- Estrogen Dominance – Too much estrogen and estrogen metabolites can contribute to fibrocystic breast disease, ovarian cysts, irregular cycles, pain with cycles, heavy cycles, and have also been associated with estrogen positive cancers. It is becoming more common for men to have estrogen dominance due to exposure to environmental xenoestrogens.
- Estrogen Deficiency – Too little estrogen is associated with hot flashes and weight gain during menopause. Women also need estrogen for memory, skin and hair health and to maintain bone density and sexual interest.
- Both men and women need testosterone. Women need it for upper body strength, cognition and it works with dopamine to increase sexual desire. Most men don’t realize that the undergo a condition similar to menopause called andropause when there is a decline in testosterone. This can occur in men as early as age thirty causing depression, muscle and joint aches, concentration problems, erectile dysfunction, low libido and fatigue. Low testosterone can also be associated with insulin resistance, high blood sugar and lipid disorders in both men and women. Too much testosterone in women is asspciated with PCOS and hair growth on the face.
- Often a deficiency in women and men with estrogen dominance, progesterone deficiency is associated with anxiety, thinning scalp hair, insomnia, low libido, weight gain and menstrual cycle related migraines. Progesterone helps balance estrogen and improve the function of thyroid hormones.
Symptoms associated with hormone imbalance:
- Infertility / Difficulty maintaining pregnancy
- Menstrual irregularities and pain
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Endometriosis / PCOS
- Temperature intolerance
- Weight Gain
- Depression / Anxiousness
- Hair Loss
Factors the create imbalance of the endocrine system
- Hormone birth control
- Diet / Nutrient Deficiencies
- Insulin Resistance
- Genetic Susceptibilities
- Xenohormones in the environment