Oestrogen Dominance: Cycles, Post-Pregnancy & Menopause..


Oestrogen dominance is a condition where the levels of oestrogen in the body are too high relative to other hormones, such as progesterone. This hormonal imbalance can have significant effects on a woman's menstrual cycle, post-pregnancy recovery, and menopause. In this article, we will delve into the concept of oestrogen dominance and explore its effects on women's health during various stages of life.

Oestrogen Dominance and Menstrual Cycles:

Oestrogen dominance can lead to disruptions in a woman's menstrual cycle1. Common effects include:

a. Irregular Menstruation: Women may experience irregular periods, with variations in cycle length and intensity.

b. Heavy or Prolonged Bleeding: High Oestrogen levels can cause heavier or extended menstrual bleeding.

c. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): Can exacerbate symptoms of PMS, such as mood swings, breast tenderness, and bloating2.

d. Endometriosis and Fibroids: May contribute to the development of endometriosis and uterine fibroids, conditions characterised by abnormal tissue growth in the reproductive organs3.

 

Oestrogen and Post-Pregnancy:

After giving birth, women undergo significant hormonal changes. Estrogen dominance can impact post-pregnancy recovery in several ways:

a. Postpartum Depression: Imbalances between estrogen and other hormones can increase the risk of postpartum depression4. Psychological support, hormone balancing, and medical interventions can help manage this condition.

b. Breastfeeding Challenges: May affect milk supply and composition, leading to difficulties in breastfeeding5. Consulting a lactation specialist and addressing underlying hormonal imbalances can help overcome breastfeeding challenges.

Oestrogen and Perimenopause:

During menopause, oestrogen levels fluctuate before eventually declining. Oestrogen dominance during this stage can have specific effects:

a. Hot Flashes: Imbalances between Oestrogen and other hormones can contribute to the intensity and frequency of hot flashes, a common symptom of menopause6.

b. Bone Health: Oestrogen plays a vital role in maintaining bone density. Oestrogen dominance during menopause can increase the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures7.

c. Vaginal Health: Lower Oestrogen levels combined with Oestrogen dominance can lead to vaginal dryness, itching, and discomfort during menopause8.

Oestrogen dominance can profoundly affect women's health during different stages of life, from menstrual cycles to post-pregnancy recovery and menopause. Understanding the impact of Oestrogen dominance is crucial for proactive management of symptoms and overall well-being.

If you suspect Oestrogen dominance, consult with your doctor who can assess your hormonal levels through blood tests. Treatment options may include lifestyle modifications, hormone replacement therapy, or natural remedies such as Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, tailored to your specific needs. Remember that individual experiences can vary, and it's essential to seek personalised advice.

If you are interested in considering Acupuncture or Chinese Herbal Medicine to assist cycle regulation, hormone balancing and work on an established Oestrogen dominance, book online today.

 

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Sources:

  1. Prior, J. C. (2018). Progesterone or Progestin as Menopausal Estrogen Partner? Menopause, 25(7), 770-774. doi:10.1097/GME.0000000000001077
  2. Thompson, D. F., Salamonsen, L. A., & Lebovic, D. I. (2018). Hormone Therapy and the Endometrium: Balancing Effects and Risks. Women's Health, 14, 1745506518816172. doi:10.1177/1745506518816172
  3. Bulun, S. E. (2009). Physiology and Pathology of the Female Reproductive Axis. Williams Gynecology (2nd ed.). Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK339321/
  4. Bloch, M., Rotenberg, N., Koren, D., & Klein, E. (2005). Risk Factors Associated with the Development of Postpartum Mood Disorders. Journal of Affective Disorders, 88(1), 9-18. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2005.06.004
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  6. Thurston, R. C., Joffe, H., & Soares, C. N. (2009). Hormone Therapy, Menopause, and Aging: No Longer Sexy? Women's Health, 5(1), 83-96. doi:10.2217/17455057.5.1.83
  7. Prior, J. C. (2014). Progesterone for the Prevention of Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women. International Journal of Women's Health, 6, 313-321. doi:10.2147/IJWH.S51227
  8. Sturdee, D. W., & Panay, N. (2010). Recommendations for the Management of Postmenopausal Vaginal Atrophy. Climacteric, 13(6), 509-522. doi:10.3109/13697137.2010.522114
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