Estrogen Dominance – 28 Bad Signs And Symptoms Every Woman Should Know

Estrogen Dominance – 28 Bad Signs And Symptoms Every Woman Should Know

Do You Show Any Of The Following Signs? Do You Know If You Have Estrogen Dominance? Here’s What To Look For.

Millions of women suffer from estrogen dominance. In case you’re wondering if it affects you, YOU DO SUFFER FROM ESTROGEN DOMINANCE!

Because in fact, every woman suffers from estrogen dominance to some extent!

In this article, we’ll dig deep into estrogen dominance that affects EVERY WOMAN on earth.

You’ll find out why you cannot lose that belly fat, or you just can’t seem to get a smooth face, or your hair keeps thinning no matter what products you try.

I see millions of women chasing fad diets and “detox miracles” to lose weight.

Others chasing magic hair and cosmetic products.

Millions of others chasing acne treatments

The plain truth is that these just WILL NOT WORK unless you balance your hormones first!

OR

Maybe you’ve really worked hard with your fitness guru and even lost some weight, but you just can’t seem to melt off that belly fat!

Your biggest enemy is likely to be ESTROGEN DOMINANCE.

What Is Estrogen Dominance?

Estrogen dominance occurs when the level of the hormone estrogen outweighs the level of the hormone progesterone. It usually happens when production of progesterone decreases without subsequent decrease in estrogen.

Estrogen has currently about 300 known functions in the body. It’s a necessary hormone, but too much of it can wreak havoc in your body, especially when it’s not properly balanced in relation to progesterone.

Even women with low estrogen could be suffering from estrogen dominance if it’s not properly balanced with progesterone.

Some symptoms will shock you – and you probably have more than one!

What Causes Estrogen Dominance?

The world we live in today has so much estrogen-mimicking products that it’s hard to avoid their effects. It’s safe to say that almost everyone (men and women) has some effects of estrogen dominance.

There are several causes of Estrogen dominance:

 

1: Environmental Estrogen Mimicking “Xenoestrogens”

Thousands of man-made products contain industrial chemicals that mimic the behavior of estrogens (xenoestrogens) and disrupt your hormone balance.

You would literally have to live in a bubble to escape the excess estrogens we’re exposed to in our daily, modern environment.

Here are a few environmental exposures to xenoestrogens:

  1. Cosmetics – yes, you read that right! Some cosmetics contain parabens commonly used as preservatives. Others contain 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor (4-MBC) and Benzophenone like some sun screens. These will harm you!!

     

  2. Plastics – Bisphenol A (BPA), Phthalates, DEHP, Polybrominated biphenyl ethers (PBDEs) & polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are found in almost all plastics. BPA is associated with gynecological cancers such as breast, uterine and endometrial cancers (1).
  3. Pesticides – you’ll take these in your food like fruits and vegetables, and they cause a lot of harm. Pesticides disrupt our endocrine systems (2). They’ve been shown to affect both male and female fertility, menstrual cycles, ovulation & menstruation (3).
  4. Soaps & detergents – most commonly used are phthalates, a potent estrogen disruptor (4).
  5. Car exhaust fumes – lots of research show these cause estrogen and endocrine disruption (5).
  6. Meats – the meat we eat every day passes estrogen from the animal the meat came from. One study found far more estrogen in meat eaters than vegetarians (6).
  7. Birth control pills – birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy add more estrogen without the balance of progesterone. This causes estrogen dominance.

 

 

 

2: Stress

Chronic stress is one of the main reasons women become estrogen dominant.

When you’re stressed or overly busy, your cortisol levels go sky high. Cortisol gears up your body for high energy, and curbs functions that are non-essential to fight or flight.

When your cortisol climbs, the body has to use up progesterone to keep up. This means there’s less progesterone available to balance estrogen, leading to estrogen dominance.

 

3: Being overweight

Excess body fat is one of the main causes of estrogen dominance.

Fat tissue absorbs and stores estrogen in your bloodstream, and it also synthesizes estrogen from your other hormones.

