What Is Estrogen?

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Estrogen dominance is nothing specific but just a higher level of estrogen hormone comparing the other important sex hormone progesterone.

Estrogen is also known as estrogen is a steroid hormone. It is one of the two most important sex hormones in women with progesterone.

In man, it is found on a deficient level therefore women precisely have higher estrogen than men.

Estrogen in women regulates female characteristics and reproduction systems. Mainly it starts the menstrual cycle and sexual development in girls.

In early Puberty stages estrogen level increases in the girl, which then specify the characteristics of a woman.

As a sex hormone, men have testosterone just like estrogen it is also a steroid hormone. Steroid basically means having the same chemical composition but different in biological functions.

What Is Estrogen Dominance?

What Is Estrogen Dominance? Credits; Hormones

Estrogen dominance is nothing specific but just a higher level of estrogen hormone comparing the other important sex hormone progesterone.

A survey in America claimed that almost half female population in America have been subjected to higher hormones level mostly estrogen.

Tara Scott, M.D a board-certified ob-gynecologist said production of estrogen on a high level isn’t really a big issue.

but for that to happen, progesterone should also be on that level or a little less to counter estrogen.

8 Causes Of Estrogen Dominance
Credits; Amy Myers MD

Credits; Amy Myers MD

8 Causes Of Estrogen Dominance

 

Chronic stress

                       also known as constant stress is one of the common causes of higher estrogen levels. The body uses progesterone to balance out estrogen response.

 Progesterone and Cortisol are both made up of the same material when cortisol primarily called as “stress” hormone increases when you are in stress.

It is likely for the body to use progesterone instead of cortisol to fulfill its need.

Finally when most progesterone is used up to compete with cortisol then there is not enough progesterone to work with estrogen. In conclusion, there is an excess amount of estrogen.

 

Overweight

               meaning filled with body fat is one the main reason for higher estrogen levels.     

Fat manipulates estrogen level and sucks it up in the bloodstream similarly fat creates estrogen from another hormone.

It is likely for an overweight guy to have an excess amount of estrogen.

 

Water

          is being contaminated on daily basis by chemical compounds in the air. Most of the time drinking water is disrupted by Livestock (cattle).

Livestock excretes phytoestrogen a dietary estrogen. Now here a question arises that if livestock is excreting natural estrogen then how does it affect us because we don’t even drink that water.

technically speaking, that water mixed with phytoestrogen is absorbed in the land which is our main source of drinking water.

 

Personal care products

              such as shampoos, soaps, toothpaste, cosmetics, and still the list are way long to go.

Many of those we use have estrogenic activities (EA) in their chemical compounds.

We as a normal person think that these all product making companies must have a hard time with rules and regulations.

Well, it isn’t like that, they are being controlled internally which ultimately means that they are controlling themselves with no regulations at all.

Specifically talking about skincare products, they contain xenoestrogen a type of estrogen that directly infiltrates the skin tissues, and once you have them it is quite hard for even the liver to detoxify them.

 

Food       

                 is the most common and widely spread estrogen dominance cause around the globe. And it all comes down to what we eat, we do not consider checking or getting done the test of the meat we eat regularly.

One can not fully assure that meat be good to eat but almost 40% of animals are treated with antibiotics to reduce the risk of getting bacteria which then is responsible for our hormonal imbalance after eating it.

Hormone replacement therapy

                             also known as HRT is a therapy to control the symptoms of menopause in female however it is a risky therapy to have.

Having said that, this therapy contains an excess amount of estrogen while not having any progesterone to balance out the reaction of higher estrogen,  in conclusion, it leaves the excess amount of estrogen in the body.

 

Birth controlling pills

                     causes higher estrogen levels. Menopause usually happens after the age of 45 in women but these birth control pills make it earlier than 45 years.

 Which ultimately reduces the chance of a woman getting pregnant even 45 years ago.

Those pills contain toxic hormones that are hard to detox even for the liver.

 

Plastic

                 is very common such as water bottles, plastic bags, food wrap, and all other plastic made things we see around. What we don’t really know is they contain hormone replicators “xenoestrogen “.

 Which is harmful to our skin as we discussed above xenoestrogen comes from skincare products but it also comes from water bottles that contain drinking water.

