Back a few weeks ago, I had posted a video on my Facebook about a recent health struggle that I had been experiencing, and only lately have been receiving proper treatment for. I had been diagnosed as being estrogen dominance. I wanted to share my story as it could help other women, who may be suffering the exact same symptoms I had, seek proper medical advice. You are not alone in this!
For women, having a proper amount of estrogen in our body is important for the skeletal system, the female sexual organs, the menstrual cycle, and it plays an important role in pregnancy. Having estrogen levels that are too high, which is called estrogen dominance, can cause many issues. For me, it was feeling exhausted all the time and I had noticed that my hair had been falling out!
According to an article on Medical News Today, other symptoms can include the following:
● Irregular periods and/or periods that are very light or very heavy
● An increase in PMS symptoms
● Cold hands and/or feet
● Difficulty sleeping or insomnia
● Loss of hair
● Low libido
● Depression, anxiety, or other mood changes
● Memory loss
● Breasts that are swollen or tender
● Lumps in the breast tissue that are noncancerous
● Noncancerous growths in the uterus
Just reading through those symptoms can be quite intimidating and very unpleasant! Being estrogen dominance can also increase the risk of developing thyroid issues, blood clots, having a heart attack or stroke, and it can also increase the risk of breast or ovarian cancer.
There are several reasons why a woman could be suffering from estrogen dominance. It could be as simple as the body producing too much estrogen or the body isn’t producing enough of the other hormones. However, it can also be caused by certain medications such as hormonal contraceptives, antibiotics, and herbal supplements. Sometimes, it could just be hereditary.
I encourage you to seek medical advice if you feel like you, too, may be suffering from estrogen dominance. I am so glad that I pushed for further diagnoses and I’m now receiving proper treatment! If you start to exhibit symptoms like irregular periods, swollen breasts, or depression, please speak to your doctor right away. There could be natural reasons why your estrogen is your body may be fluctuating, but your doctor will be the one to test that.
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