High Estrogens: Symptoms, Causes and Solutions

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Estrogen is important for the first stages of sexual development in females. A woman’s reproductive system is controlled by estrogen and progesterone the two female sex hormones with crucial roles in various processes. They work in harmony throughout the menstrual cycle and pregnancy to keep the female reproductive system functioning properly. This paper will discuss the roles of estrogen and progesterone, how they balance each other, and the importance of this balance in the female reproductive system.

Estrogen plays a major role in the development and regulation of the female reproductive system. It is responsible for the development of the female sex organs, the growth and maintenance of secondary sexual characteristics such as the breast, growth of the endometrium (uterine lining) and changes in the cervical mucus, during the menstrual cycle.

Estrogen is responsible for the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle, which is the first half of the cycle. During the follicular phase, estrogen levels rise, stimulating the ovaries to produce a mature egg. This rise in estrogen also causes an increase in the thickness of the endometrium as it prepares for a possible pregnancy

Progesterone is necessary to complete the menstrual cycle and stabilize the endometrium for implantation. During the second half of the cycle, known as the luteal phase, the ovaries produce progesterone in response to the luteinizing hormone, which is released by the pituitary gland in response to the rising estrogen levels. Progesterone is essential for the uterine lining to remain thick and ready to receive a fertilized egg, and it also helps to regulate the menstrual cycle

The balance between estrogen and progesterone is essential to the functioning of the female reproductive system. Too much or too little of either hormone can lead to various issues, such as irregular menstrual cycles, infertility, and cervical mucus issues. Estrogen and progesterone must be balanced in order for the body to remain healthy and for a woman to be able to conceive

The combination of estrogen and progesterone is effective in preventing the uterine lining from becoming excessively thick. There are cases of unopposed estrogen because the body is not producing enough progesterone. Some medical literature refers to the lack of an anti-estrogen as estrogen dominance. Cell overgrowths, such tumors of the uterine lining, can occur when estrogen works too much in the body and no progesterone is present to counteract its effects.

In conclusion, the female reproductive system is controlled by two hormones โ€“ estrogen and progesterone โ€“ which must balance each other in order for the system to function properly. Estrogen is responsible for the development and maintenance of the reproductive organs and the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle, while progesterone is necessary to complete the menstrual cycle and prepare the uterine lining for implantation. When these hormones are in balance, it ensures that the female reproductive system functions properly, allowing a woman to conceive.



Estrogen Dominance

Estrogen dominance is a term used to describe a hormonal imbalance that occurs when your body is making too much estrogen or when there’s an increase in estrogen relative to progesterone. This hormonal imbalance has been associated with a number of health problems such as irregular menstrual cycles, infertility, PMS, and even early menopause. The symptoms of estrogen.

Your estrogen levels aren’t usually high because of the estrogen you make. It’s more likely that the medicines you’re taking are making your estrogen levels high. For example, you might have low sex drive because your estrogen levels are high, but this is probably because of your birth control pills and not your body’s natural estrogen.

If the estrogen dominance isn’t caused by medication, it’s probably because of PCOS before menopause. If you are overweight or obese, you are more likely to have high levels after menopause.


What effects does high estrogen have on men?

For sexual and reproductive health, men require estrogen. High levels of estrogen, on the other hand, can cause. Infertility, erectile dysfunction (ED), and gynecomastia, which causes the breasts to enlarge.


High estrogen symptoms in women

Certain symptoms may appear if your body’s estrogen and testosterone levels are out of balance. Potential symptoms in women include:

  • bloating
  • swelling and tenderness in your breasts
  • fibrocystic lumps in your breasts
  • decreased sex drive
  • irregular menstrual periods
  • increased symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • mood swings
  • headaches
  • anxiety and panic attacks
  • weight gain
  • hair loss
  • cold hands or feet
  • trouble sleeping
  • sleepiness or fatigue
  • memory problems

In conclusion, the balance of estrogen and progesterone is important for the optimal functioning of the female reproductive system. High or low levels of either hormone can cause various issues, including fertility problems, irregular menstrual cycles, and cervical mucus issues. Therefore, proper hormone balance is essential for womenโ€™s health and reproductive system.


