Estrogen dominance – When I first heard the term, I thought it meant your estrogen levels were out of wack and your body was spewing out excessive amounts of estrogen, when in fact it basically means that you have no or low progesterone to balance out the estrogen. So you can have little, normal, or excessive amounts of estrogen but if your progesterone levels are low or nil, you are estrogen dominant.
How Does One Become Estrogen Dominant
There are a number of ways one can become estrogen dominant. Pretty much just living on the planet can make you susceptible to becoming estrogen dominant. We are constantly exposed to xenoestrogens, or chemical compounds that imitate human estrogen.
Xenoestrogens are in many of the foods we eat. Many of the fruits and vegetables we consume can contain xenoestrogens due to the pesticides and herbicides they are sprayed with.
Xenoestrogens are also found in a majority of plastics, cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, furniture, car exhaust, and the list goes on. So unless you live in a bubble, there is chance that you have some degree of estrogen dominance. It is believed that about 50% of women in the western world that are over 35 years old are estrogen dominant. It’s easy to see why.
But it’s not just our environment and the foods we eat, good ‘ol stress and excess body fat can cause estrogen dominance as well.
How To Tell If You Are Estrogen Dominant
There are many symptoms of estrogen dominance. Most of the symptoms arise because of the brain and body being overstimulated by estrogen. Below are just a few of the symptoms.
- low libido
- irregular periods
- bloating (water retention)
- mood swings (irritability and depression)
- hair loss
- foggy thinking
How Does Estrogen Dominance Affect Natural Breast Enlargement
Many of the natural breast enlargement supplements out there focus on increasing estrogen levels to grow bigger breasts. That may work for some people but estrogen dominance may be the key to why so many people fail at natural breast enlargement.
Natural breast enlargement is a delicate balancing act and important for successful breast growth is the estrogen/progesterone balance. If you are estrogen dominant and adding more estrogen to your system, it can cause you to stall out. Your estrogen receptors become overloaded and no longer respond.
What You Can Do
If you are already on a breast enlargement routine, you will want to stop everything and get your levels back in order. You should first do a Milk Thistle Cleanse. This will help to clear out any excess estrogen in the liver. Then you will want to start a progesterone cream regimen. Like with herbs, you should start with a small dose and ramp up. Apply progesterone cream daily until symptoms of estrogen dominance go away. Then cycle progesterone cream. You can read more about cycling progesterone cream here -> Breast Growth with Progesterone Cream.
Additional ways to balance you estrogen levels include exercising to lose excess body fat and decrease stress.
How To Know If You Are Estrogen Dominant
Dr Lee offers a simple online questionnaire you can take regarding your hormone levels. If you think you may be estrogen dominant, you will want to get a test to confirm. Below are two options for testing.
- Visit an endocrinologist (specialist in the endocrine system and hormones). They can give you a blood test to check your hormone levels.
- Order a do-it-yourself hormone kit online. You simply take a saliva sample and mail in to a lab. This is a good option if you don’t have health insurance but DIY hormone tests are still a bit pricey depending on how many hormones you test for. They can range from $50 for a 1 hormone test to $315 for a 10 hormone test.
If you would like to learn more about hormone balance, pick up Dr. John Lee’s Hormone Balance Made Simple: The Essential How-to Guide to Symptoms, Dosage, Timing, and More. He actually coined the term “Estrogen Dominance” and his website is the link we provide for the hormone questionnaire above.