When considering the relationship between estrogen dominance and fibroids, it is first important to know that there are so many different hormones in the human body which have different purposes. The main hormones in women are cortisol, thyroid and estrogen. But there are also many other hormones such as progesterone, DHEA, etc, as well as different types of estrogen. When a woman is dealing with various gynecological issues, it is usually blamed on elevated estrogen levels.
While it is still unknown why certain conditions such as uterine fibroids occur, estrogen dominance which commonly affects more that 80 percent of women in their mid thirties and beyond (although it can affect any woman of any age) is believed to increase the risk of developing this and many other gynecological issues.
While there could be other risk factors for the development of your fibroids (genetic factors, race, etc) estrogen dominance is believed to be a common factor. Estrogen dominance can result from just having too much estrogen in your body for whatever reason or a faulty estrogen/progesterone balance.
Estrogen and progesterone are directly related and progesterone usually helps to balance out estrogen levels but when estrogen levels are excessively high or progesterone levels are very low, it can lead to hormone imbalance.
Excessive estrogen levels can result from;
- Xenoestrogens which are “fake” estrogens which can take over estrogen receptors in the body. These are synthetic chemicals that mimic estrogen and can wreak havoc in the body. Xenoestrogens can be found in various cosmetics, plastic (BPA), etc.
- Weight gain and obesity can impact your health negatively in addition to increasing estrogen levels.
- Alcohol consumption raises estrogen levels.
- What you eat can lead to excessive estrogen especially if you eat foods that are filled with hormones (red meat, poultry, etc). Also what you don’t eat can raise estrogen levels especially if your diet is devoid of fiber.
- Lack of exercise.
- Poor elimination by the body of excessive estrogen.
- Certain nutritional deficiencies can lead to estrogen dominance e.g. deficiencies in magnesium, folate, vitamin B2, etc.
- Environmental toxins.
Symptoms of estrogen dominance
Besides increasing the risk of fibroids or the worsening the symptoms of uterine fibroids, you need to be very concerned about estrogen dominance because it also produces the following issues;
- While any amount of estrogen is a risk factor for the development of breast cancer, excessive amounts of estrogen lead to an elevated risk of breast cancer which is far above the normal risk level.
- Hair loss
- Decreased libido
- Heavy menstrual cycles
- Mood swings
- Water retention
- Weight gain in the hips, belly and thighs especially
- Difficulty losing weight
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Depression coupled with anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Increased risk of uterine cancer
- Trouble sleeping or waking up in the middle of the night
- Swollen breasts
- Increased risk of developing various autoimmune diseases
- Memory loss or foggy brain
Symptoms of hormone balance
After seeing all the problems that estrogen dominance can cause, it is important to do everything you can to promote hormone balance in your body. An ideal estrogen/progesterone balance can lead to;
- The reduction of the various symptoms of fibroids, endometriosis and other gynecological issues caused by estrogen dominance.
- Your fibroid tumors may shrink or go into remission.
- Increased libido.
- Your breasts will feel normal
- Improved sleep
- Sense of wellness as well as a reduction or elimination of many of the other symptoms of estrogen dominance discussed previously.
There is a connection between estrogen dominance and fibroids as well as other gynecological issues and overall health and well-being. Take the 60 second quiz here to determine whether hormone imbalance is to blame for your health issues.