Supplements to Reduce Estrogen Dominance

supplements for estrogen dominance

Although there is no replacement for a healthy plant based diet there are times when supplements can complement the healing process.  Estrogen dominance is one of those times.  I am not suggesting that supplements replace good nutrition but they can aid in the metabolism and detoxification process until the levels of estrogen closely pace that of progesterone (or, in the case of men, as androgens rebalance).

Unfortunately, estrogen disrupting compounds are everywhere, in our personal care products, household cleaners, pesticides on our fruits and vegetables, the overuse of soy ingredients in every packaged food on the market, and, quite possibly, even the genetic modifications done on soy, canola,  and many fruits and vegetables. Our caffeine intake, sugar ingestion and obesity (combined with insulin resistance) is not helping the problem and estrogen dominance is contributing to even more obesity. It also can be caused by drinking and absorbing tap water as estrogen from discarded HRT and birth control pills seep into landfills and are excreted in waste that makes it into our sewers and, inevitably, our water tables.  Luckily, there are ways to minimize impact of estrogen disruptors and mimickers.

There are four channels for treatment of estrogen dominance.  Estrogen metabolism, which is responsible for helping the body metabolize and excrete excess estrogen through the colon; hormonal support where bio- identical progesterone can help women balance out estrogen levels when the progesterone levels drop which happens when patients are close to or in menopause (in premenopause progesterone levels can drop up to 75%) or  are obese, insulin resistant, or chronic over eaters; detoxification ensures metabolic functions and processes impaired by unopposed estrogen are properly ‘moved’ through the liver, and digestive tract and allowed to be eliminated instead of reabsorbed and recirculated leading to an increase of estrogen dominance; and finally nutritional support to boost essential vitamins and trace minerals that can be deficient when estrogen levels are dominant.

Which supplements work for which processes?

Estrogen metabolism boosters can help stubborn weight gain, uterine fibroids, thyroid and other glandular disorders, lowered libido and impotency in men, hair loss in both men and women, prostate issues, and atherosclerosis.

DIM is a phytonutrient naturally occurring in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and kale.  DIM promotes  metabolism of estrogen and aids in healthy hormonal balance.  It optimizes the ratio of crucial estrogen metabolites necessary in breast, uterine, cervical and prostate health.  DIM also acts as an aromatase inhibitor, often present in the drugs used to treat breast and ovarian cancer in postmenopausal women and those cancers that are estrogen dependent in premenopausal women.  Aromatase inhibitors reduce the overproduction of estrogen and allow testosterone to balance. DIM can boost both mood and libido.  It should be used as a supplement for estrogen dominance when there are insufficient cruciferous vegetables being eaten or there is significant estrogen imbalance.

NOTE::  Make sure your DIM supplement, IF you use one, does not contain soy.  I found, after further research, MANY MANY do.  

Myomin  is an all-natural Chinese herbal blend ideal for normalizing estrogen levels in both men and women. Myomin inhibits aromatase, which can reduce levels of bad estrogens (estradiol and estrone), and promotes production of the good estrogen (estriol).  It also acts as an aromatase inhibitor in both women and men.  It has been shown to reduce estrogen levels in as little as 10 days and is beneficial for reducing abdominal fat and restoring muscle tone.  It is the perfect supplement for women on HRT, even women on bio-identical hormone replacement.

Hormonal support is often key in balancing estrogen dominance.  Many doctors are either unaware of unconvinced of the dangers of prescribing estrogen unopposed (meaning estrogen without the supplementation of progesterone), and even more cavalier with their prescription of synthetic hormones which have been linked to an increased risk of cancer, stroke, osteoporosis, and heart disease.  Supplementing with a bio-identical progesterone product  such as Life-Flo Progestacare, free of synthetics and parabens (which are known hormone disruptors), protects the delicate balance between estrogen and progesterone.  Progesterone can be safely used by menstruating women, pre- and peri-menopausal women, and menopausal women. Men with estrogen dominance can also benefit from progesterone. Additionally, women who may not be significantly estrogen dominant but struggle with severe PMS often find that if a progesterone cream is used on a regular basis, their periods and PMS are less difficult.

