When you’re navigating the treacherous waters of multiple hormone imbalances there is a lot to take into consideration. In some cases, one hormone may be too high while another is waning. In other instances, there might be two that are raging out of control. The latter is the case with estrogen dominance and cortisol excess.
What is Estrogen Dominance?
The term “estrogen dominance” may sound a little intimidating. In reality, it is just used to differentiate the presence of a greater level of estrogen in comparison to progesterone. Interestingly, your estrogen level could be anywhere on the chart from high to low, but if your progesterone level is greatly deficient then estrogen dominance can still occur.
What is Cortisol Excess?
Cortisol excess is the presence of above-normal levels of cortisol in your bloodstream. This is frequently due to an over-active pituitary gland. If left unchecked, cortisol excess can lead to a condition known as “Cushing’s Disease”.
What are the Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance and Cortisol Excess?
As with many different hormone imbalances, estrogen dominance and cortisol excess share symptoms, sometimes making it difficult to discern one condition from the other. The following symptoms are frequently found in association with either estrogen dominance or cortisol excess or both.
Treating the Body and the Mind
There is a strong mind-body connection when it comes to hormone regulation and an overall sense of well-being. A good step towards working with (rather than against) your cortisol excess and estrogen dominance is to take up a relaxing practice, such as yoga or meditation. Both of these can actually bring about a state of relaxation that will slowly begin to alter your body’s release of stress hormones.
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