Do you have a hormone imbalance?

Symptoms of General Hormone Imbalance

Women may not be as familiar with the red flags of estrogen dominance symptoms and that we need to pay special attention to those when it comes to breast cancer. They are bolded on this list. Printable list

The proper balance of hormone levels is essential for well-being. In women, the symptoms of hormone imbalance are most often associated with excess or insufficient levels of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, and/or DHEA. Among the most often prescribed drugs in the United Sates are Lipitor, Zocor, Prevacid, Procrit, Zyprexa, Epogen, Nexium, Zoloft, and Neurontin,, sales of which range from $2.5 to $6 billion or more. In my opinion, it is possible that the primary diagnosis of many women treated with these costly, potent medications may be hormone imbalance.

Kenna Stephenson, MD

Do You Have a Hormone Imbalance?

The key to breast cancer prevention is to become aware of the signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalanceestrogen dominance, in particular.

General symptoms of hormone imbalance are familiar to women as premenstrual syndrome or PMS, or menopause symptoms of hot flashes and/or night sweats, foggy thinking, low libido, depression, fatigue, and/or weight gain in the hips or waist. As uncomfortable as these hormone fluctuation symptoms may be, symptoms of estrogen dominance are less familiar but vital to breast cancer prevention.

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What does hormone imbalance mean?

The healthy, hormonally balanced body continually manufactures all the hormones it needs to keep everything functioning. It becomes unbalanced when subjected to inadequate supplies of nutrients, inordinate stress and toxic influences. Balance is the most central aspect in a woman’s health.

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Go through the list (right sidebar) to determine whether you have any of the general symptoms of imbalance listed. Two or more troublesome or persistent symptoms signal hormone imbalance or estrogen dominance. You can also print the list to take with you to your health care provider.

Are You Estrogen Dominant?

"Estrogen dominance" is a term coined by Dr. John Lee, author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause, to describe a systemic imbalance of hormones brought about by the presence of too much estrogen that is not balanced by adequate levels of progesterone—in short: too much estrogen—too little progesterone.

Estrogen dominance is found primarily in women living in industrialized countries who:

Do these symptoms of estrogen dominance sound familiar?

Is your lifestyle putting you at risk for estrogen dominance?

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