Detoxification support is imperative to activate pathways to help estrogen that is circulating in the body and being stored in fat cells can find its way into the bowels where it can be excreted by the body.  When detoxification does not occur, estrogen can be reabsorbed into the body and recirculated causing estrogen levels to climb to even higher levels.

Life-Flo Complete Body 14 Day Cleanse Kit helps the body detoxify from used hormones, toxic chemicals and heavy metals.  It uses psyllium husks to whisk the toxins out of the bowels and the short-chain fatty acids in the psyllium husks can be fermented by the intestinal flora allowing for gut repair (perfect for those with gluten sensitivities and estrogen dominance as leaky gut can cause used estrogen to be reabsorbed).  It includes a heavy metal cleanse which chelates  metals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium and helps the body expel them.  Heavy metal toxicity can encourage estrogen dominance.  Finally, it contains a liver cleanse formula.  The liver is responsible for over 500 functions in the body including metabolising estrogen and regulating hormone production,  converting sugar and carbohydrates into energy,  and breaking down fats.  It is negatively affected or even compromised by overuse of NSAIDs, alcohol and refined carbohydrates and ingested, inhaled, or absorbed toxins, including xenestrogens.

Calcium D-Glucarate  is an extract found in fruits and vegetables that has been found to be  beneficial in helping to remove toxins and excess used hormones, preventing them from being reabsorbed into the blood stream and deposited in the tissues of your body. Calcium D-Glucarate helps to support liver function and detoxification and boosts the immune system.

Nutritional support is the final building block to healthy estrogen levels.  It is also one of the most important building blocks. In severe or even moderate cases of estrogen dominance, diet modifications are not always the best way forward, rather a multi-pronged approach provides faster results.  Dietary supplements, in addition to a healthy plant based diet can provide dramatic positive results quickly.

A good whole food multi-vitamin such as the one from New Chapter Organics (which is my favorite for its use of probiotics which ferment a wide array of fruits and vegetables) will provide a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals to help support the body’s ability to manufacture and metabolize the proper hormones in the correct balance.

Zinc, such as the one from Source Zone Optizinc  plays an important role in hormone production and balance. Zinc helps to increase progesterone levels and lower estrogen. Excess estrogen can lower serum zinc levels in people who are estrogen dominant. More than 70% of women d0 not get  the minimum daily requirement of zinc from their diets. Zinc also has a critical role in male sexual function and is necessary for all aspects of male reproduction, including hormone metabolism and sperm formation and motility.

Discussing these options with your doctor, nutritionist, or holistic health care provider can help heal estrogen dominance and the myriad of symptoms it causes and balance your health restoring your vitality and zest for life.

Wishing you peace and balance.

Jacqueline

Please stop by and read Evolution and My Estrogen Dominance Protocol for an updated version of the latest research.

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  1. says

    So finally, This proves that not of most supplements give bad effects to our health. I think patients should take this supplement if they want to reduce their estrogen dominance.

    • thedetoxdiva says

      The purpose of the post is NOT to say we should take handfuls of supplements instead of following a healthy diet. The purpose is to show that sometimes SELECT high quality supplements can aid detoxification, enhance metabolism and correct sometimes years of deficiencies caused by estrogen dominance until it is corrected. At that point, most supplements can be replaced by a simple healthy plant based diet.

  2. says

    This is such great info! I think I have mentioned before that I do have Estrogen dominance – which I believe was brought on by my “healthy” (not) vegetarian lifestyle in which I consumed copious amounts of soy products on a daily basis for about 12+ years. I recently went GF and there are so many little things that have improved! I realized all the products I cut out were things I really didn’t need anyway – all processed foods and snack foods. I think I will try one of these too and see if that doesn’t help me feel even better! (I have also been taking a probiotic daily – so I probably wouldn’t want that one, right?)

    Thanks you are always a wealth of information!

    • thedetoxdiva says

      If you are already taking a high quality probiotic (and maybe including some cultured grass-fed ghee) then, no, you can skip this one. If you are eating lots of veggies, you are getting enough enzymes. It is SO nice to hear someone is so in tune to their body. Yes, soy (especially the unfermented stuff we favor added to all the isolates we use in our processed foods) is a killer. I hope you are cleansing and your estrogen levels are coming down nicely. I’m always here for support!

