It’s important to have balanced estrogen levels, but sometimes your body will produce too much estrogen and not enough progesterone. Estrogen dominance can occur in both men and women, and it’s accompanied by some unpleasant symptoms. It can also increase your risk of developing more severe medical conditions. If you’re experiencing an imbalance in hormones, Innovative Medicine in Lafayette, IN can help!
How Can You Get Rid of Estrogen Dominance?
Eat Foods With Indole-3-Carbinol
Some foods can naturally reduce your body’s level of estrogen. Cruciferous vegetables like kale, broccoli, and cabbage contain indole-3-carbinol which may be able to help reduce estrogen levels. Eating whole grains, flaxseeds, mushrooms, or red grapes can also help reduce the amount of estrogen in your body. Indole-3-carbinol molecules combine to form DIM which will help your liver metabolize estrogen.
Consume a Low-Fat and High-Fiber Diet
Having a low-fat and high-fiber diet can also help you get lower your estrogen levels because fiber helps breakdown and eliminate estrogen while fat increases the body’s estrogen production.
Fat cells might be responsible for producing that extra estrogen, so losing some weight can help decrease estrogen levels in obese or overweight people. As your estrogen level decreases, your hormone balance may be restored and your symptoms may disappear.
If your high estrogen levels are caused by a medication, it may be time to talk to a medical professional. You may need a lower dose of your medication, a new treatment, or an additional medication that will work to combat your current medication by lowering your estrogen levels.
Surgery is the right solution for some people. Women with a high risk of ovarian cancer or breast cancer may benefit from having their ovaries surgically removed. An oophorectomy can help restrict your body’s production of estrogen. Following an oophorectomy, most patients can go home and resume their usual activities in two to four weeks. Surgery isn’t the right choice for everyone, so make sure to consult with a medical professional.
Have More Vitamin B
In particular, B6, B12, and folate can help restore your hormonal balance. B vitamins help fuel methylation which is responsible for metabolizing estrogens. B6 can even increase your progesterone production to reduce your estrogen dominance!
You can find vitamin B6 in avocados, nuts, bananas, and chickpeas. Vitamin B12 is most commonly found in animal sources but some plant-based products, like cereals or plant milks, have added B12.
If you’re really stressed or busy and experiencing estrogen dominance, it may be time to take a break. Chronic stress raises your body’s cortisol levels which can deplete your progesterone levels, resulting in an imbalance between your progesterone and estrogen levels.
Filter Your Water
The water supply is full of hormone-disruptors. Even bottled water is affected by estrogenic chemicals. Installing a triple-stage filter that has a sediment filter, an activated charcoal filter, and a ceramic filter can help ensure that the water you put in your body won’t negatively affect your hormone levels.
What Is Estrogen Dominance?
This condition occurs when your levels of estrogen are too high. You’ll have too much estrogen in comparison to the levels of progesterone and/or testosterone in your body. This hormonal imbalance can increase your risk of thyroid dysfunction, blood clots, strokes, and endometrial cancer. You may also experience many symptoms that can interfere with your daily life.
What Are Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance?
For women, there are many possible symptoms. Having irregular periods, light spotting, heavy bleeding, or severe PMS symptoms are all symptoms of an imbalance in your estrogen levels. You may also experience fatigue, hair loss, headaches, bloating, tender breasts, non-cancerous breast lumps, and uterine fibroids. Having mood changes, a low sex drive, memory problems, or depression are also possible symptoms of this condition.
If you’re a man suffering from this condition, you may experience erectile dysfunction, infertility, or gynecomastia (enlarged breasts).
What Causes Estrogen Dominance?
Sometimes, genetics are behind this condition. If estrogen dominance runs in your family, this may be why you have been experiencing high levels of estrogen.
Other Health Problems
Genetics aren’t the only possible reason for this condition. Some health problems like ovarian tumors, liver disease, or obesity can contribute to a rise in estrogen levels.
Some medications may be responsible for high levels of estrogen. Certain hormonal contraceptives, herbal remedies, phenothiazines, natural remedies, or antibiotics can contribute to an imbalance between your levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Similarly, estrogen replacement therapy can result in an estrogen imbalance.
Experiencing stress can also trigger a hormonal imbalance. If you’re stressed, your body will produce too much cortisol, which can affect your body’s other hormone levels. Your body will use more progesterone in an effort to produce cortisol. This can result in an imbalance between your estrogen and progesterone levels, leading to estrogen dominance.
Ready To Find Out More?
Visit or contact us at Innovative Medicine in Lafayette, IN today to find out more about estrogen dominance. Our experienced staff members will be happy to answer any questions you may have, so call today to schedule a consultation with us!