Estrogen is very essential for women, but they may not be able to appreciate its benefits until faced with low levels of estrogen, while in peri-menopause. But, even too much of estrogen is going to create harsh affects, leading to severe problems. With increasing levels of estrogen into our foods through environmental factors increases its amounts excessively in women, leading to estrogen dominance.
Contrary to wrong notions that believe that high estrogen will even be better for women, it can have adverse effects owing to offset of progesterone hormone. The delicate balance between these two women gets disrupted immensely due to excess estrogen levels. The various causes of excess estrogen include digestion issues, unresolved emotional stress, poor diet, lack of ovulation (anovulation), use of contraceptive pills or hormone replacement therapy and unhealthy lifestyle factors like alcohol and smoking.
Important Effects Of Excess Estrogen
Under high estrogen levels, even if periods remain consistent, a woman may undergo erratic ovulation cycles. In case, women fails to ovulate but still undergoes a period, it is referred as anovulation. Progesterone is secreted during ovulation.
Under anovulation, it remains absent leading to soaring levels of estrogen, resulting in violent premenstrual syndrome symptoms like sore breasts, night sweats, hot flashes, anger and irritability.
Excess estrogen leads to more fat deposition on the upper thighs and around the abdomen. Women develop swaying hips during walks, with more seductive moves of body and arms in comparison to other women with less estrogen levels. The high estrogen levels also make women more friendly and flirtatious.
The most disturbing possible result of excess estrogen is cancer. More women are observed to suffer from estrogen dependent cancers and probability of suffering from this dreadly disease has rapidly increased. One out of every three women is known to be the victim of cancer.
The major cancers that results from estrogen dominance are uterine cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer in women. The lifetime exposure of estrogen is increased by risks factors like long term use of oral contraceptive pills, long menstrual history and postmenopausal use of progestin and estrogen that become the cause for development of such cancers. Estrogen dominance is also the cause for cancer in men.
Women Prefer Boyish Features
Under normally low levels of estrogen, women seek out for man qualities like tall, beard, buff, stubble or strong. But, when estrogen levels are in excess, women fall for clean shaven, innocent looks, wide eyes, T shirt and baggy jeans outlook of guys, looking out for more boyish appearance. It puts most women capable of cheating and getting close to young men around.
Increased BMI In Postmenopausal Women
Excess estrogens are difficult to be removed or detoxify from the system and get accumulated as fats in the body. Women with higher BMI (body mass index) that is linked to elevated levels of body fat, also have higher amounts of estradiol, the more potent form of estrogens synthesized in the body.
Increasing BMI in postmenopausal women is closely associated with excess estrogen levels and is the major factor for higher risk of breast cancer.
Excess estrogen interference also leads to cervical dysplasia, where the abnormal cell growth is observed over the cervix’s surface. This is a precancerous stage for development of cervical cancer and is linked to HPV infection. Nutrients tend to play a significant role in development of cervical cancer.
The other possible results of high estrogen levels are endometriosis, uterine fibroids, allergies, fatigue, headaches, irritability, fat gain, fibrocystic breasts and infertility.