  3. says

    I think for me, and my allergies to fruits, I will always have to use supplements. There are many things I just can’t eat. Plus, I have a sensitive belly genetically. My mom has one, her mom had one, and her mom had one. I’m going to look into these to add to my supplement regime–a multi vitamin, folic acid and cod liver oil. I don’t take these daily though. About every 2 weeks.

    • thedetoxdiva says

      Courtney, though you might be more prone to a sensitive belly, it might very well be the allergies you have that can be looked at. It’s not something that can’t be dramatically improved. It’s not always easy finding the exact trigger but it can be done. Make sure your multi-vitamin is from a whole foods source like Gardens of Life Vitamin Code Raw One for Women so it can be metabolized thoroughly (something MOST multi-vits are not) and your cod liver oil is from a mercury-free source. Incidentally, most multi-vits unless marked organic or whole foods sourced, are coated with compounds that aggravate estrogen production.

      • thedetoxdiva says

        Remember, it can also be something or things in the toiletries and other personal care items, chemicals in and around the house, or other imbalances in the body that can be a key factor in estrogen dominance. Meat, if it isn’t grass-fed is absolutely a factor because of the hormones given to the conventionally raised animals. Cheese, if it is pasteurized and conventionally raised can also be a culprit. There is a company called the Vermont Cheese Co. that does a cracking good cheddar and spicy Monterrey Jack and probably even more types that would be far better and much much less of an estrogen load.

  4. says

    Thanks Jacqueline! I’ll look into the raw vitamins, and check my cod liver oil source. I can switch my meats and cheeses too. I think I’ll add one of your supplement suggestions, and watch to see any changes:) It will probably take some trying and testing if it’s outside the diet and supplement area. I tend to keep things pretty simple and natural there to avoid any allergic reactions.

    • thedetoxdiva says

      Try the Lunaception Courtney, and switch out your cheeses, make your meat grass-fed or free range (and they are MUCH richer meats so you get fuller faster on smaller portions), add in some green juices maybe, and a raw vitamin. Maybe some greens powders (which I can recommend) if you are feeling adventurous. It’s really not rocket science. It’s about detoxing what’s wrong (and in your case, I can tell you, we are talking SMALL tweaks) and keeping on a path. You are doing so much right…. I BET it’s an environmental or food source (pasteurized products, conventional meat) that is the trigger and it is SO easy to fix. I am always here to help.

  5. says

    The instructions on the progestacare container say to use as needed but no more that 3 weeks at a time. I found online a suggested usage of the 12-27th days of your cycle. What is your recommended dosage as it’s used for estrogen dominance?

    • thedetoxdiva says

      Most women who use progestecare are post menopausal so that’s the 3 weeks at a time. I actually prescribe progesterone on a case by case basis and not all the clients who suffer from estrogen dominance should try using progesterone as a means of controlling estrogen dominance. It would be depending on what is causing the estrogen dominance to determine the recommendations. Still, days 12-27 would be, if you are using, the right way for women that are still menstruating.

  6. says

    My first question, is should I use both of the top 2 supplements or just one of them? Second is knowing whether or not to use progesterone or not. I’ll be doing a cleanse in the next week. Is it possible to do too many things?

    • thedetoxdiva says

      I recommend choosing one supplement as both together can be a bit too harsh. You CAN do too many things and it would be better to use one supplement and add the carrot a day before you start doing other things. Progesterone is not always the answer to estrogen dominance as sometimes it is simply the estrogen levels that are very high rather than the progesterone levels being low. Before you start supplementing with progesterone, take a CD 21 progesterone test to see exactly what your ratio is with reference to estrogen and then make the decision.

      • says

        Thanks for your response ;)
        I had a hysterectomy a few years ago, and in my blood work back in December, it shows the level of
        progesterone at <.5,
        Prolactin at 17.3
        Estradiol at 57 which the normal should be <or = 31
        Testosterone at 17

        • thedetoxdiva says

          You do sound like you could do well on progesterone as well as detoxing from estrogen dominance. Your levels are no so high that you couldn’t easily lower it but your testosterone is also slightly out of balance in contrast as well so your adrenals are showing signs of being stressed. (You definitely need some Vitamin D and preferably from the sun).

