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Imbalances In Estrogen and Its Effect Upon Women’s Health

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The responses in a woman’s body and the symptoms that occur in a woman when there are deficiencies in estrogen are much more common than the responses in the body and symptoms that occur from an excess amount of estrogen in a woman’s body. Also, the ways in which each woman reacts to the episodes of deficiencies and excesses in estrogen created by the changing amounts in her body are individual.


Premenstrual Syndrome

One issue which has plagued many women throughout their reproductive life is premenstrual syndrome [PMS]. Apparently, 60% of all women suffer from PMS. It not only occurs in adolescence, it is most likely to occur in women in their thirties, and it occurs late in the reproductive years or perimenopausal years [30 to 50 years old]. If nothing is done to resolve the underlying cause of PMS, it often gets worse over time.

Some women get PMS a few days before their menstrual period, and then it stops abruptly when their period starts. With other women, the symptoms gradually begin to appear one to two weeks before her period. Other women experience clusters of symptoms around ovulation, followed by a symptom free week, then a reoccurrence of the symptoms a week before her period.

There are more than 100 known symptoms of PMS. However, the cyclical fashion in which the symptoms occur premenstrually [one or two weeks before the period] is what is important. Most women have at least three days during the month when they are entirely free of symptoms. On the other hand, women with very severe PMS may not have any symptoms free days. Although women may have a worsening of other health conditions [ex. arthritis, houses, lupus, etc.] which are related to PMS, they are not defined as PMS.

Symptoms of PMS include:

  • abdominal cramping
  • hives
  • aggression
  • insomnia
  • alcohol intolerance
  • lethargy
  • anxiety
  • migraine
  • asthma
  • mood swings
  • backache
  • nausea
  • being accident prone
  • painful joints
  • bloated abdomen
  • rage
  • breast pain
  • red eyes
  • bruising
  • seizures
  • confusion
  • sex drive changes
  • craving chocolate
  • sinus problems
  • craving salt
  • sore throat
  • craving sweets
  • styes
  • depression
  • suicidal thoughts
  • edema
  • swollen ankles
  • fainting
  • swollen ankles
  • fatigue
  • swollen breasts
  • food binges
  • tension
  • heart pounding
  • urinary difficulties
  • headache
  • vision difficulties
  • hemorrhoids
  • withdrawing from others

Common physical signs that a woman can have when she is estrogen deficient are:

  • bone loss on bone density testing
  • lower sex drive
  • cough
  • low energy while having a period
  • day–long fatigue
  • more difficulty achieving orgasm
  • dry eyes
  • night sweats
  • dry mouth
  • painful intercourse
  • dry skin
  • pain with sexual activity
  • constipation
  • recurring urinary tract infections
  • episodes of rapid heartbeats, with or without anxiety
  • recurring vaginal infections
  • frequent urination
  • reduced stamina
  • gastrointestinal discomfort
  • sagging breasts and loss the fullness
  • headaches and migraines
  • sharp menstrual cramps
  • hot flashes
  • thinning of the vaginal wall [vaginal atrophy]
  • increased facial hair
  • thinning scalp hair
  • increased back pain
  • vaginal dryness
  • increased joint pain [especially the thumbs]
  • urinary incontinence / poor bladder control
  • increased triglycerides
  • weight gain, with an increasing lack of concern about it
  • increased LDL [bad cholesterol] and decreased HDL [good cholesterol]
  • less sensitive breasts
  • increased urination during the night
  • wrinkles about the forehead, eyes [“crows feet”], and mouth

Common mental / emotional signs that a woman can have when she is estrogen deficient are:

  • brain fog
  • depression
  • forgetfulness
  • minor anxiety
  • mood changes
  • mental fogginess
  • sleep that is less deep
  • difficulty falling asleep
  • decrease sense of sexuality and sensuality
  • lessened self–image and attention to appearance
  • sense of normalcy only during the second week of the cycle

Some signs of estrogen deficiency for example hot flashes, inability to sleep, mental fogginess, and emotional instability, have been found to occur at nearly the same time that a woman’s estrogen level falls.