Even something common as dishwashing can trigger the estrogenic activity of plastic to grow more.

Plastic exposed to sunlight also works the same way as dishwashing. Now here arises a question as what is the estrogenic activity?

Estrogen activity (EA) is an estrogen mimicker that binds to the estrogen site so that it can infiltrate the cell and give a message to react.

Symptoms of estrogen dominance

 

signs of estrogen dominanceCredits; Nourished Natural Health

 

  • Bloating

  • Swelling in breasts

  • Tenderness in breast

  • Decreased sex drive

  • Irregular menstrual periods

  • Mood swings

  • Headaches

  • Hair loss

  • Panic attack

  • Anxiety

  • Weight gain

  • Hot and cold feet

  • Trouble Sleeping

  • Sleepiness

  • Fatigue

  • Memory problems

  • Gynecomastia

  • Infertility

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

  • Endometriosis

  • Fibroid

  • Hot flashes

  • Night sweats

 

Note:

             Symptoms given below are not always caused by estrogen dominance so please do not assume just by these symptoms. If you are having these symptoms then it is better to consult with a doctor.

 

Estrogen dominance in men

Estrogen dominance in men
Credits; XCD Nutrition

           Testosterone and estrogen both are required for the body’s overall functions. Both need to balance out with each other to work if not then body experience changes.

While talking about estrogen people generally consider it just for women, which is not true. Men also have estrogen although comparing both women have more.

Speaking specifically about a hormone called “estradiol” it very important for the sexual life of man. For erection and sperm production to happen then testosterone and estrogen need to balance their level with each other.

 Here are three problems caused by estrogen dominance:

 

Infertilities

              a big problem in men, the body uses estrogen for producing sperms, an excess amount of estrogen can make that slower, which then will affect becoming a father.   

Gynecomastia

                is the problem from where some boys get bullied, Gynecomastia in easy terminology means enlargement of boobs in men, which our society doesn’t accept?

People suffering from man boobs need to know that it is estrogen dominance or simply a higher level of estrogen in them, with the right treatment they will be normal.

 

Erectile dysfunction

                       the problem has become very common in us, research said that almost 26% of men under the age of 40 are affected by Erectile dysfunction.

This issue is caused by the low level of test testosterone and a higher level of estrogen.

Estrogen dominance in womanCredits; Thriving Hormones

Estrogen dominance in woman

 

Women have more estrogen comparing men, which lies more chances of having higher estrogen in women.

The biggest risk any woman can have through estrogen dominance are cancers such as estrogen receptors positive breast cancer.

Estrogen hormone is produced in ovaries, it develops sexual characteristics in female also the hormone that is used for breast development are estrogen.

When estrogen is attached with protein-made estrogen receptors (ER) then cancer cells in the breast start to grow in the excess amount a tumor is caused in the breast.

ER breast cancer has become an issue, thoroughly as time passes by the ratio is increasing. Researchers say 1 out of 8 women will have ER-positive breast cancer in their lifetime while 1 out of 39 woman may die due to this cancer

                        

How to fix estrogen dominance

  Credits; Naturopathic Doctor News and Review

First of all, it isn’t primarily a deadly thing to have, normally people have a higher level of estrogen and they don’t even notice.

It could get lethal in terms of breast cancer if not treated well otherwise there are certain changes you have to adopt for reducing estrogen dominance

such as diet, medications, and weight loss but it all should be regulated under the doctor’s supervision, one must not do things on his own.

 

Food

                            is an easy way to compensate for your estrogen level, green vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli primarily reduce estrogen levels.

 Having said that mushrooms, red grapes, and whole grains also reduce estrogen dominance.

 

Medications

                     are reliable for reducing estrogen level to optimum, we here taking the example of Aromatase inhibitors.

Now what they do is, these inhibitors block the Aromatase enzyme found in breast tissues and convert androgen into a small number of estrogen

in the end, there isn’t much estrogen available for reviving the breast cancer-causing cells named estrogen-receptors-positive.

 

Weight loss

                           is not that easy for a fat guy but being fat with a higher estrogen level is an issue that should be treated quickly.

  Once an overweight person starts Losing weight then that will significantly cause their estrogen dominance to come to an optimum level.

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