By Rose Wellness Center | 03/02/2021

7 Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance

7 Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance

Are you estrogen dominant? Women must navigate varying hormonal imbalances and changes throughout their lives. From puberty to pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause, fluctuations in hormones never stop. Hormones are used throughout the body to control a variety of functions. When your hormones become imbalanced, it can cause a plethora of problems.

Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance

Mood SwingsMenopause doctor

A mood swing is defined as an abrupt change in your mood. Your mood can shift suddenly from feelings of euphoria to feelings of depression and then to another emotion. If you are experiencing various and dramatic mood swings with no identifiable cause, you may be experiencing estrogen dominance. Too much estrogen or too little progesterone in the body can lead to irritability, anxiety, depression, and exaggerated PMS symptoms. 

Sleep Issues

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Women’s Health Division reports that one in four women have sleep problems like difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. Researchers have discovered that one of the reasons women experience insomnia is hormone imbalances. Two key hormones that cause insomnia and other sleep problems are estrogen and progesterone.

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Weight Gain

Estrogen dominance causes you to gain weight in your belly, thighs, hips, and butt. As you gain weight, the number of fat cells in the body increase. Fat cells then produce estrogen, creating a vicious cycle of weight gain and increased estrogen levels. As the body becomes estrogen dominant, your metabolism slows, resulting in excess weight gain. Your abdominal tissues begin retaining more water, resulting in bloating. Insulin is unnaturally released, resulting in constant hunger along with craving sweets.


Women who are experiencing estrogen dominance often experience unrelenting fatigue. Fatigue is defined as a lack of energy or a feeling of extreme tiredness. This symptom may occur even when you may be getting enough sleep.

Memory Problems

Experts have determined that hormones impact the health of the brain. When you experience estrogen dominance, you may begin to feel foggy and may have increased difficulty recalling and remembering people, events, places, or things. Many experts believe estrogen impacts neurotransmitters, resulting in a host of memory issues.

Reduced Sex Drive5 Causes of Low Sex Drive in Women

Low libido is defined as a loss of sexual thoughts and urges as well as a decreased desire for sexual intimacy. A dwindling sex drive can be caused by a number of issues, including a hormone imbalance. Low libido is typically experienced between the ages of 40 and 55. During this time, hormone levels begin to decline, resulting in an imbalance of your sex hormones. In order to improve your sexual well-being, your estrogen levels and progesterone levels must be balanced.

Fertility Issues

Estrogen dominance can cause anovulatory cycles (absence of ovulation). When a woman is not ovulating or not ovulating regularly, her ability to become pregnant is greatly reduced. Women who are overweight or obese are at an increased risk of fertility issues because increased fat cells increase estrogen production. Excess estrogen causes no egg to be released and acts as a type of natural birth control. When ovulation does not occur, no egg is released resulting in infertility.

Hormones, including estrogen, are chemicals that impact how your organs and cells function. Estrogen dominance begins overstimulating the body and the brain. Some common symptoms of estrogen dominance include fatigue, weight gain, mood swings or insomnia. Our integrative women’s health practitioners understand that there are many things that can affect the body’s ability to make and regulate hormones. They will work with you to help improve your health.


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