As expected, the more fat cells you have, the more estrogen you will make. The more estrogen you make, the more fat you store, and the cycle continues.

4: Signs And Symptoms Of Estrogen Dominance

Potential signs and symptoms of estrogen dominance include:

1: Fibrocystic Breasts

Fibrocystic Breasts

Lumpy breasts can be bothersome and uncomfortable. It can also be alarming for some women who can mistake it for breast cancer.
Ref. Healthline

One common symptom of estrogen dominance is fibrocystic breasts. These are non-cancerous lumps in the breasts, caused by fluid-filled cysts in the breasts.

They are usually movable, and can change in size through the month.

Breast tissue responds to fluctuating levels of hormones, especially estrogen.

More than half the women develop polycystic breasts in their lives. If you have polycystic breasts, you’ll experience:

  • Lumps in one or both breasts
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Pain
  • Thickening of breast tissue

Your symptoms will usually get worse just before of during your period. The condition becomes less of a problem after menopause.

Balancing your hormones should help resolve this.

2: Swelling And Tenderness In Your Breasts

Enlarged, tender breasts

Swollen, tender breasts (cyclical mastalgia) can get uncomfortable and/or painful.

Your breast tissue responds to hormone levels, especially estrogen. The milk ducts and glands swell, sometimes becoming painful. This is called cyclical mastalgia.

2: Menstrual Problems

Menstrual problems due to estrogen dominance

Estrogen dominance also causes menstrual problems such as

  • Irregular periods
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Light spotting

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4: Allergies & Asthma

Athsma & Allergies Due To Estrogen Dominance

Women with high estrogen levels are more susceptible to asthma, pollen and food allergies. The body gets an immune response as if it is responding to an allergen, causing allergic response and worsening of asthma (7a).

5: Bloating & Water Retention

Bloating & Water Retention

Bloating is caused by imbalanced reproductive hormones. Hormonal balancing can help

Most women experience weight gain and bloating just before and during their periods due to water retention. This is caused by estrogen and progesterone imbalance (8).

These two hormones have important effects on sodium retention and body fluid regulation, weight gain, and a potential risk to the heart (9).

6: Slow Metabolism & Weight Gain

Slow metabolism & weight gain

Slow metabolism, fat accumulation & water retention lead to weight gain. Balance your hormones and see the difference.

If you have estrogen dominance, you could be struggling to lose weight. This is one of the main reasons women find it hard to lose weight than men.

High levels of estrogen in the body are associated with high glucose levels, which in turn lead to weight gain (10).

7: Fat Accumulation

Fat accumulation - apple vs pear shape

Apple shape can lead to diabetes and heart disease. Estrogen dominance with PCOS tends to lead to apple shape, and pear shape if there’s no PCOS.

You’ve probably tried to lose weight, but the fat just won’t go away. Those love handles just seem to persist. Or maybe you’ve really worked out and lost some weight, but you just can’t seem to lose belly fat.

If estrogen dominance has caused PCOS (see below), your weight gain will be more on the mid to upper body. This type of weight gain is more dangerous and can lead to diabetes or heart disease.

8: Skin Tags

Skin tags & insulin resistance

Skin tags indicate insulin resistance and/or weight gain, which can lead to diabetes. Balancing your hormones can solve both insulin resistance and weight gain.

A healthy body produces desired amount of insulin that maintains healthy levels of blood sugar. However, high levels of estrogen in the body stresses the cells that produce insulin.

This can lead to insulin resistance, and high glucose levels (and weight gain).

Skin tags are associated with insulin resistance and obesity (11, 12).

It’s important to note there’s a thin line on whether skin tags are caused by estrogen imbalance, insulin resistance or weight gain. One can cause the other and vise-versa.

9: Darkening Of Skin On The Neck & Armpits

Darkened skin - Acanthosis Nigricans

Doctors use skin darkening on neck and armpits to further evaluate patients for possible pre-diabetes or diabetes. This usually results from insulin resistance, sometimes caused by estrogen dominance. Balancing your hormones can solve this.