          • says

            Ok, well I am taking on average 5000mg of Vit D a day. But I am sure my adrenals are messed up, and producing a lot of cortisol from stress. What are the testosterone levels suppose to be? It didn’t show on the report what the normal was. Of course I’ve been reading that the 24 hr urine test is the best way to see all the levels and next best is the saliva test.
            Thanks again for your thoughts.

          • says

            Oh and my husband and I run a non profit and make very little, so do you think it is ok to use the natural progesterone at a health food store, or will I have to go to a doctor and get a prescription for the bio identical Progesterone? Ive heard it is very expensive.

          • thedetoxdiva says

            Bio-identical progesterone isn’t terribly expensive unless it is from, perhaps, a compounding pharmacy. Of course, your budget may say different, I am not sure. The ones in the health food store tend to be rather low quality yam derived progesterone like substances but I can recommend a few I like such as the one from Emerita or LifeFlo or Progestelle in oil form (which I am loving right at the moment).

          • says

            OK, so I have read that “If you apply the cream to your mucous epithelial membranes that line your vagina, you are able to obtain a virtually ideal administration system. The absorption through these membranes is more complete than through your skin.” Dr Mercola

            Can I do that with the oil you mentioned above? I like the oil because it mentions being twice as strong as the creams. When I mentioned before that my Estrogen was 57 and my Progesterone was <.5. Will doing the 21 day, and using the Progestelle create too much Progesterone? I guess I just want to make sure I don't have too much, creating other symptoms.
            I feel I am asking too many questions. I hope I'm not bothering you. Maybe these questions will help someone else ;)
            Thanks again

          • says

            I was reading some more on the Progestelle you mentioned, and in this link, http://www.amazon.com/review/R3B3SXUFMR56JD/ref=cm_cr_pr_cmt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B0081RZ2BG&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=#wasThisHelpful

            the rep is saying you have to be off ALL xenoestrogens that touch the skin down to mascara for 1-3 months before using progesterone for it to work. Really?? How is that even possible to remove every kind? It is a very short read, so if you wouldn’t mind, when you get a chance to read it let me know your thoughts. I just don’t see how I would be able to get rid of everything.

          • thedetoxdiva says

            It’s not impossible to take the biggest offenders away (including mascara) but it is IMPOSSIBLE to eradicate them entirely. It’s also unreasonable as you have to live in this world. It would be optimal, of course, to eliminate what you can but considering even lavender oil is a xenestrogen…..you do the match.

          • says

            Ok, I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t being unreasonable in thinking it is just about impossible to eliminate everything. I’ll do the best I can. Thanks again for your help ;)

    • thedetoxdiva says

      Chasteberry, IF NECESSARY, is a good supplement but only if needed. There are other ways of detoxing from estrogen dominance that don’t involve supplementing (which should be used under the supervision of a nutritionist or other health professional) unless really needed.

  7. says

    hello.today is my 23of my cylcle and i have a really horrible heavy feeling behind my head with hot flashes and chilling hands..sometimes i also get the heaviness or numbness in my forehead…based on the info on u site iv realised i have a bad thyroid ….i have so much fatigue and fogg,hypoglycemia,feel dizzzy ,and ofcourse hormonal imbalance,what should b eaten in each meal to adress these issues and my body can heal itself?anything to tam these flashes or chill charges before period while i sweat n nearly experience faint ?i am 23anyway.oh and not to mention my sever sever hair loss and hair thining.

    • thedetoxdiva says

      Again, you are describing many symptoms and looking for a one size fits all solution that doesn’t exist especially since we don’t know where the root lies. You will have to contact me for a consultation to check out why you are so young experiencing so many symptoms.

  8. Sophia says

    Thank you so much for sharing all this information! I am seeing all my various health issues come together with one cause and I’m so excited to begin heading in the right direction with diet and supplements. One question I have is on the wasabi rhyzome. Do you know if this would be effective for treating estrogen dominance?

  9. says

    I recently used a biodentical patch to subdue hot flashes (51 years old) and in return I have come down with estrogen dominance. I also have leaky gut, gluten intolerant, etc. I eat very well, all organic and have been exercising since I was in high school. The practitioner that prescribed the patch is telling me that I am going to have to do a liver cleanse. I’m so bloated, miserable and frustrated. Help?

