Don't have an account? To participate in discussions consider signing up or signing in
facebook connect
Sign-up, its free! Close [x]

Benefits

  • okay Create lasting relationships with other like minded women.
  • okay Blogging, let your voice be heard!
  • okay Interact with other women through blogs,questions and groups.
  • okay Photo Album, upload your most recent vacation pictures.
  • okay Contests, Free weekly prize drawing.
  • okay Weekly Newsletter.

+7
Love it

Estrogen is something that effects all women, either with its' absence or presence. Like most things, it's not always good to have too much of it or too little of it, better to have just the "right" amount. Traditionally, blood tests have been done to check those levels but more recently saliva tests appear to be a more accurate representation of the amount of available and accessible hormones.

[Link Removed]

Signs and symptoms of low Estrogen may be fatigue, hot flashes, night sweats, memory lapses, difficulty concentrating, joint pain, vaginal dryness, dry skin and loss of libido.

Signs of too much Estrogen or Estrogen dominance may be accelerated aging, anxiety, bloating, irritability, mood swings, ovarian cysts irregular menses, increased risk of post-partum depression, gallstones, blood clots, strokes, heart attacks and breast and other Cancers.  

As you can see, too little can make your life uncomfortable. But low amounts of Estrogen can be safely raised by Bio-Identical hormones, natural supplements and certain Estrogen-rich foods. Too much Estrogen can make you uncomfortable too but can also have serious or even deadly consequences. Besides the natural Estrogen your body manufactures with the help of the ovaries and adrenal glands, there are many other things that can increase those levels. Birth Control pills have a lot of Estrogen. Bad diets, especially those high in sugar will raise Estrogen levels. Diabetes and Obesity increase women's Estrogen levels.

Xenoestrogens are things in our environment that are or can produce synthetic Estrogens and are found in polluted air, petroleum products, pesticides, herbicides, plastics, beauty products, hair products and make-up. Synthetic hormones that are used to fatten animals for meat production and increased egg and milk production are also Estrogenic.  

There is now a simple test out there that can help in determining some risk factors for Estrogenic-sensitive cancers, like breast, uterine, ovarian, cervical and prostate cancers. The more that the Estrogens in your body can be metabolized properly, the more they can be eliminated safely from the system, decreasing those risk factors. One simple urine test, done in your own home, can measure the ratio of the "Good" Estrogens versus the "Bad" Estrogens and tell us how well your body is doing with getting rid of the "Bad" ones. If it indicates that they are not being metabolized or methylated properly, there are safe, natural items to take to help increase that process. This test can help evaluate your personal risk for developing some of these cancers and then with the proper diet and exercise changes you can start to take charge of your own body more completely and recheck to see how successful you've been with the lifestyle and nutritional changes.
My website has the link to the company that makes the "Estronex" test. Scroll down to “Estronex Profile” on my “Lab Tests” page.
[Link Removed]


Drmadden, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.

+7
Love it



Member Comments



  •         Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Jewelrybyirina wrote Apr 28, 2010
    • Thank you!  It’s good to know.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Rose Nino wrote Apr 28, 2010
    • Thank you this is very informative Dr Madden.  

      I am currently in the best health ever (after many years of bad health) and prevention is very important to me. I will be 45yrs old in a few months and I want to be prepared when perimenopause/menopause comes my way. So I wonder how important is it to incorporate natural fats like butter, eggs, etc. into my diet? And do foods such as fat-free, sugar-free, caffeine, soy, etc. disturb the hormones?  

      Your advise and expertise is much appreciated. We are blessed to have you on this site. Thank you!  

      estatic



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Lauren Zirilli wrote Apr 28, 2010
    • I had hormone positive breast cancer in my early 40’s.  I have asked my world renowned doctors at Dana Farber and Mass General if there is a way to test estrogen levels and one’s ability to metabolize estrogen.  They have told me no test is really a good indicator.  I would like to know more about these tests.  The only thing the doctors recommend is Tamoxifen which I do not tolerate well.  

      Thanks so much for your post.  I host a website for women with breast cancer.  I invite you to look at it at www.jillies.com



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Michael Madden DC wrote Apr 28, 2010
    • Dear Lauren,
      Go to the link for the Estronex test and climb around the other links to see the information. If your methylation on the Estrogens isn’t as efficient as it should be, there are safe and non-toxic things to take to improve the metabolizing. You can then measure it again to see any improvement in that process.
      Great information and support for women with breast cancer on your website. Not sure how much information you‘re putting out about anti-oxidant therapy in conjunction with chemo. More and more studies show that it doesn’t have to hurt or slow down the morbidity of the chemo and has been shown to ease some of the side effects of it. Chemo patients should be told about how important it is to detox once they’ve stopped the treatment. Those toxins won’t come out on their own.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Marlene McCray wrote Apr 28, 2010
    • I love reading about healthcare as I worked as Registered Respiratory Therapist. Thanks for posting!

