Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance


Are you a Candidate for Natural Progesterone? 

Estrogen is the dominant hormone for the first week or so after menstruation (see diagram below), stimulating the build up of tissue and blood in the uterus as the ovarian follicles simultaneously begin their development of the egg. Levels peak and then taper off just as the follicle matures and just before ovulation. 

Progesterone is a major reproductive hormone during the latter two weeks of the menstrual cycle. It keeps the inner lining of the uterus ready to receive a fertilized ovum, and later provides the nurturing for the development of the embryo. If the egg is not fertilized, progesterone levels drop dramatically causing the uterus to shed its lining and a menstruation flow results. 

The diagram below demonstrates what actually happens to a women’s body during her 28 cycle and where progesterone fits into that picture. 


                                        (Printed with Permission - Ask Dr Sandra Cabot Newsletter, Edition 3')
                                        (Printed with Permission – Ask Dr Sandra Cabot Newsletter, Edition 3′)

Symptoms of estrogen dominance 

If you experience any of the following symptoms associated with estrogen dominance, or are being treated for any of the medical conditions listed, supplementing with natural progesterone cream may help: 

  • Acceleration of the aging process 
  • Adrenal exhaustion 
  • Allergy symptoms (asthma, hives, rashes, sinus congestion) 
  • Autoimmune disorders (lupus erytherometosis, thyroiditis, possibly Sjögren’s disease 
  • Breast cancer 
  • Breast tenderness 
  • Cervical dysplasia 
  • Cold hands and feet as a symptom of thyroid dysfunction 
  • Decreased sex drive 
  • Depression with anxiety or agitation 
  • Dry eyes 
  • Early onset of menstruation 
  • Endometrial (uterine) cancer 
  • Endomemtriosis 
  • Fat gain, especially around the abdomen, hips, and thighs 
  • Fatigue 
  • Fertility 
  • Fibrocystic breasts 
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Foggy thinking 
  • Gallbladder disease 
  • Hair loss 
  • Headaches 
  • Hypoglycemia 
  • Hysterectomy (ovaries removed) 
  • Increased blood clotting (increasing risk of strokes) 
  • Infertility 
  • Irregular menstrual periods 
  • Irritability 
  • Insomnia 
  • Magnesium deficiency 
  • Memory loss 
  • Mood swings 
  • Osteoporosis 
  • PMS 
  • PCOS 
  • Post-Natal Depression 
  • Premenopausal bone loss 
  • Premature Births 
  • Prostate cancer (men) 
  • Protection against reproductive cancer 
  • Sluggish metabolism 
  • Thyroid dysfunction mimicking hypothyroidism 
  • Tubal Ligation (tubes tied) 
  • Uterine cancer 
  • Uterine fibroids 
  • Water retention, bloating 
  • Zinc deficiency 

The Natural Progesterone Advisory Network website has collated, through documented observation, a cluster of hormone imbalance symptoms including estrogen dominance not easily found in mainstream publications. And our list continues to grow. They include the following: 

  • Gritty, dry eyes 
  • Blurred vision and/or watery eyes, difficulty focusing 
  • Tender heels and/or feet, from sensitive to burning 
  • Restless legs -particularly at night time (in bed) 
  • Itchy, burning, sore ears 
  • Sensation of foreign object in ear such as bees or insects, tinnitus 
  • Vertigo, particularly around ovulation time onwards (more profound lying down in bed) 
  • Palpitations 
  • Heartburn 
  • Low resistance to infection 
  • Sinusitis, head congestion, flu-like headaches 
  • Pre-menstrual asthma 
  • Painful, throbbing face, one side more than the other often reported 
  • Aching teeth -dental checkup inconclusive 
  • Cyclic throat problems -too many sore throats around ovulation time, throats that don’t clear, consistent sore throats every month, tonsillitis, asthma, upper respiratory problems 
  • Acne or pimples, particularly just prior to menses, also in older women 
  • Premature wrinkling 
  • Chronic recurrence of thrush, cystitis, vaginitis 
  • Reports of acne on the vulva that flares at menses 
  • Chronic Candida 
  • Bouts of diarrhea prior to the menses, some alternating constipation, especially with women who have cysts and endometriosis 
  • Leaky gut syndrome 
  • Inflamed bowel problems -Colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut syndrome 
  • Inability to lose weight and shift fluid 
  • Loss of control over bladder (stress incontinence), inability to empty, tender & sensitive (absence of bladder infection), fluctuation/variation of bladder paralysis 
  • Extreme dream agitation and anxiety 
  • Panic attacks 
  • Inability to focus 
  • Inability to concentrate 
  • Loss of short term memory 
  • Alienation and loss of confidence 
  • Androgen side effects: facial hair, increased body hair 
  • Increased thickening and blacking of limb hair 

Atypical periods alternating from shorter or extending to longer, cycles become erratic, can alternate from heavier to lighter, or can be a combination of both heaving clotting (no fibroids) 

Aching joints present in the form of rheumatism or arthritis, joint and muscle stiffness, nerve endings feeling very fragmented and fragile and tender to touch, imitative of fibromyalgia syndrome 

  • Pins and needles, sciatica, hip pain down one side predominantly quite common although bone mineral densities and hip x-ray tests are normal 
  • Painful ovaries upon ovulation 
  • Painful ovaries in the absence of ovulation, confusing women that they have ovulated 
  • Obsessive, irrational thought and behavior patterns: finding a lost item, trying to think of someone’s name, being aware on one level but unable to stop yourself on another. 
  • Lack of lateral thinking and ability to multi-task 
  • Fragmented physically, emotionally and spiritually 
  • Headaches and migraines -sharp pains through top of head 
  • Overwhelming panic attacks and unfounded fear 
  • Social phobia, sense of loss of social skills, withdrawal 
  • Unrelated grief & sadness 
  • Sluggish liver (aggravated by hormonal overload, overuse of synthetic HRT, medications, xenoestrogens) 
  • Vocabulary / speech difficulty ‘tongue tied’, verbal stammer 

Hormonal imbalances masquerading as any one of the above conditions may take many years to accumulate and can be insidious in its physical presentation. Just remember, it took time to arrive at this point in your life, and it may take time to improve, reverse and eliminate many of these problems. 

Disclaimer: The information provided on this web site is not intended, nor should it be construed, as a substitute for professional medical advice. It is based on accounts from hundreds of lay women from around the world who have successfully used progesterone for years and were kind enough to share their personal experiences. We encourage you to do your own research and make your health care decisions in partnership with a qualified health care professional.


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