    • thedetoxdiva says

      I help many women just like you every day. I don’t like the idea of a “liver cleanse” because the sheer act of eating the right foods to fight estrogen dominance will help you greatly. I am perfectly willing to help you. Schedule a consultation and I will send you out the health history forms and we can get started!

  10. Lynn says

    Do you recommend a supplement called Nattokinase? I have read to take this along with DIM-plus and Serrapeptase to lower estrogen dominance (along with a healthy diet)..

    • thedetoxdiva says

      Nattokinase is unproven as a supplement in my book to lower estrogen. You would do better to incorporate raw carrots and bamboo shoots into your diet to lower estrogen.

  11. brittany says

    I was told that I had pcos but when I chose to treat it with progesterone cream my symtoms got worse.. and coming off of it (its been 5 months now) to put it bluntly its been hell. I am only 22 by the way. both my estrogen and progesterone are low but I am experiencing estrogen dominance symptoms (fatigue,depression,severe pms)
    I am using evening primrose for half my cycle and I have also tried a colonic, I am starting to wonder if my thyroid could be playing a role in this and if l tyrosine helps with estrogen dominance? Thank you

    • thedetoxdiva says

      You are WAY too young to be treating PCOS with progesterone. You are also way too young to be self-treating. I would urge you to not play russian roulette with supplements, hormones, or the like and please get help. I do private consultations via Skype and I feel I could help you but I would need a complete health history.
      I’d also like to see test results that show low estrogen and progesterone which should be taken at different times of the month. Yes, your thyroid could be playing a big role in this but I can’t be sure until I have all the facts.

  12. Allie says

    Jacqueline, I am re reading some of your older posts so excuse me to bring up an older entry. I was just wondering if you have tried Fhurman’s multi vitamin formula for women and what you thought of it when compared to New Chapter Organics. Also, what do you think of the immune system’s complements (C3 and C4) and the role of estrogen? After my breast cancer scare, I turned to my immune specialist and run all sorts of tests to find that my C3 is abnormally low and my C4 border line normal. Thanks, Allie

    • thedetoxdiva says

      I actually don’t prescribe multi-vits any longer to any of my clients. Most are not really metabolized and some vitamins and minerals actually compete with one another therefore canceling each other out. Estrogen dominance DEFINITELY has an immunosuppression tendency but it also has an effect on the thyroid, parathyroid and even thymus so definitely, dealing with estrogen dominance is a must to strengthening immunity.

  13. Melisa says

    Hi there! So I was digonosed with PCOS recently, and I am now on the detox train! first things first, I am detoxing estrogen. I am taking tumeric, milk thistle, raspberry leaf tea, along with a very healthy diet ( leafy greens, good fruits, kefir, grass fed everything) I am also taking cinnamon and chromine. I am also doing yoga, meditating, daily exercise, and epson salt baths. Along with some lymph massage. Now, after reading this article I am going to start on some myomin and calcium D- my question is what are some body clues/ signs that its all working?

    • thedetoxdiva says

      It sounds, aside from the leafy greens,(WHICH MUST BE COOKED) as if you are doing really well on your detox phase but I see nothing that says you are eating a raw carrot daily and the idea of you “taking” cinnamon or turmeric tells me you are taking a supplement which I think is not on the right track because you can incorporate them into your daily life quite easily. I actually recommend now a Vitamin D emulsion which is much easier assimilated and as far as the calcium, making eggshell calcium is, by far, the greatest supplement your body could have. Myomin is still a fabulous supplement. You will know when you are detoxing from estrogen in energy, clearing of skin, sometimes weight loss, PMS symptoms and cycle regulation. There are many things that will cue you in but how you feel…that’s a biggie.

  14. Patricia says

    I am really confused with the estrogen to progesterone ratio. I tested my levels on the 21st day of my cycle. My levels six months ago were: estradiol 12 and progesterone 106. I was taking chasteberry along with eating a healthy diet (orgainc grass fed eggs, meats, vegetables and fruits). I tested again last month on the 21 st day and my estradiol levels were 21 and progesterone was at 219. How do I calculate the ratio between the two? Since I ate extremely healthy why did my estrogen levels went up and progesterone is still not balanced? What am I doing wrong? My cortisol levels were normal. I really need to get to the bottom of this problem. I think this has caused my melasma. Any suggestions?