One of the commonest causes of skin darkening is insulin resistance and PCOS. There are other possible causes like underactive thyroids, problems with the adrenal glands, cancer or certain drugs like birth control pills, corticosteroids, and niacin.

This condition is called Acanthosis Nigricans.

Doctors frequently use acanthosis nigricans as a basis for further screening for pre-diabetes and diabetes.

10: Skin Pigmentation

Skin pigmentation due to estrogen imbalance

Melasma is usually caused by elevated levels of estrogen and to a lesser extent, progesterone. Balancing your hormones can avoid this.

The female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, can also cause skin pigmentation, or Melasma (13). They stimulate the overproduction of melanin which leads to dark spots.

Research has found that elevated levels of estrogen, and to a lesser degree elevated progesterone levels, are associated with increased skin pigmentation, which can lead to melasma.

Melasma can also be caused by other factors like stress, thyroid disorders, and exposure to sunlight and heat.

Hormonal balancing can help you treat melasma.

11: Rapid Aging

Rapid aging due to hormonal imbalance

Estrogen dominance makes the effects of estrogen destructive, leading to rapid aging. Balancing estrogen with progesterone is the key to preventing aging of the skin.

Estrogen plays an important role in keeping your skin soft, smooth and attractive. In fact, women are more attractive before and during ovulation, when they have higher than normal estrogen levels.

However, estrogen dominance in relation to progesterone makes the effects of estrogen destructive to the skin, causing rapid aging (14).

The key to keeping a smooth, healthy skin is estrogen balance with progesterone.

12: Estrogen Dominance Causes Acne 

Estrogen Dominance Causes Acne

Cystic Acne caused by estrogen dominance.

Hormonal acne and oily skin are mainly associated with an imbalance of estrogen to androgen ratio (15) – such as high levels of testosterone.

It can also be caused by high levels of progesterone (16).

Research shows it’s easier and better to treat acne without antibiotics and creams (17, 18). Of course, this is not good news for commercial dermatologists.

13: Abnormal Hair Growth

Abnormal Hair Growth

Abnormal hair (hirsutism) is normally caused by male hormones (androgens), usually resulting from polycystic ovaries due to estrogen dominance.

A hairy chin or brow, or hair in abnormal places can indicate an imbalance between estrogen and androgens (such as high levels of testosterone).

This condition is called hirsutism, where hair grows in a male-like pattern – like face, chest, stomach, toes and back.

It’s common in women with PCOS. Hirsutism can also be caused by other factors like Cushing’s syndrome, some medications and drugs.

14: PCOS – Polycystic Ovaries

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, hormonal imbalance & infertility

Pic from Mayo Clinic
Estrogen dominance is commonly linked with PCOS. Because of an excess amount of androgens (male hormones), women with PCOS often experience a hormone imbalance that prevents ovulation, hence fertility problems.

PCOS may also cause other symptoms included here – such as weight gain, hair loss, PMS and male-like hair growth.

15: Irregular Menstrual Periods

Female Reproductive System

Irregular or missed periods can be caused by many reasons, including PCOS, which is thought to be caused by estrogen dominance.

16: Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) And Estrogen Dominance

Most symptoms of PMS disappear with hormonal balancing.

About 90% of women report having PMS (7). Environmental exposure to chemical disruptors of estrogen seems to have a huge effect on the prevalence of PMS.

High levels of estrogen cause increased symptoms of PMS. Hormonal balancing is recommended to control PMS.

17: Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids & infertility

Hormonal balancing can control uterine fibroids

The causes of uterine fibroids remain contested, and there’s no one definite causative reason. However, scientific evidence shows that high levels of estrogen cause fibroids, while progesterone seems to inhibit the growth of the same fibroids (19).

Maintaining the balance of estrogen and progesterone controls the proliferation and severity of uterine fibroids (20).

18: Endometriosis

Endometriosis, infertility and hormonal imbalance

Endometriosis is highly estrogen-dependent (21). It has been linked to high levels of estrogen by the Mayo Clinic.

