Estrogen dominance is a very treatable condition in our Brooklyn center. Our doctors and estrogen specialists will work with you to re-balance your estrogen. The estrogen imbalance treatment might include supplements to support proper homone levels, liver and digestive system as well as bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to increase the amount of progesterone to balance out the estrogen. We also work with you to help you lose weight. Come see our clinic and meet the best rated estrogen specialist Dr. Yuabova who can make a real difference in your life and your health.
Hormones are involved in the control of many different body systems and we are finding that the ratio – or balance—between different hormones is often critical in health and wellness.
Estrogen is one of these hormones that must be finely balanced with progesterone (among others) in order to function correctly. When there is too much estrogen without enough progesterone to balance it out, estrogen is dominant, and the condition is called estrogen dominance.
In our estrogen, hormone treatment clinic in Brooklyn, Dr. Yuabova of Integrative Wellness NY provide the latest and most advanced hormone imbalance treatments available. Dr. Yuabova is among the top hormone doctors in New York and USA.
What are the Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance?
There are many different symptoms, their severity depending on how estrogen dominant you are. The most common signs and symptoms include:
- Swollen and tender breasts
- A sense of bloating in the abdomen
- Your pants, dresses and skirts might not fit as well as they should, even when you haven’t gained weight
- Fibrocystic lumps in your breasts
- These may be tender to the touch or even painful and are usually worse right before your period
- Uterine fibroids
- Menstrual periods may be irregular
- During perimenopause, your periods can become quite irregular. Estrogen dominance is believed to be the cause of many problems during menopause
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) may appear or the symptoms of PMS may get worse
- Mood changes
- One moment you can feel fine and then suddenly, someone says or does something and you can get really irritated. Or, you can feel happy and in control one day—and the next, you are suddenly sad, depressed or anxious
- Fluid retention
- Your ankles might be swollen
- Frequent headaches that may seem different from the types of headaches you have had before
- Decreased interest in sex (decreased libido)
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Insomnia or non-restful sleep
- Weight gain for no apparent reason
- This weight gain often happens in the belly, hips and thighs
- Hair loss
- Cold hands or feet
- This can also be an indication of a thyroid problem—the thyroid often becomes underactive (hypothyroid) during perimenopause
- Cognitive or memory problems
- Increased vaginal infections, often from a yeast, Candida
High levels of estrogen have also been connected to an increased risk of serious conditions including endometriosis, infertility, autoimmune diseases, thyroid dysfunction, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), cancer of the breast, uterus and ovaries as well as cervical dysplasia, a condition that is considered pre-cancerous.
What can Cause Estrogen Dominance?
There are many factors that may cause estrogen dominance—and the number of women who are experiencing this condition appears to be growing. Some of the best-established factors in estrogen dominance are:
- Exposure to xenoestrogens—these are substances—often industrial chemicals—that are found darn near everywhere in the environment. Xenoestrogens have been found in foods, water, clothing, plastics and personal care products. The problem is that xenoestrogens mimic the actions of our own estrogen, sending mixed or confused signals to the body.
- Issues in the digestive system and liver
- The liver normally helps get rid of excess estrogen
- If your gut bacteria are out-of-balance, the enzymes these bacteria produce cannot correctly metabolize or degrade the estrogen
- Poor dietary habits
- A history of using hormonal birth control methods
- Anovulatory cycles
- An anovulatory cycle means that no eggs (ova) are produced that month. This is very common during perimenopause
- Stress that is chronic
- Smoking, frequent alcohol use and other lifestyle factors such as lack of adequate exercise
- Excess weight
- Exposure to heavy metals
- Hormone replacement therapy with estrogen that is not balanced with progesterone
The list of xenoestrogens is long—unbelievably long! Some examples of substances with xenoestrogen actions include parabens, bisphenol A, phthalates, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a red dye (phenosulfothiazine) used in foods, food preservatives (eg. butylated hydroxyanisole or BHA) and all sorts of household and garden chemicals.
Perimenopause, Menopause and Estrogen Dominance
Perimenopause is the time before your periods stop and you enter the menopause phase of your life. Perimenopause can take months—or it can take years. During perimenopause, your body begins producing less and less progesterone. This is one reason your periods can become irregular.
While progesterone production is decreasing in your body, your estrogen production may be decreasing only slightly, staying about the same, or, commonly, may be increasing.
This happens in many women—estrogen dominance is the cause of many of the signs of menopause. Some of these are the same as listed above but can also include abnormal periods (with more clotted blood), hot flashes (hot flushes) and excessive sweating.
How do We Treat Estrogen Dominance in Brooklyn?
Our doctors and hormone specialists in Brooklyn will work with you to re-balance your estrogen in a variety of ways. Estrogen dominance treatment might include blood testing for various hormone levels in order to determine precisely how much estrogen as compared to progesterone you may have in your body. Other hormone levels, such as thyroid hormones may be tested as well because, especially during perimenopause, other hormones can be affected and can impact on your health.
We will also likely recommend some dietary changes in order to help your body get rid of the excess estrogen. A high-fiber diet that supports both the liver and the gut flora may be suggested. We may also recommend herbal supplements to support proper homone levels, liver and digestive system—this can be critical in allowing your body to eliminate that excess estrogen.
Our hormone doctors and other healthcare specialists may also recommend that—as you are lowering the amounts of estrogen in your body—you may benefit from using bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, increasing the amount of progesterone to balance out the estrogen. This is commonly given as a progesterone cream, containing a natural, bio-identical form of progesterone. BHRT may take the form of oral, topical (on the skin) or injection therapy.
We will also work with you to help you lose weight—excess estrogen is stored in body fat, so getting rid of that excess weight can help. We will also work with you to find the best ways to manage the stress in your life, get more active with an exercise program you can enjoy and help you eliminate or modify any other lifestyle habit that is getting in the way of a happier, healthier and estrogen-balanced you!
Estrogen dominance is a very treatable condition—and we are here to help! Come to our clinic and meet the top estrogen doctor and leading estrogen balance specialist Dr. Yuabova who can make a real difference in your life and your health.