    • thedetoxdiva says

      You are taking chasteberry which is not always the best supplement if you aren’t suffering from estrogen dominance.) I would have to see your lab results because I don’t see the reference (how these results were taken, why estradiol was the only estrogen taken, whether you are on any other medications, etc.) You are eating correctly. High progesterone generally will not cause melasma and I do notice you haven’t mentioned your FSH levels, prolactin levels, even thyroid levels. Also, when you say your cortisol levels are normal, how were those taken?? and what is ‘normal’? I would consider giving up the chasteberry though. Seems like it’s not needed.

  15. Patricia says

    Below are the only hormones that were tested:

    YEAR 2013 YEAR 2014 Ranges pg/ml
    Dihydrotestestoserone 94 68 15-75
    Estradiol 21 12 21 3-16 LUTEAL
    Progesterone 219 106 219 65-500 LUTEAL
    Free Tesosterone 24 – 24 10-38
    OH – Progesterone 85 – 65-500
    DHEA 9 7 3-10
    TSH 1.79 low 3.05 high
    T4 5.80 low 6.30
    T3 102 92 low
    T3U 29 28
    ft3 – 2.70 low

    Six months ago I stated taking Progestaid, Adoptocrine, Thyraxis, Glycemovite from Apex Energectis – all herbal supplements.
    Currently I am taking Hepato Synergy, Adoptocrine, Prosta DHT, HCL Enzyme by Apex, Womens Balance by Health Concerns and Liquid D by Apex.

    In the past year or so I experienced hair shedding/loss, facial hair, melasma on forehead, acne. Do you have any suggestions?

    • thedetoxdiva says

      You are looking at conventional blood tests and your blood tests, while subclinical are still incomplete to diagnose from a western perspective. In my looking over your results and there are many things I see including in your lists of supplements but in order to give suggestions, I would recommend booking an appointment for a consultation so we can look at what you are doing in general, including nutrition to get a complete picture on where to go from here.

  16. Patricia says

    year 2013
    TSH 1.79
    T4 5.80
    T3 102

    year 2014
    TSH 3.05
    T4 6.30
    T3 92
    FT3 2.70
    T3U 28

    2013 pg/ml
    DHT 94
    Estradiol 12
    Progesterone 106
    OH – Progesterone 85
    DHEA 9

    2014
    DHT 68
    Estradiol 21
    Progeterone 219
    Free Testastorone 24
    DHEA 7

    Ranges pg/ml
    DHT – 15-75
    Estradiol luleal 3-16
    Progesterone luteal 65-500
    Free Testosterone 10-38
    DHEA 3-10

  17. Emily says

    Hi,
    At what point in my cycle should I get my hormones tested? I think I’m suffering from severe PMDD and in my research think its from estrogen dominance. I would love to have a SKYPE consult with you once I get my hormones tested.

    • thedetoxdiva says

      You can schedule a consult if you like even before you get your hormones tested but if you want them tested properly you will test on day 3 for estradiol and prolactin levels and day 21 for progesterone and progesterone to estrogen ratio. You should also get your thyroid tested if you want a complete picture. As for a consult with me, we go by symptoms more than numbers because many factors can affect those numbers so symptoms become more important.

  18. sarah says

    thank you so much for uour website. It is so informative. I am 29 years old, 1 month ago I went to see an endocrinologist to help me with my metablosim, I have one child whos 3 years old and after she was born I have struggled to loose weight and suffered from severe water retention and rely heavily on water tablets. from the first sets of blood turns out my cortisol levels are 571, should be under 400 and my estrogen levels are accroding to doc “very high” (dont have the figure). My Dhea was at 1.9, which apparently for my age is also very low. I have been on birth control for 14 years, he immediately told me to stop the birth control and prescribed a bioidential DHEA and Pregnenelone as well as Lassix Retard and Pottassium supplement for water retention and to come back in 6 weeks for more blood. In his mind, he said my high cortisol is caused by the high estrogen caused by the birth control and going off the birth cntrol will reduce the estrogen and hopefully reduce the cortisol, does this sound right to you? do you think its possible I have Estrogen dominence at 29? Im so worried…I have to wait another 3 weeks before I see him, any feedback would be so appreciated. Love and Light xx