19: Low Sex Drive & Vaginal Dryness

Low sex drive

Hormonal imbalance can cause low sex drive and vaginal dryness

Women with high estrogen levels experience high sex drive, but not when the estrogen is not counter-checked by healthy levels of progesterone and androgens.

Such imbalance and estrogen dominance often cause vaginal dryness, vaginal atrophy (a loss of muscle tension), and decreased clitoral sensitivity.

The other consequences of estrogen dominance, such as weight gain, mood swings and fatigue (see below), add to the problem.

Proper estrogen balance and a female androgen called DHEA has been shown to increase sex drive, prevent vaginal dryness, help in weight loss, as well as some anti-aging properties.

20: Trouble Sleeping (Insomnia)

Insomnia from hormonal imbalance

Balancing your hormones will give you a good night’s sleep.

Both estrogen and progesterone affect sleep.

If you are one of the millions of women who suffer from insomnia, then you could be suffering from imbalanced estrogen levels.

Often, this is due to a drop-off in a woman’s progesterone production, which is affected both by age and stress levels. In turn this causes estrogen dominance.

At the same time, estrogen has been shown to improve the quality of sleep, reduce time to fall asleep, and increases the amount of rapid eye movement (REM sleep). Sleep lab studies also indicate estrogen reduces the number of times a patient awakens and may improve cognitive function.

As the National Sleep Foundation notes:

During the course of perimenopause through menopause, a woman’s ovaries gradually decrease production of estrogen and progesterone, a sleep-promoting hormone. The shifting of ratios of hormones can be an unsettling process, sometimes contributing to the inability to fall asleep.”

Improper levels of estrogen or progesterone will affect your sleep. Balancing your hormones will give you a good night’s sleep.

21: Hair Loss & Thinning

Hair loss due to estrogen dominance

Estrogen balance is important in many aspects of female beauty including skin and hair (22).

You could be wasting money on countless creams and hair products trying to rejuvenate your hair. But this might never work without balancing your hormones first.

When the levels of estrogen and progesterone drop, hair grows more slowly and becomes much thinner. A decrease in these hormones also triggers an increase in the production of androgens, or a group of male hormones. Androgens shrink hair follicles, resulting in hair loss on the head.

Estrogen balance is important in many aspects of female beauty including skin and hair (22).

22: Anxiety, Mood Swings & Panic Attacks

Anxiety, mood swings, panic attacks

Estrogen dominance makes you feel on the edge. It can make you more anxious and irritable, and increase mood swings.

It can also make you feel exaggerated emotions such as jealousy, overwhelm and sadness.

23: Cold Hands & Feet

Cold hands & feet

This could also be a symptom of thyroid dysfunction.

The reasons for cold hands and feet aren’t very well explained, but many people with dominant estrogen levels also have poor circulation and as a result get cold hands and feet.

We do know that estrogen has something to do with circulation, but more research needs to be done in this area as well.

24: Thyroid Dysfunction

Hypothyroidism Caused By Estrogen Dominance

Balancing your hormones can make your thyroid more efficient, along with hypothyroidism symptoms (below).

Estrogen dominance can cause thyroid dysfunction and hypothyroidism (23). Symptoms of hypothyroidism include symptoms caused by estrogen dominance itself, such as:

  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Tiredness
  • Slow movements and thoughts
  • Being sensitive to cold
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dry, scaly skin
  • Low sex drive
  • Pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in the hand and fingers
  • Irregular or heavy periods

25: Foggy Thinking & Memory Loss

Foggy thinking and memory loss

Balancing your hormones can help you think clearer!

Memory loss and brain fog are common in menopause, but they can start at a relatively young age.

If you’re going through forgetfulness, and difficulty concentrating and thinking clearly, you may be having estrogen dominance.

Balancing your hormones can help!

26: Headaches

Headaches due to estrogen dominance

Getting those persistent headaches? Balancing your hormones can help you treat them.

Getting those frequent headaches? You probably have estrogen imbalance.

