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Video: How to Reduce Excess Estrogen or Increase Low Estrogen Naturally

Video: How to Reduce Excess Estrogen or Increase Low Estrogen Naturally

How to Reduce Excess Estrogen or Increase Low Estrogen Naturally

Estrogen is one of the most important female reproductive hormones. Learn how estrogen works, why it’s important and how it affects your body and fertility. Below are my notes from the live video recording I did. Download the Instagram App to watch our live broadcasts!

How Estrogen Works During the Menstrual Cycle

The first half of your menstrual cycle is the follicular phase (first day of your period through ovulation).

➞ FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) is released by the pituitary gland, which causes some of the follicles to begin maturing in preparation for ovulation.
➞ The most mature follicle releases the egg at ovulation while also releasing estrogen.
➞ The rising estrogen levels signal Luteinizing Hormone (LH) to be released and LH causes ovulation to occur.
➞ Estrogen peaks at this time. Estrogen is also responsible for thickening the uterine lining in preparation for pregnancy.
➞ At ovulation, the remnant egg sac turns into the corpus luteum. The corpus luteum is responsible for releasing progesterone which ripens the uterine lining, helps to nourish sperm on their journey to conception, and helps to sustain early pregnancy.

There are several different types of estrogen; the one I am talking about in this video is estradiol (E2).

Estrogen Deficiency

Signs of Estrogen Deficiency (low estrogen)

  • headaches
  • hot flashes
  • night sweats
  • vaginal dryness

Too little estrogen can prevent ovulation and cause a thin uterine lining.

Causes of Estrogen Deficiency

  • Too little LH (luteinizing hormone) which regulates the manufacturing of estrogen.
  • A pituitary gland imbalance which could be caused by excess exercise, being underweight, or an eating disorder.

Excess Estrogen

Sometimes called estrogen dominance.

Signs of Excess Estrogen (too much)

  • irregular periods
  • headaches
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • weight gain

Causes of Excess Estrogen

  • poor diet
  • being overweight
  • stress
  • environmental factors: xenoestrogens which disrupt the endocrine system (the hormonal system)

Estrogen dominant imbalances may show up as reproductive health issues, such as PCOS or endometriosis.

Steps to Take to Improve Estrogen Levels

1. Fertility CleansingFertility cleansing supports the liver, which metabolizes estrogen

2. Eat fiber – helps the body to remove excess estrogen; choose dark leafy greens, beans, ground flax seed, fresh fruits and whole grains

3. Avoid xenohormones

4. Consider supportive herbs

Herbs that may help with estrogen deficiency

    Maca Root – Maca supports the endocrine system to be healthy and balanced.

    FertiliCare Phase 1 & 2 – Helps to balance the hormones.

    Royal Jelly – May help to slightly increase estrogen naturally in the body.

    Vitex Vitex has an action on the pituitary gland which controls the release of sex hormones.

    Soy foods – Are known to have estrogen-mimicking properties within them.

    Make sure to include healthy fats in your diet.

Herbs and supplements that may help with estrogen dominance

    DIM – diindolylmethane helps to take excess estrogens out of the body by increasing estrogen metabolites.

    Maca – Supports the endocrine system to be healthy and balanced.

    Fertility Cleanse – Supports the body in cleansing excess hormones and toxins that may mimic estrogen.

    Vitex – Supports a healthy endocrine system without containing hormones.

    FertiliCare Phase 1 & 2 – Helps to balance the hormones.

A word about phytoestrogens and xenohormones

  • Phytoestrogens are found in many plant foods we consume daily: seeds, beans, grains and many medicinal plants.
  • Phytoestrogens are not true estrogen, but they may have a similar action to our own estrogens.
  • Phytoestrogens exert weaker estrogenic effects on cells compared to xenoestrogens.
  • They can compete for hormone receptor sites.
  • If they bind to the estrogen receptor sites first, they actively block xenohormones from binding to the estrogen receptor sites, which protects the body from much stronger xenohormones.
  • Phytoestrogens are found most often in the legume family: beans.

Resources talked about in this video:
The Fertility Cleanse Kit
Fertilica Maca
Fertilica Royal Jelly
Active Bee Power Royal Jelly
Fertilica DIM Complete
FertiliCare Phase 1 & 2
Fertilica Vitex

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Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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    I have fibroids and fertility problems. Where or how can I get the herbal vitex?

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    I was wondering if either of these conditions could cause breast tenderness/swelling? Normally, I have this happen about a week or so before my period but the last few months I’ve been having it happen much earlier (2-3 weeks before my period).