Common signs that a woman can have when she has excess estrogen are:

  • acne
  • anemia
  • asthma gets worse
  • breast cancer
  • cold body temperature
  • breast tenderness or pain, occurring mainly in the central area, including the nipple
  • depression
  • endometriosis
  • fatigue
  • fibrocystic breasts
  • fluid retention
  • gallstones
  • headaches
  • heavy bleeding
  • impatient, snappy behavior, but with a clear mind
  • increase in breast size / swelling
  • irritability
  • loss of sex drive
  • memory loss
  • mid–cycle bleeding [if still having periods]
  • occasional nausea
  • ovarian cysts
  • premenstrual symptoms [PMS]
  • pelvic cramps with or without uterine bleeding
  • polycystic ovary syndrome [PCOS]
  • period problems [irregular, long or short, or heavy periods]
  • raging hot flashes and night sweats that do not stop with treatments
  • thickening of the uterine lining
  • uterine fibroids
  • water retention [as has noticed in swollen fingers and legs]
  • weight gain

However, it is known that there is a group of women, approximately 5% of women, who actually either naturally produce a high level of estrogen in their body, or can take a high dose of synthetic or biologically identical estrogen as a treatment (ex. birth control pills [BCP] or as a replacement for deficient estrogen (estrogen replacement therapy [ERT] or biologically identical estrogens) without having any signs or symptoms of excess estrogen. This places them at risk for various health problems including cancer.

Causes of excess estrogen in a woman include:

  • Fertility injections
  • Exogenous estrogens
  • The use of birth control pills
  • The presence of ovarian cysts
  • Hormonal replacement, including biologically identical [bio–identical] estrogen, with a higher level of estrogen than the woman needs

If a woman takes too much estrogen, or if her natural level is too high, or if the estrogen is not properly balanced with adequate progesterone, the lining of the uterus — the endometrium [the lining of the uterus] — will thicken. In response, the uterus will contract, causing uterine bleeding and a sensation of pain or cramping in the lower pelvic area.


Estrogen Dominance

The term “estrogen dominance” has been made popular by Dr. John R. Lee, M.D. This term has been accepted in use by some professionals and not accepted by other professionals. The term refers to the fact that the woman may either have excess estrogen, a deficient amount of progesterone, or a combination of both. Doctor Lee believes the possible causes of estrogen dominance are:

  • Birth control pills [BCP]
  • An improperly functioning liver
  • Stress affecting the cortisol levels
  • Eating sugars and refined starches
  • An excessive intake of food [excessive calorie intake]
  • Conventional synthetic estrogen replacement therapy [ERT] and synthetic hormone replacement therapy [HRT]
  • Eating phytoestrogens [plant estrogens] such as unfermented soy products
  • Xenoestrogen [estrogens from outside the body] exposure during the embryo phase of life in a mother’s uterus
  • Stress caused by anovulatory cycles [a cycle when a woman does not ovulate]
  • Other nutritional deficiencies that affect the functioning of the ovaries or mitochondria [the energy producing factories in the nucleus of a cell]
  • Household and environmental products such as soaps, plastics, paneling, furniture, carpeting, pesticides, industrial waste products, and estrogen products fed to cows and steers

Symptoms and conditions that Doctor Lee associates with estrogen dominance are:

  • acceleration of the aging process
  • auto immune disorders such as lupus erythmatosis, thyroiditis, and possibly Sjogren’s disease
  • allergy symptoms, including asthma, hives, rashes and sinus congestion
  • bloating
  • breast cancer
  • breast tenderness
  • cervical dysplasia
  • cold hands and feet as a symptom of thyroid dysfunctions
  • copper excess
  • decreased sex drive
  • depression with anxiety or agitation
  • dry eyes
  • early onset of menstruation
  • endometrial cancer
  • fat gain, especially around the abdomen, hips and thighs
  • fatigue
  • fibrocystic breasts
  • foggy thinking
  • gall bladder disease
  • hair loss
  • headaches
  • infertility
  • insomnia
  • irregular menstrual periods
  • irritability
  • increased blood clotting [increasing the risk of strokes]
  • hypoglycemia
  • magnesium deficiency
  • memory loss
  • mood swings
  • osteoporosis
  • PMS
  • polycystic ovaries
  • pre–menopausal bone loss
  • sluggish metabolism
  • uterine cancer
  • thyroid dysfunction mimicking hypothyroidism
  • uterine fibroids
  • water retention
  • zinc deficiency

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