A headache can be triggered any time there is a fluctuation in estrogen levels. This is especially common around the time of your menstrual cycle when there is a dip in estrogen levels.

Women may also experience more headaches around the start of menopause and when they undergo hysterectomy.

27: Sleepiness or Fatigue

Chronic fatigue and sleepiness due to hormonal imbalance

If you’re spending your day feeling chronically tired or sleepy, you probably have estrogen dominance.

This symptom can occur whether or not you have insomnia. If you experience persistent tiredness or feel more drained of energy than usual, balancing your hormones will probably help!

28: Cellulite

Cellulite caused by estrogen dominance

If your blood sugar is imbalanced and your Estrogen & Progesterone are not in balance, then you’re likely to develop cellulite.

As you move towards menopause, estrogen levels drop, which can further exacerbate the situation.

Further, drop in estrogen levels can reduce blood towards connective tissue, causing it to become more rigid and tightening over those fat pockets. You can read more about cellulite here.

Natural Treatment For Estrogen Dominance

By understanding the signs and symptoms of estrogen dominance, you can probably reduce it naturally, even though this can be quite hard.

There are two effective treatments of estrogen dominance –  DIM and Chasteberry castus.

Introducing DIM Supplement (3,3 Diindolylmethane)

DIM Supplement

DIM is a plant compound derived from cruciferous vegetables (e.g. cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.). It has picked up steam as a go-to treatment for maintaining estrogen and testosterone balance, and as an anti-cancer agent (24, 25). It’s known to treat a variety of issues such as

  • Acne
  • PMS & PCOS
  • Fibroids
  • Menopause symptoms
  • Weight loss & maintaining a lean body mass
  • Prostate health, as well as a horde of other benefits.

To get the maximum benefit of DIM, you’d need to eat a kilo of these vegetables every day (26).

Introducing Chasteberry Castus

What is Chasteberry Castus?

Chasteberry Castus is derived from the chaste berry tree. It’s become popular in treating PMS (27), infertility due to short luteal phase due to low progesterone (28) and headaches (29), acne, menopause, and other conditions affecting a woman’s reproductive system.

Bottom Line

Estrogen dominance affects every woman in varying extents, sometimes in cyclical monthly cycle.

 

It causes a variety of bad symptoms such as acne, PMS, infertility, menstrual problems, weight gain, rapid aging, and so on.

 

Luckily, you can control estrogen dominance and its effects by balancing your hormones.

 

DIM and Chasteberry Castus are the most effective products available in Kenya for balancing your hormones.

 

Both are available for local pickup in Nairobi, or they can be delivered to you countrywide.

Women’s Health – Hormonal Imbalance And Infertility

Women’s Health – Hormonal Imbalance And Infertility

Infertility refers to the condition where a woman cannot get pregnant. Hormonal imbalance most often causes infertility. It’s a distressing situation for both men and women.

Some cases are treatable while others are not. In this article, we’ll look at various causes of infertility in women and how to manage or treat them.

Since we’ll refer to various parts of the female reproductive system, this picture will help you get a basic understanding:

Female Reproductive System

Hormones That Are Involved In Pregnancy

Without going too deep into the science of hormones and pregnancy, you should have a basic understanding of the hormones involved in pregnancy in order to address the problem.

The following hormones control pregnancy:

Hormones involved in pregnancy
  • Thyroid hormones – the thyroid gland produces a lot of hormones, but triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) hormones are involved in production of prolactin.
  • Prolactin – milk production is controlled by prolactin. This hormone also plays an essential role in becoming pregnant in the first place. If you have low levels of prolactin, you’re likely to have irregular cycles and issues with ovulation, which can interfere with getting pregnant.
  • Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) – This hormone supports the immature eggs. Ovarian follicles, or the sack that contains the immature egg, produce AMH.
  • Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) – FSH helps regulate the menstrual cycle and induce the production of eggs in the ovaries.
  • Luteinizing Hormone (LH) – LH signals the body to release a mature egg.
  • Progesterone – This hormone is essential to maintaining a pregnancy by thickening the uterine lining, which in turn helps support an embryo. Women with low progesterone levels often experience recurrent miscarriages.
  • Estrogen – Low estrogen levels can prevent ovulation and make getting pregnant difficult, leading to infertility.

