Is this really happening to me?
Feeling overwhelmed? Experiencing irritability and anxiety? Brain fog? Even hot flashes? You never thought it would happen to you, but it seems you may be experiencing estrogen dominance.
Perimenopause… It happens to all of us, yet none of us are really prepared for it. It happened to Becca in the Fall of 2017. Becca Jenkins was a 44 year old Digital Marketing Manager balancing a career and raising three children. It came on gradually, when one day, Becca was completely overwhelmed while reviewing her office inbox. Her brain was under a fog that wouldn’t clear. Meanwhile, she had begun to notice periodic anxiety, followed by a rush of heat over her body. As this sensation became more and more frequent, it was clear… Becca was having hot flashes. Like many women in their 40’s, she was experiencing the symptoms of estrogen dominance, a common perimenopausal condition.
What is Estrogen Dominance?
Estrogen dominance occurs when estrogen and progesterone are out of balance. This can happen during perimenopause, as progesterone levels start to wane and estrogen levels remain high. The result can have life-altering effects such as insomnia, irritability and poor brain function. Synthetic hormones in birth control combined with stress may only make the problem worse. Therefore, it is important to evaluate the use of synthetic hormones and takes steps to get stress under control.
Estrogen Dominance Symptoms
How do you know if you are experiencing estrogen dominance? Symptoms of estrogen dominance include:
- Decreased sex drive
- Irregular or otherwise abnormal menstrual periods
- Bloating (water retention)
- Breast swelling and tenderness
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Headaches (especially premenstrually)
- Mood swings (most often irritability and depression)
- Weight and/or fat gain (particularly around the abdomen and hips)
- Cold hands and feet (a symptom of thyroid dysfunction)
- Hair loss
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Sluggish metabolism
- Foggy thinking, memory loss
- Trouble sleeping/insomnia
- Hot flashes / night sweats
If you are experiencing the above symptoms, estrogen dominance may be the cause. It may be time to visit your doctor for a comprehensive hormone level test. Hormone levels may be tested at home as well, using a hormone test kit like HealthConfirm Hormone Vitality Test Plus, Saliva Collection (5 Hormones Tested).
If you are experiencing estrogen dominance, you are not alone. The following resources may help:
Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones by Susanne Sommers