When reproductive years decline so does progesterone at a rate of 120 times faster than estrogen. As it declines, estrogen is less opposed and becomes the more dominant hormone. This is what is called estrogen dominance.
Estrogen dominance is more completely answered in other articles but here is an introduction. Let us say it is not as simple as considering this a normal process, these days. Because of environmental and social factors, those in industrial regions actually feel the effects of estrogen dominance far before the menopausal years. It has been called peri-menopause but it really means the beginning of the end for many women. Without opposing progesterone, estrogen is given full reign and wreaks havoc on the body and mind of women.
Progesterone is the feel good hormone. It greatly affects our moods, our sense of well being, our peace. When progesterone declines at too quickly a rate or is opposed too heavily by these environmental estrogens called xenoestrogens, a host of symptoms follow. This is why progesterone cream is such an obvious choice.
Below is a simple list of symptoms associated with estrogen dominance but first I would like to make something clear. Low progesterone is a normal thing in an aging body. It is how we are made. It is the estrogen dominance that has occurred unnaturally that all the books are written about.
Here is a list of the most commonly categorized estrogen dominance symptoms:
- breast swelling – not the kind for which one hopes
- irregular periods – heavier bleeding, stronger cramping etc.
- changes in length of the menstrual cycle – usually getting shorter first and the longer as cycles combine
- fluid retention
- uterine fibroids
- fibrocystic disease
- reduced libido (lowered sex drive)
- migraine headaches
Watching for these signs is the beginning of you taking control over your hormones.
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