cause of your Estrogen Dominance?
When we work with women on balancing their hormones, we first need to identify their hormone levels. This can be accomplished in a detailed initial consultation, and consistent coaching combined with a hormone blood work done by your primary physician or GYN.
One of the most important steps in our consultation is digging into the WHY? Why is there a pattern of Estrogen Dominance occurring? From there we will carve out a lifestyle that supports the BALANCE you need. You can find support here around the clock.
Learn more about how to find your BALANCE HERE.
Fibroids Survivor turned Nutritionist and Founder of online wellness platform TheDeToxNow.com,
Results of her programs have included numerous women completely eradicating their symptoms and naturally shrinking their Fibroids, Endometriosis and more. In one breakout case, client Annalise Henry eliminated an MRI documented 50 Fibroids naturally through the comprehensive lifestyle medicine approach. Follow her @CoachGessie and learn more at TheDeToxNow.com.