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:
  • Liver Congestion
  • High Sex Hormone Binding Globulin
  • Low Melatonin
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Low Testosterone
  • Stress

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
some health decline
difficulty getting out of bed
frequent colds/flus
inability to work under pressure
low diastolic blood pressure
suspected adrenal insufficiency
recently going through divorce
recurring depression
undigested fat in stools
low energy/stamina
very low fat/oil intake
short-term cortisol use
... 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 Testosterone 99% Confirm
Stress 67% Possible
Low Melatonin 14% Unlikely
Adrenal Fatigue 2% Ruled out
Liver Congestion 1% Ruled out
High Sex Hormone Binding Globulin 0% 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 Melatonin Level

One of melatonin's roles is the reduction of estrogen production in the body, and probably also reduction of the number of estrogen receptors.  Studies have shown that the protective, estrogen-reducing effects of melatonin are significantly reduced by excessive exposure to light (including late night TV viewing) and probably electromagnetic fields, chemical pollutants such as pesticides and fungicides, and many commonly prescribed drugs, such as beta blockers for heart disease, high blood pressure and headaches.

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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