The following are some of the causes of high estrogen levels:

  • Alcohol: Excessive alcohol consumption can raise estrogen levels while decreasing the body’s ability to metabolize estrogen.
  • Medication: Hormone therapy to raise low estrogen levels may result in elevated estrogen levels at first. The optimal dosage may take some time to determine. (Oral contraceptives at high doses/birth control pills)
  • Body Fat: Estrogen is secreted by the body’s fat tissue (adipose tissue). A high body fat percentage may result in increased estrogen levels.
  • Cortisol:  Cortisol is a hormone produced by your body in response to stress. Elevated cortisol levels in response to stress may impair the body’s ability to produce progesterone. Progesterone has no effect on estrogen levels in the body.
  • Liver Problems: Excess estrogen may accumulate if your liver is not functioning properly. A lack of digestive enzymes, an excess of harmful gut flora (dysbiosis), low magnesium levels, and a lack of dietary fiber can all impair the liver’s ability to eliminate excess estrogen
  • Pregnancy: Pregnancy can cause estrogen dominance because during pregnancy, a woman’s body produces higher levels of estrogen. This can lead to a state of estrogen dominance, where there is an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone levels.
  • Menopause: One of the main causes of estrogen dominance is menopause. Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when her ovaries stop producing estrogen. As a result, her estrogen levels drop. This can cause a variety of symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and weight gain.
  • PCOS: PCOS is a condition that affects the hormones in a woman’s body, and it can cause a form of estrogen dominance. PCOS can cause the ovaries to produce too much testosterone, which can lead to the development of cysts on the ovaries. This can cause a woman’s menstrual cycle to become irregular, and she may not ovulate on a regular basis. PCOS can also cause the body to produce too much insulin, which can lead to weight gain and the development.
  • Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism can cause estrogen dominance because it can lead to weight gain, which can increase the amount of estrogen in the body. Additionally, hypothyroidism can disrupt the body’s ability to metabolize estrogen, leading to higher levels of estrogen in the body.
  • Liver Disease: Liver disease can cause estrogen dominance because the liver is responsible for metabolizing and clearing estrogen from the body. When the liver is not functioning properly, estrogen can build up in the body, leading to estrogen dominance.

Synthetic xenoestrogens:

Xenoestrogens are synthetic chemicals that mimic the effects of estrogen in the body. These chemicals are found in a variety of products, including:

  • Plastics
  • Pesticides
  • cosmetics
  • cleaning products
  • X-rays

The effects of xenoestrogens on the body are not fully understood, but it is believed that they can disrupt the endocrine system and cause estrogen dominance.


What health problems are linked to high estrogen?

Having high levels of estrogen is linked to a number of health problems. These conditions aren’t always caused by estrogen. Instead, estrogen may make a problem or symptom you already have worse, such as:

  • Cancer of the breast.
  • Ovarian cancer.
  • Endometriosis pain.
  • Resistance to insulin.
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Uterine cancer (endometrial cancer).
  • Your ovaries and adrenal glands have grown tumors.

How do I know my estrogen level?

  • The human body produces three distinct estrogens. Estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), and estriol (E3) can all be detected in an estrogen test (E3). Your doctor will take a small sample of blood and send it off to the lab for testing. Results are usually available within 1-2 days. If you have high levels of estrogen, your doctor may recommend further testing to determine the cause.
  • During menopause and post-menopause, your body produces primarily estrone (E1). It’s an estrogen variant that’s less potent than estradiol (E2).
  • During your reproductive years, your body produces primarily the hormone estradiol (E2). During pregnancy, your body produces primarily estriol (E3).

Medications

If your doctor determines that your estrogen levels are too high, your hormone dosage may need to be adjusted. If your cancer is spreading as a result of exposure to estrogen, you may need treatment.


Aromatase inhibitors:

These drugs are used to treat breast cancer. They stop your body from making estrogen in your fat cells. Aromatase inhibitors include:

  • Anastrozole (Arimidex)
  • Exemestane (Aromasin)
  • Letrozole (Femara)
  • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists:
  • GnRH agonists

Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists:

Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists stop your ovaries from releasing estrogen. These drugs include:

  • Goserelin (Zoladex)
  • Leuprolide (Lupron)
  • Nafarelin (Synarel)

Summary

Simple changes to your lifestyle may help reduce your estrogen levels. Fat cells release estrogen, thus I advise you to speak with your doctor or dietitian about safe methods of fat loss. In order to balance estrogen and progesterone, reduce stress hormones: A diet low in fat, high in fiber, and low in processed sugar will facilitate estrogen metabolism in the liver. Eliminating alcohol or consuming it in moderation can assist the liver in metabolizing estrogen. You cannot completely avoid exposure to synthetic xenoestrogens, but you may limit your exposure. Avoid xenoestrogen-containing pesticides by selecting organic, all-natural foods and consuming hormone-free meat products. Steel and glass containers are preferable than plastic whenever possible.

Chinonso Anyaehie
WRITTEN BY

Chinonso Anyaehie

Natural Fertility Expert & Educator