    • thedetoxdiva says

      Your high cholesterol is also caused by your body’s inability to create the sex hormones it needs to oppose estrogen. You REALLY should consider seeing someone (even me) about nutrition to deal with metabolism dysfunction because though I agree with the pregnenolone, potassium isn’t my favorite supplement when it can be treated through nutrition. High cortisol is NOT indicative of high estrogen alone! Going off birth control pills is, of course, necessary, but it is not the only step and I hope you take it seriously your nutrition as well as your supplements.

  19. Crista says

    Hi! I stumbled on your site tonight and wow! So much information. I’ve never had my hormone levels tested. However, I am hypothyroid with Hashimoto’s disease. I had surgery in 1997 for severe endometriosis and have been taking a depo shot every 3 months for the last 2.5 years to deal with the return of the endometriosis. I don’t feel healthy, energetic or good. I’ve been losing hair for probably 7 months and have had so many cravings for carbs. I’m 38, lol, I shouldn’t be tired all the time either. I love your diet recommendations and supplements too. Where do you recommend starting. It’s a little overwhelming. Thanks for all the great information!

    • thedetoxdiva says

      If you have endometriosis it doesn’t shock me that you have hypothyroid and Hashimoto’s. The Depo shot, no matter what they say, does NOT help but be careful about the diet recommendations. I am about to write a post that will blow your mind!!

  20. Connie says

    I just stopped SottoPelle pellet therapy and Compounded Progesterone and would like to hopefully avoid going into a tailspin; which is what lead me to the pellets in the first place. Some of my peri-menopausal symptoms improved but I experienced rapid weight gain >35 lbs!! I think I definitely have estrogen dominance. I purchased all the supplements you mentioned above but I am not sure how or what to take together.

    • thedetoxdiva says

      Connie, you might want to consider scheduling an appointment to go over the exact symptoms you are experiencing AND your current state of health instead of just dosing without taking into account your exact needs.

  21. Jelena says

    Hello, I find your text very useful and supporting. I’m 28 years old an I have estrogen dominance an high risk of insulin resistance due to birth control pills that I have been taking for years. it was diagnosed to me 1 year ago, an doctor wanted to put me on other kind of pills but I refused. I’m tying to fight it with healthy food, exercises and supplements. I have problems with acne, my hair is thinning and I have horrible PMS symptoms.In my country there is no exert in this kind of problem. I’m using NAC and vitamin C. And it helps with my acne problems and bit for my hair. But I’m still looking for a cure…

    • thedetoxdiva says

      NAC is only a precursor to glutathione. There are ways to cure this through healthy living but NAC and Vitamin C are only tips of the iceberg I am afraid.

  22. Jelena says

    Yes, I think so too. What do you think about taking calcium d glucarate. I can’t by it in my country but I can order it online. For how long can I take that supplement? Everybody is telling me that the body weight is really important for my condition. I forgot to say that I have normal body weight 168cm/53kg, 24% body fat. I’m spots type all my life, and I never had problems with weight or health. So everything is very strange to me, I don’t know how I ended up with this condition :(

    • thedetoxdiva says

      I love Cal-d glucarate!! Weight is very important for estrogen dominance, it is true but you aren’t overly heavy so that’s not really a factor but you get exposed to ALL types of xeneostrogens so please be aware that it’s not unusual to be estrogen dominant.

  23. Amanda says

    Love this post. I’ve been VERY oestrogen dominant for over 8 years and frequently housebound for the last 6. My doctors won’t consider any options other than conventional routes. I’m finally looking at oestrogen detox, rather than just the very healthy diet I have. But how do you know when you have detoxed? I’m not going to get any readings from my doctors and in fact find it difficult to make (and keep) appointments. My other question is about the metals in multi-vitamins as these are now being linked to alzheimers. Any help would be most appreciated as I figure out how to detox from such high levels.

