Oestrogen dominance is a term originally developed by Dr. John Lee, an extensive researcher of the relationships between oestrogen and progesterone. The term oestrogen dominance describes the condition that occurs in a woman’s body when oestrogen is the dominant hormone in relationship to its natural counter balance with progesterone.
Many people are unaware that women can experience symptoms of oestrogen dominance even with deficient or normal levels of oestrogen present in the body. Oestrogen dominance in and of itself does not necessarily mean a condition of excessive oestrogen. What it does mean is that oestrogen is the dominant hormone in its relation to the level of progesterone in the body. So, the overall level of the body’s oestrogen can be at a normal level, or it can even be at a deficient level, however, if the level of progesterone is also deficient and at levels not sufficient to counterbalance the effects of oestrogen, then there will exist the circumstance of oestrogen dominance.
Oestrogen dominance can have a number of causes, especially considering the excessive oestrogen (or “oestrogen-like” chemical compounds) that are now present in our everyday environment. These include products and substances we’re constantly exposed to such as pesticide residue, plastics, meat products, an even furniture.
Symptoms of oestrogen dominance make for a long list. They include, but are not limited to, the following:
Allergies, including asthma, hives, rashes, sinus congestion
Early onset of menstruation
Endometrial (uterine) cancer
Autoimmune disorders (lupus, thyroiditis)
Decreased sex drive
Increased fat gain (especially abdomen, hips and thighs)
Increased blood clotting (increasing risk of strokes)
Irregular menstrual periods
It may be difficult for a woman to determine that she may have a condition of oestrogen dominance from any one of these symptoms when considered individually. However, if you are experiencing several or a number of these symptoms in conjunction with one another, then there is reason to suspect that your body is operating in a state of oestrogen dominance. As soon as you suspect that this may be a possibility, you should visit your medical practitioner and be tested to confirm the condition.
If it is discovered that you are indeed experiencing oestrogen dominance, it will be to your benefit to carefully explore and consider all of the options available to you, then select the course of treatment that you and your medical practitioner deem most appropriate to your situation. Bioidentical natural progesterone supplementation is the most common and successful treatment.