Your Estrogen Levels

What Causes Abnormal Estrogen Levels?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of abnormal estrogen levels we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow abnormal estrogen levels to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind abnormal estrogen levels consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to abnormal estrogen levels.  Here are six possibilities:
  • High Sex Hormone Binding Globulin
  • Stress
  • Low Testosterone
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Liver Congestion
  • Low Melatonin

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
unusual vaginal bleeding
somewhat disturbed sleep
strong-smelling urine
frequent meal-related bloating
mild menopausal arthritis
hot flashes during period
moderate right lumbar pain
male characteristics
severe flatulence
minor health decline
short-term memory failure
jumpiness
... and more than 140 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of abnormal estrogen levels:
Cause Probability Status
Low Melatonin 93% Confirm
High Sex Hormone Binding Globulin 62% Possible
Stress 20% Unlikely
Low Testosterone 1% Ruled out
Liver Congestion 1% Ruled out
Adrenal Fatigue 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having had recent lab tests, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
If your estrogen levels have been measured, what was the result?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ Very low
→ Somewhat low
→ Normal
→ Elevated
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate very low estrogen levels, low estrogen levels, normal estrogen levels or elevated estrogen levels, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency

The inner most layer of an adrenal gland is the zona reticularis which produces small amounts of sex hormones.  Specifically, it produces androgen, estrogen and progesterone.  Adrenal exhaustion can therefore cause hormone deficiencies.

Low Male Testosterone Level

Testosterone is converted into estrogen naturally.  When this conversion is overactive the result is too little testosterone and too much estrogen.  High levels of estrogen also trick the brain into thinking that enough testosterone is being produced, thereby reducing the natural production of testosterone.

Stress

Stress increases cortisol production; cortisol blockades (competes for) progesterone receptors.  Additional progesterone is required to overcome this blockade.

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