Signs & Causes Of Hormonal Imbalance

The most common signs of hormonal imbalance in women include:

  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Spotting or irregular bleeding
  • New or worsening acne
  • Facial hair
  • Male-pattern body hair
  • Male-pattern hair loss
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Extreme mood changes

Hormonal imbalance is usually caused by dysfunction of the thyroid gland, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), discussed in more detail below.

What Causes Infertility In Women?

There are various causes of infertility in women, and sometimes the cause remains unknown.

Here are the most common causes:

 

1) Infrequent Release Of Eggs From The Ovary:

Infrequent ovulation, hormonal imbalance & infertility

This can happen as a result of various physical or medical conditions, such as

  • General illnesses
  • Hormonal imbalance – such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Being overweight
  • Losing too much body weight
  • Premature ovarian failure or early menopause – this happens when the ovaries stop producing eggs before the age of 40.

2) Short Luteal Phase

The first day of your period starts the follicular phase, when the ovaries prepare to release an egg to the fallopian tube.

The luteal phase is the time period that immediately follows ovulation. The follicle in your ovary that contained the egg before ovulation changes into the corpus luteum whose function is to secrete progesterone.

Progesterone controls the luteal phase, and maintains the thickness and strength of uterine wall to maintain a pregnancy.

If your body doesn’t secrete enough progesterone, the uterine lining doesn’t properly develop. This makes it difficult for a fertilized egg to implant in the uterus.

The luteal phase is typically 13 to 14 days on average. If your luteal phase is less than 10 days, a fertilized embryo may not be able to implant, preventing pregnancy.

A short luteal phase can also be due to the failure of the corpus luteum.

If the corpus luteum doesn’t secrete enough progesterone, your uterine lining may shed before a fertilized egg is implanted. This can cause an earlier menstrual cycle.

A short luteal phase can also be caused by

  • Anorexia
  • Obesity
  • Aging
  • Excessive exercise
  • Stress
  • Too much of the hormone prolactin – responsible for milk production
  • Underactive or overactive thyroid
  • Endometriosis (discussed below)
  • PCOS (discussed below)

How To Treat Short Luteal Phase

  • Progesterone supplementation: – The most common treatment for a short luteal phase is to give the woman extra progesterone to prevent the loss of a pregnancy. Usually, progesterone supplementation is begun three days after ovulation.
  • Lowering your body mass index (BMI): – Effective if the underlying reason is obesity. BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. A lower BMI leads to a healthy body composition, where your body has a lower percentage of body fat and a higher percentage of non-fat mass.
  • Easy to moderate exercise: – Effective when stress or exercise are causing a problem

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3) Problems In The Womb

These are problems such as:

 

a) Uterine Fibroids:

Uterine fibroids & infertility

Uterine fibroids  are lumps that develop from the muscle wall of the womb (myometrium). Fibroids that sit or project inside the womb cavity are particularly known to cause infertility.

Fibroids can develop due to hormonal imbalance – if estrogen levels are too high. If you don’t have sufficient progesterone, the body can’t stop the growth.

Progesterone limits the effects of estrogen on fibroids, and also deters their growth and limits their size.

Studies also find that diets high in red meat and fats, especially animal fats, have been shown to increase the risk of fibroids and risk factors for fibroids, including high blood pressure.

Aim for a diet high in flavonoids, oily fish, green vegetables, fruits, and beans.

