Hormones, such as estrogen and insulin, are chemical messengers that affect many aspects of your health as they travel in your bloodstream throughout your entire body. Some of the most common side effects of hormone imbalance include:
- Weight gain
- Low libido
- Hair loss and hair thinning
Organs and glands like your thyroid, adrenals, pituitary, ovaries, testicles and pancreas regulate most of your hormone production and if your hormones become even slightly imbalanced it can cause major health issues. (more…)
What is estrogen dominance? (It’s probably not what you think!)
by Dixie Mills, MD, FACS
I sometimes feel sorry for estrogen. It gets a bad rap for so many things. Women hear that too much estrogen causes breast disease (my specialty), and too little causes everything from hot flashes to hair loss in menopause. I also hear from many women with concerns about “estrogen dominance” — a state of high estrogen levels blamed for a wide range of distressing symptoms as well as fibroids, endometriosis, hypothyroidism and breast cancer, too.
While excessive estrogen can lead to problems, it’s a little more complicated than simply “too much estrogen.” To manage all your symptoms, it’s important to understand how your individual estrogen levels are related to your other hormones — particularly progesterone and testosterone. For example:
Some signs & symptoms of high estrogen-to-progesterone ratio
- Unwanted hair growth
- Breast tenderness
- Water retention
- Weight gain
- Cyclical migraines
- Mood swings
- Skin outbreaks
- Digestive imbalance
- Fuzzy thinking
- Irregular periods / anovulatory cycles
- Breakthrough bleeding, spotting
Some conditions associated with relatively high (or “unopposed”) estrogen levels (more…)
Over the past 30 to 40 years, books and articles have covered the subject of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). However, even with all of this attention on HRT, many women (and practitioners for that matter) are still confused or uninformed about their choices of hormonal therapy.
The scariest part of this is that they are often unaware of—or do not understand—the possible side effects and long-term risks of HRT, especially estrogen and progesterone replacement.
In this article, we’ll take a look at both estrogen and progesterone and what they do in your body, then discuss conventional HRT for estrogen and progesterone, their inherent dangers and the natural, safe and effective alternatives that abound. (more…)
A landmark investigation which found that hormone treatment for the menopause boosts the risk of breast cancer is riddled with flaws, a new study published on Monday alleges.
The so-called Million Women Study (MWS) unleashed headlines when it was first published in 2003. (more…)
A recent study with far reaching implications has gone a long way in explaining why women get breast cancer and how they can prevent the disease and its recurrence. Scientists have found evidence that hormonal balance is key in determining whether or not a malignant growth will occur in a woman’s breast. Critical to the outcome is whether receptors in the body for estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are fully functioning and optimally balanced. (more…)
Breast cancer is one of women’s greatest fears, and invasive breast cancer is its deadliest form. A new, very large study was published by the journal PLoS one documenting an enormous increase in breast cancer in women given hormone replacement therapy. Of particular concern is the increase for women who have taken or are taking combination estrogen and progesterone therapies. (more…)
It scares me that millions of women are taking unopposed estrogen medications (meaning, estrogen therapy without any natural progesterone to go with it). Excess estrogen has been linked to breast cancer and other hormonally-driven disorders. (more…)