Why is Oestrogen Dominance even a word and what does it mean? oh, and why does it even matter?
Lets start with a Wiki definition: Estrogen dominance is a term coined by Dr. Lee in his first book on natural progesterone. It describes a condition where a woman can have deficient, normal or excessive estrogen, but has little or no progesterone to balance its effects in the body.
It’s immediately obvious that The Oestrogen Dominance Problem is not actually about oestrogen, but actually about a situation of low progesterone. Progesterone is the hormone that allows women to be fertile and maintain a pregnancy; and not only is progesterone found in males, but men rely on progesterone to preserve their masculinity. In fact, progesterone is a precursor to testosterone – the male sex hormone. As men age and testosterone begins to decline, estrogen levels steadily rise.
A quick internet search of symptoms of low progesterone (and therefore Oestrogen dominance) is a fright to read and includes:
Mood changes, anxiety, nervousness, irrational fears, irritability. Depression. Headaches, migraines. Low sex drive / libido. Endometriosis. polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Postpartum depression. Weight gain. Infertility. Miscarriage. pms and menopause. Menstrual problems such as irregularity or heavy bleeding…
and in men:
Prostate enlargement – benign prostate hyperplasia / hypertrophy (BPH) and the risk of prostate cancer. Urination – difficulty, increased frequency. Constricted urethra. Erectile dysfunction. Low libido. Fatigue. Depression and anxiety. diposity (fat build-up) and the redistribution of fat. Muscle development reduced. Body hair reduced. Veins become less prominent. Baldness. Breast growth. Risk of many other cancers. Risk of heart and artery diseases. Sweat and body odour changes. Skin thinning…
Why does this happen to us? Our hormones become imbalanced mainly due to environmental toxins called xenoestrogens (pronounced zeno) from soft plastics, polystyrene (especially if frozen or microwaved), hormones in meat and milk, sun block, pesticides, canned food detergents and other every-day products.
We can recognise oestrogen dominance in very young girls developing and menstruating (preceocious adolescence is occurring as young as 9yrs old), in boys that aren’t shaving til well into their teens, in all the hormone-related cancers, high levels of infertility, the obesity epidemic, the road rage… obviously it’s simplistic to say all the world’s woes are hormone related, but unfortunately it’s not too far wrong and it’s something that modern western medicine is not even considering. Sadly, there are very few doctors who test progesterone, let alone the ratio of progesterone to testosterone or oestrogen to determine if there’s an oestrogen dominant issue.
However; it’s not all doom and gloom. There is a way of repairing what’s gone wrong and it’s so simple and effective that everyone can (and should) get it right.
But I’ll leave that to next week’s blog – The Solution