First of, What is Estrogen Dominance?
Estrogen Dominance is a term that more women should be familiar with, especially if you suffer PMS, PMDD, infertility, pelvic pain, IBS, migraines, endometriosis, and so on. Estrogen Dominance doesn’t mean that a woman is high in estrogen. Rather, it means that the estrogenic effects are stronger than the (counterbalancing) progesterone effects. This is usually a result of a sluggish metabolism of excess hormones each month.
Estrogen and Progesterone work with each other either as opposites or as complementing hormones. When the ratio of the two are off, your body holds onto the extra hormone and doesn’t really know what to do with it so it stores it in the liver and the gut wreaking havoc on your hormone balance. Estrogen dominance is a condition in which a woman can have deficient, normal, or excessive levels of estrogen, but has too little progesterone to balance the estrogen level. It means a predominance of estrogenic effect as opposed to progesterone effects. It is the balance of the two that matters more than how much we have. That said, a woman can still have low estrogen and estrogen dominance.
What causes Estrogen Dominance? Stress!
The key to balancing your hormones is addressing stress. By making changes to your lifestyle and your diet, you are reducing stress. When the conversation turns to stress with my clients, they almost always say that they don’t feel stressed. There are two types of stress that I talk about. There’s the O.M.G this is freaking stressful! kind of stress and then there’s the day to day… no time for fun kind of stress.
Both of these types of stress can throw off your hormones and cause pelvic pain! The vicious circle of the stress >>> tension >>> pain sends messages to your brain that there is perceived danger and therefore puts your reproductive system secondary to survival.
What does all this have to do with pelvic pain?
Well, I’ll tell you. If you’re sex hormones are taking the backseat to your survival, then your pelvic muscles are not working effectively. We hold our emotions in the pelvis and a lot of unfinished business lingers there. The role of our pelvic area is not only physical.
Let’s talk about your pelvic floor.