    • thedetoxdiva says

      Many multi-vits use cheap quality minerals which are not absorbed by the body. Avoid them like the plague and eat a real foods diet and you will be fine. I would love to help you answer the question about an “oestrogen detox’ but I am not sure what you are looking at doing. I know what I would recommend my clients but you say you have a very healthy diet yet some healthy diets can actually contribute to oestrogen overload. Don’t fall into the “oestrogen detox” traps. It can be done but it is done nutritionally for best results. There are definite symptoms of estrogen dominance. When those disappear you know you are balanced.

  24. Betty Pimentel says

    Your blog has been very helpful to me. I am a 44 year old female with very high estrogen levels and very low progesterone levels. Estradiol levels=300.2 (range for Follicular phase 12.5-166.0) and Progesterone 0.6 (range for Follicular phase 0.2-1.5). I am on 200MG of Progesterone (made at a compound pharmacy). I did the Life Flo Complete Body 14 Day Cleanse Kit and was taking DIM. My question is, from the list of your suggested supplements, should I take Myonim along with the Calcium D-Glucarate and the New Chapter Organics vitamins in conjunction with the hormone replacement Progesterone? I don’t want to take the wrong thing or take too much. Thank You.

    • thedetoxdiva says

      Betty make sure you are taking the right kind of progesterone. Even in compounding pharmacies they can be questionable. I don’t recommend DIM because most of it has soy in it. I recommend Calcium D-Glucarate as the best way to eradicate estrogen as well as some nutrition strategies. I think provided you are following the proper nutrition as well as well placed supplements you are golden.

  25. Silvia says

    Hello! Very informative and very interesting article. I have suffered from adenomyosis for the last 8 years and have struggled to cope with the intense pain it causes. I think it was induced by a detox diet I did where I was drinking soya milk every day (though I’ve suffered with period pain for all my life) and I reckon this might have affected my estrogen levels. I have used DIM in the past for 6 months with good results but my nutritionist suggested, at the time, that using it for longer than that could cause more imbalance, so I was left with nothing to rely upon. I’ve read in another online blog that using myomin and calcium d glucarate together is more effective for people with my condition and that a prolonged use of the two should not mess you up. What would be your suggestion? Do you think using both of them would be too much? Thanks for your reply in advance. Silvia

    • thedetoxdiva says

      It can be too much Silvia but it would depend on a lot of things as to what I would recommend. I don’t like DIM because of the soy component in most of it and frankly, even the “usual suspects” of estrogen detox supplements are not enough. Often we have to look at the methylation pathway and how it is detoxing and support that pathway along with looking at gut health in general to see the exact recommendations person to person!

      • Silvia says

        Thanks for your answer! I don’t normally try and self medicate, but I have been in poor health (gut health) for quite some time and have tried a few things that have worked (alongside some others that haven’t), with three different nutritionists and with a homeopath. One of my main issues was with lactose intolerance and dysbiosis. I was halfway through recovering from a severe case of candidiasis in my intestine (and all over my body, really) when I got hit by adenomyosis. In hindsight I think the excess soya milk I was drinking every day during my detox diet could have induced it alongside the fact that my first nutritionist didn’t look after my liver when he started treating me and wouldn’t consider my ongoing constipation as a problem when killing the candida in the intestine. I ended up getting more ill than ripping the benefits of a detox. Only when I sorted out and cleansed my intestine with colonic hydrotherapy could I then try and address other issues with the help of a nutritionist who was also looking after my other organs as well (and gave me a lot of tests at the time).
        I was left with adenomyosis though, as nobody seems to be able to treat it. My homeopath made it slightly better and more bearable (over the course of the last four years) but it’s still there. I was looking for something that would help me at least keep this momentum going and though it sounds like a quick fix I have to say that my path’s been long and with a lot of unanswered questions. What would you suggest that I should do if I decide to try myomin? How can I look at what you have suggested in your post? Any tests that I could do? Thanks so much for all your help in advance.

  26. Lauren says

    This article is inaccurate– estradiol is the “good” form of estrogen. Estriol and estrone are the “bad” forms.

    • thedetoxdiva says

      The article actually is NOT inaccurate. Estradiol, when in check, is the “good form of estrogen”. Even estradiol contributes to estrogen dominance. Estriol and estrone are the first types of estrogen that go out of kilter of even estradiol levels are dramatically increased in the ratio of progesterone to estrogen when estrogen dominance is present.

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