Heavy periods, painful periods, endometriosis, fibroids, uterine polyps.

Estrogen is an important hormone in the female body. It is responsible for vital physiological processes in the body that go far beyond the upkeep of female’s reproductive organs. It plays important roles in the skin, cardiovascular system, muscular-skeletal system and the nervous system.

However, like anything in the body, too much of a good thing can actually be quite harmful. It is all about balance. There are various forms of estrogen in the body and issues can start to arise when there is an increased production of pro-inflammatory and highly proliferative forms of estrogen. The over production of certain forms of estrogen are a driving force behind estrogen dominant conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids, polyps, heavy periods, painful periods and even breast cancer.

Over production of pro-inflammatory and proliferative forms of estrogen are driven by common diet and lifestyle triggers. The contraceptive pill is often used to combat these estrogen dominant conditions. It may provide some relief in the short term and may be necessary at times, however it should not be the first port of call as it DOES NOT address the underlying causes of the hormonal disruption and can in fact make it worse. It also comes with a cocktail of side effects and risks, especially long-term hormonal disruption, which can cause various health issues and infertility.

Diet and lifestyle changes, as well as evidence based herbal/nutritional supplementation, can be very effective in decreasing the underlying causes of estrogen dominance.

If you suffer from estrogen dominant conditions and you are looking for more natural ways to manage them, book in with our naturopaths for a FREE 20 minute consult by calling 1300 1 REMED.