What Is Estrogen Dominance?

published by Dr. Marcantel on May 26th, 2010 Print this page No Comments

Estrogen dominance is a term used to describe an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone hormone levels in the body. Dr. Tina Marcantel is a naturopathic doctor in Gilbert, AZ, who also serves the East Valley cities of Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Apache Junction, Queen Creek, Chandler, and the greater Phoenix area.


When we say “estrogen dominance” what we’re saying is that we have too much estrogen hormone in ratio to progesterone hormone. Remember: All the hormones dance with each other; they work with each other; they support each other. Estrogen and progesterone work with one another. We have to have them in balance. When they’re in balance, when that ratio is good, the woman feels well. She’s at peace with her world; she can handle stress a lot better. So when I say estrogen dominance it means that there’s too much estrogen built up in the blood as compared to the proper ratio of progesterone. So we have to balance that out.

We use something called “DIM.” It helps the liver to metabolize and get rid of all that extra estrogen that’s in the body. It’s very easy to do, but very effective. I’ve done it myself.

We have three different kinds of estrogens: E1–estrone; E2–estradiol; and E3–estriol. We want to check estrone, as well, because we want to make sure it’s in a low amount because when they do find estrogen receptor sites that are positive [for cancer] it’s usually the estrone.

The other way that we increase the progesterone and, of course, get the estrogen to progesterone ratio at a good level is by giving progesterone–bioidentical progesterone.

For more information about estrogen dominance, see the following articles and videos:

Causes and Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance

Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids, and Estrogen Dominance

PMS and Estrogen Dominance

Estrogen Dominance: Losing the Healthy Hormonal Balance

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