How To Treat Fibroids:

  • Surgery: – Your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the fibroids or cut blood supply to them.
  • Lowering your BMI: – Weight / obesity has been shown to increase the risk of developing fibroids. Consider getting into ketosis to manage your weight. Our KETO XP supplement can help you get into ketosis.
  • Diet: – Avoid red meat, alcohol, refined carbs (such as rice, flour, etc), baked goods. Good foods are fruits and vegetables, whole grains, quinoa, etc.
  • Health supplements: – Low levels of vitamin A and D have been related to the risk for developing fibroids. Others are vitamins B-1, B-6, and E, as well as magnesium and omega3 fatty acids. DIM can also help with fibroids.

b) Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is a hormonal condition in which the ovaries develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, hormonal imbalance & infertility

Even though the exact cause is not known, PCOS seems to be caused by environmental factors as well as genetics.

Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone levels such as testosterone.

PCOS leads to fertility problems, weight gain, acne, and unwanted hair growth

It also leads to a condition where cells don’t respond well to the release of the hormone that breaks down glucose (insulin) – hence they can’t use the glucose they need for energy.

In response, the pancrease keeps making more and more insulin. Eventually the pancrease fails, leading to diabetes.

The extra insulin may have several negative effects including shutting down your ovaries and leading to higher than normal levels of male hormones, called androgens, including testosterone. Testosterone can interfere with normal ovulation, leading to fertility problems.

How To Treat PCOS:

  • Exercise: – Exercise builds muscle, thereby improving glucose metabolism. In fact, exercise is the only treatment that improves all markers of metabolic syndrome.
  • Lowering your BMI: – Many women with PCOS are overweight. Losing just 5 percent of their body weight can restore regular ovulation and menstruation and improve fertility.
  • Herbal supplements: – V. chasteberry has been very promising in treating PCOS. Other supplements like cinnamon, black cohosh, Tribulus terrestris, licorice, and Chinese peony, also show some benefits.
  • Medication: – Doctors will prescribe oral contraceptives to improve ovulation and reduce the potentially dangerous effects of too much estrogen on the uterine lining. If this doesn’t work, the drug metformin can reduce the amount of glucose the liver releases, and increases the amount of glucose absorbed in the intestine. This can restore ovulation in 30-50% of women with PCOS.

4) Endometriosis

Endometriosis, infertility and hormonal imbalance

In endometriosis, uterine tissue grows outside the uterus, which can lead to cysts being formed in the ovaries and the pelvis. This can cause the fallopian tubes to become distorted which, in turn, can lead to infertility.

Endometriosis can also be caused by high levels of estrogen.

Common signs of endometriosis include:

  • Painful periods
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Heavy menstrual periods and bleeding between periods
  • Infertility

How To Treat Endometriosis:

The conventional treatment for endometriosis involves pain medication, hormonal therapy, or surgery.

In some cases, hysterectomy with removal of the ovaries is done.

Health supplements can also be effective in treating endometriosis, such as:

  • DIM (diindolylmethane): – DIM, is anti-inflammatory in nature, and is metabolized similarly to estrogen. Because of this, in low doses, it may help promote healthy estrogen breakdown and removal from the body.

    DIM is available in Kenya from reed Naturals.

  • Vitamin B6: – It is possible that vitamin B6 might play a role in hormone regulation. Through a complex pathway, vitamin B6 may reduce the level of estrogen in the body, potentially relieving endometriosis-related symptoms.
  • Curcumin (turmeric):– Research on curcumin for the treatment of endometriosis is limited, however, several studies and reviews have suggested that it may provide relief from endometriosis-related symptoms.
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5) Blockage Of One Or Both Fallopian Tubes:

5) Blockage Of One Or Both Fallopian Tubes:

Blocked Fallopian Tubes & Infertility

This can happen through

  • Infection – such as Chlamydia, which is a sexually transmitted disease
  • Pelvic adhesions caused through surgery or through non-tubal infection (such as appendicitis, inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Endometriosis, which can cause a tissue buildup in the tubes
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease, a disease that can cause scarring
  • Fibroids, which are growths that can block the fallopian tube

Summary

I know this post contains a lot of information about how hormonal imbalance relates to infertility. It’s hard to capture everything in one post, especially given that every woman’s situation may be unique.

Getting a basic understanding of how hormones relate to fertility and women’s health will help you address the specific problem preventing pregnancy.

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