Possible Indicators of Excess Estrogen

Also see:
Ray Peat, PhD on the Menstrual Cycle
Quotes: Thyroid, Estrogen, Menstrual Symptoms, PMS, and Infertility

  • Any premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Heavy menstrual flow
  • Long menstruation
  • Menstrual migraines/headaches
  • High stress lifestyle
  • “Liver spots”/Lipofuscin/Age pigment
  • History of birth control use
  • Soy or nut milk heavy diet
  • “Autoimmune” condition
  • Heavy use of cosmetics or beauty products
  • Chronic constipation
  • Work related activities around beauty products or cleaning products
  • Early menarche
  • Start menopause early
  • Hormone Replacement Treatment (HRT) use
  • Low temperature and pulse
  • Cancers, especially of the Breast, Uterus, Ovary, or Prostate
  • History of infertility
  • Blood sugar regulation issues
  • Low energy, chronic fatigue
  • Fatigue easily
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Miscarriage
  • History of vegetarian diet
  • Low protein diet
  • Diet low in B vitamins
  • SAD diet
  • History of low carb diet
  • High percentage of bodyfat
  • Hot flashes
  • Acne or other skin problems
  • Reynaud’s
  • Endometriosis
  • Diet high in PUFA
  • Cellulite
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Diagnosed hypothyroid
  • Over exercise
  • Excessive endurance training
  • Water retention
  • Dementia
  • Large hips and thighs
  • Memory Loss
  • Diabetes
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Gynecomastia (“man boobs”)
  • Food cravings (sugar, salt)
  • Breast tenderness
  • Highly emotional

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  1. EL says

    Do you think Progesterone and Pregnenolone will be safe supplements for a male with estrogen dominance?


  2. Team FPS says

    Pregnenolone is generally more appropriate as it helps balance the steroid system. However, progesterone could be used in small amounts in the short term if the male has clear signs of estrogen dominance or a history that would indicate one.

  3. Mike says

    Can you stay on birth control and have good health? Or are the two incompattible? My wife is on the lowest estrogen bc pill available it has progestin and estrogen.

  4. Team FPS says

    I think that question is best answered by the MD that put your wife on birth control. The writings of Ray Peat, PhD can help you understand the historical and current use of estrogen and its effects. Searching “estrogen” on this blog may also provide some scientific insight on the subject to consider.

  5. Emily says

    Nice to know, but what do you do about it?

  6. Team FPS says

    This article outlines some of the basics:

    SOS for PMS

    “The correction of hormonal imbalances is multifaceted. The body is a systems of systems with each system dependent upon the function of the other. Manipulating one system affects all others. It’s the combination of the right moves within this system that synergistically can make the unit function optimally. PMS and a difficult menopause are signs that your systems are not working well. Will you make the right moves in diet, lifestyle, and in some cases supplementation to help correct the underlying issues at hand?

    Synopsis of corrective measures for estrogen dominance
    1. Decrease PUFA in the diet. Eat more saturated fat.
    2. Support liver health – animal based proteins and B vitamins.
    3. Bowel regularity is very important.
    4. Support thyroid function for improved cholesterol turnover and reduced bodyfat.
    5. Supplement with progesterone at the appropriate times if needed.
    6. Use sodium, sucrose, and fruit sugars appropriately.
    7. Decrease consumption of trytophan rich foods to decrease serotonin production.
    8. Use friendly fibers like carrots and bamboo shoots to assist in decreasing bowel toxicity and estrogen removal.
    9. Balance blood sugar – don’t eat protein alone, don’t eat carbohydrate alone.
    10. Reduce stress and be very careful with exercise.”