      Marlene
      [Link Removed]


      Mmccray, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Michael Madden DC wrote Apr 28, 2010
    • For Rose;
      Thank you for your kind words. Natural fats in moderation are essential. It’s the high processed carbs and fats, along with caffeine that can raise Estrogen levels. Soy in moderation is probably ok for just about everyone. If someone has had an Estrogenic Cancer, it’s a good idea to skip the soy when possible.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Divafabulosa wrote Apr 28, 2010
    • I take bioidentical hormones. I have been on them for about 2 months. I was extremely sick before taking them. Had been on estratest for 8 years and it was discontinued last fall. I went on syntest, but it did not work.  

      The bioidenticals have made a significant difference but now I am backsliding. The last blood test were disappointing. My estradiol level is only 59 and I have so much anxiety and fatigue at times.  

      I was told to be patient and the levels I am taking are a bit high. I am on 5 mg of estradiol daily. Is that dangerous?

      I was told no since my blood levels are low.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Michael Madden DC wrote Apr 28, 2010
    • My website has some descriptions of Adrenal tests that would check what kind of shape they‘re in. (the 201-205-208 tests)
      [Link Removed]
      They‘re responsible for 33-50% of your hormones depending on what age you are. In this Estrogen blog, there is also a link to information about how saliva tests can often be a better gauge of accessible hormones than a blood test can be. The Adrenals need to be in balance as well as the hormones. They‘re what helps drive the hormones.


      Drmadden, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Divafabulosa wrote Apr 28, 2010
    • Thanks!!

      I also am taking 10 mgs Dhea daily. I was taking 5 but he had me to increase it. We women are way to complex lol.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Michael Madden DC wrote Apr 28, 2010
    • Does he have you taking any Pregnenolone also?



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Divafabulosa wrote Apr 28, 2010
    • No, am not familiar with that one:)



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      UK Girl wrote Apr 29, 2010
    • Very interesting



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Darlene Sabella wrote Apr 29, 2010
    • Wow great and important article, thanks for sharing this wise advise with us, we love new information. Mine is low, which is okay this way I can stay young forever.  LOL  thank youheart



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Mary Clark wrote Apr 29, 2010
    • Great info....thank God so far...according to my doctor..my hormone levels are normal but I do know that my body temperature has risen over the past few years...

      So glad that I was able to keep my ovaries when I had my hysterectomy.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Veggie wrote Apr 29, 2010
    • Great info & great comments. heart



            Report  Reply




  •         Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Tobi Gary wrote Apr 29, 2010
    • Thanks for the information. I have been reluctant to see a doctor about my peri-menopause, because it isn’t that bad and I have heard so many bad stories about hormone therapy.I also hate taking medication, so I will definately check out the website.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Vikki Hall wrote Apr 29, 2010
    • Thx for the info! I found it very interestingheart



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Susan McCord wrote Apr 29, 2010
    • Years ago My Doctor put me on a very high dose estrogen birth control pill.It was later taken off the market! It screwed up my body for years. I gained 20 pounds in 2 months and had severe mood swings. My body has never got over the damage it did. I had to have a partial hysterectomy due to large fibroids that caused many problem. I am now on (only) progesterone after having a saliva test done to see where my hormone levels were. Estrogen is in so many foods now and it would be wise for all women to get tested. Thanks for your great article Michael!



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Marya1961 wrote Apr 29, 2010
    • Thanks Dr. Madden for sharing this great info!..currently my hormone levels are stable even after a complete hysterectomy, now I have to work on my Vitamin D!happy



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Michael Madden DC wrote Apr 29, 2010
    • Ellen,
      So happy you are back in your life where you belong. So many women never know what they‘re missing. But it doesn’t have to be a Medical provider to balance your female hormones. A variety of health-care practitioners can provide the testing you refer to and then supply bioidenticals or hormone precursors that can balance the levels back to the appropriate amounts. The Adrenals are the foundation of this process so that’s why it’s important to have the cortisol levels checked also.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Michael Madden DC wrote Apr 30, 2010
    • Both Bioidentical and nonbioidenticals are plant-based initially. There are probably literally thousands of women on this site who have been disappointed in their experience with Bioidenticals and just as many disappointed with their experience with Neutraceuticals that act more as hormone precursors. A lot of it has to do with how well your Adrenals are working and a variety of lifestyle choices. To everyone out there, be careful making or accepting sweeping generalizations about anyone’s experience with something. There are a variety of “Bioidenticals” with a variety of delivery systems. The main point in all of this is if you‘re not feeling the way you think you should, don’t accept someone, no matter who they are, telling you that it’s “normal” to feel that way. Look into it.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Cathie Beck wrote Apr 30, 2010
    • Thank you, Dr Madden for this informative article. My health issue is environmental chem-
      ical toxins, and my doctor has come to the conclusion that hormone treatiment for me is
      not advisable because the stimulation of hormones would affect functions and reactions of
      my auto nervous and immune system. Very interesting how it all ties together, and how we
      don’t all fit in the same size “shoe“.

