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

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
being in an imperfect relationship
liver/gallbladder cleanses help
afternoon coffee/sugar craving
regular sleepwalking
cold sores
minor health decline
late term miscarriage
high systolic blood pressure
a high-stress lifestyle
history of tender muscles
sickness caused by wine
refined sugar consumption
... and more than 130 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
Adrenal Fatigue 97% Confirm
Stress 63% Possible
Liver Congestion 14% Unlikely
Low Melatonin 5% Ruled out
High Sex Hormone Binding Globulin 0% Ruled out
Low Testosterone 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 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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