Hormone specialist NJ Dr. Betty Keller identifies insomnia, weight gain, and anxiety among symptoms of estrogen dominance. Discover Dr. Keller’s holistic treatment approach to restore hormone balance.
Estrogen Dominance:What Every Woman Needs to Know
Estrogen dominance affects about fifty percent of the women in the United States. It describes an imbalance of estrogen the “stimulating hormone,” relative to progesterone the “calming hormone.”
Estrogen and progesterone work with each other to create a balance. Estrogen is a stimulant. It can induce anxiety, insomnia, and cellular proliferation of breast and uterine tissue. Progesterone is the “calming hormone.” Progesterone helps with anxiety, sleep, mood and inhibits cell proliferation in breast and uterine tissue.
What Is Estrogen Dominance?
Estrogen dominance is a condition in which women can have deficient, normal, or excessive levels of estrogen, but too little progesterone to balance the estrogen level. It is the balance between the two that matters. Women can have low estrogen but relatively lower progesterone and have symptoms of estrogen dominance.
Common symptoms of estrogen dominance can include:
- Heavy periods
- Weight gain
- Breast tenderness
- Fibrocystic disease
- Mood swings
- Food cravings
- Sweet cravings
- Muscle pains
- Joint pains
- Foggy thinking
- Memory difficulties
- Cold hands and feet
- Insulin resistance
- Decreased libido
- Polycystic ovaries
- Allergic tendencies
- Autoimmune disorders
- Breast, uterine, cervical and ovarian cancers
Adrenal Fatigue and Estrogen Dominance
Estrogen dominance is often seen in combination with adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue and estrogen dominance share many of the same symptoms.
Adrenal fatigue occurs when your body is exposed to sustained stress. We often experience stress due to our modern lifestyle. Chronic stress eventually overwhelms our adrenals and they cannot keep up with the increased demand for cortisol, a stress-response hormone. Eventually stress hormone levels decrease and fatigue sets in.
Estrogen dominance and adrenal fatigue frequently occur together. Progesterone produces cortisol. Since most estrogen dominance is due to low progesterone, you will also have low cortisol. Most adrenal fatigue results when the adrenal glands are not able to answer the body’s demand for cortisol. So when the adrenals are overtaxed, they rob the body of progesterone to make more cortisol. As more progesterone is shunted to cortisol, you have less progesterone available to balance estrogen. So, it is important to correct not only the hormone imbalance between estrogen and progesterone. We must also correct the adrenal imbalance.
Restoring Hormone Balance with a Holistic Treatment Plan
At the Optimal Wellness Center, we take a holistic approach to estrogen dominance and adrenal fatigue. Often we prescribe appropriate medications including Bioidentical hormones. In addition, we also prescribe medical foods, vitamins, and supplements.
We also address the many lifestyle issues that can affect hormone levels. We work with our patients to develop individualized wellness plans that include diet, exercise and stress management. As our patient, we help you find your own unique balance.
Contact Dr. Betty Keller, Hormone specialist NJ
Talk with Dr. Keller to understand your symptoms or for a consultation for your optimal wellness plan. Contact Dr. Betty Keller at 201 485 7930.