      Cathie



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Miamor wrote Apr 30, 2010
    • Very informative. Fifty years ago this kind of information wasn’t being shared. It is wonderful to know that we’ve come of an age where health is an accessible topic and information is available for anyone who seeks.
      Thank you and keep on keeping on.
      Blessings heart



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Michael Madden DC wrote Apr 30, 2010
    • Dear Cathie,
      You‘re right about not adding hormones if and when you have some environmental toxin issues. But if you have those kinds of issues, you need to check to see what is the root cause of them. Have you done a heavy metal urine test? Have you done tests to check for phthalates and parabens, which make up many of those environmental toxins?
      [Link Removed]
      There are many excellent at-home test you can do to see the levels of toxicity you have and then many safe, natural cleanses to rid yourself of them.


      Drmadden, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Cathie Beck wrote May 1, 2010
    • Hello Dr Madden,

      We know the toot cause, and I’m taking de-tox medicinals. We‘re holding off on testing
      for heavy metals as they are a possibility in this area, until I’m more recovered in general.
      Avoidence is the best I can do. Thank you for your helpful information, and I will check
      your web site you so considerately included.

      Thank you,
      Cathie



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Kellyj wrote May 6, 2010
    • Dr. Madden,

      Is Evamist spray considered bio identical??  And how about Natural Progesterone cream?  My blood levels have shown my progesterone levels are really good as I've been using the cream for several years.  The term bio identical confuses me.  My doctor didn't call Evamist bio identical, but he said it is plant derived and is in a form that our bodies recognize and can use and metabolize....something like that.  I'm on just one spray a day.  Should I inquire about Bi Est?  I am feeling quite well and occasionally - maybe every two or three months - back off to one spray every other day because I get some hormonal symptoms like sore breasts or twingy ovaries.  Once every other day is not enough though on an ongoing basis.  Also I'm supposed to be using Vagifem but I am notorious for forgetting that.   I have not had a period in around 3 to 4 years.  Thanks!



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Faye43 wrote May 6, 2010
    • Thank you Dr. Michael Madden happy



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Divafabulosa wrote May 6, 2010
    • My pharmacist told me that taking a high amount of bioidentical estradiol is okay because I am not absorbing it. My level is too low. I am taking 3 mg morning with 2 mg test and 2 mg at night. Is this dangerous. He said no and that we will test my blood again in 6 weeks to see if my levels have come up.

      I feel so much better on this dosage and the 4 mg was not enough. He said we can lower it once we see an increase in my estrogen levels.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Divafabulosa wrote May 6, 2010
    • I agree. Most women are told that feeling bad during menopause is normal and it will go away. I was absolutely incapacitated and could not function. My problem is chronic and probably a lifetime condition. Bioidenticals have given me back my life and health!!!



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Michael Madden DC wrote May 7, 2010
    • Kelly,
      Regarding Evamist Spray; I don’t believe it’s a bioidentical. I think that’s it a chemical synthetic Estrogen. What women need to understand is that whatever you‘re taking, you need to know the proper levels of those hormones in your body before you start taking it. And a saliva test is the most accurate way to do that. Saliva tests check the level of “biologically active” hormones circulating in your system.
      [Link Removed]

      These are the levels of hormones that your body can easily access. This is what will tell you how much to take or stop taking of your Estrogen and Progesterone. Oftentimes, when a woman just keeps taking the creams, new symptoms appear but now from too much of the hormone. That’s why the adrenals are so important to work on because if those work better, the body will balance the estrogen and progesterone amounts on their own.


      Drmadden, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Kellyj wrote May 7, 2010
    • Thank you so much.  I will read up on the lab test. I went to a chiropractor a year or so ago who does muscle testing—he told me my adrenals were stressed and put me on a supplement called DSF to give them support.  I am still taking one a day and I have to say I do feel so much better.  I don’t feel tired and jittery and I’m sleeping so much better too.  Hopefully this is helping my body deal with the hormones.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Divafabulosa wrote May 8, 2010
    • I was told that I am not absorbing the creams and my dosage has been increased. Now, I am feeling so much better and we will retest in about 3 weeks to make sure that I am not intaking too much.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Donna Biasi wrote May 11, 2010
    • Hello Dr. Madden
      I love the information you share with all of us. You really give us the inside info our doctors sometimes miss.  

      I am wondering what the link to thyroid and menopause. I have recently been told that I have Hyperthyroioism, I have lost about 30 pounds and I laugh and say I am the only women who lost weight durning menopause.

       I am 52 and done with menopause I have told the doctor I think it has to do with menopause and she said no but I think she may be wrong on this one. I donate platelets every week and they recently told me my counts were off, I also had 4 disc removed from my neck so I thought it was that until she called me.
      If you could just touch base on this a little for me.  

      I would also like to place your article on my website with a link to yours if possible.



            Report  Reply


    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Michael Madden DC wrote May 11, 2010
    • Dear Donna,
      Excessive weight loss can also be from very exhausted adrenal glands. My blog next month will be going over the differences between Adrenal and Thyroid issues and what may be indicators of each. Once again, a simple saliva test will give you a safe, comfortable and an accurate picture of what female hormones you have available for your body to use. This would give you a lot of information about how much of your issues may be menopausal-related.  4 cervical discs removed...OUCH!!!!! Sounds like you still have a healthy, positive outlook on things. Good for you. What kind of website do you have?



            Report  Reply