A brief Q & A with Women’s Health America founder and women’s health pioneer Marla Ahlgrimm.
Q: What is estrogen dominance?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Estrogen dominance describes a condition in which a woman has levels of estrogen that far outweigh her body’s progesterone. Even women with low estrogen levels may suffer estrogen dominance if her progesterone levels are severely deficient.
Q: What causes it?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Estrogen dominance may occur naturally or be the result of estrogen derived from non-natural, external sources. These xenoestrogens are found in plastic and petroleum products, low-quality cosmetics, pesticides, and certain birth control devices.
Q: What are the symptoms of estrogen dominance?
Marla Ahlgrimm: There are a number of symptoms associated with estrogen dominance. They can include any of the following:
- Hair Loss
- Memory Issues
- Fibrocystic Breast
- Dry Eyes
- Decreased Libido
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Cold hands and feet
- Blood clots
- Weight Gain
- Increased breast cancer risk
- Irregular menstrual flow
- Magnesium deficiency
- Weakened metabolism
- Uterine cancer
- Zinc Deficiency
- Depression or anxiety
- Endometrial Cancer
- Gallbladder Disease
Q: Can estrogen dominance be prevented?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Unfortunately, not all cases of estrogen dominance can be prevented. However, many of this condition’s symptoms may be improved by dietary changes, increasing exercise and the use of natural bioidentical progesterone.
Q: Can you help me understand the relationship between estrogen and progesterone?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Estrogen and progesterone are the two primary sex hormones in females. They work together to ensure successful pregnancy and birth and to keep the female body healthy.
Q: What do these two hormones do individually for a woman’s body?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Estrogen influences over 300 sites of the body. It accelerates metabolism and stimulates endometrial growth. It is also associated with fluid retention and sodium balance. Estrogen also helps keep the lungs healthy and reduces a woman’s risk of heart disease. Progesterone works to promote a healthy nervous system